Business Report: Extended jobless benefits, brownfields redevelopment, Super Bowl bets

New Jersey's sportsbooks were the big winners of SuperBowl LV

Thousands of New Jersey residents who saw their unemployment benefits expire will finally get their extended benefits. The state has announced that it reprogrammed its systems faster than anticipated and claimants can resume certifying for benefits during their regular schedule. The state labor department says they will be made whole for any missed payments. The extended federal benefits will run through mid-March, unless Congress decides to continue them further.

Gov. Phil Murphy is pushing for brownfield redevelopment projects, as part of his plan to help New Jersey’s economy recover from the pandemic. The governor announced that the state is offering low-interest loans of up to $5 million to help cover brownfield redevelopment costs, on top of newly-approved tax incentives developers can also use.

SuperBowl LV is one for the record books, at least off the field. PlayNJ says it looks like New Jersey’s sportsbooks were big winners of the matchup. PlayNJ projects about $75 million in online sports bets were placed in the state, which would be the highest amount ever.