Getting NJ back to work

From ROI-NJ:

N.J. is reopening. We must now work together to rebuild the economy

For months, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the state’s business community have been urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen the state, where justified by the medical metrics, and let the flow of commerce help rebuild our economy.

Now that we are on the verge of a full reopening, we should remember there are still significant issues to address before this race is won.

If the business community walks in partnership with state government and we move together in a timely fashion, we can effectively address these remaining issues, and New Jersey can look forward to a robust and vigorous recovery.

The first thing that the state and business community must work together on is to instill confidence in workers and customers that it is safe to once again visit stores, offices, restaurants and other places of commerce.

It is incumbent on businesses to do their part by reminding employees what the medical data clearly show — that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. Businesses must vigorously encourage employees to get vaccinated and, whenever possible, allow their employees the time they need to get themselves and their families vaccinated.

The faster we approach community protection (aka herd immunity), the sooner our economy shifts into high gear. The business community can and must play a significant role in getting our economy back to where it needs to be.

We now know that New Jersey’s revenue picture is considerably brighter than originally anticipated. One reason for that is higher-than-anticipated tax revenue. Another is an infusion of financial support from the federal government.

State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio revealed Thursday that the feds deposited more than $6 billion — New Jersey’s share of the American Rescue Plan funds — into our coffers last week.

While revealing this news, the treasurer said one disconcerting thing: The federal government sent preliminary guidance about how the money should be spent and gave New Jersey officials 60 days to review and respond to these guidelines.

That will not work!

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53 Responses to Getting NJ back to work

  1. grim says:

    From the Star Ledger:

    N.J. indoor mask mandate, social distancing ends today for most settings. Here are the details, exceptions.

    For the first time in more than a year, New Jersey residents will awake Friday without indoor mask and social distancing requirements in most circumstances as the state lifts one of the key remaining rules ordered to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

    While those who are unvaccinated are still strongly urged to wear masks in public settings, New Jersey’s shift to follow federal guidance on masks relies on the honor system, with no checks or verifications for vaccinations.

    It all happens in time for Memorial Day weekend, as residents and tourists celebrate what’s traditionally considered the unofficial arrival of the summer season.

    For the first time since last April, bars, restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters, gyms and more can operate at full capacity and without people needing to mask up. Individual business are still permitted to require staff or customers to wear masks, but it’s no longer a statewide rule.

    Gov. Phil Murphy has said he’s still encouraging unvaccinated people in “the strongest possible terms” to either get the vaccine or to follow federal guidelines and keep wearing face coverings.

    “These steps are the clearest signs of our commitment to carefully and deliberately reopening our state after what has been a truly crushing 14-month period,” Murphy said when he announced the rule change on Monday.

    Also, face coverings will still be required on public transportation, in schools, in child care facilities, at summer camps, in healthcare centers and inside state offices open to the public (such as Motor Vehicle Commission sites). They’re also still required at some workplaces closed to the public (including warehouse and manufacturing facilities), but that mandate ends on June 4.

  2. The Great Pumpkin says:

    If we are remote work, and location doesn’t matter…why do you have to challenge NIMBY laws and screw up good locations to live? Just go build in Texas, Florida, Carolinas, etc….leave us alone.

    “Expanding the supply of homes in those places will require taking on the Nimbys. On this front, the Biden administration’s solution is a voluntary grant program that would give local jurisdictions money to fund what can be the arduous process of reforming zoning laws and removing other obstacles to increasing density. Such local laws—including parking requirements for new construction and prohibitions on multifamily dwellings—have furthered housing segregation, exacerbated sprawl, and driven up costs. But some prosperous places probably won’t take the money, says Joe Cortright, director of City Observatory, an urban policy think tank based in Portland, Ore.”

  3. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Grim, thanks for that share on innovation.

  4. The Great Pumpkin says:

    There is no worse social!st agenda then taking a living location created by capitalism and artificially trying to make it affordable. Madness. Let the market do its job.

  5. BidenIsTheGOAT says:

    The question I have is whether Phil Murphy will be held accountable for being a failed leader. Recent history suggests no. You have to look no further than menendez being re-elected. This state is totally lost.

  6. Phoenix says:

    “The question I have is whether Phil Murphy will be held accountable for being a failed leader.”

    Not as long as he supports the unions of NJ.

  7. Fast Eddie says:

    Just came back from PT for my knee… masks still on there. I guess the medical industry is going to continue for a while? Any early observations? I’ll venture out at lunch to see who/what is still in a state of obedience. Remember, it was only until we flatten the curve. Well, we flattened the curve, got a vaccine, distanced, died, came back to life, flattened the curve again, hopped on one leg and planted St. Joseph upside down in the front yard so let me know when the face diapers can be retired. It reeks of Third-Worldism. We used to lead, now we follow.

