Government and Politics
October 3, 2022
NJ COVID-19 Updates and More
Want to know about current topics in New Jersey today? The State of New Jersey Update features information, news, and resources, as well as guidance for COVID-19 and more. Additional featured news is also available at NJ.gov.
Online voting registration is available now in New Jersey. If you would like to vote in the 2022 General Election on November 8th, the deadline to register is October 18th, 2022.
Residents can now use a modernized benefits portal to access the State's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) programs.
Check your eligibility for food assistance, cash assistance, and health care by visiting NJHelps.gov.
More than three million residents are eligible for up to $1,500 in property tax relief under the ANCHOR program.
ANCHOR call wait times may be long. To get your application in faster, visit nj.gov/treasury/taxation/anchor/.
A free online seminar on the ANCHOR program will be held on October 5th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Register online by 12:00 p.m. on October 3rd, 2022.
To be eligible for this year's benefit, you must have occupied your primary residence on October 1st, 2019. You must also file (or be exempt from) NJ income taxes. The deadline for filing is December 30th, 2022.
Counties across New Jersey are seeking additional help at polling places on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, 2022, and during the early voting period before the election.
Poll workers earn $21.43 per hour on in-person early voting days and $300 on Election Day. Eligible applicants must be United States citizens who live in New Jersey. Additional requirements may apply.
Existing applicants to the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund now have until October 31st, 2022 to submit their required documents to the program.
The program is no longer accepting new applications.
Despite recent rainfalls, New Jersey continues to operate under a drought watch. The State is asking residents and businesses to reduce their use of water to help protect our water supplies.
Individuals ages 12 and older are encouraged to get a COVID-19 bivalent booster dose, which should be received two months after their most recent booster or primary vaccination series. If you are at least 18 years old, you can get either a Pfizer or Moderna booster, regardless of which vaccine you received for your primary series.
These updated COVID-19 boosters offer stronger protections against severe illness and death from Omicron sub-variants. The new Pfizer bivalent booster is recommended for all individuals ages 12 and older, while the Moderna bivalent booster is recommended for those ages 18 and older.
Find locations offering the boosters on the COVID-19 Vaccine Finder and Community Calendar at covid19.nj.gov. The CDC expects to recommend updated COVID-19 boosters for other pediatric groups in the coming weeks.
988 is now active across the United States. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, call or text 988 to be connected to trained crisis counselors who will listen to your concerns, provide support, and get you additional help if needed.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise and it is important that you continue to take actions to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19: