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Here’s your chance to get to know New Jersey’s little-known candidates for lieutenant governor a little better. Democrat Sheila Oliver and Republican Carlos Rendo will meet tonight for their only public debate, and NJTV, a content partner of NJ Spotlight, will be live streaming this evening's matchup on its site. The stream begins at 8:00 p.m.; the debate will last an hour and there will be 30 minutes of commentary. NJTV Chief Political Correspondent will moderate. Watch the debate on NJTV
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October 13, 2017

Nothing to Celebrate: No Hike in State-Employee Healthcare Premiums
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Cost-cutting measures expected to deliver $1.6B in savings to state over next three years
The Candidate's Coffers: Murphy’s in the Money, Guadagno’s Struggling
Colleen O'Dea | Elections 2017
With $5.4 million in hand, Murphy can easily outspend Guadagno, who has slightly less than $1 million available
Budget Basics: How the State Budget Is Developed and Revenue Estimated
Richard F. Keevey | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Pallone Takes Trump Administration to Task for Nuclear, Coal Subsidies
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
U.S. Representative criticizes plan to have ratepayers subsidize coal and nuclear power to offset losses due to competition with cheaper natural gas
Guadagno’s Out-of-Context Campaign Ad Draws Firestorm of Criticism
Colleen O'Dea and Lee Keough | Elections 2017
Lieutenant governor’s TV spot falsely accuses opponent Phil Murphy as ‘having the back’ of convicted killer and undocumented immigrant
Defining the American Dream: Success, Pride, and Dignity
Rong Xiaoqing | Sing Tao Daily | Immigration
Tommy Xie has built a successful business and is raising a happy family. Now he wants to help other Chinese immigrants do the same
South Jersey School District Shuts Down Because of Mold Contamination
WHYY News | Education
Parents express frustration with way officials in Monroe Township have handled the problem
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October 12, 2017

NJ Loses Federal Funding to Expand ACA Enrollment
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Some $26 million in cuts will put a serious dent in ACA navigator programs in virtually all states
Rethinking NJ’s Housing Market to Meets Needs of Suburbanites, City Dwellers
Colleen O'Dea | Planning
Housing is more than shelter: It’s a vital component in the health, growth, and economic wellbeing of the Garden State
State Appellate Court Blocks Mining Operation in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Court finds Pinelands Commission’s rejection of project was justified because it did not conform to region’s Comprehensive Management Plan
Trump Tax Policy Could Be Tough on Mom-and-Pop Shops, Main Street
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Although it’s intended to help small-business owners, many of them don’t make enough money to qualify for the administration’s pass-through business-tax break
Op-Ed: NJ’s Next Governor Should Champion Environmental Justice
Ana Isabel Baptista | Opinion
It's time that New Jersey recommit itself to being a leader on environmental protection through an affirmative environmental justice policy
Prosecution Rests in Sixth Week of Menendez Corruption Trial
NJTV News Online | Politics
Defense calls for dismissal of all charges against senator and his co-defendant

October 11, 2017

Some Sharp Exchanges, Some Name Calling, but No Clear Winner in First Debate
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2017
Republican Guadagno is aggressor in initial debate between candidates for governor, but Democrat Murphy has no problem pushing back or going on the attack
Long Valley Voting Block on the Debate: Unimpressed and Unconvinced
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2017
The first gubernatorial debate left Long Valley voters with more questions than answers, and wishing for more specifics
One Last Question: The Candidates on District Consolidation
John Mooney | Education, Elections 2017
Home rule is still the order of the day, but both candidates understand the economic boost that would come with regionalization
Sale of Troubled Meadowlands Hospital Advances
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Public hearing on transfer of for-profit facility scheduled for October 19
Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Clean Power Plan
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Immediate effects on New Jersey limited, but environmentalists call for state to become a leader in fighting carbon pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions
Op-Ed: Let’s Talk About Quality Instead of Charter vs. Public Schools
Danielle West | Opinion
Regardless of the school type, the focus should always be on the quality of the teachers, education, and student experience
Small Steps in Dyslexia Education Add up to Measurable Progress
John Mooney | Education
The release of a long-awaited educator’s guidebook, as well as pending legislation on teaching reading, truly help make October Dyslexia Awareness Month
Exploring the History of Property Taxes in New Jersey
WNYC News | Planning
From the mid-1970s to yesterday’s gubernatorial debate, property taxes have bedeviled New Jersey pols and their constituents

October 10, 2017

Ready for the Fireworks? Will Tonight’s Debate Be as Heated as the Run-Up?
Colleen O'Dea | Elections 2017
Misrepresentations, distortions, and accusations of ‘outright lying’ have already been leveled by one side or the other — and that’s not the half of it
The Smart, Simple Way to Stay Ahead of the Issues and Candidates
NJ Spotlight Staff | Elections 2017
NJ Spotlight's Election Guide: news, analysis, insights, and interactive tools
If You Missed the Debate, You're Not Out of Luck
NJ Spotlight Staff | Elections 2017
Watch the archived stream here
Another Regional Initiative, This One for Zero-Emission Vehicles
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
An eight-state effort wants to help reduce pollution from the transportation sector, NJ’s biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions
Next Steps for Improving New Jersey Nursing Board Operations
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Munoz suggests following lead of Motor Vehicles and tying expirations to the license holder’s birth month — others argue larger systemic fixes are needed
State Pension Poised to Make First Investment in Infrastructure
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Proposal would take an up to $125 million stake in fund managed by Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners
Opinion: Blue State Bottleneck — New Jersey and the GOP Tax Reform Plan
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
The Republicans have released a nine-page document for 'fixing our broken tax code.' Here’s what it really says
New Jersey Continues to Use Easily Hacked Voting Machines
Aaron Sankin, Reveal | Elections 2017
The Garden State's voting machines aren’t simply hackable — they also leave no independently verifiable paper trail

October 9, 2017

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NJ Spotlight Staff | Elections 2017
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