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NJ Will Go to Court over SALT ‘Workaround’ After IRS Warns It Will Stymie It
John Reitmeyer | May 25, 2018 | Politics
After agency questions legality of NJ's new law, Attorney General Grewal gives notice that Murphy administration will defend it all the way
New Jersey Governor Backs Out of Live Call-In Show
Rebeca Ibarra | May 25, 2018 | Politics
Murphy balks at presence of Politico reporter in line-up
Poor Security of NJ Election System and Russian Hackers Prompt Move to Revamp
Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
No agreement on best voting machines, but consensus that they should allow for a paper trail so that results could be properly audited
Sorting Out District 2’s Crowded Field of Contenders
Hank Kalet | May 24, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Seven candidates — four Democrats and three Republicans — are vying for a chance at the House seat opened up by LoBiondo’s retirement
Putting Primary Candidates in Place: Who's Got a Shot at NJ's Senate Seat?
Colleen O'Dea | May 23, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
It’s been a low-key campaign thus far, but the contenders could catch fire — especially Menendez and Hugin — as June gets closer
Critical Data for Primary Decisions
NJ Spotlight | May 23, 2018 | Politics
From in-depth assessments of candidates and contests to at-a-glance overviews of legislative districts, NJ Spotlight delivers the facts and figures to make smart choices
Slim Prospects: The Reality for Several Challengers to Congressional Incumbents
Carly Sitrin | May 22, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Dozens of candidates are running in the June primary elections. Some of the races are hotly contested, but incumbents are heavily favored in others
New Regulations and Payment Protections for New Jersey’s Freelance Workers
John Reitmeyer | May 18, 2018 | Politics
With as many as 600,000 NJ residents now working as freelancers, Assemblyman says legislation is needed to ‘ensure they’re treated fairly’
Scrambling to Upskill NJ with ‘Hollowed Out’ Labor Department — New Honcho
John Reitmeyer | May 16, 2018 | Politics
Murphy’s top labor official lays out plan to focus on career training and long-term unemployment, laments department was depleted by previous administrations
Some NJ Congressional Primary Candidates Argue Party-Line Politics Are Unfair
Colleen O'Dea | May 14, 2018 | Politics
Deciding who the county party committee will endorse — thus who gets the party line on the ballot — is determined by a patchwork of processes that includes secret votes and show of hands
Public Employees Guilty of Sexual Assault, Harassment Would Forfeit Pensions
John Reitmeyer | May 14, 2018 | Politics
Prompted by #MeToo movement, Assembly panel votes out bill that would punish public officials, workers involved in sexual misconduct with loss of taxpayer-funded pensions
Murphy’s First High-Profile Conditional Veto Draws Applause from All Quarters
John Reitmeyer | May 11, 2018 | Politics
Unions like the way governor collaborated on bill affecting cops and firefighters’ retirement funds
Paid Family-Leave Bill Would Mean More Time, More Money for Workers
Colleen O'Dea | May 11, 2018 | Politics
Co-sponsor Steve Sweeney calls measure ‘a lifeline for working families,’ but business owners and their advocates balk at the cost
Bipartisan Push to Reform the Port Authority
NJTV News | May 11, 2018 | Politics
With several blockbuster capital projects in the pipeline, lawmakers say increased legislative oversight of bistate agency is critical
Rough Ride for Education Official as She Pitches Community College Aid Plan
John Reitmeyer | May 10, 2018 | Politics
Members of Gov. Phil Murphy’s own party raise tough questions about his proposal for tuition-free community college in New Jersey
Gov. Murphy’s ‘Scary’ and ‘Extreme’ Fiscal Policies
John Reitmeyer | May 9, 2018 | Politics
Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick suggests even Democratic lawmakers will be hard pressed to back the governor’s budget plan and call for higher taxes
Murphy Appoints Horizon Executive as Gun Czar
John Reitmeyer | May 8, 2018 | Politics
Governor charges new adviser with stemming flow of illegal guns and ensuring that New Jersey makes the right moves on firearms
Coughlin Pledges Full Restoration of Homestead Property-Tax Relief
John Reitmeyer | May 4, 2018 | Politics
Assembly Speaker’s declaration sets up possible showdown with governor, who has signaled support but no firm commitment to reinstate previous level of funding
Murphy Inks Contract with CWA Without Knowing What It Will Cost Taxpayers
John Reitmeyer | May 3, 2018 | Politics
Governor’s ‘I don’t know the exact number …’ reflects confusion in general, since budget plan contains contradictory figures for union raises
NJ High School Students Focus Energy, Efforts on Registering to Vote
Carly Sitrin | May 2, 2018 | Politics
Gun-control protests have taught students they have a voice that will be heeded. Now they are funneling their drive into civic engagement
Murphy Talks Mass Transit, Infrastructure to Regional Plan Association
NJTV News Online | April 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor demonstrates commitment to projects and initiatives RPA must be heavily involved with
GOP Wants to Yank Gateway Funds Out of Trump’s Signed 2019 Budget
John Reitmeyer | April 30, 2018 | Politics
Effort turns on a rarely used political procedure known as ‘rescission’ that makes it possible to rescind funds that have been approved for a specific purpose
Murphy Talks Politics, Disses His Predecessor
NJTV News Online | April 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor discusses his first 100 days and how he plans to work with Legislature to get his budget approved
Christie May Be Out, But He Still Has a Taxpayer-Funded Staffer and Office
Matt Katz | WNYC News | April 27, 2018 | Politics
The current state budget has a $250,000 line item dedicated to — guess who? — our former governor
New Jersey’s Voting Machines: Is Safe Enough Good Enough?
Colleen O'Dea | April 27, 2018 | Politics
Although the state’s voting machines aren’t linked to the internet, experts warn that gives officials a false sense of security. What’s needed are machines that deliver a paper audit trail of every vote
Sweeney Speaks: Boosting Corporate Taxes, Blocking Millionaires Tax
John Reitmeyer | April 27, 2018 | Politics
In an interview with NJ Spotlight, state Senate president discusses plan to levy new taxes on companies netting more than $1M annually and why he still sees tax hikes as a last resort
Murphy Celebrates 100 Days in Office, Will Next 100 Be More of a Challenge?
John Reitmeyer | April 26, 2018 | Politics
Ahead for the new governor: getting his budget, the largest in state history, through the Legislature, the millionaires tax, school funding — and that’s just for starters
Dollar for Dollar — Gender Pay-Equity Law Signed by Gov. Murphy
John Reitmeyer | April 25, 2018 | Politics
Legislation also bars companies from punishing employees who discuss their pay with colleagues, allows workers to sue for triple damages if they can prove discrimination
It Was a Traffic Jam, Not a Crime!
NJTV News Online | April 25, 2018 | Politics
Attorneys for Kelly, Baroni seek to overturn Bridgegate convictions
Murphy Accuses Texas Gov. Abbott of Trying to Rustle Garden State Companies
John Reitmeyer | April 20, 2018 | Politics
Abbott draws first, bragging about low taxes of the Lone Star State, but Murphy fires back with both barrels, saying schools and healthcare in Texas can’t hold a candle to New Jersey’s
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