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Here’s why I gave up booze during the coronavirus lockdown

Here’s why I gave up booze during the coronavirus lockdown

By Last month, when Gov. Phil Murphy announced New Jersey’s first round of closures due to the , I found myself drinking pretty much everyday. Not because I wanted to drown out the current state of affairs with copious amounts of booze; it was just simply because there was not much else to do.We were stuck inside and I’m a pretty social person, who was now left to his own devices.A typical weekday for me in mid-March meant working from home and attempting to unpack at my new apartment. (Yes, I moved in the middle of a pandemic). I’d wake up, finish my work, walk to the liquor store, pretend...

May 1, 2020
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The best N.J. face masks and where to get them to show your Jersey pride

The best N.J. face masks and where to get them to show your Jersey pride

By Call it the 2020 version of the .In the , have become a vehicle for personal expression and hometown pride.As luxe names like have channeled their energies into producing masks for health care workers, brands have also been selling fabric masks that depart from the medical look. Cow print, tie-dye, silk — there’s a for every style.Social distancing — but .Now that everyone has to wear masks (at least in public), people are starting to have fun with designs, injecting a bit of levity or creativity into the whole enterprise.Gov. Phil Murphy, who lives in Middletown, sported a .On Etsy,...

May 5, 2020
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Expect ‘hard dates’ on N.J. reopening from coronavirus lockdown soon, Gov. Murphy says

Expect ‘hard dates’ on N.J. reopening from coronavirus lockdown soon, Gov. Murphy says

By and New Jersey residents could get “hard dates” later this week on when the state can begin to reopen from near-lockdown restrictions in place for several weeks to slow the spread of , Gov. said Monday.“We are getting data that is making us more comfortable and confident that we will soon give some hard dates as to when we can truly begin our road back through restart and recovery,” Murphy said at his daily press conference in Trenton. “I’m hoping to put dates on the schedule very soon.”The governor made these remarks as he announced , bringing the statewide total to 139,945....

May 11, 2020
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Still waiting for unemployment? Here’s why it could take weeks, Labor says.

Still waiting for unemployment? Here’s why it could take weeks, Labor says.

Complaints continue to pour in from workers who are still waiting to get their unemployment benefits. They says calls to the state’s Labor Department go unanswered even though they repeatedly try to get through. The state’s Labor Department said Monday morning it has processed benefits for about half-a-million people, but as of last week, had more than 718,000 claims filed in the past month in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. We asked the agency to explain why it’s taking so long for some applicants to receive benefits, knowing that every case is different and some may be anything but...

April 20, 2020
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The Murphy Method: Hike tolls while no one is watching | Editorial

The Murphy Method: Hike tolls while no one is watching | Editorial

By Gov. Murphy and his Turnpike Authority on the Turnpike and Parkway Wednesday, which will help fund a , and they kept public participation as limited as possible. There was no live stream of the virtual meeting, there was only access by phone, and those testifying against the increase noted that they didn’t learn of the vote until that morning, because was posted with less than 24 hours’ notice. So the people who use the Turnpike learned that it will now cost them $5 more to drive its 117-mile length by reading about it after it was a done deal, which is not exactly a model of transparent...

May 29, 2020
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A cereal-infused ice cream shop is opening in N.J. this week

A cereal-infused ice cream shop is opening in N.J. this week

By The pandemic may have delayed its opening, but a long-awaited cereal ice cream bar is finally coming to New Jersey., an ice cream parlor that specializes in cereal-infused frozen treats, will hold the grand opening of its Jersey City location on Thursday, the company announced on Instagram. It will be the franchise’s second location, with the original shop located in Manhattan. A post shared by (@milkandcreambar) on May 24, 2020 at 12:05pm PDT“We couldn’t be more excited to announce our first franchise location in Jersey City! Of course, it’s not the opening we’ve imagined but we’re...

May 27, 2020
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CVS expands drive-thru coronavirus testing to 45 more N.J. locations

CVS expands drive-thru coronavirus testing to 45 more N.J. locations

By has expanded drive-thru testing to 45 of its stores in New Jersey, in addition to 11 locations the company opened last month to help fight the pandemic.Customers must remain in cars, the company said. The pharmacy will provide kits through the drive-thru window and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. The new test locations will open on Friday, the company said in a news release.“Opening access to testing to more locations using our drive-thru window represents an important milestone in our response to the pandemic. We remain...

May 28, 2020
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It’s official. Murphy approves toll hikes on three major N.J. highways

It’s official. Murphy approves toll hikes on three major N.J. highways

By It’s a done deal. in September, after Gov. Phil Murphy gave a final approval of the increases and the multi-billion dollar construction plans they fund.Murphy signed the meeting minutes on May 27 and sent confirmation letters to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and South Jersey Transportation Authority, said Jerrel Harvey, a spokesman for the governor. The approvals came on the same day boards of both agencies met, held lengthy public hearings and approved the toll increases.Governors have the option to approve authority board minutes, or not to sign them and veto the actions on all or...

June 10, 2020
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‘Salute to America’ military flyover could include N.J. with New York City, Philly on flight path

‘Salute to America’ military flyover could include N.J. with New York City, Philly on flight path

By New Jersey could get a taste of the upcoming “Salute to America” military flyover, which will pass over both New York City and Philadelphia on a journey from Boston to Washington D.C. to celebrate Independence Day.An exact date for the flyover was not provided by the Department of Defense in a statement, but it noted that it is “proud to celebrate the nation’s 244th birthday” so the flyover is likely to be on or around July 4.The aerial salute will include cities that played roles in the American Revolution. It will begin in Boston before proceeding to New York, Philadelphia and...

June 29, 2020
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Mitch McConnell to NJ: Drop Dead | Moran

Mitch McConnell to NJ: Drop Dead | Moran

By Sen. Mitch McConnell has a knack for turning a bad situation into an infuriating one.He did it after the children were murdered at Sandy Hook when he on gun safety. He did it after the Russians screwed up the 2016 election when he in time for 2020.And he’s doing it now, with the virus. This time, he says hard-hit states like New Jersey should quit bugging the federal government for handouts, and instead declare bankruptcy.“My guess is their first choice would be for the federal government to borrow money from future generations to send it down to them now, so they don’t have to do that,”...

April 26, 2020
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