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Trenton Health Team Gears Up to Become an ACO

Linda Thrasybule | November 21, 2012 | Healthcare

By coordinating healthcare services, the team replaces competition with collaboration, and improves quality of care

As Redlining Persists, Camden Area Among Hot Spots in U.S. for Mortgage Denials

Colleen O'Dea | February 16, 2018 | Housing
Investigation finds people continue to be denied loans based on factors such as race, despite legislation supposed to ban the practice

State Democrats Pursue Individual Mandate to Help NJ Insurance Market

Lilo H. Stainton | February 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Over some Republican objections, Democratic lawmakers promote workaround for Trump administration’s repeal of key Obamacare regulation

More Train Cars Now, First Step to Ease Overcrowding on NJ Transit

John Reitmeyer | February 16, 2018 | Transportation
Governor announces immediate move to relieve some of the ‘greatest headaches for commuters,’ underlines pledge to make agency one of his administration's priorities

New Incentive for NJ Homeowners, Businesses to Install Solar Panels

Tom Johnson | February 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Strong move to encourage greater use of ‘net metering’ as advocates push for state to overhaul energy policies and critics worry about cost to ratepayers

Cautious NJ Lawmakers Propose Decriminalizing Marijuana in Small Amounts

Carly Sitrin | February 16, 2018 | Social
State senators stop well short of governor’s preference to legalize the drug in New Jersey, voice concerns about social-justice implications

Effort Advances to Circumvent Trump Property-Tax Hit, but Questions Remain

John Reitmeyer | February 16, 2018 | Budget
NJ lawmakers push ahead with creative maneuver to stave off new federal limit on tax write-offs. Skeptics still maintain IRS won’t accept the workaround


| February 16, 2018 | Number of The Day

‘Don’t Raise Our Costs. Please’ — NJ Manufacturers Make Case to Lawmakers

John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2018 | More Issues
Manufacturing has been growing recently in the state, but industry leaders say they’re struggling with high taxes, high costs, a shortage of skilled workers, and they fear a wage hike

Fixing Garden State’s Broken Medical Examiner System

Lilo H. Stainton | February 15, 2018 | Healthcare
Raft of changes proposed for structure that critics have slammed as mismanaged, underfunded, overworked, and fragmented

Pipeline Conflict Heats Up: Landowners Vow to Fight PennEast on Eminent Domain

Jon Hurdle | February 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
After almost 130 New Jersey landowners refuse offers of compensation for right of way on their properties, company files for eminent domain, unleashing a new storm of protest

Would a Tech Upgrade Make New Jersey Government More User-Friendly?

Colleen O'Dea | February 15, 2018 | Politics
Advisers tell governor that state’s technology needs major overhaul and Christie’s IT initiative should be urgently reviewed

Op-Ed: What New Jersey Needs — Doulas Working for Health of Mothers, Babies

Jill Wodnick | February 15, 2018 | Opinion
Doula care has been used widely throughout the United States but has never been fully embraced in the Garden State. Isn’t it about time?

Call for Action to Protect Children in New Jersey from Lead Poisoning

NJTV News | February 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Thousands of children in Garden State have shown elevated levels of lead in their blood. Advocates say issue is urgent despite high price tag


| February 15, 2018 | Number of The Day

Closing Loophole in Law Protecting Students Against Sexual Predators

Carly Sitrin | February 14, 2018 | Education
Right now, teachers accused of sexual misconduct can change schools without a report about their behavior following them

After One Year, NJ Evaluates Judicial Reform Program

Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2018 | Social
Report indicates pretrial population dipped by 20 percent, but advocates call for more data on race of defendants detained, released, and released with conditions

Can Stormwater Utilities Help NJ Reduce Runoff Pollution?

Tom Johnson | February 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers revive bill looking at new ways of dealing with old problem, stormwater runoff fouling waterways and causing major flooding

Physical Therapists Want to Give Their Patients the Dry Needle — Again

Lilo H. Stainton | February 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Legislation would allow PTs to expand their practice to include pain-relief technique currently limited chiefly to acupuncturists

Residents Question Murphy on Live TV: Main Issues Are Taxes, Immigration

John Reitmeyer | February 14, 2018 | Politics
New governor takes questions from New Jerseyans who are preoccupied with high taxes and his immigration policies

Former Pharmaceutical CEO Sets Sights on Senate Seat Held by Menendez

NJTV News | February 14, 2018 | Politics
Bob Hugin reportedly tells GOP leaders he’s willing to spend $20 million of his own money on campaign against weakened Democrat

When a Deputy Mayor Compares Undocumented Immigrants to Raccoons

Matt Katz | February 14, 2018 | Immigration
Racist quote on Facebook leads to town official's resignation

Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs to Counter Republican Tax Plan with Bold Action

Sheila Reynertson | February 14, 2018 | Opinion
With new federal tax cuts favoring the wealthiest — and giving peanuts to working people in NJ — it’s time to make tax changes of our own


| February 14, 2018 | Number of The Day

No Easy Answers to NJ’s Racial Disparities in Infant, Maternal Health

Lilo H. Stainton | February 13, 2018 | Healthcare
Poverty, other social factors pinpointed as reasons why childbirth can be dangerous for many women and babies in New Jersey

Appeals Court Upholds Outstanding $225M Fine Against ExxonMobil

Tom Johnson | February 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Plaintiffs argue amount too small but are relieved constitutional amendment ensures environmental fines go to restoring natural resources

Explainer: Why Undocumented Immigrants in NJ Pay Taxes — a Lot of Taxes

Colleen O'Dea | February 13, 2018 | Explainer
According to recent estimates, New Jersey’s undocumented community paid $587 million in state and local taxes in 2014

Opinion: Sweeney Reminds New Governor, NJEA Who's Really in Charge

Carl Golden | February 13, 2018 | Opinion
The president of the senate emerges unscathed from a blitz of negative ads ordered up by the teachers union, makes it clear that he's as much a policymaker as Murphy

Lawmakers Want $166M for Rail, Roads, Bridges on Top of $2B Already Budgeted

John Reitmeyer | February 13, 2018 | Transportation
Gas-tax increase in 2016 was supposed to solve underfunding of infrastructure projects in New Jersey but legislators want supplemental funding — again

Poor Students Still Not Getting Breakfast in Many NJ Schools

Carly Sitrin | February 13, 2018 | Education
Report indicates that New Jersey remains 19th in country for participation in school breakfast program, essentially the position it held in previous school year


| February 13, 2018 | Number of The Day

Making the Public Welcome on New Jersey's Beaches and Waterfronts

Tom Johnson | February 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Bill clears committee incorporating public trust doctrine, common-law principle ensuring access to natural resources

Opinion: Two Wrongs Won't Make It Right

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | February 12, 2018 | Opinion
Using charities to restore SALT deductions is a gimmick that won't and shouldn't work

State Lawmaker Calls for Nation's First Opioid Warning Labels

Lilo H. Stainton | February 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Warnings would highlight the significant potential for addiction and overdose associated with these drugs

Can ESG Help Make NJ's Pension-Fund Investments More Ethical?

John Reitmeyer | February 12, 2018 | Budget
Some states are using ESG factors - environmental, social, and governance - to evaluate investments in companies. Will New Jersey follow suit?


| February 12, 2018 | Number of The Day

Democrats Call for NJ to Reopen Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | February 9, 2018 | Healthcare
Safe haven needed for seniors with severe mental illness now living in overcrowded, potentially dangerous facilities

Interactive Map: Tracking the Spread of Flu Across New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | February 9, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
This year’s outbreak could match or even exceed the severity of the H1N1 pandemic of 2009

Push to Give Towns More Power to Entice Developers with Special Bonds

John Reitmeyer | February 9, 2018 | Budget
Some Republicans concerned about consequences for towns if they take on new debt obligations in the name of redevelopment

Look for Lower Electricity Bills This Summer, Thanks to Cheap Natural Gas

Tom Johnson | February 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Consumers should catch a break on their bills, albeit a small one, based on results of BPU's annual power auction

Op-Ed: Support Homegrown Solar Energy This Session

Anne Hoskins | February 9, 2018 | Opinion
Thousands of energy jobs in New Jersey hang in the balance


| February 9, 2018 | Number of The Day

PennEast Files for Eminent Domain, Seeks Marshals to Guard Pipeline Workers

Jon Hurdle | February 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company claims it has been trying to avoid legal action but has taken step after failing to agree on compensation with unspecified number of landowners

Will Nuclear Subsidy Bill Kill Solar Sector?

Tom Johnson | February 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Latest version of controversial bill dramatically changes way state promotes and incents solar, with potentially lethal results

Why Hard Times at NJ’s ‘Insect Factory’ Could Be Bad News for Garden State

Carly Sitrin | February 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insect Rearing Laboratory breeds ‘good’ bugs to fight pests and reduce pesticide use, but overdue repairs are hampering its mission

Poll: What’s Keeping the New Administration from Gaining Traction?

| February 8, 2018 | Polling
Is it really just Murphy and Sweeney trying to establish the lines of power, or is there more to it?

Murphy Urged to Undo One Christie Health Reform, Aggressively Monitor Others

Lilo H. Stainton | February 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Human services experts propose reforms including tax credit for low-income parents and better pay for front-line workers

NJ's Status as 'Welcoming' State Could Cost It $4 Million in Fed Funding

Colleen O'Dea | February 8, 2018 | Immigration
New Jersey joins multistate lawsuit fighting federal decision to make law enforcement funding contingent on immigration enforcement

Treasury Works to Revamp Tobacco Bonds, Ease Strain if Budget Falls Short

John Reitmeyer | February 8, 2018 | Budget
Creative refinancing could improve state's bottom line by $250 million amid concerns former Gov. Chris Christie’s last budget won't meet revenue projections

Op-Ed: Private Landowners, Local Farmers Can Protect Delaware River

Mike Smith | February 8, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey Audubon and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation partner to build buffers on agricultural properties


| February 8, 2018 | Number of The Day

Engineer’s Sleep Apnea, NJ Transit’s Lax Screening Led to Hoboken Crash — NTSB

John Reitmeyer | February 7, 2018 | Transportation
Safety board recommends key upgrades and Sen. Booker wants to roll back Trump administration’s reversal of federal sleep apnea regulations for train drivers

Calls for State Probe into Radium in Drinking Water

Jon Hurdle | February 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say looser EPA limit may not protect public health after report finds hundreds of NJ water systems contain radioactive element at levels above that recommended by California

Tension in Trenton: Do Murphy and Sweeney Have Issues to Resolve?

Chase Brush | February 7, 2018 | Politics
For a Democratic governor with a Democratic Legislature, Murphy’s first few weeks at the helm have not been smooth sailing

Healthcare Transition Team Calls for Better Integration, Best Practices

Lilo H. Stainton | February 7, 2018 | Healthcare
Focus on reducing racial disparities in care reflects larger campaign goals

Can Murphy Live Up to His Promises About Higher Education?

John Mooney | February 7, 2018 | Education
The new governor’s intentions are good, but he has yet to offer much in the way of specifics concerning his strategy

Faith Leaders Ramp Up Anti-Lance Protests, Six Arrested for ‘Defiant Trespass’

Carly Sitrin | February 7, 2018 | Politics
Congressman’s alignment with Trump administration on immigration, other issues ignites dissenters — and challengers for the seat he has held for nine years

New Jersey's Indonesian Christians Avoid Deportation — For Now

Matt Katz | February 7, 2018 | Immigration
Indonesian immigrant families are back home, after spending time in sanctuary at their church

Op-Ed: Gov. Murphy Ignores Downside of Legalized Pot

Indra Cidambi | February 7, 2018 | Opinion
The governor's campaign promises notwithstanding, hard evidence shows that decriminalization rather than legalization is the smart policy


| February 7, 2018 | Number of The Day

AG Rejects PennEast Offers for Easements on Protected Lands

Jon Hurdle | February 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pipeline company says it will begin eminent domain actions if landowners hold out after deadline

Police, Firefighters Advance Toward More Control over Own Retirement Funds

John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2018 | Budget
Union-friendly Murphy expected to give positive reception to legislation that his predecessor Christie rejected last year

Murphy Makes Net Neutrality the Order of the Day

Carly Sitrin | February 6, 2018 | Politics
In his ninth executive order to date, governor ensures all internet traffic will be treated equally by ISPs and providers that want do business with the state

New Jersey Lawmakers Push Pay Raise for High-Ranking State Officials, Judges

John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2018 | Budget
Strained state finances notwithstanding, Senate President Sweeney says it’s not “a whole lot of money”

As NJ Legislators Try to Fix Out-of-Network Surprise Charges, Doctors Not Happy

Lilo H. Stainton | February 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Lawmakers try to protect patients from unexpected healthcare charges but the partial fix they propose is opposed by physicians

Still a Work in Progress, Nuclear Subsidy Bill Held in Committee

Tom Johnson | February 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
As proposed legislation goes through successive iterations, it seems to alienate more potential backers and beneficiaries

Opinion: Beyond the SALT Distraction …

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | February 6, 2018 | Opinion
… New Jersey must also respond to federal business tax changes


| February 6, 2018 | Number of The Day

'Augmented' Nuclear Subsidy Bill Could Cost $4B over 15 Years

Tom Johnson | February 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Legislation includes money for solar and energy efficiency — and boosting carbon-free electricity — at 'huge cost,' says rate counsel

State Lawmakers Call for 30 Pages of Reforms at New Jersey Transit

John Reitmeyer | February 5, 2018 | Transportation
Extensive recommendations include more commuters on agency's board of directors, targeted focus groups for fare hikes, closer state oversight

Why Do NJ Beekeepers Feel They've Been Stung by State DOA?

Carly Sitrin | February 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proposed regulations, they claim, would eliminate urban beekeeping and severely restrict the practice in most suburbs

Op-Ed: Don't Be Too Quick to Gloat over Saying Bye-Bye to NJ GOP

Bob McHugh | February 5, 2018 | Opinion
The seniority of the state's congressional delegation is about to take a huge hit, and that's not something New Jersey can afford to lose


| February 5, 2018 | Number of The Day

Alarm Over NJ Pension System’s Ties to Foreclosures in Puerto Rico

John Reitmeyer | February 2, 2018 | Budget
Members of state investment council make clear they would not be comfortable if pension fund profited from the hardships of Puerto Ricans

Putting Women’s Health and Family Planning Back in the Black

Colleen O'Dea | February 2, 2018 | Politics
Legislation restoring the $7.45M Christie cut from women’s health centers looks likely to pass, also a bill giving low-cost family planning services to more poor women

Murphy Joins Neighboring Governors in United Front against Fracking

Tom Johnson | February 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Goal is to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in Delaware River Basin, water supply to more than 15 million people in four states

Profile: Newark Interim Superintendent Could Be in for the Long Haul

John Mooney | February 2, 2018 | Profiles
Robert Gregory rises through the school ranks as Newark regains local control

Op-Ed: Resurrecting New Jersey’s Economy

Baye Adofo-Wilson | February 2, 2018 | Opinion
Meaningful economic revival must prioritize New Jersey’s urban communities, or the state’s economy, as a whole, will continue falter

Podcast: Getting to the Root of Food Insecurity in Newark

NJ Spotlight | February 2, 2018 | Healthcare
A discussion of the complex reasons why so many people have limited or no access to healthy food, moderated by NJ Spotlight healthcare reporter Lilo H. Stainton


| February 2, 2018 | Number of The Day

Inherit the Wind: Murphy's Executive Order Could Revive Energy Sector

Tom Johnson | February 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor tells BPU to develop mechanism for ratepayers to subsidize offshore wind, a task it was originally assigned seven years ago

State Pushes Flu Shots in Effort to Tamp Down Danger in Severe Flu Season

Lilo H. Stainton | February 1, 2018 | Healthcare
Four-year-old girl has died and almost 5,000 residents have been diagnosed

Former NJ Gov. Whitman to Chair National Task Force to Fix U.S. Democracy

Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2018 | Politics
Task force to battle the erosion of American values in politics and government, and undo the tone of anger and hate of current administration

Bombshell: Department of Justice Drops Corruption Case Against Menendez

NJTV News | February 1, 2018 | Politics
Senator can now run for re-election without shadow of a second criminal trial hanging over him

Could Trump Tax Reform Mean Lower Bills for NJ Ratepayers?

Tom Johnson | February 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New federal law cuts utility tax rates to 21 percent, but money could go to offsetting ratepayers subsidies on solar and wind initiatives

Murphy Team’s Budget Wish List Could Get Cool Reception in Legislature

John Reitmeyer | February 1, 2018 | Budget
There are already signs that some proposals from governor’s advisory committee will meet resistance in the State House

Opinion: NJ's Water Needs Could Decrease, Despite 10.4M Residents by 2040

Daniel J. Van Abs | February 1, 2018 | Opinion
Taking a broad array of variables into account, and working with the best-case scenario, the state's population could increase while demand for water could lessen

After 22 Years, Newark Enters New Era of Local Governance

Patrick Wall | February 1, 2018 | Education
As city reclaims control of its schools, leaders want to get it right

NJ Congresswoman Reacts to State of Union, Says ‘Robust Infrastructure Bill’ Needed

WNYC News | February 1, 2018 | Politics
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman talks about infrastructure and immigration


| February 1, 2018 | Number of The Day

Murphy’s Pick to Fix NJ Transit Is Infrastructure Expert, Veteran Commuter

John Reitmeyer | January 31, 2018 | Transportation
Kevin Corbett, who has a lot of experience in big subway projects but none in running a mass-transit agency, says he won’t accept status quo at NJT

New Jersey Considers Statewide Menthol Ban

Lilo H. Stainton | January 31, 2018 | Healthcare
Menthol cigarettes, thought to be more dangerous and addictive than conventional counterparts, chief target of action

State Takes First, Tentative Steps Toward Energy Efficiency Standard

Tom Johnson | January 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Revamped nuclear subsidy bill includes mandate for utilities to curb amount of energy customers use

Housing Transition Team Advises Murphy: First, Acknowledge the Crisis

Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2018 | Housing
Report lays out six priorities to increase housing stock and end foreclosures, does not call for COAH to be resurrected

Murphy Continues Dismantling Christie Environmental Legacy

Tom Johnson | January 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor and attorney general announce New Jersey will withdraw from lawsuit opposing Obama Clean Power Plan

Op-Ed: Protect Chronically Ill Patients Who Need Charity Services

Stephanie Lapidow | January 31, 2018 | Opinion
A new federal policy allows insurance companies to refuse coverage to patients who benefit from certain assistance programs. It’s vital that our legislators support an effort in Congress to blunt the rule


| January 31, 2018 | Number of The Day

Advocates, Interest Groups Edge Toward Agreement on Out-of-Network Legislation

Lilo H. Stainton | January 30, 2018 | Healthcare
Stakeholders say ‘two-pronged’ approach, that increases transparency and puts a cap on underlying costs, is way to go

Gov. Murphy Signs Executive Order for NJ to Rejoin RGGI

Tom Johnson | January 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor instructs DEP to allocate funds received from multistate initiative to environmental-justice communities as recommended by transition team

Frelinghuysen Bows Out, Red and Blue Contenders Line Up to Make Bid for 11th

Colleen O'Dea | January 30, 2018 | Politics
With his decision to step aside, New Jersey loses what is arguably its most important member of the House, chair of powerful Appropriations Committee

New Lease on Life for Urban Enterprise Zones, but Is Murphy Onboard?

John Reitmeyer | January 30, 2018 | Budget, Planning
Legislation hopes to maintain UEZ benefits, like 50 percent sales-tax break, in dozens of communities where zones are scheduled to expire

Murphy’s Team Wants to Put the Garden Back in Garden State

Carly Sitrin | January 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor’s advisory committee wants more state support for agri-tourism, a revived Jersey Fresh program, and to get more people involved in farming

Op-Ed: Dispensary Density is Key to Getting Marijuana Legalization Right

Chris Beals | January 30, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey lawmakers can learn from other states and establish smart regulations as they consider governor’s promise to legalize cannabis within his first 100 days


| January 30, 2018 | Number of The Day

Environmental Justice Should Be Core Principle of Murphy Administration

Tom Johnson | January 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Transition team urges administration to address pollution and contamination as they affect poor urban communities, particularly communities of color

Education Transition Report Delivers Some Details and Early Directions

John Mooney | January 29, 2018 | Education
Report touches on most of Murphy's education promises, but in some cases seems to step away from several high-profile goals

NJ Signs on as Part of Multistate Coalition to Battle GOP Tax-Code Revision

John Reitmeyer | January 29, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Murphy joins fellow Democratic governors from New York and Connecticut to officially challenge Trump tax code in federal court

Op-Ed: There's an Affordable Path to Clean Energy for New Jersey

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker | January 29, 2018 | Opinion
A cleaner, healthier, stronger economic future is a lot closer than supporters of fossil fuels would like us to believe


| January 29, 2018 | Number of The Day

Nurses Unions Ramp Up Staffing-Level Campaign

Lilo H. Stainton | January 26, 2018 | Healthcare
Nurse-to-patient staffing ratios should ease the burden on these professionals but some insist it's not the number, it's the workload

Revised Nuclear Subsidy Bill Appears Back on Legislative Track

Tom Johnson | January 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Revamped legislation includes some modest clean-energy programs, but locks Division of Rate Counsel out of decision if subsidy is needed

Time to Scrap the Superintendent Salary Cap?

Carly Sitrin | January 26, 2018 | Education
Senate bill could be an early step to dismantle Christie's education legacy

We've Got Answers to Your Questions for Our Legislators …

Lee Keough | January 26, 2018 | Politics
… And a chance to ask your questions about New Jersey's water quality

Business Task Force Hopes to Transform New Jersey into Millennial Magnet

John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2018 | Budget, Social, Planning
The Garden State has the highest millennial outmigration in the country, but attention to education, tuition, and vocational training could go a long way to turning things around

Op-Ed: Our Schools Survived Christie — How Do We Move Forward?

David G. Sciarra | January 26, 2018 | Opinion
What's crucial is taking steps to fundamentally alter the way Trenton fulfills its obligations to our 1.4 million public school children

Putting Murphy's Pick to Lead the EDA in Perspective

NJ Spotlight | January 26, 2018 | Budget
NJ Spotlight budget and public finance writer visits WHYY to assess the new governor's choice to head up the Economic Development Authority

ICE Renews Apparent Crackdown on Indonesian Christians in NJ

Matt Katz | January 26, 2018 | Immigration
Federal agents arrest at least two men in morning, force another — a well-known community leader — to return to sanctuary at his church

PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Gets Behind-Closed-Doors Makeover

Tom Johnson | January 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Revamped legislation said to have more to do with clean energy while still addressing nuclear

NJ Joins Multistate Suit to Stop Trump Administration from Deporting ‘Dreamers’

Colleen O'Dea | January 25, 2018 | Politics, Immigration
Murphy also creates agency unofficially known as Office of Immigrant Protection and Defense

Murphy Wants ‘New Culture’ in Economic Development Agency, Names New CEO

John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Governor disdains Christie era's ‘lavish’ tax breaks, promises to grow economy with ‘multi-faceted effort to leverage everything’ NJ has to offer

Blueprint for Universal Health Insurance for NJ Kids, Including Undocumented

Lilo H. Stainton | January 25, 2018 | Healthcare
Promoters maintain that cost of coverage would be moderate while benefits would be significant

Lawmakers Cut Murphy Some Slack on Date of First Budget Address

John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2018 | Budget
New governor gets more time to compile spending plan, allows Treasurer Muoio to clear Senate confirmation process

Opinion: Federal Aid Cuts to NJ Are Not Happening, Despite Trump Rhetoric

Richard F. Keevey | January 25, 2018 | Opinion
But nasty budget bargaining is still lurking


| January 25, 2018 | Number of The Day


| January 25, 2018 | Number of The Day

Trump’s 30% Solar Tariff Likely to Boost Prices, Slow Growth in U.S. Market

Tom Johnson | January 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey may do better than many states since local industry more focused on installation than manufacture

Lawmakers Want to Make It Easier to Change Gender on NJ Birth Certificates

Lilo H. Stainton | January 24, 2018 | Healthcare
Proposal would affect thousands of transgender residents, others in Garden State and make records system among most progressive in nation

Murphy Moves to Relax Restrictions on Buying Medical Marijuana

Carly Sitrin | January 24, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor’s sixth executive order calls for 60-day assessment of state’s current policies and prohibitions

Equal Detention Under the Law? Questions About Who Gets Held Without Bail

Colleen O'Dea | January 24, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
From county to county there can be significant differences in percentage of defendants held over pending trial

Assemblyman Seeks Fix to Expedite NJ Credit for Property-Tax Prepayments

John Reitmeyer | January 24, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Without a quick legislative repair, the thousands of residents who rushed to prepay their 2018 property taxes will have to wait until next year for state tax credit

Op-Ed: The Nuclear Subsidy Battle Is Not Over

Steven S. Goldenberg | January 24, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey citizens and businesses can ill afford the massive wealth transfer and regulatory capitulation that PSEG's bill would impose


| January 24, 2018 | Number of The Day

‘Revived’ PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Heads for Committee This Week

Tom Johnson | January 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company insists bill could still be critical to keeping nuclear plants up and running, despite Trump tax windfall to plant operator

Will 'Active, Angry' Voters Make GOP Congressmen Endangered Species in NJ?

Colleen O'Dea | January 23, 2018 | Politics
Lance, Frelinghuysen could be in trouble in mid-term election as anti-Trumpism fuels renewed Democratic push in the Garden State

NJ’s Medical Examiner System Needs More Resources, Oversight

Lilo H. Stainton | January 23, 2018 | Healthcare
Is the ME a patchwork of protocols and disconnects straining to cope with the rising number of drug-related deaths in New Jersey?

Murphy's Latest EO Seeks to Get NJ Transit Back on Track (and on Time)

John Reitmeyer | January 23, 2018 | Transportation
Governor wants nothing less than full-scale financial and operational audit on way to organizational overhaul

State Lawmakers Not Just Blowing Smoke About Rejoining RGGI

Tom Johnson | January 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
But they butt heads over how to divvy up funds raised by participating in initiative to curb carbon pollution from power plants

Opinion: Bad Blood — Sweeney Takes a Stake to Murphy's Agenda

Carl Golden | January 23, 2018 | Opinion
What was behind Senate President's Fox News bombshell that he plans to block the millionaires tax and possibly dig into the state's entire property-tax structure?


| January 23, 2018 | Number of The Day

FERC OK of PennEast Doesn't Make Pipeline a Sure Thing

Tom Johnson | January 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal approval means pipeline company can gather environmental data needed for permits, but opponents vow they will continue to fight

Murphy Executive Orders Dig into Tax Incentives, Seek Surge in ACA Enrollment

John Reitmeyer | January 22, 2018 | Budget, Politics
The new governor is wasting no time tackling issues he raised on the campaign trail, including whether the state is realizing the biggest bang for its tax-incentive bucks

Assembly Republicans Hope to 'Rally the Reasonable' to Ensure Civil Discourse

John Reitmeyer | January 22, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Minority leader wants to raise questions about Murphy's liberal agenda without resorting to bullying or berating

Keeping the Focus on NJ's High Maternal-Mortality Rates

Lilo H. Stainton | January 22, 2018 | Healthcare
Precedent-setting Maternal Health Awareness Day seeks to educate patients, providers in reducing avoidable deaths

Unsettled: A Story from the Global Refugee Crisis

Matt Katz | January 22, 2018 | Immigration
Changes in U.S. immigration policy are keeping married Congolese couple apart

Op-Ed: The More Things Change - Timeless Advice for Murphy's Spokespeople

Jon Shure and Jayne O'Connor | January 22, 2018 | Opinion
One of the first things to pay attention to is which side of the door you're on when major decisions are made


| January 22, 2018 | Number of The Day

Newark Makes it onto List of 20 Finalists for Amazon’s Second Headquarters

John Reitmeyer | January 19, 2018 | Planning
Online giant promises $5B investment and as many as 50,000 jobs. City and state have offered $7B in tax incentives to try to land the project

Profile: Watching NJ Teacher of the Year At Work Is Beautiful

Carly Sitrin | January 19, 2018 | Profiles
A hearing teacher, Amy Andersen has taught hundreds of mostly hearing students to be proficient in American Sign Language

Brand Will Be Back as Director of New Jersey Rate Counsel

Tom Johnson | January 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Most recently, Stefanie Brand played a key role in derailing PSEG's bid for a $300 million annual subsidy to keep the lights on in its nuclear plants

Bargaining CHIP: Children’s Care Is Used in Federal Budet Battle, NJ Kids OK for Now

Lilo H. Stainton | January 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Politicians in Washington, D.C. use extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program in budget tussle. New Jersey has enough money to pay for it for a few months

No Direction Home: NJ’s Dreamers Have Few Legal Options if DACA Dies

Colleen O'Dea | January 19, 2018 | Politics, Immigration
More than 22,000 Dreamers brought to this country as youths face a future with ‘no road to citizenship’

Op-Ed: 2018 Offers Enormous Potential for Lowering Cost of Healthcare in NJ

Dr. Minalkumar Patel | January 19, 2018 | Opinion
A roadmap for the Murphy administration to increase access to care, keep a lid on price of insurance, reform Medicaid, and put the focus on patients

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| January 19, 2018 | Number of The Day

On Day One Murphy Highlights $15 Minimum Wage But No Details or Timeline

John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Governor acknowledges his staff and those of Democratic leaders in Senate and Assembly have just begun to discuss finer points of implementing an increase in the wage

PSEG Says $2B Tax Cut Won’t Offset Need for Nuclear Subsidies

Tom Johnson | January 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company says some deferred taxes will be passed along to utility customers in current and coming rate cases

Murphy Carefully Defines ‘Personal Friends’ to Ensure Transparency

Colleen O'Dea | January 18, 2018 | Politics
It’s not just about friendship, rules clarify who can give gifts to the governor and which ones he must disclose

New Effort in Camden to Help Most Vulnerable Cardiovascular Patients

Lilo H. Stainton | January 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Initiative will focus on underlying factors, give extra clinical and social support, and attempt to drive down healthcare costs

A Few Cold Days Should Not a Pipeline Make

Tom Gilbert | January 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Most natural gas used by residents and businesses is bought under long-term contracts unaffected by sudden jumps in spot-market prices

Chris Christie, Obamacare’s Unknown Champion

WNYC News | January 18, 2018 | Healthcare
A savvy political decision brought medical insurance to more than a half million poor people in New Jersey

Op-Ed: It’s Not Too Late to Put Abbott to Work at What It Does Best

W. Steven Barnett | January 18, 2018 | Opinion
The Abbott preschool model was designed to provide young children with a strong foundation for later success in school and life, and it has worked in even the state’s most disadvantaged cities


| January 18, 2018 | Number of The Day

Murphy Echoes Kennedy, Jabs Trump in Optimistic Inaugural Address

John Reitmeyer | January 17, 2018 | Politics
New governor wants immediate action on some of his promises amid Republican grumbles that he’s ‘still posturing, still campaigning’

Murphy Administration to Reconsider Addiction Ads Featuring Christie

Lilo H. Stainton | January 17, 2018 | Healthcare
Education dollars used to fuel ReachNJ campaign, Democrats discover

Gov. Murphy Plays to NJ Environmentalists from Day One

Tom Johnson | January 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Inaugural speech touches on climate change, renewables, lead — and making Garden State a ‘green’ leader once more

Murphy Socked by Lawsuit over Christie’s Decision to End Harbor Compact

Colleen O'Dea | January 17, 2018 | Transportation
New governor must deal with predecessor’s last-minute signing of law to pull New Jersey out of Waterfront Commission

Grewal Makes History as Nation’s First Sikh-American Attorney General

Carly Sitrin | January 17, 2018 | Politics
State’s new top prosecutor, ‘proud son of New Jersey,’ receives unanimous support at confirmation hearing

Op-Ed: How Gov. Murphy Can Protect NJ From Obamacare Sabotage

Andrew Sprung | January 17, 2018 | Opinion
It would be ironic if Republican sabotage ended up improving health insurance access in states with the political will to make the ACA work


| January 17, 2018 | Number of The Day

DEP Won’t Rescind Highlands Septic-Tank Rule, Despite Legislative Action

Tom Johnson | January 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency argues lawmakers overstepped authority when they moved to abolish controversial rule increasing number of septic tanks in region

Black Caucus Sees Murphy as Ally but Says ‘Not So Fast’ to Legalizing Marijuana

John Reitmeyer | January 16, 2018 | Politics
African-American legislators concerned that legalization could increase drug use and promote conflicts between police officers and minorities

Murphy Names Fiordaliso to Head BPU, Christie Pocket Vetoes Solar Bill

Tom Johnson | January 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New BPU president has served agency for more than a decade

New Education Boss Would Take Seat in Trying Time for State’s Schools

John Mooney | January 16, 2018 | Education
Murphy names Asbury Park’s Lamont Repollet as commissioner of education

Among Christie’s Final Tasks: More Laws to Help in Fight Against Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | January 16, 2018 | Healthcare
On his last day in office, governor signs range of healthcare legislation, including measures on his ‘legacy’ anti-drugs issue

The Last Roundup: The Last-Minute Fate of Some Key Legislation

John Reitmeyer and Carly Sitrin | January 16, 2018 | Politics
With more than 100 bills crossing his desk in the last hours of his administration, what did Christie sign and what did he pocket veto?

NJSPCA Is History: Christie Signs Bill Shutting Down Rogue Agency

Caren Chesler | January 16, 2018 | Politics
It will take more than a year to disband New Jersey Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but to animal-rights activists and some lawmakers, it’s worth the wait

Op-Ed: The Charitable Giving Account Could Protect Charity from Trump Tax Cuts

Peter S. Reinhart | January 16, 2018 | Opinion
An unintended consequence of GOP tax reform could mean that charitable donors may give less, while new donors may become more scarce

Gov. Chris Christie: The Final Interview

NJTV News Online | January 16, 2018 | Politics
As the never-at-a-loss-for-words governor prepares to step down, he fields questions and puts his administration in perspective — as he sees it


| January 16, 2018 | Number of The Day

Trump Tax Cut Could Mean $850 Million Windfall for PSEG

Tom Johnson | January 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Up to $650 million could accrue to PSEG Power, which recently argued unsuccessfully that it needed a subsidy to keep its three nuclear plants afloat

Drug Users Respond to Christie’s Opioid Campaign, but Cost Raises Questions

Lilo H. Stainton | January 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Although it has reached millions of people and prompted many drug users to seek help, governor’s multi-million-dollar anti-addiction publicity has its skeptics

Working on Plan B If Feds Leave NJ-NY in Lurch Over Trans-Hudson Funding

John Reitmeyer | January 12, 2018 | Transportation
Amid ominous signals from federal officials about funding a replacement for crumbling rail tunnel between New Jersey and Manhattan, local legislator says its time for contingency plans

New Legislative Session Offers Second Chance for Bypassed Bills

Tom Johnson | January 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers have already reintroduced a slew of clean-energy bills, expecting them to have a better reception now that Christie’s out and Murphy’s in

High Drama and Low Comedy: The Chris Christie Years

Colleen O'Dea | January 12, 2018 | Politics
From the war on opioid addiction and implementing bail reform to Bridgegate, Beachgate, and calling a former Navy SEAL an ‘idiot,’ take a stroll down memory lane with our governor

State Embarks on Project to Restore 240 Acres of Liberty State Park

Tom Johnson | January 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Initiative — funded by natural resources damage fund — will address contaminated fill in low-lying areas, creating in its place a ‘mosaic of ecosystems’

Op-Ed: Give New Jersey Solar the Chance to Shine Again

Marc Miller | January 12, 2018 | Opinion
The Garden State’s preeminence in the solar sector is long gone. With a new governor and administration, much of its luster could be recaptured


| January 12, 2018 | Number of The Day

Administration Plays Favorites, Exempts Florida from Draft Drilling Plan

Tom Johnson | January 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
NJ officials call for same status, arguing state’s $44B tourism industry is just as sensitive to spills and drilling disasters

Treasury Paid BOA $34M to Shift Lottery to State Employee Pension Fund

John Reitmeyer | January 11, 2018 | Politics
Administration claims money was well spent, says Lottery initiative has helped drive down borrowing costs by boosting investor confidence in recent bond issues

Tell Us What You Want to Know from Your New Legislators

Lee Keough | January 11, 2018 | Politics
With a new Legislature just starting its session — and a new governor about to be sworn in — this is an ideal time to question your Senators and Assembly members

Brutal Cold Snap Proves Need for PennEast Pipeline

Pat Kornick | January 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Price of natural gas skyrocketed in New Jersey during recent freeze to more than 3,000 percent of that in Pennsylvania

Rutgers Scientists Identify Link Between Epilepsy, Depression

Lilo H. Stainton | January 11, 2018 | Healthcare
‘Physicians’ for more 2,400 years have suspected connection

Op-Ed: Insurance Policy Turns Blind Eye to Medicaid Realities

Cathy Bennett | January 11, 2018 | Opinion
Penalizing hospitals for readmission of Medicaid patients ignores the ‘social determinants of health’ that uniquely shape these people’s lives


| January 11, 2018 | Number of The Day

Christie Gives Himself High Marks in Final State of State Address

John Reitmeyer | January 10, 2018 | Politics
Governor touts achievements in urban renewal, property taxes, education, and more in last official address to Legislature

Keeping Tabs on the New Democratic Committee Chairs

John Mooney | January 10, 2018 | Politics
Who earned a seat, who’s moving on — or up — and what does it portend for the coming legislative session?

Who’s Who, Who’s New, and Who’s Blue in 218th Legislative Session

Colleen O'Dea | January 10, 2018 | Politics
The 120 Senators and Assembly members sworn into office include a significant number of freshmen legislators and a new speaker for the lower house

On His Way out, Will Christie Sign Bill Propping up Solar Sector?

Tom Johnson | January 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If the governor puts his name to measure, it could cost utility customers nearly $1 billion over next 15 years to subsidize state’s solar industry

Murphy to Name VA Leader as Head of Health Department

Lilo H. Stainton | January 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Gov.-elect expected to announce Shereef Elnahal, a physician with federal experience, as DOH’s new boss

Official with Strong Union Ties Gets Nod as Murphy’s Labor Commissioner

Carly Sitrin | January 10, 2018 | Politics
New governor expects Robert Asaro-Angelo, who has deep roots in Democratic Party, to be ‘champion’ for working class

Op-Ed: Property Taxes Can’t Be Reduced, So Stop Making Promises, Unless …

Richard F. Keevey | January 10, 2018 | Opinion
Promises aren’t going to bring property taxes down; implementing one or more admittedly difficult reforms might do the trick, however


| January 10, 2018 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Rap DEP, Roll Back Rule on Septic Tanks in Highlands

Tom Johnson | January 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Maneuver made possible with rarely used legislative tool allowing rules to be rescinded if found inconsistent with law

Feds Spike Administration Plan to Bail Out Coal, Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | January 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
FERC’s decision has ramification in New Jersey, where PSEG has been pushing for subsidies to bolster its three nuclear units

Putting the Force of Law Behind Students Trying to Pay for College

Colleen O'Dea | January 9, 2018 | Education
Four bills looking to ease “predatory” practices employed by some New Jersey loan providers are waiting for the governor’s signature

NJSPCA on Its Last Legs? Bill to Disband Agency Clears Legislature

Caren Chesler | January 9, 2018 | Politics
Measure roars through Assembly 63 – 0, heads to governor’s desk for signature

Outgoing Governor Approves Array of Healthcare Programs

Lilo H. Stainton | January 9, 2018 | Healthcare
Christie puts pen to work signing measures to establish ombudsman for disabled residents, aid hearing impaired, protect breastfeeding, and more

Lawmakers Approve Massive Incentive Package to Try to Win Amazon HQ for Newark

John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2018 | Planning
Almost unanimous bipartisan support for multi-billion-dollar goody bag aimed at enticing Amazon to build its new corporate headquarters in Garden State

Butterflies, Booze, but not Bacteria — What NJ’s Last-Minute Laws Cover

Carly Sitrin | January 9, 2018 | More Issues
In the final hours of this legislative session, lawmakers aided monarch butterflies as well as early-morning drinkers at the airport, but they couldn’t deliver for an important bacterium

Op-Ed: With the New Year, We Need a New Law to Legalize Marijuana

Victor De Luca | January 9, 2018 | Opinion
We must eliminate the unequal and unfair pattern of marijuana possession arrests, particularly the disparately higher rate of arrests of African-Americans


| January 9, 2018 | Number of The Day

Workaround Could Help NJ Residents Offset Loss of SALT Deduction

John Reitmeyer | January 8, 2018 | Politics
Clever stratagem would make fully tax-deductible charitable contributions pay for services now funded by state and local taxes

New Jersey’s Former Governors Remember the Late Brendan Byrne

NJ Spotlight | January 8, 2018 | Politics
Thomas Kean, James Florio, James McGreevey — along with Byrne’s biographer, Don Linky — recall the governor and the man they knew

NJ May Sign on With U.S. Climate Alliance to Curb Carbon Pollution

Tom Johnson | January 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Multistate initiative hopes to counterbalance Trump’s decision to yank United States out of Paris Climate Accord

Repeal and Replace Takes Its Toll: NJ ACA Enrollment Dips in 2018

Lilo H. Stainton | January 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Some 20,000 fewer Garden State residents signed on for insurance coverage via federal marketplace, as some healthcare advocates predicted

Opinion: Recalling Gov. Brendan Byrne’s Finest Hour

Carl Golden | January 8, 2018 | Opinion
His unprecedented decision to protect the integrity of the election that put his successor in office is what has stayed with me for more than 35 years


| January 8, 2018 | Number of The Day

As Nuclear Subsidy Bill Goes Down, Top Dems Ratchet Up the Rhetoric

Tom Johnson | January 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
War of words erupts between Sweeney and Prieto, extends to Gov.-elect Murphy

Brendan T. Byrne: A Life You’d Buy If You Could

Jim McQueeny | January 5, 2018 | Politics
A personal reminiscence of ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Be Bought’

Interactive Map: More New Jersey Seniors Are Working or Looking for Work

Colleen O'Dea | January 5, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Older New Jerseyans are employed at higher rates than the national average and there has been a marked increase in the number of workers over the age of 75

Biopharma Industry Report Offers Ideas to Boost Lagging Sector

Lilo H. Stainton | January 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Pulling together existing strengths — government, academia, and industry — is key to revitalizing life sciences in Garden State

Draft Administration Plan Would Open Atlantic to Oil and Gas Drilling

Tom Johnson | January 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Sen. Booker, conservationists, and others denounce plan as threat to New Jersey’s $44 billion tourist and fishing industries

Op-Ed: Changing the Culture of Sexual Harassment, Starting in Middle School

Karan Chauhan | January 5, 2018 | Opinion
Students in health class need to learn about more than drugs, good habits, and sexual behaviors, they need to learn how to treat one another


| January 5, 2018 | Number of The Day

PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Killed in Lame-Duck Session

Tom Johnson | January 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Almost certain revamped version of bill will be submitted in coming session, one that could fragment fragile alliance now opposed to measure

Desperate NJSPCA Urges Supporters to Call Lawmakers Using Fake Names

Caren Chesler | January 4, 2018 | Politics
Legislation that would eliminate charter of NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals slated to come up for vote in lame-duck session

Murphy Picks Two National Experts for Top Human Services, Child Welfare Jobs

Lilo H. Stainton | January 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Carole Johnson, a former policy director in Obama White House, and Christine Norbut Beyer are Garden State natives

Judge Won't Block $380M Sale of Controversial State Bonds for Building Projects

John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2018 | Planning
Opponents of Christie administration’s debt issuance for new government buildings are running out of options. Only a final court appeal — and a snowstorm — can obstruct bond sale now

Panel Recommends $400M Bond Issue to Shore Up NJ’s Water Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | January 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
It may only be a drop in the bucket toward solving $40B problem, but could help ease breaks and leaks plaguing outdated water system

Op-Ed: Pipelines Are Driving New Jersey Emissions and Costs Down

Andrew Hendry | January 4, 2018 | Opinion
A responsible energy portfolio balances cost, reliability, and environmental impact. Underground pipelines like PennEast can achieve all three


| January 4, 2018 | Number of The Day

2% Cap on Annual Raises for Police, Firefighters Dies as Democrats Take No Action

John Reitmeyer | January 3, 2018 | Politics
Lawmakers allow key Christie initiative to control property taxes to founder, special task force ends in disarray

New Jersey Bids Not-So-Fond Farewell to the Big Top

Colleen O'Dea | January 3, 2018 | More Issues
‘Nosey’s Law,’ named for a mistreated circus elephant, would ban traveling shows that use exotic animals from performing in the Garden State

Opponents Move to Block ‘Millionaire’s Marina’ at Liberty State Park

Tom Johnson | January 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP seeks to establish new facility on 40 acres of south side of park to finance $40-plus million in needed bulkhead repairs

An Environmentalist’s Case for Nuclear Energy

James J. Florio | New Jersey Needs Nuclear | January 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
If you believe that climate change is the most significant challenge confronting the world today, then you should also conclude that nuclear energy must remain part of our energy supply

NJ Lawmakers Press Ahead with Mental Health Service Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | January 3, 2018 | Healthcare
Some legislators, who initially were uneasy about process to consolidate oversight of behavioral and physical health programs, now look to build on the change

Op-Ed: Subsidizing PSEG Means Punishing Consumers

Matt Fossen | January 3, 2018 | Opinion
A nuclear subsidy for PSEG isn’t assistance, it’s an energy tax hike — and it’s essential that we recognize this


| January 3, 2018 | Number of The Day

2018 and Counting: Drawing a Bead on Gov.-Elect Murphy’s Education Policies

John Mooney | January 2, 2018 | Education
In some ways, Murphy campaigned as ‘not Christie,’ but now it’s time to start delivering on his education promises and programs

Will New Year’s New Tax Cuts Hit New Jersey’s Budget and New Governor’s Plans?

John Reitmeyer | January 2, 2018 | Budget
NJ’s cash-starved state budget expected to take big hit as estate tax goes by the board and sales tax inches down

Lawmakers Ready to Revoke Rule Allowing More Development in Highlands

Tom Johnson | January 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Controversial DEP regulation eases restrictions on number of septic tanks that are allowed in forested expanse supplying 6 million people with potable water

The List: NJ’s Deadliest Counties for Traffic Fatalities in Past Year

Colleen O'Dea | January 2, 2018 | The List
With the number of deaths tallied, 2017 comes out as the deadliest year on New Jersey’s roads for the past decade

Maternal Health Among 2018 Top Priorities for State Senate

Lilo H. Stainton | January 2, 2018 | Healthcare
Growing disparity between outcomes for white and black women also a concern for lawmakers

Op-Ed: Jersey Politicians, Can You Hear Us Now?

Joseph Caruso | January 2, 2018 | Opinion
Federal tax reform makes state tax reform imperative


| January 2, 2018 | Number of The Day

Can the New Governor Help Close the Racial Divide in NJ’s Schools?

John Mooney | December 28, 2017 | Winter 2017
It will take political will and more to address the imbalances that make New Jersey’s education system one of the most segregated in the country

For Gov.-Elect, It’s off the Campaign Bus and onto NJ’s Battered Roads

John Reitmeyer | December 27, 2017 | Winter 2017
Murphy correctly identified state’s economic health as inextricably linked to its transportation infrastructure. Now it’s time to get moving

New Administration Needs to Get Its Hands Wet Solving Water Problems

Tom Johnson | December 27, 2017 | Winter 2017
Upgrading an infrastructure that in some places predates WWI will be expensive and arduous, but it must be done

Making Sure the New Administration is Savvy About Smart Growth

Colleen O'Dea | December 26, 2017 | Winter 2017
In its recent report, New Jersey Future argues that smart growth makes the most economic sense

Rising Healthcare Costs Among Challenges for Murphy Administration

Lilo H. Stainton | December 25, 2017 | Winter 2017
Some experts argue that New Jersey should consider rate setting to stabilize costs and create a more sustainable system

Murphy’s Inherited Headaches: The Pension System, Ongoing Tax Cuts

John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2017 | Winter 2017
It will take vision and political will to tackle some of New Jersey most pressing, most intractable problems

You Don’t Have to Be the Governor to Read These Provocative Reports

Lee Keough | December 21, 2017 | Winter 2017
Some of the state’s leading thinkers have put together insightful assessments and analyses of the issues facing the state. Here are a few of them.

PSEG Closing in on What It Wants: Panels Approve Nuclear Subsidy Bill

Tom Johnson | December 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
At contentious meeting of joint legislative committees, opponents continue to argue that company hasn’t demonstrated nuclear units are in financial distress

Big Payment Reform to Programs for NJ's Developmentally Disabled

Lilo H. Stainton | December 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Some providers of services to thousands of severely disabled New Jerseyans are nervous about potential downsides of big changes in way they are paid

Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Make a Clean Start

Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2017 | Social
Thanks to a trio of bills just enacted, expunging a criminal record can be done sooner and for a greater number of offenses, a particular boon to youthful offenders

The List: The 10 Most Overcrowded Public-School Districts in NJ

Carly Sitrin | December 21, 2017 | The List
Twenty years and $8 billion later, 71 percent of New Jersey’s neediest school districts are severely overcrowded. But, where’s the money going to come from to fix them?

Gutierrez-Scaccetti Is Murphy’s Pick to Head NJDOT Amid Transportation ‘Crisis’

John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2017 | Politics
Former executive director of NJ Turnpike authority returns home from similar post in Florida to become fifth woman governor-elect has named to his cabinet

Opinion: New Year’s Resolution — Clean out Your Medicine Chest

Joel C. Cantor | December 21, 2017 | Opinion
Nearly one-in-three Garden State families have a member who was prescribed opioids in the past year, and many plan to keep unused portions


| December 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Murphy Murky on Plan to Subsidize PSEG Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | December 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics line up to block bill but some feel efforts are wasted and legislation will sail through regardless

State Approves Sale of Troubled Meadowlands Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | December 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Officials contend that new ownership is only way to preserve local community’s access to acute care

Nuclear Energy Is Worth Saving

Phil Beachem | December 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Clean, reliable power is only the beginning; nuclear energy is a significant economic driver for the Garden State

Explainer: Making Sense of the Last-Minute Madness That Can Be the Lame Duck

Colleen O'Dea | December 20, 2017 | Explainer
Bills that are pending and in the works are just one part of the puzzle. Here’s a day-by-day guide to the Legislature’s and the governor’s final days

Murphy Taps Assemblywoman to Steer Banking Department

John Reitmeyer | December 20, 2017 | Politics
Marlene Caride gets job of overseeing banking, insurance, real estate in New Jersey — and the governor-elect’s proposed new state-run public bank

Op-Ed: Data Shows That Newark Students Are Making Significant Strides

Chris Cerf | December 20, 2017 | Opinion
Academics can squabble over the causes, but progress is real for Newark children


| December 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Teaming Teachers, School Staff, and Parents to Fight Chronic Absenteeism

Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2017 | Education
While there have been some gains in the war against absenteeism in the past year, too many students are still missing too many days

New Jersey Moves to Outlaw ‘Bump Stocks’ for All Residents

Carly Sitrin | December 19, 2017 | More Issues
Gun owners are already prohibited from possessing ‘bump stocks,’ which can convert a rifle into a fully automatic weapon. The Legislature wants to ban these devices across the board

Murphy Nominates Democrats’ ‘Rising Star’ as NJ Secretary of State

Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2017 | Politics
Tahesha Way charged with protecting rights of voters against pressures from ‘President Trump’s voter suppression panel’

Legal Bid to Stop $200M State Bonds for Controversial Trenton Construction

John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2017 | Planning
Opponents try to block Christie administration from issuing debt to finance new office buildings at same time as under-the-radar panel give thumbs-up to project

On Closer Look, PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Outrages Opponents

Tom Johnson | December 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some foes accuse PSEG of jiggering subsidy to reach the $300M - $350M it wanted in first place

Will Plan to Expand Cardiac Services in NJ Mean that Small Hospitals Lose Out?

Lilo H. Stainton | December 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Some skeptics worry that new angioplasty legislation would favor large providers over smaller community operators

Op-Ed: A Better Way to Help the Nukes

Bob Narus | December 19, 2017 | Opinion
Instead of paying the nuclear plants, make the fossil-fuel plants pay us


| December 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

New Jersey's Energy Future: Electric Vehicles

NJ Spotlight | December 18, 2017 | Roundtables
An NJ Roundtable that delivered both a high-level look at the future of EVs and a slightly more granular discussion of roadblocks and obstacles to progress

In NJ, Electric Vehicles Could Be Key to Economic, Environmental Progress

Tom Johnson | December 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lower energy costs just one potential benefit offered by EVs, according to experts at NJ Spotlight roundtable

Opinion: Does GOP Tax Reform Spell Trouble for Murphy’s Millionaires Tax?

Carl Golden | December 18, 2017 | Opinion
Is true-believer Steve Sweeney starting to waffle? Will new administration stumble over key promise, or hit the ground running?

Governor Extends Prescription Contraceptive Benefits to Six Months

Lilo H. Stainton | December 18, 2017 | Healthcare
New law makes it simpler for low- and middle-income women — who may face time constraints — to prevent gaps in birth-control use

Leveraging Fiscal Power of State Pension System Against Superfund Cheats

John Reitmeyer | December 18, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan law would prevent public-employee pension system from investing in companies — or countries — that shirk their responsibility to remediate polluted sites


| December 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Could Cost Customers $350M Annually

Tom Johnson | December 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Made public today, bill is expected to be heard by committee next week and come up for final vote early in January, before end of lame duck

PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Filed, Remains Shrouded in Secrecy

Tom Johnson | December 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Details of bill not yet made public, so no clue as to how much utility customers will have to pay to keep nuclear plants afloat

Governor Lands Commuters with $2B in Fare Hikes to Help Pay for Gateway Project

John Reitmeyer | December 15, 2017 | Transportation
Christie, Cuomo flesh out payment plan for long-planned infrastructure upgrade that involves tapping New Jersey straphangers for a big contribution

What Does a Transition Team Do — Especially One with 500-plus Members?

Lee Keough | December 15, 2017 | Politics
Team members say getting work done isn’t really a problem, and that individual voices can be heard

Answering Your Questions About the Murphy Transition

Lee Keough | December 15, 2017 | Politics
We invited readers to let us know what questions they have about the ongoing transition. Here’s where we answer them

Interactive Map: Who Does the Best Job Recycling Municipal Waste?

Colleen O'Dea | December 15, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Waste not, want not isn’t the watchword for these communities, but they’ve definitely got the first part down

Trenton Hustles to Allow Politicians to Rejoin State Pension System

John Reitmeyer | December 15, 2017 | Politics
With minimal discussion, legislative leaders fast-track effort to allow unknown number of their compadres back into public-employee pension program

Letting First Responders Use Higher Doses of Narcan to Fight Opiate Overdoses

Lilo H. Stainton | December 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Bipartisan move to give paramedics, firefighters more flexibility in type and dosage of opioid antidotes

Should New Jersey Give the Vote to Convicted Felons?

Carly Sitrin | December 15, 2017 | Social
One of the earliest civil rights decisions the new governor is likely to face is whether to award felons the right to vote — whether they’re in prison, on parole, or on probation

Op-Ed: A New Day for Clean Energy in New Jersey

Tom Gilbert | December 15, 2017 | Opinion
New Jersey has the power to set its own course on energy, regardless of the shortsighted policies coming out of the Trump administration


| December 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

Supporters Push to Renew Federal Children’s Healthcare Funding

Lilo H. Stainton | December 14, 2017 | Healthcare
A variety of patchwork schemes could extend the program over the short term, but advocates argue full funding is of the essence

Throwing the Book at Coastal Flooding and Sea-Level Rise

Colleen O'Dea | December 14, 2017 | Planning
A comprehensive report from NJ Future gives the governor-elect a new challenge: devise a coordinated response to help residents deal with flooding along the whole coastline

Assemblywoman Muoio Is Murphy’s Pick for ‘Tough’ Job as State Treasurer

John Reitmeyer | December 14, 2017 | Politics
Mercer County Democrat, a member of Assembly Budget Committee, knows all about Garden State’s serious fiscal challenges

Using Recycled Asphalt in Quarry Reclamation Worries ‘Greens’

Tom Johnson | December 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists argue oils and heavy metals in the material could seep into groundwater if employed for quarry reclamation

Op-Ed: Who Cooked Up the Trenton State Office Development Project?

