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Putting the Force of Law Behind Students Trying to Pay for College
Colleen O'Dea | January 9, 2018 | Education
Four bills looking to ease “predatory” practices employed by some New Jersey loan providers are waiting for the governor’s signature
Interactive Map: More New Jersey Seniors Are Working or Looking for Work
Colleen O'Dea | January 5, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Older New Jerseyans are employed at higher rates than the national average and there has been a marked increase in the number of workers over the age of 75
New Jersey Bids Not-So-Fond Farewell to the Big Top
Colleen O'Dea | January 3, 2018 | More Issues
‘Nosey’s Law,’ named for a mistreated circus elephant, would ban traveling shows that use exotic animals from performing in the Garden State
The List: NJ’s Deadliest Counties for Traffic Fatalities in Past Year
Colleen O'Dea | January 2, 2018 | The List
With the number of deaths tallied, 2017 comes out as the deadliest year on New Jersey’s roads for the past decade
Making Sure the New Administration is Savvy About Smart Growth
Colleen O'Dea | December 26, 2017 | Winter 2017
In its recent report, New Jersey Future argues that smart growth makes the most economic sense
Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Make a Clean Start
Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2017 | Social
Thanks to a trio of bills just enacted, expunging a criminal record can be done sooner and for a greater number of offenses, a particular boon to youthful offenders
Explainer: Making Sense of the Last-Minute Madness That Can Be the Lame Duck
Colleen O'Dea | December 20, 2017 | Explainer
Bills that are pending and in the works are just one part of the puzzle. Here’s a day-by-day guide to the Legislature’s and the governor’s final days
Teaming Teachers, School Staff, and Parents to Fight Chronic Absenteeism
Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2017 | Education
While there have been some gains in the war against absenteeism in the past year, too many students are still missing too many days
Murphy Nominates Democrats’ ‘Rising Star’ as NJ Secretary of State
Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2017 | Politics
Tahesha Way charged with protecting rights of voters against pressures from ‘President Trump’s voter suppression panel’
Interactive Map: Who Does the Best Job Recycling Municipal Waste?
Colleen O'Dea | December 15, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Waste not, want not isn’t the watchword for these communities, but they’ve definitely got the first part down
Throwing the Book at Coastal Flooding and Sea-Level Rise
Colleen O'Dea | December 14, 2017 | Planning
A comprehensive report from NJ Future gives the governor-elect a new challenge: devise a coordinated response to help residents deal with flooding along the whole coastline
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
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