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NJ Lawmakers Want State to Withdraw from NY Harbor Waterfront Commission
Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2017 | More Issues
Court battle looms if governor agrees to withdraw New Jersey from body whose job it is to fight corruption on NJ and NY docks
Breastfeeding Bills Would Help Give Babies a Healthy Start in Life
Colleen O'Dea | December 8, 2017 | Healthcare
More good news for moms, a measure that would exempt breast pumps from sales tax, and one that extends civil rights to breastfeeding
New Jersey Rents Go Through the Roof, If You Can Afford a Roof
Colleen O'Dea | December 7, 2017 | Housing
Latest data from the Census Bureau show rents have risen faster than inflation, gobbling up a larger portion of income than in previous years
Profile: The Perfect Job for a Man Who Wants to Address Injustice in the World
Colleen O'Dea | December 5, 2017 | Profiles
Amol Sinha, head of the NJ ACLU, doesn’t just want to fight the good fight — he wants to fight all of them
Interactive Map: Who Gets Hurt Most by GOP’s Plan to Kill Higher-Ed Deductions?
Colleen O'Dea | December 1, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The Republican tax-reform package targets benefits taken by New Jerseyans in college and grad school — and their families
$79 Million Gubernatorial Election Was Second Most Costly in State History
Colleen O'Dea | November 30, 2017 | Politics
Gov.-elect Murphy shelled out $36 million on his successful bid, while Lt. Gov. Guadagno spent a relatively paltry $9 million
A Woman’s Place? NJ Women Still Scarce at High Levels of Government
Colleen O'Dea | November 28, 2017 | Politics
Women fared much better in freeholder elections, but female representation far lower than in population overall
Easing Prisoner Reentry by Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Find Jobs
Colleen O'Dea | November 22, 2017 | Social
Program would issue certificates certifying that former inmates are employable, would also help them find public-sector work or get state-issued licenses
Play or Pay: Feds Threaten to Cut Law Enforcement Grants to Sanctuary Cities
Colleen O'Dea | November 21, 2017 | Immigration
The U.S. DOJ has sent letters to Newark and Middlesex County — along with cities nationwide — warning that not working with immigration authorities could mean loss of funding
The List: Where Did the Library-Bond Issue Garner the Least Support?
Colleen O'Dea | November 20, 2017 | The List
The three counties that came out against the library-bond ballot question also supported the candidacy of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno
Interactive Map: Tracking Voter Turnout County by County
Colleen O'Dea | November 17, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
County by county assessments help show where the voters went to the polls and where they stayed home — compared with the stats for 2013
Rezoning Near Train Stations Essential to Transit-Oriented Development
Colleen O'Dea | November 16, 2017 | Planning
Communities that block multifamily housing from being built near train stations are contributing to the host of problems New Jersey faces
Sitting Down for a Peaceful, Post-Election Conversation in Long Valley
Colleen O'Dea | November 15, 2017 | Politics
Members of our Long Valley Voting Block agree to disagree, exchanging rancor for rational debate
Christie and Trump: The Best Friends New Jersey Democrats Ever Had?
Colleen O'Dea | November 9, 2017 | Elections 2017
Pollsters and pundits alike argue that dissatisfaction with the governor and the president helped put Democrats over the top in race after race
Last-Minute Questions About the Election? This Is the Story for You
Colleen O'Dea | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017
It’s not too late to be an informed voter, whether you're wondering about low turnout or battleground districts or ...
Interactive Map: Tracking the Gubernatorial Campaign Contributions
Colleen O'Dea | November 3, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2017
Record amounts are being spent on this year’s race for the governor’s mansion. Here’s a way to see who’s being the most generous to which candidate
Kim Guadagno: Running Hard Enough to Become NJ’s Second Woman Governor?
Colleen O'Dea | November 2, 2017 | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Guadagno has always made herself available to businesspeople and now to her backers, but she remains aloof when it comes to reporters
Governor’s Race 2017: Murphy, Guadagno Short on Specifics for Higher Ed
Colleen O'Dea | October 27, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Both have ambitious plans to boost STEM studies, slow tuition increases, ease student debt — but neither has a roadmap showing how to get there from here
Governor’s Race 2017: Plans and Planks for Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | October 25, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Murphy, the Democratic candidate, has program for putting low-income residents into homes of their own. For Lt. Gov. Guadagno, property-tax relief will get the job done
The Blue Boost: Barack Obama Gets Out the Vote for Phil Murphy
Colleen O'Dea | October 20, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Obama, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, and other Democratic leaders urge crowd to put Murphy and Oliver in the State House
Sexual Assaults Up at NJ Colleges, Victims May Feel Safer About Reporting
Colleen O'Dea | October 20, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Increase in reports of sexual violence probably reflects fact that ‘survivors know they’ll be believed and the system will take them seriously’
Rancorous Second Debate Marked by Jabs, Insults, Accusations
Colleen O'Dea | October 19, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Murphy and Guadagno pull no punches in attempts to dismiss, discredit each other’s platforms and positions
What Does It Cost to Win — or Lose — an Election in New Jersey?
Colleen O'Dea | October 18, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
With less than a month to go to Election Day, who’s spent big, who has the most money on hand?
Memo to Next Governor: Appoint Blue Ribbon Panel on Higher Education
Colleen O'Dea | October 17, 2017 | Education
State support for higher education has diminished markedly in past two decades, while tuition has gone up without making more funding available to low-income and middle-class students
The List: How Well-Heeled is New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation?
Colleen O'Dea | October 16, 2017 | The List
According to a new report from a nonpartisan organization, none of the Garden State’s Senators and Representatives are hurting, although there’s a wide range from top to bottom
The Candidate's Coffers: Murphy’s in the Money, Guadagno’s Struggling
Colleen O'Dea | October 13, 2017 | Elections 2017
With $5.4 million in hand, Murphy can easily outspend Guadagno, who has slightly less than $1 million available
Rethinking NJ’s Housing Market to Meets Needs of Suburbanites, City Dwellers
Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2017 | Planning
Housing is more than shelter: It’s a vital component in the health, growth, and economic wellbeing of the Garden State
Long Valley Voting Block on the Debate: Unimpressed and Unconvinced
Colleen O'Dea | October 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
The first gubernatorial debate left Long Valley voters with more questions than answers, and wishing for more specifics
Ready for the Fireworks? Will Tonight’s Debate Be as Heated as the Run-Up?
Colleen O'Dea | October 10, 2017 | Elections 2017
Misrepresentations, distortions, and accusations of ‘outright lying’ have already been leveled by one side or the other — and that’s not the half of it
Interactive Map: Tracking SALT Deductions Across the State
Colleen O'Dea | October 6, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
In some towns, write-offs for state and local taxes are about $1,500; in others, they can be more that $100,000. Regardless, the money can be very important
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