Robert Torricelli | December 14, 2017 | Opinion
No one seems willing to take the blame (understandably), but the new administration should shut the project down until it can be evaluated and rethought

‘Tale of Two Exchanges’ — Why We Pay More for Health Insurance Than New Yorkers

WNYC News | December 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Premium rates have risen much more on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River


| December 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

EDA to Issue $400M in State Debt for Controversial Government Buildings

John Reitmeyer | December 13, 2017 | Planning
Christie administration uses obscure committees and commissions to push through contentious construction plan, keeping Assembly and Senate out of the loop

Hackers Hit PSE&G Third-Party Partner Used to Store Customer Data

Tom Johnson | December 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Exposure at TIO Networks, a PayPal subsidiary, could reach 2.6 million customer accounts

Governor-Elect Makes Historic Choice for State Attorney General

Carly Sitrin | December 13, 2017 | Politics
Gurbir S. Grewal, if confirmed by Senate, will be first South-Asian AG in New Jersey and first Sikh to hold position in any state

Opinion: Newark’s Phantom Gains in School Improvement

Mark Weber | December 13, 2017 | Opinion
The celebrations and self-congratulations are real; unfortunately, the data shows that Newark’s educational successes don’t measure up

NJ Doubles Down on ‘Earn While You Learn’ Drug Counseling Program

Lilo H. Stainton | December 13, 2017 | Healthcare
State partners with Rutgers to give on-the-job training to hundreds of New Jerseyans who want to help addicts

State Asked to Review Regulatory Structure of NJ Retail Gas Market

Tom Johnson | December 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Industry association argues ensuring more competition would drive down prices to customers

MacArthur Swims Against Tide, Says GOP Tax Plan Good for New Jersey

NJTV News | December 13, 2017 | Politics
Congressman hits out at ‘bloviating’ critics of Republican proposal, says he has worked to improve it


| December 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

Debate over EV Charging Infrastructure Starts to Power up

Tom Johnson | December 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More questions than clarity dog discussion: What role will utilities and local governments play in distributing charging stations throughout state?

NJ Lawmakers Want State to Withdraw from NY Harbor Waterfront Commission

Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2017 | More Issues
Court battle looms if governor agrees to withdraw New Jersey from body whose job it is to fight corruption on NJ and NY docks

ICE Arrests in NJ Courthouses Surging, Lawyers Say

Matt Katz | December 12, 2017 | Immigration
Some undocumented immigrants are afraid to go to court, even to pursue orders of protection against abusive spouses, worried that ICE agents will be waiting for them there

Opinion: Supersize Deductions to Cope with Higher Minimum Wage

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | December 12, 2017 | Opinion
Supersizing employer deductions for compensation could help jobs, consumers, and employers weather a much higher minimum wage

New Jersey Needs Its Nuclear Power Plants

Norris McDonald | December 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
It would be a huge step backward to close New Jersey’s largest sources of clean electric generation and replace them with fossil fuels

Lawmakers OK Task Force to Study Hearing-Loss Services

Lilo H. Stainton | December 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Goal is to review and supplement to make life easier for New Jersey’s hard of hearing

Imposing Stronger Penalties on Employers for Wage Theft — It’s Christie’s Call

John Reitmeyer | December 12, 2017 | Politics
Lawmakers want to increase the sanctions for not paying workers their due, business community believes measure is ‘well-intentioned, but overly punitive’

NJ’s Top Dems Present United Front Against GOP Tax Bill

NJTV News | December 12, 2017 | Politics
Trio pledge to act as a team when it comes to federal policy priorities on issues from taxes to the Gateway Tunnel


| December 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Taking a Big Bite out of NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Caren Chesler | December 11, 2017 | Politics
Lesniak bill would shut down troubled agency, but will it get a hearing in the lame-duck legislative session?

Fed Tax Reform Focuses New Attention on NJ’s Property-Tax Deduction

John Reitmeyer | December 11, 2017 | More Issues
Written into state’s income tax code in 1996, statute allows Garden State homeowners to deduct up to $10,000 of their annual property taxes

Grid Operator Counsels Caution About PSEG Nuclear Subsidies

Tom Johnson | December 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In letter to Senate committee, PJM says PSEG must demonstrate need for subsidies, suggests alternative solutions can be pursued

Lawmakers OK New Funding for Tobacco Education Programs

Lilo H. Stainton | December 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Legislation would divert portion of annual tobacco tax collection to anti-smoking initiatives

Op-Ed: Insurance Bill Would Be Fairer for Professionals, Protect Consumers

Robert B. Hille | December 11, 2017 | Opinion
New Jersey has the highest number of malpractice claims in the region and exceeds the national average, due to the lengthy statute of limitations


| December 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Pols Play Musical Chairs, Trenton’s $220M Building Project Gets Green Light

John Reitmeyer | December 8, 2017 | Planning
After making some deft changes to a lowkey — but powerful — panel, bipartisan lawmakers give go-ahead to contentious government construction plan for downtown Trenton

Breastfeeding Bills Would Help Give Babies a Healthy Start in Life

Colleen O'Dea | December 8, 2017 | Healthcare
More good news for moms, a measure that would exempt breast pumps from sales tax, and one that extends civil rights to breastfeeding

Opinion: Zero-Emission Credits Aren’t Just for Nuclear Power

R. William Potter | December 8, 2017 | Opinion
We need a comprehensive ZEC policy that reflects the total costs of all power sources — including solar and wind — in the rates charged for them by the state’s utilities

NJ Ready to Join Multistate Nursing License Group?

Lilo H. Stainton | December 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Supporters say interstate compact is good for nurses and patients, but some nursing organizations concerned it could reduce quality of care in New Jersey

PSE&G Spends, Spends, Spends on New Transmission Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | December 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility gets the nod from PJM to shell out $170 million replacing aging infrastructure in northern New Jersey

Garden State’s Homeless Rate Halved During Past Decade

WHYY News | December 8, 2017 | Housing
No other state saw a bigger decline in homelessness than New Jersey


| December 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie Hints He Might Sign Bill to Subsidize PSEG’s Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | December 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Governor asserts he won’t back legislation that includes incentives for renewable energy

Fighting the War on Opioids, Substance Abuse on School Front

John Mooney | December 7, 2017 | Education
Administration consolidates tools, lesson plans on one website to help educators spend time teaching rather than searching

Poll Shows Broad Reach of Drug Epidemic, Strong Support for Treatment

Lilo H. Stainton | December 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Some analysts see findings as indication that people believe war on drugs has failed

In its Last Gasp, Christie Panel Gives Dire Appraisal of NJ’s Public Pension System

John Reitmeyer | December 7, 2017 | More Issues
Nonpartisan experts say state can no longer afford ‘intransigence, inaction, apathy and denial’ and recommend switch to retirement plans similar to 401(k)s

New Jersey Rents Go Through the Roof, If You Can Afford a Roof

Colleen O'Dea | December 7, 2017 | Housing
Latest data from the Census Bureau show rents have risen faster than inflation, gobbling up a larger portion of income than in previous years

Op-Ed: $15 Minimum Wage is an Economic Necessity for Working New Jerseyans

Brandon McKoy | December 7, 2017 | Opinion
As income inequality grows, fewer people earn enough to afford basic daily needs. That doesn’t just hurt them; it also hurts local businesses


| December 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Urges Sale of Beleaguered Meadowlands Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | December 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Despite initial hiccups in the process, healthcare panel backs recommendation

Stress Testing Pension System to Help Determine — and Maintain — Fiscal Health

John Reitmeyer | December 6, 2017 | More Issues
Public-employee pension system comprises numerous funds whose health needs to be ascertained and made public on state website

Federal Grant to Go to EV Charging Stations, Reducing Diesel Emissions

Tom Johnson | December 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Nearly $10 million will be used to deploy electric-vehicle charging stations at workplaces, trimming emissions from refrigerated trucks

Op-Ed: Collaboration Benefiting Newark Schoolchildren

Michele Mason | December 6, 2017 | Opinion
As Newark transitions back to local control, an exciting time is made all the more so by the burgeoning collaboration between charter and traditional district schools

Lance, Gottheimer Team Up to Save Key Tax Deduction

NJTV News Online | December 6, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan duo hopes to get GOP lawmakers to ease their stand on SALT deduction, other write-offs

Dem Newcomer to Challenge 12-Term GOP Congressman

NJTV News Online | December 6, 2017 | Politics
Mikie Sherrill, one of seven women running for House seats in New Jersey, is looking to replace Rodney Frelinghuysen


| December 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trio of Top Democrats Could Go to Court to Scuttle GOP Tax Reform

John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey’s Gov.-elect Murphy, New York’s Cuomo, California’s Brown could mount a repeal-and-replace effort to fight Republican changes to tax code if they become law

Lawmakers Start to Hash Out Granting Nuclear Subsidies to PSEG

Tom Johnson | December 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
There’s been some suggestion a bill will be dealt with in lame-duck session, but right now there’s almost no real information to go on

NJ Businesses Bullish but Say $15 Minimum Wage Would Cause Job Cuts, Price Hikes

John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2017 | More Issues
One-third of businesses plan to hire more workers in 2018 and almost two-thirds expect sales to rise next year, but they’re bracing for a new push to raise wages at the lower end

Opinion: The Four Factors Behind Newark’s Education Turnaround

Laura Waters | December 5, 2017 | Opinion
Academic improvement, higher standards for students and educators, parent empowerment through school choice signal hard-won cohesion for a fractured district in a fragmented state

Electronic Health Records Bill Seeks To Protect Against Drug Diversion Concerns

Lilo H. Stainton | December 5, 2017 | Healthcare
Lawmakers want healthcare technologies to include measures to avoid drug abuse, but some providers concerned about conflict with NJ’s new telemedicine law

Profile: The Perfect Job for a Man Who Wants to Address Injustice in the World

Colleen O'Dea | December 5, 2017 | Profiles
Amol Sinha, head of the NJ ACLU, doesn’t just want to fight the good fight — he wants to fight all of them


| December 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

Can a ‘No-Zero’ Approach to Schoolwork Make the Grade in New Jersey?

Carly Sitrin | December 4, 2017 | Education
No zeros should be a no-brainer: but some teachers, parents, and even students would rather stick to traditional grading policies

Regional Plan Association Offers Recommendations Big and Smaller for NJ

John Reitmeyer | December 4, 2017 | Planning
From T-REX, a massive mass-transit agency, and a Meadowlands National Park to tighter governance and finances for NJ Transit and Port Authority

Water Advocates Seek Public Backing for Massive Infrastructure Upgrade

Jon Hurdle | December 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Jersey Water Works, a collaborative with some 350 members, wants to make water systems and their problems highly visible, even though they’re typically underground

Push to Bring Innovation to Healthcare Starts to Pay off

Lilo H. Stainton | December 4, 2017 | Healthcare
Tapping into ideas and shortcuts from doctors and nurses delivers benefits large and small, like a simple box that revolutionizes insulin distribution

Court Rules DEP Can Revise Permit for Newark Natural Gas Plant

Tom Johnson | December 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmental and community groups fail in bid to require Newark Energy Center to file for new permit

Op-Ed: A Call to Action to Help End this Country’s Lethal Addiction Crisis

Robert J. Budsock | December 4, 2017 | Opinion
The president’s commission has made promising and sound recommendations. Now we must put action behind the words


| December 4, 2017 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: Who Gets Hurt Most by GOP’s Plan to Kill Higher-Ed Deductions?

Colleen O'Dea | December 1, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The Republican tax-reform package targets benefits taken by New Jerseyans in college and grad school — and their families

Hefty Tax Breaks for New Growth Zone Surrounding AC Airport on Cards

John Reitmeyer | December 1, 2017 | More Issues
As Atlantic City’s gaming business sags, legislators propose lucrative tax incentives to lure industries to area around nearby airport

Lawmakers Back Medication-Assisted Treatment, New Addiction Science

Lilo H. Stainton | December 1, 2017 | Healthcare
Push is on to move beyond total sobriety as only way to overcome substance-use disorders

Will New Jersey Make a Healthy Environment an Inalienable Right?

Tom Johnson | December 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Garden State could follow Pennsylvania and Montana and pass constitutional amendment to safeguard clean air, water

Op-Ed: PSEG, Open Your Books!

Steven S. Goldenberg | December 1, 2017 | Opinion
To protect ratepayers against the potential for zero-emission credits to become a source of windfall profits for PSEG, it is essential the Legislature demand an “open-book” approach

Troubled NJSPCA Is One Step Closer to Abolition

NJTV News | December 1, 2017 | Politics
Organization supposed to enforce animal-cruelty laws, flayed in recent state report, now on the brink of termination


| December 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

Is Showdown in Offing over Nuclear Subsidies in New Jersey?

Tom Johnson | November 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Foes worry that those in favor of scheme will try to push a bill through in lame-duck session

Top Banker Focuses on Vital Need for ‘Income Mobility’

John Reitmeyer | November 30, 2017 | More Issues
At Rutgers-New Brunswick, NY Fed president addresses key issues — including pension obligations — that await incoming governor Phil Murphy

Longstanding Proposal for Caregiver Taskforce Revived

Lilo H. Stainton | November 30, 2017 | Healthcare
People caring for aging friends and family are burning out; the Legislature is looking into getting them some respite

$79 Million Gubernatorial Election Was Second Most Costly in State History

Colleen O'Dea | November 30, 2017 | Politics
Gov.-elect Murphy shelled out $36 million on his successful bid, while Lt. Gov. Guadagno spent a relatively paltry $9 million

Opinion: A Year One Clean-Water Agenda for New Jersey

Chris Sturm | November 30, 2017 | Opinion
It’s time for New Jersey to become a leader once again in protecting our residents and our economy through smart, innovative investments in the water systems

Private Developers Pile in for Camden Reconstruction

NJTV News | November 30, 2017 | Planning
South Jersey city’s downtown and waterfront are being transformed as state’s $2B incentive program proves a big lure for builders


| November 30, 2017 | Number of The Day

Federal Audit Queries $600M Spending on NJ School Medicaid

Lilo H. Stainton | November 29, 2017 | Healthcare
State defends calculations, suggests fight could go to federal court

New Industry-Led Coalition Opposes Nuclear Subsidies to PSEG

Tom Johnson | November 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Deriding ‘PSEG energy tax,’ group argues there’s no need for subsidies since company’s South Jersey nuclear plants are still profitable

Murphy Goes All in on Technology as Means to Rehab NJ Economy

John Reitmeyer | November 29, 2017 | Politics
As his team’s transition activities ramp up, governor-elect emphasizes importance of technology and innovation to renew Garden State

Op-Ed: Airport Workers, First Line of Service, First Line of Defense

Yvette Stephens | November 29, 2017 | Opinion
While we’ve had several victories in improving work conditions, most of us still earn minimum-wage salaries and live below the poverty-wage rate

Essex County College Could Lose Accreditation

NJTV News | November 29, 2017 | Education
Troubled institution, that expanded rapidly in recent years, given notice it must fix ‘administrative issues’ by March 2018

GOP Tax Overhaul to Pummel New Jersey Residents?

WNYC News | November 29, 2017 | Politics
It’s not looking good for NJ homeowners and renters if Republicans in Washington, DC manage to agree tax legislation this week


| November 29, 2017 | Number of The Day

Advocates Want State-Based Obamacare Protections in ‘Chaotic’ Healthcare Era

Lilo H. Stainton | November 28, 2017 | Healthcare
Nonprofit backed by Horizon urges New Jersey to shore up the Affordable Care Act at the state level, offers a healthcare roadmap for incoming governor

‘Greens’ Sue FERC to Stop Unlawful Use of Eminent Domain by PennEast

Tom Johnson | November 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Pipeline company needs access to private land along route, pushes federal agency to let it use eminent domain to sidestep uncooperative property owners

A Woman’s Place? NJ Women Still Scarce at High Levels of Government

Colleen O'Dea | November 28, 2017 | Politics
Women fared much better in freeholder elections, but female representation far lower than in population overall

Federal Tax Changes Could Hit NJ Municipalities with ‘Double Whammy’

John Reitmeyer | November 28, 2017 | Politics
Possible elimination of deduction for state and local taxes has received lots of attention, but ending of tax-exempt status for certain bonds could also hurt New Jersey

Opinion: Can Sen. Tom Kean Jr. Regroup Battered Republicans?

Carl Golden | November 28, 2017 | Opinion
Ironically, given the Republican rout, Minority Leader Kean Jr. could help his party deliver a viable alternative to the governor-elect’s left-of-center predilections

Sheila Oliver Discusses How Phil Murphy Will Govern

NJTV News | November 28, 2017 | Politics
The new lieutenant governor probably knows the governor-elect better than anyone outside of his family. What does she have to say?


| November 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

New Normal for NJ Republicans: Finding Ways to Be Bipartisan

John Reitmeyer | November 27, 2017 | Politics
With the Democrats controlling the Legislature and the governor’s mansion, the Garden State GOP needs to find a way to make sure its voice is heard in Trenton

Tell Us What You Want to Know About Murphy’s Transition Team

John Mooney | November 27, 2017 | Politics
We can help answer your questions, and your question can help shape our coverage

New Jersey Dentists to Play New Role Screening for Diabetes

Lilo H. Stainton | November 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Starting next year, dentists in the Garden State will be able to get paid for performing chairside diabetes screenings for at-risk patients

Pesticide Ban Stalls When Critics Claim Feds Should Make Call

Tom Johnson | November 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Obama administration recommendation to stop using chlorpyrifos reversed by Scott Pruitt, new head of EPA

New Jersey Scientists Urge State to Curb Another Chemical in Drinking Water

Jon Hurdle | November 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Maximum Contaminant Limit for PFOS would help protect human health over a lifetime of exposure to the chemical, which has been linked to cancer, immune-system problems


| November 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

Port Authority Pushes on with Plans to Extend PATH from NYC to Newark Liberty

John Reitmeyer | November 22, 2017 | Transportation
Once completed new service will give commuters and tourists one-seat ride to airport, could also help open Newark’s South Ward to economic redevelopment

New Guidelines Bump Up Pool of Patients with High Blood Pressure

Lilo H. Stainton | November 22, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Elevated’ blood pressure, a new category, should respond well to lifestyle changes like diet and exercise

JCP&L Gets Nod to Build High-Voltage Line in Morris County

Tom Johnson | November 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Seven-mile transmission line is latest in series of projects meant to enhance reliability of the power grid

Easing Prisoner Reentry by Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Find Jobs

Colleen O'Dea | November 22, 2017 | Social
Program would issue certificates certifying that former inmates are employable, would also help them find public-sector work or get state-issued licenses

Gov.-Elect Murphy Must Prioritize Disability Community in 2018

Kevin Casey | November 22, 2017 | Opinion
For the governor-elect to recognize that people with disabilities are a primary constituent base is a first critical step


| November 22, 2017 | Number of The Day

Murphy and Democratic Leaders Agree on $15 Minimum Wage — Little Else

John Reitmeyer | November 21, 2017 | Politics
Right now, there’s no timetable for boosting minimum wage and no decision as to whether some sectors, like restaurants and agriculture, will be exempt from the final $15 goal

Play or Pay: Feds Threaten to Cut Law Enforcement Grants to Sanctuary Cities

Colleen O'Dea | November 21, 2017 | Immigration
The U.S. DOJ has sent letters to Newark and Middlesex County — along with cities nationwide — warning that not working with immigration authorities could mean loss of funding

Lawmakers Ready to Say ‘No’ to More Development in Highlands

Tom Johnson | November 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Legislators move to roll back rule, issue rare rebuke to executive branch that originally passed regulation

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NJ Spotlight | November 21, 2017 | Event
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Push for Statewide Mental-Health Screening Gains Momentum

Lilo H. Stainton | November 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Early intervention helps keep people with mental illnesses out of overcrowded ERs, which are not prepared to assist them

Desperate to Stay in U.S., 'Dreamers' Declare Hunger Strike

Matt Katz | November 21, 2017 | Immigration
Undocumented young people will visit offices of congressional Republicans in New Jersey, foregoing food until Thanksgiving dinner

For NJ Charities, Tax-Reform Bills Offer Little to Be Thankful For

Linda M. Czipo | November 21, 2017 | Opinion
Among other things, they will shred our community fabric by injecting politics and dark money into charitable work


| November 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Will Arbitration Cap for Cops, Firefighters Be Extended in Lame Duck?

John Reitmeyer | November 20, 2017 | Politics
Some lawmakers, advocates say the cap helps hold down property taxes, a potent argument with GOP tax reform poised to eliminate valuable deductions

New Jersey’s Public Schools Still Among Most Segregated in Nation

John Mooney | November 20, 2017 | Education
Almost 10 percent of all students attend “apartheid schools,” where 99 percent or more of the student body is nonwhite

The List: Where Did the Library-Bond Issue Garner the Least Support?

Colleen O'Dea | November 20, 2017 | The List
The three counties that came out against the library-bond ballot question also supported the candidacy of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Proposal to Add Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Beds Takes Shape

Lilo H. Stainton | November 20, 2017 | Healthcare
More than 24 hospitals and healthcare providers have been given green light to add 81 beds

Op-Ed: As Educators, We Must Measure What We Truly Value

Lisa Wolff | November 20, 2017 | Opinion
Our current system is designed on the premise that there is a single success path and any deviation is either ignored, or worse, punished


| November 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Democrats, Republicans Must Protect New Jersey from GOP Tax Threat — Murphy

John Reitmeyer | November 17, 2017 | Politics
Sweeney echoes Gov.-Elect, says Republican proposals to change tax code would have ‘devastating effect’ on Garden State

Menendez Emotional After Judge Declares Mistrial in Bribery, Corruption Case

NJTV News | November 17, 2017 | Politics
Senator thanks supporters, implies 'elements' in FBI and New Jersey prejudiced against ‘the Latino kid from Union City and Hudson County’

State Funds New Addiction Treatment for Mom and Baby

Lilo H. Stainton | November 17, 2017 | Healthcare
New programs come at critical time, as number of addicted newborns in NJ — and nationally — continues to rise

Interactive Map: Tracking Voter Turnout County by County

Colleen O'Dea | November 17, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
County by county assessments help show where the voters went to the polls and where they stayed home — compared with the stats for 2013

NJ Lawmakers Ask EPA to Waive Ethanol Rule for Local Gasoline

Tom Johnson | November 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Adding ethanol to gasoline is a federal requirement that may drive production costs at Paulsboro refinery over the top, threatening its viability

Op-Ed: New Challenges for Law Enforcement in a Digital World

George Petersen and Jody Wacker | November 17, 2017 | Opinion
More and more, police officers and first responders are required to secure digital evidence in the field. They must know where to begin and when to stop

NJEA Spent $5.7M of Union Dues on Recent Election

NJTV News | November 17, 2017 | Education, Politics
Many members erroneously believe teachers union spent only funds from voluntary donations on recent political battles


| November 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Opposition Builds to Tying ACA Individual Mandate to GOP Tax Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | November 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Latest Senate tax-reform package would eliminate tax penalty for people who don’t buy insurance, possibly driving up prices

PJM Takes Wraps Off Plan to Prop Up Prices for Nuclear, Coal Power

Tom Johnson | November 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Regional grid operator’s proposal is one answer to growing clamor by power producers to help subsidize plants that are struggling to compete

Christie Administration’s Push for New Government Offices in Trenton Stymied

John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2017 | Planning
Demolition of two state buildings and construction of two more fail to get go-ahead from State House Commission

Rezoning Near Train Stations Essential to Transit-Oriented Development

Colleen O'Dea | November 16, 2017 | Planning
Communities that block multifamily housing from being built near train stations are contributing to the host of problems New Jersey faces

Opinion: Top 5 Reforms for Municipal Land-Use Law — a Hand-Picked List

R. William Potter | November 16, 2017 | Opinion
A much-needed overhaul of the complex zoning law that governs most development in the state should be high on new governor's agenda


| November 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Needs More Scrutiny of Maternal Care and Deaths — Democratic Lawmakers

Lilo H. Stainton | November 15, 2017 | Healthcare
As maternal death rate continues to rise in New Jersey, Sen. Vitale says ‘greater emphasis on the health of mothers’ is essential

VW Will Pay Garden State Another $69M to Settle Pollution Suit

Tom Johnson | November 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New payment over and above original $72 million shelled out to settle earlier suit involving cheating scandal

Sitting Down for a Peaceful, Post-Election Conversation in Long Valley

Colleen O'Dea | November 15, 2017 | Politics
Members of our Long Valley Voting Block agree to disagree, exchanging rancor for rational debate

Another Round of Repairs for Penn Station NYC Will Mean More Schedule Changes

John Reitmeyer | November 15, 2017 | Transportation
Officials assure commuters this will not be another ‘Summer of Hell’ starting after New Year’s

Opinion: National Tax Reform — Questions for New Jersey Residents

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | November 15, 2017 | Opinion
Asking the right questions can help New Jerseyans get a picture of how GOP-backed tax reform will impact them

Judge in Menendez Case Not Ready to Let Jury Quit

NJTV News | November 15, 2017 | Politics
Defense renews call for mistrial, prosecution argues for allowing partial verdicts


| November 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Congressional Delegation Deeply Divided on Trump Tax Reform

John Reitmeyer | November 14, 2017 | Politics
It comes down to SALT, a threatened tax break that lets residents deduct local and state taxes, a lifeline for many New Jerseyans

Planned Parenthood Expects Murphy to Increase Funding for Women’s Health Issues

Lilo H. Stainton | November 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Weinberg, other Democrats want speedy restoration of financial support that Gov. Christie suspended

New Regional Initiative — RGGI for Transportation Sector

Tom Johnson | November 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Transportation is the biggest source of carbon emissions contributing to climate change, but will NJ sign on when it’s also poised to rejoin RGGI?

Craig Coughlin: Low-Profile Legislator Taking Prieto’s Place as Assembly Speaker

Carly Sitrin | November 14, 2017 | Politics
Coughlin emphasizes coalitions and compromise, but the test will be in the day-to-day rough-and-tumble that’s state government in New Jersey

Murphy Names Transition Team, Signals His Priorities

John Mooney | November 14, 2017 | Politics
High-profile appointees include NJEA president; Gov.-elect also appoints less well-known figures

Opinion: New Jersey Budget Challenges Are Significant and Immediate

Richard F. Keevey | November 14, 2017 | Opinion
The new governor has many ambitious plans, but first he must make sure the 2018 fiscal years ends with a surplus — as required

Menendez Jury Can’t Agree, Asks Judge for Guidance

NJTV News | November 14, 2017 | Politics
Defense seeks mistrial, judge says there’s ‘no way on this green Earth’ that he would make such a declaration


| November 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

At AC Teachers Convention, Many Claim ‘Disconnect’ from Politics

Carly Sitrin | November 13, 2017 | Education
There may not be much interest in NJEA’s costly attempt to unseat Sen. Sweeney, but Gov.-elect Murphy gets roaring welcome from crowd

Can Gov.-Elect Murphy Make a Go of His Public Bank?

John Reitmeyer | November 13, 2017 | Politics
It was an idea regularly trotted out during the campaign, now Murphy and Co. are starting to assess how to make that proposal a reality

Legislature, DEP at Loggerheads Again Over Septic Tanks in Highlands

Tom Johnson | November 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers moving to block agency proposal, could use rarely employed tool to rescind rules judged inconsistent with legislative intent

Opinion: Where Did New Jersey's GOP Go Wrong? Let Me Count the Ways

Carl Golden | November 13, 2017 | Opinion
The poisonous memory of Bridgegate, the unshakeable image of Christie basking on the beach, the NJEA’s doomed attempt to punish Sweeney — and that’s for starters

State Expands Efforts to Address Childhood Asthma at Home

Lilo H. Stainton | November 13, 2017 | Healthcare
Pilot project seeks to address environmental factors like dust, smoke, roaches, where kids with chronic asthma live

From Pro-Assad Syrian Diplomat to Teaching Politics at Rutgers University

Matt Katz | WNYC News | November 13, 2017 | Education


| November 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Moves to Ban Pesticide OK’d by Trump Administration

Tom Johnson | November 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Widely used on a variety of crops, chlorpyrifos has been linked to potentially harmful effects in people

Expecting Murphy to Move Fast on Range of Economic Policies

John Reitmeyer | November 9, 2017 | Politics
Christie vetoed Democratic bills on $15 minimum wage, millionaires tax but Gov.-elect shares legislators’ top priorities

Christie and Trump: The Best Friends New Jersey Democrats Ever Had?

Colleen O'Dea | November 9, 2017 | Elections 2017
Pollsters and pundits alike argue that dissatisfaction with the governor and the president helped put Democrats over the top in race after race

Fed-Up LoBiondo to Quit Congress, Fired-Up Dems Resolve to Flip Seat

Chase Brush | November 9, 2017 | Politics
As centrist South Jersey Republican laments disappearance of ‘middle ground’ in national politics, Democrats see chance to replace him

GOP Tax-Reform Bill Could Sideline NJ’s Clean-Energy Efforts

Tom Johnson | November 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Republicans in D.C. are looking to slash or eliminate tax credits that encourage solar and wind power, help offset the price of electric vehicles

Opinion: Chris Christie’s Surprisingly Solid Record in Public Education

Laura Waters | November 9, 2017 | Opinion
It’s easy to mock the soon-to-be-ex governor; it’s harder to admit he’s leaving NJ’s public schools in better shape than he found them

Horizon Joins Coalition for National Standards for Substance Abuse

Lilo H. Stainton | November 9, 2017 | Healthcare
Goal of ‘payers’ group is to make certain that addiction is ultimately treated like other chronic diseases


| November 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

Murphy Stays on Message for Victory Speech, Promising to Be Activist Governor

Lee Keough | November 8, 2017 | Elections 2017
Some pundits say Guadagno was running against her long service with Gov. Christie as much as against Murphy

Dems Pick Up Key Seats in Legislature, GOP Takes Several Tight Races

Chase Brush | November 8, 2017 | Elections 2017
At end of the day, Democrats still have the Legislature locked up — after withstanding some tough challenges and pulling out a few surprise victories

New Jersey Voters Handily Ratify Two Ballot Questions

Tom Johnson | November 8, 2017 | Elections 2017
Bond issue for libraries will help them modernize and expand, while a second question prevents environmental settlements from being diverted to general budget

Growing Focus on ‘Social Determinants of Health’

Lilo H. Stainton | November 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Issues like poverty, food insecurity, housing status, and violence play a huge role in public and individual health

Op-Ed: Battling Addiction Should Be a Fair and Colorblind Fight

Dierdre Glenn Paul | November 8, 2017 | Opinion
Let’s stop dividing and making classes of addicts and instead start fighting the scourge of addiction collectively


| November 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Live Results from the 2017 Gubernatorial Race

NJ Spotlight | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017

Up-to-the-Minute Results from 2017 Legislative Contests

NJ Spotlight | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017

Keeping Tabs on the Voting for the 2017 Ballot Questions

NJ Spotlight | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017

Last-Minute Questions About the Election? This Is the Story for You

Colleen O'Dea | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017
It’s not too late to be an informed voter, whether you're wondering about low turnout or battleground districts or ...

Local Politics in New Jersey Takes Ugly Turn with Racist Fliers

Carly Sitrin | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017
Anonymous mailers call for candidates in Edison school board race to be deported, warn that Hoboken mayoral candidate is a terrorist

Pols Push for Voting Machines that Offer Paper Trail for Every Ballot Cast

John Reitmeyer | November 7, 2017 | Politics
There’s no evidence any of the state’s electronic voting machines have been hacked, but upgrade program would add new layer of security

NJ Providers Continue Work to Assist Puerto Rico’s Healthcare System

Lilo H. Stainton | November 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Dedicated group of NJ healthcare providers has made two trips to hard-hit island, with another one planned

New Lighthouse District Initiative Shines Light on Top Schools

John Mooney | November 7, 2017 | Education
Rollout of initial recipients spotlights small districts that are very smart about how they use data to tune curriculum, teacher advancement

NJ Puts New Rule in Place to Limit Air Pollution from Soot

Tom Johnson | November 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Plants and businesses that spew soot will be required to comply with new regulation when they apply for new permits

Op-Ed: I Don’t Want to Vote

Maggie Glynn | November 7, 2017 | Opinion
I am tired of the same-old, same-old of both major parties, firmly entrenched, spouting the trite slogans that lost meaning for me eight-plus election cycles ago


| November 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

Pushing Ahead with Reforms to New Jersey’s Criminal Justice System

John Reitmeyer | November 6, 2017 | Social
Final report in ‘Crossroads NJ’ series argues state must address disparities in number of whites and blacks serving time in prison, among other issues

Master the Complexities of the 2017 Elections

NJ Spotlight Staff | November 6, 2017 | Elections 2017
NJ Spotlight's Election Guide delivers what you need: news, analysis, insights, and interactive tools

Fed Report Affirms Effects of Climate Change Already Visible

Tom Johnson | November 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
As people continue to contribute to global warming, extreme weather, sea-level rise will become more pressing problems

Understanding, Addressing Disproportionality in NJ Schools

Dr. Jennifer Meller and Matthew Korobkin | November 6, 2017 | Education, Sponsored Content
Disproportionality can be defined as an over-representation of students from certain racial/ethnic groups in special-education programs

Plan to Fund Healthcare for Children, Community Clinics Comes at a Cost

Lilo H. Stainton | November 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Partisan battle erupts over funding CHIP, FQHCs with money from Obamacare

Let the Candidate Decoder Help Take the Mystery Out of Governor’s Race

NJ Spotlight and WNYC News | November 6, 2017 | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
An easy, interactive way to find out where the candidates stand on the most important issues for New Jersey

Op-Ed: We Can Fight Climate Chaos from the Garden State

Lena Smith | November 6, 2017 | Opinion
If NJ is going to address future superstorms, we need to stop building pipelines and develop an aggressive plan to move to 100 percent clean, renewable energy

For Phil Murphy, Getting out the Vote Could Be Key to Governor’s Race

WNYC News | November 6, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
If voter turnout is especially low, results could skew red in a blue state


| November 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Taking the Measure of Phil Murphy: A Progressive Vision for New Jersey

Lee Keough | November 3, 2017 | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
It’s not just the Republicans who question Murphy’s liberal platform, some Democratic insiders say he just doesn’t get New Jersey

Interactive Map: Tracking the Gubernatorial Campaign Contributions

Colleen O'Dea | November 3, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2017
Record amounts are being spent on this year’s race for the governor’s mansion. Here’s a way to see who’s being the most generous to which candidate

In the 3rd, Costly Grudge Match Pits Sweeney Against Grenier and NJEA

Chase Brush | November 3, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
The teachers union has spent $4.5 million backing a self-described ‘Trump Republican’ looking to wrest the seat from Democrat who has angered the NJEA

‘Landmark’ Decision Exposes Disconnect in NJ Pot Policy

Lilo H. Stainton | November 3, 2017 | Healthcare
Superior court orders state to consider reclassifying marijuana as a less tightly controlled substance

Good News for Offshore Wind: Both Gubernatorial Candidates Back It

Tom Johnson | November 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some experts say it’s not too late for New Jersey to develop a thriving sector based on offshore wind and related technologies

NJ’s Hefty Unfunded Liabilities Matter of Concern to Outside Analysis

John Reitmeyer | November 3, 2017 | 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 | November 3, 2017 | 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 | November 3, 2017 | 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 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

Kim Guadagno: Running Hard Enough to Become NJ’s Second Woman Governor?

Colleen O'Dea | November 2, 2017 | 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 | November 2, 2017 | 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 | November 2, 2017 | 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 | November 2, 2017 | Healthcare
New Jersey one of two states to see immediate benefit

DEP Sets Nation’s Strictest Limit on Chemical in Drinking Water

Jon Hurdle | November 2, 2017 | 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 | November 2, 2017 | 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 | November 2, 2017 | 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 | November 2, 2017 | 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 | November 2, 2017 | Elections 2017
What are your priorities for the next NJ governor? Help us build the ‘people’s agenda’


| November 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

Medicare Proposal Urges ‘Drastic’ Cut in Home Health Funding

Lilo H. Stainton | November 1, 2017 | Healthcare
Patients and providers concerned about regulation scheduled for 2019

The Importance of Coattails in ‘Truly Competitive’ LD 16 Races

Chase Brush | November 1, 2017 | 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 | November 1, 2017 | 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 | November 1, 2017 | 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 | November 1, 2017 | Opinion
Preservation must remain a priority for incoming administration

Menendez Trial: Lawyers Spar over How Judge Will Instruct Jury

NJTV News | November 1, 2017 | Politics
Defense and prosecution attorneys spend day haggling over what directive judge should give jury


| November 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

Diverse Stakeholders Team up to Support Health Insurance Enrollment

Lilo H. Stainton | October 31, 2017 | 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 | October 31, 2017 | 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 | October 31, 2017 | 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 | October 31, 2017 | 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 | October 31, 2017 | 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 | October 31, 2017 | 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 | October 31, 2017 | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Host rattles Republican candidate when he questions if she favors abortion but not for poor women


| October 31, 2017 | Number of The Day

Governor’s Race 2017 Could Lead to a Greener New Jersey

Tom Johnson | October 30, 2017 | 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 | October 30, 2017 | 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 | October 30, 2017 | 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 | October 30, 2017 | Opinion
The New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance recognizes that communities of color and low-income communities are typically overburdened by environmental pollution


| October 30, 2017 | Number of The Day

Five Years After Sandy, Superstorm Continues to Punish Survivors

Scott Gurian | October 27, 2017 | 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 | October 27, 2017 | 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 | October 27, 2017 | 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 | October 27, 2017 | 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 | October 27, 2017 | 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 | October 27, 2017 | 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 | October 27, 2017 | Politics
Tempers rise, judge slaps down claim that he has impeded attorneys’ efforts on behalf of senator and co-defendant


| October 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

Feds to Fund Massive Flood-Control Project for Hoboken, Nearby Towns

Tom Johnson | October 26, 2017 | 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 | October 26, 2017 | 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 | October 26, 2017 | 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 | October 26, 2017 | 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 | October 26, 2017 | 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 | October 26, 2017 | Politics
Rev. Reginald Jackson describes Senator as ‘forthright and honest, a man of integrity’


| October 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

Governor’s Race 2017: Plans and Planks for Affordable Housing

Colleen O'Dea | October 25, 2017 | 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 | October 25, 2017 | 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 | October 25, 2017 | 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 | October 25, 2017 | 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 | October 25, 2017 | Healthcare
Children are not the only ones at risk of exposure to the metal; New Jersey poison expert warns of risk to grown-ups

Opinion: Another Day 1 Job for Gov. Murphy — Bring Back the Public Advocate

R. William Potter | October 25, 2017 | Opinion
A cabinet-level public advocate can be a spokesman for those who have no voice, a champion of those who have no power

Defense Calls Menendez’s Longtime Confidant to Witness Stand

NJTV News Online | October 25, 2017 | Politics
Donald Scarinci says that he, not Menendez, solicited campaign contributions from co-defendant Melgen


| October 25, 2017 | Number of The Day

The Future of Medicaid in New Jersey

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 24, 2017 | Roundtables
While the cost of Medicaid is growing slowly, the potential of federal reforms and other changes could make it a challenge to maintain or expand the program

Trump Makes Few Friends with Scheme to Subsidize Coal, Nuclear

Tom Johnson | October 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue proposal is unworkable and unlawful, could drive up consumer energy bills

Christie-Led Opioid Task Force Wraps Up as Pressure Mounts on Trump to Act

Lilo H. Stainton | October 24, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor disputes panel member’s pessimistic comments, says he’s confident president ‘supports fighting this epidemic aggressively’

Unlikely Partners Say $7B Amazon Sweetener Not Worth it to NJ

John Reitmeyer | October 24, 2017 | More Issues
Improbable alliance working to turn legislators against massive tax-incentive deal that governor, other politicians hope will draw online giant’s second corporate headquarters to Newark

Governor’s Race 2017: Angry Accusations, Real Differences on Immigration

Hank Kalet | October 24, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Democratic candidate Murphy wants to protect undocumented New Jerseyans. Republican Guadagno says his policies would put other residents at risk

Environmental Justice: The New Civil Rights?

Tom Johnson | October 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Sen. Booker backs bill that would make it easier for low-income neighborhoods, communities of color to block projects that would add to pollution

Opinion: Real Implications of Affordability — It’s Not Just Political Rhetoric

Joel C. Cantor | October 24, 2017 | Opinion
When money is tight or health fails, stress is a major factor in people’s lives

Menendez Trial: Defense Rolls Out Character Witnesses

NJTV News | October 24, 2017 | Politics
Witness testifies that senator is ‘one of the most honest and trustworthy people…’


| October 24, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJSPCA: More a Home for ‘Wannabe’ Cops Than a Haven for Animals?

Caren Chesler | October 23, 2017 | More Issues
State agency finds NJ Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spends more on police equipment and lawsuits than it does enforcing animal cruelty laws

Governor’s Race 2017: Property Taxes, Pension System, Economic Growth

John Reitmeyer | October 23, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Sound bites and TV spots aren’t enough to get an accurate understanding of the leading candidates’ policies and platforms

State Wants to Help Get a Few CNG-Powered Vehicles on Road

Tom Johnson | October 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU program looks to get 10 or more trucks or buses running on compressed natural gas out in traffic, replacing diesel-fueled vehicles

Lawmakers Vow to Crack Down on Background Check Problems

Lilo H. Stainton | October 23, 2017 | Healthcare
State auditor reveals gaps in certain oversight at homes for disabled residents

Op-Ed: Pensions, Politics, and the New Jersey Education Association

Michael Lilley | October 23, 2017 | Opinion
New Jerseyans must wake up to the reality that we have allowed a special interest to rig our political system for its own benefit


| October 23, 2017 | Number of The Day

The Blue Boost: Barack Obama Gets Out the Vote for Phil Murphy

Colleen O'Dea | October 20, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Obama, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, and other Democratic leaders urge crowd to put Murphy and Oliver in the State House

Victims Share Lessons Learned Five Years After Sandy, but Is State Listening?

John Reitmeyer | October 20, 2017 | Planning
Many whose lives were upended by superstorm don't think New Jersey is any better prepared now than before storm hit

Sexual Assaults Up at NJ Colleges, Victims May Feel Safer About Reporting

Colleen O'Dea | October 20, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Increase in reports of sexual violence probably reflects fact that ‘survivors know they’ll be believed and the system will take them seriously’

High Arsenic Levels in Some Private Wells in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | October 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New study maps where people get drinking water, correlates private sources with presence of arsenic

In South Jersey’s 2nd, a Surprisingly Tight Race for State Senate Seat

Chase Brush | October 20, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
A sudden death, a last-minute switch in the ticket — and the obligatory attack ads — bring Democrat and Republican within striking distance for contested Senate seat

Controversial DMHAS Move Now Well Underway

Lilo H. Stainton | October 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Provider groups ‘cautiously optimistic’ about massive integration of behavioral and physical healthcare

Op-Ed: What is a College Degree Worth?

Harvey Kesselman | October 20, 2017 | Opinion
Knowing what we collectively expect from a college education determines how to calculate its value


| October 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Rancorous Second Debate Marked by Jabs, Insults, Accusations

Colleen O'Dea | October 19, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Murphy and Guadagno pull no punches in attempts to dismiss, discredit each other’s platforms and positions

Double-Digit Health Insurance Rate Hikes in Cards for Many New Jerseyans

Lilo H. Stainton | October 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Despite any last-minute deal in Washington to underpin ACA insurance rates, it’s probably too late for 2018

Budget Basics: New Jersey’s Fiscal Future, a Path to Improvement

Richard F. Keevey | October 19, 2017 | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

High-Tax Connecticut a Cautionary Tale for New Jersey?

John Reitmeyer | October 19, 2017 | Budget
Despite increasing taxes, the Nutmeg State has suffered budget shortfalls and credit-rating downgrades. What lessons can NJ learn from its neighbor?

SJI Picks Up Elizabethtown Gas, Maryland’s Elkton Gas, in $1.7B Deal

Tom Johnson | October 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If deal goes through, South Jersey Gas subsidiary of SJI will be the second-largest gas provider in Garden State

PSE&G Gets Green Light from PJM for 3 New Transmission Projects

Tom Johnson | October 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Trio represents $200 million in new investments, part of $1 billion in transmission-related infrastructure approved by operator of power grid

Menendez Staffer Says Support of Melgen Was Above Board

NJTV News | October 19, 2017 | Politics
Karissa Willhite said it was common for senator’s staff to make inquiries within the government on behalf of constituents and supporters


| October 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

Join with Us Tonight for the Second Gubernatorial Debate

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 18, 2017 | Elections 2017
Livestream begins at 7:00 p.m.

Join with Us for Tonight's Second Gubernatorial Debate

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 18, 2017 | Elections 2017
Livestream begins at 7:00 p.m.

Will Climate Change Revive an Old Idea: a Regional Coastal Commission?

Tom Johnson | October 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hurricanes and extreme storms, sea-level rise, major flooding are more than a single municipality can deal with on its own

Tackling the Toughest Questions Facing NJ’s Public Education System

John Mooney | October 18, 2017 | Education
A new report in the “Crossroads NJ” series recommends a variety of solutions to problems like school funding and segregation

What Does It Cost to Win — or Lose — an Election in New Jersey?

Colleen O'Dea | October 18, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
With less than a month to go to Election Day, who’s spent big, who has the most money on hand?

New Bond Issue Edges Closer as Vo-Techs Make Case for Urgent State Funding

John Reitmeyer | October 18, 2017 | Education
Garden State’s vocational high schools appeal for more money to help them keep pace with the rising demand for technical training

Opinion: Winning with the Party Regulars Rather than the Center

Carl Golden | October 18, 2017 | Opinion
Low voter turnout and poor name recognition may mean this gubernatorial election will be decided by dependable party loyalists who turn out year after year

Melgen’s Wife Says Menendez and Co-defendant Exchanged Gifts Out of Real Friendship

NJTV News | October 18, 2017 | Politics
Bribery and corruption trial, now in its seventh week, hears from wife of senator’s co-defendant

AFT Endorses Sweeney as NJEA Continues to Work Hard for His Ouster

NJTV News | October 18, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Endorsement puts AFT at odds with New Jersey’s largest teachers’ union, which is trying hard to end Senate President’s political career


| October 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

At Debate, Lieutenant Governor Candidates Mostly Stay on Message

Chase Brush | October 17, 2017 | Elections 2017
A few bobbled questions, a few ineffective jabs add some tension — and laughs — to only public meeting between Dem’s Sheila Oliver and GOP’s Carlos Rendo

Memo to Next Governor: Appoint Blue Ribbon Panel on Higher Education

Colleen O'Dea | October 17, 2017 | Education
State support for higher education has diminished markedly in past two decades, while tuition has gone up without making more funding available to low-income and middle-class students

State, City Offer $7B Tax Incentives in Bid to Lure Amazon HQ2 to Newark

John Reitmeyer | October 17, 2017 | More Issues
Christie, Booker, Baraka back campaign for Internet retail giant to put its new corporate headquarters in New Jersey, but skeptics worry about ‘out-of-control’ corporate tax breaks

As Electric Vehicle Market Emerges, Infrastructure Issues Come to Fore

Tom Johnson | October 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Long-running questions about charging stations, as well as newer ones about role of utilities, are being hashed out

Judge in Menendez Trial Denies Defense Motion to Dismiss

NJTV News | October 17, 2017 | Politics
Defense argues that prosecution has failed to produce a ‘smoking gun’ proving NJ senator had traded favors for a specific gift


| October 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Package of Three Bills Ratchets Up State’s Renewable-Energy Goals

Tom Johnson | October 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bills reflect the alternative energy policies that gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has said he would enact

Celebrating Even the ‘Early Action’ Phase of Portal Bridge Project

John Reitmeyer | October 16, 2017 | Transportation
With money tight and no word from feds if they’re going to free up funds anytime soon for Gateway, start of small project gets full groundbreaking treatment

The List: How Well-Heeled is New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation?

Colleen O'Dea | October 16, 2017 | The List
According to a new report from a nonpartisan organization, none of the Garden State’s Senators and Representatives are hurting, although there’s a wide range from top to bottom

Despite Concerns, Panelists See Ways to Improve NJ Medicaid

Lilo H. Stainton | October 16, 2017 | Healthcare
NJ Spotlight roundtable delves into program’s future, maternal health issues

Op-Ed: Students Must Move Beyond Social Media to Become Truly Engaged

Karan Chauhan | October 16, 2017 | Opinion
It may sound old fashioned, but today’s students need to learn to read reputable news sources, in hard copy or online — for motive as well as content


| October 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

Nothing to Celebrate: No Hike in State-Employee Healthcare Premiums

John Reitmeyer | October 13, 2017 | More Issues
Cost-cutting measures expected to deliver $1.6B in savings to state over next three years

The Candidate's Coffers: Murphy’s in the Money, Guadagno’s Struggling

Colleen O'Dea | October 13, 2017 | Elections 2017
With $5.4 million in hand, Murphy can easily outspend Guadagno, who has slightly less than $1 million available

Budget Basics: How the State Budget Is Developed and Revenue Estimated

Richard F. Keevey | October 13, 2017 | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Pallone Takes Trump Administration to Task for Nuclear, Coal Subsidies

Tom Johnson | October 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Representative criticizes plan to have ratepayers subsidize coal and nuclear power to offset losses due to competition with cheaper natural gas

Guadagno’s Out-of-Context Campaign Ad Draws Firestorm of Criticism

Colleen O'Dea and Lee Keough | October 13, 2017 | Elections 2017
Lieutenant governor’s TV spot falsely accuses opponent Phil Murphy as ‘having the back’ of convicted killer and undocumented immigrant

Defining the American Dream: Success, Pride, and Dignity

Rong Xiaoqing | Sing Tao Daily | October 13, 2017 | Immigration
Tommy Xie has built a successful business and is raising a happy family. Now he wants to help other Chinese immigrants do the same

South Jersey School District Shuts Down Because of Mold Contamination

WHYY News | October 13, 2017 | Education
Parents express frustration with way officials in Monroe Township have handled the problem


| October 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Loses Federal Funding to Expand ACA Enrollment

Lilo H. Stainton | October 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Some $26 million in cuts will put a serious dent in ACA navigator programs in virtually all states

Rethinking NJ’s Housing Market to Meets Needs of Suburbanites, City Dwellers

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2017 | Planning
Housing is more than shelter: It’s a vital component in the health, growth, and economic wellbeing of the Garden State

State Appellate Court Blocks Mining Operation in Pinelands

Tom Johnson | October 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court finds Pinelands Commission’s rejection of project was justified because it did not conform to region’s Comprehensive Management Plan

Trump Tax Policy Could Be Tough on Mom-and-Pop Shops, Main Street

John Reitmeyer | October 12, 2017 | Politics
Although it’s intended to help small-business owners, many of them don’t make enough money to qualify for the administration’s pass-through business-tax break

Op-Ed: NJ’s Next Governor Should Champion Environmental Justice

Ana Isabel Baptista | October 12, 2017 | Opinion
It's time that New Jersey recommit itself to being a leader on environmental protection through an affirmative environmental justice policy

Prosecution Rests in Sixth Week of Menendez Corruption Trial

NJTV News Online | October 12, 2017 | Politics
Defense calls for dismissal of all charges against senator and his co-defendant


| October 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Some Sharp Exchanges, Some Name Calling, but No Clear Winner in First Debate

John Reitmeyer | October 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Republican Guadagno is aggressor in initial debate between candidates for governor, but Democrat Murphy has no problem pushing back or going on the attack

Long Valley Voting Block on the Debate: Unimpressed and Unconvinced

Colleen O'Dea | October 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
The first gubernatorial debate left Long Valley voters with more questions than answers, and wishing for more specifics

One Last Question: The Candidates on District Consolidation

John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017
Home rule is still the order of the day, but both candidates understand the economic boost that would come with regionalization

Sale of Troubled Meadowlands Hospital Advances

Lilo H. Stainton | October 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Public hearing on transfer of for-profit facility scheduled for October 19

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Clean Power Plan

Tom Johnson | October 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Immediate effects on New Jersey limited, but environmentalists call for state to become a leader in fighting carbon pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions

Small Steps in Dyslexia Education Add up to Measurable Progress

John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education
The release of a long-awaited educator’s guidebook, as well as pending legislation on teaching reading, truly help make October Dyslexia Awareness Month

Op-Ed: Let’s Talk About Quality Instead of Charter vs. Public Schools

Danielle West | October 11, 2017 | Opinion
Regardless of the school type, the focus should always be on the quality of the teachers, education, and student experience

Exploring the History of Property Taxes in New Jersey

WNYC News | October 11, 2017 | Planning
From the mid-1970s to yesterday’s gubernatorial debate, property taxes have bedeviled New Jersey pols and their constituents


| October 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Ready for the Fireworks? Will Tonight’s Debate Be as Heated as the Run-Up?

Colleen O'Dea | October 10, 2017 | Elections 2017
Misrepresentations, distortions, and accusations of ‘outright lying’ have already been leveled by one side or the other — and that’s not the half of it

If You Missed the Debate, You're Not Out of Luck

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 10, 2017 | Elections 2017
Watch the archived stream here

Another Regional Initiative, This One for Zero-Emission Vehicles

Tom Johnson | October 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
An eight-state effort wants to help reduce pollution from the transportation sector, NJ’s biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions

Next Steps for Improving New Jersey Nursing Board Operations

Lilo H. Stainton | October 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Munoz suggests following lead of Motor Vehicles and tying expirations to the license holder’s birth month — others argue larger systemic fixes are needed

State Pension Poised to Make First Investment in Infrastructure

John Reitmeyer | October 10, 2017 | More Issues
Proposal would take an up to $125 million stake in fund managed by Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Opinion: Blue State Bottleneck — New Jersey and the GOP Tax Reform Plan

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | October 10, 2017 | Opinion
The Republicans have released a nine-page document for 'fixing our broken tax code.' Here’s what it really says

New Jersey Continues to Use Easily Hacked Voting Machines

Aaron Sankin, Reveal | October 10, 2017 | Elections 2017
The Garden State's voting machines aren’t simply hackable — they also leave no independently verifiable paper trail


| October 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

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Critics Say Chronic Problems in NJ Nursing Board Put Patients at Risk

Lilo H. Stainton | October 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Senator suggests need for ‘total overhaul’ in body that licenses and regulates 220,000 healthcare providers

State Senators on Both Sides of Aisle Vow to Fight Trump Plan to Kill SALT Deduction

John Reitmeyer | October 6, 2017 | Politics
Most of NJ’s congressional delegation vote against bill that would pave way to eliminating deducting for state and local taxes

Interactive Map: Tracking SALT Deductions Across the State

Colleen O'Dea | October 6, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
In some towns, write-offs for state and local taxes are about $1,500; in others, they can be more that $100,000. Regardless, the money can be very important

What’s in Store When New Brunswick PAC Opens Its Doors?

Colleen O'Dea | October 6, 2017 | Planning
In the works for the $172M arts center: two theaters, rehearsal spaces, two floors of office space, 207 residential units …

Ballot Question Closer to Stop Raiding of Natural-Resources Damages

Tom Johnson | October 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers and environmentalists see constitutional amendment as only way to keep natural-resources settlements from being siphoned off

NJ Sues Opioid Manufacturer for Consumer Fraud that Put ‘Lives at Risk’

NJTV News | October 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Attorney general accuses INSYS Therapeutics of ‘titanic greed’ for way it marketed highly addictive drug

PARCC Past, PARCC Present, and PARCC Future

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 6, 2017 | Education
Knowing where PARCC has been may help get a sense of where the online test is going


| October 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

The Independents: New Jersey’s ‘Other’ Gubernatorial Candidates

Chase Brush | October 5, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Looking for an alternative to big-money politics and big-party candidates? Here are five of them

After Years of Urging, Christie Puts Barnegat Bay on Pollution Diet

Tom Johnson | October 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists approve the move, but some feel bay and aquatic life would be in better shape had he acted earlier, when he had the chance

Budget Basics: Surplus and Deficits — How Are They Computed?

