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November 1, 2017

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
New Jersey Inks 10-Year Pact on Taking Water from Delaware River
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Agreement — also signed by three other states and New York City — ends dispute over release of water from city reservoirs
Governor’s Race 2017: Murphy, Guadagno Short on Specifics for Higher Ed
Colleen O'Dea | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Both have ambitious plans to boost STEM studies, slow tuition increases, ease student debt — but neither has a roadmap showing how to get there from here
Pallone Gathering Sends Out Alarm on Gun Violence as Threat to Public Health
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Health and safety experts share grim statistics about firearms violence in the United States at NJ congressman’s forum
Lesniak’s Last Campaign — to Give NJ Transit Commuters Seats on the Board
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Outgoing senator wants to give a real say to NJT’s harried passengers, who’ve dealt with crashes, fare hikes, service reductions, and reduced reliability
Op-Ed: Now That’s a Patient-Centered Value Framework
Debbie Hart and Robert Goldberg | Opinion
Insurance companies often use value frameworks to steer all patients to the least-expensive products, erecting barriers to obtaining recommended treatments
Menendez Trial: Defense Calls for Mistrial, Senators Show Up in Support
NJTV News | Politics
Tempers rise, judge slaps down claim that he has impeded attorneys’ efforts on behalf of senator and co-defendant

October 26, 2017

Feds to Fund Massive Flood-Control Project for Hoboken, Nearby Towns
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Project includes green infrastructure to protect three communities from storm surges that left them inundated after Hurricane Sandy
Governor’s Race 2017: Back Seat for Healthcare in Final Phase of Campaigning
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Guadagno, Murphy agree on opioid crisis, disagree on future of the ACA, but have not given detailed plans on certain aspects of healthcare policy
Deutsche Bank Settles Interest-Fixing Claims for $220 Million
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
New Jersey and dozens of other states to share in settlement, which ultimately affected the state's public-employee pension system, other entities
South Asians in NJ Exercise Growing Political Muscle
WNYC News | Politics
A growing population of South Asians, now a sought-after voting bloc in the Garden State, puts forward a number of candidates
Op-Ed: Returning to Local Control — What Does Newark Need to Know?
Mary G. Bennett | Opinion
As a significantly diminished and dismantled district is returned to local control, we need credible and independent accounting in all areas
Former Head of NJ Black Ministers Council Testifies for Menendez
NJTV News Online | Politics
Rev. Reginald Jackson describes Senator as ‘forthright and honest, a man of integrity’

October 25, 2017

Governor’s Race 2017: Plans and Planks for Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Murphy, the Democratic candidate, has program for putting low-income residents into homes of their own. For Lt. Gov. Guadagno, property-tax relief will get the job done
Ad Watch: Gubernatorial Election Spots — More Than Meets the Eye?
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Elections 2017
What the latest round of ads for the governor’s race overestimates, underreports, and simply gets wrong
New Jersey Gets Scorched by Increasing Number of Extreme-Heat Days
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Climate change is fueling hotter summers, boosting the intensity and frequency of heat waves, and sending more people to the ER
Take-No-Prisoners Senate Race in LD 11 Pits Incumbent Beck against Gopal
Chase Brush | Politics, Elections 2017
Deep-pocketed Democrats have targeted Beck’s seat and are willing to spend — and spend — to get what they want
Indoor Shooting Ranges Targeted as Sources of Lead Poisoning in Adults
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Children are not the only ones at risk of exposure to the metal; New Jersey poison expert warns of risk to grown-ups
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