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State Assembly Targets Governor’s Suppression of Rebate Data

Mark J. Magyar | September 30, 2014 | Politics

Legislation would require Christie administration to publish town-by-town data on net property taxes it removed from state’s website

Analysis: Merger of Cash-Starved NJDOT with Turnpike Authority ‘Cash Cow’ eyed

Mark J. Magyar | September 29, 2014 | Politics, Transportation
Turnpike, Parkway generate $400 million a year in excess toll revenues -- and most of it already goes into state budget
Is the Problem of Homelessness Getting Better or Worse in NJ?
WHYY/NewsWorks | September 29, 2014 | Social
Thousands still live in shelters and motels – and on the streets – but whether there’s been improvement depends on which numbers are compared
Tab for Unfunded Retiree Benefits Pegged at $30,000 per Household
Mark J. Magyar | September 26, 2014 | Politics
Three months after Christie’s pension cuts, governor’s own panel says failure to make pension payments has made problem worse
Food-Stamp Cutbacks in NJ May Hinge on Resolving Application Backlog
WNYC | September 26, 2014 | Social
Decision to end ‘Heat and Eat’ program, delays in new computer system threaten federal funding
Tale of Two Towns: Newark, Irvington Mayors Tackle Housing Issues
Joe Tyrrell | September 25, 2014 | Housing, Planning
Leaders in both municipalities address economic, public health and crime, but take different approaches on foreclosures and eminent domain
Mega-Casino in Jersey City: Too Big a Gamble? Or Potential Jackpot for NJ?
WNYC | September 25, 2014 | More Issues
Details remain sketchy about waterfront complex -- including an auto-racing track and a convention center -- reportedly proposed by billionaire founder of Reebok
Analysis: Transportation Funding Fix Now Appears To Be On Fast Track
Mark J. Magyar | September 23, 2014 | Transportation
High-level talks, new DOT chief, and Christie’s own political calculus augur well for agreement on a long-term solution for Transportation Trust Fund
Christie Nominates New President of BPU, Two Other Commissioners
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Governor looks to slot in two Democrats at state agency, announces surprise nomination to head up DOT
Christie Chooses Trenton Fixture to be State Transportation Commissioner
WNYC | September 19, 2014 | Politics, Transportation
Jamie Fox previously served as transit chief under Gov. McGreevey and has held many other prominent posts
Analysis: Facing Budget Problems, Christie Plays Tax Amnesty Card
Mark J. Magyar | September 18, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Corzine’s 2009 tax amnesty generated a record $725 million windfall, but it would take a concerted campaign to match that success
New Jersey Still Stuck in Economic Morass; Poverty Rate Keeps Climbing
Colleen O'Dea | September 18, 2014 | Social, Maps
Nearly 1 million residents live in dire economic straits in one of the nation's wealthiest states
Christie Administration, Unions Battling Over Hedge Fund Fees, Contributions
Mark J. Magyar | September 17, 2014 | Politics
Union leader urges Treasury to complete pay-to-play probe, questions investment with firm whose principals donated to RNC
Coalition Pushes to Replenish State's Transportation Trust Fund
Mark J. Magyar | September 17, 2014 | Transportation
NJ Forward includes gas tax increase as one funding option, urges merger of transportation agencies and more public-private partnerships
‘One Sheriff, One Paycheck’ Campaign Targets Pension/Pay Double-Dipping
Mark J. Magyar | September 15, 2014 | Politics
Retired state police major seeks to turn Mercer sheriff race into referendum on widespread abuse of pension loophole
Mortgage Nightmare: One New Jersey Family’s Fight Against Foreclosure
Joe Tyrrell | September 15, 2014 | Social, Housing
Ezekiel Iwarimie wanted a house for his wife and kids, but what he got was a pitched battle to hold onto his home
Conditional Veto Could Gut Affordable-Housing Policies, Advocates Say
Hank Kalet | September 12, 2014 | Politics, Housing
Governor argues that it’s time for Legislature to significantly revise New Jersey’s landmark law
Christie Grappling With Bond Downgrades, Budget Shortfalls, Casino Closures
Mark J. Magyar | September 11, 2014 | Budget, Politics
NJ’s fiscal woes mount as S&P cuts credit rating, Treasury admits budget shortfall and Trump Taj Mahal becomes fifth casino to face closure
After Latest Casino Closures, Can Atlantic City Reinvent Itself?
Jon Hurdle | September 9, 2014 | Politics, Planning
Christie calls ‘summit’ to help plan future for ailing gaming hub, but details are thin on the ground
Upgrade in Troubled City’s Credit Rating Gives Camden New Hope
Tara Nurin | September 4, 2014 | More Issues
While serious problems have not gone away, improved assessment by S&P sends encouraging message about future
New Law Clears Way to Force Cleanups of Derelict Properties
Joe Tyrrell | September 3, 2014 | Housing
Legislation allows municipalities to levy fines against foreclosing creditors that don't keep abandoned houses in good repair
Does Paid Sick Leave Have Healthy Chance of Approval in New Jersey?
Hank Kalet | August 15, 2014 | Social
Outcome of efforts to enact local ordinances may determine prospects for statewide law
Contract Suggests State Fudged Dates for New COAH Regulations
Colleen O'Dea | August 14, 2014 | Housing
Deal with Rutgers consultant was not signed until less than three weeks before court-ordered deadline for adopting housing rules
Housing Market’s Statewide Woes Are Reflected, Magnified in Trenton
Joe Tyrrell | August 14, 2014 | Housing
Capital city’s plight made worse by safety concerns, loss of jobs and departure of businesses, overall weakness of New Jersey's economy
It’s One Hell of a Commute for Thousands Who Ride the Bus to Work in NYC
WNYC | August 14, 2014 | Transportation
It’s dark, dank, overcrowded and unavoidable for many NJ residents. It’s the Port Authority Bus Terminal
Ten Years Later, So Much Has Changed for Gay Americans – and for Jim McGreevey
WHYY/NewsWorks | August 13, 2014 | Politics, Social
Ex-governor talks about his career, his dramatic resignation in 2004 amid a scandal linked to his sexual orientation, and what his life is like today
Highlands Act Has Seen Success -- But It’s Not Out of the Woods Yet
Tom Johnson | August 12, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Planning
Law has slowed sprawl, protected drinking water, but opposition remains – and funding vote in November could have big impact
Explainer: Why NJ's Unfunded Liability for Retirees Is $90 Billion and Rising
Mark J. Magyar | August 12, 2014 | Budget, Politics, Explainer
Funding gap grows because NJ continues to underfund pensions and covers retiree healthcare costs on pay-as-you-go basis
Is Cory Booker in Danger of Getting His Bell Rung by Jeff Bell in November?
Carl Golden | August 12, 2014 | Opinion, Politics
Surprisingly close poll shows danger of taking foe for granted – and widespread frustration with dysfunctional federal government
Report: NJ Transit Didn’t Do a Super Job in Handling Super Bowl Crowds
WNYC | August 12, 2014 | Transportation
Problems included squabbling among top NJ officials over how to manage situation and lack of adequate planning, consultant says
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