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Christie’s CV of Family Leave Bill ‘Guts’ Expanded Program, Critics Claim
Colleen O'Dea | July 25, 2017 | Politics
Advocates look to next governor for approval; one pol dismisses governor’s veto message as ‘more snark than fact’
Treatment for Heroin Use Leads Substance-Abuse Programs in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | July 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Latest data from NJ Department of Human Services indicates heroin accounts for more than 40 percent of treatments statewide
Campaigning for Governor Isn’t Enough, Start Planning a Transition — Now
Colleen O'Dea | July 19, 2017 | Politics
Now’s the time to start studying floor plans, picking a chief of staff, planning a post-election schedule — and learning from advice of past governors
Legislating Against Blacklisting to Help Tenants Find Better Housing
Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2017 | Housing
Landlords deny that it’s done, but tenants who withhold rent to protest unhealthy living conditions often can’t find another place to live
Peace in Long Valley? Maybe Not When the Talk Turns to Politics
Colleen O'Dea | July 17, 2017 | Politics
When it comes to national affairs, political discussions in this small hamlet can get pretty heated — yet the locals seem to find it hard to steer clear of just those topics
Interactive Map: Economic Fortunes of Different Hispanic Groups Vary Widely
Colleen O'Dea | July 14, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
NJ’s Hispanic population grows but new census data reveal wide disparities in income, poverty, health insurance
Money Still Makes Biggest Difference to Kids’ Wellbeing in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2017 | Social
But even wealthiest counties can improve in some ways while the poorest do surprisingly well in some aspects of education, health, and safety
Most Voter Data Requested by Trump Administration Already Public in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | July 7, 2017 | Politics
Despite availability of information, federal and state officials, civil rights organizations argue NJ should not comply with request
The List: Think Murphy’s a Big Spender? He’s Been Outspent Handily in the Past
Colleen O'Dea | July 5, 2017 | The List
$60 million here, $50 million there: Which candidates opened their wallets widest in their not-always-successful pursuit of office?
Interactive Map: The Geography of NJ’s Juvenile Justice System
Colleen O'Dea | June 30, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Youth prisons, according to critics, are expensive, underutilized, and ineffective and should be shut down in favor of community-based programs
Expanded Family Leave Bill Reaches Christie, But Its Future Is Uncertain
Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2017 | Social
Measure doubles amount of paid leave available, bumps up weekly payments, adds job protection
New Plan for Horizon Could Require Insurer to Turn Funds over to NJ
Colleen O'Dea | June 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Contentious meeting hammers out regulations, one of which could establish a maximum surplus size that insurer could maintain before disbursing funds
Profile: Former Corporate Employee Whose New Job Is Turning Around Kids’ Lives
Colleen O'Dea | June 22, 2017 | Profiles
Retha Onitiri doesn’t believe in setting her goals too low; she just wants to remake the state’s system of juvenile incarceration
Supreme Court Rules OPRA Applies to Email, Other Electronic Data
Colleen O'Dea | June 21, 2017 | Politics
In strongly worded reversal of lower court decision, top court says information stored electronically by state agencies qualifies as ‘government records’
Murphy, Guadagno Make Their First Post-Primary Play for a Business Audience
Colleen O'Dea | June 15, 2017 | Politics
Murphy doesn’t back down from $15 minimum wage at New Jersey Business & Industry gathering; Guadagno — who gets ‘standing O’ — wants to give folks a chance to get to know her
Does Politics Have a Role to Play in Pastoral Long Valley?
Colleen O'Dea | June 13, 2017 | Politics
Our first foray into a new series called Voting Block, whose goal is to get neighbors talking about their political beliefs — and hopefully listening to one another
Interactive Map: Where New Jersey’s Most Generous Political Donors Live
Colleen O'Dea | June 2, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2017
Campaign spending in the run-up to the primaries continues to track record-breaking amounts, reaching almost $37 million as of May 23
Democratic, Republican Candidates Detail Plans for Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | June 2, 2017 | Housing, Elections 2017
Courting millennials, building tiny houses, adding a cabinet-level position — gubernatorial candidates have plenty to say on this controversial topic
Gubernatorial Candidates Take Aim at New Jersey's Gun-Control Laws
Colleen O'Dea | June 1, 2017 | Elections 2017
Concealed carry and faster permitting, smart-gun technology and background checks, what do the hopefuls have to say on this controversial subject?
Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Undocumented Immigrants, Legalized Pot
Colleen O'Dea | May 31, 2017 | Elections 2017
What is it that separates the candidates from both parties on these two pressing topics?
More Than Just a Facelift, User-Friendly ELEC Site Delivers Wealth of Data
Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2017 | Elections 2017
Sophisticated search tools make it a snap to drill down into campaign contributions, near-real time filings from gubernatorial candidates, and much more
Lesniak Fails to Muster Votes to Override Christie Veto of Puppy Mill Measure
Colleen O'Dea | May 26, 2017 | More Issues
Senator’s impassioned appeal not enough to push through bill that would strengthen restrictions on pet shops, breeding facilities
An Old-Fashioned Horse Race to See Who Will Be Next Assembly Speaker
Colleen O'Dea | May 25, 2017 | Elections 2017
Relative unknown Craig Coughlin says he already has the political backing to take the speakership from Vincent Prieto — two weeks before the primaries
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
The List: Top 10 States Contributing to NJ’s Gubernatorial Hopefuls
Colleen O'Dea | May 22, 2017 | The List, Elections 2017
New Jersey led the list, as expected, but money rolled in from nearby New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Florida and California
In Second GOP Debate, Guadagno and Ciattarelli Trade Shots About Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | May 19, 2017 | Elections 2017
Despite accusations of lying and hypocrisy, candidates do agree on some topics — such as such as relaxing the state's gun control laws and decriminalizing marijuana
Interactive Map: Obamacare Part of People’s Lives Across All ZIP Codes
Colleen O'Dea | May 19, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The federal government recently released detailed data on the 2017 open enrollment period, making it possible to map highest concentrations of ACA coverage across the state
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
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?
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
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