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Court Blocks Christie’s Bid to Curb Competitive Testing for Civil Service Jobs

John Reitmeyer and Colleen O’Dea | December 2, 2016 | Politics

Opponents of job bands — governor’s thwarted policy — argue they invite nepotism, insult veteran workers who have earned promotions

Down on the Urban Farm in Newark

Jane Primerano | November 30, 2016 | Social
The Greater Newark Conservancy is showing inner-city kids that playing in the dirt can be very good for them
Bipartisan Group of NJ Lawmakers Blasts NY Pols Over Bus Terminal
Joe Tyrrell | December 1, 2016 | Transportation
Democrats and Republicans present united front, insisting that a replacement for the current “Third-World” terminal will be built as planned
Will NJ’s Top Court Boost Affordable-Housing Requirements?
Colleen O'Dea | December 1, 2016 | Housing
In arguments before state Supreme Court, justices seem to favor idea that cities and towns are responsible for 16 years no affordable-housing rules were in effect
Is Criminal Justice in NJ About to Become an Unfunded Mandate?
Caren Chesler | November 30, 2016 | Social
The state’s massive overhaul of the criminal justice system calls for new technologies and more personnel. The counties want to know where the money will come from.
In Wake of Recent Police Shootings, Activists Step Up Calls for Accountability
Hank Kalet | November 28, 2016 | Social
Can Legislature take some of the edge off the issue by mandating independent prosecutor to oversee investigations of police-related shootings?
Tussling Has Resumed in Tug of War With New York Over New Bus Terminal
John Reitmeyer | November 28, 2016 | Politics
For most of 2016 it seemed as if New Jersey and New York officials were likely to agree over a badly needed replacement for the Port Authority Bus Terminal. But now New York officials have balked
NJ Spotlight Launches New Paid Membership Program
NJ Spotlight Staff | November 28, 2016 | More Issues
Site remains free to all, but members will qualify for benefits ranging from meetings with newsmakers and staff to targeted newsletter
Booker: Senate Will Be ‘Emergency Brake’ for Trump Administration
WNYC News | November 22, 2016 | Politics
New Jersey senator reacts quickly to president-elect’s choices for national security, chief strategist
Urban Enterprise Zones in Five NJ Cities May Get 2-Year Extension
NJTV News Online | November 22, 2016 | Politics
The big question is whether Christie will give his blessing to the proposal if it clears the Legislature
Christie Talks Up His Leadership, Says He’s Ready to Serve Full Term
John Reitmeyer | November 18, 2016 | Politics
Governor elbowed aside Guadagno to give a speech in which he painted a rosy picture of his legacy and gave no sign that Trump team is considering him for a job
Christie: No Strikers Should Get Unemployment Compensation
John Reitmeyer | November 17, 2016 | Politics
Governor issues conditional veto of bill that would have allowed more striking workers to qualify for benefits during walkouts
President-Elect Trump Troubles 101st League of Municipalities Meeting
NJTV News Online | November 17, 2016 | Politics
But when it comes to transportation infrastructure, he could find some believers in the Garden State
Unlikely Allies Worked Hard for Transportation Trust Fund Fix
John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2016 | Transportation
Forward NJ, a coalition of business, labor and others, set out in 2014 to save the TTF from going bankrupt. Is cooperation on other big issues on the cards?
NJ Crime Victims Mark a Milestone and Fight for Greater Protections
Colleen O'Dea | November 15, 2016 | Social
It is 25 years since victims of crime in New Jersey won significant legal rights. Now they want to further improve safeguards for survivors and their families
NJ Woman’s Estate Wins Battle with Mortgage Company After Death
Joe Tyrrell | November 15, 2016 | Housing
Florence Block was an executive and mother of an autistic son; her battle with cancer contributed to financial problems
For Christie, and His Political Fortunes, Bridgegate Is Far from Over
Chase Brush | November 14, 2016 | Politics
Is scandal behind governor’s fall from grace with Trump team? Will Trenton Democrats push for impeachment?
Reviewing Old Unfunded Mandates Could Help NJ Officials Follow the Money
John Reitmeyer | November 14, 2016 | Politics
A 1995 constitutional amendment barred new state mandates without funding but left those already on books untouched — and they could be costing communities plenty
How President Trump Will Alter New Jersey’s Policies and Programs
Lee Keough | November 10, 2016 | Politics
It may be too early to get a sense of the specifics, but it is incontrovertible: Change is coming to the Garden State
How Soon Will Christie Walk Away from New Jersey?
Chase Brush | November 10, 2016 | Politics
Down and out in New Jersey, the governor has the chance of a fresh start in Washington now that he has won his gamble on a Trump presidency. And his would-be successors line up
Christie Administration Moves to Take over Atlantic City
John Reitmeyer | November 10, 2016 | Politics
State has broad powers to cancel union contracts, sell city assets, and restructure its debt, but officials have not said how far they will go
Gottheimer Takes 5th After Expensive, Acrimonious Campaign
Chase Brush | November 9, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Incumbent Garrett says he won’t concede until all absentee ballots are tallied
Ballot Questions: Voters Reject Casinos Outside AC, Approve Fuel-Tax Dedication
John Reitmeyer | November 9, 2016 | Transportation, Elections 2016
The results of the two ballot questions before voters yesterday might ‘speak to how much voters dislike Trenton’
‘Blue’ Jersey Remains True: Comes Out Strong for Clinton
Joe Tyrrell | November 9, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell wins in a walk in the 9th Congressional District
Questions About Almost Anything Related to Voting? We’ve Got Answers
Colleen O'Dea | November 8, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Everything is covered, from the location of polling places to what you can do in the event of a problem voting
Can Christie Come Back After the Bridgegate Verdict?
Chase Brush | November 8, 2016 | Politics
The governor’s polling numbers are in the tank, his hold on the Republican legislative bloc is no longer ironclad. What can he accomplish in his final year?
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Resurgent in New Jersey
Laurie Petersen | November 8, 2016 | More Issues
Business incubators, venture capital, labs and tools, and entrepreneurial expertise are fast becoming available across the Garden State
Legal and Minority Groups Poised to Ensure Access to Polls
Joe Tyrrell | November 7, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Beyond usual administrative problems, advocate warns of ‘overly aggressive challenges … voter intimidation’
NJ Transit: Short of Cash, Short of Staff, and Coming up Short on Safety
Chase Brush | November 7, 2016 | Transportation
Joint legislative panel blasts state’s largest mass-transportation agency, grills its new chief on transparency and operations
Guilty on All Counts: Two Former Christie Aides Convicted in Bridgegate Case
Matt Katz | November 4, 2016 | Politics
A jury has found two former top employees of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie guilty on all counts for shutting down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge to punish a Christie foe ...
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