Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 11/22/2021

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Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
November 19, 2021
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • The FDA approved COVID-19 boosters for all adults. Now, CDC must approve.
  • New Jersey has recovered about 72% of the jobs lost in the pandemic.
  • Virtual court proceedings to continue in N.J. after the pandemic.
The FDA Approved COVID-19 Boosters for All Adults, with one Final Hurdle Ahead
The FDA on Friday opened up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults. But there’s one more step: The CDC must agree to expand Pfizer and Moderna boosters to healthy young adults. Its scientific advisers were set to debate later Friday. If the CDC agrees, tens of millions more Americans could have three doses of protection ahead of the new year. Anyone who got the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine can already get a booster. (The Associated Press)
Affordable Energy for New Jersey
New Jersey Employment Stays on the Comeback Trail, Labor Department Says
New Jersey grew jobs for the tenth consecutive month in October, according to the state Labor Department. Jobs increased by 20,000 and the state unemployment rate ticked down to 7%. New Jersey has now recovered about 72% of the jobs lost in March and April 2020 due to the pandemic. (ROI-NJ)
Virtual Court Proceedings to Continue in N.J. After the Pandemic
Virtual court proceedings will continue in New Jersey after the pandemic. The state Supreme Court issued an order Thursday noting that, although bringing parties together is important in many cases, virtual proceedings have reduced time and costs and have created fewer scheduling conflicts. Criminal jury trials, bench trials, evidence hearings and sentencings will proceed in person, unless parties consent to conducting them virtually. (The Associated Press)
New Tap-and-Go Fare Payment Coming to PATH by 2024
PATH riders will be able to pay fares by tapping a smartphone, credit or debit card on a fare reader, just like New York City subway passengers have done since 2019, with operation starting in mid-2023. Port Authority commissioners approved a $99.4 million contract with Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. at Thursday’s board meeting to complete the design and installation of the new contactless PATH fare payment system. (
First-Ever Statewide Diversity Gala Attracts 300 Leaders who Desire a More Inclusive and Equal N.J., and a More Competitive One Too
The Nov. 10 event at the Pines Manor in Edison, hosted by the N.J. Chamber and the African American Chamber of N.J., was a call to action. It featured a roster of rousing speakers who discussed the imperative of equality in New Jersey – and in America. "The question we have to answer is: Do we have the will for change?" leaders asked. For a recap and photos, click here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
The N.J. Chamber's Walk to Washington Next Year is Cancelled — to be Recast as 'ReNew Jersey Business Summit' in Atlantic City
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that its Walk to Washington networking train trip will be recast as the ReNew Jersey Business Summit, to be held April 13-14 at Borgata in Atlantic City, due to lingering concerns about COVID-19. The announcement marks the second consecutive year that the Walk to Washington, the state’s largest business networking event, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Chamber officials said they intend to resume the annual train trip in 2023. (ROI-NJ)
Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (
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Business Resources
State & Federal Financial Assistance (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Reopening Playbook for Employers (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
The Best Tool for Your Business - Membership in the N.J. Chamber
The N.J. Chamber provides members with guest speakers, webinars, networking opportunities and discount programs that help businesses grow. The N.J. Chamber also advocates for pro-growth and pro-business legislation.
N.J. Coronavirus Cases
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 25,411
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,064,711
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,143,092
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