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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is now a Republican candidate for president -- and that has led him to stake out new conservative positions as he seeks support from the GOP base.
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The next phase in the saga of affordable housing in New Jersey, as established by the state Supreme Court, has begun, and it's already shaping up to be a litigious and potentially expensive process. Dozens of municipalities have filed papers asking the courts to prevent builders from suing them while they prepare affordable-housing plans. An even larger number are joining forces to hire a Rutgers University professor to calculate how many units they will need to build. Housing advocates, most notably the Fair Share Housing Center in Cherry Hill, are reviewing all of the filings and are already seeking to intervene in some of them. Read more
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July 6, 2015

Towns Rush Housing Plans While Sides Dispute How Many Units Must Be Built
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Attorneys, fair-housing advocates and municipalities elbow for position as clock ticks for compliance with state Supreme Court guidelines
Opinion: Book Offers Look at How Charter Schools Divide Communities
Mark Weber | Education, Opinion
Founders and operators of charters mean well, author believes, but charter system leads to further segregation of education
Treasury Loses Slew of Longtime Administrators, Aides – and Valued Expertise
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Retirements and job moves add up to loss of decades of experience in state budget matters
The List: The 10 U.S. Transit Agencies That Rely Most on Fare Revenues
Meir Rinde | Transportation, The List
NJ Transit isn’t the worst, but it has high ratio of funding derived from ticket sales rather than other sources, such as state budget or advertising sales
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July 2, 2015

Q&A: Newark’s Mayor Talks About His Surprising Alliance with Gov. Christie
John Mooney | Education
Baraka discusses genesis of deal to begin returning control of city’s schools, addresses criticisms and concerns
Coalitions Set Aside Competitive Rivalries to Try to Improve Public Health
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Three groups selected to be state’s first Medicaid ACOs designed to bolster preventive care among low-income urban residents
Climate-Change Report Cites Progress But Asserts Much More Needs to Be Done
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
NJ-based environmental-research group says goals can be achieved if state, federal officials don’t back off on clean-energy initiatives
Profile: Trailblazer’s Work, Life Have Been About Much More Than Sex-Ed in Schools
John Mooney | Profiles
Susie Wilson, who led fight for family life curriculum in NJ, shares stories from her friendships with the Kennedys to the present day in new memoir
Bill Limiting Sales Tax on Expensive Boats Still in Dry Dock on Christie’s Desk
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Cap of $20,000 is billed as way to help New Jersey’s boating and marina industry compete with neighboring states
Op-Ed: Is Dream of Going Off the Grid Disconnected from Reality?
Rasika Athawale | Opinion
Technological advances and public-policy shifts notwithstanding, storage costs and other factors mean the future isn’t here just yet

July 1, 2015

Down in State, National Polls and Trailing Crowded Field, Christie Still Upbeat
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Declares in announcement of presidential bid that nearly six years of dealing with tough issues in NJ have honed his leadership skills
Not Everyone Felt Good About Christie’s Feel-Good Event at His Alma Mater
John Mooney | Education, Politics
Teachers protested outside while school board grappled with request to use school for political event
Christie’s Quest: Will He Beat the Odds or Quickly Become the Odd Man Out?
Carl Golden | Opinion
Governor plans to ‘tell it like it is’ in New Hampshire– but harsh truth about record in NJ could end longshot bid in short order
Newly Issued Permits for Salem Nuclear Plants Mostly Maintain Status Quo
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists claim DEP action does little to stop deaths of billions of fish when water’s withdrawn from Delaware River
State Awards Millions for Research into Diagnosing, Helping Kids with Autism
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Grants will fund innovative clinical research, three hospital-based ‘medical home’ centers combining medical, behavioral healthcare
Bill to Curb Toxic Chemical in Drinking Water Awaits Decision by Christie
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Classified by EPA as likely carcinogen, TCP levels remain unregulated in Garden State
Poll: Should Candidate Christie Step Down as NJ Governor ?
Polling
Can he still serve the Garden State while conducting national campaign for GOP presidential nod?
Watch Gov. Chris Christie’s Announcement of Candidacy for GOP Nomination
NJTV News | Politics
NJ governor returns to his old high school to kick off bid for Republican presidential nod

June 30, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Launches Presidential Campaign
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Chris Christie Joins the Race for The White House
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Dems OK Boost in Low-Income Tax Credit But Won’t Budge on Pension Payment
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Resolution passed by Assembly and Senate pressures Christie to make contribution of $1.3B immediately instead of waiting until end of state’s fiscal year
Senate Advances Bill to Block Diversion of Money from Pollution Settlements
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Voters would be asked this November to mandate using funds only for environmental purposes, not to help balance state budget
Explainer: 1999 Ruling Still Shapes NJ Policies for People with Disabilities
Andrew Kitchenman | Explainer
In Olmstead case, U.S. Supreme Court required that patients live in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting
Vetoes Get Attention But Some Education Spending Avoids Budget Ax
John Mooney | Education
More than $14M in new expenditures includes boost in funding for adult high schools, career programs and vo-tech schools
Bill Barring Out-of-State Owners Would Block Outpatient Surgery Center
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Pennsylvania hospital battle spills over New Jersey border as Warren County legislator urges Christie to veto measure
Op-Ed: Congress Needs to Fix Flaw in Laws Governing Life-Sciences Patents
Dean J. Paranicas | Opinion
Major loophole in intellectual property protections threatens to stifle advances in life-saving medicines and treatments

June 29, 2015

Ruling Could Put Nonprofit Hospitals on Hook for Millions in Property Taxes
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
But leading Democratic legislator says state could restore tax exemption if judge’s opinion stands
Winners and Losers: Looking Beyond the Numbers in Christie’s $34B Budget
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Millionaires and corporations gain, while homeowners and local schools take a hit. But the biggest setback may be to New Jersey’s future generations
Tax-Credit Hike Helps NJ's Working Poor -- and May Also Help Candidate Christie
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Governor’s conditional veto could put $120M in pockets of low-wage earners, and make Democrats' signature issue his own
Unlikely Partners Form Alliance to Shape the Future of Newark's Public Schools
John Mooney | Education
On heels of Cami Anderson’s resignation, Gov. Christie and Mayor Baraka name panel to work on returning district to local control
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