COVID-19 Blog

Census and Primary Election Update

Dear Friends:

As the state enters Phase Two of its reopening strategy and allows residents to engage in more and more activities, I would like to remind everyone to participate in two very important activities – completing the U.S. Census and voting in the July 7 Primary Election. These actions are vital to the health and well being of our entire nation.

And to those high school and college graduates and their support network of parents and friends, I send my heartfelt congratulations. I wish the graduates success in all of their personal and professional endeavors. I particularly applaud the creativity, compassion, passion, and perseverance the students have demonstrated during these past few months of health, social, and economic upheaval.

Take Care,

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
16th Legislative District
www.andrewzwicker.com
AsmZwicker@njleg.org
(732) 823-1684

 

The U.S. Census

  • The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. Go to https://my2020census.gov.
  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Results from the 2020 Census affect:
    • Federal funding - billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
    • Congressional reapportionment - the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.
    • Redistricting - State and local officials use census results to help redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries to contain roughly equal numbers of people to meet the one-person, one-vote rule.

 

The Election:

  • Primary voting date: July 7, 2020
  • Every registered Democratic and Republican voter gets a Vote By Mail (VBM) ballot. Just follow the directions:

    • Mark the ballot
    • Complete the "certificate of mail-in voter envelope"
    • Sign where indicated
    • Insert the ballot in the "certificate of mail-in voter envelope" and seal
    • Insert the "certificate of mail-in voter envelope" in the return envelope
    • Seal the pre-paid postage envelope
    • Mail via US mail - ballots must be postmarked no later than 8 p.m. on July 7, 2020
      OR
    • Mail via special election secure drop box - ballots must be placed in box by 8 p.m. on July 7, 2020

 

  • Every unaffiliated and inactive voter gets a VBM ballot application with pre-paid postage.

    • A voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. He or she may also apply in person to the County Clerk prior to 8 P.M. the day of the election.
    • The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.
    • Once a ballot is received, follow the above directions in filling it out and returning it.

  • For those who want in-person access to voting, each municipality will have one or more in-person polling places.

    • ONLY PROVISIONAL PAPER BALLOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE to cast your vote at these polling places. All locations will be required to follow COVID public health standards.
    • If you have a disability and need special accommodations, call your county board of elections https://nj.gov/state/elections/county-eo.shtml or go to the in-person polling location that will provide access to an accessible voting machine on Election Day.


May 23: COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends:

I have two pieces of important news to report:

  • A Vote for Democracy: Voting by mail (VBM) for the Tuesday, July 7th primary election is now going to be far easier than ever before, thanks to the Governor’s executive order (EO 144) that requires each county’s elections officials to send vote by mail ballots to all registered Democratic and Republican voters and VBM ballot applications to unaffiliated and inactive voters. All ballots and applications will come with pre-paid postage. And if you choose to vote in person, COVID-safe options will exist. (Details below).

  • Food Assistance for Children: The NJ Department of Human Services received approval from the federal government to allocate $248 million in special federal funding to nearly 600,000 New Jersey children who normally receive free or reduced-price school meals. The plan will provide each eligible student with more than $400 to help with nutritional support during the time that schools have been closed during the pandemic. 

The bad news is that food insecurity in New Jersey is increasing by unprecedented proportions. The Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) reports that demand at some onsite pantries are up by 60 percent, while the number of emergency food boxes distributed on an average day has tripled since the beginning of the crisis.

For this reason, I hope you will consider a donation to any food bank in your area. I have listed several of the food bank organizations serving the residents in the 16th District, but donations to any nonprofit organization addressing food insecurity amounts to a life-changing donation.

And finally, Memorial Day is this weekend. While this highly unusual, socially-distant time prevents us from gathering for a parade to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation, some of our communities are planning virtual ceremonies. Please consider joining one of these ceremonies or take a moment on Monday to stop whatever you are doing in honor of our fallen service members.

Take care,

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
16th Legislative District
www.andrewzwicker.com
AsmZwicker@njleg.org
732-823-1684

 

Food Banks

Please note: the addresses given below are for physical donations of food and personal items; the websites for monetary donations. The mailing addresses are sometimes different from the physical addresses.

