North Jersey News Roundup for April 24, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy came out swinging again against Washington during the state’s daily coronavirus briefing April 23. The governor said U.S. Treasury guidance on how states can use funding from the CARES Act “renders much of this funding unusable.”

President Donald Trump said New Jersey was in “trouble long before the plague came.” The president raised the issue during a discussion of whether he would back more federal aid for states and localities hard hit by the pandemic, opining “states that are in trouble do happen to be blue.”

The House passed a $500 billion coronavirus rescue package delivering emergency aid to small businesses and hospitals. The bill would provide an immediate $321 billion infusion for the Paycheck Protection Program, $60 billion in economic disaster loans for small businesses, $75 billion in emergency relief for hospitals and $25 billion to ramp up coronavirus testing. PoliticoNJ

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will have to scale back its 10-year, $37 billion spending plans without federal assistance. Renovations at Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport are currently in progress, but projects overhauling the Midtown Manhattan bus terminal and an expansion of capacity on the PATH rail system could be in jeopardy. The Wall Street Journal

Gov. Phil Murphy said it’s “too early to tell” what the Shore and its beaches will look like on Memorial Day weekend. The governor believes the typical ceremonies accompanying the holiday weekend appear to be in jeopardy, stating he would be “very surprised” if parades are held.

All events at MetLife Stadium have been canceled or postponed through June 12. Among the events affected are concerts by BTS and Justin Bieber. News12 New Jersey

Jersey City restaurants will not be allowed to operate at 100% capacity when the state shutdown ends. The city’s mayor plans to open large parks first and the smaller parks would be “phase in.” The Jersey Journal

Fort Lee approved a 30-day extension until June 1 for second-quarter property taxes due on May 1 by state law. The borough is retaining the normal 10-day grace period to pay without penalty. However, the state’s Department of Community Affairs said towns have no authority to move the tax deadline beyond May 1. The Record

Hoboken City Council will permit a future hotel to be 50 feet taller than originally planned in a move to secure funding for a community center. Hoboken’s mayor said he will work with Jersey City and Union City officials who raised objections to the plan. The Jersey Journal

The owner of the former Toys R Us headquarters has enlisted a real estate broker to lease space in the complex. Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. will look for industrial, office and retail tenants to to fill the 630,000-sq. ft. space. The Record

The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders postponed a vote on a proposed multi-million dollar expansion of the county landfill off Route 94 in Lafayette. The resolution, pulled at the request of the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority, would have allowed the authority to proceed with $47 million in bonding to enable an upward expansion of the landfill. New Jersey Herald

And finally…It was an offensive line 1st round for local NFL teams as the New York Football Giants selected Georgia OT Andrew Thomas No. 4 and Jets picked up Mekhi Becton at 11.

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