  8. Phoenix says:

    Yeah, we have no choice. Other reasons as well besides Covid.
    Glad to hear you are doing well.

  9. joyce says:

    Did you have to wear a mask or only the employees?

  10. Fast Eddie says:


    Employees and clientele both in masks.

  11. Juice Box says:

    Few masks this morning at Home Depot, no signs at the door and no mask police. Employees I spoke to were generally happy it’s over.

  12. Brt says:

    Lol my town 95 percent still masking up this morning.

  13. Juice Box says:

    At DMV now in Monmouth county. Lots and lots of masks, end of month so packed as well. I am online for inspection so not too bad 7 cars in front of me should be out of here post haste. I have been driving with an expired inspection for a few months now, totally forgot about it when everything was in lockdown, no issues with the PoPo but don’t need to give them an excuse to ticket me now.

  14. Fast Eddie says:


    Which town?

  15. Juice Box says:

    Seems governor science won’t let the State employees take their masks off, have to wear masks in alll government building still. Good news is my 9 year old truck passed inspection 150k miles too.

  16. Phoenix says:

    “Seems governor science won’t let the State employees take their masks off,”

    He is doing you a favor.

  17. Phoenix says:

    MV is the best it’s ever been. Most things can be done online. You can schedule appointments at many places for inspection.

    In and out for me in 20 minutes. On my schedule.

    Got the Real Id license too. Pre Covid. Scheduled an appointment, done in 30 minutes.

    It’s about the only thing NJ has actually improved on.

    And as far as inspection, all your car has to do now to pass inspection is pass emissions- your tires can be as bald as Jeff Bezos and you are good to go.

  18. Phoenix says:

    “A New Jersey mother who called 911 for a minor wrist injury she suffered apparently in the process of killing her 4-year-old son was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the homicide, authorities announced.”

    Well, so much for a dad getting custody of this child. His chances went from 10 percent to zero.

    She can claim she was mentally ill and be out in 3 years with therapy.

  19. Ez says:

    Echo Park – Echo Park Lake reopened to the public this afternoon, two months after the park was closed following the relocation of about 200 homeless people who had taken up residence there, and anger over their removal continued to boil over.

    Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who came under fire from some homeless advocates during the effort to place the park residents into alternative housing, was among the first to walk into the park when it reopened at 3 p.m..

    O’Farrell was quickly surrounded by a group of advocates, some of whom broke into chants of “Shame on Mitch” while some people yelled at the activists. Police stayed out of confrontation.

    O’Farrell, who was accompanied by staff and others, did not respond to hecklers as he left the park.
    The reopening comes after L.A. Sanitation and Environment crews removed nearly 36 tons of waste from the park, which underwent more than a $1 million worth of cleaning and repairs, including replacing playground surfacing, upgrading restrooms and refurbishing the park’s turf and improving irrigation.

    In addition, officials said security cameras were to be installed in the park “to help ensure that Echo Park Lake remains safe and secure for all park users,” according to a Council District 13 statement.

    Some of the former residents of the lake’s encampment and members of Unhoused Tenants Against Carceral Housing appeared during a press conference at the park an hour after it opened “describe the negative consequences that eviction has had” on the former tent dwellers.

    An estimated 200 people who had lived in the park in tents and other structures were relocated to hotel rooms and other forms of shelter over a period of three months before the closure, according to city officials. Many others moved to other encampments, according to advocates for the unhoused.

  20. 3b says:

    Phoenix: There seems to be a big increase in angry women today, from Karen’s to female teachers sexually abusing students, to those killing their own children. Maybe it just gets reported more today, social media and all.

  21. Fast Eddie says:

    Karens of the world… unite!!

  22. The Great Pumpkin says:


    Now that’s funny. These people are lost. You have too much time on your hands when you are protesting issues like this.

  23. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Mike Burry must be having some fun with the Tesla short.

  24. The Great Pumpkin says:

    “Last year, demand fell faster than supply – deflation scare. This summer, demand recovering faster than supply – inflation scare. Is it really more complicated than that?”

  25. Libturd says:

    Anyone look at Veev?

  26. Walking says:

    Juice Box, I was pulled over the other day and received a warning. I did not have my current insurance card. The police officer did give me 2 minutes to call my 12 year old and have her text me the current insurance card. I was more impressed that she was able to go through my filing cabinets and pull out the insurance folder. -Blue folders for expenses green folders for investments. The officer did tell me that they accept smart phone -photos of registration and insurance now as proof. Did not know that.

  27. Ez says:

    Wrap your head around this:
    “crews removed nearly 36 tons of waste from the park”

    Just gross. Welcome to the Third World folks. CA leads the way!

