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Explainer: How Fresh Is ‘Jersey Fresh,’ and Is It Really from Jersey?

Carly Sitrin | May 24, 2016 | Explainer

For more than three decades, Jersey Fresh has guaranteed quality and told consumers they were getting the best of the Garden State

Explainer: Getting the Facts on Funding for NJ’s Charter Schools

Meir Rinde | May 17, 2016 | Explainer
Charter advocates often argue their schools are not being fully funded; opponents point out that charters take money away from district schools
Explainer: How the Census Gathers Data on a Dizzying Array of Facts, Figures
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2016 | Explainer
The real work is done by the American Community Survey, which builds up a database of everything from homes without kitchens to income of occupants
Explainer: Safeguarding Water in Four States for 15 Million People
Jon Hurdle | May 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Under stewardship of Delaware River Basin Commission, the river and its tributaries have made a strong comeback -- as annual shad run shows
Explainer: What Rutgers New Health System Means to Medical Care in NJ
Tara Nurin | April 19, 2016 | Explainer
Equipped with thousands of doctors, a dozen medical-training schools, and two hospital partnerships, the university is uniting its clinical facilities under the Rutgers Health umbrella
Explainer: Protecting New Jersey’s Power Grid Against Cyberattacks
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2016 | Explainer
Cyberterrorism could dwarf the damage done by extreme storms like Hurricane Sandy, shutting down the grid indefinitely
Explainer: Working Together to Preserve New Jersey’s Precious Water Supply
Jon Hurdle | March 22, 2016 | Explainer
Groups join forces for Delaware River Watershed Initiative covering area reaching from upstate NY to Delaware Bay
Explainer: What's Behind High Court Hearing on Cost-of-Living Adjustments?
John Reitmeyer | March 8, 2016 | Explainer
The governor and Legislature decided COLA payments to retired state workers could be suspended. What will the Supreme Court have to say on that score?
Explainer: SBC -- A Well-Intentioned Surcharge All Too Easy to Divert
Tom Johnson | March 1, 2016 | Explainer
Rather than funding clean energy as intended, the revenues have been used like an ATM by the administration and legislators
Explainer: NJ’s Welfare Programs Pay Well Below Federal Poverty Level
Colleen O'Dea | February 23, 2016 | Explainer
Qualifying family of three receives just $424 per month, although other help – such as housing subsidies – is also available
Explainer: Christie’s New Anti-Addiction Efforts Taking Shape in a Hurry
Lilo H. Stainton | February 9, 2016 | Healthcare, Explainer
Several programs outlined in governor’s State of the State are already underway
Explainer: Tough Anti-Bullying Law Guides Schools in Dealing with Harassment
John Mooney | February 2, 2016 | Explainer
Legislation enacted after Rutgers student’s suicide later spurred probe of violent hazing involving Sayerville football team
Explainer: The Split Over Making Quarterly Payments to Employee-Pension System
John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2016 | Explainer
Democrats want to bring the pension payments issue directly to the people with a constitutional ballot question, while Republicans argue more payments would force state to borrow
Explainer: Changing Nature of New Jersey’s Electric Utility Sector
Tom Johnson | January 19, 2016 | Explainer
We’re witnessing the transformation of a century-old industry sector, most likely to the benefit of customers
Explainer: Port Authority Oversees Region’s Trade and Key Transportation Links
Lilo H. Stainton | January 5, 2016 | Explainer
In addition to airports and passenger rail, agency is responsible for billions in revenues, millions of tons of freight, and hundreds of thousands of jobs
Explainer: Certificate of Need Determines Fate of Healthcare Facilities in NJ
Andrew Kitchenman | December 15, 2015 | Explainer
State has overseen healthcare regulation since 1971, but long process can leave hospital officials, local residents frustrated
Explainer: Advocates Argue for Full-Day Kindergarten in New Jersey
Meir Rinde | December 8, 2015 | Explainer
Does the Garden State suffer from a ‘kindergarten gap’ that could hold back the state’s youngest students?
Explainer: Managing Growth While Protecting Garden State’s Water Quality
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
The DEP claims its new sewer-planning proposal gives local authorities more say in the process, but environmentalists call it another rollback
Explainer: Looking at PARCC, As Much-Debated Testing Enters Second Year
John Mooney | November 24, 2015 | Explainer
NJ students taking the online exams this year will do it in single testing period, rather than two separate sessions
Explainer: What It Takes to Secure Rare Gubernatorial Veto Override In NJ …
John Reitmeyer | November 17, 2015 | Explainer
… and why lawmakers are on the verge of doing it for the first time in nearly 20 years
Explainer: Crime Victims in New Jersey Have Strong Legal Protections
Colleen O'Dea | November 10, 2015 | Explainer
Far-reaching legislation and a constitutional amendment guarantee array of rights and provide support during criminal-justice process
Explainer: What’s a Freeholder? NJ’s Unusual County Government System
Meir Rinde | October 27, 2015 | Explainer
With roots stretching at least to the 17th century, the Garden State’s unique system of freeholders, sheriffs, and surrogates can be a challenge
Explainer: What You Should Know About Health Insurer Networks, Tiered Coverage
Andrew Kitchenman | October 20, 2015 | Explainer
Horizon’s new OMNIA insurance plan spurs healthcare policy debates and legislative action
Explainer: What Will It Take to Clean Up New Jersey’s Air?
Tom Johnson | October 13, 2015 | Explainer
The state has made significant progress in the push to clean up air pollution, but much more remains to be done
Explainer: Christie Pushes Pension Alternative, But Option Already Exists
John Reitmeyer | October 6, 2015 | Explainer
Taking a look at New Jersey’s 401(k)-type public-employee deferred compensation plan
Explainer: Monitoring the Impact of the Highlands Regional Master Plan
Colleen O'Dea | September 29, 2015 | Explainer
The NJ Highlands Council is supposed to issue a monitoring report every six years. Is it living up to its responsibilities?
Explainer: American Dream Starting to Come True in the Meadowlands?
Lilo H. Stainton | September 22, 2015 | Explainer
With nearly $1 billion in public funding on the way -- making it the largest taxpayer-backed project in state history -- can the former Xanadu overcome its troubled past?
Explainer: Taking the Mystery Out of Hurricanes that Hit New Jersey
Scott Gurian | September 15, 2015 | Explainer
It’s not possible to prevent severe storms like Sandy, but knowing what to expect is a strong safeguard
Explainer: Patchwork of Laws Keep Coastal Development in Check
Scott Gurian | September 8, 2015 | Explainer
The goal is to rein in too much construction, but critics say regulations don’t go far enough
Explainer: How Transit Villages Help NJ Combat Sprawl, Car Culture
Meir Rinde | September 1, 2015 | Explainer
Built around transit hubs, these developments encourage people to walk, bike, jog, and skate to work and play, and to rely on mass transit for longer journeys
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