Richard F. Keevey | October 5, 2017 | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

NJ Public Pension Fund Returns Over 13 Percent, Outpacing Expectations

John Reitmeyer | October 5, 2017 | Budget
State expects to put $2.5 billion into pension system in 2018 fiscal year, still far short of what’s needed to restore it to good health

Op-Ed: New Jersey Is as Good for Amazon as Amazon Is for New Jersey

James C. Barrood | October 5, 2017 | Opinion
When Amazon considers New Jersey, it will already find talent, location, and play

Menendez Trial: Campaign Contributions Under Scrutiny

NJTV News | October 5, 2017 | Politics
Prosecutors zero in on big checks that co-defendant wrote to senator’s re-election effort


| October 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

DEP Wants Public Input on Spending NJ’s Share of VW Settlement

Tom Johnson | October 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is in line to get $72.2 million to help clean up air pollution in the transportation sector

NJ Minimum Wage Makes Minor Gain of 16 Cents an Hour

John Reitmeyer | October 4, 2017 | Politics
Advocates argue that $8.60 an hour, or $18,000 a year, isn't enough to live in Garden State

‘Greens’ Say Highlands Council Trying to Stifle Public Comment

Jon Hurdle | October 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Council says rules ensure that discussions on updated regional plan take place in public

Op-Ed: A Rising Tide in Camden — Continued School Progress

Janellen Duffy | October 4, 2017 | Opinion
Key to the turnaround: strong leadership and continued hard work and commitment of students, teachers, parents, and administrators

Sibelius: Menendez Lobbied for Medicare Policy Change

NJTV News | October 4, 2017 | Politics
NJ senator was trying to reverse a policy that was costing his friend millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursements

Reasons to Vote for New Jersey’s Next Governor

WNYC News | October 4, 2017 | Politics
The governorship of the Garden State is one of the most powerful political jobs in the nation. Could that prod you to the polls on election day?


| October 4, 2017 | Number of The Day

Key Trump Tax-Reform Proposal Is a Non-Starter, Says Republican Rep. Lance

John Reitmeyer | October 3, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey would be hit hard by the elimination of a federal deduction for state and local taxes, but bipartisan opposition is growing to any such change

In Wake of Mass Killing, Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Gun Control

Colleen O'Dea | October 3, 2017 | Politics
Guadagno struggles to clarify her beliefs, Murphy offers eight-point platform on website. Independents’ opinions run gamut of possibilities

Murphy or Guadagno: There’s Likely RGGI in New Jersey’s Future

Tom Johnson | October 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
After six years on the outside, after being yanked by Gov. Christie, the Garden State is almost certain to rejoin regional initiative in near future

Rep. Pallone Re-Introduces Bill to Curb Sudden Cardiac Death in Students

Lilo H. Stainton | October 3, 2017 | Healthcare
Officials joined by family members of teen athletes lost to SCA

Op-Ed: Sink or Swim? Time for Serious Action on Climate in NJ

Dan Fatton | October 3, 2017 | Opinion
A comprehensive climate-action plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce deadly air pollution may save New Jersey from being underwater — literally

Menendez Trial: He was ‘Aggressive’ and ‘Angry’

NJTV News | October 3, 2017 | Politics
Former government official tells of senator’s temper during testy phone call

Many Immigrants with No Criminal Records Being Arrested in NJ

WNYC News | October 3, 2017 | Immigration
ICE is supposed to be focused on removing immigrants convicted of crimes, but that does not seem to be the case in New Jersey

The Delaware River Watershed: Protecting Today and Tomorrow

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight/State Impact PA event takes a closer look at resource that provides drinking water to millions


| October 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

Will Trump Administration Give PSEG — Other Utilities — Nuclear Subsidies?

Tom Johnson | October 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Letter to FERC says value of baseload plants that produce power all the time is not accurate reflection of their role

Budget Basics: Employee Retirement Benefits — the Problem Is Large

Richard F. Keevey | October 2, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

The List: Where Do Foreign Students Studying in New Jersey Call Home?

Colleen O'Dea | October 2, 2017 | The List
From Brazil to Vietnam, China to Turkey, some 26,000 men and women were in the Garden State on active student visas last year

Top Democratic Leaders Want Cops, Firefighters to Manage Their Own Pensions

John Reitmeyer | October 2, 2017 | Politics
Sweeney, Prieto gear up for another push to create new board for PFRS — the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System

Christie Appoints New Nursing Board Members

Lilo H. Stainton | October 2, 2017 | Healthcare
New members, reappointments come just one week before legislative hearing

Op-Ed: Cameras in the U.S. High Court — Not a Case of Sound-Bite Justice

Peter G. Verniero | October 2, 2017 | Opinion
Rather than cheapen the institution, cameras at the U.S. Supreme Court would allow the public to better appreciate the high-minded nature of a judicial argument


| October 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Practice Leads Holistic Effort to Address Rising Renal Disease

Lilo H. Stainton | September 29, 2017 | Healthcare
Saint Barnabas works to reduce causes of kidney failure, create treatment options, and improve transplant success

Getting to 2030 Renewable Levels Without Going Broke

Tom Johnson | September 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Aggressively ramping up renewable energy could help state halve carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, new report asserts

Unauthorized Release of Report Turns Up Heat on Arbitration Cap Debate

John Reitmeyer | September 29, 2017 | Politics
Task force data seems to show that cap on salary growth for cops and firefighters may have saved property owners $530 million in taxes

Latest PARCC Results Released, But Fate of Tests After Elections Is Murky

John Mooney | September 29, 2017 | Education
Most recent scores show gains statewide, but proficiency levels in math and language arts don’t break 60 percent of test takers

Op-Ed: No Government Shutdown for Now, but Medicaid Remains at Risk

Kevin Casey | September 29, 2017 | Opinion
The fight to preserve Medicaid is far from over. In fact, it is just beginning

Menendez trial: Did He Threaten a Senate Hearing?

NJTV News Online | September 29, 2017 | Politics
Prosecutors affirm that Sen. Menendez threatened to hold a Senate hearing to help his friend and co-defendant get what he wanted from Dominican Republic


| September 29, 2017 | Number of The Day

Federal Funding for National Children’s Health Program Now at Risk

Lilo H. Stainton | September 28, 2017 | Healthcare
The clock is set to run out on the popular — and widely beneficial — CHIP program in just three days

Amazon Fever: NJ Could Offer $5B in Tax Breaks to Lure HQ2 to NJ

John Reitmeyer | September 28, 2017 | Politics
Lawmakers join in bipartisan push to ease restrictions that could have Seattle-based online retail giant looking elsewhere for a second home

Climate Change in New Jersey? It’s Here

Tom Johnson | September 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hotter summers, more extreme storms, increased flooding — a statewide dialogue hopes to hammer out a climate-change policy for the Garden State

Budget Basics: Property Tax — Can It Realistically Be Reduced?

Richard F. Keevey | September 28, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Op-Ed: VW Settlement — an Opportunity for Environmental Justice

Bhavini A. Doshi | September 28, 2017 | Opinion
Dense urban centers in New Jersey suffer from multiple sources of air pollution and are home to significant minority and low-income populations

Menendez Trial Focuses on Intervention into Melgen Medicare Case

NJTV News Online | September 28, 2017 | Politics
Government prosecutors call a high-powered witness to the stand


| September 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

Climate-Change and Clean-Energy To-Do List for Next Governor

Tom Johnson | September 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than two dozen state leaders have prepared a plan to help next administration get right to work cleaning up New Jersey’s environment

Ad Watch: Do Gubernatorial Candidates Play Fast and Loose with the Truth?

John Reitmeyer | September 27, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno stuff a lot of info into their 30-second TV spots. How much is on target?

Syphilis Uptick In Babies Prompts Statewide Awareness Campaign

Lilo H. Stainton | September 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Infants infected with syphilis can be stillborn or suffer from a range of neurological and physical problems

Menendez Prosecutors Press Port Security, Medicare Fraud

NJTV News Online | September 27, 2017 | Politics
Defense argues that Menendez wasn’t just helping a friend, he had larger concerns about security


| September 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

Gateway Official Says There’s ‘No Plan B’ if Federal Funding Falls Through

John Reitmeyer | September 26, 2017 | Transportation
Rail tunnel isn’t just about commuters; 10 percent of country’s gross domestic product relies on aging infrastructure

Budget Basics: State Debt — Is It Too Much? Do We Need More?

Richard F. Keevey | September 26, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Physicians Focus on the Links Between Poverty and Poor Health

Lilo H. Stainton | September 26, 2017 | Healthcare
Attention is also being paid to debates that are unrealistically focused on healthcare savings

Some Residents Will See Small Uptick in Heating Bills Next Month

Tom Johnson | September 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New rates reflect generally rising costs of natural gas because of increased demand

NJ School Districts Asking Voters for $320M for Renovations and Repair

Colleen O'Dea | September 26, 2017 | Education
Projects in 15 districts range from windows and ceiling tiles to building expansion, high-tech installations, and enhancements to make schools world class

Op-Ed: Satellite Emergency Departments — Saving Time, Money, and Lives

Leila Sadeghi | September 26, 2017 | Opinion
SEDs are an idea whose time has come, but success means carefully considering several deployment issues, such as distance from and availability of medical resources

Federal Prosecutors Open New Front in Menendez Trial

NJTV News Online | September 26, 2017 | Politics
U.S. Senator allegedly tried to help friend and co-defendant with contract


| September 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJEA Flexes Its Muscles, Takes on Sweeney

Chase Brush | September 25, 2017 | Politics
The teachers union faults the Senate president for his stand on public-employee pensions and school funding — and they want to make him pay

Op-Ed: NJ’s Next Gov. Can Make a Real Difference on Climate Change

James J. Florio and Thomas H. Kean | September 25, 2017 | Opinion
As we often hear, addressing climate change is a marathon, not a sprint. Achieving a 75 percent reduction in our emissions by 2050 means we need to get started now

Murphy Questions Why State Takeovers Target ‘Communities of Color’

John Mooney | September 25, 2017 | Education
Democratic hopeful for governor also talks about Paterson, another city where state is in control of local schools

New Jersey’s Solar Sector Is Thriving: Now Let’s Fix It

Tom Johnson | September 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU to launch industry study, review if current structure has outlived its usefulness, should be replaced

Christie Pardons Former Heroin Addict with Criminal Past

Lilo H. Stainton | September 25, 2017 | Healthcare
Result of seven-year old process, pardon is latest move in his effort to reduce impact of drug use

New Jersey Nonprofit Helps Small Businesses Get a Jump Start

NJTV News Online | September 25, 2017 | More Issues
For more than a decade, Jersey City’s Rising Tide Capital has helped residents move from idea to going concern

Montclair’s Cloverhill Place Takes Pride in Its Diversity, Activism

Montclair Local | September 25, 2017 | Politics
The quiet, shaded street in Montclair doesn’t just have residents from different parts of the country, they’re from different parts of the world


| September 25, 2017 | Number of The Day
Mean hourly wage for construction workers in NJ

New Jersey Not on Target to Reach Greenhouse Gas Goal by 2050

Tom Johnson | September 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New report says state lacks coherent, comprehensive strategy to significantly reduce carbon footprint by midcentury

Fatal Hoboken Train Crash 1 Year On: Questions Remain Despite New NTSB Data

John Reitmeyer | September 22, 2017 | Transportation
Train engineer can’t remember last few seconds before crash, was severe sleep apnea the culprit?

Interactive Map: Charting the Rocky Terrain of Income Inequality in NJ

Colleen O'Dea | September 22, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Census data for 2016 shows the median household income of blacks was, on average, little more than half that of non-Hispanic whites

Budget Basics: How Large Is the New Jersey Budget, Really?

Richard F. Keevey | September 22, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Primary-Care Advocates Seek to Steer Clear of ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Lilo H. Stainton | September 22, 2017 | Healthcare
Garden State callers dominated Congressional hotline to support FQHCs

For These New Jersey Voters, Washington Trumps the Governor’s Race

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | September 22, 2017 | Politics
Although they seem unable to agree on anything else, these West Orange neighbors all say they’ll cast a ballot this November


| September 22, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Drafts Settlements in Three Longstanding Pollution Lawsuits

Tom Johnson | September 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics contend state is pushing to settle decade-old cases now, before possible constitutional amendment blocks funds from being diverted

New Obamacare Overhaul Could Cost NJ Billions, Leave More Patients Uninsured

Lilo H. Stainton | September 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Cassidy-Graham proposal called ‘harshest’ GOP plan yet to reform national healthcare

Long Valley Neighbors Find Accord and Affinity Across Party Lines

Colleen O'Dea | September 21, 2017 | Politics
It’s more than just agreeing to disagree, this group of residents has thought through the candidate’s promises and proposals to find some surprising common ground

Poll: Tuition-Free Community College — Smart Move or Dumb Mistake?

| September 21, 2017 | Polling
Under the ‘Murphy plan,’ students get a free ride at NJ’s two-year schools. Guadagno says the middle class will wind up footing the bill

Are Democrats Dragging Their Feet on Arbitration Cap for Cops, Firefighters?

John Reitmeyer | September 21, 2017 | Budget
Republicans argue if interest arbitration cap is allowed to expire, salary increases won by public-safety employees could mushroom

Op-Ed: Newark’s Long Road to Local Control of Schools — Where Will It Lead?

Paul L. Tractenberg | September 21, 2017 | Opinion
Even as Newark may be poised to resume local control, it's not clear how many schools will be returned and whether state operation actually has built greater local capacity to govern them

At Menendez Trial, Attention Turns to What Senator Didn’t Do

NJTV News Online | September 21, 2017 | Politics
According to prosecution, Sen. Menendez failed to file financial disclosure forms for almost $60,000


| September 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Retooling and Reviving New Jersey’s Manufacturing Heritage

John Reitmeyer | September 20, 2017 | More Issues
Manufacturing is a $40 billion industry sector, but a bipartisan ‘manufacturing caucus’ wants to take it higher

Just Say ‘No Subsidies for Nukes,’ New Jersey Voters Affirm

Tom Johnson | September 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Regardless of party, voters strongly oppose paying to keep nuclear plants up and running, despite tough competition from natural gas

Budget Basics: Where the State Gets Its Money (part 2)

Richard F. Keevey | September 20, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Opinion: Doing the Murphy Math — Taxing Millionaires Won’t Cut It

Carl Golden | September 20, 2017 | Opinion
Dragging the Christie anchor behind her, Guadagno can’t get any traction when it comes to warning voters what her rival’s programs could cost

Governor Commits Extra $200M to Anti-Addiction Programs

Lilo H. Stainton | September 20, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Lapsed dollars’ in state coffers will fund new programs and expand existing ones in an effort to reduce drug addiction in New Jersey

More than Skin Deep: Structural Racism and Poverty in New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | September 20, 2017 | Social
Ingrained policies and structures keep blacks and Hispanics from succeeding economically, politically, and personally, new report argues

The NYPD Will Neither Confirm, Nor Deny, the Stories Behind This Story

Matt Katz |WNYC | September 20, 2017 | Politics
A group of activists is lobbying for details of possible NYPD surveillance of them, including at the Newark campus of Rutgers University

Colleges, Universities in NJ Urged to Make Strategic Plan

NJTV News Online | September 20, 2017 | Education
Higher education in Garden State is bedeviled by duplication, over-capacity, and ‘there’s really too much competition,’ professor says


| September 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Murphy Calls for Free Tuition at Community College, but at What Price?

John Reitmeyer | September 19, 2017 | Politics
Guadagno dings rival for panoply of expensive proposals, saying they’ll hit the middle class, not just millionaires and hedge-fund managers

Christie Outlines Federal Partnership with Pharma to Combat U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Lilo H. Stainton | September 19, 2017 | Healthcare
White House panel led by governor wants to curb addiction crisis with sweeping effort that will include expedited development of nonaddictive pain treatments

Appellate Court’s Reversal of Public Utility Tax Policy Could Mean Lower Bills

Tom Johnson | September 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court rules on BPU’s failure to follow rulemaking process, remains silent on merits of consolidated income tax returns

The List: The 10 Longest Commutes for NJ’s Largest Municipalities

Colleen O'Dea | September 19, 2017 | The List
Getting to work takes more time than ever before. Is the Garden State in danger of becoming the gridlock state?

Op-Ed: Atlantic City and the American Dream 2.0

Elizabeth Terenik | September 19, 2017 | Opinion
As a second-home market, the city delivers everything from sizzling nightlife to world-class beaches — at a hard-to-beat price

Frelinghuysen Says He’s Got Clout and It’s Good for New Jersey

WNYC News | September 19, 2017 | Politics
Congressman’s critics dispute his record, say his promotion of Republican agenda is damaging to Garden State

Menendez Bribery Trial Taking Toll with Voters | September 19, 2017 | Politics
Half the participants in recent poll think New Jersey senator does not deserve a second term


| September 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

Federal Health Centers Face Fiscal Cliff, Plus New Challenges

Lilo H. Stainton | September 18, 2017 | Healthcare
Clinics that traditionally care for poorest residents are weeks away from possible 70-percent cut in key federal funding stream

Local Control of Camden Schools Not on a Fast Track

John Mooney | September 18, 2017 | Education
Mayor, superintendent say schools have improved since state took over the district but obstacles to autonomy remain

Opinion: Amazon and Newark Perfect Together?

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | September 18, 2017 | Opinion
Why New Jersey’s largest city should make a serious bid to become site of e-commerce giant’s second North American headquarters

Delaware River Watershed: It's Healthy, but Significant Threats Are Looming

Tom Johnson | September 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Vital resource for millions of people needs more aggressive protections, advocates contend

Tax Relief for Hurricane Victims with Financial Ties to New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | September 18, 2017 | Budget
NJ Treasury officials follow IRS lead, extend filing deadlines for those hit by Harvey, Irma who have financial links with Garden State


| September 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

Second Pinelands Pipeline OK’d at Tempestuous Agency Meeting

Tom Johnson | September 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Also on the Pinelands Commission agenda: restricting use of off-road vehicles in nature preserve

Budget Basics: Where the State Gets Its Money (part 1)

Richard F. Keevey | September 15, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Why Doesn’t Guadagno’s Message of Tax Relief Resonate with Voters?

John Reitmeyer | September 15, 2017 | Politics
She suggests voters still need time to get to know her, but some pundits argue her long association with Chris Christie is hurting her chances

NJ Hospitals Collaborate to Reduce Unnecessary CT Scans of Kids’ Brains

Lilo H. Stainton | September 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Concern over cancer risk prompts Hospital Association campaign and public outreach

Corruption Probe Catches Up to Jersey Democrat Who Backed Christie

WNYC News | September 15, 2017 | Politics
State Election Law Enforcement Commission allowed to pursue complaint that Essex County Executive, Joe DiVincenzo, used campaign funds for personal expenses

As Newark Prepares to Take Control of Schools, Former Superintendent Looks Back

WNYC News | September 15, 2017 | Education
Marion Bolden, who served as state-appointed super from 1999 to 2008, puts the move in perspective


| September 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

Census Data Shows Median Income Climbs in NJ, But Wage Disparity Remains High

Colleen O'Dea | September 14, 2017 | More Issues
Median household income rose by almost 4 percent, poverty dipped slightly, but activists say New Jersey is still too costly for many

Job No. 1 for Next Governor? NJ’s Transportation Infrastructure

John Reitmeyer | September 14, 2017 | Transportation
High-level policy recommendations, priorities, and projects all part of report prepared for Christie’s successor

Coalition Hopes to Usher in Era of Electric Vehicles in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | September 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Ambitious ‘roadmap’ wants to see 300,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2025; 2 million by 2035

Brave New World for Newark Schools as State Cedes Control

John Mooney | September 14, 2017 | Education
With one struggle ended, politicians, educators, advocates, and parents look to new challenges

Booker Among U.S. Senators to Announce ‘Medicare for All’ Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | September 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Single-payer plan crafted by VT Sen. Sanders pitched as ‘next step’ after ACA

Delaware River Basin Commission Moves Ahead on Rules to Ban Fracking

Tom Johnson | September 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalist greet ban with approval, but are less pleased with regulations that will address how fracking wastewater will be disposed of in the region

Algorithm, Key to NJ Bail Reform, Has Both Supporters and Detractors

NJTV News Online | September 14, 2017 | Social
Advocates of new system say the numbers show it’s working but it’s already the subject of lawsuits


| September 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

Tax Facts: Getting Beyond All the Talk About New Jersey’s Taxes

John Reitmeyer | September 13, 2017 | Politics
More taxes, no new taxes, higher taxes, marijuana taxes, corporate taxes, tax relief, and even a new tax structure — it’s definitely an election year in the Garden State

Budget Basics: How New Jersey Spends Your Money

Richard F. Keevey | September 13, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Online Tools to Compare Hospice Care in New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | September 13, 2017 | Healthcare
More than half the hospice programs in New Jersey are ranked above average, according to a website just launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

More People Pick Up Health Insurance in Wake of ACA

Lilo H. Stainton | September 13, 2017 | Healthcare
NJ and other ‘expansion states’ show strongest gains, but current uncertainty about the future of Obamacare has slowed sign-ups in some states

Sunny Outlook for NJ’s Solar Sector, Which Continues to Add Capacity

Tom Johnson | September 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
One possible shadow on horizon: changes to the way state promotes this form of reusable energy

Op-Ed: How Trump Can Help Families with High Cost of Childcare

Holly Low | September 13, 2017 | Opinion
The details of President Donald Trump’s childcare plan suggest it will mostly benefit high-earning, dual-income households

Menendez Bribery Trial: Day Four Is All About the Visas

AP | September 13, 2017 | Politics
Not all plain sailing for prosecutors when they put two reputed girlfriends of senator’s co-accused on the stand


| September 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

DRBC Acts to Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin

Tom Johnson | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
But environmentalists unhappy with move to regulate fracking wastewater

New Jersey Funds Project to Improve End-of-Life Care

Lilo H. Stainton | September 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Seeks to reduce unnecessary Medicare costs, improve quality of patients’ final days, or weeks, or months, or even years

Beach Replenishment Moves Ahead After Homeowners’ Challenge Rebuffed

Kirk Moore | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bay Head decision is one more boost for the Christie administration’s push to engineer wider beaches and dunes all along the state’s 127-mile ocean coast

Explainer: Why NJ’s Cap on Raises for Cops and Firefighters Is Set to Expire

John Reitmeyer | September 12, 2017 | Explainer
So-called interest-arbitration awards hold salary increases that go to binding arbitration at 2 percent. What happens to local communities if they’re allowed to sunset?

Lesniak, 'Greens' Tell Court $225M Exxon Settlement with State Way Too Small

NJTV News Online | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Senator argues that deal gives New Jersey three cents on the dollar instead of billions of dollars in damages


| September 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Latest Teacher Evaluations Show Progress in ‘Effective’ Educators

John Mooney | September 11, 2017 | Education
AchieveNJ also notes that too many high ratings might mean missed opportunities for ‘coaching’ and ‘training’

Does New Jersey Have a Shot at Being Home to Amazon’s HQ2?

John Reitmeyer | September 11, 2017 | More Issues
The e-commerce giant is looking for a home for its second corporate headquarters. Newark, Jersey City, and New Brunswick say they have what it takes

State Hosts Suicide Prevention Conference to Reduce Stigma, Save Lives

Lilo H. Stainton | September 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Nonprofit organizations also at work on the ground in schools, camps, clubs

State Looks to Spark Debate on Electric Vehicles, Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | September 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Among questions being asked by BPU, how can state build requisite infrastructure and how long will it take

Op-Ed: On Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Me

Jeffrey Plaut | September 11, 2017 | Opinion
Sometimes lost in the big picture are the personal tragedies that are very much a part of extreme weather


| September 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: How Cuts to Federal Funds Will Hurt NJ's School Districts

Colleen O'Dea | September 8, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
A reduction in federal funds would be felt by all districts; some would bear up, but others would be devastated

Bipartisan Delegation from NJ, NY Pitch President Trump on Gateway Tunnel Project

John Reitmeyer | September 8, 2017 | Transportation
But administration offers no indication to governors, senators, and representatives if it will help pick up tab for ‘nation’s most important infrastructure project’

PSE&G Gets Sign-Off to Extend Energy Efficiency Programs

Tom Johnson | September 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility looks to help hospitals, multifamily units, and government buildings cut power and gas bills, while offering new options to residential accounts

CarePoint Health and Horizon Settle $76 Million Billing Dispute

Lilo H. Stainton | September 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Agreement adds three more Hudson County hospitals to insurer’s massive network

Op-Ed: Individual Donors — the Engine that Drives American Charity

David Munshine | September 8, 2017 | Opinion
Experience shows that when all sources are factored in, the total from individual donors actually accounts for close to 90 percent of all charitable giving

NJ Transit to Spend $185M on Train Storage Site that Critics Find Wanting

NJTV News Online | September 8, 2017 | Transportation
NJT boss says new facility is necessary, but detractors say it’s located in a flood plain and should not be funded ahead of other priorities

Interactive Map: Federal Funds and NJ's Elementary Districts

Colleen O'Dea | September 8, 2017 | Map of the Week


| September 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Prison Re-entry Group Outlines Blueprint to Benefit Former Inmates

Lilo H. Stainton | September 7, 2017 | Healthcare, Social
Former Gov. McGreevey and other ex-execs offer blueprint for economic, health gains

Is New Jersey Finally Getting Smarter About Smart Meters?

Tom Johnson | September 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU authorizes Rockland Electric to deploy smart meters in homes of 74,000 customers, a first for a Garden State utility

Business Leaders Say Find Fixes for NJ’s Financial Woes Before It’s Too Late

John Reitmeyer | September 7, 2017 | Budget
Pointing to recent lack of substantive legislation, members of business community argue that high taxes and underfunded pension system aren’t taking a summer break

Opinion: The Time is Now for Drinking Water Utilities to Improve Their Systems

Daniel J. Van Abs | September 7, 2017 | Opinion
The Water Quality Accountability Act is a major first step toward a statewide system of effective asset management for our drinking water utilities

Lesniak to Bow Out of Senate when Term Ends — but Not Out of Politics

Colleen O'Dea | September 7, 2017 | Politics
One of the senior members of NJ Senate, Lesniak forms 501(c)4 to continue to advocate for progressive causes

Menendez Corruption Trial Begins, Could Take Several Weeks

NJTV News Online | September 7, 2017 | Politics
Prosecutor says senator ‘sold his office,’ defense attorney says there was no crime, just friendship


| September 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

New Jersey’s ‘Dreamers’ Speak Out on Trump’s Plan to Dump DACA

John Reitmeyer | September 6, 2017 | Politics, Immigration
Undocumented immigrants who have called Garden State home their entire lives now threatened with being sent back to their ‘native’ countries

Unsafe Lead Levels Found in Drinking Water at 400 NJ Schools

Tom Johnson | September 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Results confirm lead leaching from old fixtures and pipes is extensive problem facing state’s district and charter schools

At First Day of School, Newark Also Celebrates Soon-to-End State Control

John Mooney | September 6, 2017 | Education
Mayor Baraka and state-appointed superintendent Cerf both acknowledge significant gains district has made in past few years

NJ Seeks Public Input on Plan to Reorganize Addiction, Mental Health Services

Lilo H. Stainton | September 6, 2017 | Healthcare
State to host 21 ‘town-hall’ meetings, plus hearings at state hospitals to review DMHAS shift

Op-Ed: Immigrant Detention — NJ's Shameful Growth Industry

Julia Draper | September 6, 2017 | Opinion
Private prisons and some of New Jersey’s county jails profit quite handsomely from an inhumane immigration detention system


| September 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Spotlight on New Jersey’s Gubernatorial and Legislative Races

Colleen O'Dea | September 5, 2017 | Politics
Summer may be coming to an end, but the fall campaign season is just starting to heat up. Here’s look at key candidates and ballot questions

Back-to-School Special: Policy, Politics, and the Upcoming Elections

John Mooney | September 5, 2017 | Education
Education always plays a big part in New Jersey politics, but this year it’s going to be an even more critical factor thanks to the gubernatorial race

Trump’s EPA Cuts Could Wreak Havoc with Delaware River Watershed

Tom Johnson | September 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Water-related programs at federal agency could be trimmed by almost 35 percent, affecting host of efforts in place to protect water quality

Lowering Financial Bar for Medical Providers Who Want to Practice in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | September 5, 2017 | Healthcare
Tuition reimbursement, access to unemployment benefits aim to recruit and retain caregivers

Opinion: How Left of Center Would Murphy’s New Jersey Be?

Carl Golden | September 5, 2017 | Opinion
A millionaire’s tax and closing corporate loopholes are pretty much a given, but what about legalizing pot and putting tighter gun control in place?

Taxing and Regulating Fantasy Sports Means Real Revenues for NJ

John Reitmeyer | September 5, 2017 | Budget
Besides translating into millions of much-needed dollars, new rules also put in place much-needed consumer protections


| September 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

Summer Reading 2017: An Unexpected Friendship in a Changing World

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 31, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
Two young women who — at least on the surface — couldn’t be more different strike up a friendship that in many ways reflects the changes sweeping South Korea

Summer Reading 2017: Poetry with a Take-No-Prisoners Attitude

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 30, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
Masterful poems that fragment and remake autobiography, rock and roll, English and American literary history, and a lesson in snake handling

Summer Reading 2017: ‘Ethnoburbs’ — Where Suburbs Meet Melting Pot

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 29, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
As immigrants establish themselves economically in some communities, one result can be the hardening of lines between ethnic groups

Summer Reading 2017: Grappling with the Suicide of a Gifted Young Woman

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 28, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
Unwavering in its gaze and unsentimental in its telling, ‘What Made Maddy Run’ explores some of the darkest aspects of mental illness and young people

Summer Reading 2017: Betting on Gambling to Transform Atlantic City

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 27, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
When the resort city become home to the first legal casinos outside of Nevada, it signaled a change that would ultimately sweep through the gaming industry

Summer Reading 2017: Pursuing a Penchant for Helping People

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 24, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
Ousted from the corporate world, Jessie DeSalvo knows what she wants to do, but figuring out how to get it is a bit trickier

Summer Reading 2017: Inside Story of Ultimate Frisbee — Spin-Free

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 23, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
How a ragtag band of high-school students started a sport that has a pro league and nearly 5 million participants worldwide

Summer Reading 2017: A Family Under Fire at the Turning Point of World War II

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 22, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
A gripping story of the search to find the youngest brother of a family whose other sons are also under fire in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War

Summer Reading 2017: The Hard Truth About Soft Corruption and NJ

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 21, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
The Garden State is known for many things. Unfortunately, soft corruption — legal influence peddling — is one of them

Summer Reading 2017: Poor Richard’s Gifted, Gallant, Illegitimate Son

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 20, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
William Franklin started out life with many of the gifts that others might regard with envy — including a brilliant, powerful, protective father

Immigration Crackdown Reaches Deep into New Jersey Communities

Colleen O'Dea | August 18, 2017 | Immigration
New data reveals that more than 90 percent of the state’s municipalities have cases pending in immigration court, the fifth-largest caseload in the country

NJ Strives to Stay Ahead in Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution

John Reitmeyer | August 18, 2017 | Education
Automation, online tracking, drone delivery, and robotics are among topics and skill sets the state wants education system to help tomorrow’s workers to master

The Long Goodbye: State Board Plans Newark Exit Strategy

John Mooney | August 18, 2017 | Education
With demonstrable progress made — and most of the rancor laid to rest — Newark prepares to resume local control

Feds Award NJ $70M to Upgrade Wastewater, Drinking-Water Systems

Tom Johnson | August 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Allocation will help finance $500 million in upgrades to sewage-treatment plants through the New Jersey Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Nursing Home Volunteers Play Large Role in State’s Eldercare Advocacy

Lilo H. Stainton | August 18, 2017 | Healthcare
Some 250 individuals statewide advocate for seniors in nursing homes, help educate them about their rights, and sometimes just lend a sympathetic ear

Immigrant, Muslim and Voting Republican in New Jersey

Orhan Akkurt | Zaman Amerika | August 18, 2017 | Immigration
A Democratic supporter for the past two presidential elections, Levent Koch believes gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno can clean up corruption

Join the Voting Block: Host your Own Political Potluck

NJ Spotlight | August 18, 2017 |
Find out what matters to you and your neighbors this November


| August 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

Offshore-Wind True Believers Remain Optimistic About New Jersey

Tom Johnson | August 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The state’s industry sector needs to be brought back to life, and that will take a new administration — for starters

ACA Uncertainties Could Mean Fewer Eligible People Enrolling

Lilo H. Stainton | August 17, 2017 | Healthcare
Patient advocates sound alarm, saying policy stability and continued federal support are essential

Profile: National Advocate for Public Schools Says Stakes Are High

Colleen O'Dea | August 17, 2017 | Profiles
Kevin Ciak, only the second New Jerseyan to lead the National School Boards Association, believes that public education is central ‘to our country’s future and stability’

Moody's Says NJ Still a Gamble, Despite Pension Fund Tapping Lottery Revenues

John Reitmeyer | August 17, 2017 | Budget
Credit-rating agency also warns of difficulties servicing growing pension payments, but does not reduce state’s A3 ranking

Christie Administration Opposes Trump Plan to Drill in Atlantic

Tom Johnson | August 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In letter to federal agency, DEP Commissioner Martin says NJ wants no part of program to expand oil and gas exploration in North and Mid-Atlantic

‘I Can’t Vote, But My Daughter Can’ — Immigrant Family Has Political Goals

Kleibeel Marcano | Reporte Hispano | August 17, 2017 | Immigration
An undocumented immigrant, Rossana Madiera can still make her voice heard on Election Day

Op-Ed: New Business Model for NJ Department of Transportation

Gary Toth | August 17, 2017 | Opinion
Helping build communities through transportation instead of transportation through communities


| August 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trump Weakens Protections for Buildings in Flood-Prone Areas

Tom Johnson | August 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Executive order rescinds rules intended to safeguard government-financed projects against sea-level rise, climate change

With Vo-Techs Turning away Students, Lawmakers Consider Bond Issue

John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2017 | Education, Politics
Referendum is likely a year off, but manufacturers are already saying they have more job openings than skilled workers, adding urgency to the initiative

The List: Tallying Up the Top 10 Counties with Jobs in the Tourism Industry

Colleen O'Dea | August 16, 2017 | The List
New Jersey is home to more than 500,000 tourist-related jobs, and they don’t all involve sun and fun in the Shore counties

Healthcare Savings Tied to Healthy Food, New Data Demonstrates

Lilo H. Stainton | August 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Food stamps do more than help seniors stave off hunger, they also help them avoid hospitals and nursing homes

Voting Block: NJ Couple Continues Lifetime of Activism in Chinese Community

Rong Xioqing | Sing Tao Daily | August 16, 2017 | Politics
Margaret Lam and David Yen are partners in community, politics, and life

Op-Ed: Why NJ Should Integrate Mental, Physical, Behavioral Healthcare

Eva Turbiner | August 16, 2017 | Opinion
State’s plan to put mental health and addiction services under DOH control will ‘improve the well-being of the people of New Jersey’


| August 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

Obamacare Uncertainty Could Drive Up Marketplace Healthcare Costs in 2018

Lilo H. Stainton | August 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Reinstated premium tax could also add hundreds to individual premium prices

Renewed Calls for Monitor After 2 Deaths at Hudson County Jail

Hank Kalet | August 15, 2017 | Immigration
Advocates claim inadequate medical care led to death of Rolando Espinoza, an immigrant detainee

It’s No Jackpot, But Online Gambling Tax Contributes Millions to NJ's Coffers

John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2017 | Budget
Although tax revenue from Internet gaming has not met some supporters’ projections, it’s becoming a reliable source of cash for the state’s annual budget

Renewed Threat of Oil and Gas Drilling off New Jersey Shoreline

Tom Johnson | August 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration seeks to develop program to open all the nation’s coasts to exploration along outer continental shelf

Opinion: Real Property-Tax Reform Is Guadagno's Only Real Chance

Carl Golden | August 15, 2017 | Opinion
If Guadagno wants to break the chains that bind her, she must give voters what they want, not more namby-pamby policies that won’t upset the status quo


| August 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

PennEast Wants Fast-Track Approval from FERC for $1B Pipeline

Tom Johnson | August 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company argues project is ‘critically important’ to bring new and necessary natural-gas supplies to Northeast, increase reliability of today’s pipeline grid

State Board Issues Guidelines for Social and Emotional Education …

John Mooney | August 14, 2017 | Education
… and NJ Spotlight speaks with Rutgers’ Maurice Elias, international leader in emotional intelligence, school success, and character development

Sales of Electric Plug-In Vehicles Surge, Though Infrastructure Still Lags

Tom Johnson | August 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
With more than 10,000 plug-ins on the road in New Jersey, sales grew by 79 percent over prior year

Comptroller to Apprise Governor, Lawmakers on Follow-Up Audits

John Reitmeyer | August 14, 2017 | Politics
New law calls for comptroller to report on how public agencies have responded to major audits and loop legislators and state’s chief exec in on the results

State Poison Center Reports Spike in Mushroom Poisonings

Lilo H. Stainton | August 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Experts increase warnings, caution against eating any wild mushrooms, even if they have been ‘identified’ as safe

Op-Ed: Modernize Contracts Laws for NJ’s State Colleges, Universities

Michael W. Klein | August 14, 2017 | Opinion
The rules public four-year colleges and universities follow to buy goods and services, or erect a building, depend on how the institution is categorized under the law


| August 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

Charting Student Loan Debt Across the Garden State

Colleen O'Dea | August 11, 2017 | Education, Map of the Week
Which New Jersey students leave school with the most debt? Which are carrying the least?

Call to Reopen Hagedorn Psych Hospital to Relieve Crowding at Other Facilities

Lilo H. Stainton | August 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Staffing and training questions prompt concerns about unsafe conditions at Greystone Park

State Needs to Step Up Attempts to Curb Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Tom Johnson | August 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In rare meeting of both legislative environmental committees, lawmakers get a tough assessment of what New Jersey needs to do to fight climate change

Opinion: The Essence of ESSA: the Good, the Bad, the Meh

Laura Waters | August 11, 2017 | Opinion
A wonk-free assessment of the Every Student Succeeds Act and how it can refocus discussions about New Jersey schools onto more accurate rankings of quality and achievement

Planning for Trans-Hudson Tunnel Chugs Ahead with Release of Draft EIS

John Reitmeyer | August 11, 2017 | Transportation
Troubling questions about financing remain to be answered, but the tunnel is anything but stalled


| August 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

White House Opioid Commission Report Echoes NJ Anti-Addiction Efforts

Lilo H. Stainton | August 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Gov. Christie said president welcomed recommendations, but Trump still mum on details

Will Affordable-Housing Decision Be Derailed by Judge’s Ties to Developer?

Colleen O'Dea | August 10, 2017 | Planning
Judge ruled South Brunswick must build 3,000 units of affordable housing, but township wants decision set aside due to ‘appearance of impropriety’

Afghan Who Helped U.S. Troops is Now Detained in New Jersey

Matt Katz | WNYC News | August 10, 2017 | Immigration
Detainee says, 'I want the world to know I am here for education, and I’m here to work.'

Union Goes to Court to Block Christie’s Changes to State Cybersecurity

John Reitmeyer | August 10, 2017 | More Issues
The CWA, the largest union of state workers, is challenging governor’s reorganization of information technology department

New Jersey One of Few States to Win Approval of Fed Education Plan

John Mooney | August 10, 2017 | Education
Garden State’s accountability and monitoring plans center on supporting specific student groups, moving beyond testing to gauge school performance

NJ’s Farmland Preservation Initiatives Get Much-Needed Funding

Tom Johnson | August 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A package of four bills dedicates $65 million to help towns, counties, the state, and nonprofits put money into protecting farmland


| August 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

Does Tepid Growth in Personal Income Mean NJ's Recovery Not that Hot?

John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2017 | More Issues
Personal income in Garden State has only grown 1 percent a year since late in 2007, when Great Recession started, trailing national rate of 1.7 percent for same period

Law Caps Size of Student Loans to Keep Them from Overburdening Borrowers

Colleen O'Dea | August 9, 2017 | Education
Goal is to put a check on HESAA, which has come in for criticisms of its ‘predatory’ lending practices

NJ Takes Steps to Expand Medical Marijuana Program

Lilo H. Stainton | August 9, 2017 | Healthcare
New dispensary, more eligible conditions expected later this year

DEP Denies Permits for 1,800-Unit Housing Development in Lakewood

Tom Johnson | August 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chosen site, a former golf course, would wind up with 70 percent impervious cover once project was complete — markedly increasing stormwater runoff

NJ Leads Nation with Plan to Curb Two Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water

Jon Hurdle | August 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection announces new proposed maximum contaminant limits for two likely carcinogens, PFNA and TCP


| August 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

Peggy’s Law Enacted to Better Protect Elderly Nursing Home Residents

Lilo H. Stainton | August 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Law requires police to be notified within hours of suspected abuse — or staff must make 911 call if situation is an emergency

With FERC at Quorum, PennEast Pipeline Likely to Move Ahead

Tom Johnson | August 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Two commissioners have been approved at agency, opening way for project to use eminent domain to gather environmental data along its route

Law on Drinking Water Infrastructure Requires Upgrades of Leaking Systems

Jon Hurdle | August 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Measure mostly targets smaller, publicly owned utilities that may have to scramble to find the money to implement asset-management plans, cybersecurity

Top Court Ruling, New Legislation Raise Profile of Fire Districts Across NJ

John Reitmeyer and Colleen O’Dea | August 8, 2017 | Politics
Supreme Court supplies a little heat by deciding fire districts are subject to OPRA, while law lets districts move elections into November, in hopes of boosting voter turnout

Op-Ed: The Garden State is Fighting the State of Diabetes

Darrin W. Anderson and Bill Lovett | August 8, 2017 | Opinion
Diabetes is not just an individual disease; it has municipal-level ramifications, especially where there are fewer opportunities for active living and healthy food access


| August 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Greater Oversight for Residential Facilities Serving Disabled Residents

Lilo H. Stainton | August 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Assembly adopts governor’s tweaks to ‘Komninos’ Law’; Senate likely to follow suit

Appeals Court Approves Housing Development in Highlands

Tom Johnson | August 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court defers to DEP’s expertise regarding wetlands, endangered species, and impact of proposed sewer connection on water quality

NJEA PAC Announces Its Picks for 2017 Legislative Races

John Mooney | August 7, 2017 | Education
While typically true blue, Democratic-leaning union makes some GOP exceptions, and withholds endorsement for Sweeney and Ruiz

Opinion: Appellate Court Decision a SLAPP in the Face of Smart Growth

R. William Potter | August 7, 2017 | Opinion
The Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation suit filed in Walmart case overwhelms — and silences — its opponents with arcane, hard-to-prove damage claims

New Jersey and Data-Driven Innovation: Imperfect Together

Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2017 | More Issues
Garden State just squeaks into top half of states doing good job encouraging and enabling use of new data technologies, digital infrastructure

Amtrak Says Penn Station Repairs Likely to End Soon After Labor Day

John Reitmeyer | August 7, 2017 | Transportation
Upgrades right on schedule, agency says, but there might be more work needed after summer is over that could affect NJ Transit commuters

2 Maplewood Cops Put on Leave After Possible Bias Incident

WNYC News | August 7, 2017 | Social
Videotape allegedly shows black teens ‘herded like cattle’ to town border after July 4 celebration


| August 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

With a New Jersey E-ZPass It’s E-Z to Pay Higher Tolls in New York City

John Reitmeyer | August 4, 2017 | Transportation
They may think they’re getting a discount, but drivers with New Jersey-based EZ-Pass accounts are paying the same rate as cash customers at many NYC bridges and tunnels

Never Too Early to Plan a House Race in 3 Targeted Republican Districts

Colleen O'Dea | August 4, 2017 | Politics
Democrats are already gearing up to take on Frelinghuysen, Lance, and MacArthur, but are their efforts strategic planning or wishful thinking?

EPA Reverses Decision Not to Implement Smog Rule

Tom Johnson | August 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency announces it will move ahead with Obama administration rule on ground-level ozone, aka smog

Federal Delegation Secures Extra Funding for Rural Hospitals in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | August 4, 2017 | Healthcare
Seventeen hospitals in ‘urban’ state will share $36.5 million to support critical providers

Op-Ed: State Legislature Opts for ‘Beachgate’ Rather Than Coming Beach Crisis

Anthony Rottino | August 4, 2017 | Opinion
Enacting a law to keep governor off the beach in case of another government shutdown makes for good PR, but ignores the real problem with the Jersey Shore


| August 4, 2017 | Number of The Day

Administration Alerts Districts About Qualifying for $25M in New Pre-K Funds

John Mooney | August 3, 2017 | Education
Department of Education says money is meant for 100+ districts with high concentrations of poor families

State Wants Hospitals to Follow Stricter Financial Transparency Standards

Lilo H. Stainton | August 3, 2017 | Healthcare
New regulations would go beyond voluntary measures outlined in 2014 DOH report

Coalition Dismisses PSEG’s Threat to Close Nuclear Units as a ‘Scare Tactic’

Tom Johnson | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New group of businesses, consumer advocates, and environmentalists says company must open its books and prove they're losing money on nuclear

Extending Real-World Fiduciary Protection to ‘Digital Assets’

John Reitmeyer | August 3, 2017 | More Issues
Online financial tools, virtual currencies, even email and social-media accounts can ‘outlive’ their owners — and that can be a serious problem

Reasons Justifying Pinelands Pipeline Called into Question

Tom Johnson | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
‘A high-priced solution for a problem that does not really exist’ is how consultant to Pinelands Preservation Alliance describes Southern Reliability Link

NJ’s Top Court Rules Pay Increases May Stay in Effect After Contracts Expire

Colleen O'Dea | August 3, 2017 | More Issues
NJ high court says contracts can specify annual increases to be paid beyond the term of the contract itself

Getting to Know You: Meet the New State Board of Education

John Mooney | August 3, 2017 | Education
With different leadership in place and six new members, the board is as close to a full house as it has been for some time

Margate to U.S. Army Corps: Get off Our Beach!

NewsWorks | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Residents are angry, board of commissioners votes to sue corps for unpopular dune-building project that has resulted in pools of standing water

Amazon’s ‘Virtual’ Success Drives Job and Real Estate Markets in NJ

NJTV News Online | August 3, 2017 | More Issues
The giant online retailer said it would fill 1,500 full- and part-time jobs in New Jersey — in a single day

As Newark Grows, Tenants Want Better Rent Control

WNYC News | August 3, 2017 | Housing
Housing advocates seek to put more stringent rent ordinance on the November ballot

New Planning Chief’s Vision of Jersey City’s Future

NJTV News Online | August 3, 2017 | Planning
Newly appointed planning director envisages development of all kinds, not one-size-fits-all


| August 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

Port Authority Shakeup: What Will Future of Agency Look Like with Degnan Gone?

John Reitmeyer | August 2, 2017 | Transportation
Former NJ Sen. O’Toole named as new chairman, but with two major projects underway, this is a critical time at Port

The Battle of Bayonne: Turf Wars Over Satellite Emergency Departments

Lilo H. Stainton | August 2, 2017 | Healthcare
Two hospital systems seek to expand coverage, tap underserved communities in Hudson County

Can Congress Help NJ’s Offshore Wind Industry Get Cranking?

Tom Johnson | August 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bipartisan legislation that would extend tax credits for investments in the renewable energy could give state’s efforts at offshore wind a lift

State’s Top Court Rules Witnesses Not Required at Pretrial Hearings

Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2017 | Social
In a move to further refine New Jersey’s criminal justice reform, Supreme Court says prosecution doesn’t have to call witnesses to determine if accused can be held in jail

Voting Block: When a Candidate for Governor Drops by a Block Party

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | August 2, 2017 | Politics
Phil Murphy finds himself among friends at this cookout, but he still has to explain his policies and beliefs

Christie-Led Opioid Commission Wants Trump to Declare National Emergency

NJTV News Online | August 2, 2017 | Healthcare
Interim report recommends more treatment options, stopping flow of fentanyl, better interstate data-sharing

Newark’s Plan for Ironbound District Worries Some Residents

NJTV News Online | August 2, 2017 | Planning
Locals wonder who’s going to benefit from the surge of new development — developers or the community?

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| August 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

Democratic Leaders Push Christie To Fill 6 Vacant Seats on NJ Nursing Board

Lilo H. Stainton | August 1, 2017 | Healthcare
State says vacancies aren’t affecting board function, industry strength, or patient care

Appellate Court Upholds Decision to Build Solar Farm in Pinelands

Tom Johnson | August 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court rules in favor of facility on capped landfill, even though site had been permanently set aside as undeveloped open space

NJ Legislators Address Leftover Business from Budget Shutdown

John Reitmeyer | August 1, 2017 | Politics
Getting back pay to state workers sidelined by impasse is top priority, but avoiding another Beachgate by keeping future governors off shuttered state property is also in the works

Mother of Murder Victim Sues to End NJ’s Criminal Justice Reform

Colleen O'Dea | August 1, 2017 | Social
June Rodgers’ lawsuit — which names Christie, AG Porrino and others — claims bail reform put son’s killer on the street, even though he was a repeat offender

Solar Eclipse Won’t Leave New Jersey Without Lights, Power

Tom Johnson | August 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Up to 2,500 megawatts of solar generation will be temporarily affected by the eclipse, but grid operator has plenty of power in reserve

Synagogues Show Solidarity with Detained Immigrants on Holy Day

WNYC News | August 1, 2017 | Social
Holy day reminds Jews what it is like to be exiles, to be strangers in a strange land

Shrinking School Districts in NJ a Sign of Millennial Shift?

Route 40 | August 1, 2017 | Social
Out-migration and a move toward urban areas account for changing enrollment numbers in many New Jersey school districts


| August 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

PSE&G Poised to Invest $69M in Energy-Efficiency Program

Tom Johnson | July 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
But state’s largest utility could spend much more, if allowed to decouple sales from distribution

Pallone, Other Congressional Dems Offer GOP Aid with ACA Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | July 31, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Skinny repeal’ fails to squeak by, opening opportunities for Democrats and Republicans to work together on national healthcare

Thaw for Senior Freeze Property-Tax Relief Frozen Out of 2018 Budget

John Reitmeyer | July 31, 2017 | Budget
Many NJ seniors won’t qualify for property-tax reimbursement because program was capped at $70K following Great Recession — and that’s where the cap remains

Christie Airs ‘Meme’ Pain, Assesses Trump’s Latest Twitter Storm

NJTV News Online | July 31, 2017 | Politics
On monthly radio show, governor says viral spread of ‘Beachgate’ photos hurt his family

Two NJ Groups Awarded Grants to Study Opioid Addiction in Women

NJTV News Online | July 31, 2017 | Healthcare
Recent report from CDC shows opioid deaths for women spiked 471 percent between 1999 and 2015


| July 31, 2017 | Number of The Day

RWJ Barnabas Health, Rutgers Partner to Improve Clinical Care, Healthcare Ed

Lilo H. Stainton | July 28, 2017 | Healthcare
Long-term agreement designed to attract new research funding and top medical talent

Interactive Map: Teacher, Administrative Salaries Edge Higher Across the State

Colleen O'Dea | July 28, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The lowest average salaries for teachers and other education professionals tend to be found in charters and small, elementary school districts

State’s New Ways to Pay into Public-Pension System ‘Huge Step in Right Direction’

John Reitmeyer | July 28, 2017 | Budget
Starting this month, New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public pensions are going to benefit from Lottery funds as well as from more regular payments by the state

Opinion: There’s No Getting Away from Nuclear on Way to a Carbon-Free Future

R. William Potter | July 28, 2017 | Opinion
Nuclear power is dangerous and dirty in its own way, but without it utilities are going to resort to fossil fuels to back up renewables

PSE&G Wants to Spend $2.7B to Replace Aging Gas Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | July 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Five-year program would cost $540M annually, install 1,250 miles of new gas mains all told


| July 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

If You Build a Warehouse in New Jersey, They Will Come…

John Reitmeyer | July 27, 2017 | More Issues
Location, infrastructure help Garden State become a growing hub for storage and distribution of products. The industry accounts for 11 percent of job growth in the Garden State since 2016

Fed Rollback of Clean Water Rule Could Threaten Half of NJ’s Streams

Tom Johnson | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Repeal could ‘devastate’ Delaware River Basin, according to critics, source of drinking water for 6 million people

Candidates for Governor Name Their Running Mates … But Does It Matter?

Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2017 | Politics
Pollsters say people tend to vote the top of the ticket. Besides, a lieutenant governor can be low profile to the point of invisibility

Putting the Latest PARCC Results in Perspective

John Mooney | July 27, 2017 | Education
More New Jersey students are passing the online exams, but are enough of them attaining the top scores?

New Funds for Tobacco Prevention Programs Likely in 2018

Lilo H. Stainton | July 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Christie’s conditional veto opens door to new anti-smoking revenue stream

Grid Operator OKs PSE&G’s $275M Substation Upgrade

Tom Johnson | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Plan calls for utility to build new facility adjacent to 60-year-old Newark Switch substation

‘We Can’t Drink Gas’ — Critic of Controversial Pinelands Pipeline | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Protesters let Pinelands Commission know how strongly they feel about contentious natural gas project in South Jersey

Rooting out Jersey Shore Invader: Asiatic Sand Sedge

NJTV News Online | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Volunteers work to keep an invasive species from overrunning the delicate dunes along New Jersey’s seashore


| July 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

Assembly May Move to Block Christie’s ‘Summer Surprise’

Lilo H. Stainton | July 26, 2017 | Healthcare
Joint legislative hearing reveals widespread concerns about governor’s plan to shift addiction, mental health services

Fed Flood Program Has Spent $660M Repeatedly Rebuilding Same NJ Properties

Tom Johnson | July 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A much-needed reform to nation’s flood insurance would give homeowners the option to be bought out rather than rebuild

NJ Assemblyman Calls Christie's Secret Bridgegate Lawyer a 'Serious Breach'

Matt Katz and Adrian Ma | WNYC News | July 26, 2017 | Politics
Wisniewski questions why Christie, who was preparing to run for president at the time, hid Wray's public job as the governor's criminal attorney

Opinion: Senate President Sweeney — Poised on the Cusp of Power

Carl Golden | July 26, 2017 | Opinion
The Democratic leader has gone toe to toe with the NJEA on school funding — and bested it. A likely Murphy victory would put him in a position of undeniable strength

Legislators Go Only Part Way to Help Those Struggling with Student Loans

Colleen O'Dea | July 26, 2017 | Education
Progress has definitely been made, but a loan rehabilitation program for those in default seems to have been abandoned

On the Record with Arcelio Aponte, New President of State Board of Ed

John Mooney | July 26, 2017 | Education
In his second stint in the top slot, look for Aponte to advocate for PARCC, push to lift state controls on Newark and Jersey City

Running Mates: Oliver is Murphy’s Pick, Rendo Likely as Guadagno’s

NJTV News Online | July 26, 2017 | Politics
Former Assembly Speaker brings political experience to Democratic gubernatorial ticket, Cuban-born Republican mayor seen as appealing to Hispanic voters


| July 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

‘Greens’ Intensify Efforts to Permanently Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin

Tom Johnson | July 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Coalition delivers 64K signatures to five-member commission tasked with protecting source of drinking water for 16 million people

NJ’s Top Court Rules Horizon Must Divulge Details of ‘Secret’ OMNIA Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | July 25, 2017 | Healthcare
Decision suggests Appellate Division overstepped in protecting Horizon’s privacy regarding its Omnia tiered insurance network

Christie's Hiring of FBI Nominee as Bridgegate Attorney Raises Questions

Matt Katz | WNYC News | July 25, 2017 | Politics
Wray represented Christie for 11 months before signing mandatory retainer agreement

One for the Books: $125M Library Bond Issue on November Ballot

John Reitmeyer | July 25, 2017 | Budget
If the bond sale is approved, it will be the first sizable chunk of money NJ libraries have gotten since $45M grant program almost 20 years ago

Christie’s CV of Family Leave Bill ‘Guts’ Expanded Program, Critics Claim

Colleen O'Dea | July 25, 2017 | Politics
Advocates look to next governor for approval; one pol dismisses governor’s veto message as ‘more snark than fact’

Op-Ed: Investing in NJ’s Prison Labor Programs Is Investing in the Future

Adam Sternbach | July 25, 2017 | Opinion
These programs are not just a way to get cheap goods, they are unique opportunities to economically empower underserved populations


| July 25, 2017 | Number of The Day

Prescription Database Helps Police Bust Physician-Led Opiate Ring

Lilo H. Stainton | July 24, 2017 | Healthcare
Trade on ‘Oxy Highway’ slowed as state limit on addictive pain prescriptions kicked in

By 2030, State Looks to Reduce Food Waste by 50 Percent

Tom Johnson | July 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Keeping food waste out of dumps and landfills can help reduce methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming

Time to Take Another Crack at Closing the State’s Budget Gap?

