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September 6, 2018

Opinion: New Jersey’s Short-Term Fiscal Fixes Mean Long-Term Disaster
Carl Golden | Opinion
The ‘Sweeney commission’ has shown that one-shots and other revenue gimmicks can only lead to trouble, but will the pols and the public unions give them up?
Biden Stumps for Sherrill, Blasts Trump Administration, at Campaign Rally
NJTV News Online | Politics
Gov. Murphy calls for leaders who talk to their constituents, rather than tweet
Can New Jersey Save Its Long-Neglected Psychiatric Hospitals?
NJTV News Online | Healthcare
The state DOH says it’s already acting on a multifaceted plan commissioned by Christie administration but only recently delivered
Newark’s New Schools Superintendent: Interview with a Change Agent
NJTV News Online | Education
Just six days into the new school year, Roger León looks to the future with confidence and conviction

September 5, 2018

Talk About Stalled Trans-Hudson Tunnel, Portal Bridge Takes on Ominous Tone
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
New Jersey officials cite national security and commuter safety — and the Titanic — as they urge Trump administration to make good on promises about infrastructure investments
NJ Becomes First State to Regulate Carcinogenic Chemical as EPA Lags
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Garden State water systems must start testing for PFNA in early 2019
Murphy Boosts Medical Education Funding, Tweaks Plan for Hospital Aid
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Governor signs bill that could add $24 million to funds for graduate medical studies, CVs measure increasing Medicaid to charity-care facilities
NJ Dems Warn Trump Supreme Court Nominee Threat to Gun Safety
NJTV News Online | Politics
Sen. Bob Menendez and Bill Castner — Murphy’s gun-control czar — argue that if appointed Judge Kavanaugh could undermine state’s tough stand on gun violence
Gov. Murphy Pledged, But Hasn't Delivered, Funds for Immigrants
Matt Katz, WNYC News | Immigration
NJ's chief executive allocated $2.1 million for legal aid for immigrants in the budget approved in July
In NJ, Incidence of STDs Increases While People Are Having Less Sex
NJTV News Online | Healthcare
Double-digit growth of sexually transmitted diseases in Garden State tracks national trends

September 4, 2018

Candidates Continue to Turn Up the Heat in NJ’s Hottest Campaigns
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
An unexpectedly narrow margin in the state’s Senate race, and plenty of outside money buying TV spots and looking to flip red districts, are keeping some New Jersey’s contests on the boil
Back to School in NJ Means Big Changes in Testing and Funding …
John Mooney | Education
… and a potentially controversial push for district consolidation waiting in the wings
Express Toll Lanes Could Help NJ Motorists Steer Clear of Congestion
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
A proposal to build high occupancy toll lanes on state’s most crowded highways is getting serious consideration from Sweeney and Sarlo
BPU Gets Down to Job of Deciding Which Nuclear Plants Will Be Subsidized
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Agency to follow two-step process, creating zero-emission credit program and then determining which applicants qualify for ratepayer subsidies
New Jersey Expands Medicaid Coverage for End-of-Life Planning
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Changes will help ensure clients’ final wishes are heeded and should save costs on unwanted, unnecessary medical care

August 30, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: Classic Coming-of-Age Novella Set in NJ in Early ‘60s
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
Of his home city, Philip Roth’s protagonist has a, ‘deep knowledge of Newark, an attachment so rooted that it could not help but branch out into affection’

August 29, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: A Historian Traces the Roots of NJ’s Tree-Shaded Suburbs
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
In his contribution to Lurie and Veit’s omnibus history of the Garden State, Howard Gillette explores the rise of the suburbs and their ‘uncertain future’

August 28, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: Blind — and on the Threshold of Adolescence
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
Kristen Witucki chronicles a young woman's struggles both with her blindness and with the perils and pitfalls of a pivotal time in her life

August 27, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: How the Railroads Created Atlantic City
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
According to Dominick Mazzegetti, the railroads didn’t just make AC possible, they normalized the idea of the ‘vacation’

August 26, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: The Heartbreaking, Impossible Task of Becoming White
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
When Morgan Jerkins was 10 years old, the only thing this young black woman “wanted was to be a white cheerleader”

August 23, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: Rebuilding a World Shattered by Kristallnacht
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
Fred Behrend and Larry Hanover chronicle Behrend’s journey from Nazi Germany to the suburban streets of Voorhees — and his undaunted drive to tell his family’s story

August 22, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: Just Enough Dark to See Things Clearly
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
In her book 'The Things a Body Might Become,' poet Emari DiGiorgio refuses to avert her gaze from the most disturbing events or ignore the most sustaining

August 20, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: Living Along the Underground Railroad
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
The personal and historical past coexist easily in Mimi Schwartz’s lively recounting of life in a Princeton cul-de-sac

August 19, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: The Hard-Won Battle to Ban Assault Weapons in NJ
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
Former Governor James J. Florio details his struggle to ban assault weapons in New Jersey, a victory that cost the Democrats both the state Senate and the state Assembly

August 17, 2018

Sweeney Says It’s Time to Get Serious About Consolidating Schools in New Jersey
John Mooney | Education
It’s not just about saving money, Senate President maintains, but delivering better education at a lower cost
Lawmakers Discuss Easing Residency Requirement for NJ Transit Workers
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Shortage of engineers has added to agency’s troubles this summer. Governor supports hiring workers from neighboring states
Wind Power in New Jersey: How Big and How Soon?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New report suggests Garden State is uniquely placed to make hay with wind, but critics have doubts and developers say state must push the process
Explainer: Platinum Versus Gold Health-Insurance Plans for NJ Public Workers
Lilo H. Stainton | Explainer
Bipartisan panel suggests going to less expensive health insurance could save taxpayers $1.4 billion within a few years
State GOP Leader Not Worried About Key Congressional Races
NJTV News | Politics
While New Jersey Democrats think they can flip five critical seats in November election, GOP party chairman disputes the possibility

August 16, 2018

NJ Gas Tax Likely to Increase Because Revenue Is Coming Up Short of Target
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Final decision a couple of weeks away, but tax is likely to be raised by a few pennies to maintain the Transportation Trust Fund
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