Governor’s Office | This week in New Jersey: January 7, 2022

GOVERNOR MURPHY LEADS THE RESPONSE TO WINTER STORMS

Governor Murphy led the state’s response to two winter storms with State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan, Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and Public Services Board Chairman Joseph Fiordaliso to closely monitor state efforts to mitigate the impact of storms.

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GOVERNOR MURPHY TO ISSUE 2022 STATE ADDRESS

Governor Phil Murphy’s State of State 2022 address will be released online and via social media on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, reaffirming his commitment to lead New Jersey through the COVID-19 public health crisis, improve the lives of middle-class families, and build a stronger and more resilient post-pandemic economy.

“Over the past year, New Jersey has proven its resilience in the face of adversity. While still facing the challenges of the pandemic, we have made undeniable progress for working class and middle class families who live in New Jersey ”, Governor Murphy said. “This year’s State of the State address will focus on our continued commitment to education and economic opportunity, and making our state more affordable for families. Together, we will move forward on the path to building a stronger and fairer New Jersey. ”

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GOVERNOR MURPHY ANNOUNCES NEW JERSEY NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT TO HELP LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

Governor Murphy announced that the New Jersey National Guard will be deployed to long-term care facilities in New Jersey to help with COVID-19 response efforts and to augment facility staff.

“Time and time again, the New Jersey National Guard has stepped up its efforts throughout this pandemic,” Governor Murphy said. “This deployment will send members of our National Guard to long-term care facilities with staffing needs and act to protect the health and safety of long-term care residents as the Omicron variant spreads across the country. .

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GOVERNOR MURPHY ANNOUNCES EXTENDED REVENUE ELIGIBILITY FOR DUTY DRUG ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that income limits for the Elderly and Disabled Pharmaceutical Assistance (PAAD) and Senior Gold Prescription Discount Drug Assistance Programs have increased by $ 10,000, making drug prices more affordable and benefiting over 20,000 seniors. The income threshold increase, which was part of Governor Murphy’s fiscal year 2022 budget, is the largest one-time increase in the history of the PAAD and Senior Gold Prescription Discount drug assistance programs.

“Few problems have a greater financial impact on New Jersey families than the ever-increasing cost of prescription drugs,” Governor Murphy said. “Making New Jersey a more affordable place to live means working to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made with this historic benefit increase that will extend benefits to thousands of New Jerseyans. “

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GOVERNOR MURPHY ANNOUNCES SECOND LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION ACT

Governor Phil Murphy announced the second round of funding for the Library Construction Bond Act (LCBA), which allocates $ 37 million to 36 library projects in 13 counties in New Jersey. The Library Bond Act was approved by voters in 2017 and authorizes $ 125 million in state bonds for technology updates, building improvements, and other library projects across the state.

“Libraries are the foundation of our communities and investing in them is just as essential as investing in our schools, towns and villages and in our families.” Governor Murphy said. “The library provides essential resources and is where the concept of lifelong learning comes to fruition, where the spirit of community is celebrated and where families come together. I am happy to announce this second round of funding so that we can continue to see progress in modernizing New Jersey libraries. “

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