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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
Christie Sends Back Puppy Mill Bill, Cites Constitutional Concerns
Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2017 | Politics
Governor’s conditional veto guts bill’s restrictions and penalties, according to backers; prime sponsor Lesniak vows override of CV
Christie Blocks Dems’ Move to Reveal Tax Returns of Presidential Candidates
John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2017 | Politics
Governor slams Legislature for wasting time on an ‘unconstitutional bill.’ Sponsors of the legislation vow to see it through when Christie’s successor takes over
Have a Query for Candidates in Upcoming Gubernatorial Primary Debates?
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 1, 2017 | Politics
Our new interactive tool could help get your question in front of the party hopefuls
Trump Tax Scheme Would Reduce Rates for Highest Earners, Corporations
John Reitmeyer | April 27, 2017 | Politics
President’s plan also would shut down deduction for state and local taxes, a favorite in NJ, which is burdened by highest property tariffs in nation
$300M State House Renovation Gets Go-Ahead Amid Controversy Over Price
John Reitmeyer | April 26, 2017 | Politics
Commission clears way for makeover of decrepit building but some legislators, gubernatorial candidates included, balk at the cost
Lawmakers Refuse to Let Urban Enterprise Zones Die in Program’s 5 Charter Cities
John Reitmeyer | April 21, 2017 | Politics
Loss of UEZs’ 50 percent sales tax break, some politicians claim, makes it almost impossible for cities to compete with neighbors that are still home to zones
NJ Spotlight to Co-Host Two Debates for New Jersey’s Gubernatorial Primary
NJ Spotlight Staff | April 21, 2017 | Politics
Four candidates will participate in Democratic debate, two in Republican face-off
Financial Transparency Almost Unknown Among NJ Gubernatorial Hopefuls
Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
ELEC personal disclosure forms require almost no detailed financial data, and most candidates seem content to leave it at that
Despite Job Growth, NJ Still Shy of Employment Level Prior to Great Recession
John Reitmeyer | April 19, 2017 | Politics
Job gains come as state business leaders striving to make New Jersey more attractive to skilled workers and trained tradespeople
With Spectrum Auction a Wrap, How Should NJ Spend Its $300M Proceeds?
John Reitmeyer | April 17, 2017 | Politics
One proposal: funnel some funds into journalism and media-related endeavors to compensate for deep cuts to New Jersey’s journalism community in recent years
True or False? The More You Know, the More Likely You Are to Believe ‘Fake News’
Colleen O'Dea | April 13, 2017 | Politics
A recent poll shows that New Jerseyans with deep political knowledge are most susceptible to conspiracy theories about the opposite party
Allegations of Islam Indoctrination in Schools Spread to New Jersey
Matt Katz | April 11, 2017 | Politics
Controversy in Chatham as two mothers claim school district proselytizing Islam while school officials point out teaching of world religions is legally mandated
NJ Activists Pay a Call on Rep. Frelinghuysen — in Nation’s Capital
WNYC News | April 6, 2017 | Politics
Travelers make trek because congressman would not hold town hall meeting in Garden State
Could Backroom Efforts Deliver New Jersey Gender-Pay Deal?
John Reitmeyer | April 5, 2017 | Politics
Gov. Christie last year rejected legislation he said went too far. Sen. Diane Allen says bipartisan agreement is now within reach
Crowded Fields, Contested Primaries Come into Focus as Candidates File
Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Murphy may be unchallengeable, but a battle could be shaping up on Republican side for gubernatorial nomination
Prison For Bridgegate Conspirators: 2 Years for Baroni, 18 Months for Kelly
Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz WNYC News | March 31, 2017 | Politics
Although both defendants apologize for their actions, judge notes that they showed little remorse during the trial itself
Accumulated Sick-Day Payouts: ‘Local’ Problem Hits $2 Billion and Counting
Colleen O'Dea | March 31, 2017 | Politics, Maps, Map of the Week
Pay for unused absences was capped at $15,000 in 2010, but public employees hired before that at school districts, towns, and counties across the state can still rack up six-figure payouts
Republicans Reach Across Aisle to Work on Reforming Sick-Day Payouts
Colleen O'Dea | March 31, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan effort spurred by NJ Spotlight’s analysis of flawed system that has let public workers amass nearly $2 billion in unused sick and vacation leave
Bridgegate Day of Judgment: Prison for Baroni, Kelly
WNYC News | March 30, 2017 | Politics
Tears and remorse from co-defendants but judge notes they previously showed little empathy for the people hurt by their scheme
No More Secret Deals Between Whistleblowers and Government
John Reitmeyer | March 29, 2017 | Politics
The Christie administration spent millions of dollars and kept key documents confidential in the Barlyn whistleblower case. Lawmakers want to end such deals
Bridgegate: Where Are They Now?
Matt Katz | March 29, 2017 | Politics
Yes, several face prison time, but others have landed comfortably in the Trump administration
NJ Spotlight, NJTV to Host Two Gubernatorial Primary Debates
NJ Spotlight Staff | March 29, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission picks partnership, also names Stockton University to host two other debates
Atlantic City Under Christie Administration: a Quick Recap
NewsWorks | March 28, 2017 | Politics
Deep cuts to the public-service sector, two shuttered casinos find buyers, and a credit upgrade — with the proviso that outlook for AC is still negative
On Her Retirement, Sen. Diane Allen Laments Anger in Politics
NJTV News Online | March 28, 2017 | Politics
Burlington County legislator says ire has become endemic in politics, society but legislators can still solve problems
Menendez Focuses on Meals on Wheels, Despite Own Legal Worries
NJTV News Online | March 27, 2017 | Politics
U.S. Representative goes door to door to make sure clients eat, and to dramatize what Trump administration’s cuts would mean to New Jeresey
Trump Budget Proposal Could Shortchange NJ Job Creation Program
NJTV News Online | March 22, 2017 | Politics
Christie adds 19 community colleges to state’s Career Connections network, citing need for employees with career credentials, associate degrees
At NJ Spotlight ‘Newsmaker,’ U.S. Sen. Booker Meets with Our Members
John Mooney | March 21, 2017 | Politics
Bringing civic and political leaders together with our readers — it’s one of the benefits of membership
Democratic Assembly Leaders Take Constitutional Tack with Two Measures
John Reitmeyer | March 17, 2017 | Politics
Legislators decide Christie regulatory change to gun laws conflicts with legislative intent, decide presidential candidates on state ballot must release tax returns
Only Way Cuomo Can Get His Own IG at Port Authority Is If NJ Signs on to Plan
John Reitmeyer | March 16, 2017 | Politics
Weinberg releases legal opinion of NJ Office of Legislative Services, arguing New York doesn’t have legal right to create its own inspector general
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