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October 26, 2018

Work on New Portal Bridge Reaches Milestone, Federal Funding Not Yet in Place
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Preparatory work for new rail bridge over Hackensack River is on schedule, but whether Trump administration will pony up federal share of cost to complete it is not certain
Ban on Disposal of Fracking Waste in NJ Nears but Some Enviros Have Qualms
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Same groups that previously backed prohibition want to focus instead on fracking ban coming before Delaware River Basin Commission
The Race in CD-2: Both Are Conservatives but Very Different Kinds
Mark J. Bonamo | Politics, Elections 2018
One’s a conservative Democrat, the other a pro-Trump conservative Republican and they’re far apart on the issues
Op-Ed: Landmark Opioid Bill Feels Unfinished Without Full Repeal of IMD Exclusion
Robert J. Budsock | Opinion
Restriction limits access for Medicaid enrollees to life-saving community-based treatment and recovery assistance

October 25, 2018

In Only Debate Menendez, Hugin Swing Hard but Not Quite as Hard as Their TV Ads
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
Incumbent senator and Republican challenger take shots, make unexpected apologies, even agree on some issues — and avoid a handshake
NJ Officials Investigating Deadly Viral Outbreak at Rehab Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Specialty facility in Passaic County has suspended admissions after seven children died, 11 more infected
Booker Plan Would Give Every American Baby Something to Bank On
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Every infant in United States would start out in life with a $1,000 savings account, with the poorest collecting annual increases until they’re 18 — according to U.S. Sen Cory Booker
Stormwater Utilities to Control Polluted Runoff Get a Push from Pols
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has been talking about overhauling decrepit stormwater systems for a good 10 years. Is real progress finally in the offing?
Second Look: Watch Joust Between Senate Candidates Menendez, Hugin
NJ Spotlight | Politics, Elections 2018
If you didn’t watch it live, you can catch up on last night’s debate — and the expert commentary from NJ Spotlight and NJTV News
Op-Ed: Governor Mustn’t Rob Transportation Trust Fund to Fix NJ Transit Operations
Greg Lalevee | Opinion
Money in TTF that’s earmarked for rebuilding rails, bridges and signaling should not be diverted to repair operational deficiencies

October 24, 2018

Still No Cleanup of PFAS at MDL Base Two Years after Alarming Test Results
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Spokesman says Air Force is taking ‘comprehensive approach’ to toxic chemicals, has not begun to remediate polluted groundwater
Outsiders: Six Other Candidates Campaign for Senate Seat
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
New Jersey electorate has other options besides Menendez or Hugin. A number of independent candidates are running
Opinion: Let’s Be Real, Scandal Investigation Will Freeze Trenton
Carl Golden | Opinion
Select committee examination of Murphy administration’s hiring practices will overshadow all else
Menendez-Hugin Debate: Live Commentary Here Tonight
NJ Spotlight | Politics, Elections 2018
NJ Spotlight joins with NJTV News to deliver live commentary on debate between Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican challenger Bob Hugin
Critics Say Three NJ Nuclear Plants Are Making Money, Don’t Need Subsidies
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Opponents of up to $300M in annual aid lay out economic argument against assistance program
A Move to Help Organ Donors with Financial Support and Job Security
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Despite increases in donations, more than 5,000 patients in NJ remain in need of a transplant and nearly 100 die each year waiting
Lawmakers Want to Ease Burden of Fuel-Tax Increase for School Districts
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Measure might bring some financial relief to school districts, but would it just shift the tax burden onto other motorists?

October 23, 2018

'Green' Groups Unite to Press Murphy for Overhaul of Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Many members of body charged with protecting the million-acre preserve in South Jersey are holdovers from Christie administration
What Does Where They Stand on Trump Say About Hugin, Menendez — and for NJ?
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
There’s more to the Senate campaign than low blows, but while the incumbent has gone on record about issues critical to the Garden State, his GOP challenger is harder to pin down
$500M in New State Debt on November Ballot: Will Voters Be as Giving as Ever?
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Elections 2018
General-obligation bonds would fund expansion of vo-techs and other upgrades to educational facilities
How to Fix South Jersey’s ‘Toxic’ Foreclosure Problem
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Options presented for what legislators, nonprofits and private sector could do to ‘prevent further damage to our neighborhoods and communities’
Op-Ed: More Regulation Is Not the Way to Enhance Services for People with IDD
Valerie Sellers | Opinion
Partnership is the only way to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can safely lead rich, fulfilling lives
Lead Paint and Mold Present Special Problems for Those in Affordable Housing
NJTV News Online | Energy & Environment
Outsized impact of contaminants on NJ’s limited supply of affordable housing is focus of a public hearing

October 22, 2018

Costs Outpace Wages in NJ, More Households Can’t Afford Basic Necessities
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Many New Jerseyans don’t have enough income to cover housing, food, transportation, healthcare, and taxes
Access to Medicinal Marijuana Continues to Expand Under Murphy
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
More efficient application process, wider eligibility have led thousands of NJ residents to sign up since beginning of the year
Governor Moves from Germany to Israel with High-Tech Sales Pitch for NJ
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
On first overseas trip representing Garden State, Murphy offers New Jersey as ideal location for European businesses to set up U.S. outposts
DEP Turns Down Plan for Massive Development in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
‘The struggle is not over,’ cautions one opponent of project for commercial space and thousands of houses in Barnegat Bay watershed
Op-Ed: Public Employee Retirees Deserve a Voice on Pensions, Benefits
Barry Chalofsky | Opinion
It’s time for retirees to be properly represented in discussions about how to manage New Jersey’s pension and health benefits system
In South Jersey Speech Christie Sends A Few Zingers Murphy’s Way
NJTV News Online | Politics
Former governor does not appear too pleased with how his successor has characterized Christie’s stamp on Garden State economy
Federal Monitor Says Newark Police Department Has Made Some Progress
NJTV News Online | More Issues
More body cameras and car cameras are in use, but work needed on data gathering, community engagement, responding to domestic violence calls
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