The House passed the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act, which would make COVID-19 a presumed line-of-duty injury under the Public Safety Officer Benefit program.
Competing bills in the New Jersey’s Assembly and Senate would address concerns regarding essential workers diagnosed with COVID-19 by creating legal presumptions the disease was contracted on the job.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer is one of the cosponsors of the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (HEROES) Act of 2020, an aid package providing relief to frontline COVID-19 workers, local governments and benefits for those affected by the pandemic
New Jersey’s Senate contingent partnered with their New York counterparts to introduce legislation giving the families of first responders lost to COVID-19 access to public service.
Gov. Phil Murphy warned a “financial disaster” is the next surge the state government will have to confront. “A fiscal disaster is not months away. These decisions will be on our doorstep in literally just a few weeks,” Murphy stated on May 4. “We are on the brink of having to make very tough and quite frankly very unpalatable decisions.”
Rep. Josh Gottheimer wants the next round of COVID-19 federal aid to focus on frontline workers in coordination with monies for states, counties, towns, and local communities.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order for all residents to stay at home until further notice, beginning March 21. “We are at war with