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Katz on Christie There But for the Grace of God Goes Christie
In the beginning, Gov. Chris Christie’s Catholicism was a personal affair. When he was famously asked in 2011 why he sends his four kids to Catholic school instead of the public schools he oversees, Christie said this: "Ya know what? First off, Gayle, that’s none of your business ...
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November 25, 2014

Newark Mayor Continues Push to Wrest Back Reins of City’s Schools
John Mooney | Education
Hosting weekend gathering of various stakeholders is part of broader political strategy addressing issue he doesn’t control
BPU Blocks Offshore Wind Project Along Jersey Coast for Second Time
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Agency once again cites costs to ratepayers as reason for turning down Fishermen’s Energy project
Opinion: Self-Selection of Public Schools, New Jersey’s Double Standard
Laura Waters | Opinion
Upper-middle-class families vote for school choice with their feet, while poor families are pilloried for trying to get the best for their kids
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November 24, 2014

The List: Top Private Donations Made Toward NJ's Hurricane Sandy Recovery
Scott Gurian | The List, Sandy
Though dwarfed by federal aid, nonprofit grants and donations have played a vital role
Changes to Primary Care Could Help Chronically Ill Follow Prescriptions
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Improved compliance cited by healthcare analysts as key to reducing healthcare costs

November 21, 2014

New Study Bolsters Case for Coordinating Mental-Health Treatment with Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Statistics show 75 percent of frequent hospital users in New Jersey have behavioral or substance-use issues
NRG Sets Ambitious Target of 90% Cut in Greenhouse-Gas Emissions By 2050
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Independent power producer asserts it will make goals despite having large fleet of coal-powered plants
NJ School Chiefs Rub Elbows with Obama, Top Education Officials at White House
John Mooney | Education
Eight superintendents among 100 nationwide selected to attend summit on learning and technology
Broadband Internet Access, County by County: Mapping New Jersey’s Digital Divide
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
A high-speed Internet connection is key to many aspects of life in the Garden State, but Census report shows access is constrained by income
Opinion: High Cost of Living vs. Low Cost of Moving Out of New Jersey
Carl Golden | Opinion
Property taxes are driving residents out of state, but alternatives are politically too hot to handle

November 20, 2014

Q&A: Prominent School Superintendent Joins Exodus to Greener Pastures
John Mooney | Education
James Crisfield leaves helm of Millburn schools and heads to Pennsylvania rather than accept 25% salary cut
States, Advocates Ask Grid Operator to Go Slow on Winter Reliability Plan
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey and Division of Rate Counsel -- among others -- argue that PJM Interconnection proposals would cost consumers billions
At Newark School Striving for Turnaround, a 12-Year-Old’s Fragile Success
Sara Neufeld, The Hechinger Report | Education
Grateful for Grandma, longing for Mom, a boy pours his heart into studying
Health Commissioner: New Jersey Leads the Way on Ebola Precautions, Response
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
O’Dowd asserts state is ‘extraordinarily prepared’ thanks, in part, to experiences with H1NI virus and two hurricanes
Poll: Is It Time to Revise New Jersey’s Public-Employee Health Insurance Plan?
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Before you answer, take a look at the numbers and see if they add up to ‘time for a change’ or ‘status quo’

November 19, 2014

Multistate Agency Will Need to Sign Off on PennEast’s 100-Mile Pipeline Project
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Delaware River Basin Commission tasked with making sure natural-gas pipeline doesn’t imperil drinking water for 15 million people
Ocean County Targets Opioid Overdoses, Hopes Others Will Follow Its Lead
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
New approach stresses saving lives, then intervening to break cycle of addiction
NJ Public School Teachers Assess Garden State’s Smallest Scholars
John Mooney | Education
Schools wrap up pilot round of kindergarten-entry assessments (KEA), start to compile data
Senators from NJ and NY Accuse Insurers of Shortchanging Sandy Victims
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Judge finds that one flood insurance company has been deliberately underestimating homeowners’ claims
Profile: Hailing from the Lone Star State, She Celebrates the Garden State
Paula Saha | Profiles
President and CEO of Choose New Jersey boosts state’s economy by attracting businesses to NJ
Op-Ed: Why New Jersey Needs to Examine Benefits to Kids of Delaying School Day
Terra Ziporyn Snider | Opinion
Bill requiring a study of later school start-times could be just what doctors have ordered to ensure safe, healthy school hours

November 18, 2014

There But for the Grace of God Goes Christie
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
In the beginning, Gov. Chris Christie’s Catholicism was a personal affair. When he was famously asked in 2011 why he sends his four kids to Catholic school instead of the public schools he oversees, Christie said this: "Ya know what? First off, Gayle, that’s none of your business ...
High-Profile Couple Will Have to Tiptoe Through Ethical Minefield
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
As Kevin O’Dowd takes executive post at Cooper health network, Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd recuses herself from issues related to Camden hospital
Analysis: NJ Public Employees Pay High Percentage of Healthcare Costs
Mark J. Magyar | Healthcare
Under 2011 law, employee healthcare contribution are based on ‘ability to pay’ with sliding scale ranging from 3 percent to 35 percent of premium
Preliminary Report Provides Glimpse of First Year of New Teacher Evaluations
John Mooney | Education
While key data is still not available, survey suggests that new rating system based on ‘student growth objectives’ is mostly working well
Opinion: The Seven Deadly Myths of Renewable-Energy Naysayers
R. William Potter and Lyle Rawlings | Opinion
There’s only one way to combat the arguments of people and politicians who oppose renewables -- with the truth
Explainer: 'American Dream' Project -- Is It Really Happening This Time?
Tara Nurin | Explainer
Long and winding road filled with fiscal detours may finally lead to completion of sprawling entertainment and retail complex formerly known as ‘Xanadu’
BPU Slated to Decide Fate of Offshore Wind Farm Project This Week
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State agency told by appellate court to reconsider Fishermen’s Energy proposal for 25 megawatts of offshore capacity

November 17, 2014

Size Doesn’t Matter -- Study of NJ Municipal Government Costs Concludes
Mark J. Magyar | Budget, Planning
Rutgers analysts question ‘conventional wisdom’ that consolidation of state’s 565 municipalities would produce property tax savings
Expanded Availability of Epinephrine In Schools Called Potential Lifesaver
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Rise in food allergies adds urgency to federally backed effort for undiagnosed children
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