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Candidate Murphy Makes Big Promises on NJ Transit, Doesn’t Rule Out Tax Hike
John Reitmeyer | May 5, 2017 | Transportation, Elections 2017
Democratic frontrunner to succeed Gov. Christie is latest to give prescription for mass-transit woes. How long will commuters remain patient?
Surprise! State House Renovation Could Hit $500M By Time Bonds Paid Off
John Reitmeyer | May 4, 2017 | Politics
True, the repairs are estimated at $300M, but the complex scheme being used to raise the money could drive project total to almost twice that
Bayonne Bridge Roadway Raising Comes Down to the Wire — Ahead of Schedule
John Reitmeyer | May 3, 2017 | Transportation
In just a few weeks some of the world’s largest megaships will be able to cruise under newly elevated infrastructure and reach Port Newark-Elizabeth
Gov. Chris Christie Fights to Save Addicts, His Own Legacy
Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | May 3, 2017 | Politics
As a federal prosecutor, Christie talked tough on crime. But on the issue of drug addiction, he has struck a decidedly different tone
At Social Justice Forum Democrats Make Time to Pile on Frontrunner
Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
All six Democratic hopefuls, two Republicans, debate and digress at 'conversation' hosted by NJ Institute for Social Justice and NAACP NJ State Conference
New Jersey Lawmakers Join Renewed Effort to Raise Federal Minimum Wage
John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2017 | Politics
In-state Democrats wait to work on hiking state’s minimum wage until new governor takes over in 2018
Christie Sends Back Puppy Mill Bill, Cites Constitutional Concerns
Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2017 | Politics
Governor’s conditional veto guts bill’s restrictions and penalties, according to backers; prime sponsor Lesniak vows override of CV
Christie Blocks Dems’ Move to Reveal Tax Returns of Presidential Candidates
John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2017 | Politics
Governor slams Legislature for wasting time on an ‘unconstitutional bill.’ Sponsors of the legislation vow to see it through when Christie’s successor takes over
What’s the Plan for PATH Service to Newark Liberty Airport?
John Reitmeyer | May 1, 2017 | Transportation
With $57 million in preliminary spending approved, where is the money going, and what’s the big picture?
Have a Query for Candidates in Upcoming Gubernatorial Primary Debates?
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 1, 2017 | Politics
Our new interactive tool could help get your question in front of the party hopefuls
Puppy Wars: The Fight to Shut Puppy Mills Without Hurting Genuine Breeders
Colleen O'Dea | April 28, 2017 | More Issues
Advocates of pending legislation say it will help prevent puppy mills from selling animals in New Jersey, while opponents argue it will make things much tougher on legitimate breeders
Major Repairs at NY’s Penn Station Likely Mean More Delays, Service Disruptions
John Reitmeyer | April 28, 2017 | Transportation
Amtrak’s plan to address issues with aging infrastructure will impact NJ Transit’s daily commuters — as well as those going into city on weekend
Trump Tax Scheme Would Reduce Rates for Highest Earners, Corporations
John Reitmeyer | April 27, 2017 | Politics
President’s plan also would shut down deduction for state and local taxes, a favorite in NJ, which is burdened by highest property tariffs in nation
Assembly Committee Hears Good News About NJ Prison System
NJTV News Online | April 27, 2017 | Social
Key numbers are down, including prison population and recidivism rate
$300M State House Renovation Gets Go-Ahead Amid Controversy Over Price
John Reitmeyer | April 26, 2017 | Politics
Commission clears way for makeover of decrepit building but some legislators, gubernatorial candidates included, balk at the cost
Most Jobs in Newark Go to Nonresidents
WNYC News Online | April 26, 2017 | More Issues
The economic renewal of Newark has been a talking point, but its residents are landing few of the jobs
In Memoriam
NJ Spotlight Staff | April 26, 2017 | More Issues
Kevin Harold, publisher and co-founder of NJ Spotlight
Planning for Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Back on Track, Driven by Revitalized TTF
John Reitmeyer | April 25, 2017 | Transportation
Funds available to take extension project through environmental-impact study, but money from Trump administration now appears iffy
Lawmakers Refuse to Let Urban Enterprise Zones Die in Program’s 5 Charter Cities
John Reitmeyer | April 21, 2017 | Politics
Loss of UEZs’ 50 percent sales tax break, some politicians claim, makes it almost impossible for cities to compete with neighbors that are still home to zones
NJ Spotlight to Co-Host Two Debates for New Jersey’s Gubernatorial Primary
NJ Spotlight Staff | April 21, 2017 | Politics
Four candidates will participate in Democratic debate, two in Republican face-off
Protestors Dog Christie as Booker Pleads for Federal Help on Tunnel Upgrades
John Reitmeyer | April 20, 2017 | Transportation
Senator says we’re on the brink of ‘a traffic Armageddon,’ protesters say governor’s fateful decisions fueled the crisis
New Terminal A Cleared for Takeoff at Newark International Airport
NJTV News Online | April 20, 2017 | Transportation
Port Authority will spend $2.3B to replace aging terminal with something sleeker, more streamlined
Financial Transparency Almost Unknown Among NJ Gubernatorial Hopefuls
Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
ELEC personal disclosure forms require almost no detailed financial data, and most candidates seem content to leave it at that
Despite Job Growth, NJ Still Shy of Employment Level Prior to Great Recession
John Reitmeyer | April 19, 2017 | Politics
Job gains come as state business leaders striving to make New Jersey more attractive to skilled workers and trained tradespeople
Hoboken Terminal Project Provides Respite from Amtrak-NJT Bickering
John Reitmeyer | April 18, 2017 | Transportation
Although ongoing work will not be finished for several years, significant progress is being made — including on pedestrian concourse
With Spectrum Auction a Wrap, How Should NJ Spend Its $300M Proceeds?
John Reitmeyer | April 17, 2017 | Politics
One proposal: funnel some funds into journalism and media-related endeavors to compensate for deep cuts to New Jersey’s journalism community in recent years
True or False? The More You Know, the More Likely You Are to Believe ‘Fake News’
Colleen O'Dea | April 13, 2017 | Politics
A recent poll shows that New Jerseyans with deep political knowledge are most susceptible to conspiracy theories about the opposite party
NJ Lawmakers Wrangle Over Who Decides How TTF Billions Will Be Spent
John Reitmeyer | April 13, 2017 | Transportation
Senate President rejects Republican senator’s claim that new commission could politicize how projects are selected
If Federal Funds for Gateway Go South, Backup Plan Is for Private-Public Partnership
WNYC News Online | April 12, 2017 | Transportation
It’s still not clear if President Trump will honor infrastructure grant made by Obama administration
Christie, Cuomo Want Independent Review of Penn Station Problems
John Reitmeyer | April 11, 2017 | Transportation
After latest train derailment, governors want outside ‘verification of track safety’ at the timeworn transit hub
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