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The courtship began at a restaurant called MJ's in downtown Marion, Iowa. How well did it go? Let's just say Gov. Chris Christie and Iowa will most definitely have a second date . . .
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In a program aimed at encouraging employers in New Jersey to provide employees with a way to charge electric cars while at work, Public Service Electric & Gas is offering approximately 150 free plug-in stations to businesses in its franchise territory. The so-called smart-charging equipment will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis to businesses that secure a commitment from a minimum of five employees that they will use an electric car for their commute. Read more
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July 22, 2014

Sweeney Calls Sandy-Monitoring Reports ‘Almost A Whitewash’
Mark J. Magyar | Politics, Sandy
Senate president, housing advocates demand release of full documentation so public can judge Sandy relief efforts
Families of Overdose Victims Call on Doctors to Prescribe Opioid Antidote
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Advocates warn lack of familiarity with medication, new provisions of law could mean more lives lost
PSE&G Initiative Lets Employees at NJ Firms Charge Electric Cars at Work
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Goal is to learn how workplace charging will affect load on power grid
Explainer: Why It's Safe to Ride That Terrifying Roller-Coaster
Colleen O'Dea | Explainer
Before the first person steps aboard a carnival ride, NJ has certified, registered, and inspected it, and made sure it complies with 137 pages of code
Does Obamacare Spell the End of Community Health Centers in NJ Cities?
WNYC | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
In an ironic twist, funding issues raised by the Affordable Care Act threatens primary-care clinics in urban areas
Newark’s New Mayor May Now Have to Try to Turn His Foes Into Friends
WNYC/NJ Public Radio | Politics
Will Ras Baraka have to make nice to Christie and Booker to get his city much-needed funding?
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July 21, 2014

Obama Administration Announces Seismic Testing Off Jersey Coast
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Decision opposed by environmentalists, state lawmakers, and Democratic members of Congress
Military Advocates Join to Fight Possible Closure of Two NJ Installations
Tara Nurin | Politics
In latest round of proposed defense cuts, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny Arsenal Could face downsizing or closure
State Recommendations Would Make Hospital Finances More Transparent
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
O’Dowd seeks web posting of reports, rejects executive salary disclosure for private for-profits
The List: 10 Best Places to See Indie Bands in the Garden State
Hank Kalet | The List
New Jersey’s vibrant music scene continues to offer a showcase for bands on the rise
Fine Print: DOE Details Teacher Evaluation After Christie Compromise
John Mooney | Education
Summer training and deadlines for schools following Christie rollback on use of student test scores in evaluations

July 18, 2014

Christie Courts Iowans, Who Swoon
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
The courtship began at a restaurant called MJ's in downtown Marion, Iowa. How well did it go? Let's just say Gov. Chris Christie and Iowa will most definitely have a second date . . .
Feds Want to Lease Offshore Wind Sites On Thousands of Acres Off New Jersey Coast
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Leases are a start, but state has yet to come up with financing mechanism for offshore initiatives
Analysis: Fishman Demurral, Bridgegate Break Gives Christie An Opening
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
While Egea testimony raises further questions, barnstorming Christie now gets window to reframe presidential candidacy
AP Tests Put NJ's Top Students on the Map – and Earn Them College Credit
Colleen O'Dea | Education, Maps, Map of the Week
The results of this year's Advanced Placement exams are in, and three-quarters of the state's high-school students are high scorers
Healthcare Experts Seek Ways to Improve Services for Elderly, Disabled
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
AARP report draws interest from state policymakers and broad range of stakeholders at NJ Spotlight webinar
Amid Debate Over Spread of Charters, State Education Chief Stays the Course
John Mooney | Education
Hespe says NJ should take deliberate approach but touts new approvals for schools in Trenton, Camden

July 17, 2014

State, Environmentalists Clash Over New Rules for Water Quality
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
DEP may change policy for regulating nitrates, pollutant found in fertilizer considered to be harmful to infants
Taking a Bigger Bite Out of Wage Theft in the Garden State
Hank Kalet | Social
Local ordinances let two NJ towns refuse to renew licenses of businesses found guilty of wage theft, while stronger state law is in the works
New Special-Ed Task Force Faces Tough Challenges, Tight Timeframe
John Mooney | Education
One thing that distinguishes group from predecessors is amount of data available to work with
Poll: Was Christie Right to Ease Back on Testing and Teacher Evaluation?
Polling
How do you feel about the governor's compromise solution reducing the impact of national tests on teachers and students?
Bill Asks Experts to Assess If NJ Is Training Enough Doctors
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
"Strategic summit" would address shortfall of primary-care physicians and what can be done to remedy situation

July 16, 2014

Tennessee's Combined Behavioral, Medical Care Grabs NJ's Attention
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Advocate wants to see state draw lessons from care coordination provided by TennCare
Advocacy Group Pursues COAH and the Case of the Missing Documents
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Housing
State, Rutgers both claim they can't find the files used as the basis for latest rules regarding affordable-housing obligations
Can 'Decoupling' Utility Sales, Profits Deliver Cleaner Energy?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates argue decoupling will only drive up customer bills, already far too high in New Jersey
Gov. Christie and State Teachers Union Not at Odds on All Fronts
John Mooney | Education
Administration, NJEA hammer out compromise on how much new online testing will count toward teacher evaluations
Profile: He's the Only Director NJ Holocaust Commission Has Ever Known
John Mooney | Profiles
Paul Winkler enters 40th year leading the nation’s first Holocaust education program
Reports by NJ Spotlight and NJ Public Radio Help Correct Sandy Funding Foul-Up
NJ Spotlight & NJPR | Sandy
State’s bungling of aid formula left storm-damaged municipalities without fair share of cash

July 15, 2014

Bridgegate Committee Can't Call Any More Major Witnesses
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked the New Jersey legislative committee investigating Bridgegate to refrain from calling a range of potential witnesses out of concern that their testimonies could interfere . . .
Christie Sticks to Middle of the Road in Arriving at PARCC Decision
John Mooney | Education
Task force will study effectiveness of Common Core-linked test, scores will carry less weight in evaluating teachers
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