 

Statewide:

Community Food Bank of New Jersey
https://cfbnj.org/?form=donate
(908) 355-3663
31 Evans Terminal Road, Hillside, 07205

 

Hunterdon County:

Flemington Area Food Pantry
http://flemingtonfoodpantry.org/donate
(908) 788-5568  
154 Route 31 North, Flemington, 08822 (across the parking lot from the front of the Flemington WalMart)

Norwescap
https://norwescap.org/contact-us/
(908) 454-7000
350 Marshall Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
(serving Hunterdon and Somerset Counties)

 

Somerset County:

Food Bank Network of Somerset
https://www.somersetfoodbank.org/donate/
(732) 560-1813
Building 9-E, Easy Street, Bridgewater, 08807

Hillsborough Food Bank
https://www.hillsborough-nj.org/departments/social/
(908) 369-3880
The Peter J. Biondi Building, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, 08844

Montgomery Township Food Bank
https://recreation.montgomery.nj.us/food-pantry/
(609) 466-1054
Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, 08558

 

Middlesex County:

McFoods of Middlesex County
https://www.feedingmiddlesexcounty.org/donate
(732) 745-5548 or (609) 409-5033
28 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 850, East Brunswick, 08816

South Brunswick Township Food Bank
https://www.southbrunswicknj.gov/food-pantry
https://register.capturepoint.com/reg/donation
(732) 329-4000, ext. 7674
Municipal Building, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, 08852

          

Mercer County:

ArmInArm
(formerly Crisis Ministry of Mercer County)
https://arminarm.org/donate/
(609) 396-9355
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 08540 (Nassau Presbyterian Church)

Mercer Street Friends
https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/MercerStreetFriends/donatenow.html
(609) 278-5547
151 Mercer Street, Trenton, 08611

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org/donate.php
(609) 695-5456
72 Escher Street, Trenton, 08609

 

Voting Information

New Jersey Division of Elections
https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml


Am I registered to vote?
https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check

  • Primary voting date: July 7, 2020

  • Every registered Democratic and Republican voter will get a Vote By Mail ballot – pre-paid postage.

  • Every unaffiliated and inactive voter will get a VBM ballot application - pre-paid postage. To receive the ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also return the application in person to the County Clerk until 3 p.m., the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of a Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.

  • For those who want in-person access to voting, each municipality must have a minimum of one polling place; and provided that there are enough poll workers, there must be a minimum of 50 percent of polling places in each county to give voters access to in-person voting opportunities. Polling locations will be required to follow COVID public health standards.

  • In addition to using the U.S. Postal Service for delivery of the mail-in ballots, each county also will provide at least five secure ballot drop boxes and place them in locations readily accessible to the registered voters within the county.

  • The deadline for the receipt of mail-in ballots to be counted has been extended to seven days after the election.

May 1: COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends:

May is Senior Citizen Month and along with our worries about the health of some of our most vulnerable, social isolation is a huge issue as well.  Seniors, who are often by themselves in long-term care facilities, are showing tremendous resilience and grit during these difficult times.  Sometimes a simple note or message of encouragement can brighten someone’s entire day.

I hope you will join me in a new initiative that I'm calling "You've Got a Friend" to connect with senior care center residents, who, as you know, can have no visitors at the current time.

It is a simple card-writing campaign to anyone who may need a happy or funny or informative greeting – perhaps a bit of inspiring news that might be a conversation starter.  For example, when Senior Citizens Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday.  In 2020, it is estimated that 55 million living Americans will be 65 and older.  Cards that you mail will be distributed to residents who need a boost and it only takes a few minutes.  

Below is a list, by no means exhaustive, of six assisted-living facilities.  These facilities are in the 16th Legislative District and their staff are aware that notes are on the way and will distribute them.  But you should feel free to write to the residents of any senior residential facility that is nearby or familiar to you.

I also would encourage you to include a sentence thanking the caregivers, who are giving compassionate and competent care in these very challenging times.  If you would like to have a return note, don’t forget to include a stamped, addressed envelope and a blank piece of paper.  

And just in case you haven't heard yet, the parks and golf courses are reopening on May 2 and the weather is finally turning.

