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Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen and the ‘Poisoned Chalice’
Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | May 30, 2017 | Politics
A scribbled footnote on a fundraising request reveals the bare-knuckled side of a low-key lawmaker
Prieto, Sweeney: Separate Takes on Expanding Family Leave
Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2017 | Politics, Social
Both favor boosting paid time off and increasing how much workers can collect while they’re not on the job — the differences are in the details
Christie Touts Job Gains, ID’s Democrats as Potential Problems
NJTV News Online | May 23, 2017 | Politics
Governor uses press conference to warn about ‘failed old policies,’ talks Guadagno and State House renovation, more
Prieto’s Run for Third Term as Assembly Speaker Might Not Go Unchallenged
NJTV News Online | May 23, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
At least one other Assembly member is considered a possible rival for the incumbent
NJ Gubernatorial Hopefuls Agree: $300M State House Renovation Must Be Stopped
John Reitmeyer | May 22, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Whether it’s by lawsuit or freezing funds, outright cancelation, or some other maneuver, Democrats and Republicans alike want to stop the clock on the costly project
Lawmakers Fume Over Private Bond Sale for $300M NJ State House Renovation
John Reitmeyer | May 18, 2017 | Politics
Caught off-guard by Christie administration’s speedy move on financing of controversial project, four legislators vow to continue to try to block it
Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Frelinghuysen
WNYC News | May 18, 2017 | Politics
Campaign for Accountability contends that GOP representative’s letter to bank represents intimidation
Woman Targeted by Frelinghuysen Wants People to Know What U.S. Rep. Did
Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | May 17, 2017 | Politics
Political activist says that congressman’s note to member of bank board imperiled her job
Senators File Suit in State Superior Court to Stop State House Renovations
John Reitmeyer | May 16, 2017 | Politics
Filing claims that multimillion-dollar plan to restore State House violates New Jersey constitution
Senate, Assembly Primary Races on Track to Being Most Expensive in NJ History
Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Tweny-nine days before the primaries, Democrats and Republicans have raised $29.4 million, the highest total since at least 2011
Lesniak Lays Out His Policies, Proposals on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 16, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Democratic hopeful discusses environmental protection, property-tax reform, and criminal justice, among other topics
GOP Rep. Frelinghuysen Targets Activist in Letter to Her Employer
Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | May 16, 2017 | Politics
Employee questioned and criticized for involvement in NJ 11th for Change, a group pushing Frelinghuysen to hold town-hall meetings
Democratic Hopefuls Dismiss Scheme to Funnel Lottery Profits into Pensions
John Reitmeyer | May 15, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Legislative leaders, unions also argue that Christie’s Lottery plan will go nowhere if it requires more givebacks from public-employee unions
3 on 1: Democratic Hopefuls Target Frontrunner in Second Debate
John Reitmeyer | May 12, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Phil Murphy’s lead going into the debate meant the other three candidates would be looking to land a glove on him
Town Hall Attendees Let MacArthur Have It for His Crucial Role in AHCA Win
NJTV News Online | May 12, 2017 | Politics
The significant involvement of New Jersey congressman in advancement of Obamacare rollback draws an angry crowd
In the Money: What the Gubernatorial Hopefuls Have Spent Thus Far
Colleen O'Dea | May 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
ELEC’s latest pre-election finance reports put Murphy way out ahead (no surprise), but has anyone come close?
Watch the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Debate
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Broadcast and commentary with NJTV and NJ Spotlight reporters starts at 8 p.m.
Michael Aron on What Makes for a Great Political Debate on TV
John Mooney | May 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
A look behind the scenes at the intense preparations going into the NJ Spotlight and NJTV co-coverage of the second Democratic gubernatorial debate
Are Guns and Police Cars the Best Way to Prevent Cruelty to Animals in NJ?
Caren Chesler | May 10, 2017 | Politics
For the NJSPCA, the answer seems to be in the affirmative. But there are other, equally troubling, aspects of this group, which essentially operates without oversight
Leading GOP Candidates for Governor Come Out Swinging, Pull No Punches
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
At first of two Republican debates, Guadagno and Ciattarelli stake out their territories, try to flesh out their visions
More Accord Than Debate Among Dems’ Top 4 Gubernatorial Hopefuls
John Reitmeyer | May 10, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
One clear point of disagreement: the pluses and perils of a state-owned bank
Democratic Hopeful Jim Johnson Talks Taxes, Public Transportation
WNYC News | May 10, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Johnson visits WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer show to help make his case to NJ voters
Dubious Financial Dealings at NJ Agency Tasked with Protecting Animals
Caren Chesler | May 9, 2017 | Politics
Stripped of its tax-exempt status and plagued with apparent conflicts of interest, the NJSPCA spends far more money on legal fees than on animal care, according to its own tax records
Christie CV's Bill Giving Cops, Firefighters More Control Over Pensions
John Reitmeyer | May 9, 2017 | Politics
Critics argue governor’s numerous recommendations significantly overhaul original legislation
Making Manufacturing a Matter of Public Policy for New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | May 8, 2017 | Politics
A new ‘manufacturing caucus’ looks to explore what companies need in terms of employees, education, training, and business opportunities — and help make sure they get it
A Quick, Simple Way to Stay Smart About NJ’s 2017 Primaries
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 8, 2017 | Politics
The news, information, and analysis you need about candidates and issues — in one place
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
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
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