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New Study Contradicts Christie’s Claim That Pension Payouts Are Excessive

Colleen O'Dea | December 18, 2014 | Politics

Using different criteria, report finds New Jersey’s health and retirements benefits for public employees are less generous than plans in most other states

Analysis: With Bridgegate Panel At Standstill, All Eyes On U.S. Attorney

Mark J. Magyar | December 9, 2014 | Politics
Fishman denies report that indictments are imminent, as Democrats and Republicans issue dueling reports in Bridgegate investigation
Report on Statewide Red-Light Camera Initiative Has Critics Seeing Red
WNYC/NJPR | December 17, 2014 | Transportation
Opponents argue that small sampling size casts doubt on sizable reductions in accidents and traffic violations
Is It Time to Question the Fiscal Wisdom of the Atlantic City Bailout?
Meir Rinde | December 16, 2014 | Politics
With gaming industry in crisis, should the state reassess the return on investment it's likely to see on the millions it's funneling into New Jersey's gambling hub?
Lawmakers Lobby Obama to Resist Calls to Shut Down Longtime NJ Military Base
NJTV | December 16, 2014 | Politics
Menendez cites ‘strategic importance’ of facility as president addresses troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
State Pension Board Trustees Suing Over Christie’s $2.4 Billion Cut
Mark J. Magyar | December 11, 2014 | Politics
Lawsuit asks courts to order governor either to make payments or restore COLAs, employee contributions to prior level
State Supreme Court Puts Affordable Housing on Docket -- for 2015
Colleen O'Dea | December 11, 2014 | Housing
Another slowdown in the struggle to resolve the myriad issues surrounding COAH and establish fair housing in New Jersey
NJ Lottery Numbers Fall Short in First Year of Switch to Private Operator
WNYC/NJPR | December 11, 2014 | Politics
Income looks to be $24 million below projections due to higher expenses and decline in revenue
Bills Would Shed More Light on Activities of Port Authority of NY and NJ
NJTV | December 11, 2014 | Politics
Legislation passed by lawmakers in both states awaits signing by two governors
Roulette Wheel, Slots May Keep on Spinning at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal
Meir Rinde | December 9, 2014 | Planning
New tax-payment scheme, other legislation could help struggling Shore community regain its feet, without shutting down more casinos
Timeline Shows Christie and Aide Texting About ‘Bridgegate’ Testimony
WNYC/NJPR | December 9, 2014 | Politics
Exchanges took place one month before governor says he began really paying attention to lane-closure scandal involving his administration
Proposal Would End Sharing of Taxes by Communities in the Meadowlands Region
Tara Nurin | December 5, 2014 | Politics, Planning
New scheme would merge two agencies and subsidize environmentally sensitive towns by increasing hotel taxes
Legislature Sets Sights on Rescuing Atlantic City from Financial Brink
Meir Rinde | December 5, 2014 | Planning
Senate President Sweeney introduces package of five bills intended to address city’s ‘fiscal nightmare’
Probe Raises Red Flags About Efficiency of Spending by American Red Cross
Pro Publica/NPR | December 5, 2014 | Social
Charity claims less than 10 percent of donated money goes toward expenses, but real overhead costs have been much higher
New Jersey, Among Most Affluent States, Still Sees Rise in Poverty Rate
NJTV | December 5, 2014 | Social
Advocates for the poor cite NJ’s high housing costs and economic recovery that’s lagging behind rest of nation
Moody’s: New Jersey’s Pension Funds Could Run Dry in Just 10 Years
Mark J. Magyar | December 4, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Bond-rating agency cites NJ Treasury admission in bond prospectus that puts unfunded liability at $83 billion under new federal standards
NJ Police Build Up Arsenals with Surplus Combat Weapons and Military Gear
NJTV News | December 3, 2014 | Social
Nearly 1,000 semiautomatic assault rifles now in hands of cops through Garden State
Garden State’s Latino Population Lags Far Behind in Obamacare Signups
December 3, 2014 | Healthcare, Social
Immigration-related concerns cited by community activists as major reason for disparity
Are There Bigger and Deeper Potholes on the Road to New Jersey’s Future?
WNYC/NJPR | December 2, 2014 | Transportation
Raising the gasoline tax could help refuel the Transportation Trust Fund -- Here’s why it may not happen
State Secrets: Why Won’t Gov. Christie Disclose His Travel Expenses?
Mark Lagerkvist/New Jersey Watchdog | December 2, 2014 | Politics
When the governor travels out of state, it’s on the public’s dime, so why won’t he reveal what he’s spent?
Analysis: Partisan and Labor Politics Drive Battle Over Health-Benefits Reform
Mark J. Magyar | November 26, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Big question is whether Christie, Legislature set health-benefit payments or unions get back collective-bargaining rights
Video: What New Jersey Mayors Really Want, What They Really Need
November 21, 2014 | Video, Politics
NJ Spotlight interviewed mayors from across the state on some of the top issues of the day
Size Doesn’t Matter -- Study of NJ Municipal Government Costs Concludes
Mark J. Magyar | November 17, 2014 | Budget, Planning
Rutgers analysts question ‘conventional wisdom’ that consolidation of state’s 565 municipalities would produce property tax savings
Regional Plan Association Puts Tri-State Area’s Future in Its Sights
Tom Johnson | November 17, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Planning
Revitalization and technology’s effect on marketplace are high on the list of concerns to be addressed
Tribute: Clement Price Leaves His Mark on Newark and Beyond
John Mooney | November 17, 2014 | Education, Social
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Rutgers Chancellor Nancy Cantor honor the late historian of the city and its people
Deep Budget Cuts, Emergency Manager Only Way to Save Atlantic City, Report Says
Meir Rinde | November 14, 2014 | Planning
If necessary, shuttered casinos would be torn down to improve access to beach and boardwalks for tourists
Is Atlantic City In Line for a State-Appointed Emergency Manager?
Meir Rinde | November 13, 2014 | Planning
Christie says report from Gaming Commission recommends state take over troubled community, institute deep cuts in services, employee benefits
Trenton, Other Troubled NJ Cities Seek to Stem Tide of Urban Housing Decay
Joe Tyrrell | November 13, 2014 | Housing
Homesteading initiative and other efforts seek to stave off blight, crime, economic drain spawned by abandoned properties
Atlantic City Summit: Charting a Future for Struggling Community
Meir Rinde | November 12, 2014 | Planning
Efforts to rebrand city as general tourist destination seem to be working -- but casino closures still taking heavy toll on local economy
At Launch of Nonprofit, Murphy’s Speech Takes on Gubernatorial Tone
John Mooney | November 12, 2014 | Politics
New Jersey’s middle class was theme of pol-studded get-together, which also featured appearance by Jon Bon Jovi
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