STATE PREPARING TO RESPOND TO EXTENSION FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Senate President Steve Sweeney

Senate President Steve Sweeney

The unemployed could be getting more help in New Jersey. The highest ranking officials in the Senate and Assembly promised helped in the next couple of weeks. Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver on Thursday announced plans to help laid-off New Jersey workers take advantage of extended federal unemployment benefits, vowing to pass new legislation authorizing the benefits before the current legislative session ends on Jan. 9. The unemployment rate in the state is currently around 9 percent.