Take Care,

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
16th Legislative District
www.andrewzwicker.org
AsmZwicker@njleg.org
732-823-1684


FACILITIES

Buckingham Place Adult Day Center & Home Health Care

Attn: Activities Director
re: “You’ve Got a Friend Initiative” – cards to cheer residents

700 Woods Lane,
Monmouth Junction,
New Jersey, 08852
732-329-8954  

Brookdale Hillsborough

Attn: Activities Director
re: “You’ve Got a Friend Initiative” – cards to cheer residents

600 Auten Road
Hillsborough Township, NJ, 08844
908-431-1300

Acorn Glen

Attn: Activities Director
re: “You’ve Got a Friend Initiative” – cards to cheer residents

775 Mt. Lucas Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 430-4000

Stonebridge Assisted Living

Attn: Activities Director
re: “You’ve Got a Friend Initiative” – cards to cheer residents

100 Hollinshead Spring Rd
Skillman, NJ 08558
609-759-3654

Independence Manor 

Attn: Activities Director
re: “You’ve Got a Friend Initiative” – cards to cheer residents

188 State Highway 31
Flemington, NJ 08822
908-788-4893


Resources for Seniors:

https://www.adrcnj.org
1-877-222-3737

The Aging and Disability Resource Connection serves as a comprehensive source of information on long-term services and supports for persons of all incomes.  ADRC professional staff assists seniors, adults, and their caregivers in finding benefits and services they need.

County Offices on Senior/Disabled Services

Hunterdon 
(908-788-1361/1362/1363)

Leave a message and a person will return the call in a timely manner.
Hunterdon County Division of Senior, Disabilities and Veterans' Services
4 Gauntt Pl, Building 1
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900

Mercer 
(609-989-6661/6662)

Leave a message and a person will return the call in a timely manner.
Mercer County Office on Aging
640 S. Broad St
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650

Middlesex 
(732-745-3295)

8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., if meal related, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services
75 Bayard St, 5th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Somerset 
(908-704-6346)

Hours 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services
27 Warren St, 1st Floor
PO Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876


April 11: COVID-19 Update

Dear All:

We are in the midst of a Passover/Easter season that resembles nothing we have ever experienced. In the spirit of these holidays whose themes are renewal and hope, I am resharing a list of local-area food banks that are experiencing overwhelming demand plus some of the region’s charitable nonprofits focused on providing COVID-19 relief to those in need.

As you may already know, Governor Murphy has extended the Public Health Emergency in New Jersey for at least another 30 days. State and county parks, as well as many municipal parks, are now closed. Employees and customers of essential stores, such as supermarkets, must wear masks or face coverings, and all essential retail must limit the number of customers to 50 percent of their approved capacity. Finally, the June primary election has been delayed to July 7 for President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and state, county and municipal elections.

And a reminder: If you do not feel well or believe you or a family member has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider or call the NJ COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-222-1222. The website, 
https://covid19.nj.gov remains the most up-to-date list of resources and guidance. 

If you need anything, my staff and I are available and more than happy to assist. You can find copies of my lists at: 
https://www.andrewzwicker.com/covid_19_resources

Please do everything you can to take care of those around you, including yourself. 

Stay Safe,

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
16th Legislative District
AsmZwicker@njleg.org
732-823-1684

 

Blood Donations

The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey
https://www.redcross.org/local/new-jersey/ways-to-donate.html

The American Red Cross New Jersey Region - Central New Jersey serves Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties. During the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Red Cross has several blood drives coming up to address the urgent need for blood and plasma.

 

FOOD BANKS

Hunterdon County:

Flemington Area Food Pantry
http://flemingtonfoodpantry.org/donate
(908) 788-5568  
154 Route 31 North, Flemington, 08822 (across the parking lot from the front of the Flemington WalMart)

 

Somerset County:

Food Bank Network of Somerset
https://www.somersetfoodbank.org/donate/
(732) 560-1813
Building 9-E, Easy Street, Bridgewater, 08807

Hillsborough Food Bank
https://www.hillsborough-nj.org/departments/social/
(908) 369-3880
The Peter J. Biondi Building, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, 08844

Montgomery Township Food Bank
https://recreation.montgomery.nj.us/food-pantry/
(609) 466-1054
Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, 08558

 

Middlesex County:

McFoods of Middlesex County
https://www.feedingmiddlesexcounty.org/donate
(732) 745-5548 or (609) 409-5033
28 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 850, East Brunswick, 08816

South Brunswick Township Food Bank
https://www.southbrunswicknj.gov/food-pantry
https://register.capturepoint.com/reg/donation
(732) 329-4000, ext. 7674
Municipal Building, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, 08852

