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Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, Microbe: Parsing NJ’s Potential State Symbols

Carly Sitrin | June 22, 2018 | Politics

Will the Pine Barrens tree frog, horseshoe crab, Tom Edison, franklinite, and Streptomyces griseus — among others — join the bog turtle as official symbols of the Garden State?

Jersey City Politics, Unraveled

WNYC News | June 18, 2018 | Politics
Nine-hour city council meeting only part of raucous week, that also sees feud between mayor and newspaper publishers
Uncorking the Cap: Law Would Make It Easier for NJ Drinkers to Buy Wine
Colleen O'Dea | June 21, 2018 | More Issues
Coalition of wineries, consumers and retailers cheer plan to get rid of current cap on amount of wine that can be shipped but liquor store alliance opposes the change
Deja Vu All Over Again: NJ Gov. Corzine and the 2006 Government Shutdown
Colleen O'Dea | June 19, 2018 | Politics
Former governor’s plan to raise sales tax by 1 cent sparked off a battle of wills between two powerful Democrats. Sound familiar?
Watchdog Group Takes Christie to Court Over OPRA Request for His Emails
Colleen O'Dea | June 15, 2018 | Politics
Watchdog wants to to dig into former governor’s electronic correspondence about $33M tax credit to Jared Kushner in Jersey City real estate deal, but Christie digs in his heels
Gov. Murphy Signs New Jersey into New Era of Gun Safety
Carly Sitrin | June 14, 2018 | Politics
Thanks to a half-dozen ‘commonsense’ bills, state now has arguably some of the strictest gun laws in the country
New Road Map for New Jersey to Reclaim Status as Biotech Leader
John Reitmeyer | June 14, 2018 | More Issues
Task force identifies why NJ no longer leads in cutting-edge industry; cites recession, corporate mergers, patent expirations — and decline in key state supports
As NJ Rents Continue to Climb, Finding an Apartment Becomes Even Tougher
Colleen O'Dea | June 14, 2018 | Housing
Hundreds of thousands of residents don’t earn enough to cover the rent on an average two-bedroom, without struggling to pay other bills and meet routine expenses
Floating a $600 Million Bond Issue to Build New Portal Bridge
John Reitmeyer | June 13, 2018 | Transportation
Plan could go long way to convincing Trump administration to pony up its contribution to bridge project, a key element for speeding rail traffic along Northeast Corridor
Can $51 Billion Upgrade to Region’s Airports Get off the Ground?
Colleen O'Dea | June 13, 2018 | Transportation
The Regional Plan Association wants to revamp Newark, Kennedy, and LaGuardia to stay ahead of expected growth — and pull plug on Teterboro to stay clear of rising sea level
Federal District Judge Says ‘No Deal’ to NJ Pulling Out of Waterfront Commission
Colleen O'Dea | June 12, 2018 | More Issues
Temporary injunction keeps New Jersey from withdrawing from Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor — at least for now
Former State Sen. Allen Starts PAC to Help Women Get Started in Politics
John Reitmeyer | June 11, 2018 | Politics
New political action committee — runWOMENserve — to offer funding to female candidates regardless of their party
NJ Lawmakers Go All In on Sports Betting, Law Awaits Governor’s Signature
John Reitmeyer | June 8, 2018 | Politics
After Supreme Court threw out federal law that prohibited legalized sports gambling in New Jersey, state lawmakers fast-tracked a bill to allow it. Not everybody’s happy
Six Months into Murphy’s Term, Senate Confirms Six Cabinet Members
Tom Johnson | June 8, 2018 | Politics
One reason process lasted as long as it did: disagreements over school funding between Sweeney and Repollet, new commissioner of education
Working to Close Security-Funding Gap Between Public and Private Schools
Carly Sitrin | June 8, 2018 | Politics
The state allocates money for security at nonpublic schools at roughly half the per-pupil rate of public schools. Some lawmakers are looking to end this unequal protection under the law
‘Nasty, Dirty Brawl’ Anticipated as Battle of the Bobs Begins for Senate Seat
Colleen O'Dea | June 7, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Bruised by his lackluster win in Tuesday’s primary, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez still favored to beat Republican Bob Hugin in fall election
The Primaries in Perspective: The Most Important Results — and What They Mean
Lee Keough | June 6, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
The notable upset came in the 2nd District Republican contest, where Grossman pulled away from Singh, but the Menendez-Hugin matchup is already getting even uglier
The Latest Move: New Jerseyans Return to the Cities
NJTV News | June 6, 2018 | Planning
Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight’s editor at large, discusses a shift in the state’s population on NJTV
Primary Preview: Candidate Snapshots for All Contested Districts
Colleen O'Dea | June 5, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Democratic and Republican candidates for the Senate and House contests kicked their efforts into high gear this week. Here’s where they stand
Join Us Tonight for Live Updates of All Primary Contests
NJ Spotlight | June 5, 2018 | Politics
Starting at 8:30 tonight, you can track primary results across New Jersey — right from our homepage
Can NJ’s Effort to Legalize Pot Find a Way Through the Expungement Maze?
Carly Sitrin | June 5, 2018 | More Issues
Assembly panel raises myriad issues — from the sheer number of low-level convictions to a paper chase involving yellowing court records to duplicative databases — that must be addressed
Film, TV, Digital Production Tax Credits Could Be Back in Picture for NJ
John Reitmeyer | June 4, 2018 | Politics
Sponsors of bill offering incentives to entertainment industry agree to changes called for in Murphy’s conditional veto
Property-Tax Breaks for Vets in Retirement Communities ‘Right Thing to Do’
Colleen O'Dea | June 1, 2018 | Politics
Supporters have been trying to get legislative approval for years, but efforts have always fallen short
Bolstered by Anti-Trump Sentiment, Can a Democrat Turn the 4th District Blue?
Tara Nurin | May 31, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Two Democrats face off in June 5 primary for a shot at landing a knockout punch on a 38-year Republican incumbent
In District 5, Trash-Talking Republicans Keep Primary Race Down and Dirty
Hank Kalet | May 31, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Steve Lonegan and John McCann outdo each other to prove who’s the real conservative
Murphy Offers Loan Aid, Intern Funding to Keep STEM Students and Jobs in NJ
John Reitmeyer | May 30, 2018 | Education, Politics
Students in high-tech fields would be eligible for up to $8,000 in debt forgiveness, in program governor promotes as ‘small down payment’ for significant economic return
Elbow to Elbow in the 11th as Democrats Jostle to Succeed Frelinghuysen
Carly Sitrin | May 30, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
With longtime Republican congressman not running, five contenders vie for chance to flip district from red to blue
With No Incumbent in the 11th, Broad Range of Republicans Vie for Chance
Carly Sitrin | May 30, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Primary hopefuls include traditional party members, social moderates, and one contender who promises to use an online app to make sure he votes the way his constituents want
The Primary Color is Green: Candidates Raise $40M and Counting to Sway Your Vote
Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
With the largest field of candidates in decades fighting for places on the November ballot, it’s raining dollars for many New Jersey political job applicants
Bill to End Banking of Sick Days Draws Angry Outcry from Public-Sector Unions
Colleen O'Dea | May 29, 2018 | Politics
Assembly panel moves bill, despite PBA president saying he is ‘befuddled’ by Democratic backing. Other union heads join in outraged chorus
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