The New Normal
New Jersey’s Urban Mayors steer through COVID-19 and beyond
The year 2020 has introduced a new normal that has shifted routine functions in various aspects of society. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact numerous lives and it has permanently changed how public health is considered and perceived in everyday operations. Given that New Jersey remains one of the top states for coronavirus cases, local leaders have learned all too well the harsh realities of dealing with the pandemic as they govern their respective municipalities. However, those who manage New Jersey’s urban municipalities face new pressures in light of already limited and strained resources. In addition to the coronavirus pandemic, urban mayors are also currently dealing with civil unrest and concerns regarding social justice, public safety, the NJ Supreme Court’s recent
ruling on Civilian Complaint Review Boards (CCRBs), and the state of policing.
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