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October 11, 2016

The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 4
Matt Katz | Politics

October 7, 2016

Murphy’s Move: Outsider to Likely Democratic Candidate for Governor
Chase Brush | Politics
By putting a lock on the vote-rich northern counties, the former Goldman Sachs executive has swept aside other contenders — including Senate President Sweeney
Opinion: Memorandum on the Transportation Trust Fund Bill
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
Critical questions that our lawmakers should consider — and answer — before voting on the pending TTF legislation
Fighting Diabetes and Sickle Cell Disease in NJ with Information
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Lawmakers say Medicaid should cover cost of diabetes education and management, also want state to set up sickle cell database
Interactive Map: Clinton Far Outpaces Trump in New Jersey Fundraising
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Former secretary of state has more donors and bigger contributions, adding up to six times the total for her Garden State campaign war chest
Opinion: Murphy’s North Jersey Lockdown — Show of Power for Party Chairs
Carl Golden | Opinion
Democratic leaders demonstrated that control of the party — despite some opinions to the contrary — does not reside in the southern part of the state
Lawmakers Want Fish and Game Council to Ban Foothold Traps — Again
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Constitutional tool could be key to outlawing ‘barbaric’ practice
Bridgegate: Gov. Christie’s Filthy Mouth
WNYC News | Politics
In just the latest shock in the trial, a witness testified the governor and a Monmouth County politician traded profanities

October 6, 2016

PSEG Takes Two Coal Plants Out of Service, Is Gas Obvious Alternative?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Back-of-the-envelope calculations puts natural gas ahead on cost, but company is still weighing options on complex question
TTF Legislation Hits Small Pothole on Way to Final Approval
Chase Brush | Transportation
Lawmakers delay vote, arguing that process lacks transparency, hits residents who can least afford it hardest at the gas pump
Christie Proposes Giving Top-Performing Charter Schools New Flexibility
John Mooney | Education
Education chief says easing certification rules for teachers would be five-year pilot program
Tens of Thousands of NJ Residents Missing Out on Obamacare Savings
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Up to 44,000 New Jerseyans pay full price for private health insurance when they would be eligible for subsidized policies; 1 million more remain uninsured
Opinion: Lakewood’s Ultra-Orthodox Day Schools, ‘Tyranny of the Many’
Laura Waters | Opinion
Lakewood public school students — black, Latino, and economically disadvantaged — are deprived of their constitutionally guaranteed thorough and efficient of education
Occidental to Pay $165 million Toward EPA’s Cleanup of Passaic River Pollution
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Actual removal of thousands of pounds of contaminants will not begin until 2020 and could take six years to complete
Poll: Who Put Together the TTF Fix? Who Runs New Jersey?
Basically the bill to tank up the TTF is the work of just three people. What does that say about how things get done in NJ?

October 5, 2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Accused of Stalling Bridgegate Probe
WNYC News | Politics
Prosecution witness Wildstein testifies that Cuomo and Christie agreed to create ‘traffic report’ that would quash questions about Bridgegate probe
Assemblyman Ciattarelli Declares for Governor, Claims State Is ‘On the Brink’
Chase Brush | Politics
GOP candidate sees state ‘drowning in debt,’ puts school-funding reform and property-tax relief high on his list
NJ Looks to Capitalize on New Federal Subsidies for Solar
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State is looking to revamp its solar program, ramping up its reliance on the renewable energy
Physician-Assisted ‘Aid in Dying’ Up for Debate Again in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Doctors, others raise concerns that helping terminal patients end lives violates their role as healers
Opinion: Clinton Is Judged by Different Standards — What’s New?
Milly Silva | Opinion
Donald Trump is graded on a curve. But, no matter what Hillary Clinton says or does, she is appraised harshly because of gender stereotypes
Salaries for NJ Teachers Moving Up After Several Years in Doldrums
John Mooney | Education
Teachers union says pay hikes do not compensate for bigger employee contributions to pensions and healthcare
Profile: Seriously Passionate About Progressive Causes
Lilo H. Stainton | Profiles
If it’s drug addiction, gay rights, medical marijuana, clean needle exchanges, abortion, and social justice (to name a few), it must be Jay Lassiter
NJ Spotlight on Cities: ‘Reimagining’ Our Urban Centers
John Mooney | Planning
One of the country’s foremost thinkers on urban renewal will take part in conference geared to creating an urban agenda for the Garden State
Federal Audit Finds New Jersey Failed to Control Sandy Funds
NJTV News Online | Sandy
HUD audit concludes Garden State should return money if it cannot justify certain expenditures
State Settles $1.5 Million Whistleblower Suit for Plaintiff
WNYC News | More Issues
In 2010, former Hunterdon County prosecutor saw indictment dismissed for what he believed were political reasons
New York Governor Announces Plan to Offload Penn Station
WNYC News | Transportation
City says it will build train hall in General Post Office while renovating platforms at Penn

October 4, 2016

Despite TTF Deal, It’s Still Unclear When Roadwork Will Resume in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Christie’s executive order idled some 3,000 construction workers during the warm weather. Can it be lifted in time to make a dent in outstanding projects?
Murphy Adds Plank to Platform: No Hedge Funds in Pension and Benefits System
Chase Brush | Politics
Only declared Democratic candidate for governor takes progressive tack, but administration and consultant argue in favor of alternative investment strategies
NJ Businesses Sustain Widespread Health Coverage, Despite Rising Costs
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Workers paying for larger share of medical expenses, through higher contributions and deductibles, reduced benefits
Great Adventure Agrees Not to Clear Forested Land for Solar Farm — For Now
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
A coalition of environmental groups have filed injunction with courts to block project, arguing it violates township regulations, Energy Master Plan
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