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Gov. Chris Christie marked the second anniversary of Sandy with a tour of the Jersey Shore to check in on the rebuilding process of towns affected by the storm.
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When outbreaks of infectious diseases occur, doctors are required to make timely reports to the state on cases they have treated. Legislators are now considering taking the same approach with drug overdoses. Doctors would be required to report overdoses to the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, expanding its scope so that it would also serve as a clearinghouse for overdose information. Read more
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October 30, 2014

Practice Makes Imperfect: Why Do We Keep Getting Disaster Recovery Wrong?
Scott Gurian, Eve Troeh, and Janet Babin | Sandy
Two years after Sandy and nearly a decade after Katrina, a look at how we screwed up and what we have learned
Analysis: Christie-Cuomo Deal Shows Need For Real Reform at Port Authority
Mark J. Magyar | Politics, Transportation
Transparency bill is good first step, but Legislature also needs to strengthen agency against political interference by governors, advocates say
Wintertime Worries About Power-Grid Reliability Could Mean Consumers Pay More
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Polar vortex and other frigid conditions early this year spiked gas and electricity prices, strained infrastructure, led to calls to conserve power
Fine Print: School Security Report Shows Increased Protections, Higher Costs
John Mooney | Education
School boards association report outlines changes and recommendations for schools post-Sandy Hook
Poison-Education Center Would Get Expanded Role in Fighting Drug Deaths
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Differences emerge over how quickly doctors would have to report crucial information on overdoses to statewide network
Poll: What’s Christie’s Job-Performance Rating for Hurricane Sandy Recovery?
The governor could do no wrong in the aftermath of the superstorm, but has his recovery reputation been tarnished?
Democratic Congressman Seeks His 10th Term Representing 9th District
Rob Jennings | Elections 2014
Foes accuse Pascrell of being disengaged from issues in his own district, involvement in 5th District campaign
In Heavily Democratic 10th, Incumbent Payne Looks to Have Things Locked Up
Meir Rinde | Elections 2014
First-time Republican challenger Dentley says she’s the moderate alternative
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October 29, 2014

Christie tells Sandy Protester to "Sit Down & Shut Up"
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Gov. Chris Christie marked the second anniversary of Sandy with a tour of the Jersey Shore to check in on the rebuilding process of towns affected by the storm.
Two Years After Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s Recovery Trudges Along
Scott Gurian | Sandy
Christie administration highlights progress while some storm victims grow increasingly impatient
Tax-Policy Turnaround: Higher Rates for Consumers, Higher Returns for Utilities?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
BPU modifies consolidated tax adjustment, obscure tax policy that governs how savings are split between utilities and customers
Assemblywoman Wants to Be NJ’s First African-American Congresswoman
Tara Nurin | Elections 2014
Physician Alieta Eck also running to replace retiring Rush Holt in 12th District
Profile: A Hispanic Mentor for All Students Across New Jersey
Paula Saha | Profiles
Ivonne Díaz-Claisse’s encounter with her own mentor, and her passion for reaching students, are changing young lives across the state
Newark Teachers Union Takes Its Grievances to State Assembly Committee
John Mooney | Education
Representative tells education panel that Superintendent Cami Anderson has not followed state rules for teacher evaluations
Legislators Seek to Solve Problem of Excessive Out-of-Network Medical Bills
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Proposals include ‘baseball arbitration’ between insurers and hospitals, more information for consumers before treatment
Candidates Slinging High-Priced Mud in High-Profile 3rd District Contest
Meir Rinde | Elections 2014
Race to succeed retiring GOP congressman has run up a combined tab of nearly $10 million – so far
Op-Ed: The Use of Ballot Questions Should Not Be Abused
Anthony Russo | Opinion, Elections 2014
Ballot questions can actually circumvent the system of checks and balances that our state -- and our nation -- is built on

October 28, 2014

How Ebola Is Affecting Christie and Cuomo Politically
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
The controversial Ebola quarantine policy announced four days ago by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie quickly blew up into a national issue ...
Is Christie Calling the Shots When It Comes to NJ’s Quarantine Policies?
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
The state has quarantine guidelines in place, did the administration follow them?
Sweeney Urges Pension Funding Overhaul to Reduce Impact On State Budget
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Senate president’s plan to shift from 100% funding goal to ‘manageable’ private sector standard of 85% would save billions of dollars
With Week to Go, Open-Space Ballot Question Continues to Be Divisive
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Perennially popular program proving to be a hard sell in tighter economic climate
Rivals in 8th District Share Similar Roots, But Branch Off on Government Spending
Joe Tyrrell | Elections 2014
Sires, seeking fifth term in Congress, faces young GOP challenger in diverse Democratic stronghold
Opinion: Uproar Over Ebola Quarantine Plays to Christie’s Political Strength
Carl Golden | Opinion
Crisis gives governor the opportunity to play favorite role of resolute, no-nonsense elected leader
Assembly Committee Hears Recommendations on Building Better Teachers
John Mooney | Education
But committee chairman thinks changes more likely to come in administrative code rather than through the law
Explainer: How Well Is New Jersey Doing In Protecting Its Waterways?
Tom Johnson | Explainer
The Garden State continues to struggle to meet federal water-quality standards -- and it shows
Op-Ed: Preparing for the Next Hurricane Sandy Requires Facing Hard Facts
David Kutner and Chris Sturm | Opinion
Government officials and planners must take steps to minimize future risks and ensure resiliency

October 27, 2014

Chris Christie's Quarantine Quagmire Is Over (for now)
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
On Friday afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie took decisive action: Those exposed to Ebola in West Africa would be subject to a mandatory quarantine ...
Christie Defends Forced Quarantines While Cuomo Backs Down on Harsh Stance
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
White House reportedly pressures NJ and NY governors to reconsider measures to block spread of Ebola virus
The List: 10 Steps NJ Should Take to Prepare for Future Severe Storms
Scott Gurian | The List
Global climate change is expected to have a significant impact on the Garden State, but municipalities can do much more than take a beating from extreme weather
Strong Differences, Strong Opinions Separate Candidates in 6th District Tilt
Joe Tyrrell | Elections 2014
On everything from ACA to voting rights, incumbent Democrat Pallone and Republican rival Wilkinson are on opposite sides of issue
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