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NJ Dems to Trump: Show Your Tax Returns or You Won’t Get on 2020 Ballot
John Reitmeyer | February 22, 2019 | Politics
Lawmakers have another try at legislation requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to get on the ballot in New Jersey. Republican Senator warns of ‘hypocrisy’
NJ Moves Closer to Joining Multi-State Licensing Pact for Nurses
Lilo H. Stainton | February 22, 2019 | Healthcare
By 2030, the workforce in New Jersey is estimated to fall some 11,400 nurses short of the demand for their services
NJ Cleanup of Car Emissions Put at Risk as Feds Exit California Talks
Tom Johnson | February 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decision by Trump administration to end negotiations over California’s fuel-efficiency standards likely will go to court, delaying New Jersey’s own efforts to curb emissions
Sweeney: Governor Has Three Weeks to Reach Terms on Homeless Aid
Colleen O'Dea | February 22, 2019 | Politics
At last minute, Senate President pulls vote to override Murphy’s recent veto of bill loosening eligibility rules for people in danger of losing their housing
Chemours Shipped PFAS Substitute Chemical to South Jersey Site, EPA Says
Jon Hurdle | February 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Critics say GenX may worsen water contamination near Chambers Works site in Salem County
Advocates Perturbed as Lawmakers Press on with School Testing Legislation
Carly Sitrin | February 22, 2019 | Education
The saga over graduation requirements for New Jersey’s high school students was thought to have been settled last week. Proposed new legislation is raising more concerns
Essex Jail Lockdown Keeps ICE Detainees in Cells for Days
WNYC News | February 22, 2019 | Immigration
Immigrants are increasingly held in county jails as they await civil hearings on orders of deportation
New Plan to Limit Contact During Practice by High School Footballers
NJTV News Online | February 22, 2019 | More Issues
Sports regulating body moves to address growing concern about serious injuries that occur on gridiron
Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Schools Need More Reading and Less Testing
Christopher de Vinck | February 22, 2019 | Opinion
Our education system is overly focused on tests and standards, and pays far too little attention to improving children’s reading skills
| February 22, 2019 | Number of The Day
Is New Jersey Ready to Train the Spotlight on Dark Money?
Colleen O'Dea | February 21, 2019 | Politics
The upper house is expected to vote today on a bill that would disclose the identity of sizable dark-money donors, possibly pushing it closer to becoming law
Non-Medical Measures to Improve Public Health: What Works?
Lilo H. Stainton | February 21, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey has many programs in place, but which are worth spending the most state money — and time — on?
Businesses, Investors Want to Jump-Start NJ’s Push for Plug-In Vehicles
Tom Johnson | February 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Electrifying transportation sector critical to cutting greenhouse gases, achieving clean economy. Advocates argue legislation to get the job done is already in committee
Opinion: Governor May Have Learned Hard Lesson from Last Budget Standoff
Carl Golden | February 21, 2019 | Opinion
But Murphy’s recent move to monetize state assets, while it may ease pressure on the state’s finances, doesn’t address systemic fiscal problems
Move to Cover Drones in Trespassing, Invasion of Property Laws
John Reitmeyer | February 21, 2019 | More Issues
Legislators push to keep laws in step with new technologies, stop unmanned aircraft from being used as spies in the sky, especially over schools and homes
A Deal on Marijuana Legalization May — Or May Not — Be Imminent
NJTV News Online | February 21, 2019 | Social
Lawmakers appear to have resolved problems with proposed legislation, but not all are convinced of the wisdom of legalization
NJ Activist Mejia Signs on as Political Director of Sanders Campaign
NJTV News Online | February 21, 2019 | Politics
Executive director and grassroots organizer eager for chance to advance New Jersey’s agenda on national level
| February 21, 2019 | Number of The Day
Is NJ’s $1.2B School Transportation System Ripe for Savings?
John Reitmeyer | February 20, 2019 | Budget
School districts spend more each year ferrying pupils than on school administration and capital improvements. A new report suggests big economies are possible
NJ Court’s Major Ruling on Disability Payments for Volunteer Firefighters
Colleen O'Dea | February 20, 2019 | More Issues
Supreme Court’s unanimous decision could have significant implications for thousands of emergency service volunteers and could increase municipal costs
On Deck: An Effort to Make Student Athletes Aware of Addiction Risks
Lilo H. Stainton | February 20, 2019 | Healthcare
Studies show an elevated risk of opioid addiction for student athletes from injuries suffered in football and other high-contact sports
Amendments to Beach-Access Bill Run Afoul of Conservationists
Tom Johnson | February 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
One change is especially troublesome, advocates say — replacing ‘shall’ with ‘may’ in a section dealing with DEP’s ability to mandate access
Op-Ed: It’s Time for New Jersey to Enact a ‘Dark Money’ Law
David Goodman | February 20, 2019 | Opinion
The imbalance between the power of ‘dark money’ groups and accountable political committees is staggering. Is legislation that would throw light on secret contributions being stalled?
Looking to Rein in New Jersey’s Surging Deer Population
WNYC News | February 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Farmers, environmental groups, and park operators have formed a coalition to grapple with a deer population they say is out of control
Fighting the Federal Move to Put Brakes on NJ’s Online Gambling Industry
WNYC News | February 20, 2019 | More Issues
Assessing the chances of a court challenge to a Trump administration initiative that could severely damage online gaming in New Jersey
| February 20, 2019 | Number of The Day
Sweeney Seizes the Mic, Holds His Own Town Halls, But Where’s Murphy?
John Reitmeyer | February 19, 2019 | Politics
Senate president pitches his ideas for fixing New Jersey’s seemingly intractable budget problems to live audiences, sparking off angry responses from some listeners
Gauging How Family, Community Impact Children’s Mental Health
Lilo H. Stainton | February 19, 2019 | Healthcare
Rutgers-Camden study pinpoints childhood trauma as likely source of anxiety, depression, suggests healthy family life, civic engagement can mitigate problems
Measure to Keep ‘Dirt Brokers’ Out of Recycling Industry Moves Up, Slowly
Tom Johnson | February 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Fears that organized crime could infiltrate recycling sector prompt progress on tough licensing law that would include some background checks
PARCC Compromise Averts a Crisis for High School Seniors and Juniors
Carly Sitrin | February 19, 2019 | Education
But now New Jersey’s Department of Education must come up with graduation requirements for the class of 2021 and beyond
The List: NJ Schools are Most Often Named for These Figures in History
Colleen O'Dea | February 19, 2019 | The List
Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt: Spot the connection in the naming convention for many of New Jersey’s public schools
‘Unsanitary and Unsafe Conditions’ for ICE Detainees at NJ Facility
WNYC News | February 19, 2019 | Immigration
The Essex County Correctional Facility is the largest detention center for immigrants in the region
Op-Ed: Measuring Energy Efficiency the Right Way
Frank A. Felder and Pranay Kumar | February 19, 2019 | Opinion
New Jersey has invested substantially in measures to improve energy efficiency. The state needs objective, independent, and timely evaluations of these initiatives
| February 19, 2019 | Number of The Day
Motorists Could Face New Tax on Parking In Six NJ Cities
John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2019 | Budget
Assembly committee approves bill allowing local leaders to impose 3.5 percent levy on parking fees, raising revenue to boost safety around mass-transit stations
Lawmakers Want Inventory of Lead Service Lines in Public Water Systems
Tom Johnson | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Issue is a ‘very top priority’ for municipalities but they say they will need financial help to do the work
Safety Concerns Prompt Lawmakers to Mull Sales Ban on ‘Baby Walkers’
Lilo H. Stainton | February 15, 2019 | Healthcare
More than 230,000 children were treated for injuries over 24 years; industry notes safety record is improving
NJ Slams EPA’s ‘Disappointing’ Plan to Curb Toxic PFAS Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection attacks long-awaited plan, says it doesn’t address need for immediate measures to stop exposure
PSEG: We’re Not Bluffing About Shutting Down Nuke Plants
Tom Johnson | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
To bolster argument for subsidies paid by power customers, company says it would begin taking its three plants offline this fall if it doesn’t win its case
Interactive Map: Stats Show Lack of Diversity in Front of NJ Classrooms
Colleen O'Dea | February 15, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a diverse teaching force, both for students of color and for all pupils
Immediate $20M Subsidy for NJ Horseracing Industry, Millions More Possible
John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2019 | Budget
Bipartisan support as governor signs legislation to help preserve industry’s ‘competitive edge.’ Potential for another $80 million over the next four years
1,200 Children Have Been Shot and Killed Since Parkland, 13 from NJ
NJ Spotlight | February 15, 2019 | Social
A news site has profiled the children who died by gunfire since the school shootings in Florida one year ago. Thirteen New Jersey children are on the list
Op-Ed: A Tax Credit Program that Works, Creates Jobs, and Is Well-Run
Staci Berger | February 15, 2019 | Opinion
Elected officials are debating the future of NJ tax credits. They should look at the modest, but high-achieving, Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program — and consider expanding it
| February 15, 2019 | Number of The Day
NJ Seeks Advisor For Potential Deals Involving State Assets
John Reitmeyer | February 14, 2019 | Budget
Bridges, buildings, roads, parks all to be evaluated for their potential to help plug the hole in funding of New Jersey’s pension system
Zwicker Wants NJ to Enact Robust Internet Privacy Protections
Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2019 | More Issues
Assemblyman says New Jersey shouldn’t wait for federal action, must take own measures to give consumers power over their personal data
‘Green’ Groups Ask Murphy for Moratorium on New Fossil-Fuel Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | February 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Coalition reports that if the 12 natural-gas projects are built, they would undercut administration’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050
$1 Toll Hike Will Fund Major Capital Upgrades on Delaware Memorial Bridge
Carly Sitrin | February 14, 2019 | Transportation
Governors of New Jersey, Delaware sign off on resolution to pay for safety, infrastructure improvements on one of the most heavily traveled links in Northeast
EPA to Unveil Long-Awaited ‘Action Plan’ on Curbing Toxic PFAS Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | February 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Concern that agency won’t immediately set enforceable health standards
NJ Dioceses Release Names of 188 Clergy ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sexual Abuse
NJTV News Online | February 14, 2019 | Social
Incidents date back to 1940, most abusers are dead, others have been removed from ministry
Weinberg Downplays Murphy Team’s ‘Overreach’ at Port Authority
NJTV News Online | February 14, 2019 | Politics
Board chairman complained that governor’s team “wanted to be in control or ‘in charge’ of every senior hire at the Port”
Op-Ed: NJ Must Reduce Impact of Federal Cuts on Charity Care
Suzanne Ianni | February 14, 2019 | Opinion
Substantial reductions in funding, scheduled to take effect this October, could be devastating for the state’s safety-net hospitals. We need to protect them
| February 14, 2019 | Number of The Day
Will Trump Policy Change Put a Crimp in New Jersey’s Online Gambling Industry?
John Reitmeyer | February 13, 2019 | Politics
Murphy administration, lawmakers vow to protect state’s lucrative online-wagering sector. Attorney General Grewal weighs in with forceful letter of protest to his federal counterparts
More Job Losses Last Year for New Jersey’s Solar Sector — Report Asserts
Tom Johnson | February 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With nearly 700 jobs shed, it’s a second straight year of decline in a sector that’s key to New Jersey’s renewable-energy future
State to Launch Local Needle Exchanges, Enhance Services at Current Sites
Lilo H. Stainton | February 13, 2019 | Healthcare
DOH says plans part of broad multiagency strategy to foster syringe-access programs, other offerings across New Jersey
Fewer NJ Kids Eating Breakfast at School Means More Hungry Children
Colleen O'Dea | February 13, 2019 | Social
State ranks dead last in percentage of schools eligible for federal nutrition funds that actually participate in the program, according to new report
How Are Districts Using State Pre-school Funds?
NJTV News Online | February 13, 2019 | Education
Officials in two very different districts are figuring out how best to make use of their money from Trenton
Op-Ed: Kean University’s China Fiasco Illustrates Need for State Oversight
Donna M. Chiera | February 13, 2019 | Opinion
Plan to give management control of campus outpost in Wenzhou to the Chinese government has security and ethical risks
| February 13, 2019 | Number of The Day
Eight School Districts Sue NJ DOE Over Cuts in State Aid
Carly Sitrin | February 12, 2019 | Education
But Senate President Sweeney says they should have seen the writing on the blackboard, changes resolve long-standing inequities in state education aid
Comptroller’s Words on Tax Incentives Go Down Better than Governor’s
John Reitmeyer | February 12, 2019 | Budget
At a hearing yesterday, the State Comptroller painted a nuanced picture of New Jersey’s big tax-incentive programs that lawmakers — who support the programs — seemed to like
Lawmakers Seek to Close Gap in Mail-Order Vape Sales
Lilo H. Stainton | February 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Assemblyman ‘unapologetic’ about the latest effort to curb nicotine addiction, especially among young New Jerseyans
Working with Private Sector to Torque Up Municipal Energy Systems
Tom Johnson | February 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New measure would harness private money, expertise to drive energy efficiency at hospitals, wastewater-treatment plants, universities, prisons
Op-Ed: Task Force Needed on Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence
Jane Hanson, Pamela Jacobs and Patricia Perlmutter | February 12, 2019 | Opinion
Tiffany Wilson was killed on a Newark street by her former partner. An algorithm had concluded he did not pose a risk to the community
Federal Lawmakers Trying to Give SALT Deduction Back to NJ Taxpayers
NJTV News Online | February 12, 2019 | Politics
Now that New Jersey residents are working on their tax returns, they’re getting a good look at how GOP tax cuts actually make them pay more
Murphy Heralds Grants to Help Workers Get on Apprenticeship Track
NJTV News Online | February 12, 2019 | More Issues
Governor and labor commissioner sing praises of new focus on ‘often overlooked’ career pathway
| February 12, 2019 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Move to Improve Paid Family Leave Program in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | February 11, 2019 | Social
Supporters wait for governor to sign legislation that would expand benefits — at a higher cost to workers — while also expanding state’s temporary disability program
Opinion: Let’s Leverage New Minimum-Wage Law to Get Some Key Facts
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | February 11, 2019 | Opinion
We have a rare opportunity to track the impacts of the minimum-wage increase on individuals, businesses, and the economy
Big Push to Make Medicaid in New Jersey More Effective and Efficient
Lilo H. Stainton | February 11, 2019 | Healthcare
State officials, policy experts and philanthropists team up to make changes that have been under discussion for a long time
NJ’s Laid-Off Workers to Get Toughest Protections in US?
John Reitmeyer | February 11, 2019 | More Issues
After recent bruising cases — like Toys ‘R’ Us — in which employees were left with little of no severance pay, lawmakers want to institute new safeguards
Another Expert Casts Doubt on Need for NJ to Subsidize Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | February 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Economist also disputes PSEG’s contention that South Jersey plants will have to close within three years unless given subsidies
| February 11, 2019 | Number of The Day
Aid-in-Dying Legislation Advances After Passionate Testimony Pro and Con
Lilo H. Stainton | February 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Strong disagreement over measure that would allow physicians in New Jersey to prescribe lethal doses of medication to certain patients with less than six months to live
Stop-Gap Attempt to ‘Avoid Chaos’ as Court Action Awaited in PARCC Case
Carly Sitrin | February 8, 2019 | Education
A court’s recent strike-down of PARCC graduation requirements has led to widespread confusion. Lawmakers try to keep the requirements in place for current juniors and seniors
Lawmakers Seeking More Diversity Among NJ’s Public School Teachers
Colleen O'Dea | February 8, 2019 | Education
Tackling thorny issue in a state where minorities are 56 percent of student enrollments, while just 16 percent of teachers are non-white
Opinion: President Trump’s Rhetoric Belies the Truth About Immigrants
R. William Potter | February 8, 2019 | Opinion
We need more immigration, not less. It’s linked with reduced crime rates, safer neighborhoods, and a stronger economy
Good News for Consumers: NJ Electric Bills to Hold Steady
Tom Johnson | February 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After past volatility in the market, new rates for residential and small commercial customers to dip a little or rise a little
More Muscle For Special Agency that’s Key To Gateway Tunnel Project
John Reitmeyer | February 8, 2019 | Transportation
Senate Transportation committee unanimously approves bill granting Gateway Development Corp. important legal and financial powers
| February 8, 2019 | Number of The Day
Report Notes Murphy Team’s Mistakes in Brennan Case, Key Issue Unresolved
John Reitmeyer | February 7, 2019 | Politics
Sen. Loretta Weinberg, co-chair of committee also investigating the case, seems unimpressed by the report. She says it’s ‘peppered with vagaries and inconsistencies’
Lawmakers Move to End Religious Exemption for Mandatory Vaccinations
Caren Chesler | February 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Amended bill, which must still pass Assembly and Senate, would only let children skip immunizations based on medical reasons. Opponents say it erodes personal rights
Package of Bills Hopes to Knock NJ Out of the Top Spot in Foreclosures
Colleen O'Dea | February 7, 2019 | Housing
Legislation would help owners struggling to make their mortgage payments, as well as get foreclosed properties back in circulation sooner, adding to housing stock and reducing neighborhood blight
Fine Print: Taking a Harder Look at Greenhouse-Gas Emissions in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | February 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Many lawmakers, advocates, and members of the Murphy administration are all for the goals of the Global Warming Response Act, but a new bill may be the key to attaining them
Will Booker’s Track Record on Education Be a Problem for his 2020 Campaign?
Patrick Wall & Matt Barnum | Chalkbeat | February 7, 2019 | Education, Politics
His vision for improving education has included charter schools and merit pay for teachers — views that are out of fashion for many Democrats
Reining in Prescriptions from Dentists to Combat Opioid Crisis
NJTV News Online | February 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Leader in New Jersey dentistry wants to remove her profession ‘as a factor’ in the state’s drug epidemic
Op-Ed: College Graduates Often Need Help Landing the Right Job
Vince Marigna | February 7, 2019 | Opinion
Study shows 43 percent of graduates find work that leaves them underemployed, a problem that can dog them well into their work lives
| February 7, 2019 | Number of The Day
Why Don’t Kids Go to School? Students Have Their Say
Carly Sitrin | February 6, 2019 | Education
Lawmakers go straight to the source to hear about the obstacles that keep some kids from attending classes
Growing Mystery at Heart of Hearings into Murphy Team’s Conduct in Brennan Case
John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2019 | Politics
Legislators have another frustrating day as they continue to investigate the hiring of a person at the center of a rape allegation for a state government position
Lawmakers Move to Keep Liberty State Park Free from Commercial Schemes
Tom Johnson | February 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The 1,200-acre park, with stunning views of the NYC waterfront and ‘Lady of the Harbor,’ doesn’t need a marina or amusement park, advocates argue
Connecting the Dots Among Poverty, Chronic Diseases, ER Visits
Lilo H. Stainton | February 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Analyzing data from more than 3 million emergency room visits, group confirms most troubling concerns about New Jersey healthcare
‘Reasonable Suspicion’ Lacking in Neptune Motel Arrests — Supreme Court
Colleen O'Dea | February 6, 2019 | Social
Charges from a noise complaint that led to arrest of two men on weapons possession raise Fourth Amendment issues for state’s top court
Op-Ed: To Stem the Opioid Epidemic, NJ Must Take Care of Prison Population
Pranay Nadella and Aakash Shah | February 6, 2019 | Opinion
Giving prisoners medication assisted treatment — and continuing it on their release — would offer them a good chance of recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration
The List: Average Property Taxes Paid in New Jersey, Ranked by County
NJTV News Online | February 6, 2019 | The List
The average bill varies greatly by county, with homeowners in the north having to dig deeper
| February 6, 2019 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Approve Mechanism to Support Arts Through Property Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | February 5, 2019 | Budget
Measure OK’d by the Assembly would allow local governments to create dedicated tax levy for local artistic and cultural projects, pending voter approval
To Cheers, Murphy Signs $15 Minimum-Wage Measure
NJTV News Online | February 5, 2019 | Budget
Amid celebration, concerns are raised that wage boost could have ‘unintended consequences’ for some workers
Divided Reactions to Court Decision on PARCC and What It Means for Students
Carly Sitrin | February 5, 2019 | Education
Path to graduation still uncertain for about 170,000 high school seniors and juniors, but ‘business as usual’ for many school officials who continue to implement PARCC as a graduation requirement
Camden Program to Cut Hospital Readmissions Gains National Attention
Lilo H. Stainton | February 5, 2019 | Healthcare
The focus was on getting patients follow-up visits with primary-care doctors within seven days of being discharged from hospital
Power Execs Press Electric Grid Operator for Help On Revenues
Tom Johnson | February 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Companies have been lobbying for reforms to raise what they say are depressed prices that threaten the viability of nuclear plants
Op-Ed: Teacher Pay for Performance Is the Elephant in the Classroom
John Kellmayer | February 5, 2019 | Opinion
Compensating teachers for the quality of their teaching has not been discussed much, but administrators now have new assessment tools for evaluating performance
| February 5, 2019 | Number of The Day
Day 1: Booker Takes Different Tack from NJ Predecessors in His Campaign for President
Colleen O'Dea | February 4, 2019 | Politics
Compare and contrast: The fourth New Jerseyan since 2000 to try for the Oval Office has an uncommon style and message
NJ, Other States Challenge Federal Failure to Curb Coal-Plant Pollution
Tom Johnson | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey and others in Northeast blame Environmental Protection Agency for not clamping down on emissions from upwind states
DEP Says EPA Didn’t Consider Many Health Risks When Approving PFAS Replacements
Jon Hurdle | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
GenX and PFBS, may be as toxic as the chemicals they are replacing. Scientists say GenX has been found in Gloucester County wells and in the Delaware River
Move to Waive NJ Property-Tax Penalties for Fed Workers if New Shutdown
John Reitmeyer | February 4, 2019 | Politics
New Jersey lawmakers have fast-tracked a measure that would allow municipalities to waive the usual interest penalty charged for late payment of quarterly property taxes
Op-Ed: NJ Horseracing Doesn’t Need State Subsidies, It Needs to Innovate
Phil Logrippo | February 4, 2019 | Opinion
Why would New Jersey subsidize wealthy thoroughbred racehorse owners and people who can afford to gamble on horses?
Environmentalists Raise Questions about Salting of NJ Roads
NJTV News Online | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Too much salt can be dangerous to humans and the environment alike. Is brining a better solution?
Existing Nuclear and New Renewables Both Necessary for a Clean-Energy Future
Dean Murphy, Ph.D. | February 4, 2019 | Sponsored Content
Replacing New Jersey’s nuclear plants with renewable generation is not plausible anytime soon. Attempting to do so would cause a major backward slide in efforts to decarbonize the state’s economy
| February 4, 2019 | Number of The Day
Booker Is the Latest Democrat to Announce He’ll Run for President in 2020
Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2019 | Politics
After sharing the news with his Twitter followers this morning, New Jersey’s junior Senator is expected to hold a press conference in Newark today
Rate Counsel Says PSEG, Exelon Failed to Show Need for $300M Nuclear Subsidies
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Companies’ ‘claims of financial hardship fall away’ under close examination, Stefanie Brand contends
Surprise, Anger Over Governor’s Veto on Emergency Aid
Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2019 | More Issues
Citing budgetary concerns, Murphy vetoes measure that would have provided additional emergency aid to some in danger of becoming homeless
$15 Minimum Wage on Verge of Becoming Law in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | February 1, 2019 | Budget
Governor says he’ll sign compromise measure approved in Legislature yesterday elevating wages of low-paid workers nearly 70 percent by 2024
For Donor-Conceived People, Data About Biological Parents Can Be Critical
Caren Chesler | February 1, 2019 | Healthcare
Proposed measure would help New Jersey’s donor-conceived residents learn more about their medical history without sacrificing donor anonymity
Split Legislature Gives Thumbs-Up to Stormwater Runoff Controls
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Democratic majority champions measure as an effective tool for curbing pollution of NJ’s rivers and bays; GOP decries envisioned fees as ‘rain tax’
Op-Ed: Invest in Environment and Infrastructure, Not Corporate Welfare
Brandon Castro | February 1, 2019 | Opinion
Recent audit shows the wrongheadedness of New Jersey’s efforts to keep business happy with billions in tax incentives
Controversial Lawmaker Plans to Leave Assembly, Run for Morris County Job
WNYC | February 1, 2019 | Politics
Michael Patrick Carroll once made national headlines for a comment about slavery. He wants to become Morris County Surrogate
| February 1, 2019 | Number of The Day
Murphy Urges Full Fracking Ban in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | January 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New prohibitions would be big victory for environmentalists, residents who have been campaigning for them for years
Campaign Expands to Curb Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Lilo H. Stainton | January 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Initiative successfully targets low-income, black, and Hispanic families, leads to reduced sales of soda and fruit drinks
NJ Lawmakers Continue to Chip Away at Boulder-Sized Problem of Student Debt
Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2019 | More Issues
Two bills slated to come before committee today hope to ease financial burdens on college students and their families and help them rehabilitate loans that are in default
South Jersey Landfill Cancels PFAS Contract Amid Rising Public Concern
Jon Hurdle | January 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Thousands of tons of contaminated soil from Pennsylvania military base no longer destined to be dumped in Cumberland County
Murphy’s ‘Computer Science for All’ Initiative Off to Modest Start
John Mooney | January 31, 2019 | Education
Governor announces first $2 million in grants for high-tech program will be divvied up among 29 school districts
Investing Garden State’s Public Retirement Funds in Other States’ Farms
John Reitmeyer | January 31, 2019 | Budget
NJ pension officials finalizing $100 million stake in private-equity fund that specializes in buying and leasing farmland in West, Midwest and Mississippi Delta
Christie's Memoir: Heavy on Kushner Criticism, Light on Gubernatorial Record
WNYC News | January 31, 2019 | Politics
The book is called ‘Let Me Finish.’ Matt Katz suggests a better title would have been ‘I Told You So, Idiots’
Op-Ed: New Utilities Would Help NJ Fight Flooding and Pollution
John A. Thonet and Stephen J. Souza | January 31, 2019 | Opinion
New Jersey needs stormwater utilities to provide a sustained source of local funding to improve and maintain stormwater infrastructure
| January 31, 2019 | Number of The Day
A River of Cash: Analyzing NJ’s Multibillion-Dollar Revenue Streams
John Reitmeyer | January 30, 2019 | Budget
A new report calculates the billions of dollars that flow through the layers of government in the Garden State annually
Lawmakers Mull ‘Unintended Consequences’ Of Minimum Wage Hike
Colleen O'Dea | January 30, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Raising the wage floor to $15 an hour could make some workers and families ineligible for state and federal assistance programs
Panel OKs Spending Bill that Boosts Role of Nonprofits in Preservation Projects
Tom Johnson | January 30, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Groups’ share of open-space funds goes from 2 percent to 10 percent, and from 3 percent to 4 percent for farmland preservation
Over Coffee, Murphy and Dem Leaders Toast Wage Accord
NJTV News Online | January 30, 2019 | Politics
Democratic governor and legislative leaders, often at odds with each other, share rare kumbaya moment
Op-Ed: Time for NJ to Expand Access to Life-Saving Elective Angioplasty
Patrick J. Gavin | January 30, 2019 | Opinion
Calling on state lawmakers to pass a measure allowing qualified community hospitals to perform the procedure
GOP Heat for Senator Who Switched Parties, Joined Democrats
NJTV News Online | January 30, 2019 | Politics
Dawn Marie Addiego of Burlington County announced her decision Monday saying, ‘the party which once echoed the vision of Ronald Reagan no longer exists’
Is Outmigration Myth or Reality for New Jersey? It’s Complicated
NJTV News Online | January 30, 2019 | More Issues
NJ Spotlight editor at large Colleen O’Dea discusses the nuances of the Garden State’s migration patterns
| January 30, 2019 | Number of The Day
Stormwater Measure Advances in State Assembly, Opponents Air Criticisms
Tom Johnson | January 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Bill would facilitate new utilities that could impose fees on property owners. Money would go toward repair or replacement of failing stormwater systems
Wage-Theft Law in the Cards — with Lighter Penalties For ‘Honest’ Mistakes
Colleen O'Dea | January 29, 2019 | Politics
New Jersey businesspeople and advocates worry that simple mistakes could end up costing them big, and some lawmakers share their concerns
Fine Print: Auditor Questions Oversight of Camden’s Renaissance Schools
John Mooney | January 29, 2019 | Education
Second audit finds gaps in enrollment and hiring at fast-growing hybrid charter schools
Legislative Hold on PARCC Replacement Leaves No Clear Path to HS Diploma
Carly Sitrin | January 29, 2019 | Education
NJ lawmakers delay vote on measure after appellate court issues stay on ruling that would kill PARCC, students left out in the cold — for now
NJ Politicos Get Eyeful of Decay in Hudson Tunnel Tour, Want Federal Funding
John Reitmeyer | January 29, 2019 | Politics, Transportation
With Democrats in control of House of Representatives, New Jersey congressional leaders believe there’s a better chance of getting money from Washington, D.C. to repair badly damaged tunnel
Bergen County Hospital Picked for National Program to Reduce Health Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | January 29, 2019 | Healthcare
Holy Name Medical Center will tackle lower rate of cancer screening among Asian-Americans
| January 29, 2019 | Number of The Day
Grassroots Activists Behind Midterm Blue Wave in NJ Say They’re Not Going Away
Colleen O'Dea | January 28, 2019 | Politics
Most groups are still active. Some are keeping their focus on the U.S. Congress, some on state and local politics. A few are retooling
NJ Landfill Agrees to Accept PFAS-Contaminated Soil from Pennsylvania Military Base
Jon Hurdle | January 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some New Jersey environmental groups want the planned dumping of material from former Willow Grove naval station to be halted
Enviros Say Proposed DEP Cap on Carbon Pollution from Power Plants Not Enough
Tom Johnson | January 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Concern that rejoining multi-state greenhouse-gas initiative won’t do much good unless New Jersey demands more stringent pollution controls
Dems, GOP Take Credit for Putting Lid on NJ Property Taxes, but Can Lid Stay On?
John Reitmeyer | January 28, 2019 | Budget
School aid, police and firefighter salaries, and public-worker healthcare contributions all could influence what homeowners pay
Committee Hears Conflicting Testimony over Sexual-Assault Allegations
NJTV News Online | January 28, 2019 | Politics
Attorney for Murphy transition team contradicts governor’s former chief of staff
| January 28, 2019 | Number of The Day
Critics Urge NJ to Pump Brakes on Increasing Access to Marijuana
Lilo H. Stainton | January 25, 2019 | Healthcare
Public-health impact the big concern as warnings raised over children’s exposure to the drug, potential connection to psychiatric conditions and increase in auto accidents
Audit Sparks Overlapping Probes Into State Business Incentive Programs
Colleen O'Dea | January 25, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Two investigations — a task force empaneled by Gov. Phil Murphy and a joint hearing scheduled by the Legislature — are announced hours apart
Emotional Testimony as $15 Minimum Wage for NJ Passes First Legislative Stage
John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Assembly committee votes along party lines to approve bill to raise wage after workers and employers testify about its impact on them
‘Environmental Justice’ Protection for Poor Communities Approved
Tom Johnson | January 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Giving often-unheard neighborhoods a voice in siting of waste-treatment plants and other facilities is a top issue for the Murphy administration
Hudson County Prosecutor Defends Actions in Brennan Case
NJTV News Online | January 25, 2019 | More Issues
Esther Suarez says she was unaware of rape allegation by Murphy campaign staffer until after her office declined to press charges
The Delaware River: A Timeline of Revival
WHYY | January 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
It took decades, but a combination of public outcry, political will and the Clean Water Act eventually spurred the river’s revival
| January 25, 2019 | Number of The Day
New Jersey Employers Search for Straight Answers on Cannabis in the Workplace
Carly Sitrin | January 24, 2019 | More Issues
Medical marijuana raises more questions than answers about drug tests and employee rights, while full-blown legalization seems like an invitation to lawsuits and court cases
Wall Street Credit-Rating Agency Makes Economic Case for New Portal Bridge
John Reitmeyer | January 24, 2019 | Transportation
With federal matching funds still not granted for replacing key Northeast Corridor crossing, Moody’s suggests new bridge necessary to ‘avoid regional economic disruption’
Murphy Outlines Expanded, Multiagency Approach to Opioid Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | January 24, 2019 | Healthcare
Governor’s new initiative will increase reliance on medication-assisted treatment, which he calls a ‘proven strategy’
Explainer: What Is Dark Money and Why Is it Such a Problem?
Colleen O'Dea | January 24, 2019 | Explainer
Groups unfettered by campaign finance regulations are wielding more and more influence on elections. New Jersey legislators are taking steps to regulate their activities
BPU Policy Change Could Cost Consumers Hundreds of Millions in Higher Rates
Tom Johnson | January 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Under new regulation, 75 percent of savings from consolidated tax adjustments will go to utilities rather than consumers, reversing the split of earlier rule
NJ’s First Lady Launches Campaign to Lower Maternal Mortality
NJTV News Online | January 24, 2019 | Healthcare
State Assembly also releases omnibus bill aimed at reducing number of women who die during or soon after childbirth
No Charges Against Former Murphy Staffer in Sexual-Assault Case
NJTV News Online | January 24, 2019 | More Issues
After reviewing accusation, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office declines to proceed
The Invisible Threats to the Delaware River
WHYY | January 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The Clean Water Act helped to transform the river, but it’s still vulnerable to a range of pollutants
| January 24, 2019 | Number of The Day
Murphy Wants to Replace Newark Airport Monorail, No More ‘Bubblegum’ Fixes
John Reitmeyer | January 23, 2019 | Transportation
Governor appears confident that Port Authority will come up with the estimated $2 billion cost of the project
Lawmakers Outline Specific Steps to Improve Maternal and Infant Care in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | January 23, 2019 | Healthcare
Proponents see special need in a state that ranks 47th in maternal mortality, with black women five times more likely to die than white women
PSEG Drives Home Vow to Shutter Nuclear Plants Unless Public Subsidizes Them
Tom Johnson | January 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company maintains new filings with state demonstrate case for up to $300 million in annual aid for three years, but most financial information has been redacted
Opinion: Has the Governor Learned there’s Victory in Compromise?
Carl Golden | January 23, 2019 | Opinion
Murphy made concessions in order to forge a deal with Democratic legislative leaders on $15 minimum wage. The budget presents his next big test
How the Clean Water Act Fixed the Delaware River’s Pollution Problem
WHYY | January 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Oxygen levels in the river began to increase after cities like Philadelphia began treating wastewater
| January 23, 2019 | Number of The Day
NJ Supreme Court Dismisses Massive Backlog of Municipal Cases and Warrants
Colleen O'Dea | January 22, 2019 | More Issues
Almost 800,000 cases discharged as key recommendation of a report that was highly critical of New Jersey’s municipal courts is implemented
Will Its Own Success Sabotage the Garden State’s Solar Sector?
Tom Johnson | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Add up solar installations — deployed and in the pipeline — and the Garden State has reached the point at which current subsidies expire — before a new program has been put in place
Governor Nominates Two Conservationists to Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy addresses concerns of leading environmentalists who had wanted Christie-era holdovers to be replaced
Treasury Not Worried About Slow Revenue Growth in Early FY2019 — Should It Be?
John Reitmeyer | January 22, 2019 | Budget
Despite tepid growth in tax revenues thus far in the fiscal year, Treasury Department optimistic surge is coming in second half of year
Report Makes Case for State Investment in Camden, Sees Public Health Benefits
Lilo H. Stainton | January 22, 2019 | Healthcare, Social
As New Jersey’s tax-incentive programs come under increasing scrutiny, consultants underline critical value to struggling city of $1.4 billion public investment
Federal Workers in New Jersey Feeling Effects of Shutdown
NJTV News Online | January 22, 2019 | Politics, Social
As of January 17, 1,000 federal employees in New Jersey had applied for unemployment benefits
Singleton Bill Would Shed Some Light on Dark Money
NJTV News Online | January 22, 2019 | Politics
Murphy’s PAC goes back on promise to disclose funding, while Sweeney taken to task about super PAC working for close ally George Norcross
When the Delaware River Was Dying
WHYY | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
About 1 million pounds of waste was going into the river every day in the ‘60s and the river was dying
| January 22, 2019 | Number of The Day
$15 Minimum Wage for NJ: Governor, Democratic Leaders Finally Make A Deal
John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Agreement after weeks of negotiations. Incremental increases from now until 2024. But carveouts for farmworkers and some other workers
New Jersey Comes Closer to Approving Mental-Health Parity Law
Lilo H. Stainton | January 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Measure enhances enforcement of federal law by requiring health insurers to document that behavioral-care coverage is on par with physical-care benefits
State Officials Ask Judges to Let Classes of 2019 and 2020 Graduate Under Old Rules
Carly Sitrin | January 18, 2019 | Education
DOE says appellate court case is leaving nearly 170,000 current seniors and juniors without a clear path to graduation
Solar Energy for the Less Well-Off in NJ: A Pilot Program Is Approved
Tom Johnson | January 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Also available to schools, local governments and nonprofits, the program is a scaled-down version of what solar advocates originally wanted
Interactive Map: IRS Data Shows New Jersey Loses Out In Relocation Game
Colleen O'Dea | January 18, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Mining the returns of those who have moved in and moved out, a report by the federal taxman pegs the Garden State as a net population loser
Op-Ed: How to Prepare New Jersey Workers for Seismic Job Changes
Patricia Morgan | January 18, 2019 | Opinion
Existing jobs are being phased out by technology. If we don’t adapt — and effectively become lifelong students — we risk greater unemployment
Teachers Lobby for Reduced Health Insurance Costs
NJTV News Online | January 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Members of the NJEA say they’re losing money because premiums are rising faster than their annual pay raises
| January 18, 2019 | Number of The Day
Suez Finds Elevated Lead Levels in Water in Bergen, Hudson Counties
Tom Johnson | January 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Extent of problem unclear, but likely linked to lead service lines connecting customers to water mains in the street
Governor Goes Out to Drum Up Support for Changing — and Capping — Tax Incentives
John Reitmeyer | January 17, 2019 | Budget
Against a backdrop of tepid support from Democratic legislative leaders, Murphy makes case for overhauling New Jersey’s big tax breaks
Murphy Calls for Returning Right to Vote to Felons on Probation or Parole
Colleen O'Dea | January 17, 2019 | Politics
In State of State address, governor comes out publicly for controversial reform, seeks other ways to expand right to vote, stops short of supporting efforts to re-enfranchise felons still in jail
Where Are NJ’s New Chemical Rules? Enviros Accuse DEP of More Foot-Dragging on PFAS
Jon Hurdle | January 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The DEP denies tomorrow’s stakeholder meeting will mean further delay in setting health limits on two toxic chemicals
Profile: The Right Stuff to Take Camden’s Schools to Next Level — and Beyond
Carly Sitrin | January 17, 2019 | Profiles
Acting Superintendent Katrina McCombs already has plans in place to address Camden’s myriad problems — from gang violence to trauma — but she also needs the top spot
Op-Ed: NJ Consumers Shouldn’t Be Left in the Dark on Healthcare Costs
Michael Maron | January 17, 2019 | Opinion
You wouldn’t shop for a new car without knowing the price, so why is it acceptable that healthcare costs remain hidden from patients?
| January 17, 2019 | Number of The Day
State of the State: Murphy Doubles Down on Push to Fix Economic Incentive Program
John Reitmeyer | January 16, 2019 | Budget
During a rebuttal news conference, GOP lawmakers push back on the governor’s anti-Christie theme
In Answer to Governor, Fellow Democrats Hold Back But Republicans Don’t
John Mooney | January 16, 2019 | Politics
Nevertheless, members of governor’s party signal resistance to his critical evaluation of the state’s tax-incentive programs for business
Governor Stresses Unsafe Lead Levels in NJ Water but Offers No Quick Fixes
Tom Johnson | January 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy says it’s time to do something about New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure but calls it a national problem that ‘requires a national solution’
Report: College Aid for Prisoners Pays Dividends for All Down the Line
Colleen O'Dea | January 16, 2019 | Social
Advocates say study shows federal law keeping Pell Grants from the incarcerated should be overturned
Op-Ed: Why Do NJ Democrats Give Tacit Support to Trump’s Immigration Tactics?
