WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – May 15, 2019) – New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie’s administration has announced it will not be accepting applications for unemployment benefits in New Jersey, citing the state’s high unemployment rate.
The announcement comes just one day after New Jersey Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would not extend unemployment benefits beyond February.
The state of New Jersey announced it would not be extending unemployment benefits to more than 1.4 million eligible individuals, as announced in February.
Christie’s announcement is the latest in a series of actions by the New Jersey administration, which has repeatedly sought to delay or reverse decisions by the governor to expand unemployment benefits.
In the first half of 2018, the state announced it was extending unemployment payments to 1.6 million people.
Governor Christie’s announcement comes as the New York state and Connecticut governments are planning to expand benefits to up to 4 million people by the end of the year.
The decision to stop accepting applications from applicants in New York and Connecticut comes just two days after the governors of the two states announced they would extend benefits to 1 million eligible workers.
Andrew Cuomo announced on May 12 that he would extend unemployment insurance benefits to 6.8 million New Yorkers, and Gov.
Dan Malloy announced he would offer an extension of unemployment benefits through February.
New Jersey has the third highest unemployment rate in the country, and more than 30,000 New Jerseyans have applied for unemployment, according to a March report by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The unemployment rate for New Jersey is also among the highest in the nation.
The New Jersey governor’s announcement that the state would not accept applications for benefits came in the wake of Governor Christie’s decision in February to delay the expansion of unemployment payments until April 2019.
Gov Christie’s extension of benefits came just one week after New York Governor Andrew G. Cuomo announced he was extending the benefits through the end the year, with an extension due on April 1.
In New York, Governor Cuomo announced the state was extending benefits through March, and announced he planned to extend benefits through May.
Governor Cuomo has previously said he is extending unemployment insurance until the end 2018.