          

Mercer County: 

ArmInArm
(formerly Crisis Ministry of Mercer County)

https://arminarm.org/donate/
(609) 396-9355
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 08540 (Nassau Presbyterian Church)

Mercer Street Friends
https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/MercerStreetFriends/donatenow.html
(609) 278-5547
151 Mercer Street, Trenton, 08611

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org/donate.php
(609) 695-5456
72 Escher Street, Trenton, 08609

 

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE COVID-19 RELIEF

New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF)
https://njprf.org
https://cfnj.networkforgood.com

New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy created the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), a charitable nonprofit that is marshaling resources to identify critical needs to fight COVID-19’s impact on the state’s most vulnerable communities.

United Way of Central Jersey COVID-19 Recovery Fund
https://www.uwcj.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=3

Working with its community partners, the United Way of Central Jersey's COVID-19 Recovery Fund is assisting individuals and families affected by COVID-19 with crucial basic expenses including rent, utilities, prescription medication/ medical supplies, child care and food.

HomeFrontNJ
https://www.homefrontnj.org/donate/

HomeFront, providing a network of services for the poor and homeless in Mercer County, meets the immediate needs of food, shelter and safety and longer term needs of literacy, education, and employment for children and parents. HomeFront thus far has spent more than $25,000 in unanticipated and unbudgeted expenses related to preparations for COVID-19.

SHIP -- Samaritan Homeless Interim Program
http://www.ship908.com/html/needs_list.html

SHIP responds to the needs of the poor and working poor in Somerset County and surrounding regions. Clients include those who suffer from homelessness or “being near homeless.” Many are hungry or suffer from substance abuse dependency, HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, or neglect and isolation. COVID-19 has greatly increased the demand for services, as well as the challenges related to providing those services, such as serving a “to go” Easter meal.

Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF). COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund
https://pacf.org/the-princeton-area-community-foundation-covid-19-relief-recovery-fund/

The PACF helps nonprofits throughout Central Jersey continue to provide their services to those in the community who are in need of support.


Food Bank Donations

Dear Friends:

In this time of crisis, hunger and food insecurity have increased significantly.  A food bank near me reported a one-week increase of 116 percent.  They need our help.

Below is a list of food banks in my area, please consider making a donation of any amount.  Whatever you can spare - $5, $10, or more will go a long way to help our neighbors and our community.

The reason why I am suggesting you donate money is that some of the larger food banks indicated that although they still welcome food and personal hygiene donations at their respective sites, they prefer online monetary donations at the present time.  The money allows them to buy in large quantities from wholesalers to maintain their stock without asking donors to make drop-off trips.

I hope you will consider donating today.  Any amount that you can afford will help feed those in need. 

For those organizations that are still accepting food or other items, please call to get the precise information about what is most needed and when and where to deliver items.  

We welcome your suggestions, since we intend to update this information on a regular basis.  Take care of yourselves, your family and please consider making a donation that will help our neighbors.

Be well,

Please note: the addresses given are for donations of food and personal items; for monetary donations, please go to the websites for instructions - the mailing addresses are sometimes different from the physical addresses.

Hunterdon County:

Flemington Area Food Pantry
http://flemingtonfoodpantry.org/donate
(908) 788-5568  
154 Route 31 North, Flemington, 08822 (across the parking lot from the front of the Flemington WalMart)

 

Somerset County:

Food Bank Network of Somerset
https://www.somersetfoodbank.org/donate/
(732) 560-1813
Building 9-E, Easy Street, Bridgewater, 08807

 

Hillsborough Food Bank
https://www.hillsborough-nj.org/departments/social/
(908) 369-3880
The Peter J. Biondi Building, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, 08844

 

Montgomery Township Food Bank
https://recreation.montgomery.nj.us/food-pantry/
(609) 466-1054
Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, 08558

 

Middlesex County:

McFoods of Middlesex County
https://www.feedingmiddlesexcounty.org/donate
(732) 745-5548 or (609) 409-5033
28 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 850, East Brunswick, 08816

 

South Brunswick Township Food Bank
https://www.southbrunswicknj.gov/food-pantry
https://register.capturepoint.com/reg/donation (for monetary donations)
(732) 329-4000, ext. 7674
Municipal Building, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, 08852

          

Mercer County: 

ArmInArm
(formerly Crisis Ministry of Mercer County)

https://arminarm.org/donate/
(609) 396-9355
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 08540 (Nassau Presbyterian Church)

 

Suggested Collection Items:  NOTE; Gluten free, low sugar, low sodium always appreciated; all items must be sealed; all items must be well within their “used by” or “sell by” date.

