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Camden County GOP Awards The Line To Ciattarelli

LAWMAKERS, AIRPORT WORKERS RALLY: HEALTH BENEFITS

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Over 100 workers joined a Zoom event yesterday to push for a bill led by Sen. Loretta Weinberg. The Healthy Terminals Act would distribute a $4.54-per-month benefit to approximately 4,000 subcontracted airport workers in Newark in an effort to make their health care plan more affordable. (NorthJersey)

DATA: WHY THE SURGE IN GUN PURCHASES IN NEW JERSEY?


Last year (2020), over 442,000 New Jersey residents applied to get a gun permit. That's significantly higher than the number of people who applied a year before (2019): 102,000. What's contributing to this big change? Residents “are purchasing guns at a rate that we just have never seen before,” the executive director of the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center said. (NJ Spotlight)

NEW LAW HELPS STUDENTS LEARN 'OUR REAL HISTORY'


Earlier this month, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law that gives the Amistad Commission more operational freedom and more direct financial support (via the state budget). The Commission's mission is to educate students about African American history, including slavery. Also, districts must follow the new curriculum laid out by local boards of education: every U.S. history course must feature African American stories and accomplishments. (WHYY)

OVER 50% OF NJ'S RECENT CASES ARE ASYMPTOMATIC


Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said new data shows that more people with COVID don't have symptoms than do — at least recently. This high level of asymptomatic cases — over 50% — explains the state's hospitalization figures, which have plateaued even as cases and deaths continue to rise. (NJ.com)
  • “Almost 60% of our deaths are older individuals. So it may be that it’s more transmissible, more asymptomatic. It’s over 50% now are asymptomatic transmissions. Asymptomatic transmitters are perhaps affecting older, vulnerable adults, and that’s who is ending up in the hospitals, and the mortality is significant,” Persichilli said.
 

😷 Coronavirus—

  • Essential school workers feel largely ignored during COVID (NJ Spotlight)
  • New vaccination site: Edison center aims to vax 2K people daily (WHYY)
  • Once vaccinated, how protected are you from COVID-19? (NJ Spotlight)
  • New Year's spike not as bad as post-Thanksgiving in Camden (TAPinto)
  • Murphy visits Paterson food pantry, calls for federal aid (NorthJersey)
  • Demand for help at NJ food banks will grow post-COVID-19 (NJ Spotlight)
  • NJ: 100K COVID vaccine doses in each of the next 4 weeks (NJ.com)
  • Vaccines: How NJ tries to juggle supply and demand (NJ Spotlight
  • Planet Princeton launches crowdsourcing tool for COVID-19 vaccine availability information (Planet Princeton)
 

☝️ Lastly—

  • NJ unemployment update: $300 checks could arrive Tuesday (NJ.com)
  • NJ Attorney General Grewal on rooting out systemic racism (WNYC)
  • Republican candidate Jack Ciattarelli on governor’s race (NJ Spotlight)
  • ~$25K in grants available for Camden youth organizations (TAPinto)
  • NJ’s experience with 2020 elections: an invaluable teacher (NJ Spotlight)
  • Hoboken's ambitious redevelopment plan (Jersey Journal)
  • Solar energy companies think this could be a terrific year for their industry, as businesses take advantage of energy programs (ROI-NJ)
  • Trump to issue 100 pardons, including doc at center of Sen. Menendez scandal, report says (NJ.com)
PLUS — not everything is terrible:
  • Photos: Fraternity feeds Camden for MLK day of service (TAPinto)
  • The pandemic forced NJ soup kitchens to close. This scrappy charity found a workaround. (NorthJersey)

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