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Judge Won't Block $380M Sale of Controversial State Bonds for Building Projects
John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2018 | Planning
Opponents of Christie administration’s debt issuance for new government buildings are running out of options. Only a final court appeal — and a snowstorm — can obstruct bond sale now
2% Cap on Annual Raises for Police, Firefighters Dies as Democrats Take No Action
John Reitmeyer | January 3, 2018 | Politics
Lawmakers allow key Christie initiative to control property taxes to founder, special task force ends in disarray
New Jersey Bids Not-So-Fond Farewell to the Big Top
Colleen O'Dea | January 3, 2018 | More Issues
‘Nosey’s Law,’ named for a mistreated circus elephant, would ban traveling shows that use exotic animals from performing in the Garden State
Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Make a Clean Start
Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2017 | Social
Thanks to a trio of bills just enacted, expunging a criminal record can be done sooner and for a greater number of offenses, a particular boon to youthful offenders
Gutierrez-Scaccetti Is Murphy’s Pick to Head NJDOT Amid Transportation ‘Crisis’
John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2017 | Politics
Former executive director of NJ Turnpike authority returns home from similar post in Florida to become fifth woman governor-elect has named to his cabinet
Murphy Taps Assemblywoman to Steer Banking Department
John Reitmeyer | December 20, 2017 | Politics
Marlene Caride gets job of overseeing banking, insurance, real estate in New Jersey — and the governor-elect’s proposed new state-run public bank
New Jersey Moves to Outlaw ‘Bump Stocks’ for All Residents
Carly Sitrin | December 19, 2017 | More Issues
Gun owners are already prohibited from possessing ‘bump stocks,’ which can convert a rifle into a fully automatic weapon. The Legislature wants to ban these devices across the board
Murphy Nominates Democrats’ ‘Rising Star’ as NJ Secretary of State
Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2017 | Politics
Tahesha Way charged with protecting rights of voters against pressures from ‘President Trump’s voter suppression panel’
Legal Bid to Stop $200M State Bonds for Controversial Trenton Construction
John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2017 | Planning
Opponents try to block Christie administration from issuing debt to finance new office buildings at same time as under-the-radar panel give thumbs-up to project
Leveraging Fiscal Power of State Pension System Against Superfund Cheats
John Reitmeyer | December 18, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan law would prevent public-employee pension system from investing in companies — or countries — that shirk their responsibility to remediate polluted sites
Governor Lands Commuters with $2B in Fare Hikes to Help Pay for Gateway Project
John Reitmeyer | December 15, 2017 | Transportation
Christie, Cuomo flesh out payment plan for long-planned infrastructure upgrade that involves tapping New Jersey straphangers for a big contribution
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
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