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The List: How Do New Jersey Children Fare in National Well-Being Rankings?
Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2015 | The List
NJ ranks eighth-best overall in national kids' well-being ratings, but ranks near bottom for number of children living in families struggling to pay for housing
Interactive Map: Tracking Job Creation and Wage Increases Across NJ
Colleen O'Dea | July 24, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Garden State posted net gains in employment and pay, but some counties saw losses – including 5 percent drop in jobs in Atlantic County
Interactive Map: Millennial Generation Comes to the Fore in NJ and the Nation
Colleen O'Dea | July 17, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Baby boomers still represent big segment of population, but are now out-numbered by those born between 1982 and 2000
Interactive Map: Towns Face Deadline for Filing Affordable-Housing Plans
Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Municipalities must submit plans within weeks for court approval – or else courts themselves will determine ‘fair share’ obligations
Towns Rush Housing Plans While Sides Dispute How Many Units Must Be Built
Colleen O'Dea | July 6, 2015 | Housing
Attorneys, fair-housing advocates and municipalities elbow for position as clock ticks for compliance with state Supreme Court guidelines
Mapping New Jersey’s Highest- and Lowest-Rated Nursing Homes
Colleen O'Dea | June 26, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Medicare inspections of nursing-home facilities around the state generally reveal mostly mild problems
The List: Top Fundraising Among NJ Candidates -- and Who Raised the Funds
Colleen O'Dea | June 22, 2015 | The List
The fact that there are so few contested races in the coming election hasn’t stopped candidates from stocking their war chests
Interactive Map: College Graduation Rates Vary Widely in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | June 19, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
With fewer students earning degree in four years, even more financial burden is added to cost of higher education
Interactive Map: Long Periods Without Rain Leave State 'Abnormally Dry'
Colleen O'Dea | June 12, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Weathers stations across NJ are recording a water deficit, but recent precipitation has helped stave off drought conditions
Explainer: How State's Homestead Rebates Work, Who's Qualified to Get Them
Colleen O'Dea | June 9, 2015 | More Issues
In its more than 35-year history, property-tax credits and rebates have gone through enough changes to make them almost unrecognizable
Mapping the Locations of New Jersey’s Urgent-Care and Retail Clinics
Colleen O'Dea | June 5, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Walk-in clinics tend to be concentrated in middle-class communities, rather than areas where Medicaid is the primary type of health insurance
Low Turnout, Few Contested Primaries Add Up to No Election Night Surprises
Colleen O'Dea | June 3, 2015 | Elections 2015
Incumbents and party-backed candidates took all contests, with less than 5 percent of registered voters statewide casting a ballot
Where the Action Is: A Guide to New Jersey’s Most-Contested Primaries
Colleen O'Dea | June 1, 2015 | Elections 2015
In districts across the state, ‘Common Sense Conservatives’ are mixing it up with ‘Real Democrats for Change’ and other hopefuls, adding some spice to this year's party contests
Interactive Map: 2012 Property-Tax Relief Reaches Fewer New Jerseyans
Colleen O'Dea | May 29, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
The average payout remains roughly the same, but it is less than half the amount of the average rebate in 2007
Interactive Map: New Jerseyans Who Lost Their Lives in the Vietnam War
Colleen O'Dea | May 22, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Almost 3 percent of Americans who died in Vietnam were from the Garden State's villages, towns, and cities
The List: As Primary Election Draws Near, Where are Garden State’s Voters?
Colleen O'Dea | May 18, 2015 | The List
Of the state’s 5.4 million registered voters, only those affiliated with a party – or willing to declare an affiliation—can cast ballots on June 2
Running on Empty? Mapping New Jersey’s Alternative-Fuel Stations
Colleen O'Dea | May 15, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
The Garden State has only two alternative fueling stations for every 100,000 vehicles, the second-lowest ranking in the country
Interactive Map: NJ Still Has Fewer Jobs, Fewer Businesses Than Before Recession
Colleen O'Dea | May 8, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Economic malaise still grips Garden State even as rest of the nation continues to add jobs
Christie’s No Friend to Housing for Poor and Middle-Income New Jerseyans
Colleen O'Dea | May 6, 2015 | Politics, Housing
In word and deed, the governor has made it clear that affordable housing -- even for Sandy victims -- is not his concern
Mastering the Bridgegate Puzzle: How the Players Fit Together
Colleen O'Dea | May 4, 2015 | Politics
Piecing together links between the key figures in the lane-closing scandal
Explore NJ Spotlight's Interactive Bridgegate Timeline
Colleen O'Dea | May 1, 2015 |
See how the Bridgegate scandal unfolded, from a nightmarish traffic jam to criminal activity.
Over 200 Sites in New Jersey on EPA’s List of Major Environmental Violations
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Maps, Map of the Week
Up-to-date info difficult to glean because federal agency’s database and state’s computer system aren’t compatible
Task Force Delivers Strong Defense of How New Jersey Chooses Its Judges
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2015 | Politics
Group concludes that New Jersey's system for judge selection is best among '46 various permutations' that were evaluated
Keeping Track of Christie's Trips, Treks, and Travels
Colleen O'Dea | April 23, 2015 |
Explainer: Navigating the Complex Web of Federal, State Disclosure Laws
Colleen O'Dea | April 21, 2015 | Explainer
Understanding the charges against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez means understanding the finer points of the laws he allegedly broke
The List: On the Move -- New Jersey’s 10 Fastest-Growing Counties
Colleen O'Dea | April 20, 2015 | The List
The Garden State isn’t seeing double-digit growth, but the numbers are climbing -- if you know where to look
Interactive Map: Income Taxes Expected to Add $13B to State Coffers
Colleen O'Dea | April 17, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
NJ tax filers include more than 53,000 residents – including the Christies – with incomes over $500,000
Christie Polls
Colleen O'Dea | April 14, 2015 |
Court Tells Administration: Hands Off Municipal Funds for Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | April 10, 2015 | Housing, Maps, Map of the Week
Appellate Division rules on three-year-old issue, prevents administration from seizing municipal trust funds to plug holes in general budget
Helping the League of Women Voters Expand Its Mission, Extend Its Reach
Colleen O'Dea | April 1, 2015 | Politics, Profiles
As executive director of the LWV of NJ, Kerry Margaret Butch knows the organization can play a vital role in the community
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