Audrey Levitin | January 16, 2019 | Opinion
By their silence on county jail contracts with ICE for the detention of immigrants, politicians at every level are enabling questionable policies
Watch Gov. Phil Murphy’s First State of the State
NJ Spotlight | January 16, 2019 | Politics
Gov. Murphy gave his first State of the State address on Tuesday, January 15. Reiterating his commitment to key campaign promises, the governor listed his accomplishments and laid out his goals for the coming year.
| January 16, 2019 | Number of The Day
Has Murphy Made Good on His Promises? Taking Stock at the 1-Year Mark
Colleen O'Dea | January 15, 2019 | Politics
The governor hasn’t realized several of his top priorities. Some observers blame inexperience or his desire to be liked, but one lays the fault squarely at the door of Sweeney and Coughlin
Murphy’s first State of State Address Comes at Pivotal Time for NJ and for Him
John Reitmeyer | January 15, 2019 | Politics
Hopes were high among progressives when governor came into office, but tension between him and fellow Democrats has impeded his agenda
Horizon Distributes Millions From 2018 Federal Tax Refund … as Planned
Lilo H. Stainton | January 15, 2019 | Healthcare
Families, businesses, community-based initiatives benefit, but details are scarce
NJ Settles with Fiat Chrysler over Software that Cheated on Emission Tests
Tom Johnson | January 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is part of a multistate settlement of a case involving attempts to evade diesel emission controls. An engineering company is also paying for its involvement
Groups Push Progressive Agenda at the State House
NJTV News Online | January 15, 2019 | Politics
On the eve of Gov. Phil Murphy’s State of the State address, activists signal impatience with lack of movement on their priorities
Government Shutdown Is Affecting Food Inspections
NJTV News Online | January 15, 2019 | More Issues
U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer asks for state and county health officials to fill the gap caused by furlough of many FDA inspectors
| January 15, 2019 | Number of The Day
No Resumption Yet of Full Service on Raritan Valley, Atlantic City Lines
John Reitmeyer | January 14, 2019 | Transportation
Services have been greatly disrupted for safety work, but that work met a key end-of-year deadline. So, what’s the holdup?
New Funding for Expansion of Pediatric Mental Health Programs in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | January 14, 2019 | Healthcare
Aim is to improve diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and substance abuse issues among children and adolescents
Survey Finds Persistent Bullying of LGBTQ Students in NJ High Schools
Colleen O'Dea | January 14, 2019 | Social
‘The numbers are alarming,’ says Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who was a prime sponsor of anti-bullying legislation. She’s working on a new measure
Elizabethtown Gas Names Christie McMullen to Leadership Role
Tom Johnson | January 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company appoints industry veteran to top position as it looks to spend $500 million on a major gas-main replacement program
Op-Ed: Governor, Legislators Need to Fix Deeply Flawed Tax-Incentive Programs
Analilia Mejia | January 14, 2019 | Opinion
New audit shows that companies gamed the system, and no one stopped them. New Jersey taxpayers should be furious
| January 14, 2019 | Number of The Day
NJ House Democrats Plot Out Multifront Defense of Obamacare
Lilo H. Stainton | January 11, 2019 | Healthcare
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone emerges as leader in battle with GOP over fate of ACA, now imperiled by ruling of federal judge in Texas
Focus In Murphy Hiring Probe Turns To Gaps in State Rules
John Reitmeyer | January 11, 2019 | Politics
During a long day of testimony about how staffer’s rape allegation was handled, legislative select committee explores whether rules and policies are strong enough to prevent a bad situation from recurring
Opinion: Federal Aid to New Jersey is Negative — But Not Because of the Shutdown
Richard F. Keevey | January 11, 2019 | Opinion
The Garden State perennially pays significantly more to the federal government in taxes than it gets back and that’s not about to change anytime soon
Murphy Releases More Funding For Pre-K Programs Across State
Carly Sitrin | January 11, 2019 | Education
Thirty-three needy districts that previously had received no pre-K funding from Trenton, will benefit. Advocates praise governor’s move, but say much more needs to be done
Full Steam Ahead for Clean Energy as NJ, Other States Adopt New Policies
Tom Johnson | January 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey under Gov. Phil Murphy has aggressive goals for renewable sources of energy, but initiatives aren’t expected to deliver immediately
| January 11, 2019 | Number of The Day
Audit Raises Red Flags over Control of NJ’s Massive Tax-Incentive Programs
John Reitmeyer | January 10, 2019 | Budget
Troubling questions about oversight and value to taxpayers of multibillion-dollar awards that are supposed to incentivize job creation and retention
NJ Has Weak System of State Support for Black and Latino College Students — Report
Carly Sitrin | January 10, 2019 | Education
Higher education in NJ is hobbled by inequities that leave many minority students ill-equipped for college and the job market, authors contend
Murphy-Sweeney Feud Could Lead to Laws Shining More Light on Dark Money
Colleen O'Dea | January 10, 2019 | Politics
As issue-advocacy group tied to Murphy goes back on promise to disclose donors, Sweeney fast-tracks legislation that has been sidelined for years
NJ Lags Nation for Disabled Residents in Community Settings
Lilo H. Stainton | January 10, 2019 | Healthcare
State officials reply to findings of new report saying positive change is already in progress
PSEG Sells Defunct Coal Plants in Jersey City and Hamilton for Redevelopment
Tom Johnson | January 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Developer plans to repurpose the sites as state-of-the-art industrial parks serving growing warehouse-distribution business in region
Op-Ed: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring the Needs of NJ’s Business Community
Tom Bracken | January 10, 2019 | Opinion
The governor wants a fairer economy in New Jersey but companies are bearing the heaviest burden of delivering it. Taxes and mandates have made the state unaffordable and uncompetitive
Newark Council Approves Zoning Change Despite Gentrification Fears
NJTV News Online | January 10, 2019 | Planning
New rule is approved unanimously. Residents worry it will significantly alter life in the Ironbound
| January 10, 2019 | Number of The Day
Murphy Officials Testify It Wasn’t Their Job to Follow Up On Brennan Allegation
John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2019 | Politics
‘Nobody seems to have responsibility for anything,’ said committee co-chairwoman Loretta Weinberg on a day when lawmakers seemed frustrated with the lack of answers
Green Groups: Proposed Overhaul Of Stormwater Rules Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Tom Johnson | January 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Only 5 percent of NJ waterways meet federal clean water standards, largely due to runoff from developed areas
High Court Ruling Makes It Easier for Drug-Court Grads to Wipe Slate Clean
Colleen O'Dea | January 9, 2019 | Social
Decision is praised by advocates as fulfilling intent of 2016 law offering recovered addicts with minor crime records a new start life
State Questions Feds’ Lower Subsidy for NJ’s Healthcare Reinsurance Program
Lilo H. Stainton | January 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Federal provision for covering costliest medical claims is well short of what New Jersey officials had expected. DOBI Commissioner Marlene Caride asks for explanation
McGreevey Alleges Political Retaliation After Firing From Jersey City Nonprofit
WNYC News | January 9, 2019 | Politics
Ousted from his job as the head of a nonprofit on Monday, former governor accuses Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop of orchestrating his dismissal in an act of political payback
Op-Ed: New Jersey Can’t Afford to Miss Out on Benefits of Electric Vehicles
Pamela Frank | January 9, 2019 | Opinion
There’s a lot to gain for the Garden State if it positions itself as a leader in EV adoption
| January 9, 2019 | Number of The Day
Federal Shutdown Already Hurting NJ Amid Fears of Growing Impact
John Reitmeyer | January 8, 2019 | Politics
Businesses in New Jersey have already been hit by the closure of some government agencies. Paychecks, food stamps and other assistance could be held back if it drags on
Microplastic Pollution in Raritan River to Become Major Problem?
Tom Johnson | January 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Newly released study documents presence of nearly invisible plastic particles along stretch of river, particularly downstream of wastewater treatment plants
NJ Wants to Redirect Unspent Federal Aid to Help Last Sandy Victims Get Home
Colleen O'Dea | January 8, 2019 | Housing
State would use $50 million for people to finish rebuilding their damaged homes and another $10 to construct multi-family affordable units
All-Out Efforts to Block Rider’s Sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese
Carly Sitrin | January 8, 2019 | Education
Rider University’s move to sell ‘religious music college’ to company owned by Chinese government has triggered lawsuits, a faculty grievance, and worries about ‘destruction’ of an American college
Worrying Rise in Poisonings Related to Over-the-Counter Diarrhea Medicine
Lilo H. Stainton | January 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Some opioid users, in an attempt to prevent the pains of withdrawal, are risking death from massive overdoses of easily available medications
Dark Money Debate Embroils Murphy and Sweeney
NJTV News Online | January 8, 2019 | Politics
Controversy over organizations that can collect unlimited funds to promote political agendas without disclosing donors
NJ Towns Buck Marijuana Legalization
WNYC News | January 8, 2019 | Social
Dozens of municipalities have pre-emptively banned marijuana dispensaries. They’re concerned about ‘drugged driving,’ underage users, and other negative effects
The Latest Sign of Division in State Democratic Party
NJTV News Online | January 8, 2019 | Politics
Party chairmen around the state take sides in a show of support for proxies of Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney
Fracas in Jersey City Prisoner-Reentry Program Could Mean McGreevey's Job
NJTV News Online | January 8, 2019 | Politics
Former governor says he’s being forced out for dumping political ally of Mayor Fulop for taking kickbacks from convicts after helping them find work
Op-Ed: Support Legislation to Restrict Solitary Confinement in NJ Prisons
Tricia Idrobo | January 8, 2019 | Opinion
There are about 1,500 prisoners in isolated confinement at any given time in New Jersey jails or state prisons. Many allege they’re placed there for petty or arbitrary reasons
| January 8, 2019 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Try to Boost NJ’s Horseracing Industry with $100M in Subsidies
John Reitmeyer | January 7, 2019 | More Issues
There’s bipartisan support in Trenton for a measure one critic decries as ‘an insult to the taxpayers of New Jersey’
New Jersey’s Tough New Outdoor Smoking Ban Is Just Days Away
Lilo H. Stainton | January 7, 2019 | Healthcare
If you are caught lighting up a cigarette or vaping in a park or a forest, on the boardwalk or the beach, prepare to pay a big fine
Is Business Buying Into Murphy’s Clean-Energy Goals? Looks Like It
Tom Johnson | January 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
One company is doubling solar capacity at Warren County site, making it the second largest net-metered facility on the East Coast
The List: Assembly Races to Watch in 2019 as Dems Seek to Keep Control, Cement Gains
Colleen O'Dea | January 7, 2019 | The List
Grassroots groups had a big effect on the 2018 midterm elections. Will they have as much influence on this year’s Assembly elections even as Democrats try to cement their power in the lower house?
Newark's Dropping Crime Rate Is as Much About Perception as Reality
WNYC News | January 7, 2019 | Social
The city reported the lowest number of crimes in fifty years. Mayor Ras Baraka says these are numbers ‘that need to be touted’
Op-Ed: Murphy’s Plan for Tackling NJ’s Opioid Crisis Builds on Christie’s Work
Robert J. Budsock and Christine Baker | January 7, 2019 | Opinion
Funds are being allocated for evidenced-based practices and treatment regimens that have been proven to help promote long-term sobriety
| January 7, 2019 | Number of The Day
New Guidelines for Financing Solar Installations in NJ — But Few Details Yet
Tom Johnson | January 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Cautious optimism about the state’s proposal to overhaul program that has been faulted for costing ratepayers too much in subsidies
Progress Seen in Test of Paper-Trail voting Machines that Allow Audit of Results
Colleen O'Dea | January 4, 2019 | Politics
Review of midterm election offers assurance that electronic vote counts are reliable, but lawmakers show limited interest in deploying the technology statewide
For Stretched NJ Students, Help on the Way in Learning How to Manage Finances
John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2019 | Education
New Jersey’s college students are among the most debt-laden in the country. Financial literacy soon will be required in middle school
Massive Healthcare Systems Merger Seeks To Integrate Mental, Physical Care
Lilo H. Stainton | January 4, 2019 | Healthcare
The joining of Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic reflects an attempt to jettison a fragmented approach to the care of patients with multiple needs
Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs to Develop Wind Energy Projects Far Offshore
Eric Stiles and Catherine Bowes | January 4, 2019 | Opinion
The recent denial of a project only 2.8 nautical miles from Atlantic City was the right decision. The focus should be on developing projects well outside the sensitive coastal zone
Who Stands to Gain from Newly-Created Opportunity Zones in NJ?
NJTV News Online | January 4, 2019 | More Issues
A tax-incentive program to bring investment to economically distressed communities has boosters — and critics
| January 4, 2019 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s Near-Term Economic Outlook: Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
John Reitmeyer | January 3, 2019 | Politics
Unemployment is at its lowest rate in almost 20 years, while salaries are climbing, but state revenue collections are a concern, and political infighting in Trenton could put a crimp in growth
Offshore-Wind Developers and Officials Won’t Reveal Key Details of Proposals
Tom Johnson | January 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
There’s a lot at stake for utility customers who may end up subsidizing projects to the tune of billions of dollars
Task Force Takes Aim at Public Health Benefit-Plan Managers
Lilo H. Stainton | January 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Group appointed by governor recommends ways state can save money while delivering better care for some 800,000 public employees
Opinion: Will Murphy and Legislative Leaders Find Ways to Agree in 2019?
Carl Golden | January 3, 2019 | Opinion
The holidays brought a lull in the pointed rhetoric between the governor and Democratic leadership. But the terrain ahead could be treacherous
Emergency Assistance for Poor Residents Who Had Been Cut Off Since Christie Years
Colleen O'Dea | January 3, 2019 | Social
New law gives up to five years of payments for housing, other needs. Gov. Phil Murphy says ‘more permanent solutions to this challenge’ are necessary
| January 3, 2019 | Number of The Day
Top Reports: Yet Another Wake-Up Call for This Region on Warming Climate
Tom Johnson | December 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Winter 2018
A new federal study details the environmental and economic damage that NJ and rest of northeastern U.S. can expect from effects of climate change
Top Reports: What a Major Audit Revealed About NJ Transit’s Deficiencies
John Reitmeyer | December 28, 2018 | Transportation, Winter 2018
Gov. Phil Murphy ordered a major review of the beleaguered agency. The results clarified the daunting challenges it faces
Top Reports: How Fair Is School Funding in NJ Compared to Other States?
John Mooney | December 27, 2018 | Education, Winter 2018
The answer, it seems, is fairer than most. Only Wyoming matches New Jersey on key criteria
Top Reports: Tracking New Jersey’s Progress on Population Health
Lilo H. Stainton | December 27, 2018 | Healthcare, Winter 2018
The Department of Health issued a voluminous but easy-to-digest report that evaluates New Jersey’s performance on more than 100 health indicators
Top Reports: Experts Say Big Cuts Needed to Make State Fiscally Stable
John Reitmeyer | December 26, 2018 | Budget, Winter 2018
Senate President Steve Sweeney convened a nonpartisan group to examine New Jersey’s ledgers. They prescribed some harsh medicine, including cuts to public worker benefits
Top Reports: New Jersey Is More Vulnerable than Most States to Climate Change
Tom Johnson | December 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Winter 2018
One scientific report says it’s up to us whether we respond to this threat ‘by implementing science-based, coordinated, and equitable solutions — or walk, eyes open, toward a crisis’
Top Reports: Tackling NJ’s Stubborn Housing Problems
Colleen O'Dea | December 24, 2018 | Housing, Winter 2018
The high price of housing is one reason it costs so much to live in New Jersey. The state has also been dogged by a high rate of foreclosures. What are the solutions?
As Pols Hail NJ Transit Reforms, Key Questions Lurk About Agency Funding
John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2018 | Transportation
New law increases size of the mass-transit agency board, adding members drawn from bus and train riders
Lessons from NJ Contribute to National Guide on Complex Health Challenges
Lilo H. Stainton | December 21, 2018 | Healthcare
An initiative out of Camden and other cities in New Jersey is being transformed into a countrywide program to improve care for some often difficult-to-treat patients
Assembly Passes Raft of Bills to Fight ‘Food Insecurity’ in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2018 | Social
Finding solutions for New Jerseyans who don’t have easy access to nutritious food, or even to enough food, was a priority for Speaker Coughlin
How to Address New Jersey’s Hidden Poverty: NJ Spotlight Roundtable
| December 21, 2018 | Social, Podcasts, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight and United Ways of New Jersey brought together top lawmakers and thought leaders to discuss ways to stem the growing tide of financial instability among working families
NJ Joins Lawsuit to Derail Offshore Oil Exploration
NJTV News Online | December 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Trenton joins in multistate effort to reverse Trump administration’s approval of seismic testing
| December 21, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Sees It as a Year of Achievements, Anticipates Action on Key Priorities
John Reitmeyer | December 20, 2018 | Politics
Taking stock at the end of his first year in office, the governor brushes aside the problems, looks back with satisfaction and forward with anticipation
PSEG First to File for Subsidies to Keep Its Nuclear Plants Online
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If BPU approves filing, ratepayers could shell out $900 million over three years, but independent market monitor says units will operate in the black through 2021
State Takes New Direction, Pledging to End AIDS Epidemic in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | December 20, 2018 | Healthcare
Seven years is not much of a window, but administration and Department of Health say they can eliminate AIDS by 2025
Needy Firefighters Burned by Groups That Should Be Offering Financial Aid
Colleen O'Dea | December 20, 2018 | More Issues
State comptroller cites sloppy oversight, possible misuse of funds as reasons firefighters and their families are not collecting all the money they’re entitled to
Rejected for One Offshore-Wind Project, Company Rebounds with Bigger Plans
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
EDF Renewables announces joint venture for a project eight miles out from Atlantic City, aims to have it in operation by mid-2020s
Cape May County Launches New Tool to Help People Prepare for Tidal Flooding
WHYY News | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
GIS-based system will indicate potential arrival of floods, track water levels, and identify areas most likely to be hit
| December 20, 2018 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Nonplussed by Murphy Officials’ Answers on Handling of Brennan Case
John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2018 | Politics
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg finds some testimony ‘astounding’ in second day of hearings by select committee
State Rejects Atlantic City Offshore-Wind Project for Third Time — Too Pricey
Tom Johnson | December 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Nautilus official says ‘state is missing out’ as Board of Public Utilities gives thumbs-down to 25-megawatt wind farm
Senate Creates Commission to Study Ways of Preventing Wrongful Convictions
Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2018 | Social
Assembly has yet to take vote on bill that would give new body 18 months to report on securing justice for innocent people in state prisons
Governor Signs Education Measures — Special Focus on School Safety, Buses
Carly Sitrin | December 19, 2018 | Education
Lives lost in U.S. school shootings and New Jersey school bus tragedy prompt efforts to increase safeguards for students
Helping the Helpers: Advocates Want Task Force for Unpaid Caregivers
Lilo H. Stainton | December 19, 2018 | Healthcare
What’s needed to support family members and others who care for elderly or disabled loved ones?
NJ Joins Multi-State Plan to Curb Pollution from Trucks, Buses, Other Vehicles
Tom Johnson | December 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Regional initiative will include a cap on carbon emissions from the combustion of traditional transportation fuels
| December 19, 2018 | Number of The Day
Governor Vetoes Sweeney Plan on Health Benefits for County Colleges, Employees
John Reitmeyer | December 18, 2018 | Budget
This is the latest skirmish over employee benefits between the first-term Democratic governor and legislative leaders from his own party
Administration Sets Rules for NJ Rejoining Regional Initiative to Curb Pollution
Tom Johnson | December 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
There’s muted praise for proposed new cap on carbon emissions, as some environmental groups push for tougher restrictions
Keeping the Cash in Commerce: NJ Ponders Ban on ‘Cashless Stores’
Colleen O'Dea | December 18, 2018 | Politics
Lawmakers concerned that if stores only accept credit and debit cards they would discriminate against poor and elderly customers
Murphy Vetoes Move to Expedite Rebid of Public-Worker Pharma Contract
Lilo H. Stainton | December 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor’s take-it-slow approach to $6.7 billion contract once again puts him at odds with Democratic legislative leaders
Op-Ed: Superintendent Salary Cap Hasn’t Worked, So Let’s Scrap It
Elisabeth Ginsburg | December 18, 2018 | Opinion
Former Gov. Chris Christie imposed the cap as a cost-saving measure, but a recent study shows it has cost districts money and educational capital
| December 18, 2018 | Number of The Day
Democratic Leaders Cancel Vexed Redistricting Vote After Outcry — Now What?
Colleen O'Dea | December 17, 2018 | Politics
Bowing to a torrent of criticism, legislative leaders have gone back to the drawing board. Grassroots Democrats were among those outraged by the proposal
PennEast Now Faces Tough Scrutiny from DEP after Winning Court Battle
Jon Hurdle | December 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal judge grants eminent domain in New Jersey, but pipeline company must still meet many environmental standards
Bipartisan Bid to Help Small Businesses Avoid Trump Tax Hit
John Reitmeyer | December 17, 2018 | Budget
State lawmakers believe there’s a way to help small-business owners get around a Trump change to the federal tax code that hits them hard. It could benefit as many as 270,000 New Jerseyans
Access to Contraception, Abortion Not Easy for Some Women in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | December 17, 2018 | Healthcare
While services may exist on paper, new report concludes that reimbursement rates, transportation, other obstacles keep them out of reach for some
Op-Ed: NJ Needs Stormwater Utilities to Deal with Extreme Weather, Flooding
Ed Potosnak | December 17, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey, the most densely developed state in the country, is extremely vulnerable to the growing threat of severe weather and intense rainstorms
ICE Official Addresses Recent Enforcement, Removal Operations in NJ
NJTV News Online | December 17, 2018 | Immigration
He says recent arrests have nothing to do with Attorney General’s directive scaling back law enforcement’s cooperation with the agency
Newark Sued over Handling of Lead-Contaminated Water
NJTV News Online | December 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Natural Resources Defense Council asks federal judge to force the city to immediately give water filters to East Ward residents
| December 17, 2018 | Number of The Day
Controversial Redistricting Plan Meets A Chorus of Critics in Trenton
Colleen O'Dea | December 14, 2018 | Politics
At simultaneous State House hearings, not one of 100 who either testified or signed up to speak favored the proposal, which they derided as ‘undemocratic’
No Backing Down: Dems Make Full-Throated Defense of Their Redistricting
John Reitmeyer | December 14, 2018 | Politics
Sponsors aggrieved by suggestions their plan opens the door to gerrymandering. One accuses opponents of ‘dishonest rhetoric’
Troubled Newark Hospital Selects Current Monitor As Acting President And CEO
Lilo H. Stainton | December 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Judy Persichilli, an executive with a national hospital system, had just issued her report, identifying deep-seated problems with leadership, communications and long-term planning
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Housing Development in Sensitive Area of Highlands
Tom Johnson | December 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists ‘extremely disappointed,’ want Murphy administration to try to acquire the land before it can be developed
Rain Gardens in NJ: Small Projects Help Alleviate Stormwater Problems
Jon Hurdle | December 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
It will take billions to bring New Jersey’s water infrastructure up to standard. In the meantime, clean-water activists are helping communities make small changes to mitigate stormwater damage
Op-Ed: It Would Be a Mistake to Make Brick-and-Mortar Retailers in NJ Accept Cash
Michael Mandel | December 14, 2018 | Opinion
It would be better to go cashless, while creating new low-cost banking options for poor residents
After Spike in Deaths, New Jersey Looks to Prevent Suicides in Jails
WNYC News | December 14, 2018 | Social
By one count, Garden State had the highest rate of deaths in custody of any large jail system in the United States
Two Days Left to Sign Up for 2019 Coverage Under ACA
NJTV News Online | December 14, 2018 | Healthcare
The number of enrollees in New Jersey so far this year is down significantly over the same period in 2018, a trend that is matched across the country
| December 14, 2018 | Number of The Day
Decrying It as ‘Policing for Profit,’ Critics Want Reform of NJ’s Civil Asset Forfeiture
Carly Sitrin | December 13, 2018 | Social
Cash, cars, boats, guns, big stuff, small stuff: Detractors say it’s all fair game for law enforcement in New Jersey even if the owners are never charged with a crime
Scramble for Funds as More Money Allotted to Preserve Open Space, Farmland in NJ
Tom Johnson | December 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Interest groups are jockeying over how $155 million will be divided, with some concerned the Blue Acres program, which buys up flood-prone properties, might lose out
New Jersey’s Drinking Water: NJ Spotlight Roundtable
NJ Spotlight | December 13, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
New Jersey has led efforts to keep PFAS, a class of toxic chemicals, out of our drinking water. Experts at an NJ Spotlight Roundtable discussed the emergence of substitutes that may be just as hazardous to human health
Could Advisory Board Help NJ Avoid Last-Minute Budget Shortfalls?
John Reitmeyer | December 13, 2018 | Budget
Lawmakers are hoping to implement consensus forecasting to keep state on even financial keel, but governor would still be only one who could certify state revenues
Challenge for NJ Cities: Gentrify Without Driving Out Less-Affluent Residents
Colleen O'Dea | December 13, 2018 | Housing, Planning
Newly minted report advises local and state officials on how to attract new residents and businesses without decimating older communities
Op-Ed: Constitutional Amendment to Alter Redistricting Rules a Setback
Ingrid W. Reed | December 13, 2018 | Opinion
Approving this hastily written, poorly thought out amendment will add to widespread voter cynicism and distrust of elected representatives
Expungement Debate Threatens to Delay Marijuana Legalization
NJTV News Online | December 13, 2018 | Social
The bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey does not go far enough for some people, especially in expunging the criminal convictions of small-time dealers
Warehouse Workers Rally for Better Conditions
NJTV News Online | December 13, 2018 | More Issues
A new report says workers in warehouses face constant pressure to meet the demands of faster delivery in unsafe environments
| December 13, 2018 | Number of The Day
Opposition Lines Up as NJ Dems Keep Going with Vexed Redistricting Measure
Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2018 | Politics
A controversial proposal by Democratic leaders to change how legislative districts are drawn has alarmed Republicans and good-government groups alike. But the Democrats are pressing on this week
Warnings that Trump Change to Clean Water Act Would Be Bad for NJ Rivers
Tom Johnson | December 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would revise Obama rule that extended protections to small streams, wetlands and intermittent waterways
South Jersey Lawmaker Seeks to Stem Gun Violence with ER Programs
Lilo H. Stainton | December 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Trying to break a cycle where nearly half of hospital trauma admissions in U.S. involve repeat victims of violence
Money and Mail-In Ballots — Final Numbers Tell the Story of NJ’s Midterm Elections
Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
November’s elections didn’t just give Democrats almost a clean sweep of the state’s congressional delegation. They broke records for spending and for the number of ballots cast by mail
Murphy, Top Dems to Talk Tomorrow on New $15 Minimum Wage Proposal
John Reitmeyer | December 12, 2018 | Budget
Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic leaders remain divided over key issues, including the number of workers who’d have to wait longer for the increase
Op-Ed: Improving End-of-Life Care Should Be a Priority for New Jersey
Michael Maron | December 12, 2018 | Opinion
Helping patients who are coming toward the end of their lives is one of the state’s most important healthcare issue
| December 12, 2018 | Number of The Day
Revised Draft of NJ Transit Reform Bill on Track, Ready for Murphy to Green-Light
John Reitmeyer | December 11, 2018 | Transportation
Updated measure addresses issues raised by administration’s in-depth audit of agency, seats commuters on governing board, mandates public hearings before fare hikes can be made, adds ‘customer advocate’
State Monitor Identifies Major Leadership, Planning Problems at Newark Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | December 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Troubling findings on operations, finances, quality of care at state’s only public acute-care facility
NJ Efforts to Roll Out Zero-Emission Vehicles Taking Back Seat to Other Initiatives?
Tom Johnson | December 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Advocates argue that electrifying transportation sector would save money for drivers and other consumers, but Rate Counsel wants to put on the brakes, citing steep subsidies
Judge Grants First Eminent Domain Case to PennEast in Pennsylvania
Jon Hurdle | December 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company says ruling will allow it to complete surveys. New Jersey landowners await ruling from different judge
Interactive Map: Internet and Computer Access Across NJ Reflects a Digital Divide
Colleen O'Dea | December 11, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, internet connections — poorer New Jerseyans are less likely to have them than better-off residents
Op-Ed: The Time Has Come for The Garden State to Stand Up for Farmworkers
Craig Garcia and Manuel Guzman | December 11, 2018 | Opinion
Farmworkers don’t have a seat at the table; witness their proposed exclusion from a $15 minimum wage
This New Jersey Immigrant's Struggle to Attend College
WNYC News | December 11, 2018 | Immigration
Last May, New Jersey gave undocumented immigrants access to state financial aid for college. Although some like Gloria Rodriguez are benefiting, the law has had a bumpy roll-out
| December 11, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Officials Undo Christie’s Septic-Tank Density Rule for Highlands
Tom Johnson | December 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Activists, who had strongly resisted former governor’s easing of environmental standards, welcome move but wonder about provision for further evaluation
Could Doulas Help to Reduce Racial Disparities in NJ’s Maternity Care?
Lilo H. Stainton | December 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Recalling their own experiences, lawmakers get personal, underlining the significant differences in how women of different racial backgrounds can experience childbirth in New Jersey
No 401(k)? NJ Lawmakers Try to Give Private-Sector Workers Another Way to Save
John Reitmeyer | December 10, 2018 | Budget
For people working in companies that don’t offer retirement accounts, legislators want to set up a pathway to building a nest egg
New Chemical Substitutes Threaten to Undermine NJ’s Cutting-Edge Rules on PFAS
Jon Hurdle | December 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Manufacturers have responded to increasing regulation by introducing chemical alternatives that have not been fully vetted, scientists tell NJ Spotlight roundtable
Op-Ed: Governor, Lawmakers Should Prioritize Spending on Infrastructure
Mark Longo | December 10, 2018 | Opinion
There would be a big economic payoff from investing in energy systems, power generation, water infrastructure
| December 10, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Businesses Mixed on 2019; $15 Minimum Wage A Concern as Bill Is Unveiled
John Reitmeyer | December 7, 2018 | Budget
As a key lawmaker releases a new wage bill, companies report that business in New Jersey is going well but they say not well enough for a much higher mandatory wage
‘Fed Up’ Rutgers Faculty Protest Slow Contract Talks, Threaten to Strike
Carly Sitrin | December 7, 2018 | Education
Hundreds of faculty union members picketed meeting of university’s board of governors, frustrated with stagnant wages and months of fruitless bargaining
NJ Sues Polluters of Low-Income Communities, Wants ‘Environmental Justice’
Jon Hurdle | December 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
AG Grewal charges companies with discharging waste water containing nickel and chrome, illegally dumping thousands of tons of contaminated material, and failing to clean up hazardous leaks
CEO To Step Down from Embattled Public Hospital in Newark
Lilo H. Stainton | December 7, 2018 | Healthcare
The board of University Hospital had earlier this year awarded a new contract to CEO John Kastanis, under which he was making $900K
Murphy Urged to Expand Participation in Wind-Power Initiative
Tom Johnson | December 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Business and environmental groups say it would be a costly mistake to allow the same companies that generate power offshore to have a lock on its transmission to the rest of the grid
Op-Ed: Nine Years after Nor’Ida, NJ Still Needs Flood Insurance Reform
Steve Ellis | December 7, 2018 | Opinion
Recent storms prove it is not only homes near coastal areas and rivers that are threatened by flooding
Newark Forms Commission to Fight Gentrification
WNYC News | December 7, 2018 | Planning
Mayor Ras Baraka wants to make sure that poor and working-class residents are not displaced as the city tries to attract a middle class
A South Jersey Farm Town with a Hidden History
WNYC News | December 7, 2018 | Social
Japanese-Americans from around the country travel to Seabrook, a place that welcomed their forebears who were interned during World War II
| December 7, 2018 | Number of The Day
Governor Promises Things Will Be Much Better at NJ Transit in 2019
John Reitmeyer | December 6, 2018 | Transportation
Murphy says 2018 was spent ‘reversing years of negligence’ as he announces initiatives to improve the ‘customer experience’
Dems’ Decision to Push Ahead with Redistricting Bill Has Blue Base Fighting Mad
Colleen O'Dea | December 6, 2018 | Politics
Proposed constitutional amendment would change the way legislative districts are redrawn, giving ‘party bosses’ power to appoint members of redistricting committee
Enviros Turn Up Heat on Governor to Stop Fossil Fuel Developments in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | December 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dozens of groups, critical of Murphy for not reversing Christie policies, join campaign calling for moratorium on new power plants and pipelines
Garden State Lawmakers Want to Bring Clinical Drug Trials Home
Lilo H. Stainton | December 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Bill calls for working group to help bridge gaps between pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, and healthcare providers
Op-Ed: Let’s Help Charter Schools Continue to Thrive
Harold Lee | December 6, 2018 | Opinion
As the Department of Education carries out a review of New Jersey’s charter schools, it should note the tremendous public support for them. It’s time for officials to match that support
Murphy Maintains Timeline for When He Learned About Brennan Rape Case
NJTV News Online | December 6, 2018 | Politics
At press conference, governor pledges he will cooperate with legislative investigation
All-Around Opposition in NJ to Seismic Testing for Offshore Oil and Gas
NJTV News Online | December 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
While New Jersey is not the immediate target, there’s concern that Trump approval of controversial process could open the door to offshore drilling in the region
| December 6, 2018 | Number of The Day
‘Terrified’ Staffer: Murphy’s Team Did Not Take Allegation of Rape Seriously Enough
John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2018 | Politics
Testifying before a special legislative committee in Trenton, Katie Brennan says she went public only after having been paid little attention by members of the administration
Why Are Unknown Number of Sexual-Assault Exam Kits Going Untested in NJ?
Colleen O'Dea | December 5, 2018 | Social
Up to 1,500 kits are collected in New Jersey every year. Fears of a testing backlog due to lack of manpower or funding appear to be unfounded but lawmakers want to make sure
NJ Begins Strategic Planning for Murphy’s Offshore-Wind Goals
Tom Johnson | December 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Plan is in the works but hopes of quick results probably are optimistic given the time it will take to build a supply chain and infrastructure
State, National, Enrollment in ACA Marketplace Down Over Last Year
Lilo H. Stainton | December 5, 2018 | Healthcare
As Trump targets Obamacare, fewer New Jerseyans are signing up for health insurance on the federal marketplace despite price cuts and push by Trenton to bolster enrollments. In other states, it’s worse
Educators to Trenton: Go Back to School on School Monitoring System
Carly Sitrin | December 5, 2018 | Education
State DOE officials get an earful on the administrative burden imposed by a system designed to provide oversight and accountability in public schools
| December 5, 2018 | Number of The Day
Campaign Ramps Up to Let Undocumented Immigrants Drive Legally in NJ
Hank Kalet | December 4, 2018 | Immigration
With a supportive governor in office, new focus on legislation that went nowhere for years. No Republican enthusiasm evident
Senate Hearing Highlights Challenges of Infection Control in Hospital Facilities
Lilo H. Stainton | December 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Representatives of locations affected by viral and bacterial outbreaks are no-shows. Sen. Richard Codey suggests seeking subpoena power to force their attendance
Take a Deep Breath, Is New Jersey Poised to Cut Back on CO2 Pollution?
Tom Johnson | December 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers consider bill that would clamp down on short-term pollutants like methane, but could charge state DEP to restrict CO2 pollution, most of which stems from transportation sector
Move to Improve Work on NJ’s Transportation Infrastructure
John Reitmeyer | December 4, 2018 | Transportation
Bipartisan effort aims to make operation of state Transportation Trust Fund more efficient, cut delays in planning and bidding
Assembly Bills Reflect State’s Slow Recovery from Superstorm Sandy
Colleen O'Dea | December 4, 2018 | Politics
Legislation would help homeowners defrauded by contractors or plagued by black mold; survey impacts on tourism; break out storm-related costs to government; and plan for next natural disaster
Murphy on Looming ACA Enrollment Deadline: Get Out and Get Coverage
NJTV News Online | December 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Speaking at library in Elizabeth, governor also fields questions about sexual assault investigation, Honeywell’s decision to move execs to North Carolina
| December 4, 2018 | Number of The Day
Making Housing the Priority for Homeless People in NJ — over Treatment or Sobriety
Lilo H. Stainton | December 3, 2018 | Healthcare
The ‘housing first’ model of treating homeless people in a ‘humanistic and holistic way’ is gaining ground in the Garden State as elsewhere in the country
Small Businesses Get the Love from NJ After Years of Tax Breaks for the Big Guys
John Reitmeyer | December 3, 2018 | Budget
Murphy administration changes state’s economic-development focus. A new loan program, other supports on offer after years of billions of dollars in sweeteners for big companies
Pumping Up State Spending on Open Space, Land Preservation, Parks
Tom Johnson | December 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Extra funding to help acquire open space and to deal with ‘massive backlogs’ in park maintenance after logjam between Christie administration and legislators
Judge Rules DOJ Can’t Force Local Law Enforcement to Help ICE
Colleen O'Dea | December 3, 2018 | Immigration
Decision clears way for New Jersey to receive blocked funds. NJ had joined lawsuit saying that conditions sought by Department of Justice were unconstitutional
Op-Ed: It’s Time to Rethink How We Move People and Goods Around New Jersey
Jeff Perkins | December 3, 2018 | Opinion
A clean transportation system would have benefits for the state’s public health and economy. It would also create investment opportunities
Olive Branch or Stick? — Sweeney Calls on Murphy to ‘Get in a Room’ and Talk
NJTV News Online | December 3, 2018 | Politics
New Jersey’s Democratic leaders are at odds over landmark legislative issues. When will they talk things out?
Canine Detectives Doggedly Inspect the Water Quality
NJTV News Online | December 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Kai and Remi are working to sniff out evidence of human fecal pollution in the Navesink River
| December 3, 2018 | Number of The Day
Grewal Announces New Rules for How NJ Law Enforcement Will Deal with ICE
Colleen O'Dea | November 30, 2018 | Immigration
Attorney General limits cooperation with federal efforts to detain, deport undocumented residents
‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Chance to Make New Jersey Capital of Offshore Wind?
Tom Johnson | November 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Big tax credits being readied for developers, but state put on alert that huge investments necessary to enable ports to handle massive turbines, other equipment
Opinion: Murphy-Sweeney Tensions Put Damper on Dems’ Progressive Agenda
Carl Golden | November 30, 2018 | Opinion
Victory was sweet for Democrats when Phil Murphy easily won election a year ago. But rancor between the governor and Senate President Steve Sweeney threatens to splinter the party
Former Workers Press Beef About Toys ‘R’ Us Creditor with State Pension Council
John Reitmeyer | November 30, 2018 | More Issues
Idled workers say a hedge fund that holds $300 million in state pension assets is not participating in a vital severance relief package
Opioids: Unique NJ Study of Genetic and Other Links to Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | November 30, 2018 | Healthcare
Trying to better understand the scourge and help identify new prevention strategies as more than 3,000 opioid-related deaths anticipated in New Jersey this year
National Labor Leader Irate over Kean University’s New China Strategy
Carly Sitrin | November 30, 2018 | Education
‘How dare we let it happen right under our eyes,’ says AFT president Randi Weingarten, referring to transfer of faculty at Kean’s Wenzhou outpost to Chinese government employment
For New Jersey Jails, Suicides and Overdoses, but Little Oversight
WNYC News | November 30, 2018 | Social
By one count, New Jersey's county jails have the highest rate of deaths in custody of the 30 largest systems in the nation
Trying to Tackle Hunger in Garden State with Legislation
NJTV News Online | November 30, 2018 | Politics
State officials estimate that 13 percent of New Jersey residents are affected by ‘food insecurity’
Officials, Developers See Signs Tide Is Turning in Atlantic City
NJTV News Online | November 30, 2018 | More Issues
Modeling the metamorphosis of the state’s one-time gambling mecca on successes elsewhere along the Jersey Shore
| November 30, 2018 | Number of The Day
Three of NJ’s Rookie House Members Buck Other Dems Over Choice of Pelosi
Colleen O'Dea | November 29, 2018 | Politics
Mikie Sherrill, Jeff Van Drew, and Andrew Kim, who all flipped seats held by the GOP, are among a minority who oppose current House minority leader for Speaker’s slot
Lawmakers Mull Blockchain Study As Way to Upgrade Public Data Systems
John Reitmeyer | November 29, 2018 | More Issues
Task force would explore how the technology behind Bitcoin could be tapped to upgrade New Jersey's notoriously out-of-date systems.
Healthcare Issues Drove Voters in November, Stand to Shape New Congress
Lilo H. Stainton | November 29, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jersey’s blue wave — and its national counterpart — turns the tide on Trump administration’s attempts to undermine ACA
Poll: Is Marijuana Measure Good to Go or Does It Need To Be Tweaked?
NJ Spotlight | November 29, 2018 | Polling
Now that we’ve all had a good laugh about the joint committee on marijuana legalization, we want to know what you think is right — or wrong — with the legislation
Op-Ed: #MeToo Movement Meets Maternity Care
Jill Wodnick | November 29, 2018 | Opinion
It's critical to listen to women in every aspect of their lives, and there are few times more important than when maternal healthcare is the issue
Crime Rates Plunge in New Jersey, and Bail Reform Advocates Are Gloating
WNYC News Online | November 29, 2018 | Social
Doing away with cash bail in most cases has definitely not led to the spike in crime naysayers warned was coming
75 Gather in Morris for Training Session on School Shootings
NJTV News Online | November 29, 2018 | Education
Similar programs, focusing on prevention, will be held next month in other counties, including Bergen and Middlesex
Cold Snap Puts Sea Turtles at Risk of Washing Up on NJ Beaches
WHYY News | November 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Experts ask beachcombers to contact them if they spot any turtles, since some may be not dead but ‘cold-stunned’
| November 29, 2018 | Number of The Day
University Hospital Newark Faces New Scrutiny Following Infant Deaths
Lilo H. Stainton | November 28, 2018 | Healthcare
Four premature babies in the facility’s NICU became infected with an anitibiotic-resistant bacterium; three died, including two during the week of Thanksgiving
Are There Lessons in History — and Tammany Hall — for Stalled Gateway Project?
