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May 11, 2015

Public Health Impact Must Be Part of Policy Decisions, Says Former CDC official
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
NJ native says health-impact statements are key to making smart choices that can affect an entire community
State Eases Up On Tougher Standards for Teacher Training, Licensing
John Mooney | Education
Christie administration heeds calls for slower implementation of some of its proposed changes

May 10, 2015

How Christie Talks About The Bridge Thing
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
At the very end of a politically successful two-day swing to New Hampshire -- the first-in-the-nation primary state that Chris Christie must win if he runs for president ...

May 8, 2015

Exxon Mobil Settlement Fails to Protect NJ's Natural Resources, Critic Asserts
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Assemblyman McKeon takes administration to task at hearing into proposed $225 million settlement
Can ‘Culture of Health’ Initiative Help Cure Camden’s Chronic Ills?
Meir Rinde | Social
Extensive, ambitious coalition seeks to transform quality of life in America’s most dangerous city -- for latchkey kids and homeless residents alike
Christie's Sagging Poll Numbers, Lagging Economy May Bode Well for Tax Plan
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
Political and financial realities could improve prospects for passage as Sweeney introduces ‘millionaire’s tax’
Interactive Map: NJ Still Has Fewer Jobs, Fewer Businesses Than Before Recession
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Economic malaise still grips Garden State even as rest of the nation continues to add jobs
Saint Michael’s Ramps Up Attack on Report That Says It Should Scale Back
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Hospital questions consulting firm data, notes more Newark residents would seek care elsewhere
Fine Print: Christie Vetoes Adding Vegetarian Options to School Lunches
John Mooney | Education
Governor says he supports concept but legislation would bring extra costs and burdens to school districts

May 7, 2015

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments about Payments to Public-Worker Pensions
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Justice Albin asks state attorney if administration’s approach to pension contributions is ‘some sort of bait and switch’
Clean-Energy Fund Diversions Already Built Into Christie’s Budget
Tom Johnson | Budget, Energy & Environment
Critics argue that siphoning off funds makes it all-the-more difficult to attain state’s aggressive renewable-energy goals
Teachers Union Leadership Change Comes at Critical Time for Newark Schools
John Mooney | Education
Del Grosso to end 20-year tenure at helm as contract talks loom and controversy continues over Anderson’s ‘One Newark’ reforms
Poll: How Long Can Chris Christie Steer Clear of Bridgegate?
Polling
Given the indictments, do you think it’s only a matter of time before the governor is tainted by the scandal?
Ex-Commissioner Velez Strives to Get Hospitals to Reach Beyond Their Walls
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
As the mission of hospitals expands and evolves, those changes are reflected even in how they are paid for their services
Op-Ed: Here’s Why Our Students Won’t Take the PARCC Exams Seriously
Walter Bowne | Opinion
It took a comedian’s monologue to put standardized testing in its place

May 6, 2015

Uptick in Tax Revenues Could Impact Court Fight Over Pension Payments
John Reitmeyer | Budget
On eve of Supreme Court arguments, state announces tax collections may exceed projections by as much as $200M
Legislation Would Put Oysters to Work Trying to Clean Up Water Pollution
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State DEP banned pilot projects five years ago, worried that poachers would steal and sell unsafe shellfish to public
Christie’s No Friend to Housing for Poor and Middle-Income New Jerseyans
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Housing
In word and deed, the governor has made it clear that affordable housing -- even for Sandy victims -- is not his concern
Senators Urge State to Let Adults With Disabilities Stay at Out-Of-State Facilities
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
But Human Services officials say population is better served in community placements
Profile: Veteran Lobbyist Represents NJ’s Suburban Schools at Statehouse
John Mooney | Education, Profiles
She went from Tenafly school trustee to widely respected advocate for education funding

May 5, 2015

Transportation Chief Warns Short-Term Funds Won’t Solve Long-Term Problems
Meir Rinde | Transportation
State treasurer’s one-year fiscal fix for depleted Transportation Trust Fund called dangerously inadequate
Environmentalists File Suit In Attempt to Stop Six Flags From Clear-Cutting 90 Acres
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Amusement park wants to put massive solar farm on land on edge of Pine Barrens
Baroni Declares Innocence, Alludes to His Previous Ethics-Reform Efforts
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Ex-Port Authority official and former Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly both enter not-guilty pleas, greet one another warmly in federal court
Opinion: Even Before Bridget Kelly, Christie’s Campaign Was Floundering
Carl Golden | Opinion
The former deputy chief of staff in Christie’s office says she couldn’t be the only one who knew about Bridgegate
Breastfeeding Advocates Criticize Bill Seeking to Ensure Safety of Shared Milk
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Measures would license breast-milk banks, fund public awareness of potential dangers, but coalition fights strictures
Aggressive Renewable-Energy Bill Voted Out of State Senate Committee
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Measure could put NJ back in pole position for clean energy, but governor not likely to approve
Christie Rejects Bill Changing Fee-Reporting Rules for Pension System
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Legislation also would have introduced more stringent requirements for campaign contributions
Explainer: How New Jersey Taxes Its Millionaires – and How It Doesn’t
John Reitmeyer | Explainer
Idea being pushed again by Democratic legislators – and opposed by Christie -- would generate anywhere from $500M to $615M annually
Agenda: State Board Just as Busy with What’s Not on the Docket This Month
John Mooney | Education
Light agenda belies work still going on behind the scenes over teacher prep proposal
NJ Spotlight Reporter Tackles Hard Questions on MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’
Politics
For example: Consider this ‘Bridgegate’ scenario: What if Kelly and Baroni go to trial?
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