The List: NJ Spotlight’s Top 10 Stories of the Past Year
A list of our most-read stories reflects the public policy year that was in the Garden State in 2014
In 2014, NJ Spotlight readers took an avid interest in our coverage of the state’s ongoing public-pension and health-benefits crisis. Bridgegate --arguably the political story of the year -- saw lots of traffic too. You also singled out some of our very Jersey lists (corrupt politicians and weird geography!), the usual hot topics (Gov. Chris Christie, charter schools, the Affordable Care Act), and the story of the long road back from superstorm Sandy.
This list is based on readership and traffic, but we know that’s not the only measure of a good story. Was there something particularly significant that we left out? Leave us a note in the comments with a link, and let us know why it mattered to you.
1. The Pension Crisis
The story of New Jersey’s pension crisis twisted and turned all year long, but you were particularly interested inthat highlighted how Christie changed the funding formula for the state’s pension contribution so he could cut payments and help plug a .
2. The List: New Jersey's 10 Highest-Paid Chief Executives
New Jersey is home to plenty of corporate headquarters. And as this story reports,are among the 100 highest-paid chief executives in the nation.
The governor got lots of national press attention this year for what started as the seemingly insignificant story of a local traffic jam in Fort Lee. Among our stories on the subject: theand a from the investigation the Christie administration made into the incident.
4. Top 10 Lists
A few more lists, these with a decidedly only-in-Jersey flare: theand the odd geography and history of the .
5. The Christie Administration
“Does this administration put political credentials ahead of policy expertise?” That was just one of the questions that this analysis of Chris Christie’s governing style tried to answer by taking a.
6. Charter School Closings
While expansion of charter schools remain a hot topic in New Jersey and across the country, the news ofalso caught the notice of our readers.
7. The Affordable Care Act
The first year of the Affordable Care Act is on the books, and we providedof the landmark new law. This story on how rule changes affected drew a lot of interest from our readers.
8. The Foreclosure Crisis
Just how bad is the Garden State’s foreclosure crisis? Our Explainer on that question struck a nerve..
9. Superstorm Sandy
More than two years after superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey and the Northeast, the recovery drags on. In a, we reported in March how one of the energy-grant programs -- one of the few completely controlled by the Christie administration -- was riddled with errors. .
10. The Transportation Trust Fund
The future of the Transportation Trust Fund remains an open question as New Jersey heads into 2015. We reported early this year that the program willa year early leaving the Christie administration without funding to pay for highway, bridge, and mass-transit construction.