John Reitmeyer | November 28, 2018 | Transportation
Key parts of the Hudson River rail network went into service 108 years ago yesterday. The history could be instructive for those who are trying to renew the crumbling infrastructure
Smith Aims to Get State on Faster Track to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Tom Johnson | November 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State lawmaker seeks to put the squeeze on Murphy administration to deliver on ambitious goal of lowering carbon pollution
Grewal Issues New Rules for How Law Enforcement Handles Sexual-Assault Cases
Colleen O'Dea | November 28, 2018 | Social
Governor had asked for a review of existing protocols amid controversy over the hiring of a key official accused of sexual assault by another administration official
Jobs the Focus as Governor Launches High School STEM Program
NJTV News Online | November 28, 2018 | Education
‘It’s STEM on steroids,’ says mayor whose city will be one of the first to benefit from the initiative
Helping Minority Entrepreneurs Get in On Marijuana Business
NJTV News Online | November 28, 2018 | More Issues
Recreational marijuana is expected to be a multi-million-dollar industry in New Jersey; Newark hosts a seminar to help minorities get involved
Newark Continues to Wrestle with Charter-School Issues
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | November 28, 2018 | Education
As New Jersey takes a close look at charter schools, Newark’s large charter sector inspires passion — both for and against
With BPU Approval, Nautilus Will Lay Foundation for New Jersey Offshore Wind Industry
Paul J. Gallagher Sr. | November 28, 2018 | Sponsored Content
Setting the industry in motion with a small-scale project would provide the Garden State with an ideal training ground for later — larger — clean-energy developments
| November 28, 2018 | Number of The Day
Complaints and Confusion as Recreational Marijuana Bill Goes to Full Senate
Colleen O'Dea | November 27, 2018 | Social
Passage is far from certain since even some lawmakers who voted measure out of joint committee indicate they’re not ready to say ‘yes’ in December legislative session
Democrats Push Controversial Redistricting Overhaul, Critics Push Back
John Reitmeyer | November 27, 2018 | Politics
Despite serious criticism, Democrats in state Senate press on with a contentious proposal to change the way legislative districts are redrawn
Lawmakers Advance Revised Medical Marijuana Bill to Further Expand Program
Lilo H. Stainton | November 27, 2018 | Healthcare
Measure would let advanced practice nurses, physicians assistants write prescriptions, honors young cancer patient whose last months were eased by cannabis
Lawmakers Tap $160M in Pollution Damages to Restore Habitats
Tom Johnson | November 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Money from ExxonMobil case would be part of allotment for several restoration projects, but environmentalists concerned that funds are not properly targeted
Bills Aimed at Curbing Sexual Abuse in Schools Progress in State Assembly
NJTV News Online | November 27, 2018 | Education
‘We need to stop these predators,’ says Assemblywoman who has been at forefront of legislative efforts
Murphy Wants to Give Low-Wage Workers a Holiday Gift: $15 Minimum Wage
NJTV News Online | November 27, 2018 | Politics
Governor has backing of Democratic lawmakers to goose hourly minimum in 2018’s last legislative session
Podcasts: Play Them Again
| November 27, 2018 | Podcasts
Catch up with NJ Spotlight events by listening to them on your favorite podcast apps
| November 27, 2018 | Number of The Day
The A to Z of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in NJ — Any Day Now
Carly Sitrin | November 26, 2018 | Social
The state Legislature is set today to take up, and possibly vote on, a comprehensive bill that would make recreational use of cannabis by adults legal in the Garden State
Federal Report on Climate Change Has Grim Warnings for New Jersey
Tom Johnson | November 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
There’s no sugarcoating the conclusions of major document. It underlines threats to health and well-being in the Northeast
How End-of-Life Care in New Jersey Could be Greatly Improved
Lilo H. Stainton | November 26, 2018 | Healthcare
State council reports on the many ways in which life could be made more comfortable for New Jerseyans in their final days
New Jersey, Worst of All the States for Spending More Money than It Raises
John Reitmeyer | November 26, 2018 | Budget
When it comes to maintaining fiscal balance, the Garden State places dead last. Only Illinois comes close to such a poor record
The List: Top Ten Highest-Paid Public School Employees in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | November 26, 2018 | The List
The Garden State’s governor has a salary of $175,000. Almost 400 public school employees earned more last year, some of them a lot more
| November 26, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Lawmakers Plan to Vote on Long-Awaited Changes to Marijuana Policies
Lilo H. Stainton | November 21, 2018 | Healthcare
Recreational use on agenda, along with significant expansion of state’s medicinal cannabis program
Interactive Map: Teacher Salaries Grew More Last Year than in a Long Time
Colleen O'Dea | November 21, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Average salaries for NJ public school teachers increased by just over 2 percent. Administrators saw somewhat bigger gains
Quirky and Convoluted: Business as Usual for State’s Homestead Tax Relief
John Reitmeyer | November 21, 2018 | Budget
Residents looking to popular program for pain relief from high taxes on their homes may want to skip the fine print and get to the bottom line — applications must be submitted by November 30
Unsafe at Any Speed: How NJ’s Unscrupulous Used-Car Dealers Hurt Consumers
Carly Sitrin | November 21, 2018 | Social
Hiding behind legislative loopholes in the tristate area, multidealer locations get away with scams and fraud and sometimes far worse
Sports Wagering Is Taking a Bite out of Black-Market Betting in NJ
NJTV News Online | November 21, 2018 | Social
Legal sports betting in New Jersey is going like gangbusters since the first bet was placed in June. The newest location opened yesterday
Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Clerics Want Statute of Limitations Removed
NJTV News Online | November 21, 2018 | More Issues
The Catholic Church has announced a compensation and counseling program for victims of clerical sexual abuse in New Jersey, but survivors want lawmakers to help
Calls for Ouster of Trenton Superintendent over School Security Problems
NJTV News Online | November 21, 2018 | Education
City police officers patrol Trenton schools after private guards walk out in dispute involving school district and two private security firms
| November 21, 2018 | Number of The Day
BPU Comes Up with Game Plan for Deciding if Nuclear Plants Qualify for Subsidies
Tom Johnson | November 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board also opts to give Rate Counsel and PJM monitor access to operator’s confidential financial data indicating if nuclear plants running in the red or the black
One-Stop System to Give NJ Seniors, Disabled Access to Medical, Other Programs
Lilo H. Stainton | November 20, 2018 | Healthcare
There’s now a single online entryway through which New Jersey seniors and disabled residents can sign up for public programs in one go. It’s called NJSave
Pascrell, Gottheimer Pledge to Work on Restoring SALT Deduction
John Reitmeyer | November 20, 2018 | Politics
Congressmen say it’s no accident that Republicans ‘got shellacked’ in midterm elections nationwide in districts hit hard by GOP cap on federal tax deduction
Lucky 13 — Some School Districts to Get Aid Restored After Budget Cuts
John Mooney | November 20, 2018 | Education
That leaves the out-of-luck 35, whose applications for more than $20 million all told were turned down by New Jersey Department of Education
Op-Ed: 5G Technology Vital for the Economy and for Emergency Communications
Richard Mroz | November 20, 2018 | Opinion
Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint will allow for rapid deployment of next generation of wireless technology, enabling major advances
Newarkers Demand Details of District-Charter Enrollment Deal
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | November 20, 2018 | Education
At a hastily arranged meeting, the Newark school board OK’d a legal agreement that affects thousands of families. Few people have had access to the document
| November 20, 2018 | Number of The Day
State Is Counting on Tax Amnesty to Raise at Least $200 Million
John Reitmeyer | November 19, 2018 | Budget
We’ll soon find out if lawmakers were right that tax delinquents could be cajoled into paying up. If they’re wrong, the budget probably will need to be adjusted
Court Rules Against Bid to Open State Lands to Black Bear Hunt
Tom Johnson | November 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy administration’s prohibition holds for now. Sporting groups pledge to continue their fight to overturn it
New Precautions Ordered Following 11th Death in Wanaque Viral Outbreak
Lilo H. Stainton | November 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Department of Health threatens to impose monetary penalties if reforms aren’t undertaken immediately
State Official Scrutinizes Payroll Switch for Faculty at Kean U Outpost in China
Colleen O'Dea | November 19, 2018 | Education
Secretary of Higher Education delves into controversy that has alarmed faculty. Union president says professors worry they will be under ‘control of the Chinese government’
Opinion: Major Investments, Far Better Planning Needed to Clean Up Water in NJ
Daniel J. Van Abs | November 19, 2018 | Opinion
Cleaning New Jersey’s groundwater and surface water will require major investments in infrastructure along with an overhaul of state planning
| November 19, 2018 | Number of The Day
Chinese Government to Control Kean U Faculty in Wenzhou? Union Up in Arms
Colleen O'Dea | November 16, 2018 | Education
Kean University president downplays change as Kean’s faculty union and some legislators question its financial and political implications
Good News Grows Over Time for ACA Marketplace Consumers in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | November 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Garden State premium costs for 2019 rank among least expensive compared with the rest of the nation
Murphy’s Speech Recounts Policy Achievements in First Year in Office
John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2018 | Politics
Strong economy, shrinking jobless rate, emphasis on civil discourse all ticked off as governor delivers keynote at state League of Municipalities’ convention, but affordable housing gets short shrift
Highlands Council’s New Head Seeks More Local Support For Regional Plan
Jon Hurdle | November 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lisa Plevin is trying to sway leaders of more than 20 municipalities to sign on to the effort to preserve the environmentally sensitive hill country
Teachers Sue State, NJEA for Allegedly Violating Supreme Court Ruling on Union Dues
NJTV News Online | November 16, 2018 | Education
Two Ocean Township teachers file federal class action suit, want to be able to opt out more easily
Op-Ed: Justice O’Connor’s Revelation Sets an Example for Those Facing Dementia
Karen Lindgren | November 16, 2018 | Opinion
Honest conversation can remove the stigma and fear surrounding a diagnosis, and allow those facing it and their loved ones to start planning for the future, with support
| November 16, 2018 | Number of The Day
If Sweeney Wants to Legalize Pot, He’ll Need NJ’s Mayors in His Corner
Carly Sitrin | November 15, 2018 | Politics
At League of Municipalities conference, it’s clear that getting votes for tokes is going to take more than just lining up legislators
Who Can Solve New Jersey’s Affordable-Housing Conundrum?
John Reitmeyer | November 15, 2018 | Politics, Housing
Gov. Murphy hasn’t made affordable housing a priority, but he’s giving the closing keynote at the League of Municipalities annual conference, and local leaders — among others — are looking for guidance
State Directs Money from Tobacco Tax to Fight Teen Vaping ‘Epidemic’
Lilo H. Stainton | November 15, 2018 | Healthcare
NJ tries to curb rising use of flavored e-cigarettes among youngsters as FDA cracks down on manufacturers at national level
EPA Pledges to Clamp Down on Pollution from Heavy Trucks
Tom Johnson | November 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency promises new standard for emissions of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that’s a big issue in a corridor state like New Jersey
New Jersey’s Offshore-Wind Initiatives: Right Place, Right Time
NJ Spotlight | November 15, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
At an NJ Spotlight roundtable, offshore-wind advocates suggest ways Garden State could soon start to produce clean energy off the coast
New Jersey’s Recidivism Rate Plummets 19 Percent over Past Six Years
Colleen O'Dea | November 15, 2018 | Social
Among factors driving the drop: more residential and community-based programs to help parolees stay on track and make the transition back to life outside prison
Op-Ed: Higher Minimum Wage, Apprenticeships Are Keys to American Dream in NJ
Demelza Baer | November 15, 2018 | Opinion
We must expand opportunities for people to get jobs that pay a living wage without incurring substantial amounts of debt
Andy Kim Declared Winner in CD-3, Tom MacArthur Concedes
NJ Spotlight | November 15, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Associated Press calls race for Democratic challenger in South Jersey’s hotly contested election
A Mother Mourns Child Who Died in Adenovirus Outbreak
NJTV News Online | November 15, 2018 | Healthcare
Modeline Auguste’s four-year-old daughter Dorcase was the first child to die in the outbreak at the Wanaque Center
| November 15, 2018 | Number of The Day
State Sues J&J Subsidiary Alleging Improper Opioid Marketing, Distribution
Lilo H. Stainton | November 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Attorney General says Janssen targeted elderly, downplayed dangers, put people at risk. Company says it acted appropriately and responsibly
Local Law Enforcement to Get New Guidance on ICE Detainer Requests
Colleen O'Dea | November 14, 2018 | Immigration
Amid steep increase in detentions of undocumented immigrants, advocates say NJ’s existing protocol is inadequate in Trump era of heightened enforcement efforts
Despite Sandy, Building in Risky Flood Zones Continues Unabated
Tom Johnson | November 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Report questions how seriously policymakers and officials have taken the threat from climate change. Advocate suggests that decision was made to stay put and ‘live with the risk’
Major South Jersey Employer to Start Paying $15 Minimum Wage in 2019
John Reitmeyer | November 14, 2018 | Budget
Cooper University Health Care’s new pay rate will benefit hundreds of Camden residents. Chairman George Norcross suggests other healthcare companies should follow Cooper’s lead
Opinion: Free or Reduced-Cost Health Insurance for a Limited Time Only
Joel C. Cantor | November 14, 2018 | Opinion
It may be tough to get much closer to universal health coverage in New Jersey, but targeted outreach can pay off
| November 14, 2018 | Number of The Day
Pressing to Improve NJ’s Maternal, Infant Health and Reduce Racial Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | November 13, 2018 | Healthcare
A multipronged approach to addressing New Jersey’s worrisome maternal mortality rate is underway
With Amazon HQ2 Not Likely to Land in Newark, Talk Turns to Taxes, Incentives
John Reitmeyer | November 13, 2018 | Politics
Murphy and legislative leaders say just making list of finalists has been a boon to state’s largest city, which is being positioned as a high-tech hub
New Jersey in Right Place to Reap Benefits of Emerging Offshore-Wind Sector
Tom Johnson | November 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight offshore-wind roundtable, advocates help chart a path to administration’s aggressive goal — 3,500 megawatts of capacity by 2030
NJ’s New Congressional Delegation: Younger, Greener, Not as Wealthy
Colleen O'Dea | November 13, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The Garden State’s new representatives are very different from those they are replacing
Op-Ed: It’s Time to Add Value To New Jersey Teacher Evaluations
John Kellmayer | November 13, 2018 | Opinion
The current system of evaluating teachers in the Garden State all but ignores an extremely important, if controversial, tool
Booker Wants to Extend GI Bill Benefits for Student-Veterans
NJTV News Online | November 13, 2018 | Education
Measure would roll back a recent penalty on career military with more than 16 years of services
Proposed Natural Gas Compressor Station Puts Enviros, Union at Odds
NJTV News Online | November 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lines are drawn in Franklin Township clash over preventing pollution, creating jobs
| November 13, 2018 | Number of The Day
Highlighting Women as Engineers of NJ’s Blue Wave
Carly Sitrin | November 9, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Members of grassroots groups highlight the thousands of hours of groundwork and advocacy they contributed to help flip congressional seats, say the work will go on
Tensions as Lawmakers Launch Special Investigation of Murphy Hiring Practices
John Reitmeyer | November 9, 2018 | Politics
Woman at center of sexual-assault allegation expected to testify early next month. Murphy official criticizes ‘leak’ of information
The Devil Is in the Details of Community Solar Plan
Tom Johnson | November 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Developers want state subsidies but not everybody agrees with that. And activists say low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans should get discounts on their bills
Murphy Signs Law Banning ‘Ghost Guns’ In Latest Effort to Control Firearms in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | November 9, 2018 | Social
Prohibition on homemade, 3D-printed and other ‘ghost guns’ is latest step in governor’s campaign to strengthen already tough gun-control posture
School Elections: There Was More on Tuesday’s Ballot than the Midterms
John Mooney | November 9, 2018 | Education
In 500-plus districts across the state, voters weighed in on who would take seats on school boards. In districts with referenda, spending on security was the dominant issue
Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs Energy Infrastructure That Everyone Can Rely On
Phil Beachem | November 9, 2018 | Opinion
State officials should support enhancements that make our energy more resilient and reliable like natural gas
| November 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Democrats Itching to Test Their Strength in D.C. After Close to a Clean Sweep
Colleen O'Dea | November 8, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The party hasn’t had results this good in more than a century. Republicans must figure out how to recover from their big losses in Tuesday’s elections
Kim Declares Victory in CD-3 But Vote Count Likely to Continue Through Weekend
Chase Brush | November 8, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Congressman MacArthur doesn’t concede as mail-in ballots still straggle in. Counting of these and provisional ballots will go on
Opinion: Hugin Loss Was Especially Demoralizing for NJ Republicans
Carl Golden | November 8, 2018 | Opinion
It’s nearly 50 years since Garden State voters chose a GOP candidate to represent them in the U.S. Senate. It’s becoming a distant prospect
BPU to Hire Consultant to Help Overhaul Solar Energy Program: Cost Is Key
Tom Johnson | November 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Existing program has cost utility ratepayers more than $2.8 billion over a decade. Board of Public Utilities is under pressure to cut costs for utility customers
NJ Tops National Rankings in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores
Lilo H. Stainton | November 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Nine out of 10 acute-care facilities improved or sustained twice-a-year rankings in survey by healthcare watchdog
Atlantic City Gets Higher Credit Rating but Economic Questions Still Hang Over It
John Reitmeyer | November 8, 2018 | Budget
The resort city’s debt grade tumbled to ‘junk’ status during the Great Recession. New rating reflects improvements after state takeover
| November 8, 2018 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s Rising Blue Tide Raises the Boats of Most Democratic Candidates
Lee Keough | November 7, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Bob Menendez returns to Senate for third term, while Sherrill, Malinowski, and Van Drew all deliver victory speeches
Surprises Amid Flips from Red to Blue, and MacArthur-Kim Still Undecided
Lee Keough | November 7, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Yesterday’s House races met pollsters’ predictions by and large but not everything went as expected and there’s some mopping-up to do
New Jersey Voters Give Thumbs-Up to $500 Million Ballot Question
Tom Johnson | November 7, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Funds will go to expanding career-training facilities at high schools and county colleges, tightening school security, and getting lead out of drinking water at Garden State schools
Union County Tries Out Voting Machines with Paper Backup, First in State
Colleen O'Dea | November 7, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
New Jersey’s voting system has been deemed one of the least secure in the country. Yesterday, voters in Westfield were the first to use new machines with a paper trail
Murphy Approves New Hospital Fee to Fund Services for Low-Income Patients
Lilo H. Stainton | November 7, 2018 | Healthcare
Optional pilot program aims to leverage local healthcare fees to get more federal funding. It targets counties with large poorer populations
Op-Ed: More State Funding for Childcare at Last
Darrin W. Anderson | November 7, 2018 | Opinion
Given growing disparity between state childcare subsidy and true cost of providing that care, the Murphy administration’s recent increased financing is welcome news
| November 7, 2018 | Number of The Day
Real-Time Results for New Jersey's Midterm Elections
NJ Spotlight | November 6, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Minute-by-minute updates for the Senate and House contests, open legislative seats, and the state ballot question
We May Not Learn Results of Several Close Races by End of Tonight — or for Days
Colleen O'Dea | November 6, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
County clerks say recent changes in electoral law have already caused confusion for some voters, are likely to cause more, and could delay returns in close races
Judge Weighs Other Courts’ Pro-Pipeline Rulings Before PennEast Decision
Jon Hurdle | November 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pipeline foes say last-minute request for comments signals court will allow surveying on private land
NJ Lawmakers to Delve Into Deadly Disease Outbreaks at Pediatric Facilities
Lilo H. Stainton | November 6, 2018 | Healthcare
As new infections continue to be diagnosed at two long-term care facilities, legislators to investigate origin of the infections and what state can do to help in such crises
Online Tool Makes It Easier for Municipalities to Share Services
John Reitmeyer | November 6, 2018 | Politics
The push to pool resources is key to driving down property taxes. Website gives local leaders a chance to explore their options — before consolidation is mandated
Op-Ed: My Mother’s Love of Election Day
Susie Wilson | November 6, 2018 | Opinion
Katherine K. Neuberger believed that voting was her highest civic duty and that, despite social and economic inequities, we are all equal at the moment we cast our ballots
NJ Rep. MacArthur Spends $210,000 in Federal Funds on ‘Franked Mail’
WHYY News | November 6, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
South Jersey Republican representative argues total isn’t over the top, money is there for him to spend as he sees fit
| November 6, 2018 | Number of The Day
New NJ Transit Division to Take Advantage of Hefty Real Estate Portfolio
John Reitmeyer | November 5, 2018 | Transportation
A recent audit found the agency relies heavily on revenues from fares. A new law is aimed at leveraging its vast property holdings
After Tough Slog, Campaigning Continues to Bitter End
Colleen O'Dea | November 5, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
With just one day until the polls open, the politicians aren’t letting up even though the outcome in some districts seems all but certain
Youngest Voters Explain Why Their Votes Matter
NJ Spotlight | November 5, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
High school students in greater New Brunswick area shared essays and videos on the ‘Y’ vote with League of Women Voters
Court Faults DEP in Changes to Radon Rules
Tom Johnson | November 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appeals court also upholds finding that largest radon testing company in state committed violations
Feds Choose Rutgers for Regional Mental Health ‘Tech Transfer Center’
Lilo H. Stainton | November 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Aim is to help behavioral health services improve their operations along with patient outcomes
The Mission to Chase Down Mail-In Ballots In CD-11
WNYC News | November 5, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The race to get thousands of Sherrill supporters to complete and return their mail-in ballots
| November 5, 2018 | Number of The Day
Senate Race Has Been One for the Ages: Nasty, Noisome, Negative
Colleen O'Dea | November 2, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Republican challenger Bob Hugin has spent millions of his own money to unleash savage ads against Sen. Bob Menendez who has fired back on a far smaller budget
2017 Tax Return Shows the Murphys Made Almost $2M More than in Previous Year
John Reitmeyer | November 2, 2018 | More Issues
Governor allowed reporters to review materials for four hours yesterday. He had released two pages from federal tax forms earlier in the week
Administration, Lawmakers at Odds Over Redo of Massive Pharmacy Benefits Contract
Lilo H. Stainton | November 2, 2018 | Healthcare
Dispute over a court-ordered re-bidding of $6.7 billion contract for public-worker benefits raises possibility of a gubernatorial veto followed by attempts to sidestep the governor
Power Grid Found to Be Reliable but Future Possible Risks Identified
Tom Johnson | November 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New analysis identifies extreme scenarios that could lead to outages — unusually frigid weather, spikes in customer demand, plant retirements, and more
Even at 11th Hour, CD-11 Still Attracting Big Money, Names, Attention
Carly Sitrin | November 2, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Will first-time candidate Mikie Sherrill flip this district for the Democrats as they try to retake the House?
No Blue Wave Needed in CD-2 for Van Drew to Carry on Its Center-Right Tradition?
Mark J. Bonamo | November 2, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The polls — and his huge fundraising advantage — favor the Democratic candidate over controversial Trump loyalist Seth Grossman
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Ten Legislative Races on Tuesday’s Ballot
Chase Brush | November 2, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The midterm elections for Senate and House of Representatives have taken the spotlight. Meanwhile, candidates are toiling on campaigns for special local elections in seven districts
Op-Ed: Ballot Question Shuts Out Most Students from Facilities Funding
David Sciarra | November 2, 2018 | Opinion
Trenton needs to bring all school buildings up to par, not just vo-tech districts that are the primary beneficiaries of proposed $500M bonds
| November 2, 2018 | Number of The Day
Viral Outbreak at Second Pediatric Hospital Involves Different Strain
Lilo H. Stainton | November 1, 2018 | Healthcare
Although adenovirus has been detected at Voorhees Pediatric Facility, health officials reassure parents, public that it is not deadly Type 7
In CD-3 Debate, Allegations and Attacks Get in the Way of Issues and Answers
Carly Sitrin | November 1, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Republican incumbent Tom MacArthur and Democratic challenger Andy Kim make it clear they don’t like each other, but don’t bring much clarity to substantive questions
In Case You Missed It: Another Chance to Watch the Debate in the 3rd
NJ Spotlight | November 1, 2018 | Elections 2018
Kim and MacArthur stay true to their blue and red roots, facing off on guards in synagogues, Social Security and Medicare, and more than $1 trillion in student debt
BPU Edges Closer to Smart Meters, Asks Utilities for Cost-Benefit Analyses
Tom Johnson | November 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Advanced metering infrastructure could help power companies respond more efficiently to nor’easters and other storms, restore service more quickly
S&P Notes Progress but Ranks NJ’s Among Worst-Funded Pension Systems
John Reitmeyer | November 1, 2018 | Budget
Report by credit-rating agency underlines immense long-term challenges to bringing New Jersey’s state pensions onto sound footing
Long-Term Recovery: NJ Spotlight Roundtable on Opioid Epidemic
NJ Spotlight | November 1, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
In the third and final of NJ Spotlight's roundtables on the opioid epidemic in New Jersey, experts focus on the clinical and policy dimensions of long-term recovery
Lance-Malinowski in CD-7: Outcome Now Depends on Ground Game
Mark J. Bonamo | November 1, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
It's been all about money, message, and momentum in the 7th district. But who succeeds at getting voters to the polls could determine the winner
Gas Utility Figures to Spend More than $500M to Replace 300 Miles of Old Pipes
Tom Johnson | November 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Elizabethtown Gas proposes a big overhaul of its distribution system, parts of which are more than a century old
| November 1, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Officials Push to Grow ACA Enrollment and Thwart Trump Efforts to Gut Law
Lilo H. Stainton | October 31, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor kicks off campaign to sign up more low-income New Jerseyans for health insurance, starting tomorrow
Tipped Workers’ Baseline Pay Is as Little as $2.13 an Hour, New Move to Raise it
John Reitmeyer | October 31, 2018 | Budget
Amid broader concerns about income inequality in New Jersey, effort to ensure tipped workers will be in line for a significant raise if general minimum wage is increased
Energy Storage: What’s in Store for New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | October 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU chief: Ability to store energy is ‘critical for our future’ as examination of state’s energy-storage needs and opportunities gets underway
Live Commentary Here Tonight: MacArthur-Kim Debate
NJ Spotlight | October 31, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
NJ Spotlight joins with NJTV News to deliver live commentary on debate between CD-3 candidates, who are in one of the keenest contests of these elections
These NJ House Seats Probably Are Safe and Sound for Democrats
Hank Kalet | October 31, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Nothing in the polls suggests Republicans, or any other challengers, are going to take these seats away from the incumbents
Voter Guide to the 2018 Midterm Elections
NJ Spotlight | October 31, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
A new tool to help you research candidates at the federal, state, county and, in many cases, municipal levels
Lawmakers OK Committee to Investigate Administration’s Hiring Practices
NJTV News Online | October 31, 2018 | Politics
Hearings have yet to be scheduled but are expected to take place soon
| October 31, 2018 | Number of The Day
In Wake of Pittsburgh, Jersey City Killings Murphy Calls for Tighter Gun Laws
John Reitmeyer | October 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor and Attorney General Grewal release anti-violence proposals addressing everything from straw purchasers and ammunition sales to smart guns
State Superior Court Hears Arguments in Lawsuit over School Testing
Carly Sitrin | October 30, 2018 | Education
It could all come down to interpretation of a few words in case concerning replacement of old high school graduation exams with PARCC assessment
GOP Incumbent Seems Safe in CD-4 as Challenger Faces Tax Controversy
Tara Nurin | October 30, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Democratic candidate Welle disputes tax issue as conservative Rep. Smith handles a controversy of his own. District that has long voted Republican looks unlikely to go blue
DOH Launches Infection Control Campaign in Wake of Two Hospital Outbreaks
Lilo H. Stainton | October 30, 2018 | Healthcare
Deaths of children — nine from viral outbreak in Passaic County, one from bacterial outbreak in an Essex County hospital with ‘major infection control deficiencies’ — leads to new inspections, training
Probe into Newark Woman's Death after Power Shutoff Finds Errors at PSE&G
Tom Johnson | October 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Human error and systemic failures at utility cited as cause of delay in restoring power to home of woman on hospice care during heat wave
Murphy Pledges $50M to Sandy Homeowners Still Rebuilding 6 Years Later
Colleen O'Dea | October 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor travels to Union Beach, announces program to provide no-interest loans to folks unable to move back home because they’re still rebuilding
Op-Ed: ‘Yes’ to Ballot Question Will Help Vo-Techs, Colleges Fuel NJ Economy
Judy Savage and Aaron Fichtner | October 30, 2018 | Opinion
Bond on November ballot would support programs that address the skills gap in New Jersey
Gender Politics and the Suburbs in the Age of Trump
WNYC News | October 30, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Mikie Sherrill, Democratic candidate in CD-11, is one of an unusually large number of women running in the midterm elections across the country
| October 30, 2018 | Number of The Day
GOP Lawmaker Calls on NJ Democrats to Reconsider Middle-Class Tax Cuts
John Reitmeyer | October 29, 2018 | Budget
Assemblyman Anthony Bucco says targeted cuts would prevent ‘bracket creep,’ eliminate a penalty on married couples, and incentivize retirement savings
National Focus Is on CD-11, but Voters Want Answers to Policy Questions
Carly Sitrin | October 29, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Out-of-state endorsements are piling up for 11th Congressional District candidates. Voters pinpoint issues they want Sherrill and Webber to address
NJ Joins Fight Against Trump Administration’s Rollback of Fuel-Economy Standards
Tom Johnson | October 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey, 20 other states want federal agencies to withdraw a proposal that would ‘gut’ clean car standards
Different Prescriptions for Long-Term Recovery from Opioid Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | October 29, 2018 | Healthcare
Experts explain differing views of what recovery entails. They all agree that New Jersey could do more to expand services to people trying to overcome dependence on the drugs
NJ Lawmakers Seek Stronger Protections for Animals, Exotic and Domestic
Colleen O'Dea | October 29, 2018 | More Issues
“Nosey’s Law” would ban the use of exotic animals in traveling acts. Other measures would strengthen regulation of veterinarians and pet groomers
Op-Ed: NJ Voters Way Ahead of Washington on Renewable Energy
Andrew Zwicker | October 29, 2018 | Opinion
Public opinion in New Jersey overwhelmingly supports a clean energy future. It’s the job of state legislators ‘to make sure it happens sooner rather than later’
| October 29, 2018 | Number of The Day
Interactive Map: ICE Arrests of Immigrants in NJ — Essex County in Nation’s Top Ten
Colleen O'Dea | October 26, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Essex County is among hot spots in the country for arrests of immigrants by ICE agents. Sharp rise in New Jersey under Trump administration
State to Give Fast Training on Infection Control at Three Other Facilities
Lilo H. Stainton | October 26, 2018 | Healthcare
After adenovirus outbreak that has killed seven children, DOH to launch campaign to ensure proper protocols followed in care of ‘medically fragile children’
Work on New Portal Bridge Reaches Milestone, Federal Funding Not Yet in Place
John Reitmeyer | October 26, 2018 | 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 | October 26, 2018 | 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 | October 26, 2018 | 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 | October 26, 2018 | Opinion
Restriction limits access for Medicaid enrollees to life-saving community-based treatment and recovery assistance
| October 26, 2018 | Number of The Day
In Only Debate Menendez, Hugin Swing Hard but Not Quite as Hard as Their TV Ads
Colleen O'Dea | October 25, 2018 | 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 | October 25, 2018 | 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 | October 25, 2018 | 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 | October 25, 2018 | 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 | October 25, 2018 | 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 | October 25, 2018 | Opinion
Money in TTF that’s earmarked for rebuilding rails, bridges and signaling should not be diverted to repair operational deficiencies
| October 25, 2018 | Number of The Day
Still No Cleanup of PFAS at MDL Base Two Years after Alarming Test Results
Jon Hurdle | October 24, 2018 | 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 | October 24, 2018 | 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 | October 24, 2018 | Opinion
Select committee examination of Murphy administration’s hiring practices will overshadow all else
Menendez-Hugin Debate: Live Commentary Here Tonight
NJ Spotlight | October 24, 2018 | 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 | October 24, 2018 | 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 | October 24, 2018 | 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 | October 24, 2018 | Budget
Measure might bring some financial relief to school districts, but would it just shift the tax burden onto other motorists?
| October 24, 2018 | Number of The Day
'Green' Groups Unite to Press Murphy for Overhaul of Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | October 23, 2018 | 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 | October 23, 2018 | 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 | October 23, 2018 | 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 | October 23, 2018 | 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 | October 23, 2018 | 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 | October 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Outsized impact of contaminants on NJ’s limited supply of affordable housing is focus of a public hearing
| October 23, 2018 | Number of The Day
Costs Outpace Wages in NJ, More Households Can’t Afford Basic Necessities
Colleen O'Dea | October 22, 2018 | 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 | October 22, 2018 | 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 | October 22, 2018 | 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 | October 22, 2018 | 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 | October 22, 2018 | 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 | October 22, 2018 | 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 | October 22, 2018 | More Issues
More body cameras and car cameras are in use, but work needed on data gathering, community engagement, responding to domestic violence calls
| October 22, 2018 | Number of The Day
It’s Raining Political Money on Garden State, Almost All on Democrats
Colleen O'Dea | October 19, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Congressional campaigns are ‘awash in cash.’ Hugin Senate campaign is lone GOP big spender
Plenty of Backers for Big Tax Credit to Rehabilitate Historic Properties in NJ
John Reitmeyer | October 19, 2018 | Housing, Planning
Homeowners and developers would be eligible for incentive, which could be worth up to 25 percent of the cost of a qualified project
State Officials: Undoing Christie Move Was Good for Patients, Services
Lilo H. Stainton | October 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Commissioners say reorganization of mental-health and addiction services benefits patients and providers alike
It’s All Upbeat in New Jersey’s Offshore-Wind Update Despite Cost
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers are briefed on goals and prospects for NJ’s clean-energy industry. Positive financial return and new jobs are emphasized
Where Do MacArthur, Kim Stand on Issues that Matter to Voters in 3rd District?
Carly Sitrin | October 19, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
NJ Spotlight readers in 3rd Congressional District list their priorities. The big items: campaign finance, healthcare, taxation
Op-Ed: Insurance Scammers Will Be the Winners If This Fair-Conduct Bill is Enacted
Dennis Jay | October 19, 2018 | Opinion
Most insurance claimants in New Jersey are honest, but a new bill that could triple damages on insurers for bad-faith dealings would be a boon to the ‘slippery minority’
| October 19, 2018 | Number of The Day
Collapse of NJ Solar Industry, Big Layoffs If No Interim State Plan — Warning
Tom Johnson | October 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Executives suggest urgent need for temporary system to incentivize solar development before transition to Murphy administration’s new approach
Stakes High, Tempers Cool as Lance, Malinowski Face Off in CD-7 Debate
Mark J. Bonamo | October 18, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Battling for the middle of the road, Republican congressman and Democratic challenger raise the tension on healthcare, taxes, and gun control
NJ Sexual Harassment Policies Pale Beside Those of Corporate America
Colleen O'Dea | October 18, 2018 | Social
State department and agency protocols can differ extensively, or be absent entirely — as is the case with the New Jersey Senate, which has no written hiring protocols in place
New Push to Expand Emergency Access to Lifesaving Medicines
Lilo H. Stainton | October 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Diabetic’s near-death experience helps make case for allowing pharmacies to dispense a month’s worth of meds, even without valid prescription
New Jersey’s Tax System Ranked among Fairest in the Country
John Reitmeyer | October 18, 2018 | Budget
Report by left-leaning institute cites progressive income-tax structure and fact that Garden State doesn’t overly rely on sales tax
Op-Ed: What Offshore Wind Could Do for Economy and Jobs in New Jersey
John Shinn and Debra Coyle McFadden | October 18, 2018 | Opinion
If state delivers on governor’s plan, it would mean a lot for responsible environmental policy and economic development — and for union workers
The Women Leading NJ’s Suburban Resistance to Trump Policies
WNYC News | October 18, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Unprecedented grassroots activism in Garden State suburbs sprang out of opposition to the president and his policies. Now it’s focused on the midterm elections
Instant Replay: Catching Up with the Debate in Congressional District 7
NJ Spotlight | October 18, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
If you missed the debate between Malinowski and Lance — and the expert commentary from NJ Spotlight and NJTV — here's a chance to come up to speed
| October 18, 2018 | Number of The Day
Shaping Up for a Big Fight in NJ on Question of Right to a Clean Environment
Tom Johnson | October 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Supporters seek voter approval for constitutional amendment to copperfasten people’s right. Opponents warn of endless litigation and a stifling of economic development
Lawmakers Urge State to Lock In Pharmacy Benefit Savings
Lilo H. Stainton | October 17, 2018 | Healthcare
Warning that hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer savings will be lost if Treasury officials don’t move quickly on new contract
Cutting Down on Paper in a Bid to Modernize Local Government in NJ
John Reitmeyer | October 17, 2018 | More Issues
Greater efficiency and savings for taxpayers promised by proponents of a measure ‘that’s really past due’
Commission to Investigate Administration’s Actions in Sexual-Assault Case
Colleen O'Dea | October 17, 2018 | Politics
Legislative group will also review government hiring practices, conduct of background checks, and how criminal justice system handles allegations of sex offenses
Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Opioid Strategy Is Missing an Important Component
F. Leland McClure III | October 17, 2018 | Opinion
Physicians must be allowed to prescribe opioids, but we need regulations that support drug testing of patients before and during such therapy
In Newark, Reporting Lapses Hide Thousands of Student Suspensions from Public View
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | October 17, 2018 | Education
Troubling patterns and racial disparities are masked by state’s inaccurate school report cards, giving the false impression that Newark has all but eliminated suspensions
Lance-Malinowski Debate: Live Commentary Here Tonight
NJ Spotlight | October 17, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
NJ Spotlight joins with NJTV News to deliver live commentary on TV debate between the Republican and Democratic candidates in the 7th Congressional District
| October 17, 2018 | Number of The Day
Governor Responds to Questions about Handling of Sexual-Assault Charge
John Reitmeyer | October 16, 2018 | Politics
Hours before leaving on an overseas economic mission, Murphy announces independent investigation into his administration’s hiring of a man accused of sexual assault
Anger in Trenton Over Way Alleged Sexual Assault Was Dealt With
NJTV News Online | October 16, 2018 | Politics
Growing sense of outrage over how Murphy administration handled sexual misconduct case. Republicans want full-scale investigation
New Initiative Would Smooth the Road for Plug-In Electric Vehicles
Tom Johnson | October 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Comprehensive plan would help clean up the transportation sector, largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions — but at what price?
