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With the two century-old tunnels that carry Amtrak and NJ Transit trains into New York City badly damaged by superstorm Sandy and facing eventual year-long shutdowns for repairs, Amtrak is reshaping its $13.5 billion Gateway tunnel project into a “rescue operation” that would focus on building the new rail tunnels first and worrying about expanding Penn Station later. How much New Jersey would have to kick in for the new tunnels is yet to be determined, but it is likely to cost more than the rail tunnel that Gov. Chris Christie cancelled four years ago. Read more
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October 22, 2014

Analysis: New Jersey Facing Hefty Price Tag For New Rail Tunnels
Mark J. Magyar | Transportation
Agreement on cost share for use of Northeast Corridor line and rail tunnels behind schedule, but federal law will make NJ pay more
Health Centers Serving State's Low-Income Patients Carving Out Wider Role
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Expanded services such as mental-health care become more crucial as ranks of insured grow under ACA, but state regulations stand in the way
Energy Efficiency Key to Reducing Consumption, Cutting Bills, Report Says
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
But Natural Resources Defense Council and local advocates both argue that more needs to be done
Profile: His Polls Takes the Pulse of NJ’s Politics and its People
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Profiles
Director of Monmouth University’s survey says much of its success stems from listening to talk on the streets – and even in Jersey diners
State’s Top Democrats Take Stock of Education Reforms in the Offing
John Mooney | Education
Sweeney, Prieto say they mostly support Common Core and related testing, but predict big adjustments ahead for NJ schools
Op-Ed: A Straightforward Way to Grow New Jersey, Protect our Future
Peter Kasabach | Opinion
Voting ‘yes’ on the November 4 ballot initiative will preserve land and water and help engender sustainable growth
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October 21, 2014

What Has Christie Done Lately For New Jersey Republicans?
Katz on Christie
He has been to more than 30 states over more than 100 days this year, working for Republican gubernatorial, senate and congressional candidates ...
COAH’s Attempt to Adopt New Rules for Affordable Housing Goes Nowhere Fast
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Housing, Planning
Council deadlocks on vote despite state Supreme Court order that it must come to a decision today
Utilities Need to Keep BPU in the Know About Response to Major Storms, Report Says
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Information would give agency better insight into most cost-effective steps to increase resilience
Opinion: NJ’s Teachers Union: Implosion, Irrelevance, or Evolution?
Laura Waters | Opinion
The NJEA’s shift on charter schools is emblematic of its struggles with shifting situation in education -- in the state and beyond
Opening Access to Info from Clinical Trials Holds Great Promise, Research Finds
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Rutgers chancellor's paper finds GlaxoSmithKline data is spurring fresh analyses, could lead to new treatments
Arbitrator Rules Newark Teacher Must Be Rehired, Given Back Pay
John Mooney | Education
Decision says schools Superintendent Cami Anderson was premature in citing dismissal guidelines in state’s new tenure law
Big-Name Politics, Accusations of Corruption Mark District 1 Contest
Tara Nurin | Politics, Elections 2014
Norcross continues to widen lead and fill coffers, while Cobb argues his foe is engaging in political overkill and is out of touch with real people
The Explainer: Who Can Vote, Where to Vote, and Other Election Day Info
Colleen O'Dea | Explainer, Elections 2014
New Jersey’s rules and regulations for eligibility to cast ballots are relatively easy and straightforward

October 20, 2014

New Commissioner Calls For Transportation Tax, New Tunnel, Expanded Light Rail
Mark J. Magyar | Politics, Transportation
Fox: If Transportation Trust Fund is refinanced again by a ‘gimmick’ -- and not a dedicated tax -- ‘we’ve failed’
The List: Top 10 Hospitals in New Jersey Paying High Price for High Readmission Rates
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, The List
ACA cuts in Medicare reimbursements aim to reduce number of patients who return for treatment after being discharged
Legislation Aims to Make It Easier to Dispose of Old, Unused Prescriptions
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Project Medicine Drop, aimed at drug abuse and misuse, will expand locations of receptacles, including police stations statewide
Fine Print: Charter-School Bill Chock Full of Details -- Some New, Some Familiar
John Mooney | Education
Ruiz’s legislation notable for setting up second authorizing body as well as calling for performance contracts and NJ residency mandate
Feds to Pour Another $75M Into NJ’s Drinking-Water, Sewage-Treatment Systems
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Latest EPA contribution brings agency total since 1989 to $2 billion, but is it a drop in bucket given depth of state’s water problems?
GOP Incumbent Seen Prevailing Over Democratic Newcomer in 4th District
Jon Hurdle | Politics, Elections 2014
Democrat Scolavino faces uphill struggle against Smith, who is running for 17th Congressional term

October 17, 2014

Merger of Two Hospitals Could Increase Quality, But Also Concentrate Power
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Analysts see potential for gains from new giant, but say regulatory review is in order
New Jersey’s Congressional Races: Mapping the Money
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2014
The Garden State is grabbing some attention during the run-up to November 4, including for some surprisingly expensive races
Long-Discussed Charter-School Reform Bill Finally Gets Legislative Hearing
John Mooney | Education
But debate is likely to take months, as hurdles ahead include Christie administration content with status quo for reviewing, approving new charters
Opinion: For Gov. Chris Christie, October's Been the Cruelest Month
Carl Golden | Opinion
Does the governor’s recent drop in the polls indicate that New Jerseyans want him to pay more attention to the Garden State
Op-Ed: Wells Fargo and Other Big Banks Bear Blame for NJ's Foreclosure Crisis
Ken McNamara | Opinion
How is it that a bank can violate the terms of its own mortgage modification whenever it wants to?

October 16, 2014

Chris Christie's Millions
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
With gubernatorial elections looming in 36 states, Gov. Chris Christie has so far helped to raise $90 million for the Republican Governors Association, with money coming from conservative millionaires ...
Newark School Chief Paints Picture of Bright Future on the Horizon
John Mooney | Education
But harsh reality of community opposition to reforms and state-aid crunch casts shadow over upbeat presentation
Measure Would Mandate Smart-Growth Policies in Town Master Plans
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, Planning
Critics argue municipalities are already addressing these issues voluntarily, obviating the need for new law
Round Two of ACA Sign-Ups to Focus on Lessons Learned, Data Gathered
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
With 30 days until second open enrollment, organizations highlight tax credits, website improvements
Poll: How Can NJ Schools and Districts Most Effectively Fight Bullying?
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Sayreville has made hazing a national issue, but how do New Jersey schools fight the problem and prevent another incident?
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