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October 27, 2014

BPU Wants to Fund Back-Up Energy-Storage Projects to Tune of $3 Million
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Technology seen as key to increasing resiliency, helping state meet aggressive renewable energy policies
Lawmakers Follow Words of Support for Vo-Tech Schools with Legislative Action
John Mooney | Education
But funding bills raise questions about school-aid fairness and whether Christie will sign legislation
Democrat Faces Long Odds in Battle for Congressional Seat in 11th District
Jon Hurdle | Elections 2014
Well-ensconced Republican Frelinghuysen hopes to shake off challenge from Democratic hopeful Dunec

October 26, 2014

Governors Defend Decisions On Ebola Quarantines
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie

October 24, 2014

Christie’s Airport PATH Deal Undercuts Rail Tunnel, PA Bus Terminal Needs
Mark J. Magyar | Politics, Transportation
Transit advocates say $1.5 billion earmarked for redundant Manhattan-Newark Airport PATH service should be spent on tunnel or bus terminal
Legislature Acts to Ease Reentry into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Current action latest in a lengthy dispute between lawmakers and state Department of Environmental Protection
Mapping New Jersey’s Largest Sources of Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
Colleen O'Dea | Energy & Environment, Maps, Map of the Week
2013 emissions statewide climb by about 1 percent over the previous year
Legislature Drifts Toward Allowing Virtual Learning When Snow Shuts Schools
John Mooney | Education
Pre-planned online classes taken from home could count toward current mandate of 180 days in classroom
In 5th District, Six-Term Incumbent Seeks to Fend Off Democratic Challenger
Meir Rinde | Elections 2014
Rep. Scott Garrett and challenger Roy Cho appear miles apart on substantive issues
In 2nd District, How Safe is Long-Term Incumbent Frank LoBiondo’s Seat?
Tara Nurin | Elections 2014
Though running behind in the polls, challenger Bill Hughes Jr. is the well-known son of LoBiondo’s popular predecessor in office
Privacy Breaches Prompt Bill Requiring Encryption of Patient Data
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Insurers would face fines for failing to adequately safeguard customers’ personal information

October 23, 2014

Customers Can Expect Higher Bills as Utilities Collect Restoration Costs
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The price tag for getting homes and business back online after the recent run of extreme weather: $1.25 billion
Schools Told to Look at Sports, Other Student Activities for Problems
John Mooney | Education
Memo sent to all NJ districts in wake of Sayreville High School scandal offers guidance on resources available for dealing with bullying, hazing
Feds, States Continue to Shortchange Delaware River Basin Commission
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment, Planning
New executive director of DRBC raises concerns about protecting water quality for some 15 million people
Drug-Addiction Prevention, Treatment Move Up on Christie’s Agenda
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Personal interest and political benefits combine to make combating substance abuse a focus of governor’s second term
In Pricey, High-Profile Race for 3rd District, Candidates Mostly Hew to Party Lines
Meir Rinde | Elections 2014
But Democrat Belgard and Republican MacArthur do have a few surprising points of agreement
Poll: Should the State Dig Deep to Help Pay for New Hudson River Rail Tunnels?
Will the new tunnels to Midtown Manhattan be good for New Jersey or just a reason to raise gas taxes?
Five New Charter Schools Get Preliminary OK from State Officials
John Mooney | Education
Two approvals are in Plainfield; proposed all-boys charter in Trenton rejected because state law prohibits enrollment based on race or gender

October 22, 2014

Analysis: New Jersey Facing Hefty Price Tag For New Rail Tunnels
Mark J. Magyar | Transportation
Agreement on cost share for use of Northeast Corridor line and rail tunnels behind schedule, but federal law will make NJ pay more
Health Centers Serving State's Low-Income Patients Carving Out Wider Role
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Expanded services such as mental-health care become more crucial as ranks of insured grow under ACA, but state regulations stand in the way
Energy Efficiency Key to Reducing Consumption, Cutting Bills, Report Says
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
But Natural Resources Defense Council and local advocates both argue that more needs to be done
Profile: His Polls Takes the Pulse of NJ’s Politics and its People
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Profiles
Director of Monmouth University’s survey says much of its success stems from listening to talk on the streets – and even in Jersey diners
State’s Top Democrats Take Stock of Education Reforms in the Offing
John Mooney | Education
Sweeney, Prieto say they mostly support Common Core and related testing, but predict big adjustments ahead for NJ schools
Polar-Opposite Candidates Vie for New Jersey's Senate Seat
Joe Tyrrell | Politics, Elections 2014
On everything from public policy to personal style, Democratic incumbent Booker and GOP challenger Bell are worlds apart
Conservative Drifts Into Middle of the Road in District 7 Contest
Rob Jennings | Politics, Elections 2014
Republican Lance now stresses moderate views, while Democratic opponent Kovach argues his record shows he’s moved to the right
Op-Ed: A Straightforward Way to Grow New Jersey, Protect our Future
Peter Kasabach | Opinion
Voting ‘yes’ on the November 4 ballot initiative will preserve land and water and help engender sustainable growth

October 21, 2014

What Has Christie Done Lately For New Jersey Republicans?
Katz on Christie
He has been to more than 30 states over more than 100 days this year, working for Republican gubernatorial, senate and congressional candidates ...
COAH’s Attempt to Adopt New Rules for Affordable Housing Goes Nowhere Fast
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Housing, Planning
Council deadlocks on vote despite state Supreme Court order that it must come to a decision today
Utilities Need to Keep BPU in the Know About Response to Major Storms, Report Says
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Information would give agency better insight into most cost-effective steps to increase resilience
Opinion: NJ’s Teachers Union: Implosion, Irrelevance, or Evolution?
Laura Waters | Opinion
The NJEA’s shift on charter schools is emblematic of its struggles with shifting situation in education -- in the state and beyond
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