John Reitmeyer | July 24, 2017 | Budget
Consensus forecasting, according to advocates, could eliminate the ‘April surprise’ that sends the state scrambling to make up funds when tax collection projections don’t match reality

Westwood Voters to Gubernatorial Candidates: ‘You’re Not Listening to Me’

The Record and | July 24, 2017 | Politics
Disenfranchised and disconnected from their representatives, these NJ residents want to be heard

Menendez, Pallone Hit the Beach to Help Protect NJ’s Water

NJTV News Online | July 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In face of potential cuts from Trump administration, senator and congressman drum up support for a stronger BEACH Act, which pays for water testing nationwide

Job Initiatives Help Steer Grads to Construction Union Jobs

NJTV News Online | July 24, 2017 | Education
For many New Jersey residents, these programs are a lifeline to a better future

Op-Ed: Expanded HSA May Be Bright Spot in Healthcare Reform

David Tepp | July 24, 2017 | Opinion
The significant benefit of an HSA is that the funds you contribute remain yours even if you do not spend them, unlike the use-it-or-lose-it drawback of a Flexible Savings Account


| July 24, 2017 | Number of The Day

‘Master Person Index’ Hopes to Ensure All NJ Patients Correctly Identified

Lilo H. Stainton | July 21, 2017 | Healthcare
The ambitious goal: make it possible to distinguish every patient in the Garden State to better target treatment and eliminate potentially dangerous mix-ups

Revised Federal Flood Insurance Program Looks to Sandy for Lessons Learned

John Reitmeyer | July 21, 2017 | Housing
Current NFIP is underwater with debt, overhaul would address that problem, be more responsive to homeowners, and cap the cost of annual increases

PSEG Nuclear Wants to Boost Power Output of Hope Creek Plant

Tom Johnson | July 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company waiting on approval of application submitted to Nuclear Regulatory Commission to increase output capacity by 1.6 percent

Fine Print: NJ Revises Accountability Plan for Federal Approval

John Mooney | July 21, 2017 | Education
Seven years after Race to the Top fiasco, Christie administration goes through federal review of its latest accountability plan

Christie Extols ‘Story of New Jersey’s Economic Success’

NJTV News Online | July 21, 2017 | Politics
Crediting Republican policies, governor praises Garden State’s economic performance and blames media for not reporting it


| July 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

A Big-Picture View of How Climate Change Is Affecting the Garden State

Tom Johnson | July 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The Fund for New Jersey outlines the steps that need to be taken to prevent climate change from being disastrous for the state

Absentee Train Engineers Keep NJ Transit’s ‘Summer of Hell’ at Low Boil

John Reitmeyer | July 20, 2017 | Transportation
Staffing problems have forced the agency to cancel 40 trains this week, as many as 64 all told this month

Helping Local Providers Better Integrate Physical, Behavioral Care

Lilo H. Stainton | July 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Nicholson Foundation seeks to benefit low-income patients at six community clinics

Poll: Just How Hellish Has Your Summer Commute Been?

| July 20, 2017 | Polling
According to some sources, the ‘Summer of Hell’ hasn’t lived up to its bad press. Do you agree, or have you been burned by your commute?

Treatment for Heroin Use Leads Substance-Abuse Programs in Garden State

Colleen O'Dea | July 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Latest data from NJ Department of Human Services indicates heroin accounts for more than 40 percent of treatments statewide

Over Dinner, Paulsboro Residents Dish on NJ Politics and Politicians

WHYY | July 20, 2017 | Politics
Will these folks from Paulsboro vote in the upcoming gubernatorial election? Probably, but not because either of the two main candidates has set them on fire

DEP Rules Upheld in Dispute Over NJ Summer Flounder Fishing | July 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Secretary of Commerce sides with New Jersey on regulations and against Atlantic states marine commission


| July 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Could Get More Bang for Tax Incentive Bucks Backing Startups, Not Older Firms

John Reitmeyer | July 19, 2017 | More Issues
New companies generally generate more jobs and continue to grow for years, while mature companies rarely deliver that sort of performance

Federal Court Upholds Illinois Decision to Subsidize Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | July 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Ruling will have ramification in NJ, where PSEG Power has already broached subject of state incentives to keep its nuclear units up and running

NJ’s Water Infrastructure Needs Hearts, Minds, and Massive Investment

Jon Hurdle | July 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey’s network of water pipes is aging and in need of a major overhaul but advocates believe the public knows little and cares less about the problem

Campaigning for Governor Isn’t Enough, Start Planning a Transition — Now

Colleen O'Dea | July 19, 2017 | Politics
Now’s the time to start studying floor plans, picking a chief of staff, planning a post-election schedule — and learning from advice of past governors

If Obamacare Is Repealed, Trio of Dems Want to Replace It on State Level

Lilo H. Stainton | July 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Proposal would use local taxes, instead of federal fees, to fund Medicaid and market plans

Tell Us What You Want to Know About New Jersey’s Finances

NJ Spotlight Staff | July 19, 2017 | Budget
Your questions can help shape our coverage of this admittedly complex subject. Use this interactive tool to tell us what you want to know more about

Op-Ed: Consumers Better Off With Competitive Electricity Markets

Darrin Pfannenstiel | July 19, 2017 | Opinion
Prices in states with competition and choice have trended downward while monopoly prices rise


| July 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

Lead in Water Remains Pervasive Problem in New Jersey Schools

Tom Johnson | July 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than half the school districts in Bergen County have lead — a dangerous neurotoxin — in faucets and other fixtures

Legislating Against Blacklisting to Help Tenants Find Better Housing

Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2017 | Housing
Landlords deny that it’s done, but tenants who withhold rent to protest unhealthy living conditions often can’t find another place to live

Opposition Grows to Latest National GOP Healthcare Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | July 18, 2017 | Healthcare
More than just a struggle for healthcare, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker calls it a fight for 'values central to our democracy'

Race to the Bottom: NJ Ranked Dead Last of All 50 States for Fiscal Health

John Reitmeyer | July 18, 2017 | Budget
Persistent underfunding of public-employee pension system looks to have been a key factor in dismal showings in state-by-state comparisons

Christie’s Charter Legacy: A Clear Record of Growth

John Mooney | July 18, 2017 | Education
In the eight years the governor has headed up state government, charter school enrollment has more than doubled


| July 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

Peace in Long Valley? Maybe Not When the Talk Turns to Politics

Colleen O'Dea | July 17, 2017 | Politics
When it comes to national affairs, political discussions in this small hamlet can get pretty heated — yet the locals seem to find it hard to steer clear of just those topics

NJ Spotlight Fields Your Questions About the Garden State’s Water

Tom Johnson | July 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
We asked our readers to tell us what they wanted to know about the state’s water. Here’s where we deliver the answers

Push to Find Funding for Local Journalism — While Trenton Is ‘out of Town’

John Reitmeyer | July 17, 2017 | Budget
Grass-roots effort to tap into cash from sale of public airwaves will continue through summer and into 2018 if need be, organizers say

White House Addiction Panel Chaired by Christie Needs More Time to Draft Report

Lilo H. Stainton | July 17, 2017 | Healthcare
Deadline to deliver draft pushed back a second time, to July 31; national teleconference scheduled

Christie Backs Travel Ban, Says Airports Must Enforce Trump Order

Matt Katz | WNYC News | July 17, 2017 | Politics
Governor lambastes Democratic-controlled Legislature for bill that would allow Port Authority employees to sidestep ban


| July 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie Rejects Bill to Rejoin RGGI, for Third (and Last) Time

Tom Johnson | July 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Governor claims NJ has no need to rejoin initiative since it is already a leader in curbing carbon emissions and has met its own mandated standards

Interactive Map: Economic Fortunes of Different Hispanic Groups Vary Widely

Colleen O'Dea | July 14, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
NJ’s Hispanic population grows but new census data reveal wide disparities in income, poverty, health insurance

Trying to Bring NJ’s Antipoverty Program into the 21st Century

Hank Kalet | July 14, 2017 | Social
Benefits for Work First New Jersey — the state’s welfare program — have been stagnant for 30 years. Legislation has been sent to the governor to address the issue

Public Workers to Be ‘Made Whole’ for Time Lost During State Shutdown

John Reitmeyer | July 14, 2017 | Politics
Democratic legislative leaders have come up with a bipartisan bill that Christie's spokesman says he will sign to get back pay to state employees sidelined during budget impasse

Lawmakers Wary of Christie’s Plan to Shift Addiction, Mental Health Services

Lilo H. Stainton | July 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Expert cited in Christie’s controversial reorganization plan calls it a ‘real opportunity for New Jersey’

Op-Ed: Frelinghuysen Moves to Destabilize ACA Marketplace

Andrew Sprung | July 14, 2017 | Opinion
Frelinghuysen is actively working to undermine the individual market for health insurance while the GOP’s repeal-and-replace legislation hangs fire.


| July 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

Is This New Jersey’s Future? Chronic Flooding from Sea-Level Rise

Tom Johnson | July 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Under a worst-case scenario, some 130 communities in the Garden State could be inundated every other week

Would Reforms to Small-Business Tax, Minimum Wage, Family-Leave Fix NJ Economy?

John Reitmeyer | July 13, 2017 | Politics
Nonpartisan group proposes a range of policy changes — including driver’s licenses and college tuition assistance for undocumented immigrants — to boost the state’s economy

Now It’s Official: Harrington (Finally) Sworn in as Education Commissioner

John Mooney | July 13, 2017 | Education
She’s spent nine months doing the job, and now that she has the title it may be short lived: Christie’s term runs out in six months

Opinion: Greening the Garden State Gas Tax

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | July 13, 2017 | Opinion
A revenue-neutral way for New Jersey to lead the way on carbon pricing

New Healthcare Option for State Workers Expands Patient-Centered Care

Lilo H. Stainton | July 13, 2017 | Healthcare
National leader in employee care promises better outcomes, state savings

Sons See Roots of Newark Today in Its Troubled Past

WNYC News | July 13, 2017 | Politics
Che and Junius Onome Williams believe some of the same issues that led to the 1967 rebellion in their home city of Newark are still relevant today

Bridgegate Architect Sentenced to Probation, Fined

NJTV News Online | July 13, 2017 | Transportation
David Wildstein’s extensive cooperation with government attorneys keeps him out of jail


| July 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

Draft Water Plan Leaves Critics Dissatisfied on Several Key Fronts

Tom Johnson | July 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The plan, they contend, doesn’t do enough to anticipate crises, head off likely deficits, and address water-quality issues, like lead in drinking supplies

Frelinghuysen Credited with $900M Aid to Gateway Tunnel, Other Transport Upgrades

John Reitmeyer | July 12, 2017 | Transportation
New House spending bill ignores Trump’s budget proposals, keeps funds in place for rail project and other infrastructure upgrades

Youth Teams Will Put Poor Communities in Touch with Better Health

Lilo H. Stainton | July 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation donates $2.6 million to fuel three-year programs statewide

Op-Ed: In Budget Aftermath, Time to Restore NJ’s Reputation

Tom Bracken | July 12, 2017 | Opinion
How many business executives who were thinking of moving or expanding here changed their minds after seeing what transpired in New Jersey up to and during the state shutdown?

Lawmakers Want to Close the Door on Negligent Landlords

NJTV News Online | July 12, 2017 | Housing
Senators go after landlords who fail safety and sanitary standards while renting to tenants who get public assistance

NJ’s South Korean Community Disturbed by North’s Missile Launch

NJTV News Online | July 12, 2017 | Politics
At roundtable with Rep. Pascrell, some attendees wish President Trump would do more to condemn North Korea’s actions


| July 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie’s Summer Surprise: Move Mental Health Services to Different Division

Lilo H. Stainton | July 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Shift from Human Services to Health department would involve 200 staff, nearly $1 billion

American Dream Wakes Up: Financing in Place, Megamall Gets Busy Building

John Reitmeyer | July 11, 2017 | Planning
With almost $3 billion in place, backers and critics alike hope the long-stalled entertainment complex will start to deliver on some of the 23,000 expected construction jobs

NJ Solar Sector Could Be in for Overhaul, with Solar Credits on Way out

Tom Johnson | July 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Another attempt to smooth out industry’s boom-and-bust cycles, this one by ultimately phasing out solar subsidies paid to array owners

Opinion: Cleaning up Urban Waters — Focus Where the People Are

Daniel J. Van Abs | July 11, 2017 | Opinion
We need to focus discretionary expenditures where they will do the most good for residents and competitiveness

Gov. Chris Christie Auditions for New Gig: Sports Radio Host

Mara Silvers | WNYC News | July 11, 2017 | Politics
Christie's infamous thin skin and impatience with those who disagree may not suit him to the airwaves

After Penn Station Repairs, Gateway Tunnel Is Next Worry

NJTV News Online | July 11, 2017 | Transportation
Transit expert says sword of Damocles hangs over region because construction of Gateway tunnels is so far off

First Day of Commuter Hell Wasn’t So Bad After All

NJTV News Online | July 11, 2017 | Transportation
NJ Transit riders say start of the summer-long disruption to their commute could have been worse

Sweeney, Prieto Want State Workers Paid for Forced Holiday

WBGO News | July 11, 2017 | Politics
Both are going to the Legislature this week to make sure bipartisan bill is in place if Christie demurs


| July 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Getting a Read on $125 million Library Bond Ballot Question

John Reitmeyer | July 10, 2017 | Politics
Advocates argue that Garden State libraries need to catch up on technologies like the Internet, but opponents claim the state is ‘already drowning in debt’

NJ Seeks to Ban Pesticide Given Clean Bill of Health by EPA

Tom Johnson | July 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chlorpyrifos can potentially cause developmental damage to children, vomiting and dizziness in adults

Money Still Makes Biggest Difference to Kids’ Wellbeing in NJ

Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2017 | Social
But even wealthiest counties can improve in some ways while the poorest do surprisingly well in some aspects of education, health, and safety

Is Hospital ER Weak Link in State’s Prescription Monitoring Program?

Lilo H. Stainton | July 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Doctors in emergency room don’t have to check statewide prescription database before they write scrip for opiates

Op-Ed: Don’t Play Politics with the Garden State’s Parks

Eric Stiles | July 10, 2017 | Opinion
Our public lands should not be held hostage to state budget negotiations


| July 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Regulations Decrease Opiate Prescriptions Nationwide, CDC Finds

Lilo H. Stainton | July 7, 2017 | Healthcare
But too many patients still taking dangerously high levels of addictive drugs

State Looks to Private Partners for Help Rebuilding Energy Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | July 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
With government coffers depleted, state considers public-private partnerships as a way to help finance local and state projects

On the Menu for this New Jersey Barbecue: Politics

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | July 7, 2017 | Politics
In this era of heated rhetoric and divisions, can residents even find common ground?

Most Voter Data Requested by Trump Administration Already Public in New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | July 7, 2017 | Politics
Despite availability of information, federal and state officials, civil rights organizations argue NJ should not comply with request

New Jersey’s Economic Outlook for 2018 Is So-So, Accountants Say

John Reitmeyer | July 7, 2017 | More Issues
CPAs are worried about election-year uncertainties, property taxes, the state’s credit rating, budget problems, and federal healthcare changes

Op-Ed: Let’s Stop Treating Symptoms … Rome Is Burning!

Rich Ten Eyck | July 7, 2017 | Opinion
An increasing number of conditions threaten the existence of our system of public education — and this might not be a bad thing


| July 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Board Prepares to Cede Local Control to Jersey City Schools

John Mooney | July 6, 2017 | Education
Former Gov. Kean, who presided over takeover, quantifies modest success as ‘biggest disappointment’ of his administration

State Starts to Think Seriously About Deploying Microgrids

Tom Johnson | July 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Trenton’s downtown thermal-energy district funded to determine if microgrids can deliver power and other vital services when power grid goes down

Budget Debate Delays Potential Out-of-Network Insurance Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | July 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Stakeholders, lawmakers, and even critics agree that taming surprise medical charges is a critical issue for healthcare sector to address successfully

Gov Touts Lottery as Answer to NJ’s Pension Problems, but Critics Deride Plan

John Reitmeyer | July 6, 2017 | Budget, Politics
A wise policy change? That depends on how the Lottery performs over the next 30 years

Opinion: Christie Gets Badly Burned by Clueless Moment of Sun and Fun

Carl Golden | July 6, 2017 | Opinion
Once the photo of the governor lounging in his beach chair went viral, he couldn’t bully or bluff his way out of what the world saw — hubris on a grand scale


| July 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Despite Budget Drama and Deadlock, School Funding Changes Survive

John Mooney | July 5, 2017 | Education
Budget as signed represents first move in almost a decade to follow the state’s school-funding formula

Explainer: The Horizon Law that Helped Trigger a State Shutdown, up Close

Lilo H. Stainton | July 5, 2017 | Explainer
The law as enacted helps protect Horizon policyholders, a key element missing in earlier versions

BPU Rules Encourage Utility Infrastructure Investments, Speed Rate Increases

Tom Johnson | July 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates argue regulations may undercut ratepayer protections, are unnecessary under current system

The List: Think Murphy’s a Big Spender? He’s Been Outspent Handily in the Past

Colleen O'Dea | July 5, 2017 | The List
$60 million here, $50 million there: Which candidates opened their wallets widest in their not-always-successful pursuit of office?


| July 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

With Budget Signing, State is Back in Business — Just in Time for the 4th

John Reitmeyer and Lilo H. Stainton | July 4, 2017 | Budget, Politics
Legislative triple play — budget, Horizon bill, and Lottery transfer — break the logjam that brought all but essential services to a standstill across state

Budget Deadlock Stretches into Day 3, Thousands of State Workers Idled

John Reitmeyer | July 3, 2017 | Budget, Politics
Governor has summoned lawmakers back to Trenton for morning meeting; Prieto and Horizon CEO agree to try to talk through differences

State Government Goes Dark

John Reitmeyer | July 1, 2017 | Budget, Politics
Lights out in Trenton as frustrated horse-trading can’t break the deadlock over state budget, leading to first government shutdown in more than a decade

Showdown or Shutdown: Will Dems Deliver on Deal Sweeney Cut with Christie?

John Reitmeyer | June 30, 2017 | Budget
In return for passing the Horizon and Lottery-transfer bills, the governor says he’ll sign the budget — and keep his veto pen to himself. Meanwhile, the budget-countdown clock keeps ticking

Prieto Digs in, Controversial Horizon Reform Remains Budget Stumbling Block

Lilo H. Stainton | June 30, 2017 | Healthcare
Assembly Speaker describes Senate-approved measure as a pig with ‘no lipstick, maybe just a little bit of blush’

New School Aid Left in Limbo as Pols Take Budget to 11th Hour

John Mooney | June 30, 2017 | Education
The $131 million now set to go to districts is about 10% less than originally planned; cuts will be held to 2% of total aid

Interactive Map: The Geography of NJ’s Juvenile Justice System

Colleen O'Dea | June 30, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Youth prisons, according to critics, are expensive, underutilized, and ineffective and should be shut down in favor of community-based programs

Op-Ed: Medicaid Cuts Would Devastate People with Lifelong Disabilities in NJ

Stephanie A. Pratico | June 30, 2017 | Opinion
Medicaid provides the resources for people with disabilities to live independently, with strong, ongoing supports, to ensure the best possible life for every person


| June 30, 2017 | Number of The Day

Could Horizon Reform Bill Derail State Budget? It’s Down to the Wire

Lilo H. Stainton | June 29, 2017 | Healthcare
Vitale accuses Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey of ‘trying to whip up a wave of hysteria’ over proposal to reform the insurance company

Extensive and Expensive: Coming to Terms with NJ’s Fiscal Challenges

John Reitmeyer | June 29, 2017 | Budget
First report in a new series takes a nonpartisan approach to fixing the state’s financial faults, from cutting back on retiree benefits to boosting the sales tax

DEP Tables PennEast Application, Another Delay for Troubled Pipeline

Tom Johnson | June 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State agency seeks detailed information about stream and wetlands crossings, but pipeline company can’t comply

Q&A: Mark Biedron, Former President, State Board of Education

John Mooney | June 29, 2017 | Education
Biedron reflects on his six years of service, recalls some contentious issues, and remains in the dark about why the administration didn’t reappoint him

Opinion: What the Sweeney-Prieto Plan Needs Is a District-by-District Analysis

Mark Weber | June 29, 2017 | Opinion
Sweeney-Prieto may have good intentions, but its consequences could be dire for some districts

Death of Undocumented Man Detained in New Jersey Raises Questions, Alarms

WNYC News | June 29, 2017 | Immigration
ICE says Rolando Meza Espinoza died because of existing medical condition, his family says he was denied proper medication

Annual Survey of Homeless Indicates 5% Decrease in Past Year | June 29, 2017 | Social
But chronic homelessness is on the rise, along with number of kids without families living on the streets

Newark Police to Get Revised Policies on Use of Force

NJTV News Online | June 29, 2017 | Social
Among other new rules, officers will be required to report the unholstering, exhibiting, or pointing of a firearm in the presence of the public

$42.5 million

| June 29, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trump Administration Rolling Back Protections for Small Streams, Wetlands

Tom Johnson | June 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Federal repeal likely to affect New Jersey by eroding protections for headwaters that feed the drinking-water supply

Senate Healthcare Proposal Would Cost NJ Billions, Boost Uninsured, Experts Say

Lilo H. Stainton | June 28, 2017 | Healthcare
U.S. Senate leadership delays vote on GOP healthcare plan; Garden State advocates vow to use time to keep battling proposed legislation

Expanded Family Leave Bill Reaches Christie, But Its Future Is Uncertain

Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2017 | Social
Measure doubles amount of paid leave available, bumps up weekly payments, adds job protection

Business Leaders Meh About NJ’s Prospects But Optimistic for National Economy

John Reitmeyer | June 28, 2017 | More Issues
Executives are perturbed about New Jersey’s high taxes and the state government’s approach to business

Op-Ed: Planned Cuts to NJ Disability Support are Cruel and Do Not Save Tax Dollars

Audrey Winkler | June 28, 2017 | Opinion
Proposed changes will slash funding for critical services that people need to live independently


| June 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

Budget Committees in Upper and Lower Chambers Approve $34.7B Spending Plan

John Reitmeyer | June 27, 2017 | Budget
But even if plan passes full Legislature and goes to Christie in time, could New Jersey still be facing a government shutdown?

New Plan for Horizon Could Require Insurer to Turn Funds over to NJ

Colleen O'Dea | June 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Contentious meeting hammers out regulations, one of which could establish a maximum surplus size that insurer could maintain before disbursing funds

Clean Energy Fund Raided (Again) to Plug Last Hole in State Budget

Tom Johnson | June 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration, lawmakers tap $75 million from fund, up $25 million from amount announced previously — in addition to $161 million already diverted this year

Opinion: Putting Guadagno’s Very Long Shot in Perspective

Carl Golden | June 27, 2017 | Opinion
A come-from-behind victory for the lieutenant governor isn’t mathematically impossible, but it’s historically improbable


| June 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ’s Patchwork of Immigration Policies Works Against Undocumented

Hank Kalet | June 26, 2017 | Immigration
When an undocumented resident is arrested, whether they’re issued a summons or taken to county jail while ICE is contacted is a matter of jurisdiction

Getting Ballot Question on the Books for $125M Bond Sale for Local Libraries

John Reitmeyer | June 26, 2017 | Budget
If the lawmakers, governor, and residents go for it, bonds would fund matching grants to help libraries with capital projects

Ralph LaRossa Takes on New Tasks: President and COO of PSEG Power

Tom Johnson | June 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Move, press release seem to confirm speculation that he is being groomed to replace Izzo — chairman, president, and CEO of PSEG

U.S. Rep. Menendez Blasts GOP Senate Healthcare Bill as ‘Downright Nasty’

NJTV News Online | June 26, 2017 | Politics
Legislation could ultimately cost New Jersey $30 billion in Medicaid funding

Suicide Third Leading Cause of Death for New Jerseyans Ages 10 to 24

NJTV News Online | June 26, 2017 | Healthcare
Report indicates that rate of suicide continues to climb, highest incidence in northwest portion of state


| June 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

'Greens' See Red Over Budget Plan, Raids on Pollution Settlements

Tom Johnson | June 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists warn current spending plan lets administration divert money meant to restore damages to natural resources to general fund

Pre-K Expansion, the Silent Partner in the Dems’ School-Funding Scheme

John Mooney | June 23, 2017 | Education
Some $25 million dollars in new aid could mean full-day pre-K for another 2,500 children

Budget Stalemate Threatens 2018 Transportation Projects Worth $4B

John Reitmeyer | June 23, 2017 | Transportation
As governor and Democratic leaders remain at odds over state budget, $4 billion in Transportation Trust Fund spending also hangs in the balance

Op-Ed: Switching Lottery Profits to Pensions, Another Reckless Budget Gimmick

Gordon MacInnes | June 23, 2017 | Opinion
The Lottery switch is one more scheme that will dig NJ’s already deep hole of shrinking support for essential services and investments even deeper

Republican Leaders Unveil A School-Funding Plan of Their Own

NJTV News Online | June 23, 2017 | Education
GOP picks up a notable ally in Wendell Steinhauer, president of the NJEA

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| June 23, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie Keeps Pushing to Siphon Cash from Horizon to Fund Drug Treatments

Lilo H. Stainton | June 22, 2017 | Healthcare
State’s largest health insurer claims $15 million DHS sanction is ‘retaliation’ for refusing to go along with governor’s demand for $300 million from its reserves

U.S. Appellate Court Upholds PJM Rules to Meet Peak Demand for Power

Tom Johnson | June 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists, others fear new regulations from operator of the power grid will cause prices to spike when demand is highest

Increasing Fiscal Transparency by Tracking, Reporting on Unspent Funds

John Reitmeyer | June 22, 2017 | Budget
Bipartisan effort would keep tabs on money allocated to programs and endeavors that is sometimes left to languish in various state accounts

Profile: Former Corporate Employee Whose New Job Is Turning Around Kids’ Lives

Colleen O'Dea | June 22, 2017 | Profiles
Retha Onitiri doesn’t believe in setting her goals too low; she just wants to remake the state’s system of juvenile incarceration

Poll: School Aid, School Aid — Is there a Way out of the Funding Maze?

| June 22, 2017 | Polling
The Democrats have unveiled their new plan. Should Christie go for it or walk away?


| June 22, 2017 | Number of The Day

Sweeney, NJEA Square off in Ugly Brawl About School Funding

John Mooney | June 21, 2017 | Education
Never good friends, the Senate president and the state teachers union punch and counterpunch over $125 million school-aid plan

NJ Representatives Lead Bipartisan Push to Preserve Income-Tax Deduction

John Reitmeyer | June 21, 2017 | Politics
In letter to Trump administration, Lance, Pascrell, and other members of Congress lobby in favor of policy that lets taxpayers deduct state and local taxes from federal returns

Garden State Seeks to Regulate Hospital Protocols for Sepsis

Lilo H. Stainton | June 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Despite sharing of diagnostic data and best practices, sepsis mortality rates are on the rise in New Jersey

Supreme Court Rules OPRA Applies to Email, Other Electronic Data

Colleen O'Dea | June 21, 2017 | Politics
In strongly worded reversal of lower court decision, top court says information stored electronically by state agencies qualifies as ‘government records’

Op-Ed: Fixing NJ’s Behavioral Health Issues Isn’t as Easy as Extra Beds

Don McDaniel | June 21, 2017 | Opinion
Just adding more beds — while a step in the right direction — won’t solve the problem: patients need improved access to behavioral health and providers need payment reform

Christie Says ‘We’ll Have to See’ About Sweeney-Prieto School-Funding Deal

NJTV News Online | June 21, 2017 | Education
Governor says aspects of Democrats’ deal are ‘encouraging’ while others are ‘discouraging and unfair’

Westwood Voters Want Real Help, Not Quick Fixes | June 21, 2017 | Politics
The party affiliation of New Jersey’s next governor does not much matter to many voters in Westwood. What matters is whether the officerholder has real solutions for the state’s problems


| June 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Sweeney, Prieto to Christie: School Funding First, then We’ll Do the Budget

John Reitmeyer | June 20, 2017 | Budget
Legislative leaders want governor to agree to school-aid formula independent of budget, so Christie can’t line-item veto changes he doesn’t like in the spending plan

From Tragic Death, a Law to Safeguard People with Developmental Disabilities

Lilo H. Stainton | June 20, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Komninos Law’ protects individuals at residential facilities and day programs, requires families and guardians to be notified within an hour of any problems

State Takes Steps to Tap into $72.2M Volkswagen Settlement

Tom Johnson | June 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Money would be used to deploy charging infrastructure for electric cars, relieve air pollution from transportation sector

Opinion: Sweeney-Prieto School Aid Plan Could Defuse Campaign Issue

Carl Golden | June 20, 2017 | Opinion
Compromise could be seen as settling the matter for at least a year, but right now it’s still up to Christie to say ‘yea’ or ‘nay’

Trump's FBI Pick Billed Taxpayers $2.1M, as Christie's Bridgegate Lawyer

Matt Katz | June 20, 2017 | Politics
Tab included airfare and legal expenses after the Bridgegate trial ended

A Small Town that Wants More Attention from Trenton

Newsworks | June 20, 2017 | Politics
Mayor says his town, like other small towns in New Jersey, is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ while the focus of State House politicians is on big cities


| June 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ’s Top Two Utilities Could Do More to Help Customers Cut Energy Use, Costs

Tom Johnson | June 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
National scorecard of 51 largest utilities ranks PSE&G, JCP&L near bottom when it comes to saving consumers money with energy efficiency

NJ Lawmakers, Advocates Push to Spend More to Curb Smoking

Lilo H. Stainton | June 19, 2017 | Healthcare
State officials indicate they’re already investing in anti-smoking efforts, as smoking rates decline

Mission Impossible? Bramnick, Prieto Want to Make NJ Politics More Polite

John Reitmeyer | June 19, 2017 | Politics
Assembly leaders shake hands on a proposal to take some of the anger and insults out of the Garden State’s brand of hardball politics

Voting Block: New Jersey Neighbors Dare to Talk Politics

WNYC News | June 19, 2017 | Politics
Conversations across the political divide are increasingly difficult, which makes them all-the-more essential

Female Boxing Champion Empowers Young Women to Talk About Fears

NJTV News Online | June 19, 2017 | Social
Mia St. John opens up about her struggles with drugs, alcoholism, and mental illness to demonstrate that problems are not weaknesses


| June 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: Charting the Ups and Downs of Dems’ School-Aid Plan

John Mooney | June 16, 2017 | Education, Maps, Map of the Week
For critics it’s not just a matter of winners and losers; NJEA dismisses strategy as ‘sick scheme’ for proposing school budget cuts so late in the day

NJ Treasurer Pitches Plan to Use Lottery to Help Prop Up Public-Worker Pensions

John Reitmeyer | June 16, 2017 | Budget
Some lawmakers appear receptive to idea; others want Wall Street to vet the scheme, while union skepticism makes itself heard

DHS Official Defends Medicaid Payment Reform; Mental Health Providers Worried

Lilo H. Stainton | June 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Meeting at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital is told transition to new system going well, but providers remain concerned

$500 Million Slotted for Sewage-Treatment, Drinking-Water Systems

Tom Johnson | June 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Funds to be distributed by Environmental Infrastructure Trust, well-regarded financier for clean-water projects for several decades

Poll: Have You Got a Favorite Candidate for Governor?

| June 16, 2017 | Polling
Common wisdom holds that it’s a long way to November, but that doesn’t stop people from starting to sort out the candidates

Majority in NJ Support State Funds for Family Planning Clinics

NJTV News Online | June 16, 2017 | Politics
Protesters rallied in Trenton yesterday to show their support for Planned Parenthood and against governor’s latest expected denial of funds to clinics


| June 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

Sweeney, Prieto Agreement Adds $125M to School-Funding Formula

John Mooney | June 15, 2017 | Education
Embattled Democratic leaders shake hands on a deal, but will Christie and the rest of the Legislature buy into their vision?

Murphy Calls for Permanent Ban on Fracking in Delaware River Basin

Tom Johnson | June 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If Democratic candidate for governor wins election, it could help swing Delaware River Basin Commission to follow his call on fracking

Judge Rules Against Lawmakers Trying to Stop $300M State House Repairs

John Reitmeyer | June 15, 2017 | Politics
Decision paves the way for renovation project to begin but legislators not ready to concede defeat, might appeal

Murphy, Guadagno Make Their First Post-Primary Play for a Business Audience

Colleen O'Dea | June 15, 2017 | Politics
Murphy doesn’t back down from $15 minimum wage at New Jersey Business & Industry gathering; Guadagno — who gets ‘standing O’ — wants to give folks a chance to get to know her

What Do You Want to Know About How NJ Funds Its Public Schools?

John Mooney | June 15, 2017 | Education
Use our interactive tool to let us know your questions about school funding in the Garden State


| June 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

Menendez, Other Senators Call for Major Reforms in Flood Insurance Program

John Reitmeyer | June 14, 2017 | Housing
Sandy victims pleased as proposed changes include capping homeowners’ premiums and limiting insurance company profits

Outlook for Clean Energy Budget: Dollars Fall, Diversions to Continue

Tom Johnson | June 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Diversions may dip slightly, but funneling money away from its intended purpose has cost fund some $1.5 billion over past seven years

Continued Trouble Dogs Troubled Agency Charged with Protecting Animals

Caren Chesler | June 14, 2017 | Politics
Some half-dozen people linked to NJSPCA have been interviewed or will soon be by State Commission of Investigation

NJ Health Department Gains National Recognition for Public Health Work

Lilo H. Stainton | June 14, 2017 | Healthcare
National accreditation for successful public health programs puts NJDOH in very exclusive group of 25 other states, 162 communities

Christie, Degnan Kick Off Terminal A Modernization at Newark Airport

NJTV News Online | June 14, 2017 | Transportation
In remarks, governor says he ‘absolutely’ believes Trump administration will fund federal share of Gateway Tunnel project


| June 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

Does Politics Have a Role to Play in Pastoral Long Valley?

Colleen O'Dea | June 13, 2017 | Politics
Our first foray into a new series called Voting Block, whose goal is to get neighbors talking about their political beliefs — and hopefully listening to one another

2% Salary Cap for Police, Firefighters to Expire, Dems Block Debate on Renewal

John Reitmeyer | June 13, 2017 | Budget
Municipalities alarmed at financial consequences for local governments if cap goes while 2 percent property tax levy remains in place

EPA Delays Federal Ozone Standard, Slows NJ’s Efforts to Reduce Smog

Tom Johnson | June 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Without standard, NJ can’t crack down on cars, trucks, businesses that pump ozone into the atmosphere

The Doctor Will Interface with You Now: Telemedicine Moves Closer in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2017 | Healthcare
Among the issues to iron out, do connections between patients and providers have to be real time?

Op-Ed: 10 Questions to Ask Senators About the AHCA, If Only They Let Us

Betsy Ryan | June 13, 2017 | Opinion
The future of health insurance for Americans is being decided by 13 Republican senators behind closed doors

Activists Want 30% Affordable Housing, Local Jobs in Jersey City

NJTV News Online | June 13, 2017 | Planning
The 100-acre Bayfront site, once contaminated with chromium, is now valuable real estate in whose future locals want a say


| June 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

Garden State Solar Sector Continues to Heat Up, Though Clouds on Horizon

Tom Johnson | June 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey deployed nearly 400 megawatts of solar capacity in 2016, fifth-highest ranking in United States

Governor Approves Law Expanding Pharmacy Access to Opioid Antidote

Lilo H. Stainton | June 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Life-saving medicine already available at some chain drug stores without a prescription

Should NJ Deliver In-Depth Analysis of the Affordability of Its Debt?

John Reitmeyer | June 12, 2017 | Budget
A comprehensive debt-affordability analysis can be used as a tool to weigh future bond issues and the costs of servicing that debt

Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs Updated Voter Processes

Steven Esposito | June 12, 2017 | Opinion
Living in our fast-paced world requires adapting to a changing electorate

Trump Tees Off Fundraiser for U.S. Rep. MacArthur at His Bedminster links

WNYC News | June 12, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey congressman brokered compromise that revived GOP healthcare bill


| June 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

DEP, Lawmakers Clash Over Development in the Highlands

Tom Johnson | June 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Assembly votes to stop state agency from boosting number of septic tanks in pristine preserve, source of drinking water for millions in NJ

More States Join NJ Drug-Monitoring System to Curb Abuses Like Doctor-Shopping

Lilo H. Stainton | June 9, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor says interstate use of the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program has skyrocketed in last couple of years

Explainer: Decoding NJ’s Budget Babble — a Dictionary of Useful Terms

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | June 9, 2017 | Explainer
Just in time for budget season, a cornucopia of helpful explanations and abstruse interpretations, from Appropriations Act to zero-based budgeting

Taxing Hedge Fund Managers Just Like Regular Folks — a Matter of Fair Play?

John Reitmeyer | June 9, 2017 | Budget
Performance fees earned by hedge fund managers are taxed at a far lower rate than personal income. The difference to NJ: as much as $100M annually

Gov. Christie Rises to the Defense of President Trump in Comey Matter

NJTV News Online | June 9, 2017 | Politics
The governor thinks that part of the problem is that folks in D.C. don’t recognize a ‘normal New York City conversation’


| June 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Board Poised to End Control of Jersey City Schools, Newark May Follow

John Mooney | June 8, 2017 | Education
But which state board will make the call? The makeup of the panel is still in flux, and its president and vice president could be ushered out the door

Tearing Down Silos, Collaboration Work to Benefit Public Health

Lilo H. Stainton | June 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Making the community a partner in healthcare and delivering a range of coordinated services are starting to show results across Garden State

Murphy, Guadagno Take Gloves Off, Hit the Campaign Trail — and Each Other

John Reitmeyer | June 8, 2017 | Politics
Neither candidate for governor took a post primary-election breather. Instead, they laid down markers for the coming combat

When Christie Stashed His Bridgegate Cell Phone With the FBI Nominee

Matt Katz | WNYC | June 8, 2017 | Politics
There’s no evidence that Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump's choice to lead the FBI, did anything more than zealously represent his client in this matter

Op-Ed: Waffling in D.C. Means Higher Health Insurance Premiums for NJ

Christine Stearns | June 8, 2017 | Opinion
When rates jump as much as 50 percent, it’s unclear whether consumers on individual exchange in those states will be able to afford health insurance at all

On the Air: Gubernatorial Candidates Lay Out Their Wares

WNYC News | June 8, 2017 | Politics
Phil Murphy said New Jersey is “in crisis” and Kim Guadagno said the state has to become more affordable


| June 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Wins for Murphy, Guadagno Demonstrate Power of County Organizations

Lee Keough | June 7, 2017 | Elections 2017
Clear victors in the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries were also clear favorites of their party’s political machines

A Night of the Incumbents in Most of NJ’s Hotly Contested Districts

Chase Brush | June 7, 2017 | Elections 2017
With nearly 280 candidates in the running for their party’s Senate and Assemby seats, almost half of this year’s primary contests could be considered battlegrounds

State’s Proposed Wetlands Rule Would Speed, Simplify Developer Permitting

Tom Johnson | June 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics particularly concerned about new rule that would allow developers to certify they’ve met all regulations without any DEP oversight

Delayed Implementation Doesn’t Soften Costly Blow of GOP Healthcare Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | June 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Regardless of when it’s rolled out, Trumpcare is likely to price coverage out of reach of NJ’s poor, elderly population

Restoration Underway at Ortley Beach to Repair Sandy Damage

NJTV News Online | June 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Tons of sand are being dredged from the ocean to remake the beach after which crews will go to work on the shore at Lavalette


| June 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

County-by-County Results: 2017 Democratic Primary

NJ Spotlight Staff | June 6, 2017 | Elections 2017

County-by-County Results: 2017 Republican Primary

NJ Spotlight Staff | June 6, 2017 | Elections 2017

Real-Time Results for Contested Legislative Districts: Primary 2017

NJ Spotlight Staff | June 6, 2017 | Elections 2017

Trump Administration Opens Way to Drilling for Oil, Gas Off Atlantic Coast

Tom Johnson | June 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
National Fisheries Service proposing permits for seismic surveys off coast; ‘greens’ say surveys first step to full-throttle drilling

Whatever You Need to Know About the Primaries, We've Got You Covered

NJ Spotlight Staff | June 6, 2017 | Elections 2017
Candidate bios, positions, contested legislative races, and the location of your polling place. And starting this evening, we'll be reporting the results of all races in real time

Racial Disparity in Infant Mortality Remains Persistent Public-Health Challenge

Lilo H. Stainton | June 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Reducing black infant mortality means addressing a range of issues, such as poverty, smoking, stress, food insecurity — even gum disease

Shining Light on Hefty Fees to Outside Managers of Public Pension Funds

John Reitmeyer | June 6, 2017 | Budget
Lawmakers want online publication of management fees and ‘stress tests’ of all funds in $73 billion pension system

Opinion: Communities Matter for Better Health

Joel C. Cantor | June 6, 2017 | Opinion
As the national health reform debate grinds on, we should not forget that communities also matter for better health.

Claims that ICE Arrests of the Undocumented On the Rise at NJ Courthouses

NJTV News Online | June 6, 2017 | Immigration
Advocates say precise numbers hard to come by, but attorneys give lawmakers details of clients swept up by immigration agents

American Dream Megamall: Investors Must Measure the Risk

WNYC News | June 6, 2017 | Planning
Preliminary bond offerings catalog an array of risks, including transportation and America’s dwindling romance with malls


| June 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Angling to Get New Jersey into the United States Climate Alliance

Tom Johnson | June 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers look to have Garden State join California, New York, other states in a domestic accord to curb carbon-based pollution

Local Journalism in New Jersey Could Be in for $100 Million Windfall

John Reitmeyer | June 5, 2017 | Budget
Under a Democratic plan, a chunk of the $332 million proceeds from FCC spectrum auction could go to media, but Christie may want it all for the budget’s general fund

Pushing Meningitis B Vaccine to Protect Residential College Students

Lilo H. Stainton | June 5, 2017 | Healthcare
Sharing food, drinks, living in close quarters, and kissing — all good reasons to safeguard students against this potentially deadly disease

With Democratic Governor, Garden State Would Be Much Greener

Tom Johnson | June 5, 2017 | Elections 2017
Candidates are mostly in accord on ramping up renewables, rejoining RGGI, and reversing some of Gov. Christie’s environmental and energy programs

Op-Ed: Putting NJ on the Road to Financial Stability and Fairness

Analilia Mejia | June 5, 2017 | Opinion
Solving our state’s budget woes is possible but requires state legislators to demonstrate guts and a strong sense of fairness


| June 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: Where New Jersey’s Most Generous Political Donors Live

Colleen O'Dea | June 2, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2017
Campaign spending in the run-up to the primaries continues to track record-breaking amounts, reaching almost $37 million as of May 23

Public Education and the Candidates: Putting the Issues in Perspective

John Mooney | June 2, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017
The hot topics are no secret — funding, PARCC testing, and charter schools — but teasing out where the candidates stand is the real test

Home Heating Costs Likely to Tick up with Price of Natural Gas

Tom Johnson | June 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ homeowners could see their monthly bills increase by as little as 80 cents or as much as $8.00 depending on which utility they use

Renewed Push to Expand Elective Angioplasty to More Hospitals in New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | June 2, 2017 | Healthcare
Advocates argue that developments in medical technology make the procedure safe enough to be offered by more facilities

Bid to Hike 2% Voter Turnout for Fire-District Elections by Moving Them to November

John Reitmeyer | June 2, 2017 | Politics
183 fire districts with 8,000 firefighters spend hundreds of millions of dollars, but hardly any New Jerseyans vote in their elections

Democratic, Republican Candidates Detail Plans for Affordable Housing

Colleen O'Dea | June 2, 2017 | Housing, Elections 2017
Courting millennials, building tiny houses, adding a cabinet-level position — gubernatorial candidates have plenty to say on this controversial topic

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Coming College Enrollment Crisis

Darryl G. Greer | June 2, 2017 | Opinion
A significant decline in the number of NJ high school graduates who will be seeking college degrees should be a major concern for the next governor and other leaders

Retired Police Officer Rogers Bets on ‘Blue Wall’ of Support

WNYC News | June 2, 2017 | Elections 2017
The Nutley township commissioner, a long shot in the race to succeed Chris Christie as governor, spoke with optimism on The Brian Lehrer Show


| June 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Commuters’ Summer of Hell Just Got Even Hotter

John Reitmeyer | June 1, 2017 | Transportation
NJ Transit plan includes up to 45-minute delays each way for almost 7,000 daily riders

Push to Protect Payments for Personal Care Assistants

Lilo H. Stainton | June 1, 2017 | Healthcare
Bipartisan group of legislators works to set minimum hourly rate as insurance company announces plan to cut what it pays for home care services

In Unexpected Move, BPU Holds off Advancing Two Controversial Rules

Tom Johnson | June 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency decides not to move on regulations that would ease oversight of utility infrastructure investments, speed rate collection from customers

Gubernatorial Candidates Take Aim at New Jersey's Gun-Control Laws

Colleen O'Dea | June 1, 2017 | Elections 2017
Concealed carry and faster permitting, smart-gun technology and background checks, what do the hopefuls have to say on this controversial subject?

Opinion: NJ Needs a Better Approach to Water Supply Planning

Daniel J. Van Abs | June 1, 2017 | Opinion
The key is finding a balance between specific requirements to guide future administrations, without getting so prescriptive as to constrain evolution

NJ, NY at Odds Over Delaware River Water Allocations

NJTV News Online | June 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey wants millions more gallons of water a day. The challenge is to convince New York, which controls the spigot

Faster Forensics Processing Means More Time to Prevent Crime

NJTV News Online | June 1, 2017 | More Issues
Thanks to a new one-stop forensics lab, state police can process evidence in 48 hours rather than 10 months

Ciattarelli Tells Brian Lehrer Show He’s an ‘Eisenhower Republican’

WNYC News | June 1, 2017 | Elections 2017
Guadagno’s main rival among Republicans for governor said NJ economy has to be main focus


| June 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

GOP State Senator Offers New Gender-Pay Law but Weinberg Won’t Support It

John Reitmeyer | May 31, 2017 | Politics
Outgoing lawmaker Diane Allen attempts to bridge partisan divide on pay-equity legislation. Senate Majority Leader Weinberg not satisfied, suggests better to wait for arrival of new governor

Without Subsidies, Three Mile Island Could Go Dark, Operator Asserts

Tom Johnson | May 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In an argument that mirrors the one made by PSEG, Exelon says it can’t afford to keep TMI in service without help from Pennsylvania ratepayers

Renewed Push to Tackle and Tame Out-of-Network Medical Bills

Lilo H. Stainton | May 31, 2017 | Healthcare
Patient, business advocates call for ‘two-pronged approach’ that melds transparency and mechanism to resolve disputes over surprise charges

Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Undocumented Immigrants, Legalized Pot

Colleen O'Dea | May 31, 2017 | Elections 2017
What is it that separates the candidates from both parties on these two pressing topics?

Trump's Justice Dept. Probes Possible Discrimination Against Muslims

Matt Katz | WNYC | May 31, 2017 | Immigration
The town of Bayonne rejected a proposal to convert a warehouse into a mosque, citing concerns about parking and buffer zones to adjacent properties

Op-Ed: The Trump Budget — It Will Never Happen

Richard F. Keevey | May 31, 2017 | Opinion
The federal budget process does not award the president the power of the line-item veto, which severely limits his ability to shape the final budget

Governor Announces 500 Abandoned Buildings in Trenton Will Be Demolished

NJTV News Online | May 31, 2017 | Planning
Christie says ‘unacceptable’ to leave office without having started effort to ‘turn around’ the capital city


| May 31, 2017 | Number of The Day

PSEG Power Retires Two Biggest Coal-Burning Plants in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | May 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Shuttering the plants follows a national trend, as cleaner, cheaper natural gas supplants coal across the country

Gubernatorial Hopefuls from Both Parties Have Plans for Transportation Spending

John Reitmeyer | May 30, 2017 | Transportation, Elections 2017
Now that the TTF is flush, should the money be spent boosting NJT’s capital budget and enhancing safety, rebuilding roads and bridges, or on all of the above?

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Divided on Energy, Environment

Tom Johnson | May 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Elections 2017
Guadagno favors regional approach to greenhouse-gas emissions; for Ciattarelli, a national program makes more sense

State Forces Physical Therapists to Wind Down ‘Dry Needling’ Treatment

Lilo H. Stainton | May 30, 2017 | Healthcare
Therapists’ decade-long practice to end; acupuncturists, other professionals accused them of performing ‘unlicensed acupuncture’

More Than Just a Facelift, User-Friendly ELEC Site Delivers Wealth of Data

Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2017 | Elections 2017
Sophisticated search tools make it a snap to drill down into campaign contributions, near-real time filings from gubernatorial candidates, and much more

Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen and the ‘Poisoned Chalice’

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | May 30, 2017 | Politics
A scribbled footnote on a fundraising request reveals the bare-knuckled side of a low-key lawmaker

Op-Ed: In NJ, as in Nearby States, Competitiveness Drives Affordability

Michele Siekerka | May 30, 2017 | Opinion
The only way to stem our tide of outmigration is to bring our economic policies in line with our direct regional competitors — Pennsylvania and New York


| May 30, 2017 | Number of The Day

The Candidate Decoder: The Primary Race for New Jersey Governor

NJ Spotlight and WNYC News | May 26, 2017 | Elections 2017
This interactive tool makes it simple to find a candidate with whom you’re simpatico

Lawmakers Push Back on Development in Highlands, Climate Change

Tom Johnson | May 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In two votes along mostly party lines Democrats block more septic tanks in the Highlands, and position the Garden State to rejoin RGGI

Some Unexpected Drama for Staid, State Board of Education

John Mooney | May 26, 2017 | Education
Naming two new members to the panel kicks up some legislative dust as Senators want to interview replacements

Opinion: Disorder in the Courts, the Case Against Electing Judges

Carl Golden | May 26, 2017 | Opinion
The corrosive effect of ‘justice for sale’ would be devastating to the idea that the courts represent a fair and just forum for grievances

Push for Emergency Responders to Report Data in New Statewide System

Lilo H. Stainton | May 26, 2017 | Healthcare
Proponents say program would not gather patient names or other identifying information, could improve health in New Jersey

The Hottest Seats in the House: Guide to NJ’s Most-Contested Primaries

Chase Brush | May 26, 2017 | Elections 2017
From gas-tax ghosts in the 26th to the progressive uprising in the 17th, here’s a look at the legislative heat just in time for the election

Moody’s Keeps NJ’s A3 Credit Rating but Says State Needs to Raise Taxes, Cut Spending

John Reitmeyer | May 26, 2017 | Budget
Rating agency also suggests Christie administration’s latest budget projections err on the rosy side

Lesniak Fails to Muster Votes to Override Christie Veto of Puppy Mill Measure

Colleen O'Dea | May 26, 2017 | More Issues
Senator’s impassioned appeal not enough to push through bill that would strengthen restrictions on pet shops, breeding facilities


| May 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

With NJ’s Legislature Up for Grabs, You Need a Big Picture to Assess the Action

Chase Brush | May 25, 2017 | Elections 2017
Competitive or contested? Knowing the difference is key to understanding what’s happening on the ground in all 40 districts

Second Wave Hep-C Hits Young, Suburban Drug Users in New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | May 25, 2017 | Healthcare
Mistakenly considered a baby-boomer disease, hepatitis C is growing rapidly among young drug addicts — who often don’t know they’re infected

An Old-Fashioned Horse Race to See Who Will Be Next Assembly Speaker

Colleen O'Dea | May 25, 2017 | Elections 2017
Relative unknown Craig Coughlin says he already has the political backing to take the speakership from Vincent Prieto — two weeks before the primaries

PSEG Chief Wants Customers to Use Less Energy, Without Taking Financial Hit

Tom Johnson | May 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Izzo’s message: there are ‘billions’ to be made from energy efficiency, while industry and regulators squabble ‘over tens of millions’

10.5% Returns for NJ Public Pension System, Big Turnaround from Last Year

John Reitmeyer | May 25, 2017 | Budget
Investment council maintains strategy, continues to cut back hedge funds, waits to see if Legislature will take up governor’s Lottery proposal

Newark Parents’ LIFO Challenge Back in Court on Appeal

John Mooney | May 25, 2017 | Education
Summarily dismissed last month, the appeal turns on the plaintiffs’ allegation that judge didn’t give ‘adequate consideration to harm … being done’

Op-Ed: NJ Must Add Financial Safeguards to New Mental Health Funding Model

Robert L. Parker | May 25, 2017 | Opinion
Without a ‘safety net’ for mental health providers, as many as 20,000 residents could lose access to life-sustaining services

Singh, ‘Only True Conservative,’ Wants to Fix NJ’s Lack of Affordability

WNYC News | May 25, 2017 | Elections 2017
Atlantic City native believes American dream is in peril for next generation

On the Air: Joseph Rudy Rullo on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show

WNYC News | May 25, 2017 | Elections 2017
Rullo gets the chance to take his platform to the radio audience, and explore some of the nuances of what he stands for as a Republican hopeful


| May 25, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trump Budget Especially Harmful to New Jersey, Advocates Warn

Lilo H. Stainton | May 24, 2017 | Healthcare
Democrats outraged, Republicans lukewarm, Gov. Christie ‘concerned’ about proposal for massive cuts to Medicaid

How Democratic, Republican Candidates Say They'd Ease NJ’s Fiscal Crisis

John Reitmeyer | May 24, 2017 | Budget, Elections 2017
School funding and tax phase-outs, pension benefits and closing loopholes — here’s a look at where this year’s gubernatorial hopefuls stake their claims

NJ Customers Can Expect to Pay More as Power Prices Spike in Capacity Auction

Tom Johnson | May 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PSEG Power’s decision to retire two coal-burning plants contributes to steep increase, along with continuing problems of congestion on the grid

Prieto, Sweeney: Separate Takes on Expanding Family Leave

Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2017 | Politics, Social
Both favor boosting paid time off and increasing how much workers can collect while they’re not on the job — the differences are in the details

Op-Ed: The Opioid-Addiction Industrial Complex — America’s Dirty Secret

Scott Rudder | May 24, 2017 | Opinion
The United States is in a crisis of its own making. We are by far the largest consumer of opioids on the planet


| May 24, 2017 | Number of The Day

Garden State Children Continue to Show Social Welfare Gains

Lilo H. Stainton | May 23, 2017 | Healthcare
But advocates argue repeal of Obamacare will damage kids, especially poor black and Hispanic ones, who still lag behind white children

Developer Secures Key Financing for Long-Stalled American Dream Mall

John Reitmeyer | May 23, 2017 | Planning
Is this a major turning point or another false start? Megamall’s builder is confident, says going to ‘aggressively move forward with the construction’

Lawmakers Hope to Steer State Back into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Tom Johnson | May 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
As is becoming increasingly common with environmental efforts, backers are looking beyond Christie administration for success

Op-Ed: Asbestos and Lead — Two Deadly Threats that Must Both Be Eliminated

Bonnie Anderson and Debra Coyle McFadden | May 23, 2017 | Opinion
The idea that we can ignore one hazardous chemical because we are focused on eliminating another is dangerously short-sighted

Christie Touts Job Gains, ID’s Democrats as Potential Problems

NJTV News Online | May 23, 2017 | Politics
Governor uses press conference to warn about ‘failed old policies,’ talks Guadagno and State House renovation, more

Verizon Settles in South Jersey, Promising Clearer Lines, Speedier Internet | May 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Telecom giant agrees to give customers in South Jersey what they’ve been asking for: better service over copper landlines and Fios upgrades where possible

Prieto’s Run for Third Term as Assembly Speaker Might Not Go Unchallenged

NJTV News Online | May 23, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
At least one other Assembly member is considered a possible rival for the incumbent


| May 23, 2017 | Number of The Day

2018 Budget Plan Puts Cleaning Up Brownfields Above Easing Climate Change

Tom Johnson | May 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Budget proposal shifts $6 million from Global Warming Solutions Fund to general budget to help restore contaminated sites

New Jersey Crafts Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights

Lilo H. Stainton | May 22, 2017 | Healthcare, Social
Bill would codify existing laws, ensure assault victims are treated with respect, dignity, and empathy

The List: Top 10 States Contributing to NJ’s Gubernatorial Hopefuls

Colleen O'Dea | May 22, 2017 | The List, Elections 2017
New Jersey led the list, as expected, but money rolled in from nearby New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Florida and California

NJ Gubernatorial Hopefuls Agree: $300M State House Renovation Must Be Stopped

John Reitmeyer | May 22, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Whether it’s by lawsuit or freezing funds, outright cancelation, or some other maneuver, Democrats and Republicans alike want to stop the clock on the costly project

Op-Ed: New Jersey Immigrants Lack Adequate Legal Representation

Alexandra M. Goncalves-Pena | May 22, 2017 | Opinion
The promulgation of executive orders specifically targeting immigrants has left thousands of residents in New Jersey vulnerable to arrest, detention, and deportation


| May 22, 2017 | Number of The Day

In Second GOP Debate, Guadagno and Ciattarelli Trade Shots About Taxes

Colleen O'Dea | May 19, 2017 | Elections 2017
Despite accusations of lying and hypocrisy, candidates do agree on some topics — such as such as relaxing the state's gun control laws and decriminalizing marijuana

Aetna Wants Out of NJ’s Individual, Small-Group Health Insurance Markets

Lilo H. Stainton | May 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Uncertainty about future, as federal officials repeal and replace Obamacare, contributes to the decision

Ten NJ Locals of Mass-Transit Union Deliver Endorsement to Murphy

John Reitmeyer | May 19, 2017 | Elections 2017
Amalgamated Transit Union’s 8,000 rank and file comprise NJ Transit bus drivers, Newark light-rail operators

Interactive Map: Obamacare Part of People’s Lives Across All ZIP Codes

Colleen O'Dea | May 19, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The federal government recently released detailed data on the 2017 open enrollment period, making it possible to map highest concentrations of ACA coverage across the state

Watch the Republican Gubernatorial Debate

NJ Spotlight Staff | May 19, 2017 | Elections 2017
Broadcast and commentary with NJTV and NJ Spotlight reporters offers context and insight about candidates' positions

Opinion: Are Gov. Chris Christie’s Pot Policies ‘Beyond Stupidity’?

