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Interactive Map: Cash Aid to NJ’s Needy Declines In Spite of Improving Economy
Colleen O'Dea | October 9, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Average payment of less than $3,500 goes to fewer people, reflecting ‘welfare reform’ cutbacks
Interactive Map: Do Top Colleges Really Cost More? Which Grads Earn the Most?
Colleen O'Dea | October 2, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
New online tool lets students and parents compare schools using key financial markers, including average salaries after earning degree
Profile: She's Fighting the Good Fight Against Poverty, Hunger, Homelessness
Colleen O'Dea | September 30, 2015 | Profiles
For Serena Rice, the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey that she heads up is just the latest platform for easing the life of the poor
War of Words Over NJ’s Affordable-Housing Needs Sparked by Two New Reports
Colleen O'Dea | September 29, 2015 | Housing
Consultants argue that calls for hundreds of thousands of affordable units around state are skewed by invalid assumptions, impossible to achieve
Explainer: Monitoring the Impact of the Highlands Regional Master Plan
Colleen O'Dea | September 29, 2015 | Explainer
The NJ Highlands Council is supposed to issue a monitoring report every six years. Is it living up to its responsibilities?
Interactive Map: NJ Lottery Ticket Sales Set Record, But Profits Fall Short
Colleen O'Dea | September 25, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
New contractor misses revenue target by $100M, raising concerns and prompting calls for investigations
Interactive Map: About 25% of NJ Residents Facing Serious Economic Hardship
Colleen O'Dea | September 18, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Median income nears $72K but state remains one of most expensive places to live; 11 percent earn below federal poverty level
The List: Watching the Clock -- Which NJ Schools Have the Longest Days?
Colleen O'Dea | September 14, 2015 | The List
When it comes to hours and minutes spent in school, all Garden State schools are not created equal
Interactive Map: Campaign Fundraising Heaviest in Most Hotly Contested Districts
Colleen O'Dea | September 11, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Democrats across state have about $4.3 million cash on hand, while the GOP trails with approximately $2.4 million
Interactive Map: Labor Day Finds Many in New Jersey Jobless, Out of Benefits
Colleen O'Dea | September 4, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Tens of thousands, many formerly employed by casinos, have maxed out on their unemployment payments
Interactive Map: New Jersey's Thirsty -- Water Use on Rise in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | August 14, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Between 2000 and 2010 the total amount of water used by homes, businesses, and the state’s two nuclear plants surged by 40 billion gallons a year
Interactive Map: Tracking Christie’s Cash from People, PACs and Super PACs
Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Governor’s coffers gained more than $14M in first six months of 2015, including millions from New Jersey
Interactive Map: Obamacare Health Coverage Climbing in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | July 31, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
New signups through federal marketplace account for almost half of New Jerseyans with health insurance in latest enrollment period
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
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