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Katz on Christie Christie Warns of Crisis — Economic, Not Political
"Disaster" looms. That was the message that Gov. Chris Christie sent to the state's business leaders, lobbyists and lawmakers who gathered in Washington, DC, Tuesday night for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's 77th annual "Walk to Washington."
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The number of children living in poverty continues to rise in New Jersey, as measured by the newest edition of the Kids Count report for the state, which was released this week by Advocates for Children of New Jersey. In 2012, almost one-third of all New Jersey children -- 646,000 -- were considered low-income, which is defined as living in a family with an income at twice the federal poverty limit. That's a big increase from 2008, when some 310,000 children, or 15 percent of all New Jersey children, were living at the poverty level. Read more
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April 24, 2014

BPU and Verizon Ink Deal: High-Speed Services, 'Yes,' Fiber Optic, 'No'
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State says telecom provider can use DSL, wireless to deliver Internet to remote, rural areas
Number of Children Living in Poverty Climbs Sharply in NJ, Rising in All But 3 Counties
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues, Social
About one-third of state’s kids are in low-income families, an increase of 20 percent since 2008
New Online Tool Gauges Local, Statewide Threats from Rise in Sea Level
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment, Sandy
Sea-level rise has broad implications for highly vulnerable communities and those that think they're out of harm's way
Conservative Estimates of Medicaid Enrollment Prove to be Boon to Budget
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Increase in rolls of people eligible for Medicaid partially paid by state not as high as projected
Poll: Should Parents Be Allowed to Let Their Kids Opt Out of State Tests?
A small but vocal group of families is sounding off about NJASK and pulling their children from the exams for a variety of reasons
Op-Ed: Newark Clergy Could Hold Key to Education Reform
Alfred Koeppe | Opinion
By calling for moratorium, clergy could afford One Newark much-needed time and space
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April 23, 2014

Embattled Ethics Commission Confirms Samson Probe Underway
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Panel clears CWA union leader after five-year battle, but sides with governor’s office on Pinelands pipeline vote recusal
Doctors Try New Approach to Reducing Cases of Hospital-Acquired Delirium
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Keeping ICU quiet at night, making sure patients are active help patients’ progress
High School's Virtual ‘Snow Day’ Still Adrift in State Bureaucracy Limbo
John Mooney | Education
Bergen County district scales back spring break as it awaits decision on whether online learning counts as regular school day
Opinion: How Would New Jersey’s Power Politics Translate on National Stage?
R. William Potter | Opinion
Christie in Washington, like Christie in Trenton, would mean insults, absolute loyalty, and an impenetrable inner circle
Shore-Restoration Methods All Have Their Upsides and Their Drawbacks
Scott Gurian | Sandy
Rebuilding dunes, replenishing beaches and building walls can be effective -- but at a price
Christie Warns of Crisis — Economic, Not Political
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
"Disaster" looms. That was the message that Gov. Chris Christie sent to the state's business leaders, lobbyists and lawmakers who gathered in Washington, DC, Tuesday night for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's 77th annual "Walk to Washington."

April 22, 2014

Plea by Newark Clergy Ratchets Up Debate Over School Reforms
John Mooney | Education
Call for moratorium on ‘One Newark’ plan and creation of community advisory panel gets cool response from education officials
Explainer: Just How Bad Is New Jersey's Foreclosure Crisis?
Joe Tyrrell | Explainer
The Garden State has the country's highest percentage of foreclosures among mortgaged homes -- and that's just the beginning
NJ's Clean-Energy Goals Finance 'Green' Jobs in Other States, Lobbyist Claims
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
If state can't meet renewable resources goal with its own technologies, neighboring states will be glad to be of service
Opinion: Is Gov. Christie Headed for a Political Comeback or Catastrophe?
Carl Golden | Opinion
Presidents Nixon and Clinton offer some very useful examples on how to manage through a crisis -- and how not to
Two Dozen Districts Still Hold School Elections, Budget Votes in April
John Mooney | Education
Two-year-old law has transformed election schedules for virtually all districts in state
Physician Group Says Medical Practices Are Good for Economic Health
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Study finds that average NJ doctor supports 10.5 jobs, generates $1.74 million in economic activity
Rowan/Rutgers-Camden Board Addresses Procedural Issues at First Meeting
Tara Nurin | Education
Newly constituted board of governors ready to get down to its chief task -- transforming Camden and its environs into an educational/medical powerhouse

April 21, 2014

Backlog of NJ FamilyCare Applications Bogs Down County Office Staffs
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Healthcare advocates now advise low-income state residents to apply for Medicaid coverage through the federal ACA website
Federal EPA Again Delays Rule to Reduce Massive Fish Kills at Power Plants
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Proposed regulation does not mandate cooling towers at current sites, gives state leeway to address problems with 'best available technology'
State Testing Sees Growing Movement of Families Planning to Opt Out
John Mooney | Education
Confusion abounds about what happens next for those refusing to take standardized exams
Opinion: Searching for New Ways of Promoting Opportunity
Roland Anglin | Opinion
Before discussing theories of 21st century education, we must find ways to educate the most vulnerable children -- in urban and rural settings
The List: New Jersey's 10 Highest-Paid Chief Executives
Colleen O'Dea | The List
Warning: Comparing your pay to the compensation packages on this list may cause a host of unpleasant physical and psychological conditions.

April 18, 2014

Meet Christie's New Ombudsman
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
As part of the internal review into the scandals whirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, lawyers recommended the governor hire an ombudsman.

April 17, 2014

Christie and McGreevey: Unlikely Gubernatorial BFFs
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
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 . . .
Over 60,000 New Jersey Students Take Part in Field Test of Online PARCC Exams
John Mooney | Education
Early reports indicate trials went off without major headaches, although some relatively minor glitches were encountered
Field Testing of PARCC Exams In New Jersey: How Did It Go?
Now that some schools have tried out the tests, we want to know more about the experience
Christie, Speaking at Town Hall Meeting, Calls for End of Realty Transfer Fee
Tom Johnson | Budget, Energy & Environment, Politics
Getting rid of tax would leave state shy of matching funds for Shore-protection projects -- and would also leave another hole in the state budget
New Jerseyans Find It Hard to Find Doctors Who Accept Their Insurance
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Quest for physicians who take their health coverage proves much more difficult for NJ residents compared to national average