Setting Out to Fix Major Flaws in the Way New Jersey Funds Higher Education
Carly Sitrin | October 16, 2018 | Education
Lawmakers and administration embark on reorganization to make college more affordable and to improve access and equity
Physical Therapists Win Latest Battle in Turf War with Acupuncturists
Lilo H. Stainton | October 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Although acupuncturists are vehemently opposed, a measure allowing certain PTs to use “dry needling” to help relieve pain has advanced in the state Assembly
Both Candidates in CD-5 Lean Right, But Republican Hews Closer to Trump
Hank Kalet | October 16, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Gottheimer claims he’s known for bipartisan approach, while McCann argues Dems can be part of problem rather than solution. Both candidates favor Trump’s wall
Opinion: NJ Shouldn’t Wait for Federal Funds Before Reducing Flood Damages
Daniel J. Van Abs | October 16, 2018 | Opinion
The uncertainty of federal funding dictates that New Jersey view every project through the lens of self-funding
CD-11 Debate Recap: Mikie Sherrill vs. Jay Webber
NJ Spotlight | October 16, 2018 | Elections 2018
If you missed the debate — and the expert commentary from NJ Spotlight and NJTV — here's a chance to catch up on the key issues
| October 16, 2018 | Number of The Day
Healthcare Costs Continue to Rise in NJ, Outpacing National Increase
Lilo H. Stainton | October 15, 2018 | Healthcare
Although record numbers of New Jerseyans now have insurance coverage, the price of healthcare remains a major difficulty for families and small businesses
Governor, Dems Cautioned It’s Time to Repay African-American Support
Mark J. Bonamo | October 15, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Weeks before the critical midterm elections, community leaders tell Democrats — especially Gov. Phil Murphy — that they want action on important issues
Grewal ‘Proud to Lead’ Latest Challenge to IRS on Federal Tax Changes
John Reitmeyer | October 15, 2018 | Budget
The Internal Revenue Service proposed new rules to stymie ‘blue’ state efforts to get around a federal cap on SALT deductions. Attorneys general reveal how they plan to fight back
State Advised Yet Again to Reject Offshore-Wind Project Near Atlantic City
Tom Johnson | October 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Consultant tells Board of Public Utilities that Nautilus proposal is too small and would cost New Jersey ratepayers too much
The List: Top Ten Counties in NJ for Federal Farm Subsidies
Colleen O'Dea | October 15, 2018 | The List
New Jersey is among the states that reap the least in annual federal aid to farmers, getting only a fraction of the $20 billion paid out
Op-Ed:The Vehicle Emissions Reduction Strategy No One’s Talking About
Tim Evans | October 15, 2018 | Opinion
It’s not enough to promote the use of alternative fuels in New Jersey. We must reduce the total number of miles driven — and to do that, we need to rethink how and where we build
| October 15, 2018 | Number of The Day
Trying to Repurpose NJ’s Empty or Underused Strip Malls and Offices
Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2018 | Planning
There’s a new grant program for municipalities to redevelop ‘ghost malls’ and underutilized commercial properties
Put Vehicles Powered by Fuel Cells in NJ’s Clean-Energy Agenda — Lawmakers Advised
Tom Johnson | October 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
As Murphy administration goes full-speed on its clean-energy program, proponents of fuel cells are worried their technology could be left out
Opinion: It Sure Looks Like DOE Willfully Broke Charter Process to Appease NJEA
Laura Waters | October 12, 2018 | Opinion
Did ‘political payback’ matter more to Murphy and Repollet than the wishes of parents desperate for alternatives to poorly-performing public schools?
Clergy Urge Governor, Lawmakers to Raise Minimum Wage in NJ to $15
John Reitmeyer | October 12, 2018 | Social
With politicians seeming to have become bogged down on issue, religious coalition expresses urgency about addressing Garden State’s widening wage gap
Rutgers Scientists Help to Identify New Way to Test for Lyme Disease
Lilo H. Stainton | October 12, 2018 | Healthcare
More work to be done for federal approval but new technique promises earlier detection and, therefore, better chance of avoiding serious long-term effects
Fierce Competition for State’s New Medical Marijuana Licenses
NJTV News Online | October 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Department of Health is expected to name new dispensary operators within weeks
| October 12, 2018 | Number of The Day
Billed as a National ‘Litmus Test,’ Debate in CD-11 Stays Close to Home
Carly Sitrin | October 11, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Democrat Mikie Sherrill and Republican Jay Webber keep their composure while facing off on federal tax reform, healthcare, student debt, infrastructure — and more
In CD-2, Candidates Clash Over South Jersey's Place in Trump's America
Mark J. Bonamo | October 11, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Grossman, Van Drew take off the gloves in debate that goes from raucous to rancorous
State’s $5.1 Million Deal Preserves 2,200 Acres of Watershed
Tom Johnson | October 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP and other funders join forces to acquire Hudson Farm properties in Sussex County, saving forests, streams, and mountaintops
Web Guide to NJ Property Taxes: Everything Except Why They’re So High
John Reitmeyer | October 11, 2018 | Budget
Online guidebook walks residents through all the aspects of property taxes, including how the revenue is divvied up, using easy to understand graphics and examples
Poll: Has the Kavanaugh Controversy Swayed You to Vote in the Midterms?
| October 11, 2018 | Polling, Elections 2018
The unprecedented confirmation hearings and subsequent swearing-in of the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest member are influencing voter turnout nationally. Will they send you to the polling booth or keep you away?
Extra Federal Funding Boosts Care for Vulnerable Patients in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | October 11, 2018 | Healthcare
A pilot program to give integrated healthcare and support services to thousands dealing with behavioral health challenges gets a financial lifeline
More than 100,000 New Voters in NJ in Recent Months
WNYC News Online | October 11, 2018 | Elections 2018
With the midterm elections looming, twice as many Democrats as Republicans sign up to vote
| October 11, 2018 | Number of The Day
Audit of NJ Transit Is In, Governor Pledges It Won’t ‘Collect Dust’
John Reitmeyer | October 10, 2018 | Transportation
Detailed analysis of operational defects, but no definitive solution is offered to agency’s severe financial woes
DEP Launches Blueprint for Making Jersey Shore More Resilient to Climate Change
Jon Hurdle | October 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
As UN gives stark climate warning, NJ steps up plans to defend coastal zone from rising seas and bigger storms
Lance, Malinowski Both Swing Hard for 7th District’s Centrist Mantle
Mark J. Bonamo | October 10, 2018 | Elections 2018
Candidates cast themselves as moderates. But, in a season of fevered political partisanship, they take plenty of potshots at each other
Murphy Pledges to Help Workers Whose Jobs Could Fall to Robots, Technology
Colleen O'Dea | October 10, 2018 | More Issues
Governor sets up task force, says New Jersey must prepare for ‘profound impact’ of technological changes
State to Spend Volkswagen Money on Reducing Emissions
Tom Johnson | October 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Fund, which stems from auto manufacturer’s settlement for cheating on emissions testing, will focus on urban areas, promote electric vehicles
Charter Schools: Where Does Murphy Administration Really Stand?
John Mooney | October 10, 2018 | Education
That’s the big question no one knows the answer to as a major state review of the growing movement gets underway
| October 10, 2018 | Number of The Day
Countdown to New State Sales Tax on Online Shopping
John Reitmeyer | October 9, 2018 | Budget
The big holiday retail season is almost upon us. Likewise, a new state tax on online sales that’s expected to bring New Jersey hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue
Ørsted Looks to Pick Up Deepwater Wind for $510 Million
Tom Johnson | October 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Danish company’s move indicates growing interest in nascent U.S. offshore-wind sector among European companies
Revamp of Municipal Courts Moves Ahead, Legislation in the Pipeline
Colleen O'Dea | October 9, 2018 | More Issues
Chief Justice pushes reforms, lawmaker offers legislatives fixes after report said local courts should focus more on justice than on money
No Agreement on How to Keep Lid on Health Insurance Costs in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | October 9, 2018 | Healthcare
More people in Garden State have access to insurance because of Affordable Care Act but there’s no consensus on how to protect the benefits
Op-Ed: Solar Program Must Work for Underserved Communities in NJ
Pari Kasotia and Tom Figel | October 9, 2018 | Opinion
State’s new solar energy possibilities should be equitable and accessible to all New Jerseyans. It’s up to Board of Public Utilities to make that happen
NJ Sting Operation Uncovers Almost 30 Unlicensed Moving Companies
NJTV News Online | October 9, 2018 | More Issues
Unregistered movers aren’t just a safety threat, they’ve been known to hold customers’ worldly goods hostage — or simply disappear with everything they’ve been entrusted with
Building a Better Future One Building Project at a Time
NJTV News Online | October 9, 2018 | Social
YouthBuild gives participants a place to master skills, earn a GED, and think beyond high school
| October 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
Making Case for Public Bank in NJ, Even as Murphy Plan for It Hasn’t Materialized
John Reitmeyer | October 5, 2018 | Budget
Governor was a big proponent of a state-run bank when on the campaign trail, but he’s said little about it since he’s been in office
Interactive Map: NJ Leans Blue, But Not Everyone Registered Goes to Vote
Colleen O'Dea | October 5, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2018
Trying to call the congressional contests is more of a challenge than ever — gender, education, wealth, age, and race must all be factored into the equation
PSEG Affirms It Will Shut Down Nuclear Plants Unless It Gets Big Subsidies
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
With $300 million at stake, scrutiny of the plants’ economic viability likely to be the most contested issue
PFAS Levels at NJ Base 24,000 Times Higher than Proposed Fed Standard — Study
Jon Hurdle | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst data shows some PFAS levels also exceed EPA health advisory
Will Van Drew Shift South Jersey’s 2nd District to Democratic Column?
Mark J. Bonamo | October 5, 2018 | Elections 2018
Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s retirement gives conservative state senator a good chance to add to the Democrats’ numbers in Congress
NJ Gets Report Card ‘F’ for Lack of Parity in Insurance Coverage of Mental Health
Lilo H. Stainton | October 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Advocates give New Jersey — and more than half of other states — a poor grade for failing to support and enforce federal law
New Jersey Ranked ‘Most Improved’ State for Energy Efficiency
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Garden State nabs 18th spot in nationwide analysis, up five places from 2017 assessment
PSE&G Agrees to Keep Bills Stable but Fails to Get Go-Ahead for ‘Decoupling’
Tom Johnson | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility agrees to re-examine its shutoff policies, particularly for people who rely on medical equipment
| October 5, 2018 | Number of The Day
PARCC Peace Breaks Out: Compromise Is Reached on High School Testing
John Mooney | October 4, 2018 | Education
Commissioner Repollet and State Board of Education agree on fewer tests, more flexibility. Questions remain
Conservative Group Sues Over NJ Limit on When People Can Quit Labor Unions
Colleen O'Dea | October 4, 2018 | Politics
Michigan-based organization files suit on behalf of three union members from Lakewood, charges Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to get around U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling
New State Funding for Autism Center to Boost Research and Treatment
Lilo H. Stainton | October 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Aim is also to improve services for the thousands of New Jersey residents who have some form of the disorder
Will NJ Employers Be Obligated to Ensure Federal Tax Break for Commuters?
John Reitmeyer | October 4, 2018 | Budget
New Jerseyans, like other Americans, can get a nice tax benefit for their commuting costs, but only if their employers sign up for it. State lawmakers want to make that a requirement
Murphy Announces Grants to Gear Up Schools for Science and Tech
NJTV News Online | October 4, 2018 | Education
School districts have until October 25 to apply for program that’s aimed at bringing computer science, other advanced courses to high schools
Examining the Claim that Leonard Lance is Bipartisan
PolitiFact | October 4, 2018 | Elections 2018
A new GOP ad maintains the Republican congressman is rated ‘among the most bipartisan in Congress.’ Factchecking website PolitiFact puts that statement to the test
| October 4, 2018 | Number of The Day
Repollet Hits ‘Pause’ for Charter Schools, Rejects Latest Two Hopefuls
John Mooney | October 3, 2018 | Education
Education commissioner turns down new charter schools for Trenton and Jersey City, as Murphy administration readies major review of the sector
Utilities Submit Proposals for Nuclear Subsidies
Tom Johnson | October 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
While some residential customers may end up paying $30 more annually, large energy users may see their bills rise by $1 million a year
Thousands of Amazon Workers in NJ to Benefit from New $15 Minimum Wage
John Reitmeyer | October 3, 2018 | Budget
Online retailer will apply increase from November 1. Decision draws out supporters of statewide wage increase, Gov. Phil Murphy included
Murphy Pledges New Tax Credits, Other Programs for Housing, Communities
Colleen O'Dea | October 3, 2018 | Housing
Governor says his new economic plan will help rejuvenate rundown neighborhoods, give tax credits for affordable housing
Reversal of Course on Controversial Brewery Regulations
Tara Nurin | October 3, 2018 | More Issues
A contentious directive, meant to severely limit the activities of craft breweries in New Jersey, has been suspended after a large outcry
Opinion: Pension Discount Rate and Investment Rate Are Not the Same Thing
Richard F. Keevey | October 3, 2018 | Opinion
Pension discussions rely on a very specialized vocabulary. Confusing discount rate and investment rate makes it all too easy to go wrong when projecting liabilities
| October 3, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy’s Technology-Driven Tomorrow Starts with $500M Venture Capital Fund
John Reitmeyer | October 2, 2018 | Budget
In major policy address, governor envisions 300,000 new jobs by 2025, says aggressive clean-energy goals and increased financial aid for community college will help state reach that number
11th District Leans Red but Democrats Think Sherrill Can Flip It to Blue
Carly Sitrin | October 2, 2018 | Elections 2018
Democrats are fighting hard to chalk up a win in this affluent district as they try to take control of the House of Representatives in next month’s election
NJ Lawmakers Seek More Control Over Price of Prescriptions
Lilo H. Stainton | October 2, 2018 | Healthcare
Taking a page out of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ book, state Sen. Troy Singleton wants to peg cost of drugs here to what drug companies charge in some industrialized countries
New Push to Target Low-Income Communities for Solar Projects
Tom Johnson | October 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans have for the most part been left out of growing renewable-energy developments in the state. That may be about to change
Op-Ed: Commissioner Repollet’s School Testing Revisions Make Sense
Sarah Blaine | October 2, 2018 | Opinion
State Board of Education should adopt education commissioner’s proposed changes as best way to prove students are meeting requirements
Refugee Admissions from Muslim Nations Decline, Russian Numbers Rise
WNYC News Online | October 2, 2018 | Immigration
Refugees arriving in New Jersey and New York from places like Iraq and Syria are way down, reflecting Trump administration’s clampdown
| October 2, 2018 | Number of The Day
Sweeney Panel Proposes ‘401(k) Pension’ for Some State, Local Workers
John Reitmeyer | October 1, 2018 | Budget
Unions are already mobilizing against key recommendation from Senate President’s fiscal policy experts, who say pension change could save the state billions of dollars
Latest Opioid Data: Good and Bad News for New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | October 1, 2018 | Healthcare
Fewer prescriptions are being written in the Garden State but overdose deaths show no sign of abating
State’s Tidal Wetlands Could Be Swamped by Rising Seas — Report
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Thousands of acres of tidal wetlands in the region, including in New Jersey, said to be at risk from effects of climate change
It Just Became Easier to Clean A Criminal Record in the Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | October 1, 2018 | Social
Courts already deal with 10,000 expungement applications annually. Reforms ‘will open the door’ for thousands more to apply
Gateway Program Names Financial Adviser, Funding Still Uncertain
NJTV News Online | October 1, 2018 | Transportation
No indication yet from Trump administration that federal assistance will be forthcoming, but corporation in charge wants to be ready
| October 1, 2018 | Number of The Day
PSE&G Wants to Spend $4B on Clean Energy in Six Years
Tom Johnson | September 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility proposes range of investments that could make it leading force in state’s energy policy. Not everyone’s reassured by that prospect
Is There Anything More to New Jersey’s U.S. Senate Race than Negative Ads?
Colleen O'Dea | September 28, 2018 | Elections 2018
With six weeks to go to the election, New Jersey voters have suffered through a stream of negative ads — but neither Menendez nor Hugin has touched on substantive issues
NJ Legislature Unanimously Approves Tougher Sexual Harassment Policy
Carly Sitrin | September 28, 2018 | Politics
New policy specifies mandatory anti-harassment training for lawmakers, applies to staff, lobbyists, journalists — virtually all those doing business in State House
Public Pension Funds Beat Expectations for 2018, Might Be Hard to Repeat
John Reitmeyer | September 28, 2018 | Budget
New Jersey has one of the worst-funded public retirement systems in the country. But it got good news yesterday, with better than expected investment returns
After a Few Glitches, Lucrative Tax Credits for AC Airport Are Almost There
John Reitmeyer | September 28, 2018 | Budget
Plan to diversify the South Jersey economy with a ‘growth zone’ focuses on aviation and technology. But further incentives are up in the air
Op-Ed: Five Reasons Why New Jersey Will Once Again Fail to Resolve School Testing
Richard C. Ten Eyck | September 28, 2018 | Opinion
We refuse to learn from experience, we want easy solutions, we’re not interested in other points of view, and winning is everything
NJ Spotlight Roundtable: NJ's Energy Future — Energy Efficiency
NJ Spotlight | September 28, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
In this Part 4 of a five-event series on New Jersey’s Energy Future, we explore energy efficiency
Another Year, Another Attendance Campaign for Newark Schools
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | September 28, 2018 | Education
Can the district’s new superintendent, Roger León, succeed where his predecessors failed?
| September 28, 2018 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s Newest Gangs: Younger, More Violent, and Posting their Crimes Online
Colleen O'Dea | September 27, 2018 | Social
Children as young as eight years old are in neighborhood gangs that use social media as ‘electronic billboards’ to intimidate rivals, show off weapons
MacArthur Attacks, Kim Pushes Back in South Jersey’s 3rd District
Carly Sitrin | September 27, 2018 | Elections 2018
Could Democrat Andy Kim ride a blue wave big enough to swamp the sitting congressman? MacArthur’s tough tactics suggest the polls are correct — and the race is tight
Does NJ Need Stormwater Utilities to Stem Polluted Runoff and Flooding?
Tom Johnson | September 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The utilities, common in other states, would levy fees on residents and businesses to fund improvements in stormwater systems
Opinion: Legalizing Marijuana — Not So Easy, After All, Governor?
Carl Golden | September 27, 2018 | Opinion
The rest of Murphy’s legislative agenda will suffer if this campaign promise is not delivered soon, but that prospect looks to be at least a year away
Temporary Fare Break for Rail Customers as NJ Transit Cuts Services (Temporarily)
John Reitmeyer | September 27, 2018 | Transportation
As agency rushes to install safety equipment, service cuts will affect some of its busiest lines. Fare discount is meant to cushion the blow
| September 27, 2018 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Plan to Ban Plastic Carryout Bags, Straws, Food Containers
Tom Johnson | September 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Adding a 10-cent fee on paper bags, according to proponents, should encourage consumers to switch to environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic
State Issues New Rules on SALT Workaround And Gives Warning About IRS
John Reitmeyer | September 26, 2018 | Budget
Attorney General says he will fight IRS in court if need be, as Murphy administration looks to help residents avoid hefty tax hikes because of federal cap on deductions
Lance, Malinowski Duel in Critically Close 7th District
Mark J. Bonamo | September 26, 2018 | Elections 2018
Analysts say this race is one of the keys to deciding whether Republicans or Democrats will be in control of Congress after the election
Integration, Continuity of Care Key to Treating Opioid Addiction, Report Says
NJTV News Online | September 26, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jersey Reentry Corp. urges state to institute an ‘addiction treatment infrastructure’
Camden Schools Get Something to Celebrate: PARCC Scores Are Picking Up
NJTV News Online | September 26, 2018 | Education
One renaissance school — Camden Prep — sees double-digit jumps in test results; other city schools post more modest gains
Calling for More Street Smarts in New Jersey
NJTV News Online | September 26, 2018 | More Issues
Pedestrian safety is a serious issue in the Garden State. A new campaign is aimed at getting everybody to take more care
Menendez Challenger Is Also Carrying Baggage of His Own
WNYC News | September 26, 2018 | Elections 2018
Bob Hugin, the Republican challenger out to unseat Sen. Bob Menendez, has skeletons in his own corporate closet
| September 26, 2018 | Number of The Day
Modernizing the Grid in NJ Vital to Achieving Clean-Energy Targets
Tom Johnson | September 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State urged to move away from traditional transmission and distribution lines, concentrate instead on ‘non-wire’ new technologies
New Jersey’s Youngest Parents: Short on Skills, Cash, and a Viable Future
Colleen O'Dea | September 25, 2018 | Social
Without education and training — or even affordable childcare — the Garden State’s youngest families can trap two generations in a cycle of poverty and disappointment, report says
State Taps National Expert to Monitor Troubled Bellwether Homes
Lilo H. Stainton | September 25, 2018 | Healthcare
Experienced ombudsman hired at provider’s expense to review care, services, staffing, and accountability — among other issues
Bigger NJ Tax on Aviation Fuel Advances, United Airlines Not Pleased
John Reitmeyer | September 25, 2018 | Budget
Millions of dollars in increased revenue eyed to fund extension of PATH train service to Newark airport. United spokesman raises prospect of re-evaluating future investments in New Jersey
NJ Lawmakers Rally on Behalf of Judge Kavanaugh’s Accusers
NJTV News Online | September 25, 2018 | Politics
State senators protest possible advancement of Supreme Court nominee as New Jersey legislators review their own sexual-harassment policies
Clergy Ask Coughlin to Help Change How Fatal Police Shootings Are Investigated
NJTV News Online | September 25, 2018 | Social
Pastors want Assembly Speaker to release legislation requiring Attorney General to take over in cases of killings by police
Op-Ed: Our Governor and Others Are All Wrong About the Federal Tax Reforms
Joseph Caruso | September 25, 2018 | Opinion
GOP tax changes are fueling ‘incredible economic growth.’ Murphy and his peers are wasting taxpayer money trying to overturn them
Registered to Vote? Here’s a Checklist to Make Sure You Can Cast Your Ballot
NJTV News Online | September 25, 2018 | Elections 2018
There’s no need to sit out this critical midterm election, not when it’s this easy to register
| September 25, 2018 | Number of The Day
The Challenge Facing New Jersey’s Suburbs: ‘Adapt in Order to Survive’
Colleen O'Dea | September 24, 2018 | Planning
Could suburban communities really empty out if officials don’t plan better to meet the demand for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods?
NJ Among Most Vulnerable States if Recession Hits — Ratings Analysts
John Reitmeyer | September 24, 2018 | Budget
Moody’s, S&P fault Trenton’s reliance on last-minute scrambling for one-time sources of revenue, inadequate reserves, and absence of sustainable fiscal policies
Fresh Impetus for Energy-Saving Measures in NJ, But State Has Fallen Far Behind
Tom Johnson | September 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
For years, energy conservation has been a state priority more in theory than in practice. The Murphy administration has set new goals, but there’s disagreement about how to achieve them
New Federal and State Funds to Help Anti-Addiction Fight in Garden State
Lilo H. Stainton | September 24, 2018 | Healthcare
The money will go for prevention and treatment of opioid addiction. More than 2,000 New Jersey residents have died this year of drug-related causes
NJ Leaders are Putting State on Right Path for Cannabis Legalization
Kelli Arthur Hykes | September 24, 2018 | Sponsored Content
One of the most significant aspects of this measure is that it has been crafted to discourage consumers from turning or returning to the black market
Concerns that Legalized Sports Betting Will Worsen Problem Gambling in NJ
NJTV News Online | September 24, 2018 | Social
Recent legalization has made it very easy to place a wager in New Jersey. Some are predicting that gambling addiction will rise among New Jerseyans as a result
Democratic Convention: Firing Up the Faithful for Midterm Elections
NJTV News Online | September 24, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
With their sights set on flipping Republican congressional seats in November, New Jersey Democrats get animated
| September 24, 2018 | Number of The Day
Sarlo Announces Money-Saving Reforms of Public-Employee Medical Claims
Lilo H. Stainton | September 21, 2018 | Healthcare
Move, coming hot on the heels of governor’s benefit reform plan, is held out as potentially saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars
Murphy Rows in With Continuing State Oversight of Atlantic City
John Reitmeyer | September 21, 2018 | Politics
Takeover won’t end any time soon, as new report points to ongoing ‘fiscal, operational, economic and social challenges’
Foreclosures Way Down In NJ, New Proposals for Ways to Ease Process Further
Colleen O'Dea | September 21, 2018 | Housing
Numbers have been reduced to fewer than 28,000 but report recommends many improvements, including counseling and mediation services
Utilities in NJ to Be Let Get More Aggressive Trimming Trees, Clearing Vegetation?
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Massive power outages during spring storms precipitated review of utilities’ rights to manage vegetation. Critics say proposed legislation goes too far
Murphy Calls for Bergen County Sheriff to Go, After Racist Remarks Caught on Tape
WNYC News | September 21, 2018 | Politics
WNYC obtained a secret recording of Sheriff Michael Saudino speaking offensively about black people and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal
Op-Ed: Can We Have Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries, Please?
Colleen Markley | September 21, 2018 | Opinion
With good local ordinances, there’s no reason adult access to the drug can’t be made easy, safe, and a raiser of revenue for New Jersey
| September 21, 2018 | Number of The Day
Governor Positive of Better Days Ahead for NJ Transit, Tackling Thorniest Issues
John Reitmeyer | September 20, 2018 | Transportation
After another difficult summer for commuters, Murphy says his administration is ‘obsessed’ with fixing the problem-plagued agency
Federal Grant Helps Rutgers Assess Truth in Advertising for Tobacco Products
Lilo H. Stainton | September 20, 2018 | Healthcare
University and academic partners will share $18 million grant to study impact of cigarette advertising, packaging, labeling, and more
Poll: Should PARCC Testing Stay or Should It Go?
| September 20, 2018 | Polling
The standardized test of NJ public school students has been controversial from the get-go. Opponents can’t wait for its demise. Supporters say it has its merits. Where do you stand?
Natural Gas Utility Gets Go-Ahead for $135M Energy-Efficiency Measures
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
NJNG will extend its popular SaveGreen Project and offer residential, commercial, and industrial customers ways to lower their bills
Op-Ed: Pallone Needs to Help Reform Renewable Fuel Standard
Paul Eidman and Drew Tompkins | September 20, 2018 | Opinion
Adding ethanol to gasoline is a perfect example of unintended environmental and economic consequences
Menendez Accuses His GOP Challenger of Running ‘Deceptive Campaign’
NJTV News Online | September 20, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
New Jersey’s senior senator says this election contest is more negative than he expected
Hudson County Launches Pilot to House Chronically Homeless
NJTV News Online | September 20, 2018 | Social
Initiative melds rental vouchers and intensive support services from two hospitals to help get homeless off the street and keep them off
| September 20, 2018 | Number of The Day
Momentum for State to Buy Foreclosed Homes, Turn Into Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | September 19, 2018 | Housing
Similar measures failed repeatedly under Gov. Christie, but proponents optimistic his successor will look favorably on plan to remake thousands of bank-owned homes
Trying to Spur EV in NJ with Wave of Fast-Charging Stations, Rebates
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Months of negotiations have led to a new effort to electrify New Jersey’s transportation sector with a measure that tries to allay ‘range anxiety’ for consumers
Atlantic Health Expands Pioneering Form of Medical Education
Lilo H. Stainton | September 19, 2018 | Healthcare
In contrast with traditional programs, students will follow a select group of patients, tracking their care in hospitals and community-based facilities
Governor Punts on PARCC as Fate of Controversial School Test Still Unclear
John Mooney | September 19, 2018 | Education
Murphy maintains his opposition to the ‘high-stakes’ exam but defers to state education commissioner on whether and when it will be replaced
Stalled by Budget Mix-Up, State Funding Now in Offing to Help Local Media
John Reitmeyer | September 19, 2018 | More Issues
Aim is to foster local journalism in New Jersey and fill the void created by newspaper cutbacks. $5 million in aid is being sought
Op-Ed: Continuity of Care Is Good Medicine for Patients — and Doctors
Armand Leone, Jr. | September 19, 2018 | Opinion
Unfortunately, the trend is for less continuity and more fragmentation. As a result, the patient-physician relationship is weaker and less effective than it used to be
| September 19, 2018 | Number of The Day
Elections 2018 — An Interactive Guide to New Jersey's Critical Contests
NJ Spotlight | September 18, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Stay ahead of the issues and on top of the news, from district profiles and local polling places to in-depth analysis and campaign finances
NJ Ready to Solicit Bids for 1,100 Megawatts of Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | September 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Solicitation expected to be just first step in realizing governor’s aggressive goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030
Murphy’s Revisions to Public-Employee Health Plans Could Save Taxpayers $500M
John Reitmeyer | September 18, 2018 | Budget
Workers should see only slight increases to premiums, or possibly small reductions, while governor claims the deal shows what happens when cooperation replaces conflict
Edgy Debate in Trenton Over Murphy’s Planned Changes to School Testing
John Mooney and Carly Sitrin | September 18, 2018 | Education
Democratic legislators clash with education commissioner, suggest administration is moving to scale back and ultimately ditch controversial PARCC test without having properly prepared a replacement
Lawmakers Move to Restore Mental-Health Hotline for Firefighters, EMS
Lilo H. Stainton | September 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Specially trained operators would help emergency responders deal with the traumas that can come with their stressful line of work
NJ Spotlight: The Opioid Epidemic in NJ — Addiction Treatment
NJ Spotlight | September 18, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
The second in this three-part NJ Spotlight roundtable gave those on the front lines of the war against opioid addiction the opportunity to share their findings
Op-Ed: Independent Citizens, Not Partisan Politicians, Must Tackle Redistricting
Helen Kioukis | September 18, 2018 | Opinion
A call for legislative redistricting in New Jersey to be taken out of political hands and given to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission
| September 18, 2018 | Number of The Day
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As Gas Consumption Sags in NJ, State Tax on it Set to Rise Next Month
John Reitmeyer | September 17, 2018 | Budget
Further increases are possible, linked to maintenance of funding for transportation and infrastructure projects
Experts Call for More Providers, Better Access to Meds to Combat Opioid Crisis
Lilo H. Stainton | September 17, 2018 | Healthcare
State Human Services Commissioner among those who agree that, while progress has been made, New Jersey has significant gaps in treatment and recovery services
Interactive Map: NJ’s Election Spending, Where’s the Cash Coming from?
Colleen O'Dea | September 17, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2018
An unusually large number of competitive contests for New Jersey’s congressional seats, a Senate candidate with deep pockets, and funding from outside groups make for costliest election ever
The Future of Nuclear Power in New Jersey: Crucial Hearings Set to Begin
Tom Johnson | September 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
With public hearings imminent, the debate begins in earnest about what part nuclear should play in the state’s future and whether utility customers should pay billions of dollars to prop it up
Conflict Continues Over What It Should Take to Graduate High School in NJ
John Mooney | September 17, 2018 | Education
State wants to give students option of more than one type of test to graduate, but debate is strong over consequences, unintended and not
Op-Ed: Let’s Be Smart About Community Solar in New Jersey
Chris Sturm | September 17, 2018 | Opinion
NJ’s recently signed energy legislation will allow many more residents and businesses to access solar energy. We must learn from other states how to do it well
| September 17, 2018 | Number of The Day
Dollar Signs and Smiles All Round After First Three Months of Sports Betting
John Reitmeyer | September 14, 2018 | Budget
Gamblers in New Jersey bet close to $100 million on sporting events last month. Operators and lawmakers salivate at prospect of growing revenue
Countdown to Critical First Step in Offshore-Wind Application Process
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Key action for governor’s ambitious clean-energy goals imminent, as developers press to take advantage of federal tax credits
Officials Defend Pace of Coastal Back Bays Study as Residents Fend off Floods
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considers range of defenses, including new floodwalls and storm-surge gates, but construction unlikely before 2026
Push to Improve Insurance Coverage of Mental Health for New Jerseyans
Lilo H. Stainton | September 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Legislators advance measure seeking to ensure same level of benefits as for medical issues. It could ease financial burden on families
DRBC Seeks to Block PennEast from Cutting Trees Along Pipeline Route
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency fears damage to water resources from premature felling of trees but is told it must resubmit request through proper channels
Op-Ed: Paid Family Leave Helps Babies, Not Just Their Parents
Cecilia Zalkind | September 14, 2018 | Opinion
With members of a state Senate committee expected to vote Monday on a bill to expand family leave in New Jersey, the benefits should be clear
| September 14, 2018 | Number of The Day
How to Boost Jersey Shore Tourism: End State Diversion of Revenue for a Start
John Reitmeyer | September 13, 2018 | Budget
If the region wants to extend its season, it needs more events, better marketing, and improved transportation — and the state to stop siphoning off hotel-room taxes
Governor Urged to Block Discharge of Fracking Waste in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | September 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A ban on fracking in the watershed is expected later this year, but there’s still a proposal to allow discharge of fracking waste in the region. Murphy is being asked to prevent that happening
Incomes Rose in NJ Last Year but Significant Number of Residents Remain in Poverty
Colleen O'Dea | September 13, 2018 | Social
Earnings rose for New Jerseyans in 2017, according to new census data, and fewer people were categorized as poor. Women continue to earn less than men
In Surprise Move, State Board Tables Vote on Cutting Back PARCC
John Mooney | September 13, 2018 | Education
Board president and education commissioner say more discussion needed, but some wonder if there were enough votes to make the change
Legislation Aims to Improve, Update Medicaid’s Eligibility Process
Lilo H. Stainton | September 13, 2018 | Healthcare
Lawmakers, healthcare advocates push to update application process and more
Forcing NJ Universities to Come Clean on All their Hidden Fees
Carly Sitrin | September 13, 2018 | Education
The cost of tuition at colleges and universities in the state is one thing. But many students are blindsided by extra ‘hidden’ fees and legislators are pushing for transparency
Op-Ed: The War on Cannabis Has Failed — Let’s Be Smart About Legalizing It in NJ
Scott Rudder | September 13, 2018 | Opinion
With the legalization of cannabis approaching for New Jersey, we can draw on the experience of other states to get it right
Watch Out, New Jersey Voters, Mail-In Ballot Rules Have Changed
WNYC News | September 13, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Residents who voted by mail in 2016 have been automatically registered to cast their ballots by mail in 2018
| September 13, 2018 | Number of The Day
GOP Rub SALT in Wound, Push for Permanent Cap on Tax Deduction
John Reitmeyer | September 12, 2018 | Budget
Adding to woe for New Jerseyans, IRS undercuts Murphy administration’s attempt to help taxpayers get around federal limit on deduction for state and local taxes
NJ Urged to Electrify Transit Sector Rapidly, Starting with Bus Fleet
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
There isn’t a single electric bus in NJ Transit’s fleet of 2,200 vehicles. Environmentalists are pushing for that to change posthaste
What Do You Want to Know about Medicaid in NJ? New Website Has Answers
Lilo H. Stainton | September 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Data Dashboard, open to all, is aimed at making information more accessible and should help with decisions about allocating funds
There’s Money for Upgrading NJ Election Security but Little for Vital Paper Trail
Colleen O'Dea | September 12, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Despite expert opinion that, without paper ballots, New Jersey’s election system is far from secure, state allots negligible amount to remedy that weakness
Op-Ed: Life Sciences Are Key to Building an ‘Innovation Economy’ in New Jersey
Dean J. Paranicas | September 12, 2018 | Opinion
Biopharmaceutical, biotech and medical technology companies comprise one of the state’s strongest sectors. They’re crucial to generating new jobs, products and services
MacArthur Accuses Democratic Challenger of Puffing Up Résumé
NJTV News | September 12, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Republican congressman swings hard at Andy Kim, his Democratic opponent in 3rd Congressional District, calls him ‘a fraud’
| September 12, 2018 | Number of The Day
Stricter Chinese Recycling Rules Make It Harder to Dispose of Waste in NJ
Tom Johnson | September 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
China will no longer accept some materials and wants others to be much cleaner. As a result, recycling has become more complicated and more expensive for communities across New Jersey
New Federal Guidelines Seek to Limit CT Scans on Kids
Lilo H. Stainton | September 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Similar protocols have already been adopted by some New Jersey hospitals and healthcare providers to help keep children from possible harm
Tech and Aviation Center at Atlantic City Airport Can’t Get off Ground
John Reitmeyer | September 11, 2018 | Budget
Murphy CV of lawmakers’ plan to offer tax incentives to attract industry to area once again earns the ire of Sweeney, one of the sponsors of proposed measure
Law Requiring Minimum Recess in Elementary Schools Is Put on Hold
John Mooney | September 11, 2018 | Education
Years in the making, a new obligation for elementary schools to provide at least 20 minutes of recess daily won’t go into effect this year
Millennials Not Hotfooting It Out of New Jersey After All — Report
Colleen O'Dea | September 11, 2018 | Social
Painting a different picture from two recent studies, a new report finds that young adults are not leaving the Garden State any faster than previous generations
Op-Ed: Why Unions are More Vital than Ever for All Workers in New Jersey
Allan Lichtenstein | September 11, 2018 | Opinion
As union membership continues to decline in the Garden State, it’s worth remembering that unions have been crucial in raising wages for all workers
All NJ State Troopers Will Be Wearing Body Cameras by Next Summer
WHYY News | September 11, 2018 | More Issues
Attorney General confident that most interactions with police are positive, so ‘we invite the scrutiny’
| September 11, 2018 | Number of The Day
Cost of Health Insurance on Individual Market in NJ to Drop Significantly in 2019
Lilo H. Stainton | September 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor heralds new state law and federal approval of another New Jersey program as main factors in curbing prices
Sharp Divisions over Nuclear, Natural Gas in State’s New Energy Plan
Tom Johnson | September 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
At a hearing on updating New Jersey’s energy master plan, significant differences are raised over what the energy mix could — or should — be
NJ’s Missing Apprentices: State Urged to Do More to Increase their Number
John Reitmeyer | September 10, 2018 | Budget, Social
New Jersey compares poorly with other states when it comes to supporting apprenticeship programs. Report urges policymakers to introduce robust incentives
Opinion: A Good Start Toward a Multiyear Budget Strategy for New Jersey
Richard F. Keevey | September 10, 2018 | Opinion
There are no quick fixes for the state’s ongoing budget crisis, but the best place to begin is with the chronically underfunded pension system
The Man at the Center of New Jersey’s Affordable Housing Debate
Colleen O'Dea | September 10, 2018 | Housing
Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, new chairman of key housing committee, says the conversation on fair and cost-effective accommodation in Garden State has just begun
Death of Child after She Was Detained by ICE Sparks NJ Protest
NJTV News | September 10, 2018 | Immigration
Guatemalan girl was put on plane in Texas and sent to New Jersey even though she was sick. She died shortly after arriving in Garden State
| September 10, 2018 | Number of The Day
Is It Time for New Jersey to License Undocumented Drivers?
Carly Sitrin | September 7, 2018 | Immigration
Advocates and some legislators say it’s more than time. Besides, given NJ’s car culture, a fair number of undocumented residents are already behind the wheel — illegally
AG Launches Investigation into Possible Sex Crimes Involving Catholic Priests
Colleen O'Dea | September 7, 2018 | Social
Allegations of extensive clerical child abuse in Pennsylvania prompt Grewal to create task force, establish new sex-abuse hotline
As Public Concern About PFAS Climbs, EPA Urged to Set Enforceable Standard
Jon Hurdle | September 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
At congressional hearing, advocates say federal government needs to address contamination worries
EPA Funds Will Help Garden State Resolve Some of Its Water Woes
Tom Johnson | September 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The $84 million to be distributed across New Jersey will go toward addressing outstanding issues with sewage treatment and drinking water
State Hospital Group Launches Data Analysis Initiative
Lilo H. Stainton | September 7, 2018 | Healthcare
The New Jersey Hospital Association’s CHART program will harness predictive computer modeling, data mining to focus on NJ’s healthcare challenges
Op-Ed: More Than Academics — It’s Time to Elevate HS Graduation Requirements
Scott Taylor | September 7, 2018 | Opinion
It’s up to the state Board of Education to continue New Jersey’s national leadership in innovation and quality education
| September 7, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Legislators Offer Plan to Reduce Impact of Medical Debt
Lilo H. Stainton | September 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Measure would require providers to work out payment plans before turning bills over to collection agencies, better protect disabled patients
Would Newark Airport Pay Increase Give Murphy His Minimum-Wage Victory?
John Reitmeyer | September 6, 2018 | Politics
The governor campaigned on a promise to boost the minimum wage. If the Port Authority votes to raise salaries of airport workers, has Murphy made good on his pledge?
