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January 22, 2018

FERC OK of PennEast Doesn't Make Pipeline a Sure Thing
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Federal approval means pipeline company can gather environmental data needed for permits, but opponents vow they will continue to fight
Murphy Executive Orders Dig into Tax Incentives, Seek Surge in ACA Enrollment
John Reitmeyer | Politics
The new governor is wasting no time tackling issues he raised on the campaign trail, including whether the state is realizing the biggest bang for its tax-incentive bucks
Assembly Republicans Hope to 'Rally the Reasonable' to Ensure Civil Discourse
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Minority leader wants to raise questions about Murphy's liberal agenda without resorting to bullying or berating
Keeping the Focus on NJ's High Maternal-Mortality Rates
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Precedent-setting Maternal Health Awareness Day seeks to educate patients, providers in reducing avoidable deaths
Op-Ed: The More Things Change - Timeless Advice for Murphy's Spokespeople
Jon Shure and Jayne O'Connor | Opinion
One of the first things to pay attention to is which side of the door you're on when major decisions are made
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January 19, 2018

Newark Makes it onto List of 20 Finalists for Amazon’s Second Headquarters
John Reitmeyer | Planning
Online giant promises $5B investment and as many as 50,000 jobs. City and state have offered $7B in tax incentives to try to land the project
Profile: Watching NJ Teacher of the Year At Work Is Beautiful
Carly Sitrin | Profiles
A hearing teacher, Amy Andersen has taught hundreds of mostly hearing students to be proficient in American Sign Language
Brand Will Be Back as Director of New Jersey Rate Counsel
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Most recently, Stefanie Brand played a key role in derailing PSEG's bid for a $300 million annual subsidy to keep the lights on in its nuclear plants
Bargaining CHIP: Children’s Care Is Used in Federal Budet Battle, NJ Kids OK for Now
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Politicians in Washington, D.C. use extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program in budget tussle. New Jersey has enough money to pay for it for a few months
No Direction Home: NJ’s Dreamers Have Few Legal Options if DACA Dies
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Immigration
More than 22,000 Dreamers brought to this country as youths face a future with ‘no road to citizenship’
Op-Ed: 2018 Offers Enormous Potential for Lowering Cost of Healthcare in NJ
Dr. Minalkumar Patel | Opinion
A roadmap for the Murphy administration to increase access to care, keep a lid on price of insurance, reform Medicaid, and put the focus on patients

January 18, 2018

On Day One Murphy Highlights $15 Minimum Wage But No Details or Timeline
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Governor acknowledges his staff and those of Democratic leaders in Senate and Assembly have just begun to discuss finer points of implementing an increase in the wage
PSEG Says $2B Tax Cut Won’t Offset Need for Nuclear Subsidies
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Company says some deferred taxes will be passed along to utility customers in current and coming rate cases
Murphy Carefully Defines ‘Personal Friends’ to Ensure Transparency
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
It’s not just about friendship, rules clarify who can give gifts to the governor and which ones he must disclose
New Effort in Camden to Help Most Vulnerable Cardiovascular Patients
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Initiative will focus on underlying factors, give extra clinical and social support, and attempt to drive down healthcare costs
A Few Cold Days Should Not a Pipeline Make
Tom Gilbert | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Most natural gas used by residents and businesses is bought under long-term contracts unaffected by sudden jumps in spot-market prices
Chris Christie, Obamacare’s Unknown Champion
WNYC News | Healthcare
A savvy political decision brought medical insurance to more than a half million poor people in New Jersey
Op-Ed: It’s Not Too Late to Put Abbott to Work at What It Does Best
W. Steven Barnett | Opinion
The Abbott preschool model was designed to provide young children with a strong foundation for later success in school and life, and it has worked in even the state’s most disadvantaged cities

January 17, 2018

Murphy Echoes Kennedy, Jabs Trump in Optimistic Inaugural Address
John Reitmeyer | Politics
New governor wants immediate action on some of his promises amid Republican grumbles that he’s ‘still posturing, still campaigning’
Murphy Administration to Reconsider Addiction Ads Featuring Christie
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Education dollars used to fuel ReachNJ campaign, Democrats discover
Gov. Murphy Plays to NJ Environmentalists from Day One
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Inaugural speech touches on climate change, renewables, lead — and making Garden State a ‘green’ leader once more
Murphy Socked by Lawsuit over Christie’s Decision to End Harbor Compact
Colleen O'Dea | Transportation
New governor must deal with predecessor’s last-minute signing of law to pull New Jersey out of Waterfront Commission
Grewal Makes History as Nation’s First Sikh-American Attorney General
Carly Sitrin | Politics
State’s new top prosecutor, ‘proud son of New Jersey,’ receives unanimous support at confirmation hearing
Op-Ed: How Gov. Murphy Can Protect NJ From Obamacare Sabotage
Andrew Sprung | Opinion
It would be ironic if Republican sabotage ended up improving health insurance access in states with the political will to make the ACA work

January 16, 2018

DEP Won’t Rescind Highlands Septic-Tank Rule, Despite Legislative Action
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Agency argues lawmakers overstepped authority when they moved to abolish controversial rule increasing number of septic tanks in region
Black Caucus Sees Murphy as Ally but Says ‘Not So Fast’ to Legalizing Marijuana
John Reitmeyer | Politics
African-American legislators concerned that legalization could increase drug use and promote conflicts between police officers and minorities
Murphy Names Fiordaliso to Head BPU, Christie Pocket Vetoes Solar Bill
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New BPU president has served agency for more than a decade
New Education Boss Would Take Seat in Trying Time for State’s Schools
John Mooney | Education
Murphy names Asbury Park’s Lamont Repollet as commissioner of education
Among Christie’s Final Tasks: More Laws to Help in Fight Against Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
On his last day in office, governor signs range of healthcare legislation, including measures on his ‘legacy’ anti-drugs issue
The Last Roundup: The Last-Minute Fate of Some Key Legislation
John Reitmeyer and Carly Sitrin | Politics
With more than 100 bills crossing his desk in the last hours of his administration, what did Christie sign and what did he pocket veto?
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