  • Canned meals - tuna fish, spam, Spaghettio O-type products, beef stew, hearty soups
  • Fruits and Vegetables - corn, green beans, peas, carrots, peas, beans, asparagus, dried fruits of all types
  • Breakfast - cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, breakfast bars, pop tarts, canned fruits (low sugar), pancake mix, syrup
  • Lunch - peanut butter, jelly, crackers of all types, canned fruits (low sugar), pretzels, Jello, pudding, applesauce
  • Starches - rice, pasta, boxed potatoes, macaroni and cheese
  • Spices/condiments - adobo, flour tortilla mix, garlic powder, minced garlic, corn meal, Sazon seasoning, corn oil, vinegar
  • Desserts - cake/bread mixes, Jello, pudding, brownie mix, fruit fillings
  • Baby items - diapers, wipes, baby lotion, baby wash, baby cereal, formula, baby food
  • Paper Products - paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, tissues, reusable plastic utensils and plates
  • Beverages - water, juice, coffee, tea, condensed milk

March 20: COVID-19 Update

Dear All:

As we all know, the news about COVID-19 changes every day and, sometimes, every hour. Information is coming at us from many directions and it can be overwhelming. I thought I would share the resources I turn to for up-to-date information about health concerns, testing, and resources that people and businesses can turn to during this extraordinary time.

Please do everything you can to take care of your family, your friends, your neighbors, and yourself. In times of crisis, people do remarkable things for each other that fill me with optimism. 

My staff and I are working remotely, but we are available to assist in any way that we can.

Stay safe,

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker

16th Legislative District

AsmZwicker@njleg.org

(732) 823-1684

 

What to do if you do not feel well or believe you or a family member has been exposed to COVID-19:

  • NJ COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
    Staffed by medical professionals, this hotline is open 24hr/7days a week to answer any and all COVID-19 related questions and concerns.

 

  • NJ 211https://www.nj211.org/
    Residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them can call 2-1-1. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

 

GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

 

 

  • Office of the Governor
    https://nj.gov/governor/

    The New Jersey Governor’s site has information on the latest actions Governor Murphy has taken. 

 

BUSINESS OWNER/EMPLOYER RESOURCES

 

 

 

LABOR/WORKFORCE RESOURCES

 

HUMAN SERVICES AND SOCIAL SERVICES

  • New Jersey Department of Human Services
    https://nj.gov/humanservices/coronavirus.html

    The latest on support available to residents that receive services including Medicaid coverage, SNAP benefits, Aging services, Individuals with Disabilities, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services.

 

  • Social Security Administration
    https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/

    The latest information on the impact COVID-19 will have on the SSA and what resources are available to recipients.

 

  • New Jersey Department of the Treasury
    https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/

    Information for individuals and businesses who may have tax or revenue questions as a result of COVID-19. It also has COVID-19 resources for SHBP/SEHBP.

 

  • New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

    Utility providers are temporarily suspending gas and electric service shut-offs during the coronavirus outbreak. They also have pledged continued provision of safe and reliable electricity and gas, even though their customer service centers and neighborhood walk-in centers have been closed.

 

  • Grocery Stores and Retail

    Many grocery stores and retailers are creating special senior-citizens-only shopping hours early in the morning or have adjusted their hours in an effort to protect people with a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the COVID-19 virus. To see what services are being offered in your area please contact your local retailer. 

 

  • Food banks/Pantries in and around the 16th Legislative District:

 

Flemington Area Food Pantry
http://flemingtonfoodpantry.org 
(908) 788-5568         

ArmInArm
(formerly Crisis Ministry of Mercer County)
https://arminarm.org
(609) 396-9355

Food Bank Network of Somerset
https://www.somersetfoodbank.org
(732) 560-1813

South Brunswick Township Food Pantry
https://www.southbrunswicknj.gov/food-pantry
(732) 329-4000 x7674

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org
(609) 695-5456

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
    https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/

    The Motor Vehicle Commission has created an FAQ page related to COVID-19. They have also extended the expiry date by two months for any driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations and inspection stickers due to expire by May 31st of this year.  