Pilot Community Solar Project Could Be Getting Its Moment in the Sun
Tom Johnson | September 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy administration looks to deliver the benefits of solar power to low- and moderate-income customers
State’s Complete Count Commission Knows NJ Can’t Afford a Sloppy Census
Colleen O'Dea | September 6, 2018 | More Issues
But there are daunting challenges ahead, like making sure hard-to-count populations — such as undocumented immigrants and the urban poor — participate fully in 2020 Census
Opinion: New Jersey’s Short-Term Fiscal Fixes Mean Long-Term Disaster
Carl Golden | September 6, 2018 | 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 | September 6, 2018 | 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 | September 6, 2018 | 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 | September 6, 2018 | Education
Just six days into the new school year, Roger León looks to the future with confidence and conviction
| September 6, 2018 | Number of The Day
Talk About Stalled Trans-Hudson Tunnel, Portal Bridge Takes on Ominous Tone
John Reitmeyer | September 5, 2018 | 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 | September 5, 2018 | 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 | September 5, 2018 | 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 | September 5, 2018 | 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 | September 5, 2018 | 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 | September 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Double-digit growth of sexually transmitted diseases in Garden State tracks national trends
| September 5, 2018 | Number of The Day
Candidates Continue to Turn Up the Heat in NJ’s Hottest Campaigns
Colleen O'Dea | September 4, 2018 | 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 | September 4, 2018 | 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 | September 4, 2018 | 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 | September 4, 2018 | 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 | September 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Changes will help ensure clients’ final wishes are heeded and should save costs on unwanted, unnecessary medical care
| September 4, 2018 | Number of The Day
Summer Reading 2018: Classic Coming-of-Age Novella Set in NJ in Early ‘60s
NJ Spotlight | August 30, 2018 | 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’
Summer Reading 2018: A Historian Traces the Roots of NJ’s Tree-Shaded Suburbs
NJ Spotlight | August 29, 2018 | 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’
Summer Reading 2018: Blind — and on the Threshold of Adolescence
NJ Spotlight | August 28, 2018 | 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
Summer Reading 2018: How the Railroads Created Atlantic City
NJ Spotlight | August 27, 2018 | 2018 Summer Reading
According to Dominick Mazzegetti, the railroads didn’t just make AC possible, they normalized the idea of the ‘vacation’
Summer Reading 2018: The Heartbreaking, Impossible Task of Becoming White
NJ Spotlight | August 26, 2018 | 2018 Summer Reading
When Morgan Jerkins was 10 years old, the only thing this young black woman “wanted was to be a white cheerleader”
Summer Reading 2018: Rebuilding a World Shattered by Kristallnacht
NJ Spotlight | August 23, 2018 | 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
Summer Reading 2018: Just Enough Dark to See Things Clearly
NJ Spotlight | August 22, 2018 | 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
Summer Reading 2018: Understanding Black Life in NJ, From 1664 to Today
NJ Spotlight | August 21, 2018 | 2018 Summer Reading
According to author Graham Russell Hodges, “Black New Jersey” speaks to African-American aspirations for freedom and equality and about our nation’s legacies of slavery and racism
Summer Reading 2018: Living Along the Underground Railroad
NJ Spotlight | August 20, 2018 | 2018 Summer Reading
The personal and historical past coexist easily in Mimi Schwartz’s lively recounting of life in a Princeton cul-de-sac
Summer Reading 2018: The Hard-Won Battle to Ban Assault Weapons in NJ
NJ Spotlight | August 19, 2018 | 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
Sweeney Says It’s Time to Get Serious About Consolidating Schools in New Jersey
John Mooney | August 17, 2018 | 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 | August 17, 2018 | 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 | August 17, 2018 | 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 | August 17, 2018 | 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 | August 17, 2018 | Politics
While New Jersey Democrats think they can flip five critical seats in November election, GOP party chairman disputes the possibility
| August 17, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Gas Tax Likely to Increase Because Revenue Is Coming Up Short of Target
John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2018 | 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
Move in Congress to Weaken Clean Water Act Could Have Big Impact in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of PennEast pipeline say if law is revamped, it would make it ‘extremely difficult’ to fight such projects
Gearing Up for the Future: New Jersey Gets its First Innovation Chief
Carly Sitrin | August 16, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Veteran of Obama administration, tech and academic worlds, is given job of harnessing tech to update government in New Jersey
Explainer: How New Jersey’s Court-Approved Plans for Affordable Housing Work
Colleen O'Dea | August 16, 2018 | Explainer
NJ’s plans for affordable housing are blueprints that do not require municipalities to build a single home
Incidence of Driving While Drugged Has Risen Sharply on NJ Roads
NJTV News | August 16, 2018 | Social
Report says more drivers who were killed on New Jersey’s roads in 2015 and 2016 tested positive for drugs than for alcohol
Op-Ed: Shifting Services for Seniors, Disabled People in NJ Away from Nursing Homes
Lowell Arye | August 16, 2018 | Opinion
How New Jersey has gradually moved the focus of Medicaid care for seniors and people with disabilities from nursing homes to their own homes and communities
We Are Not America’s Enemy
| August 16, 2018 | Politics
NJ Spotlight stands with the hundreds of other news organizations across the country that today are contesting the accusation that they are an ‘enemy of the people’
| August 16, 2018 | Number of The Day
Trump Tariffs Squeeze New Jersey Manufacturers, Disrupt Supply Chain
John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2018 | Budget
The tariffs ‘have been pretty much a nightmare,’ one executive tells lawmakers, who want to help but are not able to do much to protect local industry
Owner Guilty of ‘Extreme’ Violation of Law that Preserves NJ Farmland
Tom Johnson | August 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Supreme Court rules that alterations to field destroyed it for other agricultural uses, criticizes state for failing to give clear guidelines on what’s allowed on preserved agricultural land
The List: Taking the Measure of New Jersey’s Ten Tallest Lighthouses
Colleen O'Dea | August 15, 2018 | The List
The lonely job of lighthouse keeper has been eliminated by automation, but visiting one of the state’s historic lighthouses — and in some cases climbing to the top — is a great summer outing
Op-Ed: Ban Cars from Lincoln Tunnel at Rush Hour to Make It through Route 495 Repairs
Axel Hellman | August 15, 2018 | Opinion
The logical way to ease congestion is to reduce the number of vehicles entering the tunnel
Three Friends and the Rise of Sikh Political Power
WNYC News | August 15, 2018 | Immigration
From a tent pitched on a patch of dirt in Bergen County to a beautiful temple in Glen Rock, Sikhs are coming into their own
Murphy Signs Legislation to Expand Range of Public-Private Partnerships
NJTV News | August 15, 2018 | Politics
Senate President Sweeney concurs that bipartisan bill could help NJ lead the nation in infrastructure investments
DOT’s Prescription for Route 495 Repair Headaches: Patience
NJTV News | August 15, 2018 | Transportation
We’re facing two-and-a-half years of major disruption into and out of the Lincoln Tunnel as repair work on the Route 495 Viaduct goes into high gear this week
Medical Care for NJ’s Poor, No Insurance Needed
NJTV News | August 15, 2018 | Healthcare
The federally qualified health center in Jersey City, like the 133 other satellite locations across the state, delivers care to the uninsured and the underinsured
| August 15, 2018 | Number of The Day
After Weekend of Floods, State of Emergency in Five New Jersey Counties
WNYC News | August 14, 2018 | More Issues
Torrential rainfall and rising river washes more than 40 SUVs from local car dealership
New Jersey Expands Stigma-Free Healthcare for LGBTQ Residents
Lilo H. Stainton | August 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Clinics, support groups, hospitals are adopting policies designed to promote equitable and inclusive care
FERC Rebuffs Requests to Reconsider Approval of PennEast Pipeline
Tom Johnson | August 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents to take their case to federal courts, where they believe they have still a chance to stop the natural-gas project
Tougher Ethics Rules for Council that Guides Public Pension Investments
John Reitmeyer | August 14, 2018 | Budget
Questions raised about some previous decisions have led to new restrictions on panel that determines broad strategies and asset allocation for public-worker pension system
Op-Ed: Learn from Europe, Keep Wind Generation and Transmission Separate
Wilfried Breuer | August 14, 2018 | Opinion
Building an offshore grid for New Jersey separately from wind farms is the key to creating fair competition
Immigrant Advocates Tell Pols, Don’t Ignore Detainees in County Jails
NJTV News | August 14, 2018 | Immigration
Elizabeth Detention Center gets the most press, but the majority of undocumented immigrants rounded up by the Trump administration are in county facilities
| August 14, 2018 | Number of The Day
State Actions Help Keep Lid on Health Insurance Rate Hikes in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | August 13, 2018 | Healthcare
Prices will increase but by far less than for consumers in most other states, as New Jersey is ‘working aggressively’ to counter federal changes to Affordable Care Act
Making More of — and from — NJ’s Revolutionary Heritage
John Reitmeyer | August 13, 2018 | Social
State urged to do more to promote New Jersey’s central role in American Revolution as 250th anniversary approaches. Future economic benefits are emphasized
Map Zeroes in on Pollution in Delaware River Watershed
Tom Johnson | August 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A new interactive map shows threats, old and new, to vital water source. It underlines challenges that remain for river that ‘has come back from the brink’
Opinion: Few Municipalities in NJ Will Create Stormwater Utilities, But Some Should
Daniel J. Van Abs | August 13, 2018 | Opinion
The need to improve stormwater management is increasing every year. Costs will rise, putting pressure on local government budgets
| August 13, 2018 | Number of The Day
Cut Public-Worker Benefits, Merge School Districts — Sweeney Panel Recommends
John Reitmeyer | August 10, 2018 | Budget
Commission assembled by Senate President proposes aggressive measures to address New Jersey’s fiscal problems. Teachers union responds in the negative, governor noncommital
Cancer Care, Prevention: How New Jersey Measures Up
Lilo H. Stainton | August 10, 2018 | Healthcare
New report says NJ does well on cancer screenings and general care, not as well on palliative care and pain medication. But report omits recent state initiatives
Opinion: Why Is the DEP Pushing to Dump ‘Dredge Spoils’ in West Creek?
R. William Potter | August 10, 2018 | Opinion
Stopping the state agency from dumping foul-smelling muck in this community is a perfect chance for Murphy administration to demonstrate its green credentials
Court Rules Jersey City Can Keep Some Funds from Failed Journal Square Project
Colleen O'Dea | August 10, 2018 | Planning
Appellate court decides municipality must return $2 million to developer but can hold onto $700,000 paid into affordable-housing trust fund
Federal Court Blocks EPA From Rolling Back Pesticide Ban
Tom Johnson | August 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appeals court says federal agency can’t ease restrictions on chlorpyrifos, so New Jersey doesn’t have to enact its own prohibition
Murphy to NJ Transit Commuters: There’s No Quick Fix in the Offing
NJTV News | August 10, 2018 | Transportation
Governor appreciates that most train engineers are giving their all, but cites a ‘small population’ responsible for most cancellations
| August 10, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Transit Boosts Budget, While Commuters Line Up to Complain About Service
John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2018 | Transportation
State agency votes to increase operating and capital budgets by $200 million all told, admits the addition will stem but not solve ongoing problems
State Supreme Court Sides with Legislature over Christie-Era Job Rule
Colleen O'Dea | August 9, 2018 | Politics
Court affirms right of lawmakers to override actions by state agencies, repudiates effort to weaken civil service protections
Another Natural-Gas Power Plant in the Pipeline for New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
CPV seeks approvals to build a second plant adjacent to its current unit, but environmentalists argue project flies in face of clean-energy goals
Shock for Three School Districts as New Funding Comes Up Way Short
Carly Sitrin | August 9, 2018 | Education
Recent landmark reform was supposed to correct big imbalances in state aid to schools. Glassboro and two other districts get a nasty surprise
State Expands Addiction Treatment for Prisoners
Lilo H. Stainton | August 9, 2018 | Healthcare
Eighty percent of inmates in Garden State were under the influence of drugs when they committed the crime that put them behind bars
Op-Ed: PARCC’s Going, But We Will Still Need Objective Assessment Data
Shelley Skinner | August 9, 2018 | Opinion
Murphy administration’s proposal for replacement testing system needs more work. Its elimination of several state assessments is troubling
Trying to Stop Spotted Lanternfly from Damaging Crops in NJ
NJTV News | August 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Invasive insect, which could do a lot of damage to fruit and vegetables, has been found in three New Jersey counties
| August 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
Redirect Remaining Sandy Aid to Victims Who Still Are Not Back in Homes, State Urged
Colleen O'Dea | August 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Planning
Six years after superstorm’s devastation, not all recovery money has been spent. Advocates want some to go to people who are trying to ‘cross the finish line’
NJ Transit’s Service Cuts Bring Fresh Hell as Agency Pushes to Meet PTC Deadline
John Reitmeyer | August 8, 2018 | Transportation
NJ commuters to New York City went through ‘summer of hell’ last year. They face renewed misery because of latest service changes, suspensions
State Advised to Reject PSE&G Clawback of Revenues from Customers
Tom Johnson | August 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Expert testifies against utility’s request to recover monies lost helping people reduce their use of energy
Rutgers Team Invents Wristband that Could Detect Diseases, Enviro Hazards
Lilo H. Stainton | August 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Technology analyzes microscopic blood sample, transmits data to doctors, hospitals or patient’s phone
Family Planning Services in NJ at Risk from Federal Title X Cutbacks
Meg Robbins | August 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Under Trump administration’s plan to eliminate funding for clinics where abortions are performed, four New Jersey counties could lose a range of healthcare services
Op-Ed: NJ Should Favor Single Developers for Offshore-Wind Projects
Thomas Brostrøm | August 8, 2018 | Opinion
There have been calls for having different companies develop generation and transmission, but it would make more sense for New Jersey to go with single developers
The Man Who Tried to Clean Up New Jersey Politics
NJ Spotlight Staff | August 8, 2018 | Politics
Former state legislator William E. Schluter, who died this week, left an indelible mark on New Jersey politics. And he had a prescription for corruption in the Garden State
| August 8, 2018 | Number of The Day
Princeton Merger Pays Off in Property-Tax Slowdown, Better Services
John Reitmeyer | August 7, 2018 | Budget, Planning
Five years after borough and township consolidated, officials say homeowners and municipality have saved money, and services have improved
Booker and Menendez Explain How NJ Is Resisting Federal Healthcare Policies
Lilo H. Stainton | August 7, 2018 | Healthcare
Senators and state Health Commissioner outline efforts to stop Trump administration from dismantling ACA and impeding other initiatives
Third Try for Offshore-Wind Project Near Atlantic City
Tom Johnson | August 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Turned down twice for being too costly, small clean-energy project is proposed once again for three miles off Jersey Shore
Former NJ Legislator Schluter, Known for His Unwavering Ethics, Dies at 90
NJ Spotlight Staff | August 7, 2018 | Politics
In a political career extending from 1968 to 2002, William E. Schluter cinched tight the laws governing campaign contributions and lobbying
Top Court Sends Montclair State Back to Drawing Board Over New Campus Exit
Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2018 | Planning
Because plans would affect public safety, state Supreme Court returns case to Superior Court to make sure legitimate county concerns are taken into consideration
Op-Ed: Why We Need $15 an Hour Minimum Wage in New Jersey Now, Not Later
Daniel Ulloa | August 7, 2018 | Opinion
As living costs continue to rise in this expensive state, people are working longer hours for less money just to get by
NJ Senators: Marijuana Businesses Must Get Access to Banking System
NJTV News | August 7, 2018 | Healthcare
Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez say legal businesses that sell marijuana must be given entry to banking system
New Jersey Halts Admissions for Troubled Group-Home Company
WNYC News | August 7, 2018 | Healthcare
A series of surprise investigations at Bellwether homes conducted by New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities uncovered evidence of abuse and falsification of records
Bramnick: On Gerrymandering and Murphy’s Fiscal Policies
NJTV News | August 7, 2018 | Politics
Assembly minority leader thinks legislative districts should be more competitive, but doubts anyone from his party or the Democrats has political will to make it happen
| August 7, 2018 | Number of The Day
State Agency to Partner with Hospitals on Housing Initiative
Colleen O'Dea | August 6, 2018 | Healthcare, Housing
As part of pilot program, Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency will provide matching funds for homes to be built near healthcare facilities
Behavioral Health Program Expands Care, But Future Funding in Question
Lilo H. Stainton | August 6, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jerseyans with mental illnesses and addiction problems have benefited from project to transform their healthcare. But it’s not guaranteed to continue
Legalizing Marijuana in NJ: Where’s the Bill, Who Benefits, Who Pays?
Carly Sitrin | August 6, 2018 | Social
New Jersey is on the cusp of legalizing recreational cannabis. But with no legislation ready, questions — and fears — are being raised
Budget Breakdown: What’s Driving Big Boost in Transportation Spending?
NJTV News | August 6, 2018 | Budget
NJTV News special report on state budget examines transportation’s allocation with NJ Spotlight’s John Reitmeyer
Federal Move Could Undermine Murphy Clean-Energy Policies
Tom Johnson | August 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Ruling by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that state subsidies of nuclear and renewable energy are ‘unjust and unreasonable’ could unravel range of NJ energy initiatives
Op-Ed: On Affordable Housing, Some Officials Stuck Back in the Fifties
Stuart Sendell | August 6, 2018 | Opinion
Politicians may try to impede affordable housing in New Jersey, but they can’t stop market forces that favor towns with mass transportation over isolated suburbs
| August 6, 2018 | Number of The Day
Trump Clean-Car Rollback Could Mean Dirtier Air for New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Administration’s move to freeze tougher fuel-efficiency standards may make it much harder for state to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, diminish air pollution
Bridge and Tunnel Slow Woes: Major Route 495 Repair Will Clog the Lincoln
John Reitmeyer | August 3, 2018 | Transportation
Traffic pileup: Transportation officials warn construction will lead to severe congestion, delays for ‘next two-and-a-half years’
Interactive Map: Eviction Filings Dip to Lowest Level in More than a Decade
Colleen O'Dea | August 3, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Despite reductions, tenant advocates and attorneys claim a crisis still exists, especially in Essex County — particularly Newark — which saw more than 40,000 filings in fiscal 2018
Op-Ed: Governor Must Protect Ticket Buyers, Veto New Anti-Consumer Measure
Brian Berry | August 3, 2018 | Opinion
Proposed legislation would benefit ticket sellers, not sports fans and concertgoers. What’s more, it skirted normal process of review and debate
| August 3, 2018 | Number of The Day
State Goes after Polluters for Cleanup Costs, Most Aggressive Action in Years
Tom Johnson | August 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
‘We are demanding our money back,’ says Attorney General when announcing lawsuits for cleanup and restoration
Newark Receives Grant to Foster Minority-Owned Businesses
John Reitmeyer | August 2, 2018 | More Issues
One of five cities in country chosen for small aid program, Newark still eyes the big prize — Amazon’s HQ2
New Jersey Supreme Court Tightens Standards for Expert Testimony
Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2018 | More Issues
According to rigorous new guidelines, expert witnesses must demonstrate their testimony adheres to scientifically accepted methodology
What’s Going to Replace PARCC? It’s Complicated
John Mooney | August 2, 2018 | Education
State Board of Education debates value of standardized testing, draws no conclusions. Parents, educators weigh in
Candidates Clash in 11th District over ICE, Immigration, and Tax Cap
NJTV News | August 2, 2018 | Politics
Republican Jay Webber and Democratic rival Mikie Sherrill have no trouble finding issues to disagree over
Helping NJ Prisoners Get on College Track
NJTV News | August 2, 2018 | Social
Changing lives: the transformative program that helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated New Jerseyans gain college credits
Opinion: How to Curb Governor’s Extraordinary Budget Power
John S. Wisniewski | August 2, 2018 | Opinion
State Senate has approved constitutional amendment to strip governor of ability to certify revenues, but it’s not the only possible fix. Legislature has a remedy if it wants
Grewal Calls Judge’s Decision to Block 3D Gun Site a Victory for Public Safety
WHYY News | August 2, 2018 | Social
Attorney General indicates he will move to shut down other sites offering 3D blueprints when he finds them
| August 2, 2018 | Number of The Day
Governor Appoints Monitor for Newark’s Troubled University Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | August 1, 2018 | Healthcare
Alarms sound over shortcomings in quality of care and financial soundness. Murphy moves swiftly to tackle problems
NJ Suburbs Bounce Back as Older Millennials Go for House and Garden
Colleen O'Dea | August 1, 2018 | Social
Population of New Jersey’s suburban ring springs back even as three most urban counties continue to grow. Millennial generation is key
Sale of Oyster Creek Could Speed Up Decommissioning by Decades
Tom Johnson | August 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists happy nuclear power facility would be cleaned up faster than originally planned, but concerned about details
Down Payment on Murphy’s Plan for Free Community College in NJ
Carly Sitrin | August 1, 2018 | Education
Starting in spring semester, hundreds of students may not have to pay tuition as pilot program is rolled out
Make Extra Mortgage Payments, Get a New State Tax Credit
John Reitmeyer | August 1, 2018 | Budget
Homeowners in high-cost New Jersey could get a small NJ tax break as GOP still pushes for federal tax changes harmful to the state
| August 1, 2018 | Number of The Day
Civil Rights Coalition Calls for End to Core Element of NJ Bail Reform
Colleen O'Dea | July 31, 2018 | Social
Group fears computer risk-assessment tools can worsen racial disparities in who gets released while awaiting trial
Court Approves Green-Acres Swap to House Carousel in Seaside Heights
Tom Johnson | July 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists tried to block trade, which brings almost 70 acres of land to municipality, by arguing Green Acres property should not be ‘diverted into private hands’
Meadowlands Hotel-Room Tax Quietly Expanded Beyond Former Strict Limits
John Reitmeyer | July 31, 2018 | Budget
In little noticed move, tax broadened to cover all hotels in 14 district towns, not just those located within environmentally sensitive area
Opinion: New Jersey and the ACA, Perfect Together
Joel C. Cantor and Katherine Hempstead | July 31, 2018 | Opinion
Despite GOP actions to destabilize Affordable Care Act, the individual insurance market is doing well in Garden State. And new legislation in NJ is helping with affordability
Newark Students Struggle to Earn College Degree in Six Years
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | July 31, 2018 | Education
Whether students from Newark complete college depends in large part on which high school they attend, new report finds
Trump & Co. Hope to Make SALT Cap Permanent
NJTV News Online | July 31, 2018 | Politics
For GOP, capping the deduction keeps a “future Washington” from stealing funds from country’s middle class and small businesses
| July 31, 2018 | Number of The Day
The Babies in New Jersey Who Start Out with ‘Odds Stacked Against Them’
Colleen O'Dea | July 30, 2018 | Social
Advocacy group’s first-ever population report on NJ’s infants and toddlers highlights their higher rate of relative poverty, and vulnerability to health and safety problems
Rule Allowing State Workers to Donate Unused Leave to Co-Workers to be Made Law
John Reitmeyer | July 30, 2018 | Politics
Sen. Loretta Weinberg behind effort to legally codify New Jersey’s donated-leave policy, which has been praised for promoting teamwork
EPA Tried to Ease Rule on Truck Pollution but Backs Off — For Now
Tom Johnson | July 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency will enforce regulation that curbs pollution from diesel trucks after court sides with several states, including New Jersey. But skirmishing expected to continue
Budget Breakdown: The Billions Spent on Education
NJ Spotlight staff | July 30, 2018 | Budget
In the second special NJTV News report on Garden State budget, NJ Spotlight’s John Reitmeyer looks at the single biggest spending item, $15 billion on education
Op-Ed: Harnessing Offshore Wind — Do it Fast, But Do it Right
Clarke Bruno | July 30, 2018 | Opinion
Murphy administration wants to jumpstart clean energy, but state law prohibits whole category of companies from bidding on key work. That could be costly for ratepayers
| July 30, 2018 | Number of The Day
ACLU-NJ Sues School Districts for Asking About Immigration Status
John Mooney and Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2018 | Education, Social
Attorney argues that districts illegally request photo licenses or state ID cards to prevent students from registering for schools
Radio Station Suspends Hosts for Using Racial Slur Against State Attorney General
John Reitmeyer | July 27, 2018 | Politics, Social
Politicians of every stripe jump to support AG Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh-American in the country to hold such a position
AG Challenges Federal Agency for Inadequate Review of Gas Pipelines
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Gurbir Grewal among several attorneys general critical of FERC’s decision to not take climate change into account in certification process
Grewal Tries to Block Texas Company’s Release of Plans for 3-D Guns on Internet
Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2018 | Social
AG orders company to ‘cease and desist’ from making computer files available online that NJ residents could use to ‘print’ their own guns
Rutgers–New Brunswick Chancellor Steps Down After Just One Year
Carly Sitrin | July 27, 2018 | Education
Debasish Dutta tells student his ‘vision for the chancellorship’ doesn’t mesh with the way the university sees the position
Op-Ed: EDA Challenges NJ to Rethink ‘Old Ways,’ Become Innovative Again
Tim Sullivan | July 27, 2018 | Opinion
State agency launches program to rekindle spirit of innovation in New Jersey, invites local governments to compete for new planning awards
A Critical Question for NJ Towns: What Do You Do with a Dying Mall?
NJTV News | July 27, 2018 | Planning
There are more than 30 enclosed malls dotted across the Garden State — many in trouble — but some experts insist they can be given a new lease on life
Justice Anne Patterson Reconfirmed for State Supreme Court
NJTV News | July 27, 2018 | More Issues
Christie appointee sails smoothly through Senate committee review. It appears there’s less drama in court with Murphy in governor’s office
| July 27, 2018 | Number of The Day
Wind Farms for the Jersey Shore — State Outlines a Critical Rule
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board of Public Utilities explains key funding mechanism for offshore-wind projects. Developers are keen, but some clean-energy advocates chide agency for lack of specifics
Charges of Racism Leveled at Assembly Hearing on Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | July 26, 2018 | Housing
Claims that towns don’t have adequate infrastructure or large enough school systems to meet steep housing obligations dismissed as economic segregation
Hoping for the Next Google, State Will Help Pay Rent of Startups and Tech Firms
John Reitmeyer | July 26, 2018 | More Issues
Keen to make New Jersey hospitable to new cutting-edge businesses, governor announces modest incentives he says could be beefed up if they deliver results
BPU Orders Utilities to Do Better Job Keeping Lights on During Big Storms
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency directives include better sharing of crews outside franchise areas and improved communication with customers about restoration efforts
Extending National Flood Insurance Program Through Hurricane Season
WHYY News | July 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The program, which is under severe financial stress, had been set to expire
| July 26, 2018 | Number of The Day
Big Changes to School Funding in NJ as Fragile Alliance Holds
John Mooney | July 25, 2018 | Education
New law to lessen disparities in aid, and governor promises every district will be fully funded by 2025
Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About School Funding in NJ
Carly Sitrin | July 25, 2018 | Explainer
Funding for New Jersey’s K-12 schools is one of the state’s most divisive issues, pitting district against district. How did it ever get that way?
State Suspends Low-Level Marijuana Cases Until September — For a Start
Carly Sitrin | July 25, 2018 | Politics
Attorney General says decision buys time for working group to advise on prosecutorial authority and downgrading of charges. Directive does not extend to law enforcement
NJ Makes Move to Bring Solar Power to Communities that Have Been Locked Out
Tom Johnson | July 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has given billions of dollars in ratepayer subsidies for solar systems, largely to benefit the better-off. It’s now pushing to include less affluent residents
Booker Leads NJ Opposition to Census Question on Citizenship
Colleen O'Dea | July 25, 2018 | Politics
Senator calls proposal ‘shameful attempt to inject nativist, bigoted politics’ into population count. New Jersey groups mobilize to stop it
NJ Picked as ‘Learning Lab’ to Improve State Services Using Digital Technology
John Reitmeyer | July 25, 2018 | More Issues
Better information for NJ Transit riders, a more efficient Newark Airport. These and other government initiatives are promised
| July 25, 2018 | Number of The Day
Sweeney Maneuvers to Strip Governor of Key Budget Power, Denies It’s Hostile
John Reitmeyer | July 24, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Governor has sole authority to certify revenues. But, if Senate President is successful, that won’t be the case for much longer
Murphy CVs Bill Forcing Divestiture from Companies Dodging Superfund Cleanups
Tom Johnson | July 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Legislation targets pension-fund investments. Governor says divestiture should be one option among several afforded to State Investment Council
NJ Issues First Advisories for Consumption of Fish Containing PFAS Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | July 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State scientists recommend limits for 12 species found to contain chemicals linked to cancers and other illnesses
New Law Requiring Candidates to Provide Email Helps Voters Stay Connected
Colleen O'Dea | July 24, 2018 | Politics
Governor puts his signature to bill finally ending state’s inefficient, ineffective reliance on snail mail to reach candidates
Profile: Onetime Obama Staffer Now Steers Higher Ed in NJ
Carly Sitrin | July 24, 2018 | Profiles
Georgia native focuses on developing ‘first-class, best-in-the-nation, free community college plan’ for New Jersey
Op-Ed: New Jersey Should Adopt Safe Nurse-to-Patient Limit
Ann Twomey, John Brady and Donna Kelly-Williams | July 24, 2018 | Opinion
Having too few nurses working in healthcare facilities is to the detriment of patients and staff. Legislation to set reasonable ratio is proposed for NJ. It could save lives
| July 24, 2018 | Number of The Day
‘Sin Taxes’ Are Unlikely to Deliver Revenue Bonanza to New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | July 23, 2018 | Budget
Lawmakers in NJ recently enacted new taxes on e-cigarettes and sports betting. Analysis suggests the new taxes won’t do much for state coffers
Attorney General Just Says ‘No’ to Decriminalizing Marijuana in Jersey City
Carly Sitrin | July 23, 2018 | Politics
AG’s stance surprises some, given Murphy administration’s support for legalizing cannabis use
BPU Goes Giddyup as Murphy Wants NJ on Fast Track to Clean Energy
Tom Johnson | July 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Traditional speed of state agency has been plodding, but now it’s been pitched into leadership role in rapidly changing energy sector
Latest NJ Court Move: Huge Number of Old Warrants Could be Quashed
Colleen O'Dea | July 23, 2018 | More Issues
Following fast on recommendations for major reforms in municipal courts, panel of judges will review hundreds of thousands of warrants
Op-Ed: With Tunnel Repairs in Offing, Bikes are Key to Keeping People on the Move
Neile Weissman | July 23, 2018 | Opinion
It’s imperative to make contingency plans for a shutdown of Hudson rail tunnels. Step one: Widen bike paths on George Washington Bridge to accommodate far more riders
| July 23, 2018 | Number of The Day
Offshore Wind Hits Early Turbulence: Who Will Bring the Power Ashore?
Tom Johnson | July 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Battle erupts over who will deploy lucrative transmission lines to reach customers, pitting wind developers against transmission companies
Extra Homestead Credit in Pipeline, But Budget Ploy Keeps Lid on Amount
John Reitmeyer | July 20, 2018 | Budget
Homeowners who waited in vain for full NJ property-tax credit in May will get a makeup credit. But state has ways to keep lid on what’s paid out
Interactive Map: Where New Jersey’s Prison Population Is Shrinking Fastest
Colleen O'Dea | July 20, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
The Garden State leads the nation in freeing prisoners, a trend helped along by sentencing reform and changes in the way drug crimes are dealt with by the courts
Former EPA Official to Lead Highlands Council
Tom Johnson | July 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appointment seen as move by governor to reshape body that oversees environmentally sensitive region
Op-Ed: Let Public Challenge State’s Environmental Damage Settlements
Raymond Lesniak | July 20, 2018 | Opinion
Citizens were denied right to challenge settlement in case of ExxonMobil’s massive environmental damage in New Jersey. NJ Legislature must ensure that right
What’s Causing NJ’s Growing Shortage of Nurses?
NJTV News | July 20, 2018 | Healthcare
As older nurses retire, problem is exacerbated by insufficient staff in nursing schools to train those who want to join the profession
| July 20, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Tax-Incentive Programs Under Microscope — High Cost of Camden Jobs Noted
John Reitmeyer | July 19, 2018 | Budget
State should reform how it gives job-creation tax incentives to businesses, suggests new report that underscores high price tag for Camden jobs
Federal Court Stops EPA From Easing Rules on Truck Pollution
Tom Johnson | July 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Temporary stay blocks agency from lifting limits on glider trucks, whose rebuilt engines can spew 40 times more pollution than today’s engines
NJ Joins Suit Demanding Trump DOJ Distribute Millions in Policing Funds
Colleen O'Dea | July 19, 2018 | Immigration
Six states refuse to be strong-armed into enforcing Trump immigration laws in order to receive federal funding for police initiatives
Dems Crush GOP Candidates in Congressional Money Race
NJTV News | July 19, 2018 | Politics
Hand-over-fist fundraising fills Democratic campaign coffers for upcoming congressional race
Tammy Murphy Says She’s Team Player, Not Co-Governor
NJTV News | July 19, 2018 | Politics
First Lady happy to work behind scene on issues concerning environment and New Jersey’s mother-infant mortality rates
Changes Suggested to Marijuana Bill Don’t Wilt Opposition
NJTV News | July 19, 2018 | Politics
Sen. Ron Rice, leader of Legislative Black Caucus, remains steadfast against measure
| July 19, 2018 | Number of The Day
Municipal Courts too Quick to Levy Fines and Need Major Reforms — Report
Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2018 | More Issues
New Jersey’s 515 municipal courts collected over $400 million last year. New report concludes system is due for an overhaul that prioritizes impartial justice over making money
NJ, Other States File Suit to Quash Federal Curbing of SALT Deduction
John Reitmeyer | July 18, 2018 | Politics
GOP’s overhaul of tax policies last year dealt harsh blow to New Jersey, other states by placing $10,000 limit on key tax write-off. New lawsuit says cap violates the Constitution
It Was Once a Superfund Site, Now It’s a Solar Farm
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Transformation of former landfill in South Brunswick emblematic of governor’s plan to greatly increase renewable energy in NJ. But, can more developers be enticed to invest in solar?
West Nile Virus Has Come Early to NJ This Year — Take Precautions, Officials Warn
Lilo H. Stainton | July 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Transmitted by infected mosquitoes, WNV has already been found in 13 counties but no cases of human infection
Op-Ed: Governor Must Ensure Climate Program Protects NJ’s Most Vulnerable
Rev. Fletcher Harper | July 18, 2018 | Opinion
‘Imploring’ Murphy to set strong cap on New Jersey’s carbon pollution, as state rejoins Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
| July 18, 2018 | Number of The Day
Can ‘Opportunity Zones’ Help Revitalize NJ’s Distressed Towns and Cities?
John Reitmeyer | July 17, 2018 | Politics
New federal program bets investors will be willing to put their money in designated zones in return for significant tax breaks down the line
Court Upholds Fine for Unlicensed Transportation of Solid Waste
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dirt hauler delivered solid waste to Old Bridge development instead of supplying ‘clean fill.’ The waste contained a known carcinogen
State Gives Medicaid Patients More Help to Quit Smoking
Lilo H. Stainton | July 17, 2018 | Healthcare
Medicaid members now qualify for smoking cessation medications like nicotine gum, lozenges, skin patches without prior approval
NJ Wine Growers Say Road Signage Prohibitions Are Keeping Them Hidden
Carly Sitrin | July 17, 2018 | More Issues
Quality and quantity of Garden State wine on the upswing, but producers lament rules that limit their use of signs
Op-Ed: Separating Families — Wrong at the Border and Wrong in New Jersey
Jazmyne McNeese | July 17, 2018 | Opinion
NJ punishes children of parents in prison, but pending legislation would help mitigate the damage
NJ’s Congressional Delegation Shocked at Trump’s Remarks
NJTV News | July 17, 2018 | Politics
‘Disturbing,’ ‘shameful,’ and ‘wrong’ among the adjectives senior politicians used to describe president’s performance alongside Putin
| July 17, 2018 | Number of The Day
See How Much Your School District Is Gaining, or Losing, in ‘Redistributed’ Aid
John Mooney | July 16, 2018 | Education
There’s been a net increase of $350M in funding. Some districts are winners, but others are losers. Who wins, who loses?
Tackling Teen Suicides in NJ — and the Online Connection
Lilo H. Stainton | July 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Lawmakers propose studying effects of electronic devices, online communication on schoolchildren. In related move, they want kids to be assessed for symptoms of depression
JCP&L Wants Approval for $400M Upgrades to Its Grid
Tom Johnson | July 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility, criticized by governor for poor performance during winter storms, says it needs rate increase to carry out thousands of improvements. Advocates fear consumers will pay more
How to Repair NJ Transit — Start with the Top Brass
John Reitmeyer | July 16, 2018 | Transportation
Money isn’t enough. New report suggests governing board of beleaguered transportation agency needs significant reform
Budget Breakdown: How Will New Spending Plan Affect Public Pensions?
NJ Spotlight Staff | July 16, 2018 | Budget
In first of a series of reports on NJTV News about the state budget, NJ Spotlight’s John Reitmeyer examines implications for public pension system
Op-Ed: Time for NJ’s Health Insurers to Help Counter Trump Sabotage of ACA
Andrew Sprung | July 16, 2018 | Opinion
Governor and legislators have done their bit to try to hold down cost of premiums. When will insurance industry step up?
Last Week Was Bad for Republicans in South Jersey
WNYC News | July 16, 2018 | Politics
Seth Grossman, GOP candidate in 2nd congressional district, accused of promulgating racist material
| July 16, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Administration Hopes to Save on Cost of Public-Worker Benefits
John Reitmeyer | July 13, 2018 | Budget
Renewed focus in Trenton on price tag of health insurance, as troubled pension system also expected to come in for more scrutiny
Big ‘Ecological Impact’ to Follow Removal of Warren County Dam
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Multimillion-dollar project to clear away Columbia Lake Dam gears up. Will shad and other species come back to restored habitat?
Healthcare Transportation ‘Disrupters’ Make Big Drive in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | July 13, 2018 | Healthcare
New high-tech services pledge to construct easier ways for patients to get to and from medical appointments
State Urged to Do More to Battle Air Pollution
Colleen O'Dea | July 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jerseyans are breathing more than their fill of dirty air, according to a new report. Surprisingly, it found the most bad-air days in 2016 were logged in bucolic Warren County
NJ Renews Funding for McGreevey’s Prisoner Re-Entry Program
Carly Sitrin | July 13, 2018 | Social
Former governor celebrates fresh grants, including one that helps people get jobs in construction
| July 13, 2018 | Number of The Day
Go/No-Go for Power Plant on One of NJ’s Most Pristine Waterways
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP gives exemption to proposed development in Highlands, but also deems project inconsistent with water-quality regulations
PARCC Is on the Way Out, But Not Everyone Is Happy to See It Go
John Mooney | July 12, 2018 | Education
State board presented proposal to cut PARCC graduation requirements to just two tests, but some educators speak in favor of unpopular evaluation
Lawmakers Hope to Reduce Drug Abuse, OD Deaths in Schools
Lilo H. Stainton | July 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Can starting drug education in seventh grade and stockpiling naloxone in high schools help turn tide in battle against substance abuse?
Republicans Want to Wrest Control of Affordable Housing from NJ Courts
Colleen O'Dea | July 12, 2018 | Housing
Judges have overseen agreements that could lead to construction of tens of thousands of homes. Their ‘micromanaging’ of process is a problem for GOP leader
Senate Inaction Leaves Empty Seats on Critical State Investment Council
John Reitmeyer | July 12, 2018 | Budget
Panel deals with $78.6 billion public pension system, but governor’s eight nominees have yet to get a hearing
Op-Ed: Governor Is Great, Not Weak, for Compromising on the Budget
Doug Johnston | July 12, 2018 | Opinion
Murphy is already better at his job than many who held the position before him. Media ‘malarkey’ does him a disservice
| July 12, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Begins to Wind Down PARCC Testing in NJ Schools
John Mooney | July 11, 2018 | Education
Governor announces cuts in controversial program. But, having once promised to scrap it, he concedes it will take a while to replace it
NJ Ranks Last Among States for Cost of Doing Business, but Other Signs Are Positive
John Reitmeyer | July 11, 2018 | Budget
Low mark for Garden State is cause for concern. On the bright side: high marks in education, diversity, access to capital
Energy Official Threatens New Jersey Brexit from PJM Regional Power Grid
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board of Public Utilities president unhappy with ‘lip service’ and decisions that lead to NJ customers paying more for electricity
NJ Gives Medicaid Patients with Hepatitis C Earlier Access to Life-Saving Drugs
Lilo H. Stainton | July 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Change means severe liver damage might be avoided. Up to now, patients were only covered for treatments after damage was evident
Op-Ed: To Vote Has Value to the Soul
Ron Pierce | July 11, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey must restore voting rights to people on parole, on probation, and in prison
| July 11, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Concussion Doc Warns Parents: Keep Kids Out of Youth Football
Lilo H. Stainton | July 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Other doctors question this caution, while sports advocates argue football remains a path to educational and economic opportunity for some kids
State Takes Another Small Step Toward Cranking Up Offshore Wind Industry
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
After progress stalled under Christie administration, new governor has ambitious agenda. But developers worry time will run out before they can access federal tax incentives
Opinion: The Not So Hidden Agenda to Stall Expansion of Public Charter Schools in NJ
Laura Waters | July 10, 2018 | Opinion
Follow the money behind two-pronged legal and academic attack. Realize the endgame is a moratorium on charters
NJ Agencies Try to Calm Trump Hostility to Gateway Project
John Reitmeyer | July 10, 2018 | Transportation
Port Authority takes over more aspects of trans-Hudson tunnel, NJ Transit confirms extra money for Portal Bridge. But is President’s enmity toward New York Senator Chuck Schumer the real impediment?
U.S. Third Circuit Decides in Favor of New Jersey Criminal-Justice Reform
Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2018 | Social
In ruling, judge upholds state’s 2014 determination to eliminate monetary bail as prerequisite for release from jail
New Superintendent of Newark’s Schools Promises Forward March
NJTV News | July 10, 2018 | Education
Roger León says he’s responsible for setting stage for what happens years down the line
| July 10, 2018 | Number of The Day
Is NJ Ready for Water-Use Fee to Fund Billions in Upgrades of Aging Infrastructure?
Tom Johnson | July 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State Sen. Bob Smith has long argued for a toll to help fund renewal of New Jersey’s century-old water system. He thinks the time just might be right to get it done
Opinion: New Jersey Scores Another Own Goal with ‘Horrendous’ Tax Choices
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | July 9, 2018 | Opinion
Garden State’s competitiveness severely weakened by political leaders’ budget deal. Taking the easy way out, they made worst possible policy decisions
Lawmakers Want to Borrow $1B for Education Items but Leave Voters with Final Say
John Reitmeyer | July 9, 2018 | Education, Politics
Bipartisan support to ask voters for massive bond. The money would go to school security, technical training, and cleaning up school water. Will governor sign on?
