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October 19, 2017

Rancorous Second Debate Marked by Jabs, Insults, Accusations
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2017
Murphy and Guadagno pull no punches in attempts to dismiss, discredit each other’s platforms and positions
Double-Digit Health Insurance Rate Hikes in Cards for Many New Jerseyans
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Despite any last-minute deal in Washington to underpin ACA insurance rates, it’s probably too late for 2018
Budget Basics: New Jersey’s Fiscal Future, a Path to Improvement
Richard F. Keevey | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
High-Tax Connecticut a Cautionary Tale for New Jersey?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Despite increasing taxes, the Nutmeg State has suffered budget shortfalls and credit-rating downgrades. What lessons can NJ learn from its neighbor?
SJI Picks Up Elizabethtown Gas, Maryland’s Elkton Gas, in $1.7B Deal
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
If deal goes through, South Jersey Gas subsidiary of SJI will be the second-largest gas provider in Garden State
PSE&G Gets Green Light from PJM for 3 New Transmission Projects
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Trio represents $200 million in new investments, part of $1 billion in transmission-related infrastructure approved by operator of power grid
Menendez Staffer Says Support of Melgen Was Above Board
NJTV News | Politics
Karissa Willhite said it was common for senator’s staff to make inquiries within the government on behalf of constituents and supporters
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October 18, 2017

Join with Us for Tonight's Second Gubernatorial Debate
NJ Spotlight Staff | Elections 2017
Livestream begins at 7:00 p.m.
Will Climate Change Revive an Old Idea: a Regional Coastal Commission?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Hurricanes and extreme storms, sea-level rise, major flooding are more than a single municipality can deal with on its own
Tackling the Toughest Questions Facing NJ’s Public Education System
John Mooney | Education
A new report in the “Crossroads NJ” series recommends a variety of solutions to problems like school funding and segregation
What Does It Cost to Win — or Lose — an Election in New Jersey?
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2017
With less than a month to go to Election Day, who’s spent big, who has the most money on hand?
New Bond Issue Edges Closer as Vo-Techs Make Case for Urgent State Funding
John Reitmeyer | Education
Garden State’s vocational high schools appeal for more money to help them keep pace with the rising demand for technical training
Opinion: Winning with the Party Regulars Rather than the Center
Carl Golden | Opinion
Low voter turnout and poor name recognition may mean this gubernatorial election will be decided by dependable party loyalists who turn out year after year
Melgen’s Wife Says Menendez and Co-defendant Exchanged Gifts Out of Real Friendship
NJTV News | Politics
Bribery and corruption trial, now in its seventh week, hears from wife of senator’s co-defendant
AFT Endorses Sweeney as NJEA Continues to Work Hard for His Ouster
NJTV News | Politics, Elections 2017
Endorsement puts AFT at odds with New Jersey’s largest teachers’ union, which is trying hard to end Senate President’s political career

October 17, 2017

At Debate, Lieutenant Governor Candidates Mostly Stay on Message
Chase Brush | Elections 2017
A few bobbled questions, a few ineffective jabs add some tension — and laughs — to only public meeting between Dem’s Sheila Oliver and GOP’s Carlos Rendo
Memo to Next Governor: Appoint Blue Ribbon Panel on Higher Education
Colleen O'Dea | Education
State support for higher education has diminished markedly in past two decades, while tuition has gone up without making more funding available to low-income and middle-class students
State, City Offer $7B Tax Incentives in Bid to Lure Amazon HQ2 to Newark
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Christie, Booker, Baraka back campaign for Internet retail giant to put its new corporate headquarters in New Jersey, but skeptics worry about ‘out-of-control’ corporate tax breaks
As Electric Vehicle Market Emerges, Infrastructure Issues Come to Fore
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Long-running questions about charging stations, as well as newer ones about role of utilities, are being hashed out
Judge in Menendez Trial Denies Defense Motion to Dismiss
NJTV News | Politics
Defense argues that prosecution has failed to produce a ‘smoking gun’ proving NJ senator had traded favors for a specific gift

October 16, 2017

Package of Three Bills Ratchets Up State’s Renewable-Energy Goals
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Bills reflect the alternative energy policies that gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has said he would enact
Celebrating Even the ‘Early Action’ Phase of Portal Bridge Project
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
With money tight and no word from feds if they’re going to free up funds anytime soon for Gateway, start of small project gets full groundbreaking treatment
The List: How Well-Heeled is New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation?
Colleen O'Dea | The List
According to a new report from a nonpartisan organization, none of the Garden State’s Senators and Representatives are hurting, although there’s a wide range from top to bottom
Despite Concerns, Panelists See Ways to Improve NJ Medicaid
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
NJ Spotlight roundtable delves into program’s future, maternal health issues
Op-Ed: Students Must Move Beyond Social Media to Become Truly Engaged
Karan Chauhan | Opinion
It may sound old fashioned, but today’s students need to learn to read reputable news sources, in hard copy or online — for motive as well as content

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
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