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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
Who’s in the Money? NJ’s 2018 Congressional Primaries — And Sole Senate Race
Colleen O'Dea | April 18, 2018 | Politics
With the first quarter reports filed, this year’s contests are already shaping up to be expensive
Governor Signs Law Adding New Jersey to List of ‘Motor Voter’ States
NJTV News | April 18, 2018 | Politics
Automatic voter registration at motor vehicle agencies for Garden State, and Republicans lawmakers not too happy about that prospect
Murphy Close to Restoring Enterprise Zones in 5 Cash-Strapped Communities
John Reitmeyer | April 17, 2018 | Politics
Move would reverse former Gov. Christie’s decision to strip UEZs from Bridgeton, Camden, Newark, Plainfield, and Trenton
Can Automatic Voter Registration Fill Out NJ’s Anemic Voter Rolls?
Colleen O'Dea | April 13, 2018 | Politics
Both houses pass versions of a bill that would automatically register voters when they visit motor vehicles — or other state agencies that interact with the public
Murphy and Sweeney: NJ Politics’ Great Divide
NJTV News | April 13, 2018 | Politics
‘Festering feud’ between two most powerful pols in New Jersey gets uglier
Should New Jersey Start Banking on a State Bank?
Colleen O'Dea | April 11, 2018 | Politics
Advocates say a public bank — an idea talked up by Murphy during his campaign — could create jobs, boost state earnings, and increase economic activity
Curbing the Influence of Special-Interest Groups on NJ Elections
Colleen O'Dea | April 10, 2018 | Politics
State’s independent election watchdog and Democratic and Republican lawmakers push to revise New Jersey’s campaign-finance laws
Pension System Sells off Stake in Manufacturer of Semi-Automatic Rifles
John Reitmeyer | April 5, 2018 | Politics
Legislators argue that complete ban on investments in all gun and ammunition makers must be written into law
Sorting Out the Primary Pack for NJ’s Midterm Congressional Races
NJ Spotlight | April 5, 2018 | Politics
NJ Spotlight’s Colleen O’Dea visits WHYY and puts the contests in context
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