  28. Fast Eddie says:

    Kings supermarket – masks optional for vaccinated folks. I displayed my handsome face proudly.

  29. Ez says:

    “We’re not the typical homeless,” says Davon Brown, 30, an ex-fashion model from Jamaica, New York, given to bizarre behavior and grandiose outbursts in which he compares himself to King David. Last year, Brown lost his home and then found a new one, outdoors, among Echo Park’s lotus blossoms and elderberry trees. “We’re not drug addicts and criminals.”

    No, they’re not—at least most of them. Nor are they murderers. And yet something happened to that 18-year-old girl from San Diego who was found dead inside the camp in August. Brianna Moore, a one-time honor student, had traveled to L.A. over the summer to participate in the protests that were roiling the city. But after meeting up with some other young protesters, she ended up dead on her first night in Echo Park, her body found inside a tent beside the lily pond. There’s a shrine to her in the community garden by the water’s edge, surrounded by candles and photographs and flowers. Her death was blamed on an overdose. But like a lot of things about Echo Park, the true circumstances of her demise have never been fully explained.

  30. JCer says:

    Grim from the last post CICS and green screens are still alive and well in most every industry especially banking. Most industries have adopted a strategy of containment for legacy apps running on IBM Mainframe or legacy AS/400. They essentially leave the core processing as is and minimize changes to only what is absolutely necessary, lots of offloading of functionality to newer technology and a lot of kludge interfaces to port data in and out of the mainframe(usually some combination of DB2 databases, flat files, MQ messaging, direct CICS rpc calls, and the IBM java engine on the mainframe). Some businesses like retail largely use the green screens as is.

    This goes back to what I’ve stated about lack of investment, this is a kludge and the chickens will come home to roost, we will eventually get to a point where no one knows how to work on this stuff nor wants to, I knew people early in my career who were pulled into mainframe work while doing front end builds and they literally quit their jobs when the ask included doing the mainframe work, not many technologists want to work in 50 year old dead technologies. Additionally we artificially handicap the abilities of the systems by tying them to dinosaur back ends. The business case is tough for this though, besides an eventual infrastructure savings and future risk mitigation, migrations are expensive and risky and the existing stuff does work just fine. Bystander’s employer though is the worst they spent billions building technology on the latest iterations of System Z(IBM re-branding of OS/390) in the 90’s to the early 2000’s, possibly the dumbest technology investment in the history of banking.

    I’m actually in the process of replacing a system they spent 50 million building that still isn’t complete 11 years after starting with our product running on AWS. At the time when they were planning this I told my Managing Director the exact issues they would have as a result of their technology choice, they relatively quickly hit a wall and tried to throw a Spark cluster in front which didn’t fix the issue just temporarily alleviated it but it was akin to connecting a fire hose to your garden hose spigot, it couldn’t supply data fast enough to really take advantage of the spark platform but it least it saves some MIPS costs, this system ran on it’s own dedicated mainframe with the IBM Java accelerator and was doing soap services over IBM MQ. So essentially they wasted a tremendous amount of money resulting in failure and will replace it with SaaS that costs less than their annual operating expenses(even with a million plus price tag on an annual basis) but the migration of data will cost millions.

  31. JCer says:

    JB only 9 years old, mines 14 but only has 105k city miles on it avg speed 8 miles per hour on most days. If I recall correctly you have a Range Rover with that kind of mileage of that vintage you need to worry more about it throwing it’s timing chain and the engine grenade-ing itself rather than passing inspection. I’m pretty sure in NJ if the check engine light isn’t illuminating it passes, the only time I ever had an issue was after I had it serviced and they reset the computer, so not enough data. I’m pretty sure they passed my truck and it didn’t have functioning rear brakes, had a visibly broken sway bar link and was throwing a transmission code so safety is not too much of a concern.

    The whole inspection process seems like a waste of time, I’m not convinced it does anything. 2 years is a long time and if the pollution control system fails on the car usually the whole car isn’t too far behind. Normally most failures cause the car to run so badly the person ends up getting it fixed or junks the car anyway.

  32. Phoenix says:

    There is a big increase in angry women.

    Some humor for the weekend, sorry if it’s a repost.

  33. Fast Eddie says:

    Senate Republicans knocked down a January 6th Capital Riot Commission. No erect1on for you, democrats. Until a commission is formed to investigate the destruction wrought upon the country from the BLM and ANTIFA movements, the erect1on accusations will wither and die. Speaking of the BLM, I see that the multi-millionaire founder of the BLM movement is resigning to pursue book and movie deals. Oh, I get it, never let a crisis go to waste. I also understand there’s millions of dollars unaccounted for. What’s a few bucks among friends especially when… Black lives matter.