R. William Potter | May 19, 2017 | Opinion
That’s how Christie characterized the beliefs of those who support legalization and taxation of marijuana use for adults. Is this the pot calling the kettle black?

Trump Administration Deports Indonesian Christian Facing Persecution at Home

Matt Katz | WNYC News | May 19, 2017 | Immigration
An agreement reached with the Obama administration allowed a number of men to stay, as long as they checked in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement


| May 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Cool to ACA Replacement Bill

Lilo H. Stainton | May 18, 2017 | Healthcare, Elections 2017
Guadagno and Ciattarelli both back reforms to public-employee benefits, would extend coverage of medical marijuana

Lawmakers Fume Over Private Bond Sale for $300M NJ State House Renovation

John Reitmeyer | May 18, 2017 | Politics
Caught off-guard by Christie administration’s speedy move on financing of controversial project, four legislators vow to continue to try to block it

Assembly Panel Looks to Ban Pesticide OK’d by Trump Administration

Tom Johnson | May 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental problems in kids, can cause nausea and other conditions in adults

360-Degree Cameras Give NJ Transit Buses a Better View from Driver’s Seat

John Reitmeyer | May 18, 2017 | Transportation
Once $29M system is installed in all buses, drivers will be able to keep a close eye on passengers, pedestrians, cars, and cyclists on all sides

Opinion: Imperfect Accuracy, Imperfect Honesty — the Sean Spicer Dilemma

Carl Golden | May 18, 2017 | Opinion
When President Trump said his press secretary couldn’t speak with ‘perfect accuracy,’ he suggested Spicer may be lying — leaving him in an impossible situation

Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Frelinghuysen

WNYC News | May 18, 2017 | Politics
Campaign for Accountability contends that GOP representative’s letter to bank represents intimidation


| May 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

This Year’s Budget Blunder: Projected $527M Shortfall

John Reitmeyer | May 17, 2017 | Budget
Paying off Homestead tax-relief credits next fiscal year, tapping Clean Energy Fund cited as ways administration plans on finding revenue to close expected gap

Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Support Single-Payer, Women’s Healthcare

Lilo H. Stainton | May 17, 2017 | Healthcare, Elections 2017
All four candidates emphasize the need to protect New Jerseyans as GOP repeals and replaces current healthcare protections

Sarlo Airs Concerns About Nuclear Subsidies at Budget Committee Hearing

Tom Johnson | May 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU president Mroz favors regional approach to problem, rather than a state-by-state solution

Op-Ed: Memo to Gov. Chris Christie — Hands off Horizon

Drew Harris | May 17, 2017 | Opinion
The plan to raid Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield reserves to pay for drug treatment programs is truly a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul

Woman Targeted by Frelinghuysen Wants People to Know What U.S. Rep. Did

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | May 17, 2017 | Politics
Political activist says that congressman’s note to member of bank board imperiled her job

Mother Begs NJ to Return Autistic Daughter to Out-of-State Facility

NJTV News Online | May 17, 2017 | Healthcare
Jennifer Sullivan flourished at Plowshare Farm in New Hampshire but has deteriorated markedly since being ordered back to New Jersey under a state program


| May 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Senators File Suit in State Superior Court to Stop State House Renovations

John Reitmeyer | May 16, 2017 | Politics
Filing claims that multimillion-dollar plan to restore State House violates New Jersey constitution

Push to Make Diversions from Clean Energy Fund Unconstitutional

Tom Johnson | May 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Advocates disagree over whether siphoning should be shut down immediately or allowed to continue on a limited basis for five-year phase-out

Senate, Assembly Primary Races on Track to Being Most Expensive in NJ History

Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Tweny-nine days before the primaries, Democrats and Republicans have raised $29.4 million, the highest total since at least 2011

Newark Teachers Union Inks New Contract — without Oprah, Zuckerberg

John Mooney | May 16, 2017 | Education
After more than a year at the bargaining table, NTU walks away with contract that protects performance bonuses, includes raises

Home Sober Home: Making Sure Recovering Addicts Have a Safe Haven

Lilo H. Stainton | May 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Modifying land-use laws will make it easier for state-run facilities to get zoning permission, another aspect of larger effort to combat addiction, improve recovery options

Are Police Officers in New Jersey Paid Appropriately?

NJTV News Online | May 16, 2017 | More Issues
The pay is better in well-off suburban towns than it is in cities where crime is a problem

Op-Ed: Restore Voting Rights to People on Parole and Probation

Scott Novakowski | May 16, 2017 | Opinion
NJ bans almost 95,000 people from voting because of a criminal conviction. Over three-quarters — about 70,000 — are on parole or probation

Lesniak Lays Out His Policies, Proposals on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Spotlight Staff | May 16, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Democratic hopeful discusses environmental protection, property-tax reform, and criminal justice, among other topics

GOP Rep. Frelinghuysen Targets Activist in Letter to Her Employer

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | May 16, 2017 | Politics
Employee questioned and criticized for involvement in NJ 11th for Change, a group pushing Frelinghuysen to hold town-hall meetings


| May 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

Consumer Advocates Question BPU Scheme to Streamline Grid Upgrades

Tom Johnson | May 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics argue against giving utilities the opportunity to push through infrastructure projects with minimal review and collect on investments more quickly

Democratic Hopefuls Dismiss Scheme to Funnel Lottery Profits into Pensions

John Reitmeyer | May 15, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Legislative leaders, unions also argue that Christie’s Lottery plan will go nowhere if it requires more givebacks from public-employee unions

New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Panel Recommends Expanding Program

Lilo H. Stainton | May 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Potential changes, which could ultimately help reduce state’s opioid epidemic, will likely not be in place until later this year

Op-Ed: Underneath NJ — an Unhealthy, Costly, Disgusting Problem

Robert Briant Jr. | May 15, 2017 | Opinion
What we need right now is a comprehensive strategy for improving our water and sewer infrastructure

The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth

Nina Martin | ProPublica and Renee Montagne | NPR | May 15, 2017 | Healthcare
The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The healthcare system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers


| May 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

3 on 1: Democratic Hopefuls Target Frontrunner in Second Debate

John Reitmeyer | May 12, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Phil Murphy’s lead going into the debate meant the other three candidates would be looking to land a glove on him

Constitutional Amendment to Stop Diverting Clean Energy Funds?

Tom Johnson | May 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
For some environmentalists, an amendment won’t be on the books fast enough. They want lawmakers and governor to cease and desist immediately

Governor Signs Law Calling for Oversight of Mental Health Payment Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | May 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Advocates call it a ‘positive step, yet only half of the solution’

Opinion: A New Jersey Voter’s Guide to State Tax Policy

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | May 12, 2017 | Opinion
The focus of New Jersey’s tax policy should be to avoid being notably uncompetitive, particularly within our region

Poll: Did Democratic Debates Help You Home in on a Candidate?

| May 12, 2017 | Polling, Elections 2017
For some folks, the debates are just a bunch of hot air. For others, they’re the key to making a smart choice in candidates. Where do you fall along the scale?

Town Hall Attendees Let MacArthur Have It for His Crucial Role in AHCA Win

NJTV News Online | May 12, 2017 | Politics
The significant involvement of New Jersey congressman in advancement of Obamacare rollback draws an angry crowd


| May 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Grill State Officials on Plans to Dip into Horizon Reserves

Lilo H. Stainton | May 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor’s recent quest to force New Jersey’s largest insurance company to pay for certain public healthcare needs not the first time politicians have targeted it

In the Money: What the Gubernatorial Hopefuls Have Spent Thus Far

Colleen O'Dea | May 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
ELEC’s latest pre-election finance reports put Murphy way out ahead (no surprise), but has anyone come close?

Watch the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Debate

NJ Spotlight Staff | May 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Broadcast and commentary with NJTV and NJ Spotlight reporters starts at 8 p.m.

As FERC Moves Closer to Quorum, ‘Greens’ Hope State DEP Will Block PennEast

Tom Johnson | May 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Thus far, FERC lacks power of eminent domain needed to complete DEP’s permitting process

Adding It Up: Economic Impact of New Jersey’s Private Colleges

John Reitmeyer | May 11, 2017 | Education
All told, private schools contribute about $3.5 billion to the state’s economy, a sizable chunk of change from 14 public facilities

Michael Aron on What Makes for a Great Political Debate on TV

John Mooney | May 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
A look behind the scenes at the intense preparations going into the NJ Spotlight and NJTV co-coverage of the second Democratic gubernatorial debate

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| May 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Are Guns and Police Cars the Best Way to Prevent Cruelty to Animals in NJ?

Caren Chesler | May 10, 2017 | Politics
For the NJSPCA, the answer seems to be in the affirmative. But there are other, equally troubling, aspects of this group, which essentially operates without oversight

Leading GOP Candidates for Governor Come Out Swinging, Pull No Punches

Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
At first of two Republican debates, Guadagno and Ciattarelli stake out their territories, try to flesh out their visions

More Accord Than Debate Among Dems’ Top 4 Gubernatorial Hopefuls

John Reitmeyer | May 10, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
One clear point of disagreement: the pluses and perils of a state-owned bank

Moody’s: Glut of Cheap Natural Gas Could Depress Prices, Challenge Suppliers

Tom Johnson | May 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Investment house cautions cheap gas from Marcellus Shale could speed shutdown of coal plants, boost pressure for nuclear subsidies

A 'Dreamer' Meets the Feds, and Brings Hundreds of Her Friends

Matt Katz | WNYC News | May 10, 2017 | Immigration
Tensions are high when Carimer Andujar, an undocumented Rutgers University student, is summoned to appear at ICE offices in Newark

Profile: An Advocate for Children at Home and at Work

Lilo H. Stainton | May 10, 2017 | Profiles
Striving to secure good healthcare, education, and other services for her own children has helped Nicole Pratt in her work with other families

Op-Ed: Puppy-Mill Bill Veto by Christie Fosters Cruelty Against Man’s Best Friend

Brian R. Hackett | May 10, 2017 | Opinion
The governor’s conditional veto lets him virtually rewrite the bill while pretending that he supports it — after a few changes have been made

Democratic Hopeful Jim Johnson Talks Taxes, Public Transportation

WNYC News | May 10, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Johnson visits WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer show to help make his case to NJ voters


| May 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

Dubious Financial Dealings at NJ Agency Tasked with Protecting Animals

Caren Chesler | May 9, 2017 | Politics
Stripped of its tax-exempt status and plagued with apparent conflicts of interest, the NJSPCA spends far more money on legal fees than on animal care, according to its own tax records

State Allocates $59 Million for Open Space, Recreational Facilities

Tom Johnson | May 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Money is first to come from 2014 constitutional amendment to use portion of corporate business taxes to protect undeveloped land, finance recreational projects

Christie CV's Bill Giving Cops, Firefighters More Control Over Pensions

John Reitmeyer | May 9, 2017 | Politics
Critics argue governor’s numerous recommendations significantly overhaul original legislation

Rutgers Researchers Discover New Use for Old Drug in Treating Brain Injury

Lilo H. Stainton | May 9, 2017 | Healthcare
Garden State scientists have discovered that lithium, long used in treating bipolar disorder and severe depression, can help preserve brain function

Wisniewski Says He Would Be a Stand-Up Governor for NJ

WNYC News Online | May 9, 2017 | Elections 2017
Assemblyman says he stood up to Christie and to ‘our first Goldman Sachs governor’

Op-Ed: Improve Odds for NJ’s Disadvantaged Kids by Giving Them IEPs

Irwin Stoolmacher | May 9, 2017 | Opinion
Thousands of students in New Jersey would benefit from Individualized Education Programs tailored to their difficult childhood experiences


| May 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

Making Manufacturing a Matter of Public Policy for New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | May 8, 2017 | Politics
A new ‘manufacturing caucus’ looks to explore what companies need in terms of employees, education, training, and business opportunities — and help make sure they get it

Leader in Screening for Post-Partum Depression, NJ Gains Dedicated Center

Lilo H. Stainton | May 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Efforts in identifying and treating post-partum anxiety and depression pioneered by former NJ first lady Mary Jo Codey

Court Overrules DEP Permit to Discharge Wastewater in Highlands

Tom Johnson | May 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Appellate remands paperwork to DEP, arguing it did not properly follow regulations when issuing original permit

A Quick, Simple Way to Stay Smart About NJ’s 2017 Primaries

NJ Spotlight Staff | May 8, 2017 | Politics
The news, information, and analysis you need about candidates and issues — in one place

Explainer: Why It’s So Tough to Get an NJ Liquor License — and What Can Be Done

Tara Nurin | May 8, 2017 | Explainer
The state’s liquor licenses are among the most expensive and restrictive in the nation. But that may be about to change.


| May 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

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GOP Trumpcare Victory Bad for Elderly, Sick, State Budgets — Critics Aver

Lilo H. Stainton | May 5, 2017 | Healthcare
Controversial healthcare plan clears House but will Senate fall in line?

Candidate Murphy Makes Big Promises on NJ Transit, Doesn’t Rule Out Tax Hike

John Reitmeyer | May 5, 2017 | Transportation, Elections 2017
Democratic frontrunner to succeed Gov. Christie is latest to give prescription for mass-transit woes. How long will commuters remain patient?

Senate Starts to Sketch Out How to Use $64.3M Volkswagen Settlement

Tom Johnson | May 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
High on list, reducing pollution in transportation sector with zero-emission vehicles, cutting back dirty diesel emissions at ports

Defying Top Judge, County Policy, ICE Continues Arrests In Courthouses

Matt Katz | May 5, 2017 | Immigration
ICE's presence in courthouses may deter witnesses, victims, and defendants from showing up to testify — making everyone less safe

Interactive Map: NJ Water Systems Out of Compliance with Federal Standards

Colleen O'Dea | May 5, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
A new report from the NRDC reveals that nearly 4.5 million residents are served by systems with at least one violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act


| May 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

New Jersey’s Court System Continues to Drive Education Policy

John Mooney | May 4, 2017 | Education
Yesterday’s dismissal of the Newark ‘LIFO’ case and recent decisions continue to show how the court is a force in education in Garden State

Surprise! State House Renovation Could Hit $500M By Time Bonds Paid Off

John Reitmeyer | May 4, 2017 | Politics
True, the repairs are estimated at $300M, but the complex scheme being used to raise the money could drive project total to almost twice that

BPU Taken to Task for Raiding Clean Energy Fund — Just Like Last Year

Tom Johnson | May 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Christie administration, with cooperation of Legislature, has siphoned off $1.5 billion from fund over governor’s two terms

Garden State Visiting Nurse Association to Merge with Ohio Counterpart

Lilo H. Stainton | May 4, 2017 | Healthcare
Baby-boom generation’s growing demand for home-based healthcare provides impetus for groundbreaking alliance

Poll: Can We Really Afford to Pay $300M — And Counting — to Repair State House?

| May 4, 2017 | Polling
Governor says New Jersey’s signature building is in dangerous disrepair, but eyebrows are being raised at the projected cost of renovation and the way it's to be financed

Op-Ed: Leadership, Investment Can Fix NJ’s Aged, Unreliable Public Rail System

Ed Potosnak | May 4, 2017 | Opinion
Until the early 2000s, NJ Transit was a model for the kind of high-quality, efficient, reliable public transit system other states aspired to build and maintain


| May 4, 2017 | Number of The Day

Democrats to Christie: No Progress on School-Aid Reform, No Budget

John Mooney | May 3, 2017 | Education
No more debates about fine points of various plans, the Democrats want real movement on funding formula

Bayonne Bridge Roadway Raising Comes Down to the Wire — Ahead of Schedule

John Reitmeyer | May 3, 2017 | Transportation
In just a few weeks some of the world’s largest megaships will be able to cruise under newly elevated infrastructure and reach Port Newark-Elizabeth

At DEP Budget Hearing, Worries About Cuts in Federal Aid

Tom Johnson | May 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Questions raised whether state agency can continue to protect NJ’s land, water, and air if Trump administration takes a scalpel to federal environmental budget

Long-Awaited Plan for Management of Water Resources in New Jersey

Jon Hurdle | May 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than two decades in the making, the state’s Water Supply blueprint finally has been updated to the surprise of many who thought Christie administration would run out the clock on it

State Officials Report Fee-for-Service Transition Is Going Well

Lilo H. Stainton | May 3, 2017 | Healthcare
Some providers indicate continuing concerns about budget shortfalls and need to reduce critical services to state’s most vulnerable

Gov. Chris Christie Fights to Save Addicts, His Own Legacy

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | May 3, 2017 | Politics
As a federal prosecutor, Christie talked tough on crime. But on the issue of drug addiction, he has struck a decidedly different tone


| May 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

Legislature, Administration Bump Heads on Highlands Development

Tom Johnson | May 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
DEP rule would boost number of septic systems; lawmakers argue that is against original intent of law protecting 800,000-acre preserve

New Jersey to Create Diversion Program to Keep Vets out of Court, Jail

Lilo H. Stainton | May 2, 2017 | Healthcare
Legislation crafted to help nonviolent veterans with PTSD, other mental health conditions, taps into existing network of support services that can help them

At Social Justice Forum Democrats Make Time to Pile on Frontrunner

Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
All six Democratic hopefuls, two Republicans, debate and digress at 'conversation' hosted by NJ Institute for Social Justice and NAACP NJ State Conference

New Jersey Lawmakers Join Renewed Effort to Raise Federal Minimum Wage

John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2017 | Politics
In-state Democrats wait to work on hiking state’s minimum wage until new governor takes over in 2018

Christie Sends Back Puppy Mill Bill, Cites Constitutional Concerns

Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2017 | Politics
Governor’s conditional veto guts bill’s restrictions and penalties, according to backers; prime sponsor Lesniak vows override of CV

Christie Blocks Dems’ Move to Reveal Tax Returns of Presidential Candidates

John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2017 | Politics
Governor slams Legislature for wasting time on an ‘unconstitutional bill.’ Sponsors of the legislation vow to see it through when Christie’s successor takes over


| May 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

What’s the Plan for PATH Service to Newark Liberty Airport?

John Reitmeyer | May 1, 2017 | Transportation
With $57 million in preliminary spending approved, where is the money going, and what’s the big picture?

PSEG Warns Shutting Down Nuclear Units Could Drive Up Power Prices

Tom Johnson | May 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company head continues to sound drumbeat for nuclear subsidies, even though plants will remain profitable through 2019

Have a Query for Candidates in Upcoming Gubernatorial Primary Debates?

NJ Spotlight Staff | May 1, 2017 | Politics
Our new interactive tool could help get your question in front of the party hopefuls

Stitching Up Temporary Safety-Net Funding for Behavioral-Health Providers

Lilo H. Stainton | May 1, 2017 | Healthcare
Measure would require state to reimburse providers for any shortfalls resulting from switch to fee for service

7 Ways NY and NJ Are Pushing Back Against Trump's Immigration Policies

Matt Katz | WNYC News | May 1, 2017 | Immigration
Local governments, courts, and politicians are questioning and at times refusing to cooperate with some of the presidents new immigration rules

Op-Ed: Would ‘Trumpcare’ Be Bad for New Jersey’s Teeth?

Cecile A. Feldman | May 1, 2017 | Opinion
Nearly 500,000 state residents now qualify for dental care that was out of their reach before the ACA; the ACHA wants to strip away that essential coverage


| May 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie targets Horizon for reform and public healthcare funding

Lilo H. Stainton | April 28, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor wants state to divert funds from insurance provider once they climb above a predetermined threshold

Puppy Wars: The Fight to Shut Puppy Mills Without Hurting Genuine Breeders

Colleen O'Dea | April 28, 2017 | More Issues
Advocates of pending legislation say it will help prevent puppy mills from selling animals in New Jersey, while opponents argue it will make things much tougher on legitimate breeders

Major Repairs at NY’s Penn Station Likely Mean More Delays, Service Disruptions

John Reitmeyer | April 28, 2017 | Transportation
Amtrak’s plan to address issues with aging infrastructure will impact NJ Transit’s daily commuters — as well as those going into city on weekend

BPU Wants to Ease Regulatory Review to Spur Grid Upgrades

Tom Johnson | April 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates question need for program, since many power and gas utilities are already committed to making infrastructure more resilient

Op-Ed: Senate President Sweeney Must Post the PARCC Bill

Sue Altman | April 28, 2017 | Opinion
This is not the first time that education advocates have watched a key bill languish and die a slow death at the senate president’s hands


| April 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

DEP Kicks Back PennEast Permit Application, Citing Missing Data

Tom Johnson | April 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of project hope setback will delay pipeline into 2018, when NJ will have a new governor

Trump Tax Scheme Would Reduce Rates for Highest Earners, Corporations

John Reitmeyer | April 27, 2017 | Politics
President’s plan also would shut down deduction for state and local taxes, a favorite in NJ, which is burdened by highest property tariffs in nation

South Jersey Congressman Draws Fire for Latest Effort to Replace Obamacare

Lilo H. Stainton | April 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Healthcare experts raise alarm over several provisions of the ‘MacArthur amendment.’ It’s not clear if moderate Republicans will support it

Op-Ed: Just Say No to Nuclear Subsidies

Steven S. Goldenberg | April 27, 2017 | Opinion
Nuclear subsidies, or zero-emission credits, have been tried before, chiefly to the detriment of residential and business ratepayers

Fears of Deportation for Rutgers ‘Dreamer’ Student

NJTV News Online | April 27, 2017 | Immigration
Supporters, on campus and off, rally in defense of young immigrant activist

Assembly Committee Hears Good News About NJ Prison System

NJTV News Online | April 27, 2017 | Social
Key numbers are down, including prison population and recidivism rate

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| April 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

DEP Could Go Toe to Toe with Legislature over Septic Tanks in Highlands

Tom Johnson | April 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Department wants to open preserve to greater development, claiming water quality would not be adversely affected

$300M State House Renovation Gets Go-Ahead Amid Controversy Over Price

John Reitmeyer | April 26, 2017 | Politics
Commission clears way for makeover of decrepit building but some legislators, gubernatorial candidates included, balk at the cost

Medicaid Benefits Children at Doctor’s Office and in School

Lilo H. Stainton | April 26, 2017 | Healthcare
New Jersey ranks fourth nationwide for school-based Medicaid funding

Op-Ed: Parole Reform Needed in New Jersey

Roseanne Scotti | April 26, 2017 | Opinion
New Jersey’s parole system is broken and serves neither the interests of justice nor public safety. The system is economically unsustainable, ineffective, and counterproductive

Most Jobs in Newark Go to Nonresidents

WNYC News Online | April 26, 2017 | More Issues
The economic renewal of Newark has been a talking point, but its residents are landing few of the jobs

ICE Arrests of Undocumented Up 20% in New Jersey Since October

NJTV News Online | April 26, 2017 | Immigration
Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Newark confirms effects of new directives from Trump administration

Residents Want to Keep Natural Gas Compressor Out of Somerset County

NJTV News Online | April 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Spokesman for operator says people will hardly notice it’s there, but locals fear noise and pollution at the very least


| April 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

In Memoriam

NJ Spotlight Staff | April 26, 2017 | More Issues
Kevin Harold, publisher and co-founder of NJ Spotlight

Planning for Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Back on Track, Driven by Revitalized TTF

John Reitmeyer | April 25, 2017 | Transportation
Funds available to take extension project through environmental-impact study, but money from Trump administration now appears iffy

PennEast Runs into More Permit Snags with Another Federal Agency

Tom Johnson | April 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Army Corps of Engineers says PennEast application is incomplete because it didn’t secure permission to conduct detailed environmental surveys

Op-Ed: If Infrastructure Is the Problem (and It Is), What’s the Solution?

Richard F. Keevey | April 25, 2017 | Opinion
New Jersey’s infrastructure — and the nation’s — are in need of a massive infusion of capital

Fine Print: OLS Releases Analysis of Christie School Budget

John Mooney | April 25, 2017 | Education
Annual budget report details questions about state aid, more

Impending Funding Cuts Lead to Merger of Morris, Essex Mental Health Providers

Lilo H. Stainton | April 25, 2017 | Healthcare
A number of jobs will be eliminated but new entity promises same level of service. Some observers concerned it could become a wider pattern that harms patient care

Parents Let Lawmakers Know They’re Unhappy with School Funding

NJTV News Online | April 25, 2017 | Education
As they sat and listened to legislators and education officials debate state aid for New Jersey’s schools, parents made their presence felt


| April 25, 2017 | Number of The Day

Senate Budget Chairman Seeks to Revisit Hospital Property-Tax Exemptions

Lilo H. Stainton | April 24, 2017 | Healthcare
Dozens of municipalities have challenged hospitals and their current tax-exempt status

Can Guadagno’s ‘Circuit Breaker’ Short-Circuit Rising Property Taxes?

John Reitmeyer | April 24, 2017 | Budget, Elections 2017
The lieutenant governor’s plan faces two immediate hurdles: inherent complexity and voter skepticism

Exploring Christie’s Budget Plan — From the Education Angle

John Mooney | April 24, 2017 | Education
Acting education commissioner Harrington slated to appear today before Assembly committee to speak up for governor’s public education allocations

Explainer: Gauging the Future of Solar Energy in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | April 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Does the fall-off in solar installations and loss of jobs indicate a slowdown in the sector?

Opinion: Water is Priceless and That Is a Problem

Daniel J. Van Abs | April 24, 2017 | Opinion
Water users don’t pay environmental costs like reduced stream flows; they don’t pay opportunity costs — the costs of what could have been done with water had they not consumed it

Fueling the South Jersey Economy

Jennifer Jones | April 24, 2017 | Sponsored Content
Many of Salem County’s small businesses wouldn’t exist without PSEG’s nuclear plants. The plants and their 1,600 employees are vital customers


| April 24, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trio of Hospitals Continues Legal Challenge to Omnia Insurance Network

Lilo H. Stainton | April 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Lower-cost plan a hit with consumers, but litigating hospitals say Omnia gave preferential treatment to large facilities

Trump Budget Cuts Could Leave Poor NJ Residents in the Cold

Tom Johnson | April 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The president’s proposed budget eliminates funding for LIHEAP, popular program that helps needy families pay utility bills

Interactive Map: A Statewide View of What School Districts Spend Per Pupil

John Mooney | April 21, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Average spending, for the first time, nudged slightly above $20,000 — coming in at $20,385

Lawmakers Refuse to Let Urban Enterprise Zones Die in Program’s 5 Charter Cities

John Reitmeyer | April 21, 2017 | Politics
Loss of UEZs’ 50 percent sales tax break, some politicians claim, makes it almost impossible for cities to compete with neighbors that are still home to zones

Opinion: Christie and Public Employee Unions — the More Things Change …

Carl Golden | April 21, 2017 | Opinion
Christie looks as if he’s going to leave office much as he came in: battling the public unions over their pension and health benefits (again)

With a Subway Ride to the Trump Carousel, Syrian Refugees Tour New York

Matt Katz | April 21, 2017 | Immigration
Donors paid for the refugees' train fare into the city, MetroCards, and their lunch of New York pizza.

NJ Spotlight to Co-Host Two Debates for New Jersey’s Gubernatorial Primary

NJ Spotlight Staff | April 21, 2017 | Politics
Four candidates will participate in Democratic debate, two in Republican face-off


| April 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Protestors Dog Christie as Booker Pleads for Federal Help on Tunnel Upgrades

John Reitmeyer | April 20, 2017 | Transportation
Senator says we’re on the brink of ‘a traffic Armageddon,’ protesters say governor’s fateful decisions fueled the crisis

DEP’s Proposed Stewardship Program Would Help Protect NJ’s Forested Land

Tom Johnson | April 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State agency hopes to preserve critical tracts of privately owned woodlands by requiring professional stewardship for program participants

New Interactive Feature Lets You Help Shape Our Coverage

NJ Spotlight Staff | April 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight we've come up with another way to make the most of one of our most valuable resources — our readers

Easing Interactions with Mentally Ill Individuals to Avoid Tragedies

Lilo H. Stainton | April 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Ambassador Awards honor people and agencies who have helped reduce stigma of mental illness, improved community relations

Poll: How Much Transparency Is Enough for Gubernatorial Hopefuls?

| April 20, 2017 | Polling
Right now, candidates deliver very few details about their financial assets and interests. Should we be seeing more?

Opinion: Fighting Global Warming with Strategy of Divestment/Reinvestment

R. William Potter | April 20, 2017 | Opinion
Baby boomers and millennials alike can refuse to invest in or do business with companies deep into fossil fuels, investing instead in ‘green’ alternatives

New Terminal A Cleared for Takeoff at Newark International Airport

NJTV News Online | April 20, 2017 | Transportation
Port Authority will spend $2.3B to replace aging terminal with something sleeker, more streamlined


| April 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Financial Transparency Almost Unknown Among NJ Gubernatorial Hopefuls

Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
ELEC personal disclosure forms require almost no detailed financial data, and most candidates seem content to leave it at that

Did Argentinian Firm Bankrupt Subsidiary to Avoid $1.4B Cleanup?

Tom Johnson | April 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State wants YPF investigated to see if it drained Maxus Energy of resources to wiggle out of paying for Passaic River dioxin contamination

Is Climate Change Already Aggravating Asthma, Other Diseases in New Jersey?

Lilo H. Stainton | April 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Healthcare and environmental experts discuss serious public health consequences, local and global, of a changing climate

Despite Job Growth, NJ Still Shy of Employment Level Prior to Great Recession

John Reitmeyer | April 19, 2017 | Politics
Job gains come as state business leaders striving to make New Jersey more attractive to skilled workers and trained tradespeople

Op-Ed: A Message to Congress — Keep Charities and Foundations Nonpartisan

Linda M. Czipo and Nina Stack | April 19, 2017 | Opinion
Removing the longstanding ban on partisan political activity by charitable and philanthropic organizations presents a severe threat to the integrity and wellbeing of those organizations


| April 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

As Pols Dawdle over School Funding, Here Are the Numbers at Stake

John Mooney | April 18, 2017 | Education
Depending on whose math you follow, districts could be in line for $1 billion to $2 billion

Hoboken Terminal Project Provides Respite from Amtrak-NJT Bickering

John Reitmeyer | April 18, 2017 | Transportation
Although ongoing work will not be finished for several years, significant progress is being made — including on pedestrian concourse

Can ‘Abuse-Deterrent Opioids’ Help Stem NJ’s Drug Epidemic?

Lilo H. Stainton | April 18, 2017 | Healthcare
Advocates for these drugs say they are critical to fighting New Jersey’s opioid epidemic, but not everybody’s so sure

State, Audubon Hoping to Move Forward with Logging at Sparta Mountain

Tom Johnson | April 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If OK’d, plan would push ahead without certification of Forestry Stewardship Council

Why New Jersey Needs Nuclear Energy

Ralph Izzo | April 18, 2017 | Sponsored Content
Nuclear has become an indispensable part of the state’s energy mix, providing nearly half of the 24/7 supply of power generated in New Jersey

Op-Ed: If We Want Clean Energy, We Must Get Energy Prices Right

Frank A. Felder | April 18, 2017 | Opinion
Garden State could become first in the US with the right mix of ‘carbon pricing and revenue recycling’


| April 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

Coal-Fired B.L. England Power Plant to Stay in Service Another 2 Years

Tom Johnson | April 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PJM Interconnection says generating facility essential to reliability of power grid

With Spectrum Auction a Wrap, How Should NJ Spend Its $300M Proceeds?

John Reitmeyer | April 17, 2017 | Politics
One proposal: funnel some funds into journalism and media-related endeavors to compensate for deep cuts to New Jersey’s journalism community in recent years

The List: Top 10 Public Contractors and Their Political Contributions

Colleen O'Dea | April 17, 2017 | The List
Complexity and confusion about the law may have discouraged contractors from contributing directly to candidates and parties last year

ACOs at Year 1 Celebrate Some Successes but Face Uncertain Future

Lilo H. Stainton | April 17, 2017 | Healthcare
Affordable care organizations are finding a focus in their patient communities, while concerned about funding for the coming year

Opinion: Why I Support Betsy DeVos

Dick Zimmer | April 17, 2017 | Education, Opinion
The issue is school choice. The opposition is the teachers unions


| April 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Citizen-Responders Supplement Jersey City’s Ambulance Corps

Lilo H. Stainton | April 13, 2017 | Healthcare
Unique in America, this life-saving program is based on successful Israeli model

True or False? The More You Know, the More Likely You Are to Believe ‘Fake News’

Colleen O'Dea | April 13, 2017 | Politics
A recent poll shows that New Jerseyans with deep political knowledge are most susceptible to conspiracy theories about the opposite party

NJ Lawmakers Wrangle Over Who Decides How TTF Billions Will Be Spent

John Reitmeyer | April 13, 2017 | Transportation
Senate President rejects Republican senator’s claim that new commission could politicize how projects are selected

State Strikes Drought Warning/Watch in All but Two Counties

Tom Johnson | April 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Below-normal water levels in reservoirs in Hunterdon and Somerset counties keep drought warning in place

Poll: Is It Time to Re-Evaluate Our Transit Priorities?

| April 13, 2017 | Polling
The TTF plans to pump most of its money into our decaying roads and bridges. Is that really the best way to divvy up the funds?

Op-Ed: Candidates for Governor Need to Step up for Campaign Finance Reform

David Goodman | April 13, 2017 | Opinion, Elections 2017
The coming elections are a great opportunity to urge legislative and gubernatorial hopefuls to come out against dark money and special interests


| April 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Voters Support Tax Hike for Millionaires, CPAs Say It Could Propel Rich to Leave

John Reitmeyer | April 12, 2017 | Budget
Majority of New Jerseyans back tax hike on the rich — if revenue is used for education and public pensions

Opinion: ACA Lives on for Today, but What About Tomorrow?

Linda Schwimmer | April 12, 2017 | Opinion
The Trump administration’s American Health Care Act has been pulled from consideration, but Obamacare is far from safe

State DEP Looks to Tighten Regulations Governing Pollution from Soot

Tom Johnson | April 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Fine particulate matter from factories and other sources is linked to respiratory ailments and may cause tens of thousands of premature deaths annually

Legal Opinion Could Curb ‘Dry Needling’ Practice by Physical Therapists

Lilo H. Stainton | April 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Attorney general decides physical therapy does not include treatments that break the skin; acupuncturists applaud opinion

If Federal Funds for Gateway Go South, Backup Plan Is for Private-Public Partnership

WNYC News Online | April 12, 2017 | Transportation
It’s still not clear if President Trump will honor infrastructure grant made by Obama administration

Taking a Closer Look at New Jersey DOE School Performance Reports

NJTV News Online | April 12, 2017 | Education
NJ Spotlight education writer John Mooney explains what’s new and why it matters for the latest crop of school report cards


| April 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie, Cuomo Want Independent Review of Penn Station Problems

John Reitmeyer | April 11, 2017 | Transportation
After latest train derailment, governors want outside ‘verification of track safety’ at the timeworn transit hub

Allegations of Islam Indoctrination in Schools Spread to New Jersey

Matt Katz | April 11, 2017 | Politics
Controversy in Chatham as two mothers claim school district proselytizing Islam while school officials point out teaching of world religions is legally mandated

State Poised to Open First ‘Rehab Prison’ at Mid-State Correctional Facility

Lilo H. Stainton | April 11, 2017 | Healthcare
New Jersey leaders hope that clinically driven ‘treatment prison’ will become national model, but Christie not looking for 100 percent success

Two ‘Green’ Groups Join Lawsuit Challenging Pipeline Through Pinelands

Tom Johnson | April 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ Sierra Club and Environment NJ sign on with Pinelands Preservation Alliance to block South Jersey Gas pipeline to B.L. England plant

Op-Ed: Undermining the EPA Risks Decades of Environmental Progress

Krassi Lazarova | April 11, 2017 | Opinion
Why do so many of us express general support for environmental protection, but not see it as a priority issue? Is the EPA a victim of its own success?

Could Russia Gain Control of Citgo, Constrict Flow of Oil to U.S.?

NJTV News Online | April 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Sen. Menendez argues Russia is waging geopolitical war using companies like Citgo as weapons

ACA Repeal & Replace: New Jersey's Response

NJ Spotlight Staff | April 11, 2017 | Roundtables
On the day of the vote that wasn't, experts came together to discuss the issues at an NJ Spotlight Roundtable


| April 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Federal Agency Signs off on PennEast Pipeline, Battle Moves to NJ DEP, DRBC

Tom Johnson | April 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Even with FERC Environmental Impact Statement, pipeline could face uphill fight at Department of Environmental Protection, Delaware River Basin Commission

Democrats, Republicans Dispute Size of Structural Deficit — and What It Means

John Reitmeyer | April 10, 2017 | Budget
Christie has used structured gap to campaign against incumbents, challengers; now he says he’s closed it — although Moody’s disagrees

Governor Unveils New Recovery Ads Featuring Former Addicts

Lilo H. Stainton | April 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Campaign features TV ads, as well as versions in English and Spanish for radio, and digital advertisements for Facebook and Twitter

Op-Ed: Think Twice Before You Pull Those Weeds

Eric Stiles | April 10, 2017 | Opinion
Native species furnish food for Monarch butterflies on their long migration to Mexico, and necessary nourishment for thrushes, tanagers, and warblers as they wing their way south


| April 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

OLS Projects New Jersey Taxes Will Be $223M Short

John Reitmeyer | April 7, 2017 | Budget
Growing concern that state budget will suffer from ‘Trump effect’ and that Christie administration’s revenue forecasts will not be met

PennEast Project Files for Water Permit from State DEP

Tom Johnson | April 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue controversial pipeline project cannot deliver all environmental data required by NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Family-Planning Funding Cuts Continue to Hurt Women’s Health in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | April 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Christie eliminated $7.5M budget line in 2010. Now some Republicans in Congress are striving to reduce federal payments to Planned Parenthood

Opinion: Is It Time for New Jersey to Create a Public Bank?

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | April 7, 2017 | Opinion
The state would be better served by focusing on the larger, more difficult task of reforming and improving its public banking institutions and programs

Interactive Map: Present or Absent — Teachers and Students at NJ’s Schools

Colleen O'Dea | April 7, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Chronic absenteeism remains a problem at too many schools, but faculty earn an A for attendance

PJM's High-Voltage Plan to Enhance Power Grid Back on Track

Tom Johnson | April 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PJM Interconnection green-lights slimmed-down $280M proposal to build line from South Jersey nuclear plant into Delaware

Christie Says NJ Transit to Withhold Amtrak Fee for NY Penn Station Failure

NJTV News Online | April 7, 2017 | Transportation
In aftermath of latest train derailment, governor slams lack of proper maintenance at the transit hub

More People Want to Live in Urban ‘Walkable Places’ and NJ’s Got Plenty of Them

NJTV News Online | April 7, 2017 | Housing
‘Places would kill’ for one of Garden State’s key assets, its commuter rail infrastructure

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| April 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Funding of NJ Transit: Scudder Says ‘Appropriate,’ Lawmakers Say ‘Inadequate’

John Reitmeyer | April 6, 2017 | Transportation
Concerns about funding of NJ Transit were aired in both Trenton and Washington, D.C. yesterday as commuters dealt with the latest misery at New York Penn Station

As Deadline at Federal Agency Looms, PennEast Foes Step Up Campaign

Tom Johnson | April 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gives controversial pipeline clean environmental bill of health, only local approval is needed for it to move ahead

Community Care for Disabled Adults to Continue Through Fiscal 2021

Lilo H. Stainton | April 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Extension of NJ Community Care Waiver will let state keep spending Medicaid dollars on technology, transportation, and other support services

Poll: Use Them or Lose Them — What’s the Best Policy for Sick Day Payouts?

| April 6, 2017 | Polling
Does it make sense for some public employees to get a big bonus at retirement when they cash in unused sick days and vacation time?

Op-Ed: Four Practical Ways for New Jersey to Raise New Revenue

Jon Whiten | April 6, 2017 | Opinion
Instead of scores of groups fighting for tiny scraps of an ever-shrinking funding pie, NJ needs to make that pie larger

NJ Activists Pay a Call on Rep. Frelinghuysen — in Nation’s Capital

WNYC News | April 6, 2017 | Politics
Travelers make trek because congressman would not hold town hall meeting in Garden State

$375M Makeover for Taj Mahal as Hard Rock Comes to AC

NJTV News Online | April 6, 2017 | Planning
Developers — ‘Jersey boys’ — promise thousands of jobs and a renaissance for the troubled resort


| April 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Addressing Specific Needs of First Responders Struggling with Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | April 5, 2017 | Healthcare
The traits that make first responders who they are can also make them very susceptible to high levels of psychological stress

Latest School Performance Reports Put ACT/SAT Results in Perspective

John Mooney | April 5, 2017 | Education
Reports, released yesterday, continue to stress dynamic growth over static snapshots

Could Backroom Efforts Deliver New Jersey Gender-Pay Deal?

John Reitmeyer | April 5, 2017 | Politics
Gov. Christie last year rejected legislation he said went too far. Sen. Diane Allen says bipartisan agreement is now within reach

Four Former NJ Governors Join Together to Battle Dismantling of EPA

Tom Johnson | April 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Accord is first time in memory that a group like this came together to oppose the policies of a sitting president

Op-Ed: Drastic SNAP Cuts Would Be Devastating Domestic Disaster

Irwin Stoolmacher | April 5, 2017 | Opinion
In New Jersey, some 850,000 people receive more than $1 billion annually from SNAP to help buy food. Converting the program to a block grant would slash funds


| April 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

Crowded Fields, Contested Primaries Come into Focus as Candidates File

Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Murphy may be unchallengeable, but a battle could be shaping up on Republican side for gubernatorial nomination

Two Leading Congressional Democrats Vow to Fight Trump’s EPA Cuts

Tom Johnson | April 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Booker and Pallone — joined by environmentalists, NJ lawmakers, and four former governors — decry president’s attempts to cripple federal agency

Telemedicine Comes to NJ: See the Doctor Without Leaving Home

Lilo H. Stainton | April 4, 2017 | Healthcare
Online treatment of certain illnesses now available in Garden State even though electronic service is unregulated here

Dems Ask Court to Block Christie’s Change to Handgun-Carry Permit Rules

John Reitmeyer | April 4, 2017 | Social
Lawmakers say rule change loosens permit process and rides roughshod over the Legislature. Governor says his administration will prevail

Explainer: Trump Names Christie Chair of Opioid Task Force, Details Still Sparse

Lilo H. Stainton | April 4, 2017 | Explainer
Choice of governor praised, but critics say action and funding needed, not more study

NJ Hopes to Hit Budget Home Run with Daily Fantasy Sports Games

John Reitmeyer | April 4, 2017 | Budget
Analysts project that issuing permits and charging operations fees could bring in new annual revenue of $6.6 million

Opinion: Bridgegate — the Ugly Political Scandal that Keeps on Giving

Carl Golden | April 4, 2017 | Opinion
The lane-closure scheme that stalled and snarled traffic in Fort Lee cost Christie his political capital, as his recent appointment to chair Trump’s opioid task force makes clear


John Mooney | April 4, 2017 | Education
State accountability system gets a fresh look, while old topics get last hearing


| April 4, 2017 | Number of The Day

Building a Secure Database for Patients’ End-of-Life Plans

Lilo H. Stainton | April 3, 2017 | Healthcare
Making ‘last wishes’ about terminal medical care available electronically should help ensure that patients and providers are in sync

Betting on NJ Lottery to Help Bail out Public-Employee Pension System

John Reitmeyer | April 3, 2017 | Budget
Diverting $1 billion in lottery revenue is a fix, not a solution, some experts warn, and it raises a question: How would the state budget make up for funds that are redirected?

Does New Mix of Energy Resources Affect Grid Reliability?

Tom Johnson | April 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Operator of nation’s largest power grid reports increased reliance on natural gas and renewables is not adversely affecting sustainability

Storm-Water Projects Seek Help from Increased DEP Funding

Jon Hurdle | April 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Communities and environmental groups plan on putting money into rain gardens and other schemes to reduce runoff

Op-Ed: Challenged by School-Funding Do-Over?

Lynne Strickland | April 3, 2017 | Opinion
For starters, let’s help our kids — let’s finally fix special-education aid


| April 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

Colon Cancer Screenings Could Save a Thousand Lives Annually in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | March 31, 2017 | Healthcare
The disease is on the decline, and with early detection five-year survival rate is 90 percent

Fine Print: Long-Sought Compromise Will Increase NJ Property-Tax Transparency

John Reitmeyer | March 31, 2017 | Budget
An investigation originally undertaken by NJ Spotlight pays off as new property tax data will be posted on state’s governmental services website

ACE Looks for 6.6% Rate Bump to Beef Up Delivery System

Tom Johnson | March 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
For Atlantic City Electric customers, rate increase would mean about $9.00 more on monthly bills

Prison For Bridgegate Conspirators: 2 Years for Baroni, 18 Months for Kelly

Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz WNYC News | March 31, 2017 | Politics
Although both defendants apologize for their actions, judge notes that they showed little remorse during the trial itself

Accumulated Sick-Day Payouts: ‘Local’ Problem Hits $2 Billion and Counting

Colleen O'Dea | March 31, 2017 | Politics, Maps, Map of the Week
Pay for unused absences was capped at $15,000 in 2010, but public employees hired before that at school districts, towns, and counties across the state can still rack up six-figure payouts

Republicans Reach Across Aisle to Work on Reforming Sick-Day Payouts

Colleen O'Dea | March 31, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan effort spurred by NJ Spotlight’s analysis of flawed system that has let public workers amass nearly $2 billion in unused sick and vacation leave

Op-Ed: DEP Misses Boat, Fails to Turn Tide on Polluted Stormwater

Michael L. Pisauro, Jr. | March 31, 2017 | Opinion
Department is renewing municipal stormwater permits for the first time in over a decade but is not incorporating technology that could improve water quality


| March 31, 2017 | Number of The Day

Healthy Gains Reported for Pension Returns at NJ State Investment Council Meeting

John Reitmeyer | March 30, 2017 | Budget
Bump of over 8 percent for fiscal 2017 announced, even as Christie mulls bill giving cops, firefighters more control of their pension investments

Appeals Court OKs Road Along Lacey Trail Near Pinelands

Tom Johnson | March 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
DEP reverses earlier decisions to deny construction permits; court upholds agency, frustrating ‘greens’ who argued against project

Poll: Bridgegate Verdicts — Did Baroni and Kelly Get What They Deserved?

| March 30, 2017 | Polling
Too soft? Too tough? Just right? Was justice served?

Op-Ed: Breaking Through Healthcare’s Aversion to Change

Tomas Gregorio | March 30, 2017 | Opinion
Change is inevitable, even in healthcare. It should be embraced, encouraged, and fostered, for without it we risk untold costs measured in lives and dollars

Bridgegate Day of Judgment: Prison for Baroni, Kelly

WNYC News | March 30, 2017 | Politics
Tears and remorse from co-defendants but judge notes they previously showed little empathy for the people hurt by their scheme


| March 30, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trump Scraps EPA Regulations Limiting Air Pollution from Fossil Fuels

Tom Johnson | March 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New president declares end to war on coal, likely driving up greenhouse-gas emissions and potentially endangering coastal states like New Jersey

No More Secret Deals Between Whistleblowers and Government

John Reitmeyer | March 29, 2017 | Politics
The Christie administration spent millions of dollars and kept key documents confidential in the Barlyn whistleblower case. Lawmakers want to end such deals

Bridgegate: Where Are They Now?

Matt Katz | March 29, 2017 | Politics
Yes, several face prison time, but others have landed comfortably in the Trump administration

The Keys to Getting Ahead of Hep-C: Prevention, Screening, Treatment

Lilo H. Stainton | March 29, 2017 | Healthcare
An estimated 150,000 NJ residents are infected with hep-C, most without knowing it; at present, their lives could be in danger

Profile: Keeping Tabs on Money, Politics, and Ethics in New Jersey Elections

Colleen O'Dea | March 29, 2017 | Profiles
As executive director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, Jeffrey Brindle has his work cut out for him — and he loves it

Pinelands Pipeline Project Headed Back to Appellate Court

Tom Johnson | March 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Pinelands Preservation Alliance argues that 22-mile conduit violates its Comprehensive Management Plan

NJ Spotlight, NJTV to Host Two Gubernatorial Primary Debates

NJ Spotlight Staff | March 29, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission picks partnership, also names Stockton University to host two other debates

Op-Ed: NJ Police and Fire Pension Bill — From the Frying Pan to the …

Chuck Reed | March 29, 2017 | Opinion
The public-employee unions have a point: The New Jersey retirement system has been a disaster. Unfortunately, what they don’t have is a viable solution


| March 29, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Adds 1,500 Beds to Community Programs for Mentally Ill Residents

Lilo H. Stainton | March 28, 2017 | Healthcare
State Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision succeeds in moving adults with mental disabilities from state hospitals to ‘least-restrictive’ facilities

NJ High Court Rules State Not Liable for Raritan Bay Superfund Site

Tom Johnson | March 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In divided decision, dissenting justice dismisses finding as ‘interpretative acrobatics’

Moody’s Downgrades NJ Credit Rating Fourth Time While Christie in Office

John Reitmeyer | March 28, 2017 | Budget
Rating agency identifies New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public pension system as one of main reasons for latest lowering of state’s grade

Water Companies Act on Chemical Concerns as Rulemaking Process Drags on

Jon Hurdle | March 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some private purveyors have already deployed the requisite filtering technology and are passing costs on to customers

Op-Ed: Why U.S. Supreme Court Must Stand up for Retired Americans

Mary Rich | March 28, 2017 | Opinion
Hospitals that masquerade as religiously affiliated institutions do their employees and themselves a grave disservice

Atlantic City Under Christie Administration: a Quick Recap

NewsWorks | March 28, 2017 | Politics
Deep cuts to the public-service sector, two shuttered casinos find buyers, and a credit upgrade — with the proviso that outlook for AC is still negative

On Her Retirement, Sen. Diane Allen Laments Anger in Politics

NJTV News Online | March 28, 2017 | Politics
Burlington County legislator says ire has become endemic in politics, society but legislators can still solve problems


| March 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

$400M Supplemental Transportation Aid OK’d in Time for Pothole Season

John Reitmeyer | March 27, 2017 | Transportation
No specifics yet on what projects will be tackled; $260M to go to roads and bridges, $140M to NJ Transit. Transportation Trust Fund now sitting pretty at $2B

Will NJ Tighten Vehicle-Emission Standards Following California’s Lead?

Tom Johnson | March 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Garden State belongs to coalition that has agreed to lower emission standards in step with the Golden State

Will NJ Schools Be Affected by U.S. Top Court Ruling on Special Ed?

John Mooney | March 27, 2017 | Education
State already answers to higher legal standard, but federal ruling should re-emphasize that minimum progress is not enough for special-needs students

Opinion: Welcome to the Brave New World of Stormwater

Daniel J. Van Abs | March 27, 2017 | Opinion
We need to think of stormwater as a resource that supports our streams, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries, not something to be discarded and forgotten

NJ Spotlight Helps Plan for Healthcare Future as GOP Bill Melts Down

Lilo H. Stainton | March 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Speakers at NJ Spotlight roundtable — ACA Repeal and Replace: New Jersey’s Response — stress that regardless of fate of Republican bill, state must be prepared for change

Menendez Focuses on Meals on Wheels, Despite Own Legal Worries

NJTV News Online | March 27, 2017 | Politics
U.S. Representative goes door to door to make sure clients eat, and to dramatize what Trump administration’s cuts would mean to New Jeresey

A Video Primer of New Jersey’s Property-Tax Relief Programs

NJTV News Online | March 27, 2017 | Budget
NJ Spotlight’s John Reitmeyer visits the studios of NJTV to talk property-tax relief


| March 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

Police, Firefighters Edge Closer to Control of Own Retirement Fund

John Reitmeyer | March 24, 2017 | Budget
After lawmakers approve removal of PFRS from state pension system, the proposal goes to governor; whether Christie likes the plan or not, it may be veto-proof

Court Tosses Case Against FERC, Helps Ease the Way for PennEast

Tom Johnson | March 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Judge rules that environmental group did not demonstrate bias on part of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when reviewing projects

Alternative Pain Treatments Reduce Suffering Without Addictive Drugs

Lilo H. Stainton | March 24, 2017 | Healthcare
One promising approach combines high-frequency radio waves and cooling technology rather than prescriptions for opioids

Interactive Map: Detailing New Jersey’s National Flood Insurance Payments

Colleen O'Dea | March 24, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
New Jerseyans have been hard hit by floods over the past four decades, receiving almost $6 billion in NFIP payments

Opinion: Finding the Right Fit for Charters and Special-Needs Students

Laura Waters | March 24, 2017 | Opinion
Accusations that charters don’t want to deal with special-ed costs and challenges are getting us — and our children — nowhere


| March 24, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie Wants to Divert Environmental Settlements One More Time

Tom Johnson | March 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Language in proposed budget would shunt hundreds of millions of dollars in legal settlements to general fund

Pushing to Keep Trump Budget Cuts from Derailing NJ Mass-Transit Projects

John Reitmeyer | March 23, 2017 | Transportation
Lawmakers, transportation advocates argue that loss of funding would be a blow not just to New Jersey but the entire Northeast corridor

New Jersey Hospital Improvements Save Lives and Dollars

Lilo H. Stainton | March 23, 2017 | Healthcare
ACA initiative in 63 Garden State facilities leads to better results for patients and significant savings overall

Poll: Millennial Outmigration — Major Headache or Minor Problem?

| March 23, 2017 | Polling
What can be done to keep millennials in New Jersey — and should communities and the state spend scarce funds to make it happen?

