GOVERNOR MURPHY ANNOUNCES MILESTONE FOR LATEST CLASS OF NJ TRANSIT LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS
Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, and NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett recognized NJ TRANSIT’s latest Locomotive Engineer training class for finalizing their formal classroom training and passing the Northeast Operating Rules of Advisory Committee (NORAC) and physical characteristics exams.
“I would like to congratulate those on their way to becoming the newest NJ TRANSIT engineers," said Governor Murphy. “Since the beginning of our administration, we have made it clear that the days of underinvesting in NJ TRANSIT and hollowing engineer ranks are over. As our state is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and mass transit demand increases, new and returning commuters will get to experience a more reliable and improved NJ TRANSIT.”
GOVERNOR MURPHY ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO CLOSE THE EDNA MAHAN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY FOR WOMEN
Governor Phil Murphy announced his intention to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, New Jersey’s only women’s correctional facility.
“After learning about the violent attacks that took place on January 11 at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, I ordered an independent investigation to determine what happened, how it happened, and to ensure a situation like this never occurs again in our correctional facilities,” said Governor Murphy. “With former New Jersey State Comptroller Matt Boxer’s detailed investigative report, we now have key information about the circumstances surrounding the incidents that night and a roadmap to prevent unauthorized cell extractions and violence against inmates.
GOVERNOR MURPHY, SECRETARY OF HIGHER EDUCATION DR. BRIAN BRIDGES, IRVINGTON MAYOR TONY VAUSS, AND N&N BARBERSHOP OWNER HUGEA NEWMAN PARTICIPATE IN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON BOOSTING VACCINE CONFIDENCE AMONG BLACK MEN
Governor Murphy, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, and N&N Barber Shop Owner Hugea Newman participated in a roundtable discussion on boosting vaccine confidence among Black men. Following the discussion, the Governor visited a pop-up vaccine site in Irvington.
GOVERNOR MURPHY SIGNS LEGISLATION CREATING COVID-19 PANDEMIC TASK FORCE ON RACIAL AND HEALTH DISPARITIES
Governor Phil Murphy signed A4004 wGR/S2410, which would create the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Task Force on Racial and Health Disparities.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted our minority communities and we must work together to eliminate the existing racial disparities in health care,” said Governor Murphy. “The revisions sent back to the Legislature further strengthen this bill and will bring together the perspectives and expertise necessary to achieve equity and meaningful healthcare reform.”
AG GREWAL ISSUES GUIDANCE SETTING 60-DAY DEADLINE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO ISSUE PUBLIC REPORTS ON MAJOR DISCIPLINARY VIOLATIONS BY OFFICERS
Following Monday’s unanimous 7-0 decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court upholding his 2020 directive regarding the release of police disciplinary records, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued a supplemental directive setting a 60-day deadline for all law enforcement agencies to publish their first public reports identifying officers who committed serious disciplinary violations.
“This week’s Supreme Court decision heralded a new chapter for police transparency and accountability in New Jersey,” said Attorney General Grewal. “Today’s directive restarts the process that was put on hold by the courts last summer and lays the groundwork for an initial round of public disclosures in the next few months. By lifting the cloak of secrecy over our state’s police disciplinary process, we are not simply ensuring accountability for those who engage in misconduct; we are also demonstrating that the vast majority of law enforcement officers work hard and play by the rules.”