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This Week in New Jersey: November 19th, 2021

11/19/2021

Governor Murphy Breaks Ground On New ShopRite Grocery Store Project in Atlantic City

Governor Murphy, joined by Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Chair Modia Butler, and Village Super Market, Inc. Executive Vice President Bill Sumas broke ground on a new ShopRite supermarket in Atlantic City. The store will ensure that Atlantic City is no longer a food desert, and will provide area residents with high-quality and affordable grocery options.

“Atlantic City residents should not have to leave town in order to shop for groceries for themselves and their families,” said Governor Murphy. “Our Administration, the CRDA, Mayor Small, and others have been working long and hard to make today a possibility, and I am happy to be standing today alongside our partners to break ground on a brand-new ShopRite for Atlantic City.”

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Governor Murphy Announces $400 Million in Capital Facilities Funding to Support New Jersey’s Higher Education Sector

Governor Murphy announced that the state will release a total of $400 million in capital facilities grant funding in a joint solicitation of four revolving bond programs to support the growing needs of New Jersey’s institutions of higher education and students.  

“We want our high-achieving young people and out-of-state students to find the right college match in New Jersey,” said Governor Murphy. “Whether it is a top-notch science lab or a state-of-the-art technology center, we need to ensure our campuses include these critical resources to compete and win these young hearts and minds to seek their educational futures here. With this investment, we are committed to meeting the infrastructure needs of our higher education institutions while creating good-paying union jobs and achieving our goals of college affordability and competitiveness.”

 

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Governor Murphy Announces $75 Million for Emergent and Capital Maintenance School Construction Throughout New Jersey

As part of his commitment to ensuring a high-quality education for every student in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy announced that $75 million in funding will be distributed to school districts across the state to help meet emergent and capital maintenance needs, as well as address COVID-19 concerns to help schools ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for students.

“In order to ensure New Jersey remains the number one school system in the nation, we must ensure our schools have the tools they need for students to succeed,” said Governor Murphy. “The funds we are announcing today are critical for making sure our schools remain safe and welcoming spaces for our kids and educators and for ensuring that our school buildings can meet the needs of the future. I am also proud to say that these projects will support union jobs throughout New Jersey.”

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Governor Murphy Joined By Commissioner Caride, Federal Officials, and Navigators Urge Residents to Explore Affordable Health Insurance Options at Get Covered New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy, Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride, federal officials and health insurance Navigators urged New Jersey residents in need of health coverage to act now to explore their health insurance options and take advantage of record levels of financial help available at Get Covered New Jersey (GetCovered.NJ.gov), the state’s official health insurance marketplace.  

“Health care is more important than ever, and New Jersey has worked for the last four years to improve access to coverage and care for our residents,” said Governor Murphy. “Now is the time for those who need coverage to explore their options and select a health insurance plan for the upcoming year. The fact is, more financial help is available than ever before to lower health insurance costs due to the federal American Rescue Plan and the expansion of state subsidies, and we want all residents who need insurance to get covered.”   

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New Jersey Department of Agriculture Announces $10 Million Distribution for Food Banks

New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher announced that $10 million from American Rescue Plan State Fiscal Recovery Funds is being distributed to emergency feeding organizations throughout the state.

“These funds come at an important time for each of the emergency feeding organizations and will allow more food insecure New Jersey residents to have access to nutritious meals,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher.  “Food banks play an essential role in providing a reliable source of food to so many communities throughout the state.” 

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