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What Does a Transition Team Do — Especially One with 500-plus Members?
Lee Keough | December 15, 2017 | Politics
Team members say getting work done isn’t really a problem, and that individual voices can be heard
Answering Your Questions About the Murphy Transition
Lee Keough | December 15, 2017 | Politics
We invited readers to let us know what questions they have about the ongoing transition. Here’s where we answer them
Trenton Hustles to Allow Politicians to Rejoin State Pension System
John Reitmeyer | December 15, 2017 | Politics
With minimal discussion, legislative leaders fast-track effort to allow unknown number of their compadres back into public-employee pension program
Should New Jersey Give the Vote to Convicted Felons?
Carly Sitrin | December 15, 2017 | Social
One of the earliest civil rights decisions the new governor is likely to face is whether to award felons the right to vote — whether they’re in prison, on parole, or on probation
Throwing the Book at Coastal Flooding and Sea-Level Rise
Colleen O'Dea | December 14, 2017 | Planning
A comprehensive report from NJ Future gives the governor-elect a new challenge: devise a coordinated response to help residents deal with flooding along the whole coastline
Assemblywoman Muoio Is Murphy’s Pick for ‘Tough’ Job as State Treasurer
John Reitmeyer | December 14, 2017 | Politics
Mercer County Democrat, a member of Assembly Budget Committee, knows all about Garden State’s serious fiscal challenges
EDA to Issue $400M in State Debt for Controversial Government Buildings
John Reitmeyer | December 13, 2017 | Planning
Christie administration uses obscure committees and commissions to push through contentious construction plan, keeping Assembly and Senate out of the loop
Governor-Elect Makes Historic Choice for State Attorney General
Carly Sitrin | December 13, 2017 | Politics
Gurbir S. Grewal, if confirmed by Senate, will be first South-Asian AG in New Jersey and first Sikh to hold position in any state
MacArthur Swims Against Tide, Says GOP Tax Plan Good for New Jersey
NJTV News | December 13, 2017 | Politics
Congressman hits out at ‘bloviating’ critics of Republican proposal, says he has worked to improve it
NJ Lawmakers Want State to Withdraw from NY Harbor Waterfront Commission
Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2017 | More Issues
Court battle looms if governor agrees to withdraw New Jersey from body whose job it is to fight corruption on NJ and NY docks
Imposing Stronger Penalties on Employers for Wage Theft — It’s Christie’s Call
John Reitmeyer | December 12, 2017 | Politics
Lawmakers want to increase the sanctions for not paying workers their due, business community believes measure is ‘well-intentioned, but overly punitive’
NJ’s Top Dems Present United Front Against GOP Tax Bill
NJTV News | December 12, 2017 | Politics
Trio pledge to act as a team when it comes to federal policy priorities on issues from taxes to the Gateway Tunnel
Taking a Big Bite out of NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Caren Chesler | December 11, 2017 | Politics
Lesniak bill would shut down troubled agency, but will it get a hearing in the lame-duck legislative session?
Fed Tax Reform Focuses New Attention on NJ’s Property-Tax Deduction
John Reitmeyer | December 11, 2017 | More Issues
Written into state’s income tax code in 1996, statute allows Garden State homeowners to deduct up to $10,000 of their annual property taxes
Pols Play Musical Chairs, Trenton’s $220M Building Project Gets Green Light
John Reitmeyer | December 8, 2017 | Planning
After making some deft changes to a lowkey — but powerful — panel, bipartisan lawmakers give go-ahead to contentious government construction plan for downtown Trenton
Garden State’s Homeless Rate Halved During Past Decade
WHYY News | December 8, 2017 | Housing
No other state saw a bigger decline in homelessness than New Jersey
In its Last Gasp, Christie Panel Gives Dire Appraisal of NJ’s Public Pension System
John Reitmeyer | December 7, 2017 | More Issues
Nonpartisan experts say state can no longer afford ‘intransigence, inaction, apathy and denial’ and recommend switch to retirement plans similar to 401(k)s
New Jersey Rents Go Through the Roof, If You Can Afford a Roof
Colleen O'Dea | December 7, 2017 | Housing
Latest data from the Census Bureau show rents have risen faster than inflation, gobbling up a larger portion of income than in previous years
Stress Testing Pension System to Help Determine — and Maintain — Fiscal Health
John Reitmeyer | December 6, 2017 | More Issues
Public-employee pension system comprises numerous funds whose health needs to be ascertained and made public on state website
Lance, Gottheimer Team Up to Save Key Tax Deduction
NJTV News Online | December 6, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan duo hopes to get GOP lawmakers to ease their stand on SALT deduction, other write-offs
Dem Newcomer to Challenge 12-Term GOP Congressman
NJTV News Online | December 6, 2017 | Politics
Mikie Sherrill, one of seven women running for House seats in New Jersey, is looking to replace Rodney Frelinghuysen
Trio of Top Democrats Could Go to Court to Scuttle GOP Tax Reform
John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey’s Gov.-elect Murphy, New York’s Cuomo, California’s Brown could mount a repeal-and-replace effort to fight Republican changes to tax code if they become law
NJ Businesses Bullish but Say $15 Minimum Wage Would Cause Job Cuts, Price Hikes
John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2017 | More Issues
One-third of businesses plan to hire more workers in 2018 and almost two-thirds expect sales to rise next year, but they’re bracing for a new push to raise wages at the lower end
Regional Plan Association Offers Recommendations Big and Smaller for NJ
John Reitmeyer | December 4, 2017 | Planning
From T-REX, a massive mass-transit agency, and a Meadowlands National Park to tighter governance and finances for NJ Transit and Port Authority
Hefty Tax Breaks for New Growth Zone Surrounding AC Airport on Cards
John Reitmeyer | December 1, 2017 | More Issues
As Atlantic City’s gaming business sags, legislators propose lucrative tax incentives to lure industries to area around nearby airport
Troubled NJSPCA Is One Step Closer to Abolition
NJTV News | December 1, 2017 | Politics
Organization supposed to enforce animal-cruelty laws, flayed in recent state report, now on the brink of termination
Top Banker Focuses on Vital Need for ‘Income Mobility’
John Reitmeyer | November 30, 2017 | More Issues
At Rutgers-New Brunswick, NY Fed president addresses key issues — including pension obligations — that await incoming governor Phil Murphy
$79 Million Gubernatorial Election Was Second Most Costly in State History
Colleen O'Dea | November 30, 2017 | Politics
Gov.-elect Murphy shelled out $36 million on his successful bid, while Lt. Gov. Guadagno spent a relatively paltry $9 million
Private Developers Pile in for Camden Reconstruction
NJTV News | November 30, 2017 | Planning
South Jersey city’s downtown and waterfront are being transformed as state’s $2B incentive program proves a big lure for builders
Murphy Goes All in on Technology as Means to Rehab NJ Economy
John Reitmeyer | November 29, 2017 | Politics
As his team’s transition activities ramp up, governor-elect emphasizes importance of technology and innovation to renew Garden State
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