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This Week in New Jersey: October 15th, 2021


Governor Phil Murphy Celebrates Groundbreaking of Historic Research, Education and Innovation Hub in New Brunswick

Governor Phil Murphy, Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway, Princeton Provost

“This is one of those rare projects that when completed will be even more exciting than our original vision,” said Governor Murphy.  “The addition of the medical school and research facility will make this a one-of-a-kind facility and the medical and scientific breakthroughs made here will be felt for generations.”


Governor Murphy and NJ TRANSIT Announce Portal North Bridge Project Construction Award

overnor Murphy announced that the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors has approved a contract with Skanska/Traylor Bros Joint Venture for the construction of the new Portal North Bridge. The project, a critical part of the Gateway Program, will eliminate the critical issues caused by operation and maintenance of the existing swing bridge that have long plagued the most heavily transited portion of the Northeast Corridor. 

“Few infrastructure projects are as critical to the nation as replacing the aging Portal Bridge,” said Governor Murphy. “With this step, NJ TRANSIT is rapidly moving towards beginning the first phase of the largest infrastructure project in the United States. This award will not only bring a bridge that will resolve the long-standing bottlenecks plaguing New Jersey commuters, but will also create well-paying skilled labor jobs in the process. We would not be at this step today without our partners in the Biden Administration, NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, our federal delegation, Amtrak, and the State of New York.”


Governor Murphy Breaks Ground on Route 9/Main Street Roadway Improvement Project

Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Assistant Commissioner of Planning, Multimodal and Grants Administration Michael Russo, and Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac broke ground on a Middlesex County project to improve the Route 9/Main Street intersection.  The project is funded through a $12 million County Aid Grant from the State’s Transportation Trust Fund. 

“Our Administration is committed to improving and bettering transportation infrastructure for the benefit of all New Jerseyans,” said Governor Murphy.  “This project is an excellent example of how we are working to deliver projects that improve safety and the quality of life in our communities. Today’s groundbreaking will pave the way for community revitalization and smart development in Woodbridge, with the roads to accompany the resulting growth.” 


Murphy Administration Releases Final Climate Change Resiliency Strategy to Protect New Jersey’s Communities, Environment, and Infrastructure from Climate Change

Governor Phil Murphy’s Interagency Council on Climate Resilience released the final version of the state’s first Climate Change Resiliency Strategy, a science-based blueprint for protecting New Jersey’s vulnerable communities, environment, economy, and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.  

“Climate change is the single greatest long-term threat facing humanity, and as Tropical Storm Ida made painfully clear in September, New Jersey’s climate change risks are already manifesting across the state,” said Governor Murphy. “These risks will only worsen in the years to come, with potentially devastating impacts to our communities, economy, public health, and the daily lives of all New Jerseyans. The Climate Change Resiliency Strategy outlines decisive and intentional action that will secure a more climate resilient future for New Jersey.”


Murphy Administration Announces Additional Child Care Investments to Support Working Families, Child Care Workers, & Providers

Governor Phil Murphy and Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced plans to invest more than $700 million to help parents pay for child care, provide bonus pay to child care workers, and distribute grants and increase support for child care providers.

“We know that child care is one of the key challenges facing families – especially single moms – as they rejoin our workforce,” said Governor Murphy. “Through these investments, we are committed to providing the necessary support to ensure that this challenge does not become an obstacle.”

“As we continue to manage and recover from the challenges of the pandemic, child care continues to be a top priority to strengthening our economy and our workforce,” Acting Commissioner Adelman said.  “We know that affordable, reliable and quality child care is especially critical for working mothers who have been disproportionately affected by the impacts of the pandemic. We are committed to doing everything we can to strengthen and support every segment of child care in New Jersey. We also thank our Congressional delegation for their hard work and contributions to bringing these dollars to New Jersey families.”