March 28: COVID-19 Update

Dear All:

Since I wrote to you last week, the news about COVID-19 continues to evolve and has even more of an impact on us, our families, our neighbors, our friends, and our businesses. 

Information is coming at us from many directions and it can be overwhelming.  Here is my updated list of the resources I turn to for information about health concerns, testing, and where people and businesses can turn to during this extraordinary time.

Please do everything you can to take care of those around you, including yourself. 

As we are all seeing, in times of crisis, people do remarkable things for each other and that continues to fill me with optimism.  Hats off to our first responders and medical professionals, our essential employees, our caring neighbors and family members who continually check on the welfare of others, businesses stepping forward with major donations of vital equipment, and non-profits ramping up their efforts to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable.

If you have any questions about this Resource List or any suggestions for how we could be helpful to you, my staff and I are available and more than happy to assist.  I will be keeping copies of all my lists including this one at: https://www.andrewzwicker.com/covid_19_resources

 

Stay safe,

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker

16th Legislative District

AsmZwicker@njleg.org

732-823-1684

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If you do not feel well or believe you or a family member has been exposed to COVID-19:

  • NJ COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
    Staffed by medical professionals, this hotline is open 24hr/7days a week to answer any and all COVID-19 related questions and concerns.

  • NJ 211
    https://www.nj211.org/
    If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 and the resources available call 2-1-1.  You can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed.  To receive live text assistance, text your zip code to 898-211.

  • Testing Site Locator
    https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?query=Testing+Centers+in+NJ
    This website provides information on COVID-19 testing locations across the state.  However, please note that testing is currently only available for those individuals experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness and are New Jersey residents.  This website also includes a link to check your symptoms if you are unsure if you meet the criteria. 

 

 GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

  • https://covid19.nj.gov
    This website is the centralized location for most of New Jersey’s COVID-19 related resources or guidance.  Many COVID-19 related questions can be answered using this site, however, if there is a concern not adequately addressed by this site, please contact my office for assistance.

 

ECONOMIC RESOURCES

  • Economic Assistance for Businesses
    cv.business.nj.gov 
    Information about grants, loans, and other assistance can be found at this site.

  • COVID-19 Jobs Portal
    https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/index.html
    Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire.  Learn more on this site about who is hiring and how to find a job that's a good fit for you.  Employers can also use this site to post available positions.

  • New Jersey Department of Labor
    https://www.nj.gov/labor/employer-services/business/covid.shtml
    The Department of Labor continues to update its website to address COVID-19 related concerns for employers who are looking for guidance.

  • Employee Protections under COVID-19
    https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml
    The Department of Labor continues to update its website to address COVID-19 related concerns for employees who are looking for guidance.

  • Unemployment Benefits
    https://myunemployment.nj.gov/
    If you are unable to access the internet, please call: 
    North Jersey:  201-601-4100
    Central Jersey:  732-761-2020
    Southern Jersey:  856-507-2340

  • Earned Sick Leave or Temporary Disability
    https://myleavebenefits.nj.gov/
    This is a resource for anyone who may have questions about how COVID-19 impacts their leave benefits.

  • Executive Order 107 Violations:
    https://covid19.nj.gov/violation
    NJ Executive Order 107 (details can be found here) requires all non-essential retail businesses to close, mandates that all businesses and non-profits in the State, whether closed or open to the public, must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements and cancels all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events.

    If you are aware of a possible violation of Executive Order 107, you can report it at
    : https://covid19.nj.gov/violation or by calling 2-1-1. 

 

HUMAN SERVICES AND SOCIAL SERVICES

  • Department of Human Services
    https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/news/press/2020/approved/20200318b.html
    You can use this website if you have any general questions about childcare, cash shelter and food assistance, NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid, individuals with disabilities, mental health and substance abuse, and/or support for older residents.

  • NJ Family Care (Medicaid)
    www.njfamilycare.org
    If you have no health insurance, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare.  You can submit a new application for NJ FamilyCare or any other Medicaid programs through the website.  To check the status of an application please call 1-800-701-0710.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/General Assistance
    www.NJHelps.org
    If you believe you may be eligible for SNAP and general assistance, you can use this website to apply. 