Murphy Signs Law to Update NJ’s Sorely Outmoded System for Investigating Deaths
Lilo H. Stainton | July 9, 2018 | Healthcare
State’s medical examiner operation has been falling apart for years but major reforms are about to begin
The List: Top Ten Counties in New Jersey for Highest Wages
Colleen O'Dea | July 9, 2018 | The List
The best places for higher-wage jobs are in northern and central NJ. But pay hikes in Garden State straggle behind national average
| July 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
Law that Would Put 5-Cent Fee on Plastic, Paper Bags Up in Air as Governor Decides
Tom Johnson | July 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Jockeying continues over legislation — or some other initiative to curb spread of plastic — as Murphy’s decision awaited
Opinion: Governor Doesn’t Even Get Half a Loaf as Sweeney Takes the Cake
Carl Golden | July 3, 2018 | Opinion
Legislative power has been reasserted after budget struggle. It’s difficult to see how Gov. Murphy can maneuver around emboldened Senate President
Hospitals Get Good News, Bad News in NJ’s Last-Minute Budget Resolution
Lilo H. Stainton | July 3, 2018 | Healthcare
Tens of millions of dollars that had been ‘frozen’ will be quickly distributed to acute-care facilities but hospital leaders alarmed by emergency-room payment reforms
Budget Earmarks Funds to Build Affordable Homes in NJ — at Last
Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2018 | Budget, Housing
While significant sum still allowed to be diverted, $15 million has been put aside specifically for constructing homes
What’s In the Budget and How Will it Affect You?
NJTV News | July 3, 2018 | Budget
Who wins? Who loses? Who pays more? Who gets a break? Who takes a hit? Where in the budgetary details is the devil?
Homegrown Educator Charting New Course for Newark Schools
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | July 3, 2018 | Education
Roger León, the ultimate Brick City insider, gets chance to chart course for school district as era of state control has ended
| July 3, 2018 | Number of The Day
Sweeney, Coughlin Show Governor Their Power in Budget Fight
John Reitmeyer | July 2, 2018 | Budget
Yes, Murphy got funding for nearly all his spending priorities. But he had to give up one of his core pledges, a millionaires tax, among other concessions to his fellow Democrats
‘Ecstatic’ Sweeney Wins Major Changes in School Funding
John Mooney | July 2, 2018 | Education
Governor agrees to consequential adjustments to state’s school funding law for which Senate President has long campaigned
FINE PRINT: This Is What You Can Expect from NJ’s Revised Energy Master Plan
Tom Johnson | July 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Look for dramatic revisions, given that when governor ordered state officials to overhaul the plan, he emphasized need to shift to clean energy sources
NJ Close to Giving Prisoners Access to State Financial Aid for College Courses
Colleen O'Dea | July 2, 2018 | Education, Social
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey says initiative would be ‘a game changer,’ offering those who are incarcerated the prospect of a career rather than a return to the streets ‘with no hope’
Op-Ed: Imposing Small Fee on Plastic and Paper Bags Will Help NJ Fight Litter
Sandy Huber | July 2, 2018 | Opinion
Bags litter the Garden State’s highways and byways. Not just an eyesore, they are a big environmental concern
Results of Employer Survey Show State’s Labor Market at a Tipping Point
John J. Sarno | Employers Association of New Jersey | July 2, 2018 | Sponsored Content
Although New Jersey has seen job growth since the ‘great recession,’ wages have gone down and there’s danger of ‘a vicious cycle of low wages, decreased investment and underutilization of human capital’
| July 2, 2018 | Number of The Day
Last-Minute Budget Deal Allows NJ To Avoid Government Shutdown
John Reitmeyer | June 29, 2018 | Budget
Final agreement on millionaires' and corporate tax boosts spending on education, property tax relief
Will Democrats Public Brawling Over Budget Hurt the Party Down the Road?
Colleen O'Dea | June 29, 2018 | Budget
Some pundits say clash was inevitable, the result of an inexperienced governor taking on powerful, ambitious legislative leaders
NJ Hospitals Explore Software to Reduce Addiction, Improve Care
Lilo H. Stainton | June 29, 2018 | Healthcare
Computerized tracking tool summarizes patients’ histories, flagging suspect behaviors and speeding response time
State Senate OKs Prescribed Burns in Pinelands, Other NJ Woodlands
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Controlled burns reduce wildfires, while improving ecological health of forests and wooded areas
Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs This Tool to Reduce Flooding and Water Pollution
Jim Waltman | June 29, 2018 | Opinion
The Garden State’s sources of pollution almost defy counting: pesticides, fertilizers, petroleum, antifreeze, septic systems, sewer pipes, and pet waste — to name just a few
| June 29, 2018 | Number of The Day
As Shutdown Clock Ticks, Murphy and Dem Leaders Duel Over Budget Plans
John Reitmeyer | June 28, 2018 | Budget
Legislative leaders want taxes on short-term summer rentals, boost in realty-transfer tax, but Murphy’s millionaires tax and increase in state sales tax still nowhere to be seen
NJ Joins Suit to Stop EPA From Easing Rules on HFCs Linked to Climate Change
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency loosens its own limits on hydrofluorocarbons, compounds used in refrigeration, air conditioning, insulation, aerosols, and other processes
NJ Public Unions Vow to Stand Up to U.S. Supreme Court Janus Ruling
Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2018 | Politics
Union leaders, Democratic lawmakers remain uncowed by decision to strip public-sector unions of right to collect ‘fair-share’ fees from nonmembers who benefit from negotiated contracts
Law Enforcement, Addiction Services Forge New Alliance to Help Drug Offenders
Lilo H. Stainton | June 28, 2018 | Healthcare
State Attorney General promotes program that treats addiction as a public health crisis rather than ‘law enforcement issue alone’
Op-Ed: Making NJ Truly Healthy Means Giving Everyone Same Opportunities
Diane Hagerman | June 28, 2018 | Opinion
Healthy living is hard to achieve for many New Jerseyans, who face significant economic and social obstacles. We need to build a ‘culture of health’ for all our residents
Delivery Services Are Right Rx for Medical Marijuana
Bonni Goldstein, M.D. | June 28, 2018 | Sponsored Content
Essential for patients who are too ill to travel or who have mobility issues, delivery services let them receive their medicine in the privacy of their homes
| June 28, 2018 | Number of The Day
Legislature Set to Advance Contentious Nursing Home Staff-Ratio Bill
Lilo H. Stainton | June 27, 2018 | Healthcare
Frontline workers call for more help, but industry fears an “unfunded mandate”
NJ’s Budget Battle: Tax Breaks Are at Stake, Not Just Tax Hikes
John Reitmeyer | June 27, 2018 | Budget
Governor offers to compromise with Democratic legislative leaders, but fate unclear of tax breaks that would help low-income and middle-class New Jerseyans
State Starts to Wind Down Program Used to Encourage Solar Installations
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Steep costs to utility customers who subsidize this renewable energy leads Board of Public Utilities to move away from solar credits, but new system has yet to be determined
NJ Joins Legal Battle Over Trump’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Immigration Policy
Colleen O'Dea | June 27, 2018 | Immigration
Attorney general signs on to multistate lawsuit alleging administration’s actions at Southwestern borders are unconstitutional
The Opioid Epidemic in New Jersey — an NJ Spotlight Roundtable
NJ Spotlight | June 27, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
As the Garden State continues to stem the tide of opioid deaths, funding must be found for new initiatives and emerging evidence-based protocols
Op-Ed: The Garden State’s Illusive 180-Day School Year
Marc Gaswirth | June 27, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey statute mandates students attend school for 180 days each year, but everything from fire drills to teacher conferences can whittle that figure down
| June 27, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Won’t Rule Out Line-Item Veto, but Keeps Talking with Legislators
John Reitmeyer | June 26, 2018 | Budget
Murphy and Democratic leaders try to bridge budget gap in closed-door talks and try to sway public opinion in competing press conferences
Staving Off Diversions of Lead-Abatement Funds — Constitutionally
Tom Johnson | June 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Committee clears bill that would dedicate portion of sales-tax revenue to stripping lead-based paint from New Jersey homes, most common source of lead exposure for kids
Education Legislation: It’s Not Just About School Funding
John Mooney | June 26, 2018 | Education
Bills advancing in the State House address a variety of issues, from recess, seatbelts, and sexual abuse to helping private schools meet payroll for STEM teachers
NJ Thinks Very Small, Hoping to Make Big Difference in Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | June 26, 2018 | Housing
Can ‘tiny homes’ establish a firm enough foundation in the Garden State, giving the homeless and the poor a way to put a roof over their head?
Changes in State Funding Might Give Hospitals Extra Money — and Take Some Away
Lilo H. Stainton | June 26, 2018 | Healthcare
Proposals, which have raced through the Legislature, envision new county-based taxes on procedures and acute care
Poll: Who’s Winning the Budget Battle for NJ’s Hearts and Minds?
| June 26, 2018 | Polling
Gov. Phil Murphy and state legislators have mounted an all-out messaging war about their spending plans. Is it just a media blitz or is one side edging closer to victory?
Op-Ed: Balancing Budgets Without Political Consequences
Sheila Reynertson | June 26, 2018 | Opinion
Long-term, short-term, midterm — determining which spending plans can take New Jersey comfortably and safely into the future
| June 26, 2018 | Number of The Day
The List: The Graying of New Jersey Keeps Pace with Aging of America
Colleen O'Dea | June 25, 2018 | The List
With its median age of 35.2 years, Hudson County — with its millennial magnets of Jersey City and Hoboken — is positively spry compared with Cape May County’s 49.4
Explainer: Why Gov. Murphy and Lawmakers Can’t Agree on a New State Budget
John Reitmeyer | June 25, 2018 | Budget
But despite all the buster and ballyhoo, there’s still room for compromise — and still time to end the impasse before a government shutdown becomes imminent
Prevention, Risk Reduction Focus of First NJ Spotlight Opioid Roundtable
Lilo H. Stainton | June 25, 2018 | Healthcare, Roundtables
State officials, medical professionals agree New Jersey has made a good start by trimming opioid prescriptions, but much more work remains
BPU Blocks JCP&L Plans for High-Voltage Power Line in Monmouth County
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State agency agrees with activists, administrative law court, and rate counsel — sees no need for proposed $111 million power conduit that would run close to schools and homes
Op-Ed: Bring NJ’s Independent Schools into Budget Discussions
Eugene J. Cornacchia | June 25, 2018 | Opinion
Although the state’s independent colleges and universities offer diversity of community and opportunity, they may go unrecognized during broader budget discussions
In New Jersey, A Crisis of Legal Help for Unaccompanied Minors
WNYC News | June 25, 2018 | Immigration
When immigrant families are split up at the border, their children are often sent as far away as New Jersey
| June 25, 2018 | Number of The Day
Interactive Map: Where Opioids Are Exacting the Highest Death Toll in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | June 22, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Prescriptions are way down but that hasn’t halted the accelerating number of fatalities. The one bright spot is Ocean County, which has seen big decline in deaths related to the drugs
Push Comes to Shove: Legislature Sends Its 2019 Spending Bill to Murphy
John Reitmeyer | June 22, 2018 | Budget
High rhetoric and low expectations as budget deal goes south. Next up: governor’s veto and government shutdown?
Opinion: Front-Row Seats for the Trenton Power Struggle
Carl Golden | June 22, 2018 | Opinion
It’s not about any of the issues that Murphy and Sweeney have made their own, it’s about who calls the shots, the governor or the Legislature — and the conflict is only going to get uglier
NJ Lawmakers OK 5-Cent Fee on Plastic/Paper Carryout Bags
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If Murphy signs on, law could reduce clutter in landfills and landscapes, but it won’t deliver money to lead-abatement programs — as originally intended
Fine Print: School-funding changes easily pass Senate and Assembly
John Mooney | June 22, 2018 | Education
But how long will they survive in budget battle with Murphy?
Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, Microbe: Parsing NJ’s Potential State Symbols
Carly Sitrin | June 22, 2018 | Politics
Will the Pine Barrens tree frog, horseshoe crab, Tom Edison, franklinite, and Streptomyces griseus — among others — join the bog turtle as official symbols of the Garden State?
Scientists Help ID New Cancer-Causing Agent in Tobacco Smoke
Lilo H. Stainton | June 22, 2018 | Healthcare
Organic compounds known as ‘aldehydes’ are primary source of damage to DNA and also suppress its ability to repair that damage
| June 22, 2018 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Look to Divert Funds Before State Has Money in Hand
Tom Johnson | June 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A proposed 5-cent fee on single-use plastic bags could bring in $23M for lead abatement, but the funds are being diverted — even before the new legislation is law
Murphy to Undo Contentious Christie Makeover of Mental Health, Addiction Services
Lilo H. Stainton | June 21, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor expected to shift most DMHAS programs back to the Department of Human Services
For Murphy, Changes to Funding Formula Depend on Revenues to Fund Them
John Mooney | June 21, 2018 | Education
Governor calls revised school-funding scheme a ‘nice-looking half a loaf,’ but suggests everything depends on lawmakers giving him the revenue he’s asked for
Feds Release Long-Awaited Report on Health Risks of Chemical Family
Jon Hurdle | June 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New health standards on 14 chemicals in the PFAS family raise concerns about current EPA limits — or the lack of them
Uncorking the Cap: Law Would Make It Easier for NJ Drinkers to Buy Wine
Colleen O'Dea | June 21, 2018 | More Issues
Coalition of wineries, consumers and retailers cheer plan to get rid of current cap on amount of wine that can be shipped but liquor store alliance opposes the change
Money Drains as Lawmakers Slow to Approve Refinancing of NJ’s Transportation Debt
John Reitmeyer | June 21, 2018 | Budget
Governor gave go-ahead, but legislators haven’t acted. Officials estimate state has missed out on $1 million in savings in days
Op-Ed: Reducing Disposable Bags Means Both Paper and Plastic
Rocco D’Antonio | June 21, 2018 | Opinion
Plastic bags may have a worse reputation, but their paper equivalents are at least just as bad for the environment
| June 21, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Stands with Children, Protests Splitting Up Immigrant Families at Border
Colleen O'Dea | June 20, 2018 | Immigration
Murphy signs EO to stop state funds from being used for forced separations, commits $2.1 million to legal help for indigent immigrants
In Open Challenge to Murphy, Dem Lawmakers Move Their Own Spending Bill
John Reitmeyer | June 20, 2018 | Budget
Senate and Assembly budget panels vote out 2019 budget bill, risking governor’s veto and state shutdown at end of month
School-Funding Bill Clears Committee, Breaking One Logjam With Murphy
John Mooney | June 20, 2018 | Education
Proponents claim $9 billion measure puts state on road to full funding within seven years
The RPA Wants to Welcome You to the Meadowlands National Park
Tom Johnson | June 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The Regional Plan Association has seen the future of the Meadowlands — and its egrets, ospreys, and bald eagles — as a vast wetlands preserve
After Paramus Tragedy, Making School Buses Safer, Drivers More Accountable
Carly Sitrin | June 20, 2018 | Education
Lawmakers offer legislation to upgrade seat belts, strengthen training and regulation of drivers, and add to safety of special-needs students
NJ Lawmakers Consider New Taxes on Hospitals to Fund Medicaid, Medical Education
Lilo H. Stainton | June 20, 2018 | Healthcare
Aim is to raise investment in care for low-income residents and pump more money into graduate education
Op-Ed: Ten New Ways to View A Career in Manufacturing
John W. Kennedy | June 20, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey’s manufacturing and STEM industries are very much alive and well, with 11,000 companies, 360,000-plus employees, and $46 billion in output
Pallone Recounts Difficult Visit to Immigrants in Elizabeth Detention Center
NJTV News | June 20, 2018 | Immigration
Congressman believes opposition to Trump policy of separating children from parents is ‘building to a crescendo’
| June 20, 2018 | Number of The Day
Trenton Starts to Sizzle, Governor Duels with Leading Dems Over Budget
John Reitmeyer | June 19, 2018 | Budget
Amid competing press conferences, clashing news releases, and governor’s threat to veto Legislature’s appropriations bill, possibility of government shutdown increases
Deja Vu All Over Again: NJ Gov. Corzine and the 2006 Government Shutdown
Colleen O'Dea | June 19, 2018 | Politics
Former governor’s plan to raise sales tax by 1 cent sparked off a battle of wills between two powerful Democrats. Sound familiar?
NJ Hospitals Adopt Protocols to Reduce Unnecessary C-Sections
Lilo H. Stainton | June 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Cesarean delivery comes with a number of risks for mothers and babies, including blood clots, cardiac complications, asthma and diabetes
Does ‘Rain Tax’ Have a Chance of Staunching State’s Stormwater Runoff?
Tom Johnson | June 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Bill voted out of key Senate committee would let towns and counties assess fees on sources of runoff to cover cost of managing stormwater
Op-Ed: Let’s See if Lawmakers Stand Up to Unions by Voting to Curb Unused Sick Days
Christian Barranco | June 19, 2018 | Opinion
Legislators need to show courage to ‘bring public-sector workers in line with everyday working people’
| June 19, 2018 | Number of The Day
Appropriations Bill from Democratic Lawmakers, First Salvo in Budget Battle
John Reitmeyer | June 18, 2018 | Budget
Despite overall accord, legislators and governor still have issues to hash out, especially when it comes to funding public-employee pensions, K-12 education, and mass transit
Could Climate Change Erode Real Estate Markets in Coastal New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | June 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If chronic flooding inundates New Jersey communities, homes could take a big hit, according to new report, as well as property taxes that fund schools and roads
State Launches Tax-Free Savings Program to Help Disabled People
Lilo H. Stainton | June 18, 2018 | Healthcare
NJ ABLE gives people with disabilities as way to ‘save for vital day-to-day expenses,’ without imperiling Medicaid coverage, similar programs
NJ Legislature Looks to Throw the Books at High Cost of College Education
Colleen O'Dea | June 18, 2018 | Education
Lawmakers want schools to come up with plans to use ‘open textbooks,’ which do not require students to buy expensive access codes that unlock online assignments and quizzes
ACE Seeks Rate Increase to Recoup Costs of Modernizing Its Power Grid
Tom Johnson | June 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If BPU signs off on $99.7M filing, residential customers of Atlantic City Electric would see average monthly bill climb by about $11
Op-Ed: A Cascade of Travesties
Michael Heffler | June 18, 2018 | Opinion
PennEast hacks an unconscionable pipeline-review process
Jersey City Politics, Unraveled
WNYC News | June 18, 2018 | Politics
Nine-hour city council meeting only part of raucous week, that also sees feud between mayor and newspaper publishers
| June 18, 2018 | Number of The Day
‘Tax Us,’ Says NJ Millionaire to Legislators Who Resist Murphy Budget Plan
John Reitmeyer | June 15, 2018 | Budget
Garden State’s ‘Patriotic Millionaires’ dismiss concerns the rich will be chased away if they have to pay more in taxes
Watchdog Group Takes Christie to Court Over OPRA Request for His Emails
Colleen O'Dea | June 15, 2018 | Politics
Watchdog wants to to dig into former governor’s electronic correspondence about $33M tax credit to Jared Kushner in Jersey City real estate deal, but Christie digs in his heels
Burlington County Leads with $20M Initiative for Greater School Security
Carly Sitrin | June 15, 2018 | Education
Board of Freeholders dedicates half the capital budget to beef up safety at 21 public high schools
Getting Lead Out of NJ’s Water Means First Finding How It’s Getting In
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Package of bills would require public water systems to compile list of lead service lines, public schools to maintain online database of lead-testing results
Lawmakers Urge Review of Medicaid Rates for Nursing Home Care in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | June 15, 2018 | Healthcare
Providers say they’re losing more than $400 million a year, struggling to contain costs
Fine Print: Ruiz-Madden Bill Package Protect Students from Sexual Abuse
John Mooney | June 15, 2018 | Education
Hidden video catches union leaders saying they’d protect teachers
Op-Ed: State’s New Law on Absenteeism — Only the Beginning
Cynthia Rice and Peter Chen | June 15, 2018 | Opinion
Schools that succeed in reducing absenteeism go beyond just complying with state and district rules to encourage and support attendance as a fundamental part of their mission to educate
| June 15, 2018 | Number of The Day
Is a Natural-Gas Power Plant in the Works for the Musconetcong River?
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Preliminary discussions between project developer and state and local officials explore building the plant on the state’s top trout stream
Gov. Murphy Signs New Jersey into New Era of Gun Safety
Carly Sitrin | June 14, 2018 | Politics
Thanks to a half-dozen ‘commonsense’ bills, state now has arguably some of the strictest gun laws in the country
Lawmakers Looking to Find More Dollars for Direct Caregivers
Lilo H. Stainton | June 14, 2018 | Healthcare
It’s easy to see why there’s a shortage of direct-support professionals. They’re paid so little they can do better financially working at a fast-food chain
New Road Map for New Jersey to Reclaim Status as Biotech Leader
John Reitmeyer | June 14, 2018 | More Issues
Task force identifies why NJ no longer leads in cutting-edge industry; cites recession, corporate mergers, patent expirations — and decline in key state supports
As NJ Rents Continue to Climb, Finding an Apartment Becomes Even Tougher
Colleen O'Dea | June 14, 2018 | Housing
Hundreds of thousands of residents don’t earn enough to cover the rent on an average two-bedroom, without struggling to pay other bills and meet routine expenses
| June 14, 2018 | Number of The Day
Floating a $600 Million Bond Issue to Build New Portal Bridge
John Reitmeyer | June 13, 2018 | Transportation
Plan could go long way to convincing Trump administration to pony up its contribution to bridge project, a key element for speeding rail traffic along Northeast Corridor
State Freezes Charity Care for Hospitals — Revenue Crunch, Budget Blamed
John Reitmeyer and Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2018 | Budget, Healthcare
Seventy acute-care facilities are affected but will continue to treat patients. Funding for graduate-medical education also a casualty of New Jersey’s budgetary woes
Can $51 Billion Upgrade to Region’s Airports Get off the Ground?
Colleen O'Dea | June 13, 2018 | Transportation
The Regional Plan Association wants to revamp Newark, Kennedy, and LaGuardia to stay ahead of expected growth — and pull plug on Teterboro to stay clear of rising sea level
NJ’s Medicaid Transportation System in Line for Major Overhaul
Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2018 | Healthcare
Program that uses private drivers and shuttle for nonemergency rides has been long criticized. Lawmakers want more inspections, better records, bigger fines
A Change of Name, Not Mission, for ‘Bank’ That Funds Clean Water Across NJ
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Under its new name, the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank will still loan money to stem pollution from sewage treatment, upgrade drinking-water systems
Op-Ed: Helping New Jerseyans Take Control of Where Their Electricity Comes From
Curt Macysyn | June 13, 2018 | Opinion
The way electricity is consumed and produced is changing. We no longer need to rely on large, centralized generation to keep the lights on
Small New Jersey Town Takes On School-Funding Fight
Karen Rouse | WNYC News | June 13, 2018 | Education
The comfortable community of Chesterfield sits squarely at the center of the battle over how New Jersey funds public education
| June 13, 2018 | Number of The Day
More Scrutiny of Deals that Municipalities Make with Developers?
John Reitmeyer | June 12, 2018 | Budget
State lawmakers want increased regulation of local tax agreements that can adversely affect funding for school districts
NJ Policy Group Releases Blueprint for Improving End-of-Life Care
Lilo H. Stainton | June 12, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jersey residents, like most Americans, would like to die at home or in hospice, but many spend their last days in the hospital
Lawmakers Look to Create Standard Penalties for Polluters
Tom Johnson | June 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
By developing a sliding scale for damage to natural resources, state would have a better chance to compel ‘bad actors’ to clean up pollution
Federal District Judge Says ‘No Deal’ to NJ Pulling Out of Waterfront Commission
Colleen O'Dea | June 12, 2018 | More Issues
Temporary injunction keeps New Jersey from withdrawing from Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor — at least for now
Opinion: The New Jersey Budget Strategy Must Be Better
Richard F. Keevey | June 12, 2018 | Opinion
Either we move the budget discussion to a multiyear approach or we will fail to address our tax and spending issues and be right back at it again next year with no permanent solutions
| June 12, 2018 | Number of The Day
Despite High-Profile Deaths, State Figures Show Decline in Suicides
Lilo H. Stainton | June 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Four in 10 deaths nationwide were attributed, at least in part, to relationship problems, while nearly two out of three involved trouble with drug or alcohol abuse, or a recent crisis
PSE&G’s Next Big Ask: $2.5B to Upgrade Electric and Gas Distribution Networks
Tom Johnson | June 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility claims residential customers would see only small bumps in their monthly bills; money would go to boost resiliency, reliability, redundancy
The List: How Much More Do New Jersey’s CEOs Earn Than Their Employees?
Colleen O'Dea | June 11, 2018 | The List
Hold onto your metaphoric hat: In 2017, the total compensation package for the CEO at the Children’s Place was 1,813 times more than the median wage for one of its workers
Former State Sen. Allen Starts PAC to Help Women Get Started in Politics
John Reitmeyer | June 11, 2018 | Politics
New political action committee — runWOMENserve — to offer funding to female candidates regardless of their party
Op-Ed: Staffing Ratios — The Wrong Formula for Patients and Nurses
Aline Holmes | June 11, 2018 | Opinion
Treating nurses as numbers rather than as the trained professionals they are, devalues them
| June 11, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Lawmakers Go All In on Sports Betting, Law Awaits Governor’s Signature
John Reitmeyer | June 8, 2018 | Politics
After Supreme Court threw out federal law that prohibited legalized sports gambling in New Jersey, state lawmakers fast-tracked a bill to allow it. Not everybody’s happy
Interactive Map: Are We Seeing the Beginning of a Blue Wave in New Jersey?
Colleen O'Dea | June 8, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
The turnout for the midterm primaries was the highest in years, with Democrats showing up at the polls in greater numbers that Republicans in most congressional districts
Six Months into Murphy’s Term, Senate Confirms Six Cabinet Members
Tom Johnson | June 8, 2018 | Politics
One reason process lasted as long as it did: disagreements over school funding between Sweeney and Repollet, new commissioner of education
State Poised to Allow More Gender Options on Birth Certificates
Lilo H. Stainton | June 8, 2018 | Healthcare
New law will allow transgender people to alter documents just by signing a simple statement, without a letter from healthcare professional
Working to Close Security-Funding Gap Between Public and Private Schools
Carly Sitrin | June 8, 2018 | Politics
The state allocates money for security at nonpublic schools at roughly half the per-pupil rate of public schools. Some lawmakers are looking to end this unequal protection under the law
Closer to Compromise: Can Sweeney and Murphy Reach Closure on School Funding?
John Mooney | June 8, 2018 | Education
Both camps are reporting progress, without releasing any details, with the Senate president suggesting the sides may be ‘close’
Op-Ed: ZIP Code Shouldn’t Determine the Tech Experiences of Students
Danielle West | June 8, 2018 | Opinion
How can schools in poorer, urban areas create a level playing field with their suburban counterparts?
| June 8, 2018 | Number of The Day
New Jersey to Overhaul Beleaguered Medical Examiner System
Lilo H. Stainton | June 7, 2018 | Healthcare
A decade in the making, legislative reform may finally be coming to the state’s inefficient, fragmented ME’s office
Trying to Strike Delicate Balance on Size of State’s Budget Reserves
John Reitmeyer | June 7, 2018 | Budget
Murphy’s plan to bump up the budget reserves should make credit-rating agencies happy, but if lawmakers want the money to go to more pressing needs, it could mean another downgrade
‘Nasty, Dirty Brawl’ Anticipated as Battle of the Bobs Begins for Senate Seat
Colleen O'Dea | June 7, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Bruised by his lackluster win in Tuesday’s primary, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez still favored to beat Republican Bob Hugin in fall election
Trump Plan to Prop Up Nuclear, Coal to Cost Consumers Billions?
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Families to ‘overpay’ hundreds of dollars a year for electricity if plan goes through. NJ supporters say it would help South Jersey economy
Op-Ed: Shifting New Jersey from Worst to First in Maternity Care
Jill Wodnick | June 7, 2018 | Opinion
Our rates of cesarean births are neither safe nor sustainable. We have the responsibility of transforming maternity care in this state. Let’s begin
| June 7, 2018 | Number of The Day
The Primaries in Perspective: The Most Important Results — and What They Mean
Lee Keough | June 6, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
The notable upset came in the 2nd District Republican contest, where Grossman pulled away from Singh, but the Menendez-Hugin matchup is already getting even uglier
State Seeks to Apply Population Health Goals to Opioid Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | June 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Treatment and recovery are a start, but more is needed, including investing in wellness and building safer communities
‘Greens’ Urge Murphy to Clamp Down on CO2 Emissions from Power Plants
Tom Johnson | June 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say state’s re-entry into RGGI offers opportunity to set ambitious cap on greenhouse-gas emissions
Opinion: Leap of Faith — Will Murphy’s Pension Bill CV Really Protect Taxpayers?
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | June 6, 2018 | Opinion
The governor has been lauded in the press for fixing a ‘terrible’ bill, but a closer look at the amended legislation raises additional questions and concerns
The Latest Move: New Jerseyans Return to the Cities
NJTV News | June 6, 2018 | Planning
Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight’s editor at large, discusses a shift in the state’s population on NJTV
NJ 2018 Primary Results at a Glance
NJ Spotlight | June 6, 2018 | Primary 2018
Check out the winners and losers in all the contests across the Garden State
| June 6, 2018 | Number of The Day
Primary Preview: Candidate Snapshots for All Contested Districts
Colleen O'Dea | June 5, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Democratic and Republican candidates for the Senate and House contests kicked their efforts into high gear this week. Here’s where they stand
Join Us Tonight for Live Updates of All Primary Contests
NJ Spotlight | June 5, 2018 | Politics
Starting at 8:30 tonight, you can track primary results across New Jersey — right from our homepage
Governor, Democratic Leaders Tiptoe Toward Accord on School Aid
John Reitmeyer | June 5, 2018 | Budget
But with weeks to go before state budget must be enacted, other impediments need to be negotiated
Can NJ’s Effort to Legalize Pot Find a Way Through the Expungement Maze?
Carly Sitrin | June 5, 2018 | More Issues
Assembly panel raises myriad issues — from the sheer number of low-level convictions to a paper chase involving yellowing court records to duplicative databases — that must be addressed
Murphy Resists Trump's Changes to Funding of Women’s Healthcare
Lilo H. Stainton | June 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Fears that Title X programs will be undermined and access to family planning limited for women of low income
Smokers: Get the Hell Off the Beach (and Out of the Park)
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State moves to ban smoking at beaches and in public parks across New Jersey
Op-Ed: Supreme Court Can’t Break the Will of American Workers and Their Unions
Tania Capobianco | June 5, 2018 | Opinion
The nation’s top court will rule on Janus v. AFSCME any time now, an attempt by the rich and powerful to end economic equality in this country
| June 5, 2018 | Number of The Day
Governor Signs Nation’s Strongest Law on ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
Lilo H. Stainton | June 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Doctors remained deeply concerned that law will weaken their negotiating power with insurance carriers, cost them money
Film, TV, Digital Production Tax Credits Could Be Back in Picture for NJ
John Reitmeyer | June 4, 2018 | Politics
Sponsors of bill offering incentives to entertainment industry agree to changes called for in Murphy’s conditional veto
Oyster Creek Shutdown Will Cost $1.4 Billion, Take 60 Years
Tom Johnson | June 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Decommissioning report to Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicates Exelon will initiate lengthy closure procedure mid-September
Opinion: Note to Governor: Take the Hint, and the Revised Revenue Estimates
Carl Golden | June 4, 2018 | Opinion
Sweeney and Coughlin & Co. have put Murphy in a bind: Go with their revised numbers or risk further alienating Democratic lawmakers
| June 4, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Signs Law to Create NJ’s Own Health Insurance Mandate
Lilo H. Stainton | June 1, 2018 | Healthcare
In effort to stabilize health insurance market and ensure coverage remains affordable, NJ becomes second state to creates its own individual mandate
PSEG Plans to Spend More Than $5 Billion on Power Grid Upgrade, Clean Energy
Tom Johnson | June 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company insists that expenditures will not spike ratepayer’s bills, but Rate Counsel, others remain skeptical
Sweeney’s Fix for School Funding Would Cut Some Districts' Adjustment Aid
John Reitmeyer | June 1, 2018 | Budget
Senate President’s aim is to gradually help ‘underfunded’ districts while undoing the ‘overfunding’ of others
Lawmakers Wrestle with Troubling Topic: Sexual Abuse at School
John Mooney | June 1, 2018 | Education
Joint session responds to videotape of union leaders dismissing claims of teacher misconduct, but struggles to determine what’s missing from current regulations
Property-Tax Breaks for Vets in Retirement Communities ‘Right Thing to Do’
Colleen O'Dea | June 1, 2018 | Politics
Supporters have been trying to get legislative approval for years, but efforts have always fallen short
Op-Ed: Time to Fix the PARCC-for-Graduation Mess
Stan Karp | June 1, 2018 | Opinion
More than a dozen states are using the SAT or ACT for federal accountability to measure 'college readiness' without any link to high school diplomas. New Jersey should follow suit
| June 1, 2018 | Number of The Day
Could Accelerated Drop in Revenue Lead to Reinstating NJ Estate Tax?
John Reitmeyer | May 31, 2018 | Budget
Analysts say New Jersey’s estate and inheritance tax collections down more than $100 million compared to original forecasts
Bolstered by Anti-Trump Sentiment, Can a Democrat Turn the 4th District Blue?
Tara Nurin | May 31, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Two Democrats face off in June 5 primary for a shot at landing a knockout punch on a 38-year Republican incumbent
In District 5, Trash-Talking Republicans Keep Primary Race Down and Dirty
Hank Kalet | May 31, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Steve Lonegan and John McCann outdo each other to prove who’s the real conservative
NJ’s Newest Medical School to Help Avert Shortage of Doctors in State
Lilo H. Stainton | May 31, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor cuts ribbon on Seton Hall program that will open July 9 with its first 60 students
Fishermen’s Energy Gets ‘Third Wind’ on Offshore Wind Pilot
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy signs bill requiring BPU to accept application from Fishermen’s, third time project will come before state agency
Envisioning the Future with Newark’s Roger León
John Mooney | May 31, 2018 | Education
In a far-ranging Q&A with NJ Spotlight, Newark’s new superintendent of schools touches on changes and challenges facing the state’s largest district
Poll: Should New Jersey Bag the Plastic Bags?
| May 31, 2018 | Polling
Those plastic bags trapped in trees or blowing down the street like urban tumbleweed are more than unsightly. They’re bad for the Garden State. But what’s the next step?
Opinion: Ending New Jersey’s Policy of Cruel and Usual Punishment
R. William Potter | May 31, 2018 | Opinion
Undocumented immigrants are often tried and sentenced to deportation without benefit of legal counsel
Primary Fight in South Jersey Exposes Rift in Democratic Party
Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | May 31, 2018 | Primary 2018
It's a divisive issue for Democrats: Back a candidate who speaks to the values of the party or one who can potentially win back conservatives and independents
| May 31, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Offers Loan Aid, Intern Funding to Keep STEM Students and Jobs in NJ
John Reitmeyer | May 30, 2018 | Education, Politics
Students in high-tech fields would be eligible for up to $8,000 in debt forgiveness, in program governor promotes as ‘small down payment’ for significant economic return
Elbow to Elbow in the 11th as Democrats Jostle to Succeed Frelinghuysen
Carly Sitrin | May 30, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
With longtime Republican congressman not running, five contenders vie for chance to flip district from red to blue
With No Incumbent in the 11th, Broad Range of Republicans Vie for Chance
Carly Sitrin | May 30, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Primary hopefuls include traditional party members, social moderates, and one contender who promises to use an online app to make sure he votes the way his constituents want
The Primary Color is Green: Candidates Raise $40M and Counting to Sway Your Vote
Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
With the largest field of candidates in decades fighting for places on the November ballot, it’s raining dollars for many New Jersey political job applicants
Will New Jersey Ban the Bag — or Impose 5-Cent Fee on Each One?
Tom Johnson | May 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
One piece of legislation would phase out plastic bags entirely, while another would charge consumers a nickel — with the money going toward lead abatement
Commonwealth Fund Report Shows Healthcare Gains, But Gaps Persist
Lilo H. Stainton | May 30, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jersey finishes in middle of the pack nationally, with room to improve in several key areas, like preventative care and hospital readmissions for elderly
Op-Ed: The Myth of Sisyphus and the Achievement Gap
John Kellmayer | May 30, 2018 | Opinion
The tension between Americans’ belief in equality of educational opportunity and personal liberty means there will always be an achievement gap
| May 30, 2018 | Number of The Day
State's Top Doc to Launch Peer-to-Peer Medical Marijuana Pitch
Lilo H. Stainton | May 29, 2018 | Healthcare
Forum seeks to help medical faculty, students, and others better understand potential uses and prescription protocols of the state’s medicinal cannabis program
Bill to End Banking of Sick Days Draws Angry Outcry from Public-Sector Unions
Colleen O'Dea | May 29, 2018 | Politics
Assembly panel moves bill, despite PBA president saying he is ‘befuddled’ by Democratic backing. Other union heads join in outraged chorus
Battle is Red-Hot Between Democrats Who Want to Take on Republican Lance
Carly Sitrin | May 29, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Democratic operatives believe 7th District seat held by GOP congressman is ripe for turning ‘red to blue’ but first they’ve to settle on their own candidate
Federal Agency Says NJ Must Bear Full Cost of $1.2B Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | May 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU argues reliability upgrade mandated by regional grid operator benefits New Jersey and New York, but FERC says Garden State must foot the bill
NJ Panel Urges Tighter Chemical Rule as EPA Mulls National Standard
Jon Hurdle | May 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If DEP adopts nation’s strictest proposal regarding PFOS, regulators could require public water systems and private well owners to limit amount of chemical in drinking water to 13 ppt
Murphy Holds to Christie’s Controversial Funding of State House Rehab
John Reitmeyer | May 29, 2018 | Politics
As a candidate, governor said ‘citizens ought to be outraged’ by complicated and secretive planning of project. Administration now says ‘undoing the deal’ not feasible
Op-Ed: Finding Root Causes for High Preterm Birth Rates Among Black Women
Stephanie Annang | May 29, 2018 | Opinion
Racial inequality is a chronic stressor that takes a cumulative toll on African-American women, increasing the chance they will have health problems at younger ages
| May 29, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Leaders Scramble to Protect Obamacare Gains Against Federal Threats
Lilo H. Stainton | May 25, 2018 | Healthcare
As Trump administration’s attacks on Affordable Care Act take a toll, legislators put up ramparts to try to defend the law in Garden State
Interactive Map: Cities Continue to Gain Residents, While Burbs Dwindle
Colleen O'Dea | May 25, 2018 | Map of the Week
Millennials, immigrants, and even a few baby boomers driving population gains in the Garden State’s urban counties
Republican Candidates in the Seventh, a Microcosm of Today’s GOP
Carly Sitrin | May 25, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Lance, the incumbent, has the money and the experience, but is he vulnerable to a challenge from the left or the right wing of his party?
NJ Will Go to Court over SALT ‘Workaround’ After IRS Warns It Will Stymie It
John Reitmeyer | May 25, 2018 | Politics
After agency questions legality of NJ's new law, Attorney General Grewal gives notice that Murphy administration will defend it all the way
Opinion: Remembering Our Heroes
Richard F. Keevey | May 25, 2018 | Opinion
On Memorial Day, we both celebrate what made our country great and acknowledge our responsibilities for its future
Coalition Wants More Tax Hikes on NJ’S Wealthy to Aid Low-Income Residents
John Reitmeyer | May 25, 2018 | Budget
Group supports governor’s plan for $1.7 billion in increased taxes, also proposes renewal of estate tax and other levies
At PJM Capacity Auction, Good News for Utilities — for Customers, Not So Much
Tom Johnson | May 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Power grid operator secures the electricity needed to keep the lights on, but consumers can expect to see higher bills
Taking a Peek at $300M State House Restoration
NJTV News | May 25, 2018 | More Issues
The renovation project was controversial. But, even at this early stage, the work is uncovering an architectural gem
New Jersey Governor Backs Out of Live Call-In Show
Rebeca Ibarra | May 25, 2018 | Politics
Murphy balks at presence of Politico reporter in line-up
| May 25, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Signing Radically Alters NJ’s Energy Policies, Protects Nuclear
Tom Johnson | May 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor puts signature to bill calling for half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030
Poor Security of NJ Election System and Russian Hackers Prompt Move to Revamp
Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
No agreement on best voting machines, but consensus that they should allow for a paper trail so that results could be properly audited
Newark Health Centers Working to Reduce Health Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | May 24, 2018 | Healthcare
Addressing the massive gaps in maternal health and infant mortality between black and white women and children
Sorting Out District 2’s Crowded Field of Contenders
Hank Kalet | May 24, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Seven candidates — four Democrats and three Republicans — are vying for a chance at the House seat opened up by LoBiondo’s retirement
Byrne Bows out of Key Investment Panel as Murphy Puts His Stamp on It
John Reitmeyer | May 24, 2018 | Budget
Son of former governor satisfied he helped draw attention to state pension system’s huge unfunded liability and need for action
Op-Ed: Legalizing Marijuana Puts New Jersey Adolescents at Risk
Melissa Tassé | May 24, 2018 | Opinion
We owe it to ourselves to be educated and informed about what recreational marijuana legalization will do to our society and especially our children
| May 24, 2018 | Number of The Day
Clean Sweep for PSEG: Gas Pipelines, Nuclear Subsidies, Renewable Energy
Tom Johnson | May 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU pledges to be careful on costs to consumers, who will shoulder the burden of subsidies and infrastructure upgrades
Putting Primary Candidates in Place: Who's Got a Shot at NJ's Senate Seat?