  34. Phoenix says:

    When I become homeless I’ll set up camp in Colts Neck in the summer and Boca Raton in the winter.

  35. Juice Box says:

    Nah no Range Rover for me. I don’t believe is spending money like that. When I was younger I had a few different used sports cars Mustang, Camaro, 300z, but nothing too new or fancy. I did rent sports cars on vacation and even a Range Rover when I visited family in Ireland. Truth be told I am cheap. My cousin’s husband worked at the car rental at the airport and gave me a deal I could not refuse as in Range Rover for a mini rental price lol. I just had to take out the extra insurance….

    BTW on car engine maintenance. I only use synthetic oil in cars. Learned that a long time ago when I met with the creator of “Tufoil” he had a factory off of Rt. 17 in Ramsey New Jersey. I was in the factory if you would call it that. They used to take 50 gallon drums of castro motor oil and repacked it into a small bottle add a polymer to it.

    Business is still around….but moved to Minnesota…

  36. Ez says:

    1:39 you suck. Your opinions suck. Get F-cked.

  37. The Great Pumpkin says:

    On to something here…lmao

    Phoenix says:
    May 28, 2021 at 1:41 pm
    When I become homeless I’ll set up camp in Colts Neck in the summer and Boca Raton in the winter.

  38. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Why work and pay for a house when you can just live off everyone else for free while crying about how unjust this world is.

  39. JCer says:

    JB the Range Rover is a very economical car, I bought a new TDV6 a little over 2 years ago, it had so many issues they took it back and gave all of my money back 2 years later! I drove it for 2 years put 26k miles on it, it pretty much needed brakes, tires, and the service required light on(at the dealer it’s ~$5k, annual service is like $800(criminal I know it’s an oil change, air filter, cabin filter and inspection), tires are 2k for the 21’s, and brakes at the dealer are $2700). A great car when it’s driving very fuel efficient but it’s an electrical basket case with lots of other questionable quality control and a terrible dealer service network. Land rover corporate seems fairly used to these repurchases which makes me think it happens with some frequency.

  40. Bystander says:


    1 senator each from following states, 3 to most populated states. This is how crazy Benghazi panel gets approved and insurrections do not.

    Wyoming (Population: 572,381)
    Vermont (Population: 627,180)
    Alaska (Population: 735,720)
    North Dakota (Population: 760,900)
    South Dakota (Population: 892,631)
    Delaware (Population: 975,033)
    Rhode Island (Population: 1,056,738)
    Montana (Population: 1,074,532)
    Maine (Population: 1,342,097)

  41. Juice Box says:

    Jcer – When I was bored one year I did a 2 year lease on a hummer 3. As a truck at low speed just ok, but highway it whined like a bitch. Did a bit of deeper water and snow banks with it, interior was luxury for GM. I had spent allot of time driving an old Jeep Willy, really allot of fun when it did not break down.

    Reliable and cheap is my gig these days. Heck my motorcycle is still under a cover and rusting. It is a collectable, may sell it for a boat who knows…

  42. Ez says:

    My little M3 is humming along. No pun intended.

  43. chicagofinance says:

    posted from the center of a unionized bureaucracy

    The Great Pumpkin says:
    May 28, 2021 at 8:48 am
    There is no worse social!st agenda then taking a living location created by capitalism and artificially trying to make it affordable. Madness. Let the market do its job.

  44. chicagofinance says:

    Supposedly Trump was here on Wednesday at his golf club….. my son’s friends have photos.

    Phoenix says:
    May 28, 2021 at 1:41 pm
    When I become homeless I’ll set up camp in Colts Neck in the summer and Boca Raton in the winter.

  45. SmallGovConservative says:

    Bystander says:
    May 28, 2021 at 5:05 pm
    “1 senator each from following states, 3 to most populated state…”

    For anyone that ever wondered what kind of man would ever want to be governed by Nancy Pelosi or AOC…

    Which of these sounds more like incitement to you?

    I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021

    Washington (CNN) Rep. Maxine Waters on Saturday night called for protesters to “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the killing of George Floyd.

  46. Bystander says:

    Or this, Smallbrain. Geez you are relentlessly idiotic..

    And we fight. We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.

    Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun. My fellow Americans, for our movement, for our children, and for our beloved country.

    And I say this despite all that’s happened. The best is yet to come.

    So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I love Pennsylvania Avenue. And we’re going to the Capitol, and we’re going to try and give.

  47. grim says:

    Covid must be over, NJ hasn’t bothered to update the covid dashboard in almost a week.

  48. SmallGovConservative says:

    Creepy Joe is back…Seems appropriate for the president of the United States to direct comments like this to an elementary school-aged girl, right?

    “I love those barrettes in your hair, man. I tell you what, look at her, she looks like she’s 19 years old, sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed.”

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