  • Telehealth Medicine
    https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200322b.shtml
    The Governor has expanded access to telehealth and telemental health resources.  For full details, please use this link to see how each department has responded to make these services available across the state.

  • Health Insurance Resources
    https://www.state.nj.us/dobi/covid/faq.html
    The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) has created a website to answer frequently asked questions related to health insurance and COVID-19.

    www.getcovered.nj.gov
    If you have experienced a life-changing event, such as the loss of health coverage or the loss of job-based coverage, assistance with obtaining health insurance can be found here.  Individuals who have lost qualifying health coverage in the past 60 days or expect to lose coverage in the next 60 days you can use this site to apply for health coverage.

 

Essential Businesses That Are Open Include:

  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets, and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists as a grocery store
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries
  • Medical supply stores
  • Gas stations
  • Convenience stores
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities
  • Hardware and home improvement stores
  • Vehicle rental locations
  • Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years
  • Pet stores
  • Liquor stores
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics
  • Printing and office supply shops
  • Mail and delivery stores
  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops
  • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair
  • Livestock feed stores
  • Nurseries and garden centers
  • Farming equipment stores
  • All restaurants, cafeterias, dining establishments, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, all bars, and all other holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges, are permitted to operate their normal business hours, but are limited to offering only food delivery and/or take-out services in accordance with their existing liquor licenses.

 

Food Banks

Flemington Area Food Pantry
http://flemingtonfoodpantry.org
(908) 788-5568

ArmInArm (formerly Crisis Ministry of Mercer County)
https://arminarm.org
(609) 396-9355

Food Bank Network of Somerset
https://www.somersetfoodbank.org
732-560-1813

South Brunswick Township Food Pantry
https://www.southbrunswicknj.gov/food-pantry
732-329-4000 x7674

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org
609-695-5456

 

PUBLIC UTILITIES

  • New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    https://www.nj.gov/bpu/newsroom/reports/covid19.html
    If you’re experiencing a utility service shut-off or have another issue with your utility, contact the company first.  If your utility company doesn’t resolve your issue, this website can offer assistance.  For help paying your utility bills during this difficult time, you can find a list of programs at this website.

 

TRANSPORTATION

  • Motor Vehicle Commission:
    The Motor Vehicle Commission
    has created a page here to answer questions related to COVID-19 and it will be updated frequently.

  • New Jersey Turnpike Authority
    www.njta.com
    As of March 24, New Jersey's biggest toll roads (the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike) the Garden State Parkway stopped accepting cash payments.  Tolls will still be collected via EZ Pass and a mail by plate system.

 

RECENT LAWS PASSED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law a package of bills from the NJ Legislature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, the General Assembly held a voting session remotely, a first in our Legislature’s history. 

  • A-3095/S-1982 – Provides county clerks an additional week to prepare for the 2020 Primary Election.
  • A-3840/S-2281 – Requires school districts to provide school meals or meal vouchers for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
  • A-3843/S-2283 – Requires health insurance and Medicaid coverage for testing of the virus and for telemedicine and tele-health.
  • A-3845/S-2284 – Authorizes the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) to make grants during a state of emergency and grant certain deadline extensions for grant submissions.
  • A-3848/S-2301 – Prohibits an employer from firing or refusing to rehire an employee who has an infectious disease that causes the employee to miss work.
  • A-3849/S-2302 – Modifies deadline for a public agency’s response to a request for government records.
  • A-3850/S-2294 – Allows public bodies to conduct meetings and provide notice of those meetings virtually.
  • A-3851/S-2295 – Permits extension of deadlines for adoption of county and municipal budgets.
  • A-3854/S-2286 – Expands COVID-19 testing capabilities by authorizing all licensed health care facilities and laboratories to collect specimens to test for the disease; allows waiver of staffing ratio requirements.
  • A-3855/S-2287 – Requires food access information be displayed on websites of 2-1-1 system and executive branch departments. 
  • A-3861/S-2290 – Permits corporations to hold shareholders’ meetings virtually.
  • A-3865/S-2291 – Limits returning items purchased from retail food stores.
  • A-3900/S-2304 – Expands the State’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) and Family Leave Insurance (FLI) programs to provide more workers with access to paid-leave benefits.