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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
What’s in Store When New Brunswick PAC Opens Its Doors?
Colleen O'Dea | October 6, 2017 | Planning
In the works for the $172M arts center: two theaters, rehearsal spaces, two floors of office space, 207 residential units …
In Wake of Mass Killing, Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Gun Control
Colleen O'Dea | October 3, 2017 | Politics
Guadagno struggles to clarify her beliefs, Murphy offers eight-point platform on website. Independents’ opinions run gamut of possibilities
The List: Where Do Foreign Students Studying in New Jersey Call Home?
Colleen O'Dea | October 2, 2017 | The List
From Brazil to Vietnam, China to Turkey, some 26,000 men and women were in the Garden State on active student visas last year
NJ School Districts Asking Voters for $320M for Renovations and Repair
Colleen O'Dea | September 26, 2017 | Education
Projects in 15 districts range from windows and ceiling tiles to building expansion, high-tech installations, and enhancements to make schools world class
Interactive Map: Charting the Rocky Terrain of Income Inequality in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | September 22, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Census data for 2016 shows the median household income of blacks was, on average, little more than half that of non-Hispanic whites
Long Valley Neighbors Find Accord and Affinity Across Party Lines
Colleen O'Dea | September 21, 2017 | Politics
It’s more than just agreeing to disagree, this group of residents has thought through the candidate’s promises and proposals to find some surprising common ground
More than Skin Deep: Structural Racism and Poverty in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | September 20, 2017 | Social
Ingrained policies and structures keep blacks and Hispanics from succeeding economically, politically, and personally, new report argues
The List: The 10 Longest Commutes for NJ’s Largest Municipalities
Colleen O'Dea | September 19, 2017 | The List
Getting to work takes more time than ever before. Is the Garden State in danger of becoming the gridlock state?
Census Data Shows Median Income Climbs in NJ, But Wage Disparity Remains High
Colleen O'Dea | September 14, 2017 | More Issues
Median household income rose by almost 4 percent, poverty dipped slightly, but activists say New Jersey is still too costly for many
Online Tools to Compare Hospice Care in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | September 13, 2017 | Healthcare
More than half the hospice programs in New Jersey are ranked above average, according to a website just launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Interactive Map: How Cuts to Federal Funds Will Hurt NJ's School Districts
Colleen O'Dea | September 8, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
A reduction in federal funds would be felt by all districts; some would bear up, but others would be devastated
Interactive Map: Federal Funds and NJ's Elementary Districts
Colleen O'Dea | September 8, 2017 | Map of the Week
Lesniak to Bow Out of Senate when Term Ends — but Not Out of Politics
Colleen O'Dea | September 7, 2017 | Politics
One of the senior members of NJ Senate, Lesniak forms 501(c)4 to continue to advocate for progressive causes
Spotlight on New Jersey’s Gubernatorial and Legislative Races
Colleen O'Dea | September 5, 2017 | Politics
Summer may be coming to an end, but the fall campaign season is just starting to heat up. Here’s look at key candidates and ballot questions
Immigration Crackdown Reaches Deep into New Jersey Communities
Colleen O'Dea | August 18, 2017 | Immigration
New data reveals that more than 90 percent of the state’s municipalities have cases pending in immigration court, the fifth-largest caseload in the country
Profile: National Advocate for Public Schools Says Stakes Are High
Colleen O'Dea | August 17, 2017 | Profiles
Kevin Ciak, only the second New Jerseyan to lead the National School Boards Association, believes that public education is central ‘to our country’s future and stability’
The List: Tallying Up the Top 10 Counties with Jobs in the Tourism Industry
Colleen O'Dea | August 16, 2017 | The List
New Jersey is home to more than 500,000 tourist-related jobs, and they don’t all involve sun and fun in the Shore counties
Charting Student Loan Debt Across the Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | August 11, 2017 | Education, Map of the Week
Which New Jersey students leave school with the most debt? Which are carrying the least?
Will Affordable-Housing Decision Be Derailed by Judge’s Ties to Developer?
Colleen O'Dea | August 10, 2017 | Planning
Judge ruled South Brunswick must build 3,000 units of affordable housing, but township wants decision set aside due to ‘appearance of impropriety’
Law Caps Size of Student Loans to Keep Them from Overburdening Borrowers
Colleen O'Dea | August 9, 2017 | Education
Goal is to put a check on HESAA, which has come in for criticisms of its ‘predatory’ lending practices
New Jersey and Data-Driven Innovation: Imperfect Together
Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2017 | More Issues
Garden State just squeaks into top half of states doing good job encouraging and enabling use of new data technologies, digital infrastructure
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