It goes without saying that COVID-19 has created an economic crisis unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetime. 40% of households earning under $40,000 have lost their jobs. 1.1 million New Jersey residents and 36.5 million Americans have filed unemployment claims. Compounding matters, the unemployment system is broken , and not just in New Jersey. Nearly double the amount in unemployment benefits should have been paid out to Americans already .

But this is not simply about statistics. It’s about people, who are struggling and deeply anxious, living paycheck to paycheck. My office heard from a Jersey City resident who is the mother of a young child. She worked at a childcare facility that was closed due to this pandemic. She filed for unemployment in late March and has been following up weekly, but has yet to see one dollar. Unfortunately, her story is all too common.

If this story sounds all too familiar or you have your own unique frustrations with unemployment, I invite you to join me for a free webinar on New Jersey unemployment benefits during COVID-19. I am pleased to co-host this program with Northeast New Jersey Legal Services who will lend their expertise on this subject.

The webinar will provide an overview of New Jersey unemployment benefits with a focus on COVID-19’s impact on unemployment benefits and available assistance. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to ask general questions. The webinar is on Tuesday, May 19 from 2:00 PM – 3:30PM, and will be presented in English and recorded.

To RSVP and receive the webinar link, please complete and submit the following Google Form: The webinar information will be emailed an hour before the webinar is set to begin, so please be sure to RSVP early.

As we all adjust our lives to this “new normal,” please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions.

We Are All In This Together, 



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