Colleen O'Dea | May 23, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
It’s been a low-key campaign thus far, but the contenders could catch fire — especially Menendez and Hugin — as June gets closer
Critical Data for Primary Decisions
NJ Spotlight | May 23, 2018 | Politics
From in-depth assessments of candidates and contests to at-a-glance overviews of legislative districts, NJ Spotlight delivers the facts and figures to make smart choices
Is New Jersey’s Gas Tax About to be Pumped Up?
John Reitmeyer | May 23, 2018 | Budget
Projections suggest revenue from the tax may not generate enough to meet annual target for funding transportation projects, thus triggering an automatic increase
Lawmakers Seek Another Route to Raise Pay for Home Healthcare Workers
Lilo H. Stainton | May 23, 2018 | Healthcare
No one begrudges paying those on the front lines of personal care $19 an hour, but no one seems to know where the money will come from
Newark Chooses One of Its Own to Serve as District Super
John Mooney | May 23, 2018 | Education
After more than two decades of state control of its schools, New Jersey’s largest city names Roger León to the top post
Op-Ed: Comprehensive High Schools, a Key Piece of the Vo-Tec Puzzle
Chuck Sampson, J. Kenyon Kummings, and Christopher H. Kobik | May 23, 2018 | Opinion
Even if a $500 million bond issue for career and technical education goes through, comprehensive high schools won't get a penny
| May 23, 2018 | Number of The Day
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No ‘April Surprise’ in State Taxes, Budget Strain Remains for Murphy and Lawmakers
John Reitmeyer | May 22, 2018 | Budget
Hopes fizzled in State House that last month’s income taxes would rise above projections and ease disagreements over governor’s budget plan
New Drive to Finance Clean-Energy Projects with No Upfront Costs
Tom Johnson | May 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Municipalities to arrange financing through lenders who would be repaid by special assessment on buildings where efficiency, storm shelters, flood-resistance were upgraded
NJ Asks Appeals Court to Review FERC’s Approval of PennEast Pipeline
Jon Hurdle | May 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Attorney General Grewal says agency wrong to give project certificate that has allowed it to file eminent domain suits against New Jersey landowners
Updating Care for Stroke Patients in New Jersey Hospitals
Lilo H. Stainton | May 22, 2018 | Healthcare
Move to expand and improve treatment, raise awareness, and highlight steps that could save lives
Slim Prospects: The Reality for Several Challengers to Congressional Incumbents
Carly Sitrin | May 22, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
Dozens of candidates are running in the June primary elections. Some of the races are hotly contested, but incumbents are heavily favored in others
Op-Ed: Why Free Community College Is Right for New Jersey
Sara Goldrick-Rab | May 22, 2018 | Opinion
Traditional grants and scholarships no longer keep college affordable. ‘Bold action,’ as Gov. Murphy has proposed, is necessary
| May 22, 2018 | Number of The Day
No ‘Summer of Hell’ Repeat for NJ Transit Riders During New Penn Station Repairs
John Reitmeyer | May 21, 2018 | Transportation
Uncertainty over funding for planned new trans-Hudson rail tunnel won’t affect Amtrak’s ongoing upgrades to infrastructure
Opinion: New Jersey’s Tangled History of Debt and How It Got that Way
Richard F. Keevey | May 21, 2018 | Opinion
Part two of an examination of capital planning and budgeting in the Garden State, the long and the short of it
Governor Approves Pay Raises for Judges, Cabinet Members, Senior State Officials
John Reitmeyer | May 21, 2018 | More Issues
As measure passes with little attention, Murphy calls it long overdue but also says New Jerseyans on ‘substandard hourly wage’ should not be forgotten
Boost for NJ’s EV market with More Charging Stations, Consumer Rebates?
Tom Johnson | May 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Up for debate: Expedited installation of plug-in stations across New Jersey for electric vehicles and up to $100 million a year in rebates for consumers
| May 21, 2018 | Number of The Day
New Jersey Hit with Major Lawsuit Arguing It Must End School Segregation
Colleen O'Dea | May 18, 2018 | Education, Social
Legal action — led by former justice of state Supreme Court — looks to strike down law requiring students attend schools in their own communities
New Regulations and Payment Protections for New Jersey’s Freelance Workers
John Reitmeyer | May 18, 2018 | Politics
With as many as 600,000 NJ residents now working as freelancers, Assemblyman says legislation is needed to ‘ensure they’re treated fairly’
Lawmakers Seek to Expand Medicaid Coverage for Smoking Cessation
Lilo H. Stainton | May 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Bill would deliver wide range of options to smokers, including counseling, group therapy, and full suite of medications
Op-Ed: An Open Letter to State Senate President Steve Sweeney
Ellen Simon | May 18, 2018 | Opinion
I'm not begging you for more money for Jersey City schools; I'm begging you for better policy
NJ Transit Running Late on Installing Braking Safety Systemwide
NJTV News | May 18, 2018 | Transportation
The agency is in danger of missing a federal deadline for putting in place positive train control
| May 18, 2018 | Number of The Day
Ridesharing Programs Launched by State’s Largest Health Networks
Lilo H. Stainton | May 17, 2018 | Healthcare
Hackensack Meridian Health, RWJ Barnabas Health want to help patients get to appointments on time, at no extra out-of-pocket costs
Oliver Defends Murphy’s Flat Funding for Municipalities and His Raid on Housing Aid
John Reitmeyer | May 17, 2018 | Budget
Lt. Gov. blames budgetary constraints for failure to boost aid, says administration will help local officials in other ways
Segregation in New Jersey, Neither Chance nor Accident
Colleen O'Dea | May 17, 2018 | Social
Message to governor, argues author and fair-housing advocate, lead the push to truly integrate the Garden State
Pallone Accuses White House of Trying to Suppress Report on PFCs in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | May 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has some of strictest standards in country for regulating the contaminants, but environmentalist says DEP's regulation process has slowed
Op-Ed: Expand New Jersey’s Pre-K to Strengthen National Security
Steven Hashem and Douglas Satterfield | May 17, 2018 | Opinion
We urge state legislators to help our children develop in mind, body, and character so they can succeed in school and in life, including in the military for those who choose to serve
| May 17, 2018 | Number of The Day
End of Debt Nightmare in Sight for Students Who’ve Defaulted on Loans
Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2018 | Education
Senate committee votes out bill requiring NJ Higher Education Assistance Authority to offer loan modification and consolidation to students in default
Expansion of Medical Marijuana Program Among Public Health Gains
Lilo H. Stainton | May 16, 2018 | Healthcare
DOH talks budget with Senate Budget Committee, explaining where funds go and what initiatives got lopped off
Scrambling to Upskill NJ with ‘Hollowed Out’ Labor Department — New Honcho
John Reitmeyer | May 16, 2018 | Politics
Murphy’s top labor official lays out plan to focus on career training and long-term unemployment, laments department was depleted by previous administrations
Op-Ed: Murphy's School-Aid Increases Will Not Help Property Taxes
BettyLou DeCroce | May 16, 2018 | Opinion
Regular audits of education are needed, rather than propping up lopsided education aid and encouraging waste
Leading Democrat Adamant There’s Going to Be No Government Shutdown
NJTV News | May 16, 2018 | Budget
‘As much as people would love to see’ governor and Democrats in Legislature fail to agree a budget, Sen. Sarlo says it’s not going to happen
| May 16, 2018 | Number of The Day
Marijuana Legalization in NJ: Opportunities and Challenges
NJ Spotlight | May 15, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
Legalized recreational marijuana could bring a significant boost to the state coffers, but for it to take off, numerous issues must be resolved
NJ Lawmakers Hope to Cash in Fast as Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Sports Gambling
John Reitmeyer | May 15, 2018 | Budget
New Jersey’s dogged quest to enable legalized sports betting pays off with major court win. Now there’s a bipartisan effort in Trenton to push through legislation and top up state coffers as a result
Opinion: Not Too Soon to Call the Murphy Agenda a Failure
Carl Golden | May 15, 2018 | Opinion
A new budget must be ratified in six weeks, and there’s already talk of government shutdown — with the governor’s own party controlling the Legislature
DHS Explains Plans and Christie-Era Reforms at Budget Hearing
Lilo H. Stainton | May 15, 2018 | Healthcare
State’s largest department walks lawmakers through how it will put to work its $18 billion proposed spending plan for 2019
Acting DEP Commissioner McCabe Sails Through Confirmation Hearing
Tom Johnson | May 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Many committee questions reflect disputes with prior administration headed by former Gov. Chris Christie
Online Tool Compares, Contrasts Health Issues in NJ’s Nine Largest Cities
Colleen O'Dea | May 15, 2018 | Healthcare
City Health Dashboard also juxtaposes Garden State data with 500 biggest communities across United States
| May 15, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ and Legalized Marijuana: National Model or Petri Dish?
Carly Sitrin | May 14, 2018 | Healthcare, Roundtables
At NJ Spotlight roundtable on marijuana reform, participants say get ready for discussions to break out into the open — and look for legalization sooner rather than later
Some NJ Congressional Primary Candidates Argue Party-Line Politics Are Unfair
Colleen O'Dea | May 14, 2018 | Politics
Deciding who the county party committee will endorse — thus who gets the party line on the ballot — is determined by a patchwork of processes that includes secret votes and show of hands
Public Employees Guilty of Sexual Assault, Harassment Would Forfeit Pensions
John Reitmeyer | May 14, 2018 | Politics
Prompted by #MeToo movement, Assembly panel votes out bill that would punish public officials, workers involved in sexual misconduct with loss of taxpayer-funded pensions
1981 Shore Protection Plan to Get Update to Match Today’s Realities
Tom Johnson | May 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Sea-level rise, superstorms, shrinking salt marshes reflect changes in conditions since original plan was penned almost four decades ago
Another Delay in Medicaid Payment Reform for Mental Health Providers
Lilo H. Stainton | May 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Decision works in favor of providers of nonmedical services, like group housing, job training, and help with public transportation
Op-Ed: Big Revenue from ‘April Surprise’ No Excuse to Punt on Bold Action
Sheila Reynertson | May 14, 2018 | Opinion
An extra boost in income tax collections shouldn’t be used as political cover for hard decisions: It’s an unexpected one-time bonus and should be treated as such
Caught in Trump Immigration Squeeze, NJ Family Has Mother's Day Without Mom
Matt Katz | WNYC News | May 14, 2018 | Immigration
President's crackdown on legal immigration has marooned one woman in El Salvador, unable to see her children this Mother's Day
| May 14, 2018 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Want to Improve Ratio of Aides to Patients in NJ Nursing Homes
Lilo H. Stainton | May 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Legislators say they want to advance care and safety, but facility operators express misgivings about the measure
State Still Struggling with Stormwater Runoff, Can New Bill Help?
Tom Johnson | May 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pollution from stormwater runoff is a $15 billion problem that won’t go away. Stormwater utilities could help Garden State get a handle on the solution
Murphy’s First High-Profile Conditional Veto Draws Applause from All Quarters
John Reitmeyer | May 11, 2018 | Politics
Unions like the way governor collaborated on bill affecting cops and firefighters’ retirement funds
Paid Family-Leave Bill Would Mean More Time, More Money for Workers
Colleen O'Dea | May 11, 2018 | Politics
Co-sponsor Steve Sweeney calls measure ‘a lifeline for working families,’ but business owners and their advocates balk at the cost
Putting Acting Commissioner Repollet’s Staff Picks in Perspective
John Mooney | May 11, 2018 | Education
As he names assistant commissioners, Repollet draws both on newcomers and on department veterans
Op-Ed: Homelessness in NJ More Pervasive than HUD Data Reveals
Allan Lichtenstein | May 11, 2018 | Opinion
The federal numbers reflect a ‘snapshot’ of homelessness on a single day, but the reality can be seen far more accurately using annual data
Is Smoking About to Become a Thing of the Past on New Jersey’s Beaches?
WHYY News | May 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Promoters say a ban would protect beachgoers, cut down on litter, and lower maintenance costs
Bipartisan Push to Reform the Port Authority
NJTV News | May 11, 2018 | Politics
With several blockbuster capital projects in the pipeline, lawmakers say increased legislative oversight of bistate agency is critical
| May 11, 2018 | Number of The Day
Rough Ride for Education Official as She Pitches Community College Aid Plan
John Reitmeyer | May 10, 2018 | Politics
Members of Gov. Phil Murphy’s own party raise tough questions about his proposal for tuition-free community college in New Jersey
Despite Campaign Promises, Murphy Plans to Raid Affordable-Housing Fund
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2018 | Housing
The governor wants to use almost $78 million dedicated to building homes for low- and middle-income residents to plug holes in the general fund
Murphy Request Could Slow Development of Wind Farms off NJ, NY
Tom Johnson | May 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor asks feds for six-month extension to assess impact of offshore wind farms on state’s main fishing grounds
Lawmakers Seek to Expand Breastfeeding Options at Regional Airports
Lilo H. Stainton | May 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Making certain that airports in the New Jersey/New York area are ‘lactation-friendly’
Governor Signs Bill that Allows Undocumented Students to Get Financial Aid
NJTV News | May 10, 2018 | Immigration
New Jersey is now the ninth state to enable students who are unauthorized immigrants to tap into funding programs
Op-Ed: NJ Is Poised to Fight off ACA Sabotage. Is Gov. Murphy on Board?
Andrew Sprung | May 10, 2018 | Opinion
Two bills are awaiting the governor’s signature: One would create a state version of the federal individual mandate; the other would help institute a cost-saving reinsurance program
| May 10, 2018 | Number of The Day
Gov. Murphy’s ‘Scary’ and ‘Extreme’ Fiscal Policies
John Reitmeyer | May 9, 2018 | Politics
Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick suggests even Democratic lawmakers will be hard pressed to back the governor’s budget plan and call for higher taxes
New Law Would Relax State Strictures on Hair-Braiding in New Jersey
Carly Sitrin | May 9, 2018 | More Issues
The practice has its roots in West Africa. Current NJ regulations require attendance at cosmetology schools, many of which have no classes on the subject
Offshore-Wind Developers Want More Details on State Straw Proposal
Tom Johnson | May 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Realizing the administration’s ambitious goal for offshore wind means working out a funding mechanism, long an impediment for developer schemes
Thorny Reform of Medicaid Payments Gets State Oversight, One Year Later
Lilo H. Stainton | May 9, 2018 | Healthcare
Twelve months after a law was signed requiring supervision of controversial changes in payments to community mental health providers, it’s about to happen
Deep Dive into Data Drives New Report on Guns and Crime
Colleen O'Dea | May 9, 2018 |
Governor announces monthly report — GUNStat — that parses all available data on firearms to help law enforcement fight crime
Protesters Ask Governor to Quash Meadowlands Power Plant
NJTV News | May 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say gas-fired plant, whose energy would be sent to New York City, would bring many hazards
Op-Ed: Bond Act for Career and Technical Education Will Secure the Future
Scott Moffitt | May 9, 2018 | Opinion
Funding for more career and technical education will be a game-changer for workforce development in New Jersey
| May 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
Growing Focus on Suicide Prevention, Especially Among Teens
Lilo H. Stainton | May 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Lawmakers, parents, advocates, educators, and mental health professionals are working on numerous fronts across the state to save lives
Murphy Appoints Horizon Executive as Gun Czar
John Reitmeyer | May 8, 2018 | Politics
Governor charges new adviser with stemming flow of illegal guns and ensuring that New Jersey makes the right moves on firearms
Assembly Committee Makes Fast Work of Bills for Home Energy Assistance
Tom Johnson | May 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Included on docket cleared in just six minutes, three-bill package to help end fraud and abuse in federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program
Red, White, or RosÉ — Assembly Bills to Help Build Up NJ’s Wineries
Colleen O'Dea | May 8, 2018 | More Issues
Eight measures that could make 2018 a very good year for New Jersey wines and the people who make them
Op-Ed: For Some Dentists, Prescribing Opioids Reflexively Is a Bad Habit
Cecile A. Feldman | May 8, 2018 | Opinion
In the end, providers have the power to stop the opioid epidemic; despite guidelines and new regulations, treatment is still a judgment call
Move to Toughen Laws, Protect NJ Consumers’ Personal Information
WHYY News | May 8, 2018 | More Issues
Aim is to reduce risk of identity theft and stop credit cards from being opened in children’s names
| May 8, 2018 | Number of The Day
State Strategic Plan Looks to Boost Energy Efficiency, Cut Customer Costs
Tom Johnson | May 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Greatest savings most likely will be seen in commercial and industrial sectors, typically the biggest users of energy
What Do High Scores on NAEP Mean for Murphy’s PARCC Plans?
John Mooney | May 7, 2018 | Education
With NJ ranked at or near top on the Nation’s Report Card, some members of state board aren’t so sure PARCC needs to be scrapped
The List: NJ’s Honduran Population Will Suffer from Loss of Protected Status
Colleen O'Dea | May 7, 2018 | The List
Administration’s decision to strip Hondurans of temporary protected status could affect 3,700 New Jersey residents and their communities
Push to Expand Diabetes Education Puts NJ Among Small Group of States
Lilo H. Stainton | May 7, 2018 | Healthcare
State YMCAs jockey to be part of program, citing their ability to increase access in diverse communities
Law Lets Local Governments Treat Property Taxes as Charitable Contributions
John Reitmeyer | May 7, 2018 | Budget
Mayors are happy with new workaround, and state’s congressional delegation says it’s willing to fight for it, but nonprofits think it could kill charitable giving they depend on
We Have Inherited the Sun: NJ NAACP Enthused About Clean Energy
Ronald C. McCray | May 7, 2018 | Opinion
It is vitally important that we bring all people into the clean-energy movement regardless of race, creed, color, or economic status
| May 7, 2018 | Number of The Day
Opponents of Bill Urge Governor to Veto or Revise Nuclear Subsidy Measure
Tom Johnson | May 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Trouble continues to dog contentious bill as diverse group raises familiar objections at 11th hour
Interactive Map: Diversity Remains Elusive for NJ Schools and Districts
Colleen O'Dea | May 4, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Despite efforts to encourage integration, state’s public school system continues to be among the most segregated in the nation
Diversion Program Would Help Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail
Lilo H. Stainton | May 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Bill would establish crisis-intervention training for law enforcement to reduce number of mentally ill people arrested or in court system
Coughlin Pledges Full Restoration of Homestead Property-Tax Relief
John Reitmeyer | May 4, 2018 | Politics
Assembly Speaker’s declaration sets up possible showdown with governor, who has signaled support but no firm commitment to reinstate previous level of funding
Murphy’s Latest Executive Order Looks to Crack Down on Misclassified Workers
John Reitmeyer | May 4, 2018 | Budget
EO would create task force to identify companies classifying full-time workers as independent contractors, a practice that costs state some $9 million every year
Op-Ed: How We’ve Reduced Backlog of Environmental Remediation Cases in NJ
John Oberer | May 4, 2018 | Opinion
Nine years into a program to cut down on New Jersey’s overload of chemically contaminated sites, the results have been impressive
| May 4, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Inks Contract with CWA Without Knowing What It Will Cost Taxpayers
John Reitmeyer | May 3, 2018 | Politics
Governor’s ‘I don’t know the exact number …’ reflects confusion in general, since budget plan contains contradictory figures for union raises
Pallone Wants to Expand Medicare, Help Millions Avoid ‘Financial Ruin’
Lilo H. Stainton | May 3, 2018 | Healthcare
Congressman says federal government must provide cash to cover costs of long-term care, other services
Bringing Energy Savings to Underserved Market — Multifamily Dwellings
Tom Johnson | May 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Consultants working on plan to help simplify and streamline state’s Clean Energy Program
Paterson Starts on Long Road Back to Local Control
John Mooney | May 3, 2018 | Education
More than two decades after the takeover, state starts to review how it makes these critical decisions
New Jersey First State in Line to Ban Marriage for those Under 18
Colleen O'Dea | May 3, 2018 | Social
Despite some Republican opposition, there’s bipartisan support for effort to prevent teenagers, young girls especially, from being forced into unwanted unions
Opinion: Why Is This (Expletive Deleted) Funny?
Carl Golden | May 3, 2018 | Opinion
Michelle Wolf’s f-bomb-studded comic routine at the White House Correspondents Association dinner shows just how much profanity has replaced political satire
How One University Is Luring Top Honors Students with Social Justice
Matt Krupnick | The Hechinger Report | May 3, 2018 | Education
To revitalize its home city, Rutgers University-Newark has started an honors program that looks beyond test scores to students’ commitment to equality and social change
| May 3, 2018 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s Nuclear Subsidies Could Go to Out-of-State Plants
Tom Johnson | May 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
PSEG head acknowledges nuclear plants in Pennsylvania could benefit from subsidies awarded to his company
Opinion: Capital Planning and Budgeting Do Not Exist in New Jersey
Richard F. Keevey | May 2, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey does capital planning in a fragmented manner — there is no prioritization of projects and no overall plan to finance needed infrastructure investments.
NJ Signs on to Multistate Lawsuit to Preserve Tough Fuel-Economy Standards
Tom Johnson | May 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The state’s transportation sector is the largest source of carbon pollution in the state, accounting for approximately 42 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions
NJ Supreme Court Ruling Refines State’s Criminal Justice Reform Program
Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2018 | More Issues
Unanimous decision says judges cannot determine whether to detain someone based solely on crime committed, except in cases of murder, sex trafficking, and other heinous offenses
Murphy Team Revamps Transportation Spending, Works to Beef Up NJ Transit
John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2018 | Transportation
Reversing approach of previous governors, administration commits to more ‘pay-as-you-go’ for transit improvements, less debt
NJ High School Students Focus Energy, Efforts on Registering to Vote
Carly Sitrin | May 2, 2018 | Politics
Gun-control protests have taught students they have a voice that will be heeded. Now they are funneling their drive into civic engagement
New Owner Eager to Take Over Struggling South Jersey Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | May 2, 2018 | Healthcare
Powerful local politicians keep close watch; not all services that previously had been eliminated would be restored
| May 2, 2018 | Number of The Day
It’s Time to Bring Safe Staffing to New Jersey Nursing Homes
Claire Wombough | May 1, 2018 | Healthcare, Sponsored Content
New Jersey nursing homes rank among the bottom in the country for average CNA staffing-hours per patient. But CNAs are often both caregivers and family to their patients
Op-Ed: Workers and Environmentalists Stand in Solidarity on Climate
Dan Fatton and Louis Kimmel | May 1, 2018 | Opinion
We stand together for worker protections and strong climate policies because we can’t have one without the other. An injury to the planet is an injury to us all
| May 1, 2018 | Number of The Day
New Jersey Transit Running Late on Positive Train Control
NJTV News Online | May 1, 2018 | Transportation
Missing December deadline could mean fines, having NJT trains banned from using Hudson tunnels into New York Penn Station
Newark Transformed: From Brick City to High-Tech City
John Reitmeyer | May 1, 2018 | More Issues
Gov. Murphy celebrates Newark’s rebirth at NJBIA conference, points to city as model for other communities looking to reinvent themselves
Is Long Wait for Offshore-Wind Financing Mechanism Over?
Tom Johnson | May 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU announces public hearing on still-undisclosed proposal detailing how utility customers would subsidize offshore wind
Proposed Pipeline Extension Raises Ire, Environmental Concerns
NJTV News Online | May 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Residents want to know why New Jersey takes the risk but New York gets the gas
Q&A with David Socolow, the New Executive Director at HESAA
Colleen O'Dea | May 1, 2018 | Education
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority is reinventing itself — with some legislative help — as an agency commited to helping students borrow wisely, without incurring a burden of debt
BPU Grants Sayreville Steel Plant Discount on Energy Bill
Tom Johnson | April 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State agency lets Gerdau Steel skate on societal benefit charge — except portion that goes to clean-energy program
Murphy Talks Mass Transit, Infrastructure to Regional Plan Association
NJTV News Online | April 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor demonstrates commitment to projects and initiatives RPA must be heavily involved with
GOP Wants to Yank Gateway Funds Out of Trump’s Signed 2019 Budget
John Reitmeyer | April 30, 2018 | Politics
Effort turns on a rarely used political procedure known as ‘rescission’ that makes it possible to rescind funds that have been approved for a specific purpose
NJ Healthcare Leaders Explore Alliances on State Policy Issues
Lilo H. Stainton | April 30, 2018 | Healthcare
Despite differences among stakeholders, all can come together on regulatory stability, innovation, and underlying public health concerns
Repollet Delivers PARCC Pitch and Plan to Educators
John Mooney | April 30, 2018 | Education
Acting education commissioner explains where the state is with the contentious test — and where it’s headed
Program to Feed Hungry Kids, Families Should Build on Strong Foundation
Colleen O'Dea | April 30, 2018 | Social
Child and Adult Care Food Program is getting job done, according to report, but could reach more children and parents if it made needed reforms
Murphy Talks Politics, Disses His Predecessor
NJTV News Online | April 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor discusses his first 100 days and how he plans to work with Legislature to get his budget approved
Subaru of America Decides to Call Camden ‘Home’
NJTV News Online | April 30, 2018 | More Issues
Company CEO says they’ve already given over $2 million in just the past two years to charitable organization in the city
| April 30, 2018 | Number of The Day
Opinion: PARCC’s Long Goodbye, a Very Good Thing for New Jersey
Laura Waters | April 27, 2018 | Opinion
Promising to scrap PARCC on Day 1 made for a good sound bite, but it makes for bad education policy
Christie May Be Out, But He Still Has a Taxpayer-Funded Staffer and Office
Matt Katz | WNYC News | April 27, 2018 | Politics
The current state budget has a $250,000 line item dedicated to — guess who? — our former governor
PSEG Will Pay $39M for Bidding Errors to Power Grid Operator
Tom Johnson | April 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Mistakes chiefly affect how much customers pay for electricity
Federal Autism Study Shows New Jersey’s Rates on the Rise
Lilo H. Stainton | April 27, 2018 | Healthcare
Diagnosis of disorder jumps 19 percent among eight-year-olds since 2012
New Jersey’s Voting Machines: Is Safe Enough Good Enough?
Colleen O'Dea | April 27, 2018 | Politics
Although the state’s voting machines aren’t linked to the internet, experts warn that gives officials a false sense of security. What’s needed are machines that deliver a paper audit trail of every vote
Sweeney Speaks: Boosting Corporate Taxes, Blocking Millionaires Tax
John Reitmeyer | April 27, 2018 | Politics
In an interview with NJ Spotlight, state Senate president discusses plan to levy new taxes on companies netting more than $1M annually and why he still sees tax hikes as a last resort
| April 27, 2018 | Number of The Day
Opinion: Sweeney’s Jersey City Gambit for Education Aid
Carl Golden | April 26, 2018 | Opinion
The Senate president’s strategy to redistribute aid from overfunded districts is far more palatable than Murphy’s plan to raise taxes
DOH Budget Hearing Highlights Changes under Gov. Murphy
Lilo H. Stainton | April 26, 2018 | Healthcare
Lawmakers question funding cuts to some pet programs
Murphy Celebrates 100 Days in Office, Will Next 100 Be More of a Challenge?
John Reitmeyer | April 26, 2018 | Politics
Ahead for the new governor: getting his budget, the largest in state history, through the Legislature, the millionaires tax, school funding — and that’s just for starters
Supersized Natural-Gas Power Plant Would Supply Energy to New York
Tom Johnson | April 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
North Bergen OK with proposed site, but administration, environmentalists argue it would add to air pollution in stressed urban area
Poll: Murphy at 100 Days — off the Charts or off the Mark?
| April 26, 2018 | Polling
Rather than assessing the governor’s first 100 days, we’d like to know how our readers rank and rate him
Racial tensions flare at Newark’s elite Science Park High School
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | April 26, 2018 | Education
Parents, teachers, administrators, and students wrestle with admission policies that some say are racist
| April 26, 2018 | Number of The Day
Newark Faces Court Test over Lead Levels in Water
Tom Johnson | April 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Two organizations argue city supplies show nearly twice the federal-action level for the contaminant
‘Black Mamas’ Highlight Racial Maternal-Health Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | April 25, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jersey leaders acknowledge state ‘needs to do better’
Dollar for Dollar — Gender Pay-Equity Law Signed by Gov. Murphy
John Reitmeyer | April 25, 2018 | Politics
Legislation also bars companies from punishing employees who discuss their pay with colleagues, allows workers to sue for triple damages if they can prove discrimination
NJ's Top Court Ends Lifetime Registration for Minors Under Megan’s Law
Colleen O'Dea | April 25, 2018 | Social
Unanimous ruling says requiring juvenile sex offenders to register and notify their communities for life is violation of due process
It Was a Traffic Jam, Not a Crime!
NJTV News Online | April 25, 2018 | Politics
Attorneys for Kelly, Baroni seek to overturn Bridgegate convictions
Fort Monmouth Poised for Second Life as Tech Hub
NJTV News Online | April 25, 2018 | Planning
Sprawling, two-square-mile property could also be redeveloped as walkable community for millennials
| April 25, 2018 | Number of The Day
Making Life a Little Easier for Women — or Any Parent — Serving Time in Prison
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2018 | Social
High-profile arrests of prison guards charged with sexual assault in state’s only women’s prison draw attention to problems some lawmakers say have been neglected too long
Acting Education Commissioner Says PARCC Here for at Least Another Year
John Mooney | April 24, 2018 | Education
Repollet explains the expensive ins and outs of ending one testing program and ramping up another
Nationwide Expansion of NJ Program to Reduce Opioid Use
Lilo H. Stainton | April 24, 2018 | Healthcare
Strategy makes opioids the drug of last resort in emergency rooms, cutting their use in state’s busiest ER by more than 80 percent
DEP Denies Lakewood’s Bid for Designation as Regional Center
Tom Johnson | April 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection blocks huge development project for second time, citing failure to address water-supply needs
Murphy Says He’ll Back NJ Transit Plans to Get More Bus Drivers on the Road
John Reitmeyer | April 24, 2018 | Transportation
Governor also indicates he’s behind the push to hire other personnel to help agency achieve on-time performance across the state
| April 24, 2018 | Number of The Day
The Asylum Paradox
Matt Katz|WNYC | April 24, 2018 | Immigration
Once they've been granted asylum, immigrants often have nowhere to go, and may spend the night in homeless shelters or on the streets
What Would ‘Full Funding’ of School Aid Look Like? Add $2.3B to Districts
John Mooney | April 24, 2018 | Education
OLS releases figures that put a price tag on full funding — increase would be offset by reduction of $660 million in transition aid
Hospital Aid Remains Stable, Following Years of Cuts
Lilo H. Stainton | April 22, 2018 | Healthcare
But charity care for mostly urban hospitals would be beefed up by Murphy’s decision not to take money away from the program
The List: Dems Who’ve Scored Big Using Website for Small Donations
Colleen O'Dea | April 22, 2018 | The List
ActBlue’s digital fundraising tools let voters make mostly small donations to the candidates and causes they support — and has pulled in $3.6 million to date
Is a Tax Amnesty for Delinquent Filers in the Offing for New Jersey?
John Reitmeyer | April 22, 2018 | Budget
If passed by Legislature, the proposal would eliminate some fines and penalties, but would not reduce the principal owed
| April 22, 2018 | Number of The Day
PSE&G Wants BPU to OK $1.9B Plan to Upgrade Gas Pipelines
Tom Johnson | April 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Five-year program would enable state’s largest utility to replace hundreds of miles of cast-iron and steel pipes with new gas mains
Murphy Accuses Texas Gov. Abbott of Trying to Rustle Garden State Companies
John Reitmeyer | April 20, 2018 | Politics
Abbott draws first, bragging about low taxes of the Lone Star State, but Murphy fires back with both barrels, saying schools and healthcare in Texas can’t hold a candle to New Jersey’s
Safe Sleep for Babies — Rutgers Researchers Now Have an App for That
Lilo H. Stainton | April 20, 2018 | Healthcare
Scientists use technology to help parents protect their infants from sudden unexpected death
FERC Reviews Its Policies for Approving Natural-Gas Pipelines
Tom Johnson | April 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Critics say federal agency rubber-stamps projects, without evaluating if a pipeline is truly needed and gauging its environmental impact
Interactive Map: Where New Jerseyans Are Hungriest
Colleen O'Dea | April 20, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Federal legislation before Congress could strip thousands of New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens of their SNAP food-assistance benefits
Op-Ed: Camden’s Next School Superintendent Must Build on Predecessor’s Success
Sean M. Brown | April 20, 2018 | Opinion
The district is smaller, the politics has changed, but we still need to address major education challenges in New Jersey’s poorest city
| April 20, 2018 | Number of The Day
Does School Security Mean Transforming Facilities into Fortresses?
Carly Sitrin | April 19, 2018 | Education
Active shooter drills, armed guards, video surveillance, safety training for all personnel, including lunch aides and janitors — is this the new face of education in New Jersey?
State Diverts $69M from VW Settlement to General Fund
Tom Johnson | April 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Clean-air advocates wind up with $72 million, had hoped total amount would go to fighting greenhouse-gas emissions
Reform Pending for New Jersey’s Medical Examiner System
Lilo H. Stainton | April 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Overworked, underfunded agency will be transferred to Department of Health, in line for cash infusion, new chain of command
Governor Shows Off Another Benefit of His Bigger Budget
John Reitmeyer | April 19, 2018 | Budget
Murphy highlights more money for Educational Opportunity Fund in his spending plan and doesn’t retreat from higher taxes despite lawmakers’ hesitancy
NJ Supreme Court Rules No Taxpayer Money to Restore Active Churches
Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2018 | More Issues
State’s top court decides taxpayer funds cannot be awarded to houses of worship still serving a congregation, even if goal is historic preservation of church structures
Op-Ed: We Need to Take the Trauma Out of Childhood
Marjorie A. Paloma | April 19, 2018 | Opinion
Thousands of children in New Jersey have been through traumatic events that can have profound long-term consequences. It’s our job to help them
| April 19, 2018 | Number of The Day
Is 2018 the Year When New Jersey, Ever in a Tax Fix, Finds a Fix for its Taxes?
John Reitmeyer | April 18, 2018 | Budget
New Jerseyans kvetch about the state’s high taxes, and nothing seems to change. But, momentum might now be with those who want a radical review of taxes and spending in the Garden State
Will Murphy Let Company Dump Treated Wastewater into Delaware River?
Tom Johnson | April 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents worry that loophole in bill on governor’s desk will allow fracking waste to be discharged into river
Murphy Administration Keeps Expanding Access to Medical Marijuana
Lilo H. Stainton | April 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Proposal would let patients get medical marijuana prescriptions from physicians who treat their underlying disease or symptoms of that disease, like pain and nausea
Repollet Walks Back Stance on School Aid, Says He’s Open to Compromise
John Mooney | April 18, 2018 | Education
Administration’s willingness to shift gears may get acting commissioner through the full confirmation process
Who’s in the Money? NJ’s 2018 Congressional Primaries — And Sole Senate Race
Colleen O'Dea | April 18, 2018 | Politics
With the first quarter reports filed, this year’s contests are already shaping up to be expensive
Op-Ed: Minority Student Program at 50 — Still Centerpiece of Rutgers Law
Paul L. Tractenberg | April 18, 2018 | Opinion
At the half-century mark, Rutgers’ MSP has transformed the face of legal education at the school where it began and across the country
Governor Signs Law Adding New Jersey to List of ‘Motor Voter’ States
NJTV News | April 18, 2018 | Politics
Automatic voter registration at motor vehicle agencies for Garden State, and Republicans lawmakers not too happy about that prospect
| April 18, 2018 | Number of The Day
Students’ Lives Are Priceless, But School Security Can Break the Budget
Carly Sitrin | April 17, 2018 | Education
After Sandy Hook and Parkland, schools need military-grade imaging, metal detectors, wands, magnetic locks, ID card scanners, and surveillance cameras with livestream capabilities
ACUA’s Battery-Storage System, First Financed by NJ's Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | April 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Atlantic County Utilities Authority will back up wastewater treatment plant — powered in part by solar and wind — if grid goes down
Do We Need to Talk? — There’s a Push to Increase End-of-Life Planning in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | April 17, 2018 | Healthcare
Proponents point to higher rate of aggressive medical treatment and higher costs for patients nearing death in Garden State
Opinion: Saving the ACA, One Step at a Time
Joel C. Cantor | April 17, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey lawmakers have passed two bills that would maintain important features of the Affordable Care Act
Murphy Close to Restoring Enterprise Zones in 5 Cash-Strapped Communities
John Reitmeyer | April 17, 2018 | Politics
Move would reverse former Gov. Christie’s decision to strip UEZs from Bridgeton, Camden, Newark, Plainfield, and Trenton
| April 17, 2018 | Number of The Day
Whether Undocumented Students Get State Financial Aid Now Down to Murphy
Colleen O'Dea | April 16, 2018 | Immigration
Immigrants, advocacy groups look to Democratic governor to sign off on financial aid program that would help New Jersey’s undocumented students attend college
Clean Vehicles Face Long, Bumpy Road to Acceptance in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | April 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Clean Air Council reviews roadblocks to wider adoption of zero-emission vehicles — cost, charging infrastructure, lack of public awareness
Horizon Leads Opioid Awareness and Prevention Program Focused on Youth
Lilo H. Stainton | April 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Program with Rutgers pharmacy school touched nearly 2,000 kids in past year
One on One with Paymon Rouhanifard, Camden’s Departing Superintendent
John Mooney | April 16, 2018 | Education
Rouhanifard fields questions about progress in Camden, rise of charters, carrying his work forward, statewide exams, and coaching b-ball at Camden High
The Goal Is Economic Growth, the Question Is How Best to Get There
John Reitmeyer | April 16, 2018 | Budget
For Gov. Murphy, investments and tax hikes would deliver the revenue to fuel expansion, but members of his own party are adamantly opposed to higher taxes
Op-Ed: For New Jersey State Aid, Let Money ‘Follow the Child’
Jeffrey Bennett | April 16, 2018 | Opinion
The School Funding Reform Act directs that the money it awards should ‘follow the child,’ but its own requirements make it impossible to do so
ICE Moves to Deport Egyptian Dissident Who Says He Faces Hanging Back Home
Matt Katz | WNYC News | April 16, 2018 | Immigration
Ahmed Abdelbasit, who teaches physics in an Islamic school, applied for asylum but was picked up by ICE because he was not a legal resident
| April 16, 2018 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Want Voters to Approve $1B Bond Issue for School Safety and Vo-Techs
John Reitmeyer | April 13, 2018 | Budget
Original bond was for $500M to upgrade NJ’s vocational-technical and community colleges, but legislators want to double it to improve school security
With Little Fuss or Fanfare, Legislature Passes Clean-Energy Bills
Tom Johnson | April 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy and Sweeney both get what they want, but how will consumers feel about shouldering the burden of more subsidies?
NJ Set to Enact Insurance Law, So Is this the End of ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills?
Lilo H. Stainton | April 13, 2018 | Healthcare
Most interest groups support controversial measure to control out-of-network insurance costs, but many physicians unhappy
Beyond Signs and Slogans: What Does Rutgers’ Adjunct Faculty Want?
Carly Sitrin | April 13, 2018 | Education
Part-time lecturers are asking for pay equity, affordable healthcare, and job security. Rutgers says it can’t afford to fund those requests
Opinion: Despite Potential Savings, New Jersey Has No Urge to Merge
Carl Golden | April 13, 2018 | Opinion
Consolidation has been a tough sell in the Garden State, as Sen. Sweeney has found. Residents want their ‘own’ police, fire departments, and elected officials
Can Automatic Voter Registration Fill Out NJ’s Anemic Voter Rolls?
