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November 10, 2015

New Jersey’s First Two Offshore Wind Leases Go to High Bidders in Auction
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Though wind farms off the Jersey coast have long proved elusive, their turbines could ultimately power 1.2 million homes
Back in Trenton on Visit, Gov. Christie Vetoes Bill to Reform Voting Laws
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Governor dismisses Democrats’ legislation as attempt to further increase their political advantage in state
Candidate Christie’s Signing of School-Testing Bills Continues Shift in Views
John Mooney | Education
After his earlier endorsement of Common Core, support of new legislation reflects further move to GOP’s right
New Jersey Squeaks by with Grade of ‘D’ on 2015 Good Government Report Card
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
State earns lowest grade in nation for election oversight, fails outright for executive and judicial accountability, public access to information
Investing in Mass Transit Called Path to Prosperity in the Garden State
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Forum participants cite economic benefits, cleaner environment, less congestion, higher property values
Christie Vetoes Water Bill, Saying It Gives Too Much Power to Advisory Panel
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Governor shuts down attempt to regulate the amount of TCP -- a suspected carcinogen -- in New Jersey’s drinking water
After Long Delay, Christie Conditionally Vetoes Bill to Help Bail Out Atlantic City
Tara Nurin | More Issues
Indecision angers parties on all sides, despite governor’s allegation that city and county politics are at root of holdup
Saint Michael’s Board Sticks with Original Bidder, to Critic’s Dismay
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Hospital representatives point to higher purchase price, capital investment, but public-interest advocate sees little new that will benefit public
Explainer: Crime Victims in New Jersey Have Strong Legal Protections
Colleen O'Dea | Explainer
Far-reaching legislation and a constitutional amendment guarantee array of rights and provide support during criminal-justice process

November 9, 2015

Election 2015
Colleen O'Dea | Elections 2015
Saint Michael’s Medical Center Board Will Meet to Review Bids Today
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Prime Healthcare and Prospect Medical Holdings, both for-profit chains, have submitted offers to acquire Newark hospital
The List: New Jersey Companies That Appoint Women as Top Executives
Joe Tyrrell | The List
Hiring women for top jobs at today's competitive companies isn't just the right thing to do, it's a smart thing to do
Deepwater LNG Port Passes Final Review -- Will NJ or NY Governor Shut it Down?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Liberty Natural Gas proposes building a deepwater LNG terminal almost 30 miles off the New Jersey coast. Will controversial project get the go-ahead?
Fine Print: State Wants to Help Private-Sector Workers Save for Retirement
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
The state-managed individual retirement account would be fully funded by employees via payroll deductions
Op-Ed: Taking Stock of Camden’s New ‘Renaissance Schools,’ One Year Later
Janellen Duffy and Michele Mason | Opinion
Some of the city’s poorest, most challenging students have made sizable strides in math and language arts in a single school year

November 6, 2015

Bipartisan Gas-Tax Hike Could Help Tank Up Transportation Funding
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Democrats and Republicans appear to be open to serious discussions during lame-duck session
Teachers Union -- and Its Money -- Helped Shape Outcome of Assembly Races
John Mooney | Education
NJEA poured millions into Democratic candidates' campaigns, didn’t back even one Republican
Where Democrats Garnered Greater Share of Votes Than in Earlier Elections
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Maps, Map of the Week
Based on unofficial but nearly final results, the Democrats look to have captured more than half the votes, making New Jersey even more ‘blue’
Citing Health Benefits of Safer Guns, Weinberg Tries Increasingly Popular Tactic
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
NJ state senator promotes bill mandating availability of safety technology as way to prevent accidental and other gun deaths
Making a Federal Case of It: NJ Couple Fight Foreclosure in Federal Court
Joe Tyrrell | Housing
State courts seem to turn deaf ear to defendants in foreclosure, so one couple files federal suit against their current mortgage holder

November 5, 2015

In Wake of Dems' Assembly Wins, Questions About Next Two Years for Gov. Christie
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2015
It’s more than a matter of arithmetic; pundits and political operatives say Republican defeat is a repudiation of governor and some of his policies
PARCC Exam Results for NJ Magnify Achievement Gaps Linked to Income, Race
John Mooney | Education
Hispanic and black students, low-income children trail significantly compared to higher-income and white and Asian students
Even With Advantages of Suburban Life, Many Residents Still Not Healthy
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
In Morris County, long commutes, difficult-to-reach parks and income inequality cited as factors contributing to poor health
Building PennEast Pipeline Will Not Deliver Promised Jobs, Report Asserts
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New study argues that natural-gas company significantly overestimates number of jobs, economic benefits to NJ
Concerns About Voter Manipulation Surface at Morris County Polling Place
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2015
‘Misinformed’ poll worker mistakenly set up separate voting machines for Democrats and Republicans; problem rectified within hour
Poll: Will the Democrats’ Assembly Gains Be Chris Christie’s Loss?
With voter turnout possibly at a historic low, can any conclusions be drawn from the Dems picking up four seats in the Assembly?

November 4, 2015

Christie: Bad Week for the Governor is Good Week for the Candidate
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
It was a tough Election Day for Assembly Republicans in New Jersey. They lost three seats in the lower house, giving Democrats their largest majority in the legislative body in 35 years.
Dems Pick Up Four Assembly Seats, Including One Down-to-the-Wire Win
Colleen O'Dea, John Reitmeyer, John Mooney | Politics, Elections 2015
Democrats inch closer to veto-proof majority, call victories mandate on Christie and his policies
The Results Are in for New Jersey's 2015 Assembly Races
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2015
Who surged ahead? Who fell behind? Who finished out of the running? Find out with just a glance, thanks to our interactive map
State’s Property Tax Relief Program Operates According to Its Own Calendar
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Due to Christie administration’s budget juggling, credits scheduled to be applied to tax bills in May 2016 are for taxes homeowners paid way back in 2013
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