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Dems Threaten ‘Legislative Veto’ to Ease Restrictions on Medical Marijuana

Meir Rinde | March 27, 2015 | Healthcare, Politics

For some NJ legislators, the problem with the state’s medical marijuana program is the law itself

Atlantic City’s Emergency Managers Need More Time to Come up With Plan

Meir Rinde | March 25, 2015 | Politics
Critics contend that just-released report does nothing to move troubled resort city closer to financial stability
Christie’s Pension Package Tops Agenda at Final Assembly Budget Hearing
John Reitmeyer | March 25, 2015 | Budget, Politics
Meanwhile, governor continues to push budget plan at ‘town hall’ meetings, the latest in Whippany
Explainer: Will NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Ever Get to Bergen County?
Meir Rinde | March 24, 2015 | Transportation, Explainer
Plans are afoot, though not necessarily in place, to establish a single-seat, 33-minute ride from Hoboken Terminal to Englewood Hospital
Menendez Tries to Turn Tables, Assails ‘Illegal’ Leaks About Ethics Probe
NJTV News | March 24, 2015 | Politics
New report says charges could be lodged against NJ Democratic senator as early as this week
After 16 Years as Double-Dipper, NJ Cop Retires for Second Pension
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog | March 23, 2015 | More Issues
Retired law officer is just the latest face of a problem that has grown to staggering proportions -- exploiting loopholes in state’s pension system
Christie Says There's No Transportation Crisis; Critics Sharply Disagree
John Reitmeyer | March 20, 2015 | Transportation
State claims it has scraped together money to make it through next fiscal year, but legislators worry about administration's wait-and-see attitude
State Assembly Committee Kicks Off Hearings into Disputed Exxon Mobil Deal
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Citing other commitments, individuals who helped draw up deal do not appear before panel
PA Should Sell Real Estate to Help Fund Gateway Tunnel, Lawmakers Urge
John Reitmeyer | March 18, 2015 | Transportation
To refocus on core mission, PA should divest itself of real estate, Sweeney and other Dems argue, use money to help fund cross-Hudson tunnel
Senate Democrats to Christie: No Deal on Exxon Mobil Settlement
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Voting strictly along party lines, Democrats pass resolution to reject settlement in $8.9 billion lawsuit
Override of Veto of Port Authority Reforms Fails to Garner Necessary Votes
John Reitmeyer | March 17, 2015 | Politics, Transportation
Democrats come two GOP votes shy of override; both parties pledge to work together -- but can they?
Robert Barr Wins Seat on Pinelands Commission, After Some Political Arm-Twisting
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
First Senate vote goes against controversial candidate, second time does the trick -- without any debate
Initiatives to Acquire, Revive Abandoned Homes are Making Progress in New Jersey
Joe Tyrrell | March 17, 2015 | Housing
Witnesses testify about success of laws making it easier for municipalities to force rehabilitation of derelict properties
Analyzing and Appraising Gov. Chris Christie's Career
Colleen O'Dea | March 16, 2015 | Politics
NJ Spotlight releases a collection of editorial coverage, data and documents, and tools that let you explore every phase of the governor’s career
Behind-Scenes Struggle Shadows Senate Pinelands Vote, Pipeline Project
Kirk Moore | March 16, 2015 | Politics
OPRA lawsuit brings to light extensive email correspondence between governor’s office, utilities, and Pinelands Commission
Depleted Transportation Trust Fund Equals Rough Ride for NJ Residents
John Reitmeyer | March 16, 2015 | Transportation
If Christie and legislators don’t find new source of revenue for the TTF, Garden State drivers may be dodging bigger and deeper potholes
COAH Is History: State's Top Court Declares Troubled Agency ‘Moribund’
Colleen O'Dea | March 11, 2015 | Politics, Housing
NJ Supreme Court removes jurisdiction over affordable housing from executive branch in clear victory for housing advocates
Governor Goes on Defensive About Much-Criticized Exxon Mobil Settlement
Tom Johnson | March 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Christie claims that administration’s $225M deal is ‘a really good settlement,’ neglects to mention billions state originally sought
State Senate Moves on Several Fronts to Block Exxon Mobil Settlement
Tom Johnson | March 10, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
One panel releases resolution condemning Christie administration’s drastically reduced payout in $8.9B case
Unhappy Hurricane Sandy Survivors Confront Gov. Christie ... in Iowa
Scott Gurian | March 9, 2015 | Politics, Sandy
Storm victims are intent on raising issue in a likely campaign, but will it stick?
Senate President Calls for Millionaire’s Tax to Help Close State Pension Gap
John Reitmeyer | March 9, 2015 | Budget, Politics
Christie dismisses idea at town hall meeting, but gets numbers wrong for current top-end tax and potential revenue
The List: Top 10 Donors to GOP Governors Association with Christie at Helm
Colleen O'Dea | March 9, 2015 | Politics, The List
NJ’s top exec spent about a third of year helping RGA raise a healthy chunk of cash -- and garnering a huge amount of attention for himself
Gauging the Health of Sick-Leave Mandates Adopted by Some Municipalities in NJ
Meir Rinde | March 6, 2015 | Politics
Cities and towns across the state have implemented sick-leave laws, but business groups are taking their objections to court
No Easy Answers for Port Authority Reform on Either Side of the Hudson
John Reitmeyer | March 6, 2015 | Politics, Transportation
NJ Democrats are pushing for a veto override, while some Republicans favor a new compromise bill -- and the outcome here will affect reform efforts in the Empire State
Census: Fewer Women Having Babies in NJ – and Fewer New Moms Are Married
Colleen O'Dea | March 6, 2015 | Social, Maps, Map of the Week
Garden State’s statistics mirror national trends; childbearing numbers among unmarried women clearly linked to education and income levels
Sweeney Pledges to Stop Christie from Scaling Back Exxon Mobil Settlement
Tom Johnson | March 5, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Senate, Assembly expected to pass resolutions letting Legislature intervene in deal to accept only $250M to settle pollution lawsuit
NJ Transit’s Plan to Close $80M Budget Gap: Increase Fares and Cut Back Service
Meir Rinde | March 4, 2015 | Transportation
Riders will most likely beef, but higher fares should prove steadier source of income than budget diversions that have been used since 2010
NJ Senate Will Fight Christie in Court to Block Lowball Settlement with Exxon Mobil
Tom Johnson | March 4, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Politics
Sweeney contends that administration’s proposed $250 million deal works out to three cents on the dollar
What’s Wrong With This Picture? Property Taxes Rise, While Rebates Dwindle
John Reitmeyer | March 4, 2015 | Budget, Politics
The Homestead program, which cuts taxes for seniors, the disabled, and low-income families, is at second-lowest funding level of past decade
NJ Public Employees Ready to Hit Gov. Christie with New Pension-Funding Suit
John Reitmeyer | March 4, 2015 | Budget, Politics
Unions want Christie back in court to explain why he plans to skimp on billions of dollars in committed payments in coming fiscal year
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