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Explainer: How New Jersey’s Court-Approved Plans for Affordable Housing Work
Colleen O'Dea | August 16, 2018 | Explainer
NJ’s plans for affordable housing are blueprints that do not require municipalities to build a single home
The List: Taking the Measure of New Jersey’s Ten Tallest Lighthouses
Colleen O'Dea | August 15, 2018 | The List
The lonely job of lighthouse keeper has been eliminated by automation, but visiting one of the state’s historic lighthouses — and in some cases climbing to the top — is a great summer outing
Court Rules Jersey City Can Keep Some Funds from Failed Journal Square Project
Colleen O'Dea | August 10, 2018 | Planning
Appellate court decides municipality must return $2 million to developer but can hold onto $700,000 paid into affordable-housing trust fund
State Supreme Court Sides with Legislature over Christie-Era Job Rule
Colleen O'Dea | August 9, 2018 | Politics
Court affirms right of lawmakers to override actions by state agencies, repudiates effort to weaken civil service protections
Redirect Remaining Sandy Aid to Victims Who Still Are Not Back in Homes, State Urged
Colleen O'Dea | August 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Planning
Six years after superstorm’s devastation, not all recovery money has been spent. Advocates want some to go to people who are trying to ‘cross the finish line’
Top Court Sends Montclair State Back to Drawing Board Over New Campus Exit
Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2018 | Planning
Because plans would affect public safety, state Supreme Court returns case to Superior Court to make sure legitimate county concerns are taken into consideration
State Agency to Partner with Hospitals on Housing Initiative
Colleen O'Dea | August 6, 2018 | Healthcare, Housing
As part of pilot program, Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency will provide matching funds for homes to be built near healthcare facilities
Interactive Map: Eviction Filings Dip to Lowest Level in More than a Decade
Colleen O'Dea | August 3, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Despite reductions, tenant advocates and attorneys claim a crisis still exists, especially in Essex County — particularly Newark — which saw more than 40,000 filings in fiscal 2018
New Jersey Supreme Court Tightens Standards for Expert Testimony
Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2018 | More Issues
According to rigorous new guidelines, expert witnesses must demonstrate their testimony adheres to scientifically accepted methodology
NJ Suburbs Bounce Back as Older Millennials Go for House and Garden
Colleen O'Dea | August 1, 2018 | Social
Population of New Jersey’s suburban ring springs back even as three most urban counties continue to grow. Millennial generation is key
Civil Rights Coalition Calls for End to Core Element of NJ Bail Reform
Colleen O'Dea | July 31, 2018 | Social
Group fears computer risk-assessment tools can worsen racial disparities in who gets released while awaiting trial
The Babies in New Jersey Who Start Out with ‘Odds Stacked Against Them’
Colleen O'Dea | July 30, 2018 | Social
Advocacy group’s first-ever population report on NJ’s infants and toddlers highlights their higher rate of relative poverty, and vulnerability to health and safety problems
Grewal Tries to Block Texas Company’s Release of Plans for 3-D Guns on Internet
Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2018 | Social
AG orders company to ‘cease and desist’ from making computer files available online that NJ residents could use to ‘print’ their own guns
Charges of Racism Leveled at Assembly Hearing on Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | July 26, 2018 | Housing
Claims that towns don’t have adequate infrastructure or large enough school systems to meet steep housing obligations dismissed as economic segregation
Booker Leads NJ Opposition to Census Question on Citizenship
Colleen O'Dea | July 25, 2018 | Politics
Senator calls proposal ‘shameful attempt to inject nativist, bigoted politics’ into population count. New Jersey groups mobilize to stop it
New Law Requiring Candidates to Provide Email Helps Voters Stay Connected
Colleen O'Dea | July 24, 2018 | Politics
Governor puts his signature to bill finally ending state’s inefficient, ineffective reliance on snail mail to reach candidates
Latest NJ Court Move: Huge Number of Old Warrants Could be Quashed
Colleen O'Dea | July 23, 2018 | More Issues
Following fast on recommendations for major reforms in municipal courts, panel of judges will review hundreds of thousands of warrants
Interactive Map: Where New Jersey’s Prison Population Is Shrinking Fastest
Colleen O'Dea | July 20, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
The Garden State leads the nation in freeing prisoners, a trend helped along by sentencing reform and changes in the way drug crimes are dealt with by the courts
NJ Joins Suit Demanding Trump DOJ Distribute Millions in Policing Funds
Colleen O'Dea | July 19, 2018 | Immigration
Six states refuse to be strong-armed into enforcing Trump immigration laws in order to receive federal funding for police initiatives
Municipal Courts too Quick to Levy Fines and Need Major Reforms — Report
Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2018 | More Issues
New Jersey’s 515 municipal courts collected over $400 million last year. New report concludes system is due for an overhaul that prioritizes impartial justice over making money
State Urged to Do More to Battle Air Pollution
Colleen O'Dea | July 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jerseyans are breathing more than their fill of dirty air, according to a new report. Surprisingly, it found the most bad-air days in 2016 were logged in bucolic Warren County
Republicans Want to Wrest Control of Affordable Housing from NJ Courts
Colleen O'Dea | July 12, 2018 | Housing
Judges have overseen agreements that could lead to construction of tens of thousands of homes. Their ‘micromanaging’ of process is a problem for GOP leader
U.S. Third Circuit Decides in Favor of New Jersey Criminal-Justice Reform
Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2018 | Social
In ruling, judge upholds state’s 2014 determination to eliminate monetary bail as prerequisite for release from jail
The List: Top Ten Counties in New Jersey for Highest Wages
Colleen O'Dea | July 9, 2018 | The List
The best places for higher-wage jobs are in northern and central NJ. But pay hikes in Garden State straggle behind national average
Budget Earmarks Funds to Build Affordable Homes in NJ — at Last
Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2018 | Budget, Housing
While significant sum still allowed to be diverted, $15 million has been put aside specifically for constructing homes
NJ Close to Giving Prisoners Access to State Financial Aid for College Courses
Colleen O'Dea | July 2, 2018 | Education, Social
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey says initiative would be ‘a game changer,’ offering those who are incarcerated the prospect of a career rather than a return to the streets ‘with no hope’
Will Democrats Public Brawling Over Budget Hurt the Party Down the Road?
Colleen O'Dea | June 29, 2018 | Budget
Some pundits say clash was inevitable, the result of an inexperienced governor taking on powerful, ambitious legislative leaders
NJ Public Unions Vow to Stand Up to U.S. Supreme Court Janus Ruling
Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2018 | Politics
Union leaders, Democratic lawmakers remain uncowed by decision to strip public-sector unions of right to collect ‘fair-share’ fees from nonmembers who benefit from negotiated contracts
NJ Joins Legal Battle Over Trump’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Immigration Policy
Colleen O'Dea | June 27, 2018 | Immigration
Attorney general signs on to multistate lawsuit alleging administration’s actions at Southwestern borders are unconstitutional
NJ Thinks Very Small, Hoping to Make Big Difference in Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | June 26, 2018 | Housing
Can ‘tiny homes’ establish a firm enough foundation in the Garden State, giving the homeless and the poor a way to put a roof over their head?
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