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Local Governments in NJ: Big Cuts in Aid, Small Change In State Budget

John Reitmeyer | August 19, 2016 | Budget, Politics

With a stroke of his veto pen, Christie increased penalties for municipalities found to have strayed from best practices on transparency and fiscal accountability

No Credit Downgrade for NJ, Although Ratings Agencies Say Budget Problems Linger

John Reitmeyer | August 18, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Christie takes credit for the good news and downplays talk of high debt, slow growth, and low reserves
Short of a Quorum, ELEC Unable to Meet for Five Months
NJTV News Online | August 18, 2016 | Politics
Agency continues to investigate allegations of campaign finance misconduct, but cannot issue sanctions or levy punishments
State Pension Banned from Investing in Companies Boycotting Israel
John Reitmeyer | August 17, 2016 | Politics
ACLU says the law may violate the First Amendment by restricting freedom of speech
NJ Activists Want More Transparency for Police-Related Shootings
Hank Kalet | August 16, 2016 | Social
One proposal would put state attorney general — rather than county prosecutor — in charge of sending cases to grand jury
NJ Legislative Leaders Can’t Even Agree to a Sit-Down on Transportation Funding
John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2016 | Transportation
Prieto has called for a summit, but Sweeney remains hopeful of bypassing Gov. Christie
Bergen County Uses Drones to Help Emergency Responders
NJTV News Online | August 16, 2016 | More Issues
Drones will be used more and more in emergencies. They have already helped to find a missing person and to search for a homicide suspect
Could Lack of Neighborhood Input Stall Progress on New Port Authority Terminal?
John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2016 | Transportation
Port Authority officials pledge to listen to neighborhood representatives, but unsympathetic to calls to move site to Jersey side of Hudson
Supporters, Detractors of Casinos Outside Atlantic City Gear Up For Fall Fight
John Reitmeyer | August 12, 2016 | Politics
TV ads are already trying to sway voters on November referendum over go-ahead for casinos in north Jersey
‘It’s Not A Gotcha Game’ -- Newark Police Department’s Independent Monitor
NJTV News Online | August 12, 2016 | More Issues
The newly appointed monitor has until early next year to come up with a plan for how to oversee and improve the city’s police department
Lesbians Sue Over Insurance Discrimination In Infertility Treatment
NJTV News Online | August 12, 2016 | Social
State rules require women to demonstrate infertility by having unprotected sex with a man for at least two years without becoming pregnant
State Agencies Approve Financing For American Dream Mall
John Reitmeyer | August 11, 2016 | More Issues, Politics
The project, once called by Christie ‘the ugliest damn building in America,’ is opposed by conservative group Americans For Prosperity and the environmentalist Sierra Club
Marketing U.S. Citizenship and Childbirth Services at Meadowlands Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | August 10, 2016 | Healthcare, Social
A New Jersey hospital advertises its services to pregnant Russian women who want to give birth in the U.S., enabling their children to qualify for dual citizenship
Tom Byrne ‘Thinking Seriously’ About Entering Democratic Primary
John Reitmeyer | August 10, 2016 | Politics
But Byrne’s work on Gov. Christie’s bipartisan pension panel could cost him backing from public employee unions — and his moderate views may convince some he’s not ‘Blue’ enough
Senate President’s Failure to Act On Pension Amendment Enrages Public Unions
John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Sweeney says voters will be more likely to approve the question once the dispute about transportation funding is resolved
Federal Reforms Could Help NJ’s Immigrants Contribute Even More to State Economy
John Reitmeyer | August 8, 2016 | Social
Collecting back taxes from undocumented immigrants, for instance, could mean a big bump in tax collections
Guaranteed Funding for State Pensions Probably Won't Make Ballot
John Reitmeyer | August 5, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Sweeney continues to tie the amendment to getting a veto-proof majority for his plan to renew the Transportation Trust Fund
Hunting Advocates Target ‘Cecil The Lion’ Law Aimed at Animal-Parts Trade
Joe Tyrrell | August 5, 2016 | More Issues
Plaintiffs say the law, named after lion shot by Minnesota dentist, is preempted by federal legislation
More New Jerseyans Put Off Retirement, Many Citing Financial Concerns
NJTV News Online | August 5, 2016 | Social
Nearly 25 percent of Garden State residents over age 65 are still working full- or part-time
Sweeney Accuses Unions of Threats and Bribery Over Pension Funding
John Reitmeyer | August 4, 2016 | Budget, Politics
State’s top Democrat –- and probable gubernatorial candidate -- accuses NJEA and others of intimidation tactics
Work To Begin On Beachfront Luxury Condos In Long Branch
NJTV News Online | August 4, 2016 | Planning
The Jersey Shore city appears to be making slow progress on 20-year-old comeback
Month Into Strike, Trump Taj Mahal Announces Plan To Close After Labor Day
NJTV News Online | August 4, 2016 | More Issues
The president of Local 54, UNITE Here, says investor Carl Icahn unwilling to negotiate and trying to ‘punish’ strikers
Acting State Treasurer Gets High-Level Democratic Support for Confirmation
John Reitmeyer | August 3, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Sen. Paul Sarlo, head of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, praises Ford Scudder’s openness during this year’s spending debate
Bridges On New Jersey Rail Freight Lines in Need of Safety Upgrades
NJTV News Online | August 3, 2016 | Transportation
But repairs or replacement are delayed by lack of funds due to Transportation Trust Fund stalemate
State's Millennials Put Off Ownership of Their Own Homes for Good Reasons
NJTV News Online | August 3, 2016 | Social, Housing
Student loans and the high cost of living among reasons many young New Jerseyans live with their parents
Senate Fails To Vote On Transportation Trust Fund, Pension Amendment
John Reitmeyer | August 2, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Steve Sweeney, still short of votes to override an expected Christie veto, accuses the governor of ‘auditioning for Donald Trump’s cabinet’
Steve Sweeney Boycotts PSE&G Breakfast for Convention Delegates
NJTV News Online | July 28, 2016 | Politics
Senate president suggests his action helped convince the company to stop supporting conservative Republican Scott Garrett
Peach Farming in the Garden State: Not as Sweet a Deal as It Used to Be
Tara Nurin | July 27, 2016 | More Issues
New Jersey’s peach industry is going through some changes, some for the better, others — it remains to be seen
New Jersey’s Job Growth Strong in June After Two Months of Losses
John Reitmeyer | July 22, 2016 | More Issues
Is this the beginning of a new upward trend or a continuation of the up-and-down movement so far in 2016?
Piscataway Mayor Tells DOT What It Can Do with TTF Work Stoppage
NJTV News Online | July 21, 2016 | Transportation
Brian Wahler got a shutdown order about a Piscataway project, and then he got mad
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