Gov. Murphy announces 90-day grace period for mortgage payments

UPDATED: Sunday, March 29: 6 p.m. 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey officials announced Sunday that the state total of positive cases is now at 13,386. With 21 new coronavirus-related deaths, the total is now at 161.

In the seven South Jersey counties, there are at least 420 positive cases and at least six deaths. State figures also include 22,216 negative results from tests conducted by the state and private labs.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Saturday a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments for borrowers who are financially impacted by the coronavirus, reflecting a similar move in California. Late fees or other costs that would arise will be waived during this period. 

BREAKING: Working with @Citi, @Chase, @usbank, @WellsFargo, @BankofAmerica, and 40 other financial institutions, I’m announcing a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments for borrowers economically impacted by the #COVID19 outbreak.

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 28, 2020

He also emphasized that under an executive order, landlords can’t evict renters during this emergency. For more information for renters, visit https://covid19.nj.gov and search for “rental assistance.”

The governor also called on landlords not to evict tenants because they can’t pay their rent, particularly since landlords are probably getting mortgage relief.

The governor also asked for donations of PPE, including N95 masks and gloves. To donate, click here. 

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KYW Newsradio's David Madden contributed to this report.