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Once upon a time, the U.S. Attorney in Newark was investigating the governor in Trenton for corruption. Today, that U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie, is now a governor under investigation himself by a different U.S. Attorney . . .
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Even though they hold no legal authority over the public schools, Newark’s mayors through the years have never been shy about expressing their views – and exerting their considerable influence – over New Jersey’s largest school district. This spring’s contentious race between mayoral candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries is no exception, with the often-contentious community debate over state control of the city's schools proving to be a focal point of the campaign. Read more
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April 16, 2014

Christie’s Mastro Mistake: Report Backfires Politically, Legally
Mark J. Magyar | Politics, Sandy
Memos bolster Zimmer allegations, provide roadmap for investigators, undermine credibility of Mastro report
State Probe Confirms Sandy Energy Grant Program Fraught With Errors
Scott Gurian | Sandy
Officials revamp scoring system in response to NJ Spotlight analysis of how funds were allocated
Mayoral Rivals Find Common Foe in State Control of Newark Schools
John Mooney | Education
Both candidates promise to pose challenges for state’s new education commissioner
PSEG Argues $2.6B "Energy Strong" Plan Is About Reliability, Not Rate Hikes
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
At company's annual stakeholder meeting, company's top corporate officer decries 'obsession on rates'
Financial Stakes Are High in Dispute Over Definition of Hospital Admissions
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
NJ Hospital Association seeks to block new federal “two-midnight rule” for determining rate of payments
Opinion: What's Good for Our Teachers Is Good for Our Students
Mark Weber | Opinion
Attempts to deprecate or demonize teachers when they stand up for themselves are bad for our kids' education
Profile: New Delaware River Port Authority CEO Takes On Tough Assignment
Tara Nurin | Transportation, Profiles
John Hanson charged with restoring functionality and faith in South Jersey’s beleaguered transit agency
How to Fund Open-Space Preservation in the Garden State: A Conversation
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, Podcasts
A constitutional amendment is being generally endorsed, but some fear money may be siphoned off from other 'green' programs
He Said, She Said: Quotable Moments From The Bridgegate Interviews
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Newly released documents offer additional details about the scandals enveloping the Christie Administration. The documents are summaries of interviews with 70 people that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lawyers conducted . . .
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April 15, 2014

NJ Taxpayers Paying for Lawyers on Both Sides of Bridgegate
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
New Jersey taxpayers are paying for both sides in the Bridgegate fight. The state of New Jersey is footing the majority of the legal fees for Gov. Chris Christie's former campaign manager, Bill Stepien . . .
Moribund State Planning Commission Keeps Smart Growth in Limbo
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Who's protecting open spaces and farmland in the country's most intensively developed state?
Bridgegate Panel To Begin Calling Witnesses Next Month
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Wisniewski blasts participation of Christie friend in governor’s interview, release of Mastro memos raises more issues
State Legislators Question Benefits of Raising Tax on E-Cigarettes
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
O’Dowd says raising tax will decrease smoking, particularly by children
Explainer: Protecting NJ Coastal Development with Beaches, Walls and Dunes
Scott Gurian | Explainer, Sandy
Shore communities consider structural safeguards to make themselves safer from future storms
ACA Mandates Help Speed Up Shift to Sharing of Patient Information
Meir Rinde | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Existing networks revamped to facilitate more collaborative -- – and cost-efficient – approach to healthcare
NJ Charter Schools: A Conversation About Their Place in Our State
John Mooney | Education
In a special audio report, NJ Spotlight's John Mooney discusses some of the problems and possibilities presented by charters

April 14, 2014

Backed by Dems, Christie Pushes For Property Tax Relief
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Gov. Chris Christie pushed Monday for renewal of one of his signature property tax relief measures, which has stalled in the Democratic-controlled Assembly.
New Jersey's Coastal Assets Threatened by Global Rise in Sea Level
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Rate at which ocean is rising has more than tripled over past century, according to records of one NJ historical society
Helping First-Time Moms Cited as Example of Effective Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Policy experts, advocates cite Nurse-Family Partnership as type of program that deserves Medicaid funds
Bill Would Make Public Access Condition of Shore Protection Projects
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
If public funding pays for project, measure would mandate public access to beaches, waterfronts -- including Sandy initiatives
The List: 10 Facts About Household Energy Usage in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, The List
Larger houses, and older ones, help explain why almost half of energy expenditures go to home heating
Fine Print: Report on Special Education Raises Challenges, Both New and Familiar
John Mooney | Education
Year-long study by NJ School Boards Association offers 20 recommendations for improving public education for students with disabilities
Did Christie's Aides, Allies Engineer Bridgegate Coverup?
More Issues
Report exonerating Christie and cabinet raises more questions than it answers
Atlantic City Places $20 Million Bet on Younger, Hipper Crowd
Mike Russell | More Issues
City's marketing strategy is counting on social media, sand sculpting, free concerts on beach to help show AC is about more than gambling

April 11, 2014

Searchable Database Covers Medicare Services Provided by U.S. Doctors
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Data on more than 28,000 New Jersey providers is included, doctors group advises
Somerset County Town Compiles 'Hazard Inventory' to Curtail Power Outages
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Warren Township works with utilities, Rutgers to identify and resolve potential problems before next round of extreme weather
When Will New Jersey Reap Financial Benefits of Federal Medicaid Waiver?
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
State allots additional $125 million as savings from switch to long-term managed care have yet to materialize
Critics: State’s Disaster-Risk Assessment Lacks Specific Course of Action
Scott Gurian | More Issues
Environmental groups and planning advocates say stakeholders didn’t have enough input into FEMA-mandated plan
Interactive Map: State’s Most Flood-Prone Areas Scattered Throughout NJ
Scott Gurian and Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Damage claims were filed most frequently by residents of a town that’s nowhere near the storm-battered Jersey Shore
An Inconvenient Truth: State Wipes Out Data on Christie, Corzine Rebates
Mark J. Magyar | Budget
Open-government advocates criticize Christie administration for taking down data used to compare net property taxes