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November 3, 2017

NJ’s Hefty Unfunded Liabilities Matter of Concern to Outside Analysis
John Reitmeyer | Budget
State barely escapes earning a failing grade for its overburdened pension system, long-term obligations from Volcker Alliance
Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Sharply Divided on Crime, Social Justice
Mark J. Bonamo | Social, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Perhaps no other issues throw the candidates in such bold relief as policing, guns and gun violence, undocumented immigrants, and legalizing marijuana
Op-Ed: Environmental Justice Is Key Aspect of Climate-Change Policy
Nicky Sheats | Opinion
Climate-change mitigation must not only reduce carbon dioxide emissions but also reduce the disproportionate amount of pollution in many environmental-justice communities

November 2, 2017

Kim Guadagno: Running Hard Enough to Become NJ’s Second Woman Governor?
Colleen O'Dea | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Guadagno has always made herself available to businesspeople and now to her backers, but she remains aloof when it comes to reporters
Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Deeply Divided on Education
John Mooney | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
From school funding to student testing, Murphy and Guadagno could be speaking different languages
Important Ballot Questions on Library Funding, Pollution Settlements
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2017
New borrowing for libraries and a constitutional amendment to ensure pollution settlements are not diverted into general budget
Rule Change Expands Addiction Treatment Options for Medicaid Patients
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New Jersey one of two states to see immediate benefit
DEP Sets Nation’s Strictest Limit on Chemical in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
PFOA has been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, and developmental problems in young children
Op-Ed: Fixing the Pension System for Teachers and Taxpayers
Steve Sweeney | Opinion
We have made great progress, especially in the past year, to put our pension system on the road to full funding
Beyond the Truck Attacker, the Long Reach of ISIS in the New York Area
Matt Katz | More Issues
Twenty-five people living in New York and New Jersey have been charged with ISIS-related crimes during the past four years
Murphy Grilled on Ability to Deal with Terror Attacks
WNYC News | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Frontrunner in governor’s race says public safety must take precedence over politics
Do You Have a Message for NJ’s Next Governor?
NJ Spotlight | Elections 2017
What are your priorities for the next NJ governor? Help us build the ‘people’s agenda’

November 1, 2017

Medicare Proposal Urges ‘Drastic’ Cut in Home Health Funding
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Patients and providers concerned about regulation scheduled for 2019
The Importance of Coattails in ‘Truly Competitive’ LD 16 Races
Chase Brush | Elections 2017
Impact of gubernatorial contest, changes in district, and Ciattarelli’s departure make the 16th among the more combative arenas in this election cycle
One Legal Challenge Filed Against $300M State House Renovation Remains
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Assemblyman Wisniewski asks state’s Superior Court to overturn lower-court ruling that gave the go-ahead to the controversial undertaking
PSEG Backs Trump Administration Plan to Spur Nuclear Industry
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Company looks to state or other possibilities for ways to keep its nuclear plants from closing due to economic pressure from natural-gas industry
Op-Ed: Open Space as Important as Ever
Kelly Mooij | Opinion
Preservation must remain a priority for incoming administration
Menendez Trial: Lawyers Spar over How Judge Will Instruct Jury
NJTV News | Politics
Defense and prosecution attorneys spend day haggling over what directive judge should give jury

October 31, 2017

Diverse Stakeholders Team up to Support Health Insurance Enrollment
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Shortened sign-up period and fewer supports trigger advocates’ concerns
Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Pledge to Fix NJ's Transportation Woes
John Reitmeyer | Transportation, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Leading candidates agree Garden State’s transportation issues are critical, but they diverge significantly on how to repair them
Shad Surge in Delaware River Thanks to Pollution Controls, Dam Removal
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Number of juvenile shad monitored in summer count highest in 38 years, according to state DEP
NJ Sierra Club v. Pinelands Commission Back in Appellate Court
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
At heart of dispute, 30-mile pipeline project that New Jersey Natural Gas argues is key to increasing reliability for its customers
Op-Ed: Vote 'Yes' on Question 1, Help NJ’s Public Libraries Election Day
Gordon MacInnes | Opinion
In this increasingly contentious atmosphere, libraries remain one of the last vestiges of the public sphere
Defense Rests in Menendez Case, Motion for Mistrial Fails
NJTV News | Politics
Closing arguments likely to begin on Wednesday, jury could start deliberations later this week
Guadagno Talks Taxes, Taxes, Taxes on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show
WNYC News | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Host rattles Republican candidate when he questions if she favors abortion but not for poor women

October 30, 2017

Governor’s Race 2017 Could Lead to a Greener New Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Murphy has taken an aggressive stance on energy and the environment, while Guadagno has muddled her position on regional initiative to fight greenhouse gases
Trenton Program Selected for National Diabetes Grant from Merck
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Plans include using people who are successfully managing their own diabetes to mentor those struggling to get the disease under control
NJ’s Booker Backs Small-Business Accelerators and Incubators
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
For U.S. representative and colleagues, the best return on investment is likely to come from smaller startups with rapid growth potential rather than established companies
Op-Ed: Will Christie’s Successor Block Trump’s Efforts to Dismantle EJ?
Laureen M. Boles | Opinion
The New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance recognizes that communities of color and low-income communities are typically overburdened by environmental pollution

October 27, 2017

Five Years After Sandy, Superstorm Continues to Punish Survivors
Scott Gurian | Energy & Environment
Some victims still have no place to call home; others are being dunned by state and feds to return part of their aid
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