Democratic Hopeful Phil Murphy Picks Up Another ‘Green’ Endorsement

Tom Johnson | March 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Sierra Club announces it will back former U.S. Ambassador to Germany for governor

Op-Ed: Why Police and Firefighters Must Manage Their Own Pension System

Ed Donnelly | March 23, 2017 | Opinion
The state’s failure to meet its obligations and its willingness to give local employers a pass have created a shortfall in the PFRS system of more than $11.1 billion


| March 23, 2017 | Number of The Day

Out of Consensus and Contention, an Energy-Efficiency Portfolio Emerges

Tom Johnson | March 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Key to the standard is decoupling, which alters the utility business model and has gone down in defeat in the past in New Jersey

78 Days and Counting in Governor’s 100-Day School-Funding Challenge

John Mooney | March 22, 2017 | Education
Christie offered legislators a 100-day window to remake the school-funding formula with him, but so far there have been few takers

Businesses Worry that Too Many Millennials Headed Out of New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | March 22, 2017 | Social
Millennials are leaving Garden State at a faster clip than any other group; that’s a concern for business groups, who want to keep them here

AHCA Could Slash Number of Insured, Cost State Billions, Experts Advise

Lilo H. Stainton | March 22, 2017 | Healthcare
Under GOP healthcare plan, New Jersey’s uninsured rate could climb to pre-ACA levels by 2020

Water-Borne Chemicals Near Military Base Exceed EPA Health Guidelines

Jon Hurdle | March 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The chemical detection is the latest example of PFCs being found at levels above recommended health limits in numerous locations around the state

Opinion: Murphy and Guadagno and Their Gubernatorial Baggage

Carl Golden | March 22, 2017 | Opinion
While Murphy is burdened by Corzine’s ghost, Guadagno is shadowed by Christie’s presence

Parents, Educators Give Budget Committee an Earful on School Funding

NJTV News Online | March 22, 2017 | Budget
As they begin deliberations on the state’s budget, lawmakers learn just how hot an issue school funding is for many in New Jersey

Trump Budget Proposal Could Shortchange NJ Job Creation Program

NJTV News Online | March 22, 2017 | Politics
Christie adds 19 community colleges to state’s Career Connections network, citing need for employees with career credentials, associate degrees


| March 22, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Windfall from Sale of Public Airwaves Likely Smaller Than Projected

John Reitmeyer | March 21, 2017 | Budget
Analysts once estimated that selling off public bandwidth in New Jersey could raise more than $2B, but signs now point to a more modest haul

Rejoining RGGI Would Send Message to Next Governor, New President

Tom Johnson | March 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Regional effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions could be critical, some lawmakers say, if Trump rolls back initiative to reduce power plant pollution

Early Intervention Could Help Psychiatric Patients Steer Clear of the ER

Lilo H. Stainton | March 21, 2017 | Healthcare
A crowded, noisy emergency room is not the right environment for people having a mental-health crisis, experts argue

Opinion: Heads They Win, Tails You Lose

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | March 21, 2017 | Opinion
Police and fire unions’ power grab sticks New Jersey’s taxpayers with the pension bill

Explainer: Sorting Through the State’s Property-Tax Relief Programs

John Reitmeyer | March 21, 2017 | Explainer
The bad news is that the amount of money available for property-tax relief is shrinking; the good news, there are still a plethora of programs and options available

At NJ Spotlight ‘Newsmaker,’ U.S. Sen. Booker Meets with Our Members

John Mooney | March 21, 2017 | Politics
Bringing civic and political leaders together with our readers — it’s one of the benefits of membership


| March 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trump Infrastructure Flip-Flop Could Put Gateway Tunnel Project in Peril

John Reitmeyer | March 20, 2017 | Transportation
The first element of Gateway, a mission-critical bridge, may not get the needed — and expected — federal funding, possibly derailing entire initiative

Trump’s Budget Means Big Trouble for NJ Environment, Experts Warn

Tom Johnson | March 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Deep cuts to EPA, other agencies could spare drinking-water and wastewater infrastructure, but streams, rivers, shoreline in crosshairs

State Continues to Funnel Funds into Graduate Medical Education

Lilo H. Stainton | March 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Shrinking support for charity care offset at some hospitals by increase in funds to train tomorrow’s doctors and specialists

Op-Ed: The Legislative Importance of Pushing Back Against PARCC

Sarah Blaine | March 20, 2017 | Opinion
The NJ Board of Education’s choice of PARCC as a HS graduation requirement is an overreach by the executive branch that the Legislature must correct

AC Cops, Firefighters Vow to Fight Court-Approved Salary, Benefits Cuts

NJTV News Online | March 20, 2017 | More Issues
Judge’s ruling that state can set aside current collective-bargaining agreement raises ire of Atlantic City mayor, firefighters, and police


| March 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Making a Priority of Getting Lead Out of Drinking Water in Schools

Tom Johnson | March 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers, advocates argue that mandatory testing of pipes in schools is a critical first step to tackling the problem

Democratic Assembly Leaders Take Constitutional Tack with Two Measures

John Reitmeyer | March 17, 2017 | Politics
Legislators decide Christie regulatory change to gun laws conflicts with legislative intent, decide presidential candidates on state ballot must release tax returns

Getting the Word Out on NJ’s Big ‘Baby Box’ Giveaway

Lilo H. Stainton | March 17, 2017 | Healthcare
State collaborates on — but hasn’t trumpeted — program to donate tens of thousands of low-cost cardboard bassinets

Assembly Hopes Senate Will Go Along with PARCC Rollback

John Mooney | March 17, 2017 | Education
Lower chamber wants to eliminate PARCC as graduation requirement for NJ’s public high schools

Op-Ed: Will the Supreme Court Open Doors to NJ’s Wealthiest Communities?

Darrell L. Armstrong | March 17, 2017 | Opinion
Rather than welcoming inclusion, too many rich towns have perpetuated longstanding practices that lock out families of color from access to opportunities


| March 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Fears for New Jersey if Federal Budget Is Slashed

John Reitmeyer | March 16, 2017 | Budget
Advocates line up to tell lawmakers about implications for healthcare, housing, the environment if Trump administration axes spending

Trump Dumps Obama Rules on Fuel Efficiency for Cars

Tom Johnson | March 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists warn that rolling back standards will make it even harder to clean up smog and improve air quality in New Jersey

Only Way Cuomo Can Get His Own IG at Port Authority Is If NJ Signs on to Plan

John Reitmeyer | March 16, 2017 | Politics
Weinberg releases legal opinion of NJ Office of Legislative Services, arguing New York doesn’t have legal right to create its own inspector general

Under Obama, They Were Check-ins. Under Trump, They Could Mean Deportation.

Matt Katz | WNYC News | March 16, 2017 | Immigration
For undocumented immigrants, policies put into place by the Trump administration mean more uncertainty and fear

Immigrant Entrepreneur Argues Trump Travel Ban Is Bad for Small Businesses

Colleen O'Dea | March 16, 2017 | Immigration
For Samia Bahsoun, the administration’s just-blocked executive order has three strikes against it: It hurts tourism, damages the economy, and makes it hard to find high-tech help

New Jersey Bests Many States on Healthcare Scorecard

Lilo H. Stainton | March 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Residents here have better access to healthcare and generally lead healthier lives than citizens in many other states

Commission Weighs Rules to Allow Drilling in Delaware River Basin

Jon Hurdle | State Impact: Pennsylvania | March 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Although no decision imminent, Delaware River Basin Commission assures critics any new rules would be put to public comment


| March 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

Cops, Firefighters Could Pull Pensions from NJ Public-Employee System

John Reitmeyer | March 15, 2017 | Budget
Striking out on their own could give these public employees more control over how assets are managed, better protection from pension-system reforms

VW Emissions Settlement Could Be Windfall for NJ Push for Cleaner Air

Tom Johnson | March 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The $65.3 million could go to reducing diesel emissions at the ports of Elizabeth and Newark, as well as deploying electric-vehicle charging stations

Push to Expand Public Preschool Likely to Be Part of Budget Battle

John Mooney | March 15, 2017 | Education
Advocates recognize money is tight but argue now’s the time to roll out public pre-K to 100 low-income communities

Op-Ed: Sale of NJ’s Airwaves Could Address Local News Crisis

Mike Rispoli | March 15, 2017 | Opinion
When news coverage disappears, people are less informed, civic participation drops, and political corruption increases

Poor, Elderly Stand to Be Hardest Hit Under GOP Healthcare Plan

Colleen O'Dea | March 15, 2017 | Healthcare
NJ Spotlight interactive map lets readers compare tax credits they would get from ACA versus AHCA on county-by-county basis

Christie Claims Credit for 60,800 NJ Jobs Gained in 2016

John Reitmeyer | March 15, 2017 | Politics
Critics argue increase just tells part of picture, pointing out state is only 30,000 jobs ahead of where it was in 2007

Curtailing Prohibitions on Medication-Assisted Treatment in Rehab

Lilo H. Stainton | March 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Some facilities exclude patients who are being treated with medications, but there’s a bipartisan move to end the exclusions

Reducing Food Waste, Fighting Food Insecurity in Garden State

Tom Johnson | March 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Keeping food out of dumps could help reduce methane in atmosphere, while making sure it makes the plate should help hold down hunger


| March 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

PSEG Power Sells Its 10% Share in PennEast Pipeline to Spectra Energy

Tom Johnson | March 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company remains committed to buying 125,000 decatherms of natural gas a day once pipeline is operational

Disgust at Plan to Fund Border Wall with Flood Insurance Surcharges

NJTV News Online | March 14, 2017 | More Issues
The president ‘promised Mexico would pay, not Superstorm Sandy victims,’ said U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell


| March 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

ACA Medicaid Expansion Helped NJ Save Millions in Charity Care

Lilo H. Stainton | March 13, 2017 | Healthcare
With Republicans talking repeal and replace, where will hospitals find the money to care for the state’s most vulnerable residents?

How Long Can NJ Transit Keep Rolling with Flat State Aid?

John Reitmeyer | March 13, 2017 | Transportation
Agency says it has no plans to hike fares; environmentalists unhappy with governor’s plan to shunt $82 million from Clean Energy Fund to NJT

Offshore Wind Bids for NY and MA, Sector Remains Becalmed in NJ

Tom Johnson | March 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has yet to cash in on its offshore wind potential; developers not likely to start generating electricity before 2023

The List: NJ and Administration’s Travel Ban on ‘Mostly Muslim’ Countries

Colleen O'Dea | March 13, 2017 | The List
New Jersey is home to about 9,500 people that the Trump administration’s new ban could seek to keep out

Opinion: Complex Truths Versus Simple Thinking About the Undocumented

R. William Potter and Clara S. Haignere | March 13, 2017 | Opinion
Being in the United States without documentation is about as “illegal” as jaywalking or shoplifting. Let’s treat it that way


| March 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

Opposition Builds as Details of GOP’s Healthcare Overhaul Become Clearer

Lilo H. Stainton | March 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Critics say Republican replacement for the ACA would shift costs, risks to states and individuals

Interactive Map: Who in NJ Would Get Hurt by Repealing and Replacing the ACA?

Colleen O'Dea | March 10, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
New Jersey residents benefited greatly from Obamacare Medicaid expansion. If the program is rolled back, men, women, and children in every county will be affected

Fine Print: Trying to Get a Handle on Food Waste in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | March 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Discarded food represents the single largest component of solid waste disposed of in the United States

$400 Million in Supplemental Spending Could Smooth Way to Transportation Projects

John Reitmeyer | March 10, 2017 | Transportation
Bipartisan backers of proposal say it will ease burden on local taxpayers and generate jobs in construction industry

Zoning Issues or Islamophobia? Community Says 'No' to New Mosque

Matt Katz | WNYC News | March 10, 2017 | Social
After months of increasingly contentious community conversations in the lead-up to the vote, many supporters say this was a religiously motivated decision fueled by fear of Muslims

Op-Ed: Freedom of School Choice Is a Chance at the American Dream

Ruthven Haneef Auguste | March 10, 2017 | Opinion
Those who obstruct choice are more interested in protecting their special interests than in protecting the interests of all children to access a quality education

North Brunswick Residents Still Waiting for NJ Transit Train Station

NJTV News Online | March 10, 2017 | Transportation
The governor authorized construction of the station in 2013, but the project seems to have run completely off the rails


| March 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

PSEG Power May Pull Out of PennEast Pipeline Project

Tom Johnson | March 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Newark company exploring sale of its $100 million share in controversial natural-gas pipeline

Could ‘Maternity Report Card’ Help Reduce NJ’s High C-section Rate?

Lilo H. Stainton | March 9, 2017 | Healthcare
Information about birth procedures and maternal health — tailored to pregnant women and new moms — could help boost health of mothers and children

Five Opportunities to Get Involved with the Fiscal 2018 Budget Review

John Reitmeyer | March 9, 2017 | Budget
New Jersey lawmakers have scheduled five public hearings for residents who want to sound off or speak in favor of Christie’s final budget plan

Poll: ACA Replacement Bill — Good Move or Step in Wrong Direction?

| March 9, 2017 | Polling
Can repeal and replace really take care of America’s myriad medical needs?

Op-Ed: Why Federal Support for the Arts Matters

John Schreiber | March 9, 2017 | Opinion
The NEA spends less than $150 million on the arts — and the arts send more than $22 billion back to local and state governments. Let that sink in

Buying Land to Protect Water, Open Spaces in Sussex County

NJTV News Online | March 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A land-purchase program in northernmost New Jersey is seen as a low-tech — but effective — means of helping the environment


| March 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

GOP’s Healthcare Plan Draws Rapid and Fierce Fire in New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | March 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Republican proposal, which includes drastic changes in Medicaid funding, would have ‘devastating impact on accessibility and affordability’

Cuomo Wants to Appoint His Own Inspector General at Port Authority

John Reitmeyer | March 8, 2017 | Politics
Commissioners argue that new IG could be used to throw a scare into employees and appointees who are thinking of blocking NY governor’s plans

Opinion: NJ Must Modernize Medicaid for the Future

Linda Schwimmer | March 8, 2017 | Opinion
Making Medicaid more efficient and effective will be essential to future generations and to the fiscal stability of our state for decades to come

With State Aid in Deep Freeze, Towns and Schools Are Out in the Cold

Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2017 | Budget
What does a flat budget look like? Higher property taxes, fewer services and staff, and nothing extra for teachers and students

Mosque Rejected in New Jersey Amid Fear of 'Dangerous' Muslims

Matt Katz | WNYC News | March 8, 2017 | Social
Opponents said they had no problem with Muslims, Islam, or even a mosque — they just didn't think it should be in a quiet residential neighborhood.

Fearing Cuts to ACA, Many Women Stocking Up on Birth Control

Christine Vestal | Stateline | March 8, 2017 | Healthcare
New Jersey among states considering laws to make it easier to purchase contraceptives


| March 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Medicaid 2.0 Provides Blueprint for Healthcare Reform in Garden State

Lilo H. Stainton | March 7, 2017 | Healthcare
New Jersey’s Medicaid program serves almost 2 million clients; increased cost efficiencies and enhanced responsiveness are a must — especially with ACA under fire

PSEG Warns That Without Subsidies Nuclear Plants Could Go Dark

Tom Johnson | March 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
CEO tells energy analysts ‘We are not saber rattling. We are not bluffing’

We're Witnessing an Extraordinary Moment of Muslim-Jewish Solidarity

Matt Katz | WNYC News | March 7, 2017 | Social
This could well be the most public display of solidarity between people of Muslim and Jewish faiths in recent American history

Will State Stop Cutting Checks to Seniors, Give Property Tax Credit Instead?

John Reitmeyer | March 7, 2017 | Housing
Lawmakers say bipartisan move to change NJ’s ‘senior-freeze’ property-tax reimbursement program would help homeowners on fixed incomes and save on administrative costs

PSE&G Looks to Extend Popular Energy Efficiency Program

Tom Johnson | March 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Initiative helps hospitals, local governments, multifamily houses use less energy to reduce electric and gas bills — would also add smart thermostats

Former Port Authority Chair Sentenced to 1-Year House Arrest for Bribery

WNYC News | March 7, 2017 | Politics
David Samson, Christie friend and mentor, draws no jail time, must perform community service, pay $100,000 fine

Op-Ed: All Hospitals Are Safety Nets for New Jersey Residents

Jennifer Mancuso | March 7, 2017 | Opinion
State law requires all hospitals to care for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, but reimbursements for these services are on the chopping block — again


| March 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

Lower-Priced PSEG Transmission Project Still Raises Cost Concerns

Tom Johnson | March 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
First PJM grid upgrade to be competitively bid out still too rich for Delaware’s blood

Breastfeeding on Rise in New Jersey, Advocates Seek Larger Gains

Lilo H. Stainton | March 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Some clinicians are asking for greater state oversight for lactation experts, which should encourage more women to adopt practice

Unfunded Liability of Public-Employee Pension System Closes in on $50 Billion

John Reitmeyer | March 6, 2017 | Politics
Lowering rate of return on fund investments will help, but some experts argue full actuarial payments — not called for in Christie budget address — remain critical

Op-Ed: Note to NJ Pols — A Few Boos and Tough Questions Won’t Kill You

Joshua Henne | March 6, 2017 | Opinion
Representatives who don’t have the courage to publicly engage aren’t serving their constituents — and don’t deserve to serve

Gubernatorial Hopefuls Test Early Campaign Messages on Business Audience

NJTV News Online | March 6, 2017 | Politics
It may be some eight months to Election Day, but it’s never too early for candidates to start staking out their territory

Sharp Drop-Off at Cape May Beaches Threatens Surfers, Swimmers

Newsworks | March 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Fixing the problem isn’t simply a matter of more sand, it’s where and how that sand is added to the shore that should make the difference


| March 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie Bases Budget Savings on Passage of Complex Health Insurance Laws

Lilo H. Stainton | March 3, 2017 | Healthcare
The governor wants to trim surprise medical bills, and is betting $125M in budgeted healthcare savings that legislators, insurers, providers can get the job done

Contradiction in Christie Budget Plan: Grow Revenue $1B While Cutting Taxes

John Reitmeyer | March 3, 2017 | Budget
The governor may be taking a gamble, but if he’s wrong it will be up to his successor to make things right — most likely with last-minute spending cuts

DEP Wants Feds to Suspend New Summer Flounder Regulations

Tom Johnson | March 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration worried that recent rules will harm state’s fishing industry and hurt shore tourism

Nitrogen Levels in NJ Waters Dip, But Will Drop Survive Trump Rule Rollback?

Jon Hurdle | March 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration considers scrapping Waters of the U.S. rule, but New Jersey might be unscathed since state regulations tougher than federal, experts advise

Lobbying Dollars Down a Tad in 2016, Biggest Spending on Funneling Gas Tax to TTF

Colleen O'Dea | March 3, 2017 | Politics
The NJEA is no longer the top spender; bumped to second place by Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative and its efforts on behalf of Transportation Trust Fund

Op-Ed: Jim Hughes Predicts NJ’s Postsuburban Economy, and It Isn’t Pretty

Carl Goldberg | March 3, 2017 | Opinion
Imagine the New Jersey landscape dotted with abandoned malls and ghostly office parks


| March 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

Is Teacher Preparation in New Jersey Failing Students with Disabilities?

Jackie Mader | The Hechinger Report | March 2, 2017 | Education
Educators say many teachers in the Garden State and elsewhere are unprepared to teach wide range of students

Budget Plan Bumps Up Lead Funding to $20M; Advocates Say More Is Needed

Tom Johnson | March 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Anti-lead activists say state needs to do more to find and fight contaminant in old housing, water supplies

Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie — The Lame Duck Who Roared

Carl Golden | March 2, 2017 | Opinion
The governor may be on his way out, but he managed to turn his budget address into a referendum on school funding, much to dismay of gubernatorial hopefuls

Details Still Fuzzy for Funding of Christie’s Healthcare Priorities

Lilo H. Stainton | March 2, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor highlighted anti-addiction efforts and other health priorities in his budget address Tuesday but a full account has yet to emerge

Does NJ Have a Lot to Lose if Undocumented Deported in Large Numbers?

John Reitmeyer | March 2, 2017 | Budget, Immigration
Half a million undocumented immigrants living in the Garden State contribute an estimated $587 million in taxes; aggressive deportation policy could hurt state and local budgets

Poll: Should Lawmakers Take Christie’s 100-Day School Funding Challenge?

| March 2, 2017 | Polling
The governor has pledged to work with Republicans and Democrats to find an equitable solution to the school-funding mess. Should legislators jump at the chance or let it pass?


| March 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

No New Taxes, Spending in Christie’s $35.5B Budget, But He Floats Some Novel Plans

John Reitmeyer | March 1, 2017 | Budget
Governor’s final budget has no dramatic innovations but he proposes new options for dealing with pensions, school funding, healthcare

Crafting a Multifaceted Energy Policy Targeted Beyond Governor’s Term

Tom Johnson | March 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A change in administration could offer an opportunity to reshape New Jersey’s clean-energy profile, from electric cars to distributed generation

Christie Seeks ‘Charity’ from Insurance Company to Bolster Healthcare for Poor

Lilo H. Stainton | March 1, 2017 | Budget, Healthcare
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield resists, says governor overstated its cash reserves, already supports healthcare programs for vulnerable residents

Christie’s School Funding Surprise: Maintain the Status Quo

John Mooney | March 1, 2017 | Budget, Education
Governor pledges 100-day window to work with lawmakers to fix funding, but caps offer with veiled threat if no solution is reached

2017 Gubernatorial Hopefuls Respond to Christie’s Budget Address

Colleen O'Dea | March 1, 2017 | Budget
No shortage of skepticism and criticism from members of the governor’s own party, as well as from other contenders

Op-Ed: We Need More than Campaign Slogans to Fix Healthcare System

James J. Florio | March 1, 2017 | Opinion
The ACA has healthcare moving in the right direction except when it comes to costs — and it may be that the rise in healthcare costs has nothing to do with the legislation


| March 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

Building Financial Literacy in High School So Kids Don’t Rack up Huge College Loans

John Reitmeyer | February 28, 2017 | Education
As costs of public and private colleges continue to climb, NJ student are sinking deeper into debt, but learning to be smarter about money can be a huge help

Leapfrog Report Shows Maternity Concerns Persist at Meadowlands Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | February 28, 2017 | Healthcare
Other NJ hospitals also show high C-section and other maternal surgery rates

New Farmland Assessment Reveals ‘Fake Farmers’ Still Getting Tax Breaks

Colleen O'Dea | February 28, 2017 | Planning
Faux farmers and hobby farms are still helping celebrities, politicians, and companies qualify for lowball property-tax assessments

Battle Against Logging NJ Highlands Picks Up Powerful Ally

Tom Johnson | February 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Sen. Lesniak moves to keep chainsaws, earthmovers, and wood chippers out of forested preserve, source of drinking water for millions of New Jerseyans

Op-Ed: How Do We Protect Our Children, Communities Against Toxic Chemicals?

Molly Greenberg and Debra Coyle McFadden | February 28, 2017 | Opinion
Gov. Christie's administration has repeatedly failed to ensure that counties and municipalities provide public access to emergency response plans, as required by federal law

If Feds Step in to Address Pension Crisis, Public Workers Won’t Be Winners

NJTV News Online | February 28, 2017 | Budget
Former state treasurer and NJ Spotlight contributor Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff discusses the federal government helping New Jersey and other states with public-pension problems


| February 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

U.S. Immigration Crackdown Drives NJ's Undocumented Deeper into Shadows

Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2017 | Immigration
Advocates and immigrants urge lawmakers to make New Jersey a sanctuary state, one that will not cooperate with ICE if it makes broad sweeps of undocumented communities

After Public Protest, Pinelands Gas Line Approval Heading for Court

Kirk Moore | February 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Will contested pipeline primarily serve the Pinelands, or will it carry enough natural gas to sell into other areas?

The List: Five Things to Listen for in the Governor's Final Budget Address

John Reitmeyer | February 27, 2017 | The List
The budget address has a tendency to go on too long or to be crammed with numbers essential and inessential. Here's help making sure you don't miss anything important

PSEG Still Looking for Subsidies to Help Keep Nuclear Fleet Afloat

Tom Johnson | February 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
'This needs to be fixed or the plants will close,' according to Ralph Izzo, head of PSEG

Guadagno on Choosing NJ Attorney General: Let the People Decide

John Reitmeyer | February 27, 2017 | Politics
The governor of the Garden State gets to name the AG, but an early plank in the Guadagno platform calls for electing this official — and severing the political bond

Health Advocates Want Christie to Replace Funds if Trump Repeals ACA

Lilo H. Stainton | February 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Patient activists plan pre-budget protest to draw governor's attention to plight of NJ's poor and working poor if Obamacare is overturned

Op-Ed: The Critical Need for New Jersey's Water Supply Plan

Jennifer Coffey and Tim Dillingham | February 27, 2017 | Opinion
With 14 counties under drought warning, the governor must release the Water Supply Plan — whether it's ready or not


| February 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

At ‘Alternative’ Town Halls, Residents Send Message to Often-Absent Pols

Chase Brush | February 24, 2017 | Politics
New Jerseyans are coming together in grass-roots groups to demand that members of Congress follow the people’s interests not the party line

What’s Wrong with NJ Transit? Commuters Get to Weigh In

John Reitmeyer | February 24, 2017 | Transportation
A survivor of last year’s fatal train accident in Hoboken was among those who testified at a public hearing about the mass transit agency

The Nuclear Option: Will Christie Budget Blow Up School Funding?

John Mooney | February 24, 2017 | Education
Educators, parents, advocates have been working for months to come up with a plan to countermand the governor’s ‘Fairness Formula’

Interactive Map: Tracking Chronic Conditions Among NJ’s Medicare Clients

Colleen O'Dea | February 24, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
New government data is sobering: The state has the highest rates nationally for diabetes and heart failure; second-highest rates for cancer and stroke, among other maladies

Emergency Room Use Persists Despite Gains in Insurance Coverage

Lilo H. Stainton | February 24, 2017 | Healthcare
Healthcare habits are proving slow — and somewhat difficult — to change

Op-Ed: Working Together to Address Health Challenges Posed by NJ Climate Changes

George DiFerdinando Jr. | February 24, 2017 | Opinion
The impact that changing climate trends will have on health of New Jerseyans is immediate, widespread, and severe


| February 24, 2017 | Number of The Day

Pain Patients Urge NJ Medicinal Marijuana Panel to Include Them in Program

Lilo H. Stainton | February 23, 2017 | Healthcare
People suffering from chronic pain and debilitating illnesses say panel has been unresponsive to their needs

DEP Weighs More Access to Pinelands Trails for Enduro Motorcyclists

Jon Hurdle | February 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some environmentalists argue that motorcycles should be banned outright from the preserve

Opinion: The Coming Federalization of NJ Pension and Benefits Crisis

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | February 23, 2017 | Opinion
Notwithstanding the 10th Amendment, the federal government has repeatedly stepped in when the states’ political systems failed to bring about necessary action

Murphy Lays Out Big Ambitions for Urban Renewal in New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | February 23, 2017 | Politics
The man who wants to be next governor proposes a sweeping agenda of tax breaks, help for small businesses, job training, criminal justice reform, and more

BPU to Invest $8M to Enhance Energy Efficiency at Two State Buildings

Tom Johnson | February 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hughes Justice Complex, New Jersey DEP — both in Trenton — to get makeover to increase energy conservation, save on electric and gas bills

NJ Police Are Stocking Up on Used Military Equipment

NJTV News Online | February 23, 2017 | Social
Police departments across the state have used a federal program to get $40 million of military surplus, including 196 Humvees


| February 23, 2017 | Number of The Day

Big, Bold Reminder to Appeal Your Property Assessment by April 1

John Reitmeyer | February 22, 2017 | Politics
It’s too late for this year, but from next year onward property assessment notices must alert homeowners to deadline for filing an appeal

Pinelands Pipeline Project Up for Approval on Friday — After 6 Years

Tom Johnson | February 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
It’s down to the wire for much-contested pipeline as opponents continue to lobby against what they see as unneeded project

Profile: Once Advocated for Self, Now for All NJ Residents with Disabilities

Lilo H. Stainton | February 22, 2017 | Profiles
Joseph M. Amoroso, director of the New Jersey Division of Disability Services, planned to work in finance but got waylaid

ACA Repeal Could Impact 1M NJ residents, Saddle State with $4B Annually

Lilo H. Stainton | February 22, 2017 | Healthcare
Obamacare is more than insurance coverage for the working poor; it also benefits seniors and could be a matter of life and death for some New Jerseyans

LGBT Refugees and Asylees Have Their Own Trump Fears

Matt Katz | WNYC News | February 22, 2017 | Immigration
Activists are concerned that Trump's approach to immigration could be uniquely problematic for gay and transgender people seeking refuge in America

Fears Keep Immigrants from Reporting Crimes — Including Domestic Violence

WNYC News | February 22, 2017 | Immigration
A special visa program lets undocumented immigrants remain in country if they cooperate with investigators or prosecutors

Op-Ed: What Regaining Full Control of Schools Means for the People of Newark

Shanell Dunns | February 22, 2017 | Opinion
Students will be counting on us — the parents, residents, teachers, and leaders — to create a school environment that prepares them to succeed as adults


| February 22, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie’s Public Pension Legacy: Broken Promises, No Effective Fixes

John Reitmeyer | February 21, 2017 | Budget
As he nears end of second term, governor still struggling with state’s deeply troubled public-worker pension system, while some stakeholders look to a new administration for relief

Three Strikes Against NJ ‘Greens’: Trump, Congress, New EPA Chief

Tom Johnson | February 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Do Garden State environmentalists have any leverage against this triple threat?

Disposing of Prescription Drugs Safely – A South Jersey Initiative

Lilo H. Stainton | February 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Special kits allow drugs to be safely destroyed and kept out of the wrong hands, also reduce their potential to cause pollution

Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie, Hardly Your Typical Lame Duck

Carl Golden | February 21, 2017 | Opinion
The governor isn’t just good at political brawling and trading shots, he likes doing so: Don’t look for that to change anytime soon

Helping Schools Address the Challenge of Inclusive Learning Environments

Jennifer Meller | February 21, 2017 | Education, Sponsored Content
Students with disabilities have a legal right to receive appropriate special education and related services in inclusive settings alongside peers who are nondisabled

New Jersey Bail Reform Needs … Tweaking or Trashing?

NJTV News Online | February 21, 2017 | Social
Why are those in the criminal justice system so deeply divided on the state’s new approach to bail?


| February 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Hospitals and Patients Feel Constricted by NJ’s Angioplasty Rules

Lilo H. Stainton | February 17, 2017 | Healthcare
Restrictions on non-emergency heart procedures force some patients to travel far beyond their local hospitals

PA Passes $32 Billion Spending Plan — Still Not Enough to Build Bus Terminal

John Reitmeyer | February 17, 2017 | Transportation
Budget includes $70 million to jumpstart planning process for new terminal, but completion of this critical part of project could extend to 2030 or beyond

Fine Print: Assembly Moves to End PARCC as Graduation Requirement

John Mooney | February 17, 2017 | Education
Committee acts on little-used parliamentary tool, but effort still has a ways to travel

NJ Pols, Businesspeople and Lobbyists Get Pally Riding the Rails to DC

NJTV News online | February 17, 2017 | Politics
Annual train journey lets movers and shakers talk shop — and schmooze

Op-Ed: A New Vision — Citizenship for the 21st Century

Harry Pozycki | February 17, 2017 | Opinion
The urgent task of retooling and strengthening our democracy can no longer be left to our leaders in Washington, Trenton, and city hall


| February 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

EDA Tax Incentives at a Price: Pay Equity for Men and Women

John Reitmeyer | February 16, 2017 | Politics
Businesses that want help from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority must be able to demonstrate their employees earn equal pay for equal work

Governor Gets His Addiction Law Just 5 Weeks After Outlined in State of State

Lilo H. Stainton | February 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Measure makes it easier for people with substance-use problems to get extended treatment, limits new opioid prescriptions to five-day supply

Grid Operator Approves More Than $1.5B in Projects, Mostly for PSE&G

Tom Johnson | February 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Heavy investment in transmission infrastructure addresses reliability issues linked to outdated equipment

While Education Simmers in D.C., NJ Quietly Puts Together Its ESSA Proposal

John Mooney | February 16, 2017 | Education
The state puts the finishing touches to its plan for implementing Every Student Succeeds Act, looks for public comment

The FBI Is Calling, and Syrian Refugees Are Worried

Matt Katz | WNYC News | February 16, 2017 | Immigration
Bureau's special agent in charge describes phone calls to refugees as outreach to a new community, not surveillance

Op-Ed: Deepening Our Commitment to Public Purposes of Higher Ed

Kathleen Waldron | February 16, 2017 | Opinion
How can we ensure that we help young people from historically underserved communities apply, enroll, and graduate college?


| February 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

Beck Says Senate Dems Blocking Efforts to Bring Corruption Bill to Floor

John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2017 | Politics
Senator’s pension-forfeiture bill would make it easier to strip benefits from corrupt officials

State Funding Gives Sharp Boost to NJ’s Biotech, Life Sciences Industry

Lilo H. Stainton | February 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Tax credits for 'angel investors' are key to encouraging private investment in new and growing companies

Natural Gas, the Other Alternative Fuel for Transportation Sector

Tom Johnson | February 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New group hopes to stake claim to big-truck and bus markets, while electric vehicles make inroads into consumer and light-truck sector

Promised Quorum Could Bring Election Commission Out of Cold Storage

Colleen O'Dea | February 15, 2017 | Politics
Watchdog agency plays critical role in rapidly approaching gubernatorial debates, other tasks related to 2017 election

Opinion: The Tragedy and Travesty of Undocumented Children

R. William Potter | February 15, 2017 | Opinion
Having an attorney present during immigration proceedings tips the scales of justice in favor of remaining in the United States


| February 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

New Push to Fight Discrimination Against NJ’s Transgender Residents

Lilo H. Stainton | February 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Inequities in healthcare and insurance coverage are among the targets of a new package of legislation

School Violence and Vandalism by the Book

Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2017 | Education
State DOE’s annual report on problems plaguing schools indicates small bump in incidents over the year before

NJ Lawmakers Oppose PA Spending Plan if Bus Terminal Initiative Not Funded

John Reitmeyer | February 14, 2017 | Transportation
Legislators on both sides of the aisle seem ready to stall vote on $32B capital plan unless it includes $70M for bus terminal planning effort

On the Water Front: Finding the Leaks, Getting the Lead Out

Tom Johnson | February 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey’s aging infrastructure can waste up to 30 percent of drinking water before it’s even delivered to customers

Murphy Gets Green Thumbs-Up from NJ Conservation Voters

Tom Johnson | February 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Phil Murphy, Democratic hopeful for his party’s gubernatorial slot

Op-Ed: Protecting Freedom of the Press — Starting in Middle School

Walter Bowne | February 14, 2017 | Opinion
In this age of fake news, students can’t learn too soon to fight editorial censorship

Pennsylvania DEP Awards Critical Water Permit to PennEast

StateImpact Pennsylvania | February 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PennEast argues that Pennsylvania’s approval shows pipeline can be built with minimal environmental impact, a hot button with New Jersey activists


| February 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

Dems Want State to Pick Up Tab if NJ’s Sanctuary Cities Lose Funds Under Trump

John Reitmeyer | February 13, 2017 | Immigration
Governor says officials from communities that lose federal funding will have to explain revenue loss to local residents

Consumer Electric Bills Headed South for Slight Dip in Monthly Charges

Tom Johnson | February 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Cheaper natural gas, more efficient power plants, expanded power grid play part in reduced charges for residential customers

Audit Confirms What Patients Have Long Said: Medicaid Doctors Hard to Find

Lilo H. Stainton | February 13, 2017 | Healthcare
Inaccurate information in provider listings reveals doctors and dentists not at reported locations, no longer accept Medicaid, among other problems

Making Sense of New Jersey’s Solar Stumble — and Job Loss

Tom Johnson | February 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ Spotlight energy writer Tom Johnson discusses the state of the solar market with WNYC News host David Furst

Op-Ed: The Will of New Jersey Voters Must Be Respected

Steven P. Perskie | February 13, 2017 | Opinion
Ballot measure on gaming against state constitution

Will Skyrocketing Price of Naloxone Limit Its Use?

NJ Spotlight Staff | February 13, 2017 | Healthcare
Report reveals that cost of lifesaving medication, which can reverse opioid overdoses, has jumped by as much as 500 percent


| February 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: Plotting Student Loan Defaults Across the Garden State

Colleen O'Dea | February 10, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
At 9.1 percent, New Jersey’s default rate is 11th in the country, particularly good news given that students tend to carry a heavy debt burden

Free Primary-Care Office Opens for Government and School Employees

Lilo H. Stainton | February 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Pilot project developed by Sen. Sweeney to improve care, reduce taxpayer costs

Farmland Preservation Could Be in the Green Again, if Funding Clears

Tom Johnson | February 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Appropriation from corporate business taxes would be first since voters passed constitutional amendment in 2014

Sarlo, Oroho Honored for Efforts to Break Through TTF Gridlock

John Reitmeyer | February 10, 2017 | Politics
Two NJ lawmakers singled out by conservative Tax Foundation for making tax reform ‘simpler, more neutral, more transparent … more pro-growth’

Op-Ed: Supreme Court’s Decision — the Final Battle in the COAH War?

Lori Grifa | February 10, 2017 | Opinion
The court’s ruling provoked the usual responses. Many towns complained that it would cost them money; others decried it as a usurpation of local authority


| February 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

Despite Concerns Over Future of ACA, More NJ Residents Enrolled This Year

Lilo H. Stainton | February 9, 2017 | Healthcare
Trump administration attempted to downplay the recent ACA enrollment period by suspending outreach ads and marketing

New York Officials Open Doors to Refugees as New Jersey Shuts Them

Matt Katz | WNYC News | February 9, 2017 | Immigration
Unlike state and local officials in the Empire State, Gov. Christie is supporting the president's travel ban and formally ending the state refugee-resettlement program

School-Aid Reform: Not Enough Legislative Action to Keep Topic at Top of Agenda?

John Reitmeyer | February 9, 2017 | Education
School-funding inequities have plagued New Jersey for almost a decade; is this finally the time to set things right?

What Does It Mean When State Supreme Court Says ‘No’ to Christie?

NJ Spotlight Staff | February 9, 2017 | Education
NJ Spotlight’s education writer visits WHYY to discuss top court’s refusal to hear governor’s case for reopening Abbott v. Burke decision

Op-Ed: Fierce Urgency of Getting Veterans’ Diversion Right in New Jersey

Matthew S. Adams | February 9, 2017 | Opinion
We owe it to our veterans to get this right. Hopefully our legislators are listening

Jersey City Development Puts Big Squeeze on PATH Trains

NJTV News online | February 9, 2017 | Transportation
With even more residential development in pipeline, Mayor Fulop says Port Authority has not taken influx of new riders into account in its plans

Can NJ Colleges Deliver ‘Income Mobility’ to Poor Students?

Colleen O'Dea | February 9, 2017 | Education
Some 66 percent of Garden State colleges help graduates climb from poverty to the ranks of the upper middle class


| February 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ’s Solar Stumble: Sector Sheds 1,000 Jobs in Past Year

Tom Johnson | February 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
While rest of country showed strong 25 percent growth in solar jobs, New Jersey’s solar employment fell by 14 percent

State plans potential $1 million anti-addiction public awareness campaign

Lilo H. Stainton | February 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Campaign would encompass traditional TV, radio, and print outlets as well as a web-based offering and could feature Gov. Christie in some role

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Steps Up Oversight of Hope Creek

Tom Johnson | February 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency determines that plant’s safety-related coolant system was out of service for more than two weeks

Without Extra Billions, Bus Terminal Won’t Be Replaced Before Late 2020's

John Reitmeyer | February 8, 2017 | Transportation
Concerns raised about urgent need to do something for commuters, bus companies at final public hearing before key February 16 vote

Profile: Jason Howell, Protecting the Pinelands Against All Comers

Jon Hurdle | February 8, 2017 | Profiles
The stewardship coordinator for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance doesn’t rule out ‘direct action’ for protecting this preserve

Op-Ed: ‘Do No Harm’ — Words to Remember as Congress Debates Future of ACA

Betsy Ryan | February 8, 2017 | Opinion
Efforts to ‘repeal, repair or replace’ Affordable Care Act could affect all consumers, not just those covered by the controversial law

Place for Less Well-Off Residents in New Newark?

WNYC News | February 8, 2017 | Housing
City has low level of homeownership, and renters could be vulnerable if development causes housing market to heat up

Committee with Key Role in Allocating TTF Billions Not Yet Named

NJTV News Online | February 8, 2017 | Transportation
Purpose of the panel is to ensure ‘legislative input’ in selection of capital projects


| February 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Ending the 'Surprise' Factor in Medical Bills

NJ Spotlight Staff | February 7, 2017 | Roundtables
Panel discusses an issue that costs New Jersey residents millions every year

Senate Says Schools Will Remain ‘No-Questions-Asked’ Safe Zones for All Students

John Mooney | February 7, 2017 | Education, Immigration
Upper chamber also resolves not to support Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority countries

Gov. Christie OK’s Tighter Lead-Screening Levels Based on CDC Recommendations

Lilo H. Stainton | February 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Using federal guidelines will cut acceptable levels of lead in kids’ blood by half

One-Stop Online Source for All Data to Make Government in NJ More Transparent

Colleen O'Dea | February 7, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey Open Data Initiative should make it easier for public to find all manner of state information

Opinion: Anticipating the 2018 Statewide Water Supply Plan

Daniel J. Van Abs | February 7, 2017 | Opinion
The administration has made it clear that it doesn’t want to release the water plan. It’s time to look forward to a new administration and a new plan

Could Commonsense Rules Fix Some of New Jersey’s Budget Problems?

John Reitmeyer | February 7, 2017 | Budget
Inability to replenish ‘rainy day’ savings account is significant problem for Garden State

JCP&L Monmouth County Power Line Remains Hot Button for Residents

Tom Johnson | February 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Customers, local officials, lawmakers argue to scrap project before it can move ahead


| February 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

State BOE Head in Spotlight as Christie Charter-School Code Gets Voted Down

John Mooney | February 6, 2017 | Education
BOE President Biedron — targeted for replacement by Christie — says there was nothing political in thwarting governor’s charter-school regs

The List: Top Theaters in NJ Are Impressive Supplement to Great White Way

Carly Sitrin | February 6, 2017 | The List
Theater in New Jersey is a match for the best available in any region when it comes to talent, innovation, cost, and diversity

Democrats’ Delay on PA Reform Keeps Agency’s NJ Chairman in Place

John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2017 | Transportation
Democratic lawmakers stall reform bill in response to Christie CV, because once it’s passed Chairman Degnan will be replaced by NY counterpart

State Doubles Rate It Will Pay for Medication Management, Key Drug Addiction Service

Lilo H. Stainton | February 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Decision part of larger battle to stem tide of opioid addiction in New Jersey

Fine Print: Using Water Audits to Curb Losses in Drinking Supplies

Tom Johnson | February 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In a state where up to 30 percent of treated water is lost before it reaches the tap, water audits can be a critical tool


| February 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trauma-Informed Care Treats Injuries That Can Be Seen, Those that Can’t

Lilo H. Stainton | February 3, 2017 | Healthcare
The pain and aftershocks of traumatic injuries — physical and psychological — can linger for a lifetime and feed chronic illnesses

Ospreys Flocking Back to their New Jersey Nests

Tom Johnson | February 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Banning DDT, cleaning up water both credited with population recovery that brings total of active nests to more than 500

Republican Pols Try to Change Subject — Away from Trump, Back to New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | February 3, 2017 | Politics
GOP leaders call for special session of Legislature to discuss NJ’s pressing issues; Democrats dispute charge they are not working on state’s critical concerns

Op-Ed: The Problems with New Jersey’s ‘Pedal’s Law’

Mike Adams | February 3, 2017 | Opinion
Getting down to some basic facts about bear hunting in the Garden State

American Dream Mall Still Troubling Developer’s Sleep

WNYC News | February 3, 2017 | Planning
Funding expected to be available in December has yet to show, raising questions about whether this dream will ever be realized


| February 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Women Still Scarce in Local Politics, Despite Gains on State Level

Tara Nurin | February 2, 2017 | Politics
Women in both parties have to work harder, smarter than men — especially when running for mayor, freeholder, council member

Upping Atlantic City Hotel Tax Could Preserve Jobs for Cops, Firefighters

John Reitmeyer | February 2, 2017 | Politics
Beleaguered resort’s $100 million budget shortfall could mean deep cuts to public-safety services and serious damage to the city’s reputation as tourist destination

State Supreme Court Extends Liabilities for Environmental Damages

Tom Johnson | February 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Top court rules that insurers remain liable for cleaning up pollution even if original policy has been reassigned due to corporate mergers or restructuring

Christie’s 900 New Beds for Psychiatric Treatment at Least a Year Away

Lilo H. Stainton | February 2, 2017 | Healthcare
Limited capacity at residential facilities in NJ has been a serious barrier to caring for those with mental health, addiction issues

Poll Finds New Jersey Majority Favors Affordable Housing

Colleen O'Dea | February 2, 2017 | Housing
Two-thirds approve providing homes for those of low- and moderate-income; 53 percent think their own communities have ‘the right amount’

Opinion: Boom, Bust, or Beware?

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | February 2, 2017 | Opinion
The impact of the GOP’s “border-adjusted” corporate tax plan on New Jersey


| February 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ’s Top Court Refuses to Hear Christie’s School-Funding, Seniority Brief

John Mooney | February 1, 2017 | Education
Two-page ruling points governor to lower court to fight teacher seniority, barely mentions funding challenge

Camden’s Healthcare ‘Genius’ Joins Insurance Giant to Take Reforms Nationwide

Lilo H. Stainton | February 1, 2017 | Healthcare
Dr. Jeffrey Brenner says that joining UnitedHealthcare gives him chance to create lasting change in healthcare across the country

Focus on PATH Extension, Tunnel Helix at Hearing on Port Authority’s $32B Plan

John Reitmeyer | February 1, 2017 | Transportation
Agency proposes spending billions on a number of projects, not all of which have unanimous approval

BPU Power Auction: Will Low Natural-Gas Prices Hold Down Electricity Rates?

Tom Johnson | February 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Most customers have seen prices dip slightly or stay mostly steady over past few years. Will trend continue?

Agenda: Charter Schools and Special Education Rules Move Forward

John Mooney | February 1, 2017 | Education
State board to take decisive votes on controversial regulations for private special education schools and charter schools

Travel Ban Puts Some American Families On Hold

Matt Katz | WNYC News | February 1, 2017 | Politics
President Donald Trump's ban on immigration from certain Muslim countries isn't just affecting refugees, asylum seekers, and green-card holders

Op-Ed: DeVos Deserves Booker’s Support for Education Secretary

Dick Zimmer and Steven Looney | February 1, 2017 | Opinion
Confirmation process is an opportunity for Booker to stand up against partisan politics and forge a new bond advocating for New Jersey’s public school children


| February 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

Legislators Hold Water-Quality Bill But Rap DEP for Delays Setting Standards

Tom Johnson | January 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Panel disappoints environmentalists looking for way to push agency to establish limits for 16 contaminants

NJ Officials, Commuters Say New Bus Terminal Vital; Will Port Authority Act in Time?

John Reitmeyer | January 31, 2017 | Transportation
The run-down Port Authority bus terminal needs to be replaced, but some are concerned the agency’s capital plan does not provide proper funding

Lawmakers Advance Christie’s Anti-Addiction Agenda —with Reservations

Lilo H. Stainton | January 31, 2017 | Healthcare
Insurance companies and other critical stakeholders also worry about aspects of plan, notably the potential costs

Coding for Community Helps Towns, Cities Develop Apps on Their Wish Lists

Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2017 | Social
Contest for the state’s digerati puts tech skills at service of municipalities, along with a chance to take home some bankable prizes

Delaware Basin Program Measures Progress Protecting Water Supplies

Jon Hurdle | January 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Initiative counts more than 40 conservation groups as members, targeted thus far on improving local conditions in creeks and streams

Op-Ed: Reconnecting ‘Opportunity Youth’ Will Help Communities Thrive

Robert Clark | January 31, 2017 | Opinion
The chance to help disenfranchised young people make something of their lives is an unprecedented opportunity in many NJ cities and towns

Tears, Fears & Sierra Leone Soup at New Jersey's Refugee Cafe

Matt Katz |WNYC News | January 31, 2017 | Social
Business is good: Since President Donald Trump was inaugurated about twice as many people have been lunching at the restaurant — where refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers cook every meal


| January 31, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Say They Won't Bow to President’s Threat to Cut Federal Aid

Hank Kalet | January 30, 2017 | Immigration
Officials says if they capitulated, immigrants would be fearful of government and that would make policing more difficult

South Jersey School District Ready to Challenge School-Funding Formula in Court

John Reitmeyer | January 30, 2017 | Education
Superintendent no longer willing to wait for Legislature to fix the problem, says ‘We are going to become the aggressor on this issue’

Doing More than Worrying about Surprise Medical Bills

Lilo H. Stainton | January 30, 2017 | Healthcare
At NJ Spotlight Roundtable, consumer advocates and stakeholders debate and discuss finding an equitable way solve this nettlesome problem

Transparency Bills Take Aim at Lobbying, Presidential Tax Returns

Colleen O'Dea | January 30, 2017 | Politics
Lobbying legislation has already passed Senate unanimously; measure dealing with candidates faces rougher road, including possible legal challenge

New Area Code in the Cards for South Jersey

Tom Johnson | January 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Projections indicate that all phone numbers within the 609 area code will be assigned by third quarter of 2018

Op-Ed: Yes, We Should Change the Affordable Care Act — to Keep It

Richard F. Keevey | January 30, 2017 | Opinion
The powerful lies and deceptions about why the ACA should be scrapped did their job, as did the unbelievable ineptitude of the Democrats and the press


| January 30, 2017 | Number of The Day

Does State’s Solution to Lead-Contaminated Schools End with Bottled Water?

Tom Johnson | January 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
Testing for lead in school drinking water is just the beginning, but is money available for remediation?

Guadagno Comes Out Strong for Charters, School Choice

John Mooney | January 27, 2017 | Education
In one of her first policy statements, Republican gubernatorial candidate indicates she might push the boundaries on her boss’s charter policies

Interactive Map: Where NJ’s High Property Taxes Are Highest (and Lowest)

Colleen O'Dea | January 27, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Over the past six years, property taxes have climbed by as much as 35 percent, but some communities have seen average bills remain stable or even declined

Amending the Federal Constitution from the Trenton State House

John Reitmeyer | January 27, 2017 | Politics
A grassroots movement hopes to use Article 5 to convene a convention called by state legislatures across the country

Christie’s (Middle-Class) Anti-Addiction Efforts Get Closer to Realization

Lilo H. Stainton | January 27, 2017 | Healthcare
It looks as though governor could get most of what he wants, but plan specifically excludes Medicaid and FamilyCare recipients

Delaware Estuary Scientists Worried About Possible Trump Effect

Jon Hurdle | January 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Scientists at regional summit clearly unnerved by Trump administration’s announcements on climate change, fossil fuels, and the EPA

‘How Bad Is Bad?’ Keeping the Focus on NJ’s Foreclosures

NJ Spotlight Staff | January 27, 2017 | Housing
NJ Spotlight contributor Joe Tyrell, who yesterday reported in-depth on New Jersey’s worst-in-nation status for foreclosures, discussed the troubling issue on WHYY Newsworks


| January 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

New Jersey Still Bogged Down in Foreclosures While Rest of Country Recovering

Joe Tyrrell | January 26, 2017 | Housing
Housing advocates blame a lack of leadership at state level for Garden State’s highest foreclosure rate in nation

2016 Investment Returns for Public-Employee Pension Up 7%, Much Better Than in 2015

John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2017 | Budget
New figures don’t negate fundamental funding problems, but they bring some good news for the beleaguered pension system

New Coalition Melds Labor, Faith, and ‘Green’ Groups to Fight Global Warming

Tom Johnson | January 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Powerful union members with deep pockets like NJEA and SEIU could help Jersey Renews achieve its ambitious environmental agenda

Some of NJ’s Top Educators Inspire Those with Passion to Teach

Robin Traum | January 26, 2017 | Education
High-school students whose lives have likely been changed by teachers learn how to change other lives in turn

Op-Ed: Making the Case for Medical Aid in Dying in New Jersey

Kenneth Schwab | January 26, 2017 | Opinion
There is often a sense of peace that comes when terminally ill patients can maintain their autonomy in end-of-life decision making

Fractured Truss in Delaware River Bridge Means Weeks of Rerouted Traffic

NJTV News Online | January 26, 2017 | Transportation
Although experts still unsure as to exact cause of break, Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority indicates it's “an act of nature”

More Universities Follow Rutgers’ Model of ‘Sober Dorms’

WNYC News | January 26, 2017 | Education
A Rutgers’ support program for students struggling with addiction has become a national exemplar


| January 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie Pressures Hospitals, Insurers to Cooperate on Anti-Addiction Measures

Lilo H. Stainton | January 25, 2017 | Healthcare
Against some resistance from healthcare and insurance providers, governor forges ahead with anti-addiction agenda

Trump’s EPA Freeze: Start of Ice Age for NJ Environmental Efforts?

Tom Johnson | January 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Freezing grants from federal agency will adversely affect a state with 118 Superfund toxic waste sites

Governor Takes Another Stab at Ending Publication of Legal Notices in Newspapers

John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2017 | Politics
Proposal is widely viewed as punishment for newspapers that have aggressively covered the Bridgegate scandal and other Christie controversies

Pinelands Commission Pushes on with South Jersey Natural-Gas Line

Kirk Moore | January 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Heavily attended hearing on controversial pipeline brings out advocates, opponents — and some familiar arguments

NJ Teachers Uncensored on Likely Secretary of Education

John Mooney | January 25, 2017 | Education
Among comments about DeVos as head of federal Department of Education — ‘demoralizing,’ ‘an insult and slap in the face to educators’

Op-Ed: Christie’s ‘Fairness Formula’ Reveals Problems with NJ’s School Funding

Paul Tractenberg | January 25, 2017 | Opinion
The state’s persistent failure to fully fund its own formula has compounded the fiscal plight of low- and moderate-wealth school districts

Bayonne Zoning Board Meets on Planned Mosque, Draws Hundreds for and Against

Matt Katz, WNYC News | January 25, 2017 | Social
After listening to five hours of testimony about proposed mosque-community center, board makes no decision


| January 25, 2017 | Number of The Day

Effort to Strengthen Equal Pay Protections in NJ Fails

John Reitmeyer | January 24, 2017 | Politics
One Republican senator said equal-pay bill demonstrated how white men were being ‘denigrated over and over again’

State Audit Faults EDA for Not Making Sure Companies Qualify for Awards

Colleen O'Dea | January 24, 2017 | Politics
Although ‘adequate controls’ are in place, according to audit, Economic Development Authority needs to do better job determining, following up on tax breaks, credits

Senator Calls for High School Students to Undergo Annual Addiction Screenings

Lilo H. Stainton | January 24, 2017 | Healthcare
Proposal would expand use of an evidence-based screening and referral program now in place at some healthcare clinics to all public and private high schools statewide

Federal Agency Again Postpones Decision on PennEast Pipeline

Tom Johnson | January 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Despite delay on final Environmental Impact Statement, company remains certain that pipeline will be in service in second half of 2018

Opinion: Note to President Trump — Clean Energy Is Job Explosion Waiting to Happen

R. William Potter | January 24, 2017 | Opinion
Investments in renewable energy can be a quick start to employment growth and the best weapon in the battle against global climate change (even if you don’t believe in it)

PSEG Solar Source Continues Shopping Spree with Two More Acquisitions

Tom Johnson | January 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Unregulated utility picks up a pair of utility-scale solar projects in North Carolina

‘Strings and Sticks’ Help Make Space on NJ Beaches for Rare Plants and Birds

Jon Hurdle | January 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Without impeding public access, a modest program at the Jersey Shore has allowed plants to grow and birds to breed undisturbed


| January 24, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trump Targets ACA on Day 1; NJ Democrats Coordinate Response

Lilo H. Stainton | January 23, 2017 | Healthcare
Democratic leadership to huddle today to map out what repealing, replacing Obamacare will mean to New Jersey residents

Tight Funding Deadline Looms for Developer of American Dream Mall

John Reitmeyer | January 23, 2017 | Planning
A $1.15 billion bond sale to fund completion of the megamall in the Meadowlands is supposed to happen this month, but time’s running out

First Steps to Reduce Fraud at Program that Helps Poor Pay Energy Bills

Tom Johnson | January 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Safeguards would prevent Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from fraudulently issuing benefits to dead people

Op-Ed: Listening to What ALICE Has to Say About NJ’s Working Poor

Chris Kirk | January 23, 2017 | Opinion
More than one-in-four NJ families — people we see and work with every day — cannot afford to meet a ‘survival budget’


| January 23, 2017 | Number of The Day

Decoding DeVos: What New Education Secretary Could Mean for New Jersey

John Mooney | January 20, 2017 | Education
Yes, she’s pro-charter and pro-school choice, but how might those beliefs play out for educators and students in the Garden State?

