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Interactive Map: NJ’s Property Taxes Exceed Inflation, Outpace Income
Colleen O'Dea | February 12, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Average bill increases by more than mandated 2 percent cap, exceeding $8,000, in biggest hike since 2011
Interactive Map: High Schools and Wealthier Districts Had Most Untested
Colleen O'Dea | February 5, 2016 | Education, Maps, Map of the Week
However, state data does not show exactly how many students skipped PARCC specifically because of parental concerns
Democratic Lawmakers Look to Jump-Start Affordable Housing Construction
Colleen O'Dea | February 5, 2016 | Housing
Program would create new class of tax credits to encourage developers to build in certain communities across the state
The List: New Jersey Schools with the Highest Percentage of Kids Living in Poverty
Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2016 | The List
Poor children grow up to be impoverished adults. Along the way they’re more likely to be sick, score low on standardized tests, experience violence, and ultimately drop out
Interactive Map: Counting the Counties with Top Spending in 2015 Elections
Colleen O'Dea | January 29, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
An at-a-glance assessment of which political party spent the most and where they spent it
Interactive Map: Subsidizing Charity Care for NJ’s Poorest Residents
Colleen O'Dea | January 22, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Still reeling from last year’s cuts to indigent care, hospitals worry that further reductions could be in store with coming budget address
Profile: Someone to Speak up for the Garden State’s Farms and Farmers
Colleen O'Dea | January 21, 2016 | Profiles
As executive director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, Peter J. Furey is up to his elbows in agriculture
Interactive Map: Another View of State’s Affordable Housing Obligations
Colleen O'Dea | January 15, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
A map from a consulting firm hired by some 200 towns and cities shows far fewer units needed than estimated by fair-housing advocates
The List: Towns with the Best Voter Turnouts in November Elections
Colleen O'Dea | January 11, 2016 | The List
Participation in November elections hit an all-time low of 22 percent, but these 10 NJ municipalities bucked the trend
Interactive Map: Older Folks Find It Hard to Afford to Live in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | January 8, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
New Jersey ranks worst in the nation for ‘housing burden’ costs for those age 65 and older
Interactive Map: We’re Getting Warmer -- and December May Break Record
Colleen O'Dea | December 18, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Average temperature in NJ this month on pace to shatter previous mark by as much as 5 degrees Fahrenheit
Profile: Pursuing Physics and Politics -- with a Little Surfing Thrown In
Colleen O'Dea | December 16, 2015 | Profiles
As if Andrew Zwicker didn’t have his hands full heading up science education at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, he’s also Assemblyman-elect for the 16th District
Interactive Map: On the Trail of New Jersey’s Tax-Exempt Properties
Colleen O'Dea | December 11, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
From colleges and government offices to military installations, properties that don’t pay taxes cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars
Jon Corzine’s Life Lessons to FDU Students: ‘Giving Up Is Not an Option’
Colleen O'Dea | December 4, 2015 | Politics
Former U.S. senator and governor counsels ‘resiliency,’ and warns that ‘winning at all costs’ is not an acceptable personal or business goal
Interactive Map: More Seniors in Garden State Working Beyond Age of 65
Colleen O'Dea | December 4, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
A growing number of New Jerseyans are spending their ‘golden years’ working -- or wishing they could find work
The List: Miles of Pavement Per Person Determine Lowest Road-Repair Costs
Colleen O'Dea | November 30, 2015 | The List
Small communities with plenty of residents and workers typically end up spending significantly less on keeping local roads in shape
Interactive Map: Many in NJ are Foreign-Born -- But Few of Them Are Refugees
Colleen O'Dea | November 20, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
In the past five years, New Jersey has sheltered fewer than 2,500 refugees, some 10 percent from Syria, Iran, and Sudan -- and only after they were diligently vetted
Annual Winter Count Puts New Jersey’s Homeless Veterans on the Map
Colleen O'Dea | November 13, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Veterans Day is a good time to reflect on those who’ve served, but New Jersey needs to keep its military vets in mind year-round
New Jersey Squeaks by with Grade of ‘D’ on 2015 Good Government Report Card
Colleen O'Dea | November 10, 2015 | Politics
State earns lowest grade in nation for election oversight, fails outright for executive and judicial accountability, public access to information
Explainer: Crime Victims in New Jersey Have Strong Legal Protections
Colleen O'Dea | November 10, 2015 | Explainer
Far-reaching legislation and a constitutional amendment guarantee array of rights and provide support during criminal-justice process
Election 2015
Colleen O'Dea | November 9, 2015 | Elections 2015
Where Democrats Garnered Greater Share of Votes Than in Earlier Elections
Colleen O'Dea | November 6, 2015 | Politics, Maps, Map of the Week
Based on unofficial but nearly final results, the Democrats look to have captured more than half the votes, making New Jersey even more ‘blue’
Dems Pick Up Four Assembly Seats, Including One Down-to-the-Wire Win
Colleen O'Dea, John Reitmeyer, John Mooney | November 4, 2015 | Politics, Elections 2015
Democrats inch closer to veto-proof majority, call victories mandate on Christie and his policies
Three Closely-Contested Assembly Races Top Ballot in Statewide Election Today
Colleen O'Dea | November 3, 2015 | Politics, Elections 2015
Voters in New Jersey will fill 80 seats in lower house and elect county freeholders, municipal officials and school-board members
Candidates, PACs Have Poured Millions into This Year’s Assembly Contests
Colleen O'Dea | October 30, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2015
Total spent in contests for 80 seats statewide amounts to average of $115,000 per candidate
Three New Jersey Mayors Share Visions, Hopes, and Plans for Their Cities
Colleen O'Dea | October 28, 2015 | More Issues
Newark’s Ras Baraka, Trenton’s Eric Jackson and Plainfield’s Adrian O. Mapp discuss reducing crime, creating jobs at NJ Spotlight On Cities conference
The List: Which NJ Districts Do Best Job of Feeding Breakfast to Poor Children
Colleen O'Dea | October 26, 2015 | The List
The number of poor and low-income students getting breakfast at school continues to climb
Interactive Map: State, Local, Federal Government Jobs Down Across New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | October 23, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Number of state government jobs down by about 10,000 since Gov. Chris Christie took office
Interactive Map: Celebrating the Diversity of New Jersey’s 52 Cities, Large and Small
Colleen O'Dea | October 16, 2015 | Map of the Week
Every city, like every Garden State citizen is unique, but getting to know them reveals unknown facets and unsuspected similarities
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
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