Governor’s Office | This week in New Jersey: July 16, 2021


Governor Murphy, a bipartisan group of governors and mayors, meets with President Biden to discuss the infrastructure framework

Governor Murphy and a bipartisan group of governors and mayors met with President Biden at the White House to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure framework. While in Washington DC, Governor Murphy also attended a White House dinner with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The governor also met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and US Senator Bob Menendez to discuss the need for infrastructure investments, including the Gateway program.


Moody’s rates New Jersey’s credit outlook as positive

Moody’s noted, “The state has responded to revenue and liquidity improvements with several measures that reflect its recent commitment to be more aggressive with its liability burdens and demonstrate improved fiscal governance and administration. These measures include debt reduction and the avoidance and acceleration of pension contributions. “

“For the past four years, we have addressed the fiscal challenges we have inherited not as obstacles but as opportunities to get our steering ship in order.” said Governor Murphy. “After a record eleven loan downgrades under the previous administration and amid an unprecedented global pandemic, we have provided historic levels of pension funding – including the first full contribution in a quarter of a century – to set aside a significant portion of sovereign debt and pay off future issues avoid securing long-term savings for the state and its taxpayers, strengthening our surplus, and positioning ourselves well to face the remaining challenges that lie ahead. The fact that we have achieved all of this while creating a fairer and more equitable playing field for the working class families of this state is proof of our values. I would like to thank the Treasurer and her team for their steadfast guidance, especially during the economic upheaval we have faced over the past two years. “


Governor Murphy signs law making strangulation attacks a second-degree crime

Governor Phil Murphy signed law (S2503) making strangulation attacks a second degree crime that can be punished with up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $ 150,000, or both.

“The murder of Yasemin Uyar by a repeated domestic molester was appalling and appalling.” said Governor Murphy. “Research has shown that strangulation is often one of the strongest red flags in predicting future homicides among victims of domestic violence. This legislation recognizes the severity of strangulation attacks and gives us the tools to hold people accountable for their actions. “


Governor Murphy and Lt. Oliver highlight historic investments in housing affordability and security in the FY2022 budget

Governor Murphy and Lt. Oliver highlight government funding that will enable the funding and construction of hundreds of new affordable housing units; Providing housing assistance to low-income New Jersey residents; continue our progress towards ending homelessness; Expanding mortgage and down payment assistance to low-income families and key workers; and help expedite the approval of new affordable housing units.

“As we continue our state’s recovery from COVID-19, we must invest longer-term in the stability and affordability of residential real estate across New Jersey.” said Governor Murphy. “I am proud that with this budget we can advance a broad strategy for affordable housing. With these investments, we can provide more housing security for low-income families in New Jersey, help many first-generation homeowners build wealth from home, and significantly expand our stock of affordable homes. “

High quality, stable living space that people can actually afford has the incredible ability to change lives and communities.” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver. “The state’s unprecedented multi-billion dollar investment in housing will not only address the huge impact of COVID-19 on our New Jersey renters and homeowners, but will expand our existing housing programs and create new ones. This is such an exciting and fulfilling time to live because we are seizing an opportunity with vision and purpose to help thousands of families find a place to call home. ”


Governor Murphy, Secretary Bridges Announce Almost $ 30 Million Award Winners To Help Address The Impact Of COVID-19 On Post-Secondary Students

Governor Phil Murphy and the Secretary for Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced the winners of nearly $ 30 million in federal funding to be distributed to New Jersey colleges.

“Despite the challenging circumstances throughout the pandemic, our universities offered our students high-quality education.” said Governor Murphy. “Supporting our institutions will continue to be a priority as they work to provide students with an equitable educational experience, prepare them for the jobs of the future, and meet the challenges ahead.”

“Through this critical federal funding, New Jersey is prioritizing student needs and ensuring our workforce is ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s post-pandemic economy.” said Secretary Bridges. “We appreciate institutions rising to this challenge and look forward to learning from the innovative best practices implemented as we meet the government’s goal of 65 percent of residents earning a high quality degree by 2025.”



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