Governor Phil Murphy

This Week In New Jersey: May 29th, 2020


Governor Murphy Delivers Remarks at Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Ceremony

Governor Murphy and Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale, Adjutant General of the New Jersey National Guard participated in a solemn Memorial Day ceremony at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Cemetery in North Hanover. The ceremony, held with social distancing measures in place commemorated the sacrifices of so many New Jerseyans to keep the United States safe in many wars across our history.


Governor Murphy Announces Resumption of Child-Care Services, Organized Sports Practices, and Youth Day Camps

Governor Murphy announced the resumption of child-care services, organized sports practices and youth day camps. 

  1. Child-care services will resume on June 15th
  2. Organized sports practices will resume on June 22nd
  3. Youth day camps will resume on July 6th.

Governor Murphy Announces Authorization of Practice and Competition for Professional Sports Teams in New Jersey

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 148, Governor Murphy noted that professional sports teams which train or play in New Jersey are allowed to practice and engage in games or matches, if their leagues resume competition.

“Our administration has been in constant discussions with our professional sports teams about a modified return to operations,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “While leagues make their own decisions about operations, I am confident that teams are equipped to practice and eventually play in a responsible manner, protecting the health and safety of players, coaches, and team personnel.”


Governor Murphy Announces That Modified In-Person Graduation Ceremonies Can Begin

Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) will issue updated guidance allowing school districts and colleges/universities to hold modified in-person graduation ceremonies beginning on July 6.

“I am proud to say that our graduates will have the opportunity to join their classmates and families to celebrate graduation,” said Governor Murphy. “Despite the uncertainty of these times, our students deserve to have their hard work acknowledged and celebrate safely. We have reached a point where we feel confident moving forward and giving our graduates the send-off they have so rightly earned.”

“New Jersey is taking a wise, sensible approach toward graduation ceremonies,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “This plan balances our desire to recognize the accomplishments of our graduating students, while providing the necessary safeguards for their safety, as well as the safety of their friends, families and school staff.”


Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Temporarily Extending Deadlines for Property Tax Appeals and Decisions

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (A4157), which temporarily extends the deadline to file a property tax appeal to July 1, 2020, and the deadline for county boards of taxation to render decisions in tax appeal cases to September 30, 2020. The bill takes effect immediately and applies retroactively to April 1, 2020.

“Our current public health crisis has substantially disrupted many of our routine processes, including the ability of New Jersey homeowners to file timely property tax appeals,” said Governor Murphy. “Establishing clear dates for tax appeals and decisions will eliminate the potential for a backlog that would only cause further fiscal uncertainty for taxpayers and municipal governments.”