Interactive Map: Where NJ’s Working Poor Can’t Afford Bare Necessities

Colleen O'Dea | January 20, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The latest report on ALICE— Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — reveals 37 percent of households can’t eke out a survival budget

Pinelands Commission Sued to Stop Review of Pipeline Project

Tom Johnson | January 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Pinelands Alliance has asked appeals court to block commission from determining if pipeline complies with state policy and administrative rules

RWJBarnabas to Partner Noted Philly Hospital, Looks to Improve NJ Pediatric Care

Lilo H. Stainton | January 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Two of region’s healthcare powerhouses promise ‘strategic alliance’ will enhance quality of care for thousands of children

Opinion: Memo to Guadagno — Taking Reporters’ Questions is the Best Policy

Carl Golden | January 20, 2017 | Opinion
The newly minted gubernatorial candidate needs to learn a basic truth: Talk to the press or give the press something to talk about

Could Commuters and Labor Really Get a Say in New Jersey Transit?

John Reitmeyer | January 20, 2017 | Transportation
Train accidents, fare hikes, and service cuts have all been part of NJ Transit’s recent history. Now there’s a bid to give riders and workers effective input to its future

WNYC to D.C. — Donald Trump 'Understands Me'

Matt Katz and Arun Venegopal | WNYC News | January 20, 2017 | Politics
On the third day of this journey, we find a Trump supporter who chafes at the stigma that comes along with her choice of candidate


| January 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Advocates Argue ACA Repeal Could Hurt NJ Healthcare, Cost Money — and Lives

Lilo H. Stainton | January 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Garden State coalition rallies at State House, while Democrats in D.C. grill Trump’s controversial pick to head national healthcare policy

NJ Supreme Court Ruling Could Leave Towns on Hook for 120,000 Affordable Units

Colleen O'Dea | January 19, 2017 | Housing
Court rules housing responsibilities continued to accrue during 16-year period when affordable-housing regulation was in dispute

BPU Tool Helps Water Companies Speed Infrastructure Investments

Tom Johnson | January 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency opts to renew program that lets companies invest up to 5 percent of revenues in system upgrades without lengthy regulatory review

Dems Seek School-Aid Fix, Fear Christie Will Push for Drastic Changes Via Budget

John Reitmeyer | January 19, 2017 | Education
School funding has never been an easy issue for New Jersey, not even for political colleagues like Sweeney and Prieto who can’t agree on how to administer it fairly

With 2 Gigawatts of Capacity Installed, NJ Solar Sector Shines

Tom Johnson | January 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU indicates that milestone means state has fourth-highest cumulative amount of solar capacity nationwide

WNYC to Washington, D.C. — 'Look It's Not the End of the World'

Matt Katz and Arun Venegopal | WNYC News | January 19, 2017 | Politics
Thousands of people in Philadelphia rallied on the recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, to speak out against 'right wing extremism' of incoming Trump administration — outside oldest A.M.E. church in the nation


| January 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Fear NJ Commuters May Not See New PA Bus Terminal Until 2030

John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2017 | Transportation
Digging into capital plan also reveals that PATH extension to Newark Airport will not include stop in South Ward, considered key to city’s economic development

Two Former Governors Join ‘Greens’ to Do Battle with Trenton, D.C.

Tom Johnson | January 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Florio and Whitman to help League of Conservation Voters heighten awareness of environmental issues in State House, White House

Christie Stays on Message, Signs Executive Order for Anti-Addiction Measures

Lilo H. Stainton | January 18, 2017 | Healthcare
Some experts question governor’s priorities, some lawmakers say he’s replicating plans already approved by the Legislature

Guadagno Launches Run for Governor, Gives Christie the Jersey Swerve

NJTV News Online | January 18, 2017 | Politics
The lieutenant governor, who hopes to succeed her unpopular boss, did not mention him directly but criticized him implicitly

Fuel Diversity: Guaranteeing Reliable, Affordable Energy

Bill Levis | January 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
While the low price of natural gas is welcomed by consumers, we need to be sure that we do not become too dependent on one fuel to heat our homes and power them with electricity

OP-Ed: In Face of Federal Threats, NJ Should Welcome Immigrants

Erika J. Nava | January 18, 2017 | Opinion
Given the threat of mass deportations, New Jersey families are looking to local governments for resistance that is based in common sense and public safety

WNYC to Washington, D.C. — 'This is the Real America'

Matt Katz and Arun Venegopal | WNYC News | January 18, 2017 | Politics
WNYC's Matt Katz and Arun Venugopal are taking a road-trip to D.C., talking to voters about the incoming administration


| January 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Democrats — and a Few GOP Colleagues — Gear Up to Deal with ACA Repeal

Lilo H. Stainton | January 17, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Repeal and replace’ could cost state billions and would almost certainly affect quality of healthcare available to poor and middle-class residents

Feds Renewed Fuel-Economy Standards Will Help NJ Reduce Smog

Tom Johnson | January 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The EPA decision to stay the course with 2012 pollution standards gives the Garden State another way to fight greenhouse-gas emissions

Public Hearings — as Many as 9 — Planned on School Funding

John Mooney | January 17, 2017 | Education
Democrats Sweeney and Prieto will pursue individual approaches to funding reform

Major Building Projects at NJ Colleges to Benefit from $34M Allocation

John Reitmeyer | January 17, 2017 | Education
Assemblyman says ‘it’s money well-spent’ as supporters hope up-to-date facilities will keep our third-level institutions competitive with those in other states

Syria Supper Club: Reaching Out to Refugees, One Dinner at a Time

Matt Katz | WNYC | January 17, 2017 | Politics
At this supper club, Muslim refugees from Syria and Iraq join groups of mostly Jewish New Jerseyans for dinners that are part fundraiser, part cultural exchange

Supreme Court Ruling Means New Sentencing Guidelines for Juveniles

NJTV News Online | January 17, 2017 | Social
Now judges must consider factors such as age, family environment, and peer pressure when sentencing young offenders for violent crimes


| January 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Experts Warn Christie’s Prescription Limits Could Cause More Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | January 13, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor wants to ‘prevent addiction before it starts’ by curbing patients’ access to medications but there is strong opposition to such mandates

Lesniak Willing to Sue Over $300M Renovation Christie Is Pushing for State House

John Reitmeyer | January 13, 2017 | Politics
Lawmakers concede urgent repairs are needed but some question the control and financing of the project

Guadagno Joins GOP Governor’s Race, Ciattarelli Says Cancer Will Slow Him

John Reitmeyer | January 13, 2017 | Politics
Ciattarelli optimistic about prognosis, disclosed illness because of concerns about transparency among public officials

Does NJ Need New Ratepayer Subsidy to Encourage Solar Deployments?

Tom Johnson | January 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More solar systems could help reduce congestion on grid, but Division of Rate Counsel argues the price is too high

Interactive Map: New Jersey Graduation Rate Inches up for Class of 2016

Colleen O'Dea | January 13, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
While improvement holds for all races and ethnic groups, rates vary between schools from 100 percent to less than 30 percent

Op-Ed: The Next Infrastructure Frontier — New Jersey’s Water System

Greg Lalevee | January 13, 2017 | Opinion
Fixing pipes should be a priority for all New Jerseyans, not just because of worries about lead but because of deeper structural problems

NJ Supreme Court Rules Young Offenders Can’t Be Given Life Sentences

WNYC News | January 13, 2017 | Social
There are a number of juveniles in New Jersey serving life sentences, including one serving 100 years

Special Education Schools Alarmed at DOE Proposals

NJTV News Online | January 13, 2017 | Education
Department of Education said ‘significant overspending’ means changes need to be made, but schools worry about consequences for their survival


| January 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

SEC Raps Port Authority with Penalty, Raises Doubts About Christie’s Credibility

John Reitmeyer | January 12, 2017 | Politics, Transportation
Commission reveals administration planned to use funding for ARC commuter tunnel to finance infrastructure fixes long before governor canceled project citing concerns about cost overruns

Christie’s Best-Intended Addiction Initiatives May Be Hard to Realize

Lilo H. Stainton | January 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Most problematic parts of his plan: mandating health insurance coverage for six months of treatment and restricting opioid prescriptions to five-day supply

Renewed Demand for State Water Supply Plan, But DEP Won’t Say When

Jon Hurdle | January 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Member of expert panel says lack of a blueprint leaves New Jersey vulnerable to drought and unable to manage water assets and infrastructure

Electric Vehicles in NJ: Going Nowhere Fast — And That’s the Problem

Tom Johnson | January 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If New Jersey can’t get one in seven cars on the road to be an EV by 2025, automakers could face fines that would likely be passed on to consumers

Opinion: Christie’s State of the State, a Tour de Force on All Fronts

Carl Golden | January 12, 2017 | Opinion
In just 75 minutes the governor reaffirmed his political dominance, took the high moral ground, and issued a clarion call to fight off a deadly health crisis

Explainer: Tallying the Social Cost of Climate-Changing Carbon Dioxide

Rutgers Today | January 12, 2017 | Explainer
Knowing the social cost of carbon dioxide makes it possible to see how lowering emissions translates into the monetary benefits of implementing regulations

Poll: Christie’s State of the State — Too Long for One Topic?

| January 12, 2017 | Polling
Opioid addiction is threatening New Jersey, but should the governor have touched on other subjects in his hour-plus speech?


| January 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie Focuses State of the State on ‘Crisis of Drug Addiction’

Lilo H. Stainton | January 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor devotes two-thirds of his last major address to problem he says is ‘ripping the very fabric of New Jersey’

Democrats Say Christie Sidestepped Problems in Final State of State

John Reitmeyer | January 11, 2017 | Politics
Governor focused on opioid addiction and said little or nothing about property taxes, school funding, or ongoing debt and credit-rating issues

Sweeney and Prieto Thrust and Parry over School Funding Plan

John Mooney | January 11, 2017 | Education
Senate president and assembly speaker agree on at least one issue: They need to get out ahead of governor’s ‘Fairness Formula’

DEP Accepts Plan to Curb Toxic Chemical in NJ’s Drinking Water

Jon Hurdle | January 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Surveys have shown the presence of PFNA in New Jersey’s public water systems is much higher than the national rate

State Agency Has Unanswered Questions about PennEast Project

Tom Johnson | January 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ Department of Environmental Protection says it will withhold permits until surveys of proposed route, environmental impact studies are complete

Opinion: Do We Need a Port Authority Police Department?

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | January 11, 2017 | Opinion
The PAPD’s dysfunction would be laughable were it not for the seriousness of its mission and the size of its budget


| January 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Agency Wants Federal Okay to Continue with NJ’s Medicaid Reforms

Lilo H. Stainton | January 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Officials say recent ‘patient-centric’ changes to the program are working and provide national models

Preventing the E-Waste Stream from Becoming a Flood

Tom Johnson | January 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Revamped recycling program mandates that manufacturers of electronic products pick up the tab for disposing of discarded devices

Opinion: Health Crisis Looms if Obamacare is Repealed Before Replacement

Milly Silva | January 10, 2017 | Opinion
Voting to repeal the ACA without detailing an alternative plan that will guarantee affordable health coverage for all Americans would be irresponsible to the extreme

As Temperature Dips, Beach Access Debate Gets Underway

Tom Johnson | January 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Public access makes good start, but difficult questions such as entrance fees, parking, and national security remain to be considered

NJ Seeks Help from Bankers to Bring Down Public-Worker Pension Costs

John Reitmeyer | January 10, 2017 | Budget
Spokesman says Treasury hopes for ‘new and innovative ideas’ for what is now the worst-funded system in the U.S.

Booker, NJ’s Black Mayors Strategize for Post-Obama Era

WNYC News | January 10, 2017 | Politics
Senator and mayors plan how to win federal resources for New Jersey under Trump administration

‘Pink-Collar’ Jobs Among The Fastest-Growing In NJ And Other States

NJTV News Online | January 10, 2017 | Social
Expert says nursing, childcare, and home healthcare have one big advantage — they cannot be moved overseas


| January 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

Proposal Seeks to Expand Access to ‘Dual Diagnoses’ Treatment Beds

Lilo H. Stainton | January 9, 2017 | Healthcare
It’s not uncommon for people with substance-abuse problems to also suffer from behavioral-health issues; unfortunately, facilities that can treat both are rare

Background to Christie State of State: High Unemployment, Property Taxes

John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2017 | Politics
Governor enters final year in office with low approval ratings and some Republican lawmakers breaking ranks to oppose him

Sweeney Pushes to Keep His School-Funding Plan Alive

John Mooney | January 9, 2017 | Education
Senate president adds new wrinkle to scheme, a select committee to investigate school funding statewide

Rate Counsel Sees No Need for High-Voltage Transmission Line

Tom Johnson | January 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Division argues that high-voltage line no longer needed to ensure reliability, suggests alternative approaches and routes be explored

New Federal Protection for Delaware River Basin but Funding Unclear

Jon Hurdle | January 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Source of drinking water for millions of people gets legal safeguards; it’s not yet clear whether Congress will provide the money to implement them

Op-Ed: Racial Disparities in NJ’s Juvenile Justice System Are ‘Unacceptable'

Andrea McChristian | January 9, 2017 | Opinion
Incarceration is the default for far too many children of color in the Garden State; it’s time to shift to a community-based system of care


| January 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

Is ‘Brain Waste’ Costing New Jersey Billions Every Year?

Tiziana Rinaldi | January 6, 2017 | Immigration
When highly qualified newcomers work washing dishes and cleaning restrooms, everyone pays the price — immigrants, communities, and New Jersey

PA Board Gives NJ Lawmakers, Advocates Some of What They Wanted

John Reitmeyer | January 6, 2017 | Transportation
Commissioners approve $30 billion capital-spending plan, but only set aside $3.5 billion for bus terminal, not enough to carry project to completion

Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions at Risk Again if Republicans Overturn ACA?

Lilo H. Stainton | January 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Insurance coverage might become unaffordable for some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents

Interactive Map: Fatal Traffic Crashes Jumped Significantly In 2016

Colleen O'Dea | January 6, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
NJ roads became safer from 1990s to 2013, but then deaths began rising again

NJ Picks Up Federal Grants to Retrofit Diesel School Buses

Tom Johnson | January 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Older diesel engines can expose kids to nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, or soot

NJ Spotlight and WHYY Newsworks Talk Christie and Charters

John Mooney | January 6, 2017 | Education
Will the governor make this a big bang issue or will he let it just fade away in his last year in office?

For Bayonne Residents, Upgraded Water System Comes at a Price

NJTV News Online | January 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Officials created a private partnership that has dealt with decades of neglect but has led to sharp increases in rates


| January 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

‘Tiny House’ Pilots Could Make Huge Difference to NJ’s Indigent and Homeless

Colleen O'Dea | January 5, 2017 | Housing
A movement typically associated with millennials and baby boomers could help ease the affordable housing crunch in New Jersey

Critics, Advocates Pump Up Volume of Charter-School Debates

John Mooney | January 5, 2017 | Education
After protest moves indoors, meeting of state Board of Education turns into lively discussion of whether NJ needs charters at all

Get Smart, Get Tested, Get Treated for STDs and HIV/AIDS — New Campaign

Lilo H. Stainton | January 5, 2017 | Healthcare
The ‘startling fact’ that half of all sexually active young people will get an STD by age 25 brings urgency to the effort

Christie Signs On to Help Small Businesses Boost Their Chances of State Contracts

John Reitmeyer | January 5, 2017 | Politics
‘We have work to do,’ said governor in what might be a signal of new attempt at comity in Trenton

Proposed State Rules Tighten Restrictions on Sources of Smog, Soot

Tom Johnson | January 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is hoping to clean up the air by imposing pollution limits on small turbines and engines, solvents used to manufacture fiberglass boats


Scott Rudder | January 5, 2017 | Opinion
A former member of the Legislature explains why he has become an advocate for legalizing medical cannabis in the Garden State


| January 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

He Was Fired After Bridgegate. Now He's Headed to White House

Matt Katz | January 4, 2017 | Katz on Christie
Bill Stepien, the former Chris Christie campaign manager who was fired in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal, will be the new political director in Donald Trump's White House ...

Planning a Clean-Energy Agenda for When Christie Is Former Governor

Tom Johnson | January 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Energy advocates are beginning to push for more renewable energy, looking into decoupling the power sector, and deploying charging stations for e-vehicles

Job Growth In New Jersey Lagged In 2016 After Good Year In 2015

John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2017 | Politics
Economist warns that ‘slow’ may be the state’s ‘new normal,’ citing structural changes like millennials rejecting the suburbs and flocking to major cities

Federal Audit Finds Problems with NJ’s Medicaid Billing System, Wants $95M Refund

Lilo H. Stainton | January 4, 2017 | Healthcare
State officials and local providers contest findings, say they are based mainly on ‘unreasonable’ requirements for documentation of treatments

Agenda: Public Hearings on Charters and Private Schools

John Mooney | January 4, 2017 | Education
State Board hears from the public on new charter regulations and those for private special-ed schools

Op-Ed: Leaving New Jersey’s Young Children Out in the Cold

W. Steven Barnett | January 4, 2017 | Opinion
Shouldn’t every impoverished child in New Jersey be given the assistance he or she needs regardless of where they happen to live in the state?

Paterson Welcomes Small Group Of Refugees From Syria

NJTV News Online | January 4, 2017 | Immigration
Passaic County freeholders want New Jersey to continue to provide new home

New Jersey Gains Some Clout In New Congress

NJTV News Online | January 4, 2017 | Politics
Political scientist says Rodney Frelinghuysen’s chairmanship of House Appropriations Committee is ‘huge deal’ for the state


| January 4, 2017 | Number of The Day

Education 2017: You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Scorecard

John Mooney | January 3, 2017 | Education
Can Christie continue to dominate? Will the chief justice shape the state’s top court’s ruling on Abbott? Who’s likely to head up the NJEA …

Opinion: Income Inequality and Policy in New Jersey

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, Charles Steindel, and Roger S. Cohen | January 3, 2017 | Opinion
Recent reports about the Garden State’s ‘inequality problem’ should be taken with a sizable grain of salt

South Jersey Inches Closer to Better Phone Service, High-Speed Internet

Tom Johnson | January 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU president to preside over case involving Verizon and addressing service quality in Cumberland and Atlantic counties

Hefty Sales-Tax Increase for Businesses, Shoppers in Five New Jersey Cities

John Reitmeyer | January 3, 2017 | Politics
A number of urban communities must deal with a substantial sales-tax increase because governor would not agree to extend the Urban Enterprise Zone program


| January 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

An NJ Spotlight Roundtable:
Ending the ‘Surprise’ Factor in Medical Bills

NJ Spotlight Staff | January 2, 2017 | Event
Tackling a major issue that costs millions

Op-Ed: State Legislation Would Preserve Nature on NJ’s Highways

Kelly Mooij | January 2, 2017 | Opinion, Winter 2016
Plants native to New Jersey can serve the needs of the state while reducing economic and ecosystem risks posed by nonnative vegetation

Op-Ed: We Must Learn to Teach the Entire Child

Brian P. Gatens and Matthew J. Murphy | January 2, 2017 | Opinion, Winter 2016
Emphasizing the academic aspects of education to the detriment of others will not help develop life-long learners

Op-Ed: PARCC Is a Symptom, Not the Problem

Rich Ten Eyck | December 30, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
Fixing school accountability, property-tax equity, fair distribution of resources, and charter school expansion may be necessary but is not sufficient.

Op-Ed: Earned Sick Leave A Lifeline for Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Amy Dunford | December 30, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
But with efforts stalled to advance sick leave legislation in New Jersey, survivors continue to be put in danger

Op-Ed: Improve Health in NJ by Coordinating Behavioral Treatment, Primary Care

Joan Randell | December 29, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
Gov. Christie’s $100M commitment is a good start toward improving effectiveness of treatment by taking broader approach

Op-Ed: We Must Take Steps to Reverse the Economic Impact of Outmigration

Michele N. Siekerka | December 29, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
Anyone who does not believe our high taxes and high cost of living play a pivotal role in driving people from the state needs to have a reality check

Op-Ed: Legalizing Marijuana -- A Matter of Civil Rights

Udi Ofer | December 28, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
There were almost 25,000 arrests for marijuana in 2014, but New Jersey's black residents are three times more likely than their white counterparts to be busted

Op-Ed: Requiring PARCC Test to Earn High-School Diploma Still a Bad Idea for NJ

Lisa Wolff | December 28, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
We don’t want to end up in the unenviable position of other states, issuing retroactive high-school diplomas

Op-Ed: What the Public Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Our Students, Our Schools

David M. Aderhold | December 27, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
As a community of parents and educators, we must come together to rebuff the politicization of public education

Op-Ed: Finding Homes for the Disabled and the Poor in All of Our Communities

Gail Levinson | December 27, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
Much more can and should be done to solve our housing crisis; limiting access is not a solution

Op-Ed: In Healthcare, More Tests and Procedures Do Not Ensure Better Outcomes

Lizette Delgado-Polanco | December 26, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
One thing certain is that the current fee-for-service system is not working for New Jersey. We need something better

Op-Ed: It's Not Just Lead -- New Jersey’s Drinking-Water Crisis

David Pringle | December 26, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
New Jersey’s water-infrastructure problem will take years and billions to fix. But it’s time to at least develop a plan of action

The Best Op-Eds of 2016

NJ Spotlight Staff | December 23, 2016 |
While we’re on winter break we want to make sure you can still count on us for thought-provoking content

Op-Ed: Fix NJ’s Social Studies Standards, Let History Take a Backseat

Brian Rock | December 23, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
How can students learn civics, economics, and geography when they’re expected to cover so much history?

Op-Ed: Deeper Debt Waiting for Taxpayers Due to Pension Irresponsibility

Robert D. Klausner | December 23, 2016 | Opinion, Winter 2016
After Christie is long gone from the State House, taxpayers will have to pay $3 for every $1 he skipped in pension payments

Mortgage Relief for NJ Homeowners Still Dealing with Sandy Damage

John Reitmeyer | December 22, 2016 | Sandy, After Sandy
Thousands of victims of the superstorm are paying rent on temporary housing while struggling to make their mortgage payments

Christie Calls for Action on Addiction Recovery at Candlelight Vigil

Lilo H. Stainton | December 22, 2016 | Healthcare
Public opinion of the governor’s performance is at a historic low, but he still gets high marks from those working to end drug addiction in New Jersey

2016 Education Recap: Policy Debates More Fizzle than Pop

John Mooney | December 22, 2016 | Education
Politics, personalities, and other weighty issues contribute to stalled agendas

Poll: What Does the Coming Year Hold in Store for NJ?

| December 22, 2016 | Polling
Peer into the crystal ball or read the tea leaves, what’s going to be the top topic of 2017?

NJ Spotlight’s Top Coverage of 2016

Paula Saha | December 22, 2016 | More Issues
Ever wonder what our readers and members were paying attention to in the past year? Here’s a look at the Top 10 stories and subjects


| December 22, 2016 | Number of The Day

Obama Bans Drilling in mid-Atlantic Ocean, Portions of Arctic Ocean

Tom Johnson | December 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
President bases restrictions on 60-year-old law, should be harder to overturn than executive order

Doctors and Healthcare Execs in NJ to Work on Their Leadership Skills

Lilo H. Stainton | December 21, 2016 | Healthcare
End-of-life care is first focus for new academy that aims to get different groups to collaborate

Opinion: Memo to Gov. Chris Christie — What Were You Thinking?

Carl Golden | December 21, 2016 | Opinion
Huddling with legislative leaders to craft secret deals, one of which would relax ethical guidelines so the governor could sign a book contract, understandably outraged the public

Renewing Aged Water Infrastructure in New Jersey, One Street at a Time

Jon Hurdle | December 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Antiquated leak-prone systems are being upgraded in some parts of the state, but water industry advocates argue that much more needs to be done

Fine Print: What’s Coming For New Jersey Taxpayers As New Cuts Take Effect

John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2016 | Budget
Phasing out the estate tax gives big breaks to the richest, while cutting the sales tax benefits everyone a little

Keeping Safety First for New Jersey’s Ridesharing Passengers

Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2016 | Transportation
New regulations for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft would require driver background checks, bump up insurance coverage, among other protections

The American Dream Megamall on the Small Screen

NJTV News Online | December 21, 2016 | Planning
The trio of reporters behind “Mall Madness,” the five-part series on the American Dream, talk to NJTV’s Mary Alice Williams


| December 21, 2016 | Number of The Day

Leading Democratic Lawmakers Derail Fast-Track Bills Favored by Christie

John Reitmeyer | December 20, 2016 | Politics
The governor’s not going to get his book deal, and government websites won’t cut into the revenue newspapers earn from publishing official legal notices

Constitutional Amendment Coming on Natural-Resources Damages

Tom Johnson | December 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Voters this fall will be asked to dedicate damages in pollution cases to restoring natural resources, while Highlands takes another step toward greater protection

Amendment to Boost Minimum Wage Not Likely on 2017 Ballot

Hank Kalet | December 20, 2016 | Social
Disagreements among Democratic sponsors prevent bill from being posted to last legislative agenda for this year

Is Medicare Paying Too Much For Inpatient Procedures?

Lilo H. Stainton | December 20, 2016 | Healthcare
Meanwhile, are patients overburdened by outpatient costs that add up?

Op-Ed: Debt Is the Biggest Threat to National Security

Richard F. Keevey and Annelisa Steeber | December 20, 2016 | Opinion
Smart, small changes could have a big impact on and maintain fiscal responsibility — for New Jersey and for the country as a whole

Snowy Owls Making Another Winter Appearance On NJ Beaches

Newsworks | December 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The birds migrate from the Canadian tundra when food supplies there drop

Phil Murphy Releases Returns Showing He Paid $2.4M In Income Tax in 2015

WNYC News | December 20, 2016 | Politics
Murphy’s income was $7.3 million for the year, and he paid $202,000 in property taxes on his home in Middletown


| December 20, 2016 | Number of The Day

New Jersey Tissue Bank Plays Key Role in Global Organ Donation Network

Lilo H. Stainton | December 19, 2016 | Healthcare
A young Australian who received skin provided by the Edison-based Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation said it was ‘lifesaving’

Does Letting Legal Notices Be Published Solely Online Punish the Press Financially?

John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2016 | Politics
Critics argue Christie wants payback for Bridgegate coverage; administration says move could save local governments, businesses $80 million — though estimate remains unverified

Rhode Island Breaks the Tape on Offshore Wind, but Where’s New Jersey?

Tom Johnson | December 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The first offshore wind turbines are generating power for the Ocean State, while the Garden State has yet to deliver needed finance mechanisms

Will NJ’s Undocumented Students Be Punished for Following the Rules?

Hank Kalet | December 19, 2016 | Immigration
They signed up for a program that deferred deportation — one that President-elect Trump wants to dismantle. Will the government use their personal data to track them down?

Going After Bad Guys Remains Immigration Agency’s Priority, Official Says

NJTV News Online | December 19, 2016 | Immigration
Newark-based ICE director has no word on what Trump administration could mean for application of immigration law

In New Jersey, Independent Hospitals Becoming Increasingly Rare

NJTV News Online | December 19, 2016 | Healthcare
President of Holy Name in Teaneck — one of 11 independent institutions — says pressure to increase bargaining power, cut costs is driving the trend


| December 19, 2016 | Number of The Day

Fired After Bridgegate. Hired By Trump White House?

Matt Katz | December 16, 2016 | Katz on Christie
President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering bringing to the White House a political operative with close ties to the Bridgegate scandal ...

Who Benefits from the American Dream?

John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 16, 2016 | Planning
Since Triple Five took over the megamall project, it has made generous contributions to Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign coffers, as well as to his political allies

Public School Teachers Earn Mostly High Grades on Evaluations

John Mooney | December 16, 2016 | Education
But will fewer top scores be seen as student performance is weighted more heavily?

New Jersey May Become Latest State to Cap Out-of-Pocket Cost of Medications

Lilo H. Stainton | December 16, 2016 | Healthcare
There’s a bipartisan push to cap what patients pay for drugs. It could cut their bills in half, but not everyone’s on board

‘Greens’ Continue to Fight Against Greater Development in Highlands

Tom Johnson | December 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
At heart of matter: Acceptable levels of nitrate in soil and clean drinking water for millions of New Jerseyans

Interactive Map: Income Gap In Garden State Seventh Highest In U.S.

Colleen O'Dea | December 16, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
The loss of high-paying factory jobs and state tax policy have contributed to growing inequality, experts say

PSE&G and EDF ‘Google It’

Virginia Palacios | December 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Innovative use of leading-edge technology helps PSE&G find and fix methane leaks faster. That’s good for ratepayers, good for the environment

Christie Signs Off on Quarterly Contributions to Public-Worker Pensions

John Reitmeyer | December 16, 2016 | Budget
New law still allows officials to skip or short payments if state is having revenue problems


| December 16, 2016 | Number of The Day

Just How Badly Is NJ’s Water Infrastructure Leaking?

Tom Johnson | December 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It’s virtually impossible to determine, since NJ water companies are not required to perform water-loss audits

Obesity Dips Among Poor Children In New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | December 15, 2016 | Healthcare
Too many are still overweight, and experts say programs encouraging healthier diet and more exercise must be maintained

Putting a Price Tag on the American Dream

John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 15, 2016 | Planning
Getting to the requisite $5 billion will require a labyrinthine arrangement of private loans, bond sales, tax incentives — and a public finance agency in Wisconsin

Murphy Gets Another Backer in His Run for Governor, Releases Tax Return

NJTV News Online | December 15, 2016 | Politics
The favorite to become the Democrats’ candidate to succeed Gov. Chris Christie next year picks up an important endorsement, and releases 2015 tax return


| December 15, 2016 | Number of The Day

All in the Family: The Canadian Clan Behind the American Dream Mall

John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 14, 2016 | Planning
The Ghermezian family has two hugely popular megamall/entertainment complexes to its credit, and some troubling flops

PSE&G Collaborates to Find and Fix Natural-Gas Leaks Fast

Tom Johnson | December 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility is working with Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach to stop methane from escaping into the air

NJ Poised to Benefit from Major Federal Funding for Healthcare Innovation

Lilo H. Stainton | December 14, 2016 | Healthcare
Garden State could tap into billions of dollars in new investment for research, drug reviews, mental health, and more

Opinion: We Can’t Pin ‘Fake News’ on President-Elect Trump

Carl Golden | December 14, 2016 | Opinion
Trump’s Twitter outbursts may be far-fetched, but they don’t legitimize ‘fake news’ — or help erode the First Amendment, as some have suggested


| December 14, 2016 | Number of The Day

Bricks or Clicks? The American Dream Megamall Versus Online Shopping

John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 13, 2016 | Planning
American Dream's developers argue that they’re not just building a mall, they’re creating a global destination

Princeton Researchers Link Pain, Overdoses, Suicide, and Trump Votes

Lilo H. Stainton | December 13, 2016 | Healthcare
Team suggests lack of education leads to physical problems caused by lifetime of heavy lifting, which can prevent sufferers from enjoying life

Explainer: Sanctuary Cities Now and in the Trump Era

Meir Rinde | December 13, 2016 | Explainer, Immigration
Sanctuary cities limit their cooperation with immigration authorities. What are their prospects — in New Jersey and elsewhere — under a Trump administration?

Weinberg Leads Effort to Override Governor’s Veto of Equal-Pay Bill

NJTV News Online | December 13, 2016 | Politics
Senator says that if lawmakers can’t overturn Christie’s veto, pay equity in New Jersey will remain a distant prospect

United to Pay $2.4M To SEC For ‘Chairman’s Flight’ Between NJ, SC

Newsworks | December 13, 2016 | Politics
Airline allegedly aimed to please Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who had vacation home in South Carolina

Officials: Plan to Add Rail Tunnel Under Hudson Right on Track

NJTV News Online | December 13, 2016 | Transportation
Gateway Program would also convert Manhattan post office to new rail station, replace 106-year-old bridge


| December 13, 2016 | Number of The Day

American Dream: Is There a Future for Stalled Mall on the NJ Meadowlands?

John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, Susan Berfield | December 12, 2016 | Planning
Canadian developers say they're building more than a mall, it’s also an international tourist destination — one that would be partially funded by $1 billion in tax incentives

Two Pipeline Proposals Kicked Back to Pinelands Commission

Tom Johnson | December 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Decision as to whether projects meet commission’s comprehensive master plan likely to shape future of development in million-acre preserve

Immigration Activists Urge NJ Counties Not to Cooperate With Feds

Jon Hurdle | December 12, 2016 | Immigration
They fear greater push to find and deport undocumented immigrants when Trump becomes president

The List: Against National Trend, Large Families Still Common in Some Places in NJ

Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2016 | The List
Large families are becoming rarities in a changing United States. But new census data pinpoint several places in New Jersey where they are the norm

Tribute: Al Koeppe, Business Legend, Exemplary Citizen, Newark Believer

NJ Spotlight Staff | December 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Social
Remembering a giant of New Jersey business and a great civic leader


| December 12, 2016 | Number of The Day

Bid to Allow Public Pension System to Invest Heavily in TTF Bonds

John Reitmeyer | December 9, 2016 | Budget
There’s a bipartisan move to have the pension system buy more transportation fund bonds than previously allowed, in the belief it would be mutually beneficial

Opinion: In Fight Against Global Warming, Will NJ Lead or Lag Behind?

R. William Potter | December 9, 2016 | Opinion
With President-elect Trump’s Scott Pruitt headed for the EPA, this is not the time to skimp on solar spending

With Some Gains in Camden Schools, Local Control Is Put on the Table

John Mooney | December 9, 2016 | Education
State-appointed superintendent says some autonomy may be seen ‘sooner than later’

Interactive Map: Census Data Shows NJ Housing Values Lower Than 5 Years Ago

Colleen O'Dea | December 9, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Most recent U.S. Census data makes clear the pain that most homeowners are feeling as they wait for valuations to climb back to pre-2010 levels

Camden’s Targeting of Medical ‘Hot Spots’ Becomes Model for Other Poor Areas

Lilo H. Stainton | December 9, 2016 | Healthcare
Doctors combine mental and physical treatment with attention to other needs for patients who need the most care

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| December 9, 2016 | Number of The Day

Trump’s Pick to Head EPA Could Be Bad News for NJ’s Air and Water

Tom Johnson | December 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Scott Pruitt has fought to block Obama administration’s attempts to slow climate change, and battled regulations to limit air pollution

Helping Patients Manage Pain While Curbing Opioid Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | December 8, 2016 | Healthcare
Doctors need better training and better tools, including a range of alternatives for pain treatment

Governor Benches Biedron, No Reappointment for BOE President

John Mooney | December 8, 2016 | Education
Although outspoken, Biedron and governor didn’t clash on issues, making the news a surprise to many

Incomes in New Jersey Average 5% Lower Than Before Great Recession

Colleen O'Dea | December 8, 2016 | More Issues
New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that post-recession pain continues as incomes lag and more people live below federal poverty level

Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Usual Punishment in NJ’s Prisons

Hank Kalet | December 8, 2016 | Social
The governor says the state doesn’t use solitary confinement, but is this a matter of semantics that lets New Jersey hide behind words and narrow definitions?

Op-Ed: NJ Nonprofits Post-Election — Looking Ahead, Moving Forward

Linda M. Czipo | December 8, 2016 | Opinion
Nonprofits need to continue to work together as the problem-solvers they are

Manville Loses Out on Federal Flood Mitigation

NJTV News Online | December 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says efforts in area at junction of Millstone and Raritan rivers would not be cost effective

Rutgers Examines a Hidden History that Included Slave Labor

NJTV News Online | December 8, 2016 | Social
Researchers uncover many surprises, including a link to abolitionist Sojourner Truth


| December 8, 2016 | Number of The Day

State’s Failure to Directly Fund NJT Could Keep It From Taking Critical Safety Steps

Tara Nurin | December 7, 2016 | Transportation
Experts warn that NJ Transit’s reliance on ticket sales rather than dedicated funding is stymying its efforts to deploy federally required speed-control technology

Few Class of 2016 Graduates Manage to Pass PARCC Tests

John Mooney | December 7, 2016 | Education
Christie administration releases data that shows only one in 10 students earned their diploma by successfully tackling PARCC

Sea-Level Rise Could Permanently Flood Parts of New Jersey

Tom Johnson | December 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Say so long to the Jersey Shore, arcades and all, half of Hoboken, and the Teterboro Airport — for starters

South Jersey Lags on State Aid Despite Its Economic and Social Challenges

Jon Hurdle | December 7, 2016 | Politics
New evidence suggests southern counties are being shortchanged by the state, not getting ‘fair share’ of assistance

Working Toward Better Healthcare Access for New Jersey’s Veterans

Lilo H. Stainton | December 7, 2016 | Healthcare
Thousands of vets must travel a long way — and wait a long time — to see a doctor. Lawmakers seek remedies for these and other stresses on vets and active service members

NJBIA Members Optimistic About Their Businesses, Less So About NJ’s Economy

John Reitmeyer | December 7, 2016 | Budget
Group’s annual survey found 70 percent of business owners plan to give workers raises this year, most expect revenue and profit to grow or at least stay the same

Op-Ed: NJ Cannot Raid Environmental Funds to Balance State Budget

Eric Stiles | December 7, 2016 | Opinion
Voter-approved constitutional amendments are now the only way to protect funds for their intended purposes


| December 7, 2016 | Number of The Day

More Delay In Years-Long Effort To Control ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills In NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | December 6, 2016 | Healthcare
Efforts to satisfy healthcare providers unsettle insurance companies

Sparking Interest in Network of Public Charging Stations for Electric Cars

Tom Johnson | December 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State’s utilities, BPU hope they can ease range anxiety for potential customers for plug-in vehicles

End of the Road for the Urban Enterprise Zone?

John Reitmeyer | December 6, 2016 | Politics
The program is scheduled to start shutting down in five cities January 1, but lawmakers are scrambling to come up with a two-year extension

Explainer: What NJ Transit Must Do to Get Up to Speed with Safety Technology

Carly Sitrin | December 6, 2016 | Explainer
Some railroad companies have made good progress on the installation of federally required safety mechanisms, but NJ Transit has a lot of catching up to do

Agenda: Camden School Takeover to Get a Close-Up

John Mooney | December 6, 2016 | Education
New federal education law and school accountability requirements also on the agenda for State Board

Op-Ed: Surge in Enrollment Demonstrates Continued Demand for ACA

Frank Pallone | December 6, 2016 | Opinion
The ACA is part of the fabric of American life, a lifeline that millions count on — open enrollment ends January 31


| December 6, 2016 | Number of The Day

Christie: Parts of State House Unsafe, Desperately Need $300M Renovation

John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2016 | Politics
Many legislators agree, but some critics say money would be better spent repairing New Jersey’s aging schools

Putting the Brakes on Diesel Pollution from Big Rigs at NJ’s Ports

Tom Johnson | December 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Can clean-truck tariff help pay to retrofit older, heavy-duty transport, cleaning up air at ports and surrounding communities?

Water System Reformers Rally Support for Huge Infrastructure Campaign

Jon Hurdle | December 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In coming year, members of Jersey Water Works have committed to building new water mains and developing guidance on green infrastructure, as part of an ambitious agenda

The List: Where to Find World-Class Cancer Care in New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | December 5, 2016 | The List
The Garden State is ranked 10th in the nation for incidence of cancer; partnerships and new programs make it easier than ever to find treatment

Opinion: Does Securing Democratic Machine Guarantee Murphy the Spot?

Carl Golden | December 5, 2016 | Opinion
Murphy is the establishment candidate. Can Wisniewski mount a successful anti-establishment bid for the nomination?

Trying to Get Doctors to Think Twice Before Prescribing Opioids to Minors

Lilo H. Stainton | December 5, 2016 | Healthcare
New Jersey has been particularly hard-hit by opioid addiction. Now there’s a move to make doctors discuss risks with parents before prescribing controlled substance to kids


| December 5, 2016 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: Segregation Continues to Be NJ’s State of the State

Colleen O'Dea | December 2, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Diversity may be the order of the day in New Jersey, but most whites, blacks, and Hispanics continue to live in suburban enclaves and urban ghettos

Court Blocks Christie’s Bid to Curb Competitive Testing for Civil Service Jobs

John Reitmeyer and Colleen O’Dea | December 2, 2016 | Politics
Opponents of job bands — governor’s thwarted policy — argue they invite nepotism, insult veteran workers who have earned promotions

Back Bay Flood-Defense Plan Will Take Time, Federal Official Says

Jon Hurdle | December 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Gathering and weighing input from residents, communities, local and state officials will keep regional plan on slow track

BPU Considers Deploying Microgrids to Deliver Local Power Resiliency

Tom Johnson | December 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Power outages related to grid failures can affect millions of residents; microgrids can keep critical facilities up and running in towns and communities

State Seeks High-Tech Oversight of $2B Annual Spending on Drug Benefits

Lilo H. Stainton | December 2, 2016 | Healthcare
New Jersey would be first state to use new technology to make real-time decisions about drug purchases, contracts, possibly saving taxpayers $200M a year


| December 2, 2016 | Number of The Day

Troubles with NJ Drinking-Water System: Easy to Spot, Costly to Correct

Tom Johnson | December 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The most vexing difficulty with water system may be where to find the money to fix wasteful problems

Bipartisan Group of NJ Lawmakers Blasts NY Pols Over Bus Terminal

Joe Tyrrell | December 1, 2016 | Transportation
Democrats and Republicans present united front, insisting that a replacement for the current “Third-World” terminal will be built as planned

Pension Leaders Question if NJ Should Do More to Shore Up System

John Reitmeyer | December 1, 2016 | Budget
Amid efforts by lawmakers to improve the funding of the public-employee pension system, there are calls for more aggressive action

New Jersey Expands Welfare Benefits for Former Drug Offenders

Lilo H. Stainton | December 1, 2016 | Healthcare
But they must be participating in a treatment program, and no one convicted of distributing drugs is eligible

PSE&G Gets Go-Ahead on Smaller Solar Plan, But Splits Vote at BPU

Tom Johnson | December 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Some critics of settlement raise concerns that utility has unregulated affiliate building solar farms without ratepayer assistance

Will NJ’s Top Court Boost Affordable-Housing Requirements?

Colleen O'Dea | December 1, 2016 | Housing
In arguments before state Supreme Court, justices seem to favor idea that cities and towns are responsible for 16 years no affordable-housing rules were in effect


| December 1, 2016 | Number of The Day

Is Criminal Justice in NJ About to Become an Unfunded Mandate?

Caren Chesler | November 30, 2016 | Social
The state’s massive overhaul of the criminal justice system calls for new technologies and more personnel. The counties want to know where the money will come from.

Separation Anxiety: How Deportation Divides Immigrant Families

Hank Kalet | November 30, 2016 | Immigration
Unauthorized immigrants live in fear that a husband or wife will be deported and then blocked from legal reentry, even if there are children living in the United States

JCP&L Files with Feds, Seeking to Boost Transmission Rates

Tom Johnson | November 30, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agencies argue increase will put undue pressure on customers trying to meet their monthly bills

Trump’s Pick For Health Wants Big Changes To Medicare, Medicaid

Lilo H. Stainton | November 30, 2016 | Healthcare
Millions of NJ residents could be affected if Congressman Tom Price’s plans for those programs and Obamacare become law

Down on the Urban Farm in Newark

Jane Primerano | November 30, 2016 | Social
The Greater Newark Conservancy is showing inner-city kids that playing in the dirt can be very good for them


| November 30, 2016 | Number of The Day

As Drought Worsens, Renewed Calls for Release of Long-Overdue Water Plan

Jon Hurdle | November 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Water-supply advocates argue that plan — last updated in 1996 — can’t deal with current shortages, possible pollution from sewage treatment plants

Repeal of ACA Could Hurt NJ’s Patients, Health, And Economy

Lilo H. Stainton | November 29, 2016 | Healthcare
If President-elect Trump follows through on his threat to abolish Obamacare, it could blow a $3B hole in the state’s budget, in the first year alone

Fine Print: Getting a Handle on New Jersey’s Tire Dumps

Tom Johnson | November 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Despite existing law, tire piles continue to proliferate, potentially damaging the environment and offering a breeding ground to mosquitoes

Explainer: How Electoral College Lets President Win with Minority of Votes

Colleen O'Dea | November 29, 2016 | Explainer, Elections 2016
The system can favor candidates who win a lot of states by small margins while losing big in some large ones

Op-Ed: Preparing for Environmental Changes Ahead

Cindy Ehrenclou | November 29, 2016 | Opinion
With the entire New Jersey Senate and Assembly up for election, we need to choose political leaders for whom the environment is a priority


| November 29, 2016 | Number of The Day

Rutgers’ Stroke Study Shows Younger Adults Face Growing Risk

Lilo H. Stainton | November 28, 2016 | Healthcare
Researchers find rate is dropping among New Jerseyans over 55, but indicate potentially alarming news for those 35 to 44

State Hopes to Establish Prices for Natural-Resources Damages

Tom Johnson | November 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Standards could help ensure compensation is adequate and fair, prevent funds being raided for use in general budget

In Wake of Recent Police Shootings, Activists Step Up Calls for Accountability

Hank Kalet | November 28, 2016 | Social
Can Legislature take some of the edge off the issue by mandating independent prosecutor to oversee investigations of police-related shootings?

Tussling Has Resumed in Tug of War With New York Over New Bus Terminal

John Reitmeyer | November 28, 2016 | Politics
For most of 2016 it seemed as if New Jersey and New York officials were likely to agree over a badly needed replacement for the Port Authority Bus Terminal. But now New York officials have balked

Opinion: Moving on to Trumpcare

Joel Cantor | November 28, 2016 | Opinion
The future of the Affordable Care Act is far from certain, but a great deal is at stake for New Jersey

NJ Spotlight Launches New Paid Membership Program

NJ Spotlight Staff | November 28, 2016 | More Issues
Site remains free to all, but members will qualify for benefits ranging from meetings with newsmakers and staff to targeted newsletter


| November 28, 2016 | Number of The Day

Christie Reverses Course, Keeps Reciprocal Income-Tax Agreement with Pennsylvania

John Reitmeyer | November 23, 2016 | Budget
No new taxes! South Jersey residents and businesses get a reprieve from governor who changed his mind about ending income-tax accord with Pennsylvania

The Best Time to Consider Hospice Care: Before It’s Needed

Lilo H. Stainton | November 23, 2016 | Healthcare
NJ residents, like many Americans, want to die at home, but they often fail to plan for this eventuality

Depleted Reservoirs Prompt Official Drought Watch for Delaware River Basin

Jon Hurdle | November 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With no end in sight to extended dry spell, regulators take action to compel conservation and to try to keep a ‘salt front’ from threatening drinking water

State Frees Up $67M for Open Space, Recreation Projects

Tom Johnson | November 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money represents first to come from stable source of funding approved by voters in 2014

Opinion: Restoring Public Confidence in Trenton

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | November 23, 2016 | Opinion
The best way to restore residents’ confidence is for Trenton to demonstrate that it can function effectively and do at least a few of the things that need doing


| November 23, 2016 | Number of The Day

Can Quarterly Payments Help Rescue NJ’s Underfunded Pension System?

John Reitmeyer | November 22, 2016 | Budget
Christie gets bipartisan plan that he calls ‘more fair than the previous proposals,’ but it offers no constitutional guarantee enforcing payments

Horizon to Fund New NJ Healthcare Advocacy Organization

Lilo H. Stainton | November 22, 2016 | Healthcare, 2013 Summer Reading
State’s largest health insurer is backing a group whose goal is to ‘educate consumers,’ a promise welcomed by some, greeted with a raised eyebrow by others

Digging into the Problem of Electronic-Waste Recycling

Tom Johnson | November 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Can New Jersey get makers of TVs, computers, and other electronic gear to pay their fair share of recycling costs?

Knowledge, Cash Critical in Fight Against Lead Poisoning in NJ’s Kids

Meir Rinde | November 22, 2016 | Education, Healthcare
Experts argue that education professionals — superintendents, teachers, nurses, and school psychologists — must learn to identify symptoms of this deadly epidemic

Op-Ed: Helping NJ Get off the Debt-Ratings Merry-Go-Round

Thomas J. Healey | November 22, 2016 | Opinion
The findings and recommendations of the Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission can help New Jersey tame its staggering pension shortfall

Booker: Senate Will Be ‘Emergency Brake’ for Trump Administration

WNYC News | November 22, 2016 | Politics
New Jersey senator reacts quickly to president-elect’s choices for national security, chief strategist

Urban Enterprise Zones in Five NJ Cities May Get 2-Year Extension

NJTV News Online | November 22, 2016 | Politics
The big question is whether Christie will give his blessing to the proposal if it clears the Legislature


| November 22, 2016 | Number of The Day

More NJ Hospitals Merge: Trying to Improve Health — and Financial Stability

Lilo H. Stainton | November 21, 2016 | Healthcare
A number of forces, not least Obamacare, are prompting hospitals to consolidate. But will some communities lose out in the new healthcare landscape?

The List: Tracking NJ’s 10 Credit-Rating Downgrades Under Gov. Christie

John Reitmeyer | November 21, 2016 | The List
Excerpts from reports by the Big 3 show a pattern of concerns, as well as individual issues as they cross agencies’ radar screens

No Oil and Gas Drilling, Exploration in Mid-Atlantic — Obama

Tom Johnson | November 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
NJ environmentalists applaud decision, but worry President-elect Trump could find way to subvert administration’s order

New NJ Tax on Hedge Fund Honchos to Make Up for Federal ‘Loophole’?

John Reitmeyer | November 21, 2016 | Budget
State legislators want to put a big tax on fees earned by hedge fund managers who, thanks to federal regulations, are taxed at ‘a lower rate than teachers or firefighters’

Candidate Phil Murphy Tells It Like He Sees It at NJEA Convention

John Mooney | November 21, 2016 | Education
The Democratic frontrunner for his party’s nomination talks Trump and pension reform, undocumented immigrants, school funding, and PARCC — among other topics

Op-Ed: Quarterly Payments Shore Up Pensions, Save Billions for Taxpayers

Steve Sweeney | November 21, 2016 | Opinion
Making pension payments every three months — rather than at the end of the year — will ensure that the requisite contributions are made, not skipped


| November 21, 2016 | Number of The Day

Next Superstorm Could Drive Flood Surges Even Higher in South Jersey

Tom Johnson | November 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Hurricane Sandy did almost incalculable damage to north and south, but it took an essentially northern route on its track of destruction

Can NJ’s Programs to Prevent and Treat Addiction Serve as National Model?

Lilo H. Stainton | November 18, 2016 | Healthcare
U.S. Surgeon General says treatment for substance-use disorders should emphasize harm reduction and involve new medications

Christie Talks Up His Leadership, Says He’s Ready to Serve Full Term

John Reitmeyer | November 18, 2016 | Politics
Governor elbowed aside Guadagno to give a speech in which he painted a rosy picture of his legacy and gave no sign that Trump team is considering him for a job

Interactive Map: More Voters Showed Up at Polls in 2016 Than in 2012

Colleen O'Dea | November 18, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
The results are preliminary, the uptick is very modest, but at least the recent trend of lower turnouts was arrested


| November 18, 2016 | Number of The Day

Administration Poised To Ease Superintendent Salary Caps

John Mooney | November 17, 2016 | Education
Under new regulations, school leaders could earn $191,000 — not including bonuses and merit pay

More Patients Feel Pain of Surprise Billing Even After Going ‘In-Network’

Lilo H. Stainton | November 17, 2016 | Healthcare
Lawmakers want to curb the costly, escalating practice, but doctors and hospitals vehemently oppose Trenton’s solution

Can Short-Term Fix to Solar Sector Help Stave off Potential Collapse?

Tom Johnson | November 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Increasing reliance on the renewable technology could stabilize downward trend in market, but Division of Rate Counsel raises questions about costs

Christie: No Strikers Should Get Unemployment Compensation

John Reitmeyer | November 17, 2016 | Politics
Governor issues conditional veto of bill that would have allowed more striking workers to qualify for benefits during walkouts

Poll: With Trump Headed for White House, How Will It Affect NJ?

| November 17, 2016 | Polling
Have you had a chance to think through some of the ways the president-elect will leave his mark on the Garden State?

President-Elect Trump Troubles 101st League of Municipalities Meeting

NJTV News Online | November 17, 2016 | Politics
But when it comes to transportation infrastructure, he could find some believers in the Garden State


| November 17, 2016 | Number of The Day

NJ Taxpayers Just Hired Another Lawyer for Christie

Matt Katz | November 16, 2016 | Katz on Christie
Gov. Chris Christie, who has already charged New Jersey $11.3 million for attorneys to represent his office in the federal Bridgegate investigation, has added legal representation for a related state criminal matter ...

Why Some Asylum Seekers Find Detention — Not Freedom — in New Jersey

Caren Chesler | November 16, 2016 | Immigration
Immigrants fleeing their home countries can spend years in detention in New Jersey before their fates are decided — and then face deportation

Rate Counsel Takes Aim at PennEast Pipeline, Argues It’s Unneeded

Tom Johnson | November 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Consumer representative also objects to the size of the profits the project would reap if it goes into service

Autism Grants Help New Jersey Families Coordinate Care

Lilo H. Stainton | November 16, 2016 | Healthcare
Program, supported by surcharge on traffic tickets, also provides funding for research in Garden State

Opinion: Impeaching Christie — A Bad Idea Whose Time Hasn’t Come

Carl Golden | November 16, 2016 | Opinion
The Democrats would be the real losers in any impeachment effort, demonstrating they’re as vindictive as the governor himself — which would surely cost them support in 2017

Unlikely Allies Worked Hard for Transportation Trust Fund Fix

John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2016 | Transportation
Forward NJ, a coalition of business, labor and others, set out in 2014 to save the TTF from going bankrupt. Is cooperation on other big issues on the cards?


| November 16, 2016 | Number of The Day

S&P Global Downgrades NJ’s Credit Rating Again

John Reitmeyer | November 15, 2016 | Budget
Concerns about state’s public-employee pension system and new package of tax cuts indicate financial problems will persist into next governor’s term, possibly beyond

Advocates Fear Payment Reform Will Unravel Psychiatric Safety Net

Lilo H. Stainton | November 15, 2016 | Healthcare
Problems with fee-for-service model could be further exacerbated if President-elect Trump ditches Affordable Care Act

NJ Hopes to Ease Range Anxiety by Boosting Number of EV Charging Stations

Tom Johnson | November 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
One plan would put charging stations at every service area on state’s toll roads to build out infrastructure for electric vehicles

NJ Crime Victims Mark a Milestone and Fight for Greater Protections

Colleen O'Dea | November 15, 2016 | Social
It is 25 years since victims of crime in New Jersey won significant legal rights. Now they want to further improve safeguards for survivors and their families

NJ Woman’s Estate Wins Battle with Mortgage Company After Death

Joe Tyrrell | November 15, 2016 | Housing
Florence Block was an executive and mother of an autistic son; her battle with cancer contributed to financial problems

Op-Ed: What Can Be Done to Increase College Value and Student Success?

Daryl G. Greer | November 15, 2016 | Opinion
A strong partnership among government, business and labor, and universities can make college more valuable by providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed


| November 15, 2016 | Number of The Day

‘Value-Based’ Healthcare Gains Ground in New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | November 14, 2016 | Healthcare
In an effort to improve care and curb escalating costs, a new approach to treating patients stresses quality over quantity

Christie, Trump, and Public Education in New Jersey

John Mooney | November 14, 2016 | Education
The governor may go, the president-elect is something of a cipher, but it’s still possible to rough out a few likely changes to education policy

The List: Firms Benefit from $1.3 Billion in Incentives to Set Up in Camden

Tara Nurin | November 14, 2016 | The List
Of the $4 billion earmarked for a controversial business tax-incentive scheme to bring companies to New Jersey or keep them here, a big chunk has gone to firms relocating to Camden

For Christie, and His Political Fortunes, Bridgegate Is Far from Over

Chase Brush | November 14, 2016 | Politics
Is scandal behind governor’s fall from grace with Trump team? Will Trenton Democrats push for impeachment?

Reviewing Old Unfunded Mandates Could Help NJ Officials Follow the Money

John Reitmeyer | November 14, 2016 | Politics
A 1995 constitutional amendment barred new state mandates without funding but left those already on books untouched — and they could be costing communities plenty

Trapping Season Starts Tuesday with Foothold Trap OK’d by Court

Tom Johnson | November 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
According to ruling by the appellate court, Division of Fish and Game correct in concluding new traps are neither cruel nor inhumane

Op-Ed: Conservation Voters Launches Initiative to Go Green in ’17

Ed Potosnak | November 14, 2016 | Opinion
With an anti-environment president in the White House, the stakes are higher than ever for the 2017 New Jersey governor’s race


| November 14, 2016 | Number of The Day

How President Trump Will Alter New Jersey’s Policies and Programs

Lee Keough | November 10, 2016 | Politics
It may be too early to get a sense of the specifics, but it is incontrovertible: Change is coming to the Garden State

How Soon Will Christie Walk Away from New Jersey?

