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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

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

John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2018 | 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
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’
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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