Chase Brush | November 10, 2016 | Politics
Down and out in New Jersey, the governor has the chance of a fresh start in Washington now that he has won his gamble on a Trump presidency. And his would-be successors line up

Christie Administration Moves to Take over Atlantic City

John Reitmeyer | November 10, 2016 | Politics
State has broad powers to cancel union contracts, sell city assets, and restructure its debt, but officials have not said how far they will go

Feds Push Back Review of PennEast Pipeline Project into 2017

Tom Johnson | November 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also wants pipeline company to submit new data and make corrections to its application

DRBC Considers Drought Emergency to Boost Sluggish Flows in Delaware River

Jon Hurdle | November 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Salt front’ continues to move upriver, closer to fresh-water intakes

Op-Ed: Who Pays for New Jersey’s Gas Tax?

Raghu Murali | November 10, 2016 | Opinion
The impact of the higher gas tax as a percent of wages will be felt by poorest households, but the bigger chunk of tax bills will be paid by higher-income households


| November 10, 2016 | Number of The Day

Gottheimer Takes 5th After Expensive, Acrimonious Campaign

Chase Brush | November 9, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Incumbent Garrett says he won’t concede until all absentee ballots are tallied

Ballot Questions: Voters Reject Casinos Outside AC, Approve Fuel-Tax Dedication

John Reitmeyer | November 9, 2016 | Transportation, Elections 2016
The results of the two ballot questions before voters yesterday might ‘speak to how much voters dislike Trenton’

‘Blue’ Jersey Remains True: Comes Out Strong for Clinton

Joe Tyrrell | November 9, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell wins in a walk in the 9th Congressional District

Solar Storage Pilot Could Increase Reliability During Extreme Storms

Tom Johnson | November 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
PSE&G solar system uses lithium ion batteries to deliver power to school if grid goes down

Patients Play Growing Role in Developing Treatments for Rare Diseases

Lilo H. Stainton | November 9, 2016 | Healthcare
Pharmaceutical companies say advocates and families are changing how they work

Op-Ed: NAACP Charter School Moratorium Contradicts Its Core Educational Principles

Paula L. White | November 9, 2016 | Opinion
The organization wrongfully assumes that it has a better grasp of what children need to thrive than their own mothers and fathers


| November 9, 2016 | Number of The Day

Ballot Questions

NJ Spotlight Staff | November 8, 2016 | Elections 2016

Pinelands Pipeline Hits Snag, Sent Back to Commission, BPU

Tom Johnson | November 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State appeals court remands project to Pinelands Commission and Board of Public Utilities for proper approval

Questions About Almost Anything Related to Voting? We’ve Got Answers

Colleen O'Dea | November 8, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Everything is covered, from the location of polling places to what you can do in the event of a problem voting

Can Christie Come Back After the Bridgegate Verdict?

Chase Brush | November 8, 2016 | Politics
The governor’s polling numbers are in the tank, his hold on the Republican legislative bloc is no longer ironclad. What can he accomplish in his final year?

Is Christie Resolved to End Bistate Tax Deal with Pennsylvania?

John Reitmeyer | November 8, 2016 | Budget
Change would hike taxes for low-income New Jersey commuters and high-income Pennsylvanians, with more paperwork for all

Explainer: Why Hudson River Tunnels Are So Badly Needed and so Long Delayed

Meir Rinde | November 8, 2016 | Explainer
Devastating commuter delays and economic hardship just might be avoided if construction of a pair of new tunnels under the Hudson gets going

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Resurgent in New Jersey

Laurie Petersen | November 8, 2016 | More Issues
Business incubators, venture capital, labs and tools, and entrepreneurial expertise are fast becoming available across the Garden State


| November 8, 2016 | Number of The Day

How Chris Christie Hoodwinked Charlie Rose on Bridgegate

Matt Katz | November 7, 2016 | Katz on Christie

Legal and Minority Groups Poised to Ensure Access to Polls

Joe Tyrrell | November 7, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Beyond usual administrative problems, advocate warns of ‘overly aggressive challenges … voter intimidation’

NJ Transit: Short of Cash, Short of Staff, and Coming up Short on Safety

Chase Brush | November 7, 2016 | Transportation
Joint legislative panel blasts state’s largest mass-transportation agency, grills its new chief on transparency and operations

NJ to Be Part of National Network of ‘Charging Corridors’ for EVs

Tom Johnson | November 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Federal program hopes to overcome range anxiety for electric vehicles by ultimately locating charging stations every 50 miles along Interstates 80 and 95

Death with Dignity or Premature End for Elderly, Disabled, or Terminally Ill?

Lilo H. Stainton | November 7, 2016 | Healthcare
NJ medical group says doctor-assisted suicide incompatible with helping patients, but supporters say the dying should have choice to avoid pain

The List: A Quick Look at the School Districts with the Best PARCC Scores

Colleen O'Dea | November 7, 2016 | The List
No surprise, perhaps, but the schools in more affluent communities tended to have the highest average student scores and passing rates

Op-ed: New Jersey Parents — Our Voices Must Be Heard

Tanisha Garner | November 7, 2016 | Opinion
How one Newark parent ended up suing the state to change a broken education law


| November 7, 2016 | Number of The Day

Guilty on All Counts: Two Former Christie Aides Convicted in Bridgegate Case

Matt Katz | November 4, 2016 | Politics
A jury has found two former top employees of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie guilty on all counts for shutting down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge to punish a Christie foe ...

Bridgegate Defendants Guilty as Charged

WNYC News | November 4, 2016 | Politics
Two former Christie associates face a total of nearly 90 years in prison

Sweeney Plan Could Save $200M in Prescription Costs for Public Workers

Lilo H. Stainton | November 4, 2016 | Healthcare
New Jersey would be first state government to try high-tech pharmacy benefit manager

Making Sure Pollution Settlements Go to Restoring Natural Resources

Tom Johnson | November 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Proposed constitutional amendment would prevent damages from environmental lawsuits from being diverted to the general fund

Interactive Map: Passing PARCC Remains Challenge for High-Schoolers

Colleen O'Dea | November 4, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
While results released this week show improvement overall, most of the state’s high-school students failed to attain passing grades

American Dream Deferred: Developer Postpones $1.15 Billion Bond Issue

John Reitmeyer | November 4, 2016 | Transportation
State officials say it’s only a minor glitch in getting financing for the planned megamall and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands

Opinion: What the Bridgegate Scandal Cost Gov. Christie

Carl Golden | November 4, 2016 | Opinion
The toxic traffic jam didn’t help Christie’s run for the GOP presidential nomination, and surely lost him the VP slot on the Trump ticket

Nine More Charters Apply to Open Their Doors in New Jersey

John Mooney | November 4, 2016 | Education
Applicants include schools already represented in some towns and cities, such as Paterson

In Crowded 12th, Challengers Praise Democratic Incumbent

Colleen O'Dea | November 4, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Freshman congresswoman Watson Coleman looks for another term while facing Libertarian-turned-Republican, Uccio, and five minor-party and independent candidates

Challengers Rap Democratic Incumbent for Neglecting 9th’s Trouble Spots

Chase Brush | November 4, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
In deep-blue district, U.S. Rep. Pascrell appears to have little to fear from Republican Castillo, others gunning for the seat he holds

NJ Spotlight Writer Takes to Airwaves to Explain Gas Tax, Ballot Question

NJ Spotlight Staff | November 4, 2016 | Transportation
John Reitmeyer visited WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to help dispel public confusion, especially about Public Question #2


| November 4, 2016 | Number of The Day

Christie's Taxpayer-Funded Lawyers Increase Work on Bridgegate Case

Matt Katz | November 3, 2016 | Katz on Christie

An NJ Spotlight Webinar: Oral Health in New Jersey — How to Build Stronger Teeth, Healthier Lives

NJ Spotlight Staff | November 3, 2016 | Webinars
Experts discuss importance and policy challenges in the Garden State

Bridgegate Defense Calls for Mistrial

WNYC News | November 3, 2016 | Politics
Reason for motion remains unclear since relevant documents are almost completely redacted

Wide Achievement Gap Persists Despite New PARCC Exams

John Mooney | November 3, 2016 | Education
Still release of school-by-school scores reveals many gains virtually statewide

New Electric-Vehicle Coalition Writing Map to Get EVs on Road in NJ

Tom Johnson | November 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
ChargEVC hopes to tackle the tough questions, like how a statewide vehicle-charging system will affect the power grid

Amendment to Allow Casinos Outside Atlantic City Odds-On to Lose

Chase Brush | November 3, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Supporters of a measure that would allow gaming in north Jersey are resigned to defeat in next week’s ballot but are confident they’ll eventually succeed

Newark School Chief Urges End to LIFO

Meir Rinde | November 3, 2016 | Education
Lawsuit argues layoffs should be based on merit, not seniority, while union says that would leave schools vulnerable to politics

Ombudsman for Developmentally Disabled Has Bipartisan Backing

Lilo H. Stainton | November 3, 2016 | Healthcare
Some advocates fear plan would create new level of bureaucracy for families to negotiate

Poll: Are You Concerned that NJ’s Elections Will Not Be Honest?

| November 3, 2016 | Polling
There’s been no shortage of talk about the elections being ‘stolen.’ Do you that’s a valid concern in the Garden State?

Republican Hopes to End Democratic Dominance in 1st District

Robin Traum | November 3, 2016 | Elections 2016
First-term Rep. Norcross is just the latest in 40 years of Democrats in District 1, and challenger Patterson thinks it’s time for a change

Old Hands Seek to Keep Grip on 18th and 29th Districts

Joe Tyrrell | November 3, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Some faces change but most stay the same in the lineup of Senate and Assembly candidates in Middlesex County


| November 3, 2016 | Number of The Day

Bridgegate Jury Leaves Court Early as Lawyers Huddle Behind Closed Doors

Matt Katz | November 2, 2016 | Katz on Christie

Bridgegate Jury Goes Back to Work on Second Day of Deliberations

WNYC News | November 2, 2016 | Politics
Day one marked by questions to judge concerning motive and conspiracy

Atlantic City Lurches Toward a Takeover as State Rejects its Recovery Plan

Chase Brush | November 2, 2016 | Politics
Down-on-its-luck gaming mecca faces a takeover by the state, which says the city’s strategy is ‘not likely to achieve financial stability’

RWJBarnabas Invests Nearly $20M in Rutgers Sports Medicine Facility

Lilo H. Stainton | November 2, 2016 | Healthcare
State’s largest health system plans to put hundreds of millions of dollars to work at public university to boost federal research funding, build skilled workforce

PSE&G Will Move Ahead with Grid-Connected Solar Array on Smaller Scale

Tom Johnson | November 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility gets the nod for $80M, 33-megawatt array, sharply lower than $275M, 100-megawatt facility originally proposed

In 4th, Democrat Faces Deeply Entrenched Republican Incumbent

Chase Brush | November 2, 2016 | Elections 2016
Challenger Phillipson says lower- and middle-class voters are worried about economy, while Smith points with pride to 30 years of Congressional service

Opinion: A Fix for NJ’s Solar Sector Could Be Right Across the Hudson

R. William Potter | November 2, 2016 | Opinion
Running the numbers on New York’s ‘Sun Program’ reveals a less-expensive, more stable way to attain New Jersey’s ambitious solar goals

Affordable Housing: A Key Component if NJ’s Cities Are to Thrive

Lee Keough | November 2, 2016 | Planning, Podcasts
Gentrification is one of the factors transforming today’s cities, but to achieve true community, long-term local residents must have a place in the mix


| November 2, 2016 | Number of The Day

Garrett and Gottheimer Play Nasty, Not Nice in Only Debate

Chase Brush | November 1, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
The only parley between 5th District incumbent Rep. Garrett and his Democratic opponent featured slings and arrows, but also underscored major policy differences

Garden State Hospitals Earn Better Grades in Latest Survey

Lilo H. Stainton | November 1, 2016 | Healthcare
Critics claim Leapfrog Group’s grades are based on outdated information, penalize teaching hospitals

Backers of Public Question #2 Say It’s Only Way to Make Sure Gas Tax Goes to TTF

John Reitmeyer | November 1, 2016 | Transportation, Elections 2016
Opponents say voting it down will send strong message to Trenton, impact plans to borrow billions to complete transportation projects

ACE Customers Reap Second Benefit from Exelon Buyout of Pepco Holdings

Tom Johnson | November 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Original deal had ‘most-favored jurisdiction’ clause ensuring ratepayers would receive equal benefits as those in other states affected by agreement

Opinion: Not Happy With Election? Don't Wait for Viable 3rd Party in NJ

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | November 1, 2016 | Opinion
Daunting obstacles to mounting a challenge by a third party almost guarantee that the state’s two-party hegemony is here to stay — for the time being

Agenda: School-by-School PARCC Scores to Be Released

John Mooney | November 1, 2016 | Education
State board to hear report on Year 2 of PARCC testing, along with further debate on charter schools and report from Newark schools

Creating an Urban Agenda for NJ's Small and Midsized Cities

Lee Keough | November 1, 2016 | Planning, Podcasts
If you couldn’t attend the second annual NJ Spotlight on Cities, you can still keep up with the discussions on an agenda for our urban centers

Oysters, Clams and More: Future of Green Farming in Garden State?

Tara Nurin | November 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Streamlining regulations and getting rid of excessive paperwork could spark an upsurge in “green aquaculture” in New Jersey


| November 1, 2016 | Number of The Day

Bridgegate Defendants’ Fate Now in Hands of Jury

WNYC News | November 1, 2016 | Politics
Bridget Anne Kelly’s lawyer says she was intimidated by Wildstein, Christie, while prosecutor tells jury they aren’t on trial

Top Democrats Disagree on How to Craft New School-Funding Plan

John Mooney | October 31, 2016 | Education
Split between Sweeney, Prieto comes as Christie pushes his ‘Fairness Formula,’ which would level per-student aid throughout NJ

The List: Top 10 Heritage Sites with the Most Annual Visitors

Carly Sitrin | October 31, 2016 | The List
Residents and tourists have more than 1,800 historic sites to choose from — ranging from lighthouses to battleships — across the length and breadth of the state

From Locked Doors to Liberty: Evolution of Mental Health Treatment

Lilo H. Stainton | October 31, 2016 | Healthcare
An award-winning documentary explores life inside — and outside — a harsh psychiatric hospital

Opinion: Rising Premiums for Obamacare Plans, Some Hidden Good News

Joel Cantor | October 31, 2016 | Opinion
Open enrollment on starts Tuesday, November 1st. A look at the cost of plans for 2017 offers insights into how well the marketplace is working in New Jersey.

Lessons of Sandy Not Lost on Utilities Seeking to Spend More on Resiliency

Tom Johnson | October 31, 2016 | Energy & Environment
South Jersey Gas wants state approval of $500 million upgrade to its gas distribution system; PSE&G will disclose plans next year


| October 31, 2016 | Number of The Day

Hurricane Sandy Survivors Face a New Threat — from the State

Tom Johnson | October 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Demands for repayment of grants used for rebuilding, threats of foreclosure are only two of the troubles Sandy victims now have to deal with

Interactive Map: More Addicts, More Drug Treatment Options

Colleen O'Dea | October 28, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Services in New Jersey for people seeking help with drug abuse can’t keep up with demand, largely because of heroin and opiate crisis

Doctors, Hospitals Still Fighting Plan to Curb Out-Of-Network Charges

Lilo H. Stainton | October 28, 2016 | Healthcare
Patient, employer advocates say costs must be controlled; providers argue they will be left short

Guadagno Steps Out from Christie’s Shadow, Into the Glare of Criticism

Chase Brush | October 28, 2016 | Politics
The administration and Democratic lawmakers took lieutenant governor to task for her comments on ballot question and TTF law, both of which have Christie’s blessing

Delaware River Salt Front Moves Upstream as Drought Cuts Flows

Jon Hurdle | October 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Reservoir releases can slow the front, but reduce available amount of drinking water — already in scant supply — in the process

Obamacare NJ: 7% Rate Increase in 'Benchmark' Plan

NJTV News Online | October 28, 2016 | Healthcare
But as new premiums come into effect, some New Jerseyans are experiencing sticker shock


| October 28, 2016 | Number of The Day

Evidence Is In, Jury Will Soon Be Out

WNYC News | October 28, 2016 | Politics
The court will hear closing arguments on Monday, then the case will go to the jury

Switching to Electric Vehicles Could Save State $4B by 2050

Tom Johnson | October 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Breaking transportation sector of the gasoline habit could also reduce asthma attacks, visits to emergency rooms, and premature deaths

Programs for Developmentally Disabled Could Face More Scrutiny

Lilo H. Stainton | October 27, 2016 | Healthcare
Reducing physical and emotional abuse, neglect in state-funded facilities

Wisniewski Might Be Ready to Give Murphy a Run for His Money

Chase Brush | October 27, 2016 | Politics
If you thought the Democratic nomination for governor has been sewn up by Wall Street titan Phil Murphy, think again — and watch out for Assemblyman Wisniewski

Poll: Is There a Good Way to Fix School Funding in New Jersey?

| October 27, 2016 | Polling
Two school funding plans have been proposed and another is in the works, but will any of them actually get the job done?

Cash-Strapped Democrat Faces Fight Against Well-Heeled Republican in 3rd

Chase Brush | October 27, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Democrat LaVergne says shortage of funds has kept him from making more of incumbent MacArthur’s support for Trump

Op-Ed: Eliminating Estate Tax Will Improve New Jersey’s Economic Climate

Michele Siekerka | October 27, 2016 | Opinion
Scrapping it signals we might finally address the issues that make the Garden State so expensive for residents and businesses


| October 27, 2016 | Number of The Day

Defense Rests in Bridgegate Trial, Closing Arguments to Begin Today

NJTV News Online | October 27, 2016 | Politics
Bridget Anne Kelly continues to deny she knew about revenge scheme

State Offers $2.8B in Bonds to Help Top off Depleted Transportation Trust Fund

John Reitmeyer and Chase Brush | October 26, 2016 | Transportation
Financial offering — and $500 million private bank loan — bring home the fact that TTF renewal involves significant amount of new debt

New Technology Helps NJ’s Developmentally Disabled Gain Independence

Lilo H. Stainton | October 26, 2016 | Healthcare
State agency, advocacy groups pair people with disabilities with devices that can help them live on their own, go to school, work

Profile: The Woman Laying the Groundwork for a Public Bank in New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | October 26, 2016 | Profiles
Joan Bartl believes taxpayer-owned financial institution would be ‘logical and practical’ because of the state’s ‘significant fiscal problems’

Few Surprises Expected in Solidly Blue 8th Congressional District

Joe Tyrrell | October 26, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
With Democrats holding a 6-to-1 advantage over Republicans, incumbent Sires should have no trouble besting his Republican challenger, Agha Afzal Khan


| October 26, 2016 | Number of The Day

Defense Paints Kelly as Hapless, Prosecutors Paint Her as Ruthless

WYNC News | October 25, 2016 | Politics
Competing versions of defendant Bridget Kelly’s role in the Bridgegate scandal are put to the court

Opponents of Christie’s PARCC Graduation Requirements Go to Court

John Mooney | October 25, 2016 | Education
Advocates say requirements violate state law, argue NJ has high graduation rates because students have multiple paths to diplomas

Atlantic City Produces Five-Year Plan, Hopes to Fend Off State Takeover

Chase Brush | October 25, 2016 | Politics
The plan calls for cuts in jobs and benefits, outsourcing of services, and the sale of Bader Field airstrip

NJ Must Reduce Global-Warming Pollution in Transportation Sector

Tom Johnson | October 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Getting low-carbon vehicles on the road is imperative, but the roadblock remains the lack of charging stations for electric cars and trucks

No Reimbursement for Opioid Prescriptions in NJ Written Without Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | October 25, 2016 | Healthcare
Doctors would be required to document patient-safety protocol before writing scrip

Frelinghuysen Challenged by Underfinanced Democrat in 11th

Joe Tyrrell | October 25, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Lawyer Joe Wenzel says he was inspired to run by Sandy Hook Elementary School killings in 2012

Explainer: The Red Cross Slims Down in NJ, While National Criticism Continues

Tara Nurin | October 25, 2016 | Explainer
The Red Cross has been subject to complaints nationwide for its response to emergencies. But apart from criticism of its post-Sandy role, few in NJ are dissatisfied


| October 25, 2016 | Number of The Day

In Bridget Kelly's Own Words

Matt Katz | October 24, 2016 | Katz on Christie
Excerpts from Bridgegate defendant Bridget Kelly's second day of testimony reveal much about her legal strategy, and about how the Christie administration worked.

Curbing Use of Solitary Confinement in NJ Correctional Facilities

Hank Kalet | October 24, 2016 | Social
‘Close custody’ can exacerbate or trigger mental-health problems, reduce prisoners’ chances of successful reintegration in communities

Fundamental Changes in Power Industry Will Change Life in NJ, Northeast

Tom Johnson | October 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
One of most significant benefits of this transformation: Lower greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to global warming

Calls for NJ to Return Millions in Federal Aid for ‘Troubled’ Sandy Rebuild

Meir Rinde | October 24, 2016 | Sandy, After Sandy
But state disputes federal audit that criticized aid rebuilding programs and poor oversight of company hired to administer them

Aggressive Democratic Challenger in District 2 Makes Trump an Issue in Race

Chase Brush | October 24, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Incumbent fights back arguing bipartisan record demonstrates commitment to residents in hard-hit South Jersey

NJ Provides $10M to Nonprofit Groups For Urban Lead Removal

Lilo H. Stainton | October 24, 2016 | Healthcare
Launches public-relations effort to warn parents about dangers of lead, need for screening


| October 24, 2016 | Number of The Day

Bridget Kelly Speaks: Christie's Ex-Aide Says Gov Knew About Bridgegate

Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz | October 21, 2016 | Katz on Christie

Democrats Can’t Wait to Restore Women’s Healthcare Funding Post-Christie

Lilo H. Stainton | October 21, 2016 | Healthcare
They also back Planned Parenthood’s proposal for insurance companies to cover a year’s worth of birth control at once

Lawmakers Get Serious About Legalizing Grass in the Garden State

Chase Brush | October 21, 2016 | Politics
Will Christie’s concerns about this ‘gateway drug’ go up in smoke once he’s out of office?

At DEP Drought Hearing, Repeated Calls for State Water Plan

Tom Johnson | October 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Agency says updated plan isn’t ready for release, but state has all the tools it needs to fight water shortage

Interactive Map: Many Poor Kids Still Miss Free Breakfast In NJ

Colleen O'Dea | October 21, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Advocates urge schools to shift to serving meals after the start of school day

Businessman Mounts Longshot Challenge to 14-Term Pallone in 6th

Meir Rinde | October 21, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Republican Sonnek-Schmelz says Pallone has failed small businesses and Sandy victims

The ‘New’ Gentrification Explored at NJ Spotlight on Cities Conference

Tara Nurin | October 21, 2016 | Planning
Developers and advocates discuss ways to breathe new life into neighborhoods without displacing long-time residents


| October 21, 2016 | Number of The Day

State Poised to Issue First Drought Warning in More Than a Decade

Tom Johnson | October 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Today’s public hearing of Department of Environmental Protection will document drought conditions in more than a dozen north and central New Jersey counties

Outside Interest Groups Infiltrate Political Process, Parties Losing Grip

Chase Brush | October 20, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
The latest figures for election spending in New Jersey show major parties have been weakened and special-interest groups continue to increase their influence

Protecting Uber Passengers Who Are Injured in an Accident

Lilo H. Stainton | October 20, 2016 | Healthcare
Car-service company argues riders are already covered by current $1.5M liability insurance; critics contend there are too many loopholes in coverage

Opinion: Bridgegate Testimony Leaves No One Untainted

Carl Golden | October 20, 2016 | Opinion
Disconcerting picture emerging from trial is of an administration that is equally ugly, vindictive, and profane

Poll: Waiting to Inhale — Is NJ Ready for Recreational Marijuana?

| October 20, 2016 | Polling
A delegation of NJ legislators will report today on its fact-finding trip to Colorado, where pot is legal. Is the Garden State moving in the same direction?

Shortage of Affordable Housing Explored at NJ Spotlight on Cities

Colleen O'Dea | October 20, 2016 | Housing
One advocate suggests that even the term ‘affordable housing’ has negative connotations for many people

In 10th District Moderate Payne’s Opponents Are Weak, Broke

Joe Tyrrell | October 20, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. seeks a third term with little opposition in a district that is struggling economically


| October 20, 2016 | Number of The Day

Baroni Ends Time On Witness Stand

WNYC News | October 19, 2016 | Politics
Former Port Authority executive continues to maintain he believed Bridgegate traffic-study cover story

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Launches Integrated Mental-Physical Pilot

Lilo H. Stainton | October 19, 2016 | Healthcare
A new program for patients with Crohn’s disease will integrate mental and physical treatments in order to improve health and reduce costs

Beleaguered Christie Holds Town Hall in Friendly Territory

John Mooney | October 19, 2016 | Education
But even in suburban New Providence some question his ‘Fairness Formula’ to equalize state aid to schools

Clock Winds Down On Atlantic City’s Efforts to Deliver Five-Year Plan

Chase Brush | October 19, 2016 | Politics
City misses deadline to submit revised FY2016 budget to state’s Local Finance Board, sparks off exchange of letters between mayor and DCA

State Not Doing Enough to Protect Poor from Pollution, Advocates Argue

Tom Johnson | October 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight on Cities conference, environmental justice session explores how to better serve minority communities, poor urban centers

Profile: The World of Cumberland County’s Bayshore Is Her Oyster

Jon Hurdle | October 19, 2016 | Profiles
One woman’s passion for the county’s historic Bayshore led to a restored ship, a museum, an environmental center, and renewed local pride

Why Medicare Part D Pays Too Much for Prescription Medicine

Stuart Silverstein/FairWarning | October 19, 2016 | Healthcare
The Medicare law forbids the government from using its sizeable bargaining power to negotiate drug prices. Lobbying by the drug industry keeps that law in place

Minors Who Do Time in New Jersey’s Adult Prisons Must Deal with Intimidation

WNYC News | October 19, 2016 | Social
One offender, sentenced to several years in an adult prison, said he’s worried about the guards, not the other inmates

Trying Juveniles as Adults Called A ‘Dead End’

NJTV News Online | October 19, 2016 | Social
Conference on juvenile justice has pilot program in Camden County to keep young offenders in community

$65 million

| October 19, 2016 | Number of The Day

Baroni: Christie Used Me to Punish His Enemies

WNYC News | October 19, 2016 | Politics
Under cross-examination, Baroni admits going after firefighters’ union chief and Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Money Shakes Up New Jersey's House Races

Chase Brush | October 18, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
There’s a lot of money sloshing around this season’s Congressional races, adding to the pressure on at least one long-term incumbent

Emergency Rooms Becoming ‘Dumping Ground’ for Psychiatric Patients

Lilo H. Stainton | October 18, 2016 | Healthcare
With fewer inpatient beds and inadequate outpatient services, patients often have no other choice but the ER

Democratic Lawmakers Hope to Compromise with Christie On Urban Enterprise Zones

John Reitmeyer | October 18, 2016 | Planning
Proposal would give a two-year extension to five cities while state studies whether another program would be more effective for hard-pressed cities

Move Afoot to Ban Bear Hunting in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | October 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Hunting opponents argue it increases rather than reduces human-animal conflicts, call instead for better bear management

Imagining a Marshall Plan for Our 'Ignored' Cities

Lee Keough | October 18, 2016 | Planning
At the NJ Spotlight on Cities conference, leading politicians agreed ‘we’ve ignored our cities’ and it’s time to make them a priority

Explainer: Open Enrollment for State Insurance, Medicare, Obamacare

Lilo H. Stainton | October 18, 2016 | Explainer
Policy holders have chance to examine new options, take advantage of subsidies under Affordable Care Act

NJ Spotlight on Cities: A Quick Recap

Amanda Brown | October 18, 2016 | Planning
A few digital glimpses of the second annual conference, judged a success by participants and attendees — or so they told us. See you next year.

Op-Ed: A Moratorium On New Charter Schools Is A Step For Civil Rights

Lauren Wells | October 18, 2016 | Opinion
Charters have drained funding from district schools in cities like Newark, leading to separate and unequal systems


| October 18, 2016 | Number of The Day

Phil Murphy Hedges on Charter Schools, Says ‘It’s Complicated’

John Mooney | October 17, 2016 | Education
‘NJ Spotlight on Cities’ brings early focus to charter schools in 2017 governor’s race

Converting Food Waste into Fuel for Renewable Energy

Tom Johnson | October 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Making smart use of biomass could be a win-win: It can be used a source of power and it prevents methane from being released into the atmosphere

Campaigners Demand Map to Limit Forest Destruction by Off-Road Drivers

Jon Hurdle | October 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Pinelands activists welcome new data on disturbed sites, but say damage to Wharton State Forest will continue unless detailed map shows which areas are off limits

NJ Spotlight on Cities: Healthcare Panelists Call for Integrated Urban Care

Lilo H. Stainton | October 17, 2016 | Healthcare
Speakers say mental health and substance-abuse treatment needs to be combined with physical care

At Day-Long Conference, NJ Spotlight Shines Spotlight on State’s Cities

NJTV News Online | October 17, 2016 | Planning
The second annual NJ Spotlight on Cities conference brought together politicians, policymakers, urban architects and advocates

Life Outside Prison Is Not Easy for Minors Tried as Adults

WNYC News | October 17, 2016 | Social
Adjusting to life outside prison can be tough on parolees, but one young man is hopeful

Elections 2016 Keeps You On Top of the Issues, Ahead of the Candidates

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 17, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Coverage includes overviews of the state’s Congressional Districts, in-depth reporting on key races, and interactive tools and maps to keep you in the know

Christie’s Former Counsel Didn’t Check into Bridgegate, Wasn’t Asked

WNYC News | October 17, 2016 | Politics
Gov. Christie said he asked his chief counsel to check into lane closures on GWB, but counsel said in court the request was never made


| October 17, 2016 | Number of The Day

Catch the Live Stream from the 2nd Annual NJ Spotlight on Cities

John Mooney | October 14, 2016 | Planning
Can’t make the conference? Watch a live stream of the keynote conversation and the session on the 2017 gubernatorial race

New Attempt to Pin Christie to GWB Scandal Overshadows Bridgegate

Chase Brush | October 14, 2016 | Politics
A municipal judge allowed a citizen’s complaint of official misconduct against the governor to go forward

Transco Compressor Project Stirs Critics at Bordentown Meeting

Jon Hurdle | October 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Residents argue that state can block what they see as a dangerous project by refusing to issue water-quality permits

Push to Grant Driver's License to NJ's Undocumented Residents

Chase Brush | October 14, 2016 | Social, Immigration
Supporters say the card would help thousands of undocumented to drive legally, that it would improve road safety, and stimulate the state’s economy

Advocates Want Legislative Leaders to Curb Surprise Medical Bills

Lilo H. Stainton | October 14, 2016 | Healthcare
The goal: protect patients from unexpected fees charged by out-of-network doctors and hospitals, while also saving the state money

Does Driving Down Energy Use Mean Rethinking Utilities’ Business Model?

Tom Johnson | October 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Some states are successfully using ‘decoupling’ as a way to get power companies to convince customers to use less energy — without taking an economic hit

Interactive Map: New Jersey’s Cities Remain Mired in Poverty

Colleen O'Dea | October 14, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Poverty is a statewide problem, but almost half of NJ’s poor are living in urban centers

Minors Get Longer Sentences in New Jersey Than in New York

WNYC News | October 14, 2016 | Social
There’s a big disparity in sentencing between the Garden State and New York. New Jersey offenders face more years in prison

Op-Ed: Request to the NAACP — No Moratorium on New Charter Schools

Denice Hicks | October 14, 2016 | Opinion
My sons have been transformed by their experiences in charter schools. Isn’t that exactly what the NAACP would want?


| October 14, 2016 | Number of The Day

Probe Uncovers Fraud at Program to Help Poor Pay Energy Bills

Tom Johnson | October 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Malfeasance includes paying benefits to dead woman, as well as to state employee earning $90,000 a year

Lesniak on Murphy's Endorsements: ‘Wealthiest, Rather Than the Best’

Chase Brush | October 13, 2016 | Politics
After deciding against a bid for 2017 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, disgruntled Lesniak says process ‘sucks’

Seeking Civil Rights Protection for NJ Women Who Breastfeed

Lilo H. Stainton | October 13, 2016 | Healthcare
The goal is to extend current law, to cover women who work for small businesses or who are nursing babies older than one year

The Data Behind the Discussions at NJ Spotlight on Cities Conference

John Mooney | October 13, 2016 | Planning
We teamed up with Rutgers’ Eagleton Poll to find out what New Jersey residents really think of the state’s cities

Poll: The Murphy Lockdown — Terrific or Troubling?

| October 13, 2016 | Polling
Phil Murphy seems to have the Democratic gubernatorial nomination sewn up more than a year ahead of the election. What do you think of his early-bird special?

Young in Prison: Is Germany's Way Better Than NJ’s?

WNYC News | October 13, 2016 | Social
Unlike New Jersey, Germany does not prosecute minors as adults. And, unlike New Jersey, Germany has low recidivism rates among minors

Online Shoppers Using 35-year-old NJ Consumer Law Against Websites

Joe Tyrrell | October 13, 2016 | More Issues
Lawyer says big retailers are being hit with ‘literal blizzard’ of claims from across the United States


| October 13, 2016 | Number of The Day

Elections 2016: Congressional District 12

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: 11th Congressional District

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: Congressional District 10

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: Congressional District 9

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: Congressional District 8

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: Congressional District 7

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: Congressional District 6

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: Congressional District 5

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: Congressional District 4

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: Congressional District 3

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: Congressional District 2

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Elections 2016: 1st Congressional District

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016

Hate Crime Heightens Tensions in Already Divisive 7th District

Chase Brush | October 12, 2016 | Politics
Republican Rep. Lance decries as ‘abhorrent’ swastikas spray-painted on challenger Jacob’s house, but Democrat links act to ‘casual racism’ of Trump campaign

Making Sure Sea-Level Rise Doesn’t Swamp New Jersey

Tom Johnson | October 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Accurate plans and projections, including the effect of climate-changing pollution, can help the state do better dealing with coming sea-level rise

Profile: Growing Up in Poverty Has Helped Shape Her Choice of Career

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Profiles
The executive director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, Renee Koubiadis wants to do nothing less than solve the problem of poverty

NJ Spotlight on Cities: Do We Have a Shared Urban Agenda?

Lee Keough | October 12, 2016 | Planning
Setting priorities for the Garden State’s beleaguered urban areas at Newark conference this Friday

Most Minors Tried as Adults in NJ Are Black or Latino

WNYC News | October 12, 2016 | Social
Although it must be approved by a judge, the decision to try a minor as an adult is at the discretion of the prosecutor


| October 12, 2016 | Number of The Day

New Scrutiny for Whistleblower Case

Chase Brush | October 11, 2016 | More Issues
Lawmaker says it’s unacceptable for state to pay out $1.5 million, then refuse to discuss terms of a settlement involving allegations of serious corruption

First Quarter FY2017 Tax Collection Could Be Harbinger of Budget Year

John Reitmeyer | October 11, 2016 | Budget
Tax changes associated with the gas-tax increase expected to help revenue at first — until cuts kick in

Moody’s Issues ‘Credit Negative’ in Response to Passage of TTF Legislation

Chase Brush | October 11, 2016 | Budget
Wall St. firm raises fiscal concerns about effect of tax cuts included in bill to replenish Transportation Trust Fund

State Urges Federal Agency to Impose Cost Caps on Transmission Projects

Tom Johnson | October 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Large energy companies, utilities increasingly look to transmission to drive profits. Without caps, cost overruns can be passed along to customers

U.S. Attorney General Lynch Convenes Policing Conference in Newark

Joe Tyrell | October 11, 2016 | Social
Law enforcement, community activists, and politicians from across state attend, including Newark Mayor Ras Baraka

NJ Spotlight on Cities: How Garden State Can Achieve ‘Integrated’ Healthcare

Lilo H. Stainton | October 11, 2016 | Healthcare
Can ‘integrated care' deliver on its promise of better patient outcomes and better bottom line?

Trump Taj Mahal Shuts Down After 26 Years in Atlantic City

NJTV News Online | October 11, 2016 | More Issues
Taj is fifth casino to close in past two years in hard-pressed gambling resort

$1.9 million

| October 11, 2016 | Number of The Day

The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 4

Matt Katz | October 11, 2016 | Politics

Murphy’s Move: Outsider to Likely Democratic Candidate for Governor

Chase Brush | October 7, 2016 | 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 | October 7, 2016 | 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 | October 7, 2016 | 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 | October 7, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2016
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 | October 7, 2016 | 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 | October 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Constitutional tool could be key to outlawing ‘barbaric’ practice

Bridgegate: Gov. Christie’s Filthy Mouth

WNYC News | October 7, 2016 | Politics
In just the latest shock in the trial, a witness testified the governor and a Monmouth County politician traded profanities


| October 7, 2016 | Number of The Day

PSEG Takes Two Coal Plants Out of Service, Is Gas Obvious Alternative?

Tom Johnson | October 6, 2016 | 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 | October 6, 2016 | 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 | October 6, 2016 | 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 | October 6, 2016 | 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 | October 6, 2016 | 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 | October 6, 2016 | 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?

| October 6, 2016 | Polling
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?

NJ’s Teacher of the Year: From Armenia to Pascack Valley High

John Mooney | October 6, 2016 | Education
The first arts teacher to win the honor in more than ten years, refugee Argine Safari has found her passion teaching music

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Accused of Stalling Bridgegate Probe

WNYC News | October 5, 2016 | Politics
Prosecution witness Wildstein testifies that Cuomo and Christie agreed to create ‘traffic report’ that would quash questions about Bridgegate probe

Physician-Assisted ‘Aid in Dying’ Up for Debate Again in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | October 5, 2016 | 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 | October 5, 2016 | 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

Profile: Seriously Passionate About Progressive Causes

Lilo H. Stainton | October 5, 2016 | 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 | October 5, 2016 | 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 | October 5, 2016 | 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 | October 5, 2016 | 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 | October 5, 2016 | Transportation
City says it will build train hall in General Post Office while renovating platforms at Penn

Despite TTF Deal, It’s Still Unclear When Roadwork Will Resume in New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | October 4, 2016 | 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?

NJ Businesses Sustain Widespread Health Coverage, Despite Rising Costs

Lilo H. Stainton | October 4, 2016 | Healthcare
Workers paying for larger share of medical expenses, through higher contributions and deductibles, reduced benefits

Op-Ed: Governor Must Release Remaining $16M in Frozen Nonprofit Funds

Linda M. Czipo and Nina Stack | October 4, 2016 | Opinion
Real lives are on the line. Nonprofits that provide critical services have already had to cut back staffing and program hours

Christie, Democratic Leaders Finally Agree On Plan for Transportation Trust Fund

John Reitmeyer | October 3, 2016 | Transportation
Deal balances 23-cent gas-tax hike with cut in sales tax to 6.625 percent, elimination of estate tax, and breaks for working poor, senior citizens, veterans

Judge Finds Meadowlands Hospital Guilty of Multiple Labor Violations

Lilo H. Stainton | September 30, 2016 | Healthcare
Employee union estimates that ruling will cost hospital at least $2.5 million

Advocates Clash with Administration Over Number of Poor in New Jersey

Chase Brush | September 30, 2016 | Social
Community leaders, others cite ‘crisis’ in social services, but administration’s data shows fewer people signing up for general assistance and emergency aid

Interactive Map: How NJ Congressional Reps Spend Their Expense Allowances

Colleen O'Dea | September 30, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Most of the money goes to staff salaries, but many spend heavily on mail to constituents in an election year

NJ Transit Train Wreck at Hoboken Terminal Kills 1

NPR National Public Radio | September 30, 2016 | Transportation
Some passengers said train was traveling too fast. More than 100 injured in crash

Money and Sand: Will There Be Enough for New Jersey’s Beaches?

Kirk Moore | September 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Beach replenishment is costly and exacts a heavy toll on the environment, depleting underwater ridges that are home to a broad variety of sea life

CarePoint Sues Horizon BCBS for $76 million in Alleged Unpaid Claims

Lilo H. Stainton | September 29, 2016 | Healthcare
Horizon and healthcare advocates claim Hudson County hospital chain is at fault for driving up cost of care

NJ Energy Resilience Bank Getting Ready for Second Round of Withdrawals

Tom Johnson | September 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Some $135 million in federal loans and grants to go to projects to ensure power stays on at wastewater treatment plants and hospitals

Poll: Beach Replenishment — Saving the Shore, Hurting the Environment?

| September 29, 2016 | Polling
Beach replenishment is expensive and — by some lights — ineffective, since any sand dredged up will ultimately wind up back in the water. Do we stay the course?

Bridgegate: Wildstein Says He Talked ‘Retaliation’ with Drewniak

WNYC News | September 29, 2016 | Politics
Star prosecution witness also testifies that governor discussed getting rid of Democrats at Port Authority

Op-Ed: Leadership Now Can Protect NJ’s Water Supply from Future Climate Change

Tom Kean Sr. and Jim Florio | September 29, 2016 | Opinion
New report is catalyst to begin identifying risks to water supply posed by climate change and implementing measures to reduce vulnerability

State Officials Clamp Down on Fentanyl – And Its Clones

Lilo H. Stainton | September 28, 2016 | Healthcare
Advocates fear tougher penalties won’t reduce drug addiction but will boost the prison population

Profile: A Pioneer Who’s Investigating How Bacteria Communicate

Joe Tyrrell | September 28, 2016 | Profiles
In an era of increasing antibiotic resistance, Dr. Bonnie Bassler’s research could revolutionize medicine by encouraging helpful bacteria and inhibiting the spread of pathogens

ACLU Says It Will Represent Alleged Bistate Bomber Until He Gets Lawyer

NJTV News Online | September 28, 2016 | More Issues
Ahmad Khan Rahami remains in a Newark hospital, apparently unconscious and unable to express his wishes on legal counsel

American Dream Mall in Meadowlands Faces Financing Nightmare

John Reitmeyer | September 27, 2016 | More Issues, Politics
Developer tells NJ appeals court any delay in approving funding will kill long-stalled project

Public Service Enterprise Group’s New Venture, Selling Energy Retail

Tom Johnson | September 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company is quietly setting up PSEG Energy Solutions to sell electricity and gas to commercial and industrial accounts

As More NJ Students Go Hungry, More Colleges Open Food Pantries

Tara Nurin | September 27, 2016 | Education, Social
Amid growing recognition that some students are going hungry, Rutgers-New Brunswick is the latest university in New Jersey to open a food pantry

Approval for Outside Oversight of Controversial Medicaid Payment Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | September 27, 2016 | Healthcare
But even with an independent monitor, some advocates fear the reform will lead to cuts in services for vulnerable patients

Explainer: How NJ’s Public Libraries Are Faring in the Information Age

Carly Sitrin | September 27, 2016 | Explainer
The state’s libraries still come through with books, but patrons also can access digital media like music and ebooks, as well as share new technologies

Urgency to Define Rules for Telemedicine in New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | September 26, 2016 | Healthcare
Lawmakers try to ensure Garden State is not left out of the growing use of electronic communications between healthcare providers and patients

The List: The Commuting Habits of New Jersey Workers

Colleen O'Dea | September 26, 2016 | The List
According to census data, it takes longer for commuters in the Garden State to get to work than the national average

With Infrastructure Projects Sidelined, Who Pays for Broken Contracts?

Chase Brush | September 23, 2016 | Transportation
Counties and municipalities are coming under the gun for road and bridge projects Christie has shut down until cash is found for Transportation Trust Fund

Powerful Backers of Gambling in North Jersey Decide to Fold Their Hand

Chase Brush | September 23, 2016 | More Issues, Politics
Our Turn NJ pulls its TV spot, saying voters ‘very negative’ about November ballot referendum

No Remedy Yet to Cure ‘Surprise’ Out-of-Network Charges

Lilo H. Stainton | September 23, 2016 | Healthcare
Insurers, hospitals, doctors, and patient advocates struggle for consensus on an equitable way to handle unexpected expenses

Interactive Map: More New Jerseyans Register as Presidential Election Nears

Colleen O'Dea | September 23, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Last year, almost nine of 10 of those eligible were registered, but fewer than two in 10 made it to the polls

Advocates Argue All New Jersey Schools Should Offer Arts Classes

Tara Nurin | September 22, 2016 | Education
The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership points to studies that show training in music, dance, and other arts is linked to academic success

Money, Accusations, Attacks — The Race for the 5th District Is Just Heating Up

Chase Brush | September 22, 2016 | Politics
Democratic hopeful Josh Gottheimer wants to take the 5th from arch-conservative incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett. He may just be within striking distance

Concerns Continue to Grow Over State’s Medicaid Payment Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | September 22, 2016 | Healthcare
Some healthcare providers fear the transition to a ‘fee-for-service’ system could lead to program closures and staff layoffs

Poll: Double Dipping for Public Employees: Damned If They Do?

| September 22, 2016 | Polling
It’s a widespread practice among public employees, retiring from a job and then picking up another position — and pension. Should it be allowed?

Homeless Man and Pal Tip Off Cops to Bombs in Trashed Backpack

NJTV News Online | September 22, 2016 | More Issues
Linked to alleged bistate bomber Rahami, backback contained five explosive devices, one detonated by police robot while being defused

Two Healthcare Centers Join Forces to Expand Cancer Care in Newark

Lilo H. Stainton | September 21, 2016 | Healthcare
Patients from the city and beyond should benefit from new cutting-edge facilities and treatments

Progress Slow On Affordable Housing, Towns Wait for NJ Top Court

Colleen O'Dea | September 21, 2016 | Housing
Justices must decide whether housing obligations accrued during 15-year gap must be built

Opinion: If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Stay Out of the Classroom

Mark Weber | September 21, 2016 | Opinion
The sweltering weather has made it all too clear that New Jersey’s politicians have no real interest in giving teachers safe, comfortable working conditions

Explainer: A Multitude of Paths for Legal Immigration to the United States

Meir Rinde | September 21, 2016 | Explainer
Some roads are like the interstate, fast and relatively direct, while others are far more circuitous and can take years to get to the destination

Police Information Sharing Credited for Quick Arrest in Bombings

NJTV News Online | September 21, 2016 | More Issues
U.S. Sen. Menendez says agencies began communicating and cooperating after 9/11

Push to Protect Public School Students from Concussions

Lilo H. Stainton | September 20, 2016 | Healthcare
Children could not return to class or athletic activities without the permission of a healthcare professional

Too Soon to Talk TTF Compromise, but if Christie Budges Will Sweeney Follow?

John Reitmeyer and Chase Brush | September 20, 2016 | Budget, Transportation
Meanwhile, several alternative have emerged, including a hybrid solution that incorporates cuts to estate and sales taxes

Op-Ed: New Highlands Rules Strike Balance Between Environment, Equity

Ryck Suydam | September 20, 2016 | Opinion
The DEP’s recent proposal uses over 20,000 new well-test results from land in the Highlands

The List: New Jersey’s 16 ‘Double-Dipping’ County Sheriffs

Mark Lagerkvist | September 19, 2016 | The List
All told, the sheriffs on this list pull down about $3.3 million a year in public pay — $2.1 million in county salaries plus $1.2 million from state pensions

Population Health Summit Keeps NJ Residents and Communities Well

Lilo H. Stainton | September 19, 2016 | Healthcare
Nutrition, lead poisoning, and fitness were key targets at meeting that brought together state agencies and advocacy groups

Opinion: Christie's 'Fairness Formula' Leaves Ugly Legacy for 2017 Race

Carl Golden | September 19, 2016 | Opinion
The governor has yet again positioned himself as a dominant figure capable of establishing the frame of reference for a political discussion the candidates can’t dodge

Opinion: Why a Republican Is Endorsing Gary Johnson and Bill Weld

Dick Zimmer | September 16, 2016 | Opinion
Trump is neither conservative nor Republican and does not have the temperament or the character to be president

Would ‘Public Option’ Help Stabilize NJ’s Health Insurance Marketplace?

Lilo H. Stainton | September 16, 2016 | Healthcare
With only two providers offering policies, a government-run insurance plan could spur competition, ensure wide range of choices

NJ Bail Reform Aimed at Freeing Those Unable to Pay Even Small Amounts

NJTV News Online | September 16, 2016 | More Issues
Lawyers and officials gathered for a seminar on the program, which takes effect January 1

Growing Faith-Based Healthcare Program Shows Results in New Jersey Cities

Lilo H. Stainton | September 15, 2016 | Healthcare
Churches, temples, and mosques are at the heart of a state-supported program to help religious groups promote healthy eating and exercise

Poll: Do You Expect Any Surprises to Come Out of the Bridgegate Trial?

| September 15, 2016 | Polling
The massive traffic tie-up has been under the media microscope for a long time. Is there anything left to learn?

Op-Ed: ESSA Offers Opportunity for Schools to Change Course

Wendell Steinhauer | September 15, 2016 | Opinion
Stakeholder involvement in the requisite re-imagining and re-inventing – by educators and parents alike – is critical if ESSA is to reach its full potential

LGBT Advocates Hope Expanded Infertility Coverage Is Just the Start

Lilo H. Stainton | September 14, 2016 | Healthcare
The head of Garden State Equality says a lawsuit by three lesbian couples has put a spotlight on the health needs of the gay community

Consent Order Brings Teachers, Administration to Benefits Table

Chase Brush | September 14, 2016 | Budget
NJEA has refused to meet, saying unfilled seat on health benefits commission tips balance of power in favor of Christie

Opinion: Look Before You Close That Loophole — Combined Reporting in NJ

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | September 14, 2016 | Opinion
Mandatory combined reporting would fundamentally reshape state’s approach to corporate taxation, with major implications for New Jersey’s business climate and economy

Why Cape May Is a Draw for Hawkwatchers from All Over the World

WHYY Newsworks | September 14, 2016 | More Issues
The annual hawkwatch count, which has just begun at Cape May, is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area

NJ Hospitals Join Forces to Reduce Deaths Caused by Sepsis

Lilo H. Stainton | September 13, 2016 | Healthcare
The occurrence and often fatal effects of sepsis have been greatly reduced here because hospitals are cooperating to diagnose and treat the infection

Judiciary Panel Votes to Send Christie's Treasury Nominee to Full Senate

John Reitmeyer | September 13, 2016 | Budget
Governor’s pick to oversee the state budget defended administration’s TTF position during hearing

Explainer: The Mystery of New Jersey’s Statewide Water Supply Plan

Jon Hurdle | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Supposedly vital to state and local planning, the blueprint should be updated and published every five years but it’s twenty years since that happened

Opinion: Small Rise in NJ Insurance Premiums, Even as Competition Declines

Katherine Hempstead and Joel C. Cantor | September 13, 2016 | Opinion
The loss of two carriers hasn’t pushed up the cost of individual coverage in the Garden State, though that might be the expected outcome

Obscure Group Says Finance Plan For Meadowlands Megamall Violates State Law

John Reitmeyer | September 12, 2016 | More Issues, Politics
The action by the New Jersey Alliance for Fiscal Integrity could mean further delays for a project that has been in the works for more than a decade

Consumer Advocates Pledge to Bring More People Under ACA Umbrella

Lilo H. Stainton | September 12, 2016 | Healthcare
What will it take to extend healthcare coverage to 1 million or more New Jerseyans?

The List: Eleven Places You Can Get on Your High Horse in NJ

Carly Sitrin | September 12, 2016 | The List
For some equine enthusiasts, the best way to take in the Garden State’s beautiful scenery is from a horse

Baraka’s Vision for Newark’s West Ward Unrealized in Development Plan

Joe Tyrrell | September 9, 2016 | Housing
Newark mayor stressed keeping people in their homes, despite foreclosure, but ‘model neighborhood initiative’ almost silent on this goal

Anger Over EpiPen ‘Price Gouging’ Sparks Calls for Wider Pharma Cost Inquiry

Lilo H. Stainton | September 9, 2016 | Healthcare
The EpiPen is not the only medication whose cost has spiked, leading lawmakers to examine ways to keep life-saving medicines affordable

Interactive Map: Salaries for NJ’s Teachers, School Administrators On Rise

Colleen O'Dea | September 9, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Staff in regional high school and vocational districts receive highest salaries, while those working in charter schools tend to receive lowest

Unorthodox New Buyer Emerges for Beleaguered Meadowlands Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | September 8, 2016 | Healthcare
Application to purchase Hudson County hospital in Secaucus may raise more questions than it answers

Fine Print: NJ Fantasy Football Players Face No Changes as NFL Season Begins

John Reitmeyer | September 8, 2016 | Budget
Bill that would regulate and tax websites offering cash prizes has been released by Senate committees but has advanced no further

Poll: Room in the Pinelands for Conservationists and ATVs?

| September 8, 2016 | Polling
Beyond the angry words and accusations, it may ultimately be an issue of conservation versus recreation

Drunk Drivers in NJ Face Arrest Even When Car Engines Are Off

NJTV News Online | September 8, 2016 | Social
The head of the Assembly Judiciary Committee plans to hold hearings on whether the law needs to be clarified

Christie Triggers Potential End to Income Tax Agreement With Pennsylvania

John Reitmeyer | September 7, 2016 | Budget
Allowing bistate commuters to pay income taxes where they live saves money for many in New Jersey, but governor says it’s hurting state’s bottom line

Opinion: Big Victory for Small Homeowners in Atlantic City

R. William Potter | September 7, 2016 | Opinion
Judge stops land grab by Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, calling it a ‘manifest abuse of the eminent domain power’

Agenda: Hespe Makes His Swan Song as Commissioner

John Mooney | September 7, 2016 | Education
Back-to-school meeting dives into fiscal rules, puts off some other more controversial topics

Funding Will Help ACA ‘Navigators’ Reach More Uninsured

Lilo H. Stainton | September 7, 2016 | Healthcare
Several New Jersey nonprofits receive financial aid to sign up ‘harder to reach’ individuals for health insurance

Christie’s Conditional Veto Could End Tax Break for Urban Enterprise Zones

John Reitmeyer | September 6, 2016 | Budget
Critics claim that requiring enterprise zones to charge full sales tax will cost them customers, could lead to layoffs and shutdowns

Opinion: Bridgegate Trial — An Indictment of Politics as Usual in Christie’s Office?

Carl Golden | September 6, 2016 | Opinion
The Bridgegate scandal has always been about power run amok, even if the defense posits the lane closures as legitimate political activity

Making Sure NJ’s Poor Are Covered When It Comes to Zika

Lilo H. Stainton | September 6, 2016 | Healthcare
Reworking state Medicaid to include ‘reasonable reimbursement rates’ for products and services to prevent and treat mosquito-borne virus

Does ‘Truth in Advertising’ Apply to Hospitals in New Jersey?

Lilo H. Stainton | August 19, 2016 | Healthcare
Lawmaker explores tighter standards, prompted by NJ Spotlight’s investigation of Meadowlands Hospital and its ‘birth tourism’ program aimed at Russian women

Local Governments in NJ: Big Cuts in Aid, Small Change In State Budget

John Reitmeyer | August 19, 2016 | Budget, Politics
With a stroke of his veto pen, Christie increased penalties for municipalities found to have strayed from best practices on transparency and fiscal accountability

Op-Ed: Eliminate the Corporation Tax and Replace It with a Simpler, Fairer Tax

Richard L. Kaluzny and Richard F. Keevey | August 19, 2016 | Opinion
The 'broken' system of taxing businesses in New Jersey should be replaced by one that is based on logic, without loopholes or deductions

No Credit Downgrade for NJ, Although Ratings Agencies Say Budget Problems Linger

John Reitmeyer | August 18, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Christie takes credit for the good news and downplays talk of high debt, slow growth, and low reserves

Struggle to Sustain Needle-Exchange Programs After Governor’s Veto

Lilo H. Stainton | August 18, 2016 | Healthcare
An online campaign has been launched to help raise cash and awareness for programs that are scrambling to keep going