Colleen O'Dea | April 13, 2018 | Politics
Both houses pass versions of a bill that would automatically register voters when they visit motor vehicles — or other state agencies that interact with the public
Senate Approves Muoio for State Treasurer, Only Second Woman to Get the Nod
John Reitmeyer | April 13, 2018 | Budget
Former assemblywoman makes her own bit of history in a busy week — she was already doing the rounds, explaining governor’s budget plan to lawmakers
Murphy and Sweeney: NJ Politics’ Great Divide
NJTV News | April 13, 2018 | Politics
‘Festering feud’ between two most powerful pols in New Jersey gets uglier
Customers Criticize JCP&L for Winter Storm Outages
NJTV News | April 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Blackouts extended beyond a week, endangering seniors, people with disabilities, local official says
‘Shaq Tower’ Marks a Milestone in Downtown Newark
NJTV News | April 13, 2018 | Planning
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal visits former home to watch workers finish top floor of his high-rise apartment and retail building on Rector Street
| April 13, 2018 | Number of The Day
After Complaints, Governor Willing to Rework Budget for School Funding?
John Reitmeyer | April 12, 2018 | Budget
Acting state Treasurer gives assurance of Murphy’s cooperation in finding remedy, as lawmakers let her know they’ve been taking ‘public fire’ on the issue
Down to the Wire: Controversial Clean-Energy Bills Scheduled for Vote
Tom Johnson | April 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Vote before Assembly and Senate may be imminent, but advocates and opponents continue to quarrel — especially over nuclear subsidy measure
Judge Orders Horizon to Let Public See Details Behind OMNIA Insurance Plan
Lilo H. Stainton | April 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield has fought to keep McKinsey report secret, but judge rules it is of ‘legitimate public interest.’ Horizon to appeal
Pain Relief for College Students Overburdened by Loan Debt
Colleen O'Dea | April 12, 2018 | Education
Legislators turn their attention to problems facing student borrowers, backing bills that would keep them from being overwhelmed by loan repayments
Op-Ed: People with Disabilities Must Remain Vigilant
Kevin Nunez | April 12, 2018 | Opinion
Many of us unfortunately need government assistance to live and remain as healthy as possible, but we are not a line item to easily be slashed
| April 12, 2018 | Number of The Day
Muoio Says ‘It’s Time to Face Facts,’ New Jersey — Why Tax Hikes Are Needed
John Reitmeyer | April 11, 2018 | Budget
Acting state Treasurer talks about $161 million budget deficit but, so far, lawmakers show little enthusiasm for shape of Gov. Murphy’s first budget plan
NJ Public Schools Perform on Par or Better on ‘Nation’s Report Card’
John Mooney | April 11, 2018 | Education
Despite progress among poor and minority students, achievement gaps must still be bridged
Another Push to Get More Clean Cars on New Jersey’s Roads
Tom Johnson | April 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would deliver rebates of $100M annually over three years to drivers who switch to plug-in vehicles
Should New Jersey Start Banking on a State Bank?
Colleen O'Dea | April 11, 2018 | Politics
Advocates say a public bank — an idea talked up by Murphy during his campaign — could create jobs, boost state earnings, and increase economic activity
New Drive for More Elective Angioplasty, Community Hospitals Say Long Overdue
Lilo H. Stainton | April 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Legislative reform could ease regulations governing where cardiovascular procedure can be performed — and bring economic benefits to small hospitals and their patients
Op-Ed: Cutting Food Assistance Is No Pathway to Employment
Adele LaTourette | April 11, 2018 | Opinion
Taking away food assistance is not the way to get people on the path to employment that can sustain them and their families
| April 11, 2018 | Number of The Day
Rise in Opioid-Exposed Newborns in NJ Prompts State Awareness Campaign
Lilo H. Stainton | April 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Number of infants exposed to drugs or alcohol in the womb doubled in New Jersey between 2008 and 2016
FERC Says PSEG Subsidiary Made False Statements over 9-Year Period
Tom Johnson | April 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency contends alleged violations occurred when company was bidding into power auction to set prices consumers pay for electricity
State Shortchanges Poor Towns in South Jersey on Municipal Aid — New Report
John Reitmeyer | April 10, 2018 | Budget
Economically distressed communities in southern NJ suffer from significant state underfunding compared to municipalities in northern end of state
Curbing the Influence of Special-Interest Groups on NJ Elections
Colleen O'Dea | April 10, 2018 | Politics
State’s independent election watchdog and Democratic and Republican lawmakers push to revise New Jersey’s campaign-finance laws
Op-Ed: Celebrating Our Preschool Success
David Sciarra, W. Steven Barnett, Cecilia Zalkind | April 10, 2018 | Opinion
Research has found that the Abbott program produces persistent academic gains through the fifth grade for children enrolled in two years of preschool and narrowed achievement gaps — among other benefits
Murphy Earmarks $53M for Statewide Expansion of Pre-K
NJTV News | April 10, 2018 | Education
Governor says there’s ‘violent agreement’ about wisdom of investing in early education as he promotes funding for 5,300 new preschool slots
| April 10, 2018 | Number of The Day
‘Surprise’ Medical Bill Advances, With Hospitals on Board
Lilo H. Stainton | April 9, 2018 | Healthcare
Physicians still concerned reform would harm specialists, patient care
Deep Cuts to Homestead Tax-Relief Program Courtesy of Christie’s 2018 Budget
John Reitmeyer | April 9, 2018 | Budget
Seniors and disabled homeowners could see their tax-relief rebates cut by almost half, with no funding to restore them in Murphy’s 2019 budget plan — at least not yet
Trump Administration Opens New Offshore Wind Leases
Tom Johnson | April 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Interior secretary calls wind part of administration’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy, wants to gauge interest in shallow waters between NJ and Long Island
The List: No NJ Baby Bust for Unmarried Women Ages 35 and Older
Colleen O'Dea | April 9, 2018 | The List
But census data shows that births to unmarried teens plummeted by 80 percent
Camden’s Vision for a Sustainable Future
Camden SMART Initiative | April 9, 2018 | Sponsored Content
In just a few years, the Camden SMART Initiative has invested over $25 million in the city, created 50 infrastructure projects, and planted more than 1,500 trees
Op-Ed: We’re Facing the Fate of Wall-E
Laura Overdeck | April 9, 2018 | Opinion
As toys become extinct, so may our children’s critical design skills
Nuclear Energy Powers New Jersey’s Economy and Communities
Peter Sena | April 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
People are what make the safety-net legislation so important: All totaled, nuclear represents about 6,000 direct and indirect jobs
| April 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
Amid Arguments and Warnings, Nuclear Subsidy Bill Clears Committee
Tom Johnson | April 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Clean-energy measures also voted out, but nuclear bill looms large — particularly when it comes to costs to ratepayers
Assembly Advances Vaccine Bill, Despite Angry, Tearful Protests
Lilo H. Stainton | April 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Measure would tighten religious exemptions in effort to boost public health
Take Two: Move to Revive NJ Tax Breaks for Moviemakers, Other Producers
John Reitmeyer | April 6, 2018 | Budget
Former Gov. Chris Christie shut down previous program, questioning its value to New Jersey. He’s not the only skeptic
NJ Landowners in Federal Court to Fight Pipeline Company on Eminent Domain
Jon Hurdle | April 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dozens of New Jersey landowners were in court yesterday to challenge PennEast’s efforts to take possession of parts of their properties
Interactive Map: Wealthy Suburbs Biggest Winners in NJ Property-Tax Deduction
Colleen O'Dea | April 6, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Homeowners in best-off communities save far more than residents of low-income cities — and are likely to save even more if Legislature adopts governor’s proposal to raise the deduction
Op-Ed: An Investment in STEM Is an Investment in New Jersey’s Future
Ann Borowiec | April 6, 2018 | Opinion
STEM education must be maximized, and we must make sure that women, blacks, and Latinos are among those that receive this essential training
NYPD Pays $1 Million, Vows Surveillance Reforms After Settling with NJ Muslims
Matt Katz | WNYC News | April 6, 2018 | Immigration
As part of settlement, NYPD confirmed that it dismantled the Demographics Unit that surveilled Muslims
| April 6, 2018 | Number of The Day
Offshore Wind Blows New Life into Dormant Partnership
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Gov. Murphy’s aggressive ambitions for offshore wind are generating energy and enthusiasm for a sector that stalled under Christie
Making Sure Murphy Administration Prioritizes Environmental Justice
Colleen O'Dea | April 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Activists argue poor communities of color have been adversely affected by pollution in all its forms for far too long
New Funds for NJ Groups to Combat Threats to Delaware River Basin’s Water Quality
Jon Hurdle | April 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Millions of dollars more for grassroots efforts in New Jersey and adjoining states to tackle dangers to vital source of drinking water
Pension System Sells off Stake in Manufacturer of Semi-Automatic Rifles
John Reitmeyer | April 5, 2018 | Politics
Legislators argue that complete ban on investments in all gun and ammunition makers must be written into law
Sorting Out the Primary Pack for NJ’s Midterm Congressional Races
NJ Spotlight | April 5, 2018 | Politics
NJ Spotlight’s Colleen O’Dea visits WHYY and puts the contests in context
Op-Ed: Out-of-Network Bill Is Insurers’ Dream and Middle-Class Nightmare
Peter DeNoble | April 5, 2018 | Opinion
Impending legislation would lead to job losses in medical practices, drastically cut physician reimbursements, and damage emergency care
Governor Tries to Calm the Waters Between Hoboken and Ferry Company
NJTV News | April 5, 2018 | Planning
Murphy intervenes in row over future of three-acre waterfront shipyard
| April 5, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy Sets New Direction for Tackling Opioid Epidemic
Lilo H. Stainton | April 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor outlines $100 million spending on range of anti-addiction programs to be underpinned by data and analysis ... and a pivot away from Christie-like media promos
Menendez’s First Campaign Video: Just a Regular Guy Fighting for New Jerseyans
Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2018 | Politics
But Republican Hugin is first on the tube with a TV spot labeled ‘Disgraced’
Democratic Heavy Hitters Ready to Revise Murphy’s Budget Plan
John Reitmeyer | April 4, 2018 | Budget
Sweeney, Sarlo make no bones about wanting changes to governor’s proposals on taxes and on funding for education
NJ to Join Clean Car Initiative, as EPA Eases Fuel-Economy Standards
Tom Johnson | April 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Eight-state initiative hopes to have more than 3 million zero-emission vehicles on road by 2025
Opinion: Letter to the Hon. Chief Justice Rabner of the NJ Supreme Court
R. William Potter and Clara S. Haignere | April 4, 2018 | Opinion
Justice for All/Justicia para Todos — a proposed program that could ease an enormous amount of misery for very little money
| April 4, 2018 | Number of The Day
Making Sure the Lights Stay on in All Kinds of Weather
John Kotek | New Jersey Needs Nuclear | April 3, 2018 | Sponsored Content
Without resilient and stable energy sources, there is nothing to stop future extreme weather from adversely impacting the delivery of cost-efficient and clean energy to millions of New Jerseyans
New Jersey’s Midterm Congressional Contest Attracts 51 Contenders
Colleen O'Dea | April 3, 2018 | Politics, Podcasts
With the possibility of at least three districts flipping from red to blue, and anti-Trump feelings running high, the June 5th primary will be the one to watch
McGreevey to Fight Murphy’s ‘Catastrophic’ Cuts to Prisoner Re-Entry Program
Carly Sitrin | April 3, 2018 | Social
As rehabilitation efforts gain ground in other states, current governor’s withdrawal of funding for NJ nonprofit backed by his predecessor is ‘inexplicable’
EPA Relaxes Tough Fuel-Economy Standards for Cars, Light Trucks
Tom Johnson | April 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency rollback makes it more difficult to eliminate air pollution in New Jersey, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, smog
New Jersey Looks to California for Gun-Violence Research Model
Lilo H. Stainton | April 3, 2018 | Healthcare
Lawmakers tap Rutgers University, possibly as home for Firearm Violence Research Center that would study all facets of the issue
Municipalities Skittish Over Murphy Administration’s Tweaks to Current Budget
John Reitmeyer | April 3, 2018 | Budget
Treasury officials say, not to worry, it’s just an accounting adjustment but local officials fear for their bottom line
Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Path to Zero-Subsidy Offshore-Wind Bids
Markian Melnyk | April 3, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey’s utilities are required by federal law to provide nondiscriminatory open access to the grid, so if they built and operated New Jersey’s offshore grid the result would be a level playing field
| April 3, 2018 | Number of The Day
Are Transparency and Oversight Coming to Port Authority at Last?
John Reitmeyer | April 2, 2018 | Transportation
A reworked reform bill and a sympathetic Democratic governor in Trenton could mean progress on an initiative that’s been spinning its wheels since 2011
New Jersey’s Troubling Trend, Increase in Bias and Hate Crimes
Colleen O'Dea | April 2, 2018 | Social
State attorney general says rise in reported incidents partly the result of country’s ‘political leaders’ who countenance ‘intolerance and hatred’
State Expands Access to Hepatitis-C Drugs for Medicaid Patients
Lilo H. Stainton | April 2, 2018 | Healthcare
Proposed rule change would allow patients to receive treatment before they exhibit some degree of liver damage
Moody’s Likes the Look of NJ, Other Northeastern States, for Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | April 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Favorable regulatory climate, natural attributes like wind speed, shallow waters, proximity to cities with high energy demand play into favorable assessment
Camden Finds Strength in Its Partners
Camden SMART Initiative | April 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
The Camden SMART initiative knows that the smartest way to reach its goals — a cleaner, happier environment — is by drawing on the strength and expertise of partners
Opinion: Sweeney On Murphy’s Gun Legislation — What’s the Hurry?
Carl Golden | April 2, 2018 | Opinion
The Senate president may want time for negotiation and compromise, but he runs the risk of being seen as blocking progress on the emotionally charged issue of gun control
With Yellow Vests and 'ICE-Sniffing Dog,' Activists Watch for Immigration
Matt Katz | WNYC News | April 2, 2018 | Immigration
Volunteers patrol each day municipal court is in session, ready to take pictures and video on their phones if any arrests are made
| April 2, 2018 | Number of The Day
Better Data Equals Better Public Policy, Researchers Say
Lilo H. Stainton | March 29, 2018 | Healthcare
State developing interactive app that will let patients, providers, and policymakers work directly with Medicaid stats
Pleas for Increases in State Aid as Murphy’s Budget Gets Its First Close-Up
John Reitmeyer | March 29, 2018 | Budget
ALS patient appeals for more assistance while it’s clear school funding will once again be the crux of the matter for lawmakers
Will Making It Easier to Vote Increase Participation in NJ Elections?
Colleen O'Dea | March 29, 2018 | Politics
Among the reforms introduced by several bills: automatic voter registration when residents renew their licenses and a secure website that will let them vote online
New Jersey Natural Gas Looks to Roll Out Energy-Efficiency Portfolio
Tom Johnson | March 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility goes to BPU with $341M filing to fund rebates and incentives for commercial, industrial, and residential customers — including those with limited incomes
Opinion: Federal Aid to New Jersey Is Secure
Richard F. Keevey | March 29, 2018 | Opinion
Despite draconian cuts originally proposed in the president's budget, Congress made more rational decisions and provided hefty increases in discretionary spending
Democratic Big Guns Come Out to Help Menendez Launch Re-Election Campaign
NJTV News | March 29, 2018 | Politics
New Jersey’s senior senator supported by array of party notables as he begins bid
| March 29, 2018 | Number of The Day
Gov. Murphy’s Kinder, Gentler Medical Marijuana Program
Lilo H. Stainton | March 28, 2018 | Healthcare
Plan, endorsed by patient advocates and cannabis industry representatives, adds new conditions that can be treated, doubles THC levels — for starters
Expunging Marijuana Records the Way to Go — or a Big Headache for NJ Courts?
Carly Sitrin | March 28, 2018 | More Issues
Case being made that people should be able to clear their records, but concern that tens of thousands would flood the system
Amazon Expands Chain of Warehouses Along NJ Turnpike
John Reitmeyer | March 28, 2018 | More Issues
Online retailer, now one of New Jersey’s largest employers, takes advantage of state’s key location and infrastructure
Does the Jersey Shore Need a Regional Coastal Commission?
Tom Johnson | March 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proponents contend that planning for — and dealing with — climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme storms can’t be done on a town-by-town basis
Census Citizenship Question to Push NJ’s Undocumented into Shadows?
Colleen O'Dea | March 28, 2018 | Immigration
New Jersey will join multistate lawsuit against federal government to prevent question from being included on next decennial census
Op-Ed: A Great Idea Whose Time Has Come — Again
Chris Satullo | March 28, 2018 | Opinion
A bill being considered by lawmakers would provide the seed money for an initiative that would return control of local and community news, civic information to New Jerseyans
Amid Surge in Hate, Rutgers Seeks Balance Between Safety and Free Speech
Matt Katz | WNYC News | March 28, 2018 | More Issues
Consensus that it's not easy to counter outpouring of hate-filled voices
| March 28, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Assembly Passes Several Gun-Control Bills, with Some GOP Support
Lilo H. Stainton | March 27, 2018 | Healthcare, Politics
Gun-rights advocates rally in Trenton, but there’s overwhelming support for panoply of measures to increase restrictions
Repollet Confirmation, as Much Celebration as Cross-Examination
John Mooney | March 27, 2018 | Education
Murphy’s choice for commissioner of education draws applause at Senate Judiciary hearing
Muoio Moves a Step Closer to Formal Approval as New Jersey’s Financial Boss
John Reitmeyer | March 27, 2018 | Budget
Senate committee approves acting State Treasurer for the permanent position after grilling her about tax policy and spending
Another Win for Police, Firefighters in Effort to Control Own Pension Fund
John Reitmeyer | March 27, 2018 | Budget
Big support in Trenton for legislation to revamp management of Police and Firemen's Retirement System, but what does the governor think?
Federal Tax Reform Means Slightly Lower Bills for NJ Ratepayers
Tom Johnson | March 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities sets new tariffs for water companies and gas and electric utilities
Hungry Kids Can’t Learn: Feeding More Students Breakfast, Lunch at School
Colleen O'Dea | March 27, 2018 | Social
A package of bills seeks to expand number of poor and low-income students getting federally funded meals at school, track those not being fed
Op-Ed: 50 Years Later — Fight for Racial Justice Continues, From Ground up
Ryan Haygood | March 27, 2018 | Opinion
If there is a lesson for progressive people to learn from the past half century, it is this: People who care about racial and social justice cannot afford to be timid
| March 27, 2018 | Number of The Day
State’s Bonded Debt Soars to Nosebleed Heights: $46.1 Billion
John Reitmeyer | March 26, 2018 | Budget
It gets worse: New Jersey’s grand total owed to bondholders, public workers, and other groups climbs to stratospheric $200-plus billion
Offshore Wind Farm Gets Closer to Cranking Out Megawatts
Tom Johnson | March 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Long-delayed pilot off Atlantic City gets OK from legislative panel, but some environmentalists argue it’s time to move directly to full-scale projects
Better Data, Better Access, Fewer Disparities Among NJ’s Healthcare Goals
Lilo H. Stainton | March 26, 2018 | Healthcare
Data transparency benefits patients, policymakers, but remains elusive objective
Three Ways to Get Local Youth Involved in Your Community
Camden SMART Initiative | March 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Young people’s interest in environmental issues makes them ideal candidates to learn ways to make an appreciable difference in their neighborhoods and the wider community
New Opportunity For New Jersey’s Distressed Towns and Cities
Colleen O'Dea | March 26, 2018 | Politics
Gov. Phil Murphy has designated 75 municipalities as Opportunity Zones, enabling them to benefit from private capital investment
NJ Democrats Ramp Up Efforts to Move State to Left in Post-Christie Era
Matt Katz | WNYC | March 26, 2018 | Politics
Push is on to enact gun-control legislations and measure to help undocumented immigrants pay for college — among others — all blocked by former governor
Op-Ed: This is No Time for a Time Out on Charter Schools
Joanna Garnett Raeppold | March 26, 2018 | Opinion
My message to the governor: charter schools are the future of New Jersey education; preventing the growth of these schools is an injustice to our citizens
| March 26, 2018 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Go for Hybrid Proposal to Expand Medical Marijuana Program in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | March 23, 2018 | Healthcare
Plan is for twice as much medicine for patients, twice as many growers, and dozens of dispensaries across the state
NJ Files in Federal Court to Stop PennEast from Condemning Protected Land
Tom Johnson | March 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Roughly half of the properties pipeline company wants to seize under eminent domain are preserved as open space and farmland
Federal Spending Bill Before Congress Could Mean $541M for Gateway Project
John Reitmeyer | March 23, 2018 | Transportation
Far from the $30 billion the Gateway tunnel and Portal Bridge will ultimately cost, federal funds could get shovels in the ground for critical infrastructure initiative
A Beautiful Picture: NJ Schools Offer Art Classes for Almost Every Student
Carly Sitrin | March 23, 2018 | Education
Art educators say it’s about more than painting or music or drama; art helps students explore who they are and can help them find their way in life
Newark Airport Workers Cheer as Port Authority Votes for $19 Minimum Wage
Colleen O'Dea | March 23, 2018 | Social
The increase would be phased in, culminating in 2023. No word yet on cost of the proposal
Op-Ed: Let’s Make New Jersey the Healthiest State in the Country
Jeanne Herb | March 23, 2018 | Opinion
The time for communities, decision makers, and practitioners to evaluate the potential health effects of a plan, policy, or project is before it is adopted, implemented, or built
Questions for the Governor on Drugs, Taxes, Guns… and Musical Comedy
WNYC News | March 23, 2018 | Politics
Gov. Phil Murphy kicks off first in series of bi-monthly radio call-ins by answering the obvious questions along with the less obvious
| March 23, 2018 | Number of The Day
If Murphy Holds Municipal Aid Flat, Can Property Taxes Go Anywhere But Up?
Colleen O'Dea | March 22, 2018 | Budget
The proposed budget represents the eighth consecutive year of flat funding, while inflation has continued to climb
Explainer: Here’s How the Governor Plans to Ease Property Taxes — a Bit
John Reitmeyer | March 22, 2018 | Explainer
While Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal would give homeowners a bigger write-off, it would keep in place rules that hold down other relief programs
Poll: Do You Back the Governor’s Tax Hikes?
| March 22, 2018 | Polling
When running for office, Gov. Phil Murphy talked about raising taxes — and his budget plan follows through. How do you like his proposal?
Lawmakers Seek to Expand Access to Overdose Antidote
Lilo H. Stainton | March 22, 2018 | Healthcare
Schools and prisons are the targets of two measures meant to save lives and block opioid use
New Jersey Looks to $50M Bond Issue to Fund Stormwater Management
Tom Johnson | March 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Stormwater pollution has long been recognized as a huge problem in the Garden State, but an even bigger problem has been finding funds to deal with it
Op-Ed: Legislature Must Act to Save Solar Industry
Abigail Ross Hopper | March 22, 2018 | Opinion
If the Legislature balks at taking action to avert a crisis in the solar sector, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment could be imperiled
| March 22, 2018 | Number of The Day
Who Doesn't Like Free Tuition at 2-Year Colleges? Try 4-Year State Schools
Colleen O'Dea | March 21, 2018 | Education
The governor’s proposed budget includes $50 million to offset tuition at community colleges. Four-year schools are wondering when they’ll get their piece of the pie
Murphy Rolls Out Spending Priorities for $242M Increase in Budget for NJ Transit
John Reitmeyer | March 21, 2018 | Transportation
Governor says commuters can expect better service, upgraded facilities, more staff — and no immediate fare hike
New Federal Push to Protect Health Insurance Market
Lilo H. Stainton | March 21, 2018 | Healthcare
Pallone and other Democrats pursuing multiple options to reverse ACA repeal and replace
Feds Convening Summit on Water Contamination in NJ, Other States
Tom Johnson | March 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Gathering will address risks posed by manmade chemicals widely used in nonstick cookware and other household products
| March 21, 2018 | Number of The Day
New Jersey's Energy Future: Modernizing Energy Infrastructure
NJ Spotlight | March 20, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
New Jersey's energy infrastructure is old and susceptible to extreme weather. Given these limitations, how can the state move ahead?
State Crafts New Strategies for Greystone, Other Psychiatric Hospitals
Lilo H. Stainton | March 20, 2018 | Healthcare
Former board members, advocates offer dire warnings to their replacements
Offshore Wind: Is the Long Wait over for New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The 24-megawatt Fishermen’s Energy pilot could pick up a tailwind thanks to governor’s ambitious clean-energy agenda
NJ’s Tech Future Begins with New Brunswick ‘Hub’ — Murphy
John Reitmeyer | March 20, 2018 | Planning
Governor’s plan for economic development begins with creation of a center for innovation and technology to help small businesses and startups
Op-Ed: Stormwater Utilities — An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Barry Chalofsky | March 20, 2018 | Opinion
Stormwater systems must be properly maintained if they are to protect groundwater from pollution and people from flooding
Assembly Committee Advances Equal Pay Legislation
NJTV News | March 20, 2018 | Politics
Bill would make it illegal for employers to pay women — including pregnant women — less for doing the same job as men
Move to Help Union Officials Gain Easier Access to Public Workers in NJ
WHYY News | March 20, 2018 | Politics
Labor interests happy that measure advances as municipal officials express concern about cost to taxpayers
| March 20, 2018 | Number of The Day
Giving State’s Vo-Techs the Space — and Seats — to Accommodate More Students
John Reitmeyer | March 19, 2018 | Budget
Proposed bond issue would help vocational-technical schools deliver what New Jersey manufacturers need most, skilled workers that will help them flourish
The List: For These 10 Districts, More School Aid Still Means Much Less
Colleen O'Dea | March 19, 2018 | The List
Gov. Murphy wants to boost school aid to most districts, but many would still get significantly less than they would if fully funded under state formula
Mapping Out Requirements for Tomorrow’s Energy Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | March 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Fundamental changes to ways electricity and gas will be delivered are in the offing, according to experts at NJ Spotlight roundtable
Annual County Health Rankings Highlight Racial Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | March 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Among the report’s more unsettling findings: Black babies were more than 40 percent more likely to die prematurely than their white counterparts
Camden SMART Initiative Revitalizes, Extends City’s Open Spaces
Camden SMART Initiative | March 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Pristine new open spaces and reclaimed, refurbished neighborhood park system will help boost the health of city residents
Op-Ed: Charitable Deduction Would Help New Jersey Nonprofits
Hans Dekker | March 19, 2018 | Opinion
We have a long and rich history of philanthropic giving, but new data shows New Jersey falling to last place among wealthy states for giving
| March 19, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy School Aid Plan Keeps Promises, Raises Questions
John Mooney | March 16, 2018 | Education
The numbers aren’t set in stone, but districts have gotten a first look at state aid to public schools
NJ Solar Shows Slow Growth, Pace Slackens Nationally as Well
Tom Johnson | March 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers, administration, and industry work to forge new financing mechanism that will be less of a burden on ratepayers
Murphy’s Healthcare Budget: Beyond the Headlines
Lilo H. Stainton | March 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Where does the governor plan on putting the state’s money, and where does he plan on cutting back?
Appellate Court Rules Disgraced NJ Senator Will Be Stripped of Full Pension
Carly Sitrin | March 16, 2018 | Politics
Court upholds earlier pension board decision denying former Sen. Wayne Bryant all of his $81,000 pension payout
Public Gets Say on Budget, but What Matters Most Is Murphy-Sweeney Dialogue
John Reitmeyer | March 16, 2018 | Budget
Although Democrats control both the executive and legislative branches of NJ government, fate of first Murphy spending plan remains uncertain
Op-Ed: A Call to Restore the Courts’ Role in Addressing Sexual Misconduct
Charles A. Sullivan and Timothy P. Glynn | March 16, 2018 | Opinion
Essentially, mandatory arbitration agreements strip plaintiffs of their right to a trial by jury
Judge Reduces Power of Newark Police Review Board
WNYC News | March 16, 2018 | Social
Disappointed Mayor Ras Baraka vows to appeal ‘setback to criminal justice reform’
| March 16, 2018 | Number of The Day
Thousands of Students from Hundreds of NJ Schools Protest Gun Violence
Carly Sitrin | March 15, 2018 | More Issues
Using social-media savvy, young activists get the message out to peers, press, and politicians. And it won’t end here, they pledge
Murphy Diverts $136M in Clean-Energy Funds to Help Balance Budget
Tom Johnson | March 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Raiding Clean Energy Fund is nothing new, Christie and Democratic Legislature regularly did it in preceding administration
Day After Budget Address, Murphy Takes Spending Plan on the Road
John Reitmeyer | March 15, 2018 | Budget
Democratic governor wants to get message across, his big budget means big gains for pension system, education, NJ Transit, and New Jerseyans — who will be getting more for their money
Pre-K Murphy’s Way: Educators Sound off on Governor’s Spending Plan
John Mooney | March 15, 2018 | Education
At conference to mark 20th anniversary of Abbott v. Burke, talk turns to governor’s education budget and pledge to extend preschool statewide in four years
Murphy Backs Specific Fix for Problem in Out-of-Network Health Insurance Billing
Lilo H. Stainton | March 15, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor gives surprise endorsement of two lawmakers’ effort to close major loophole, says it could save state tens of millions of dollars
Opinion: The First Murphy Budget — a Dicey Proposal
Richard F. Keevey | March 15, 2018 | Opinion
A former budget director casts a skeptical eye on the governor’s proposed $37.4 billion budget, and finds much to be concerned about
Governor Makes Pitch for His Spending Blueprint
WNYC News | March 15, 2018 | Budget
It’s all about ‘digging out’ of previous administration’s eight-year ‘gutting’ of government services, Murphy says
| March 15, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy’s Proposed Budget, a Record $37.4B — and He Has Plans for All of It
John Reitmeyer | March 14, 2018 | Budget
Governor’s budget message holds few surprise — except, perhaps, the total — but draws a cool response from his own party
Nuclear Subsidy Bill Re-Engineered as Three Separate Measures
Tom Johnson | March 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Nuclear power, clean energy, and offshore wind will each get dedicated bill, but all three will move together through the Legislature
No Let-Up on Marijuana for Governor Who Projects Millions in Revenues, Taxes
Carly Sitrin | March 14, 2018 | More Issues
Murphy wants full legalization in New Jersey by January 2019 as lawmakers are still deep in the weeds over what that could entail
Murphy’s Education Budget: Some Pledges Redeemed, Some Deferred
John Mooney | March 14, 2018 | Education
Murphy’s call for a $283 million increase in aid to public schools — to more than $9.6 billion — is the biggest bump in almost a decade
Opinion: After the Budget, Who Blinks First — Murphy or Sweeney?
Carl Golden | March 14, 2018 | Opinion
Governor might be asking Legislature to enact too many tax increases. Meanwhile, where’s his path to compromise with Senate President?
Putting an End to Sick-Pay Accrual by Longtime Public Workers
Colleen O'Dea | March 14, 2018 | More Issues
In effort to prevent county, municipal, and school workers from banking sick pay and cashing in at retirement, two Democratic senators propose an across-the-board cap of $15,000
In Healthcare, Murphy’s Budget Choices Emphasize Medicaid, Opioid Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | March 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Few details available on allocation of some money, and confusion about whether certain funding is really new
Crunching the Numbers
NJ Spotlight | March 14, 2018 | Budget
John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight’s budget and public finance writer, discusses the implications of Gov. Phil Murphy’s first budget on NJTV
| March 14, 2018 | Number of The Day
The Big Things to Watch for in Murphy’s Inaugural Budget
John Reitmeyer | March 13, 2018 | Budget
New Jersey gets its first look at how governor plans to translate campaign promises into policies and spending priorities, as he issues his first state budget today
NJ Police Chiefs Oppose Legal Marijuana — No Good Test for It, Danger to Drivers
Carly Sitrin | March 13, 2018 | More Issues
Marijuana use by drivers a major cause for concern along with lack of easy, reliable test to measure impairment
Senate Panel Advances Bills to Boost Cash Payments to Poor Families
Lilo H. Stainton | March 13, 2018 | Healthcare
Measures vetoed under Christie may have new life in Murphy administration
Can New Jersey Make Net Neutrality the Law for the Garden State?
Colleen O'Dea | March 13, 2018 | Politics
In their quest to maintain net neutrality, are some New Jersey lawmakers possibly stepping into unconstitutional territory?
Murphy Administration Settles MTBE Pollution Cases for $200 Million
Tom Johnson | March 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Natural-resources damage suit involves three oil companies who contaminated groundwater with potentially carcinogenic gasoline additive
Opinion: Nuclear Subsidy Bill Could Spell End of Solar Sector
R. William Potter | March 13, 2018 | Opinion
Left unchanged, the bill that's slated to come before the Legislature will wipe out the mechanism used to finance solar systems, without putting anything in its place
| March 13, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Court Determines How Many Affordable-Housing Units Needed by 2025
Colleen O'Dea | March 12, 2018 | Housing
Ruling sets statewide housing quota for new affordable units at close to 155,000, according to Mercer County Superior Court Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson
Want to Know Why Millennials Are Ditching New Jersey? Ask Them
John Reitmeyer | March 12, 2018 | More Issues
'Millennial town hall' gives generation 'M' a chance to sound off on what they like about New Jersey (proximity to NYC, recreation) and what they don't (costly housing, few mass-transit options)
Opinion: Trenton's Circular Firing Squad
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | March 12, 2018 | Opinion
Democratic leaders compete to harm New Jersey's tax competitiveness
Community Solar Shares the Sun, Savings on Electric Bills
Tom Johnson | March 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Technology brings solar's benefits to renters, people in multifamily dwellings, low- and middle-income residents priced out of market, and others
Murphy Administration Deploys More Help to Hurricane-Hit Islands
Lilo H. Stainton | March 12, 2018 | Healthcare
State-of-the-art Mobile Surgery Emergency Department will supplement medical services in St. Croix
| March 12, 2018 | Number of The Day
Senate Approves Former Obama Officials to Lead Health, Human Services
Lilo H. Stainton | March 9, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor's cabinet picks say they plan to expand access to affordable healthcare while lawmakers question them on marijuana, surprise medical bills
Judge Blocks JCP&L High-Voltage Line, Rebukes Utility on Project Plan
Tom Johnson | March 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
JCP&L setback followed by governor's criticism calling for investigation into how New Jersey utilities handled outages during both nor'easters
Ten Years On, New Jersey Employment Finally Back to Pre-Recession Level
John Reitmeyer | March 9, 2018 | Budget
Good economic news for Gov. Murphy as he prepares to present his first state budget next Tuesday
Over the Top: Special-Interest Lobbyists Spend $90.8M in 2017
Colleen O’Dea and Tom Johnson | March 9, 2018 | More Issues
Heading up the parade: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and Public Service Enterprise Group each forked over more than $2M apiece
Visibly Angry Murphy Calls for Investigation into Power Outages
Tom Johnson | March 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
JCP&L squarely in the crosshairs, cited for lack of preparedness and sluggish response times
| March 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
Kean Jr. Pushes for NJ Tax Write-Off for Charitable Contributions
John Reitmeyer | March 8, 2018 | Politics
Nonprofits, concerned that recent GOP changes to federal tax code could hit charitable giving in New Jersey, support Republican lawmaker’s initiative
NJ Could Be Second State to Enact Individual Mandate
Lilo H. Stainton | March 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Massachusetts got there first, but two proposed bills could replace ACA's federal mandate and offset price of pricey procedures
Putting the Brakes on Dirt Bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles
Carly Sitrin | March 8, 2018 | Politics
A new law would help keep ATVs off city streets and let cops impound those used to commit crimes ranging from gun running to dealing drugs
The List: Thank You for Your Service — Property-Tax Relief for Disabled Vets
Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2018 | The List
Slightly more than 10,000 households qualified for the tax break last year. Here's a list of the top 10 communities with the largest number of disabled-veteran exemptions
Op-Ed: Fear and Learning in America
Ross Danis | March 8, 2018 | Opinion
Children need to feel emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and physically safe in order to realize their full potential
| March 8, 2018 | Number of The Day
Sweeney Wants to Find Funds for Education by Bumping up Corporate Tax Rate
John Reitmeyer | March 7, 2018 | Budget
Senate president proposes raising CBT on companies that earn more than $1M to 12 percent, up from 9 percent. Governor wants to see more details before commenting
Murphy Administration Makes First Move to Part Ways with PARCC
John Mooney | March 7, 2018 | Education
Education commissioner issues state of PARCC memo, announces advisory group and listening tour
State Still Not Sold on Smart Metering for Utility Customers
Tom Johnson | March 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers table smart-meter bill until results in for modest deployment program at Rockland Electric
Alternative Approaches to Hepatitis C Screening Stall in Legislature
Lilo H. Stainton | March 7, 2018 | Healthcare
Both bills have same goal — to diagnose baby boomers with hep-c — but differ on which providers would be involved
Governor Urged to Enact Big Agenda on Justice, Civil Rights — and to Fight Trump
Colleen O'Dea | March 7, 2018 | Politics
Task force recommends closing youth prisons in NJ, protecting immigrants, toughening gun laws, fighting ‘harmful’ federal policies
Mroz to Step Down at BPU, Frees Murphy to Slot in Democrat at Agency
Tom Johnson | March 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Former president of state Board of Public Utilities was strong advocate for Gov. Christie's energy policies
Op-Ed: If Congress Cuts Energy Programs, We’ll Be Stuck with the (Higher) Bill
Jeff Hendler | March 7, 2018 | Opinion
Federal investment in energy efficiency are good for consumers, businesses, and the environment. Cutting that investment would not be smart
| March 7, 2018 | Number of The Day
IRS-Proof? NJ Lawmakers’ Strategy to Preserve Small Business Tax Write-Off
John Reitmeyer | March 6, 2018 | Budget
Bipartisan legislators work to save thousands of small-business owners in New Jersey from being hit hard by GOP tax changes
Plugging Away at Climate Change with Electric Vehicles, Chargers
Tom Johnson | March 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Most of New Jersey's greenhouse-gas emissions come from the transportation sector, but getting more EVs on the road means deploying more charging stations
Controversial Insurance Bill Advances Even as Doctors Give Dire Warnings
Lilo H. Stainton | March 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Legislation to address ‘surprise’ out-of-network medical bills progresses in Assembly, hits snag in Senate as physicians crank up opposition
No Consensus on Cannabis Emerges from Marathon Assembly Hearing
Carly Sitrin | March 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Amid the clamor of voices pro and con, what comes clear is the fact that there are many valid arguments and no easy answers
Opening Another Front in NJ's War Against Hunger and Homelessness
Colleen O'Dea | March 6, 2018 | Social
A trio of bills intended to reverse the inaction of the Christie years extends benefits to state's most vulnerable citizens when they're in crisis
| March 6, 2018 | Number of The Day
State to Reconsider Marijuana Classification as Dangerous Drug
Lilo H. Stainton | March 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Reclassification will not ensure legalization or decriminalization
PSEG, Exelon Suspend Funding for Capital Projects at Salem Nuclear
Tom Johnson | March 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
SEC filing says money will be restored when controversial nuclear-subsidy bill - which could cost utility customers $300M a year - is ratified
Opinion: NJ's High School Diplomas - Worth the Paper They're Printed On?
Laura Waters | March 5, 2018 | Opinion
As state high-school graduation rates continue to climb, we need to assess if we're doing our grads a grave disservice
Upping Rate of Return on Pension Investments Buys Murphy Breathing Room
John Reitmeyer | March 5, 2018 | Budget
A 0.5 percent boost will ease state pension payments and give new governor more cash in his first budget to spend on priorities like education and mass transit
DACA Deadline Today, but 'Dreamers' Already Here Can Stay - for Now
Colleen O'Dea | March 5, 2018 | Immigration
Six rallies planned statewide to call for pathway to permanency for undocumented Dreamers
| March 5, 2018 | Number of The Day
Electric Vehicles Benefit More than Just Their Owners
Tom Johnson | March 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Recharging electric vehicles at off-peak hours could mean lower rates for all utility customers
Profiling Local Property Taxes and Property-Tax Relief Across Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | March 2, 2018 | Housing
Increased transparency at the Department of Community Affairs makes it possible to track property taxes for New Jersey municipalities - and see where and by how much the state tried to offset them
Plan Would Make Medicaid 'Encounter' Data More Widely Available
Lilo H. Stainton | March 2, 2018 | Healthcare
'De-identified' healthcare data makes it possible to track treatment, providers, fees without identifying personal details
Op-Ed: Newark Schools - Handing Back the Keys Is a Start
John M. Abeigon | March 2, 2018 | Opinion
What the residents of Newark and the people New Jersey need is a full and independent audit of the deals, contracts, and other agreements made while the district was under state control
| March 2, 2018 | Number of The Day
Horizon to Invest Partial Tax Windfall to Benefit Policyholders
Lilo H. Stainton | March 1, 2018 | Healthcare
State's largest insurer could invest $275 million from federal tax refund to a variety of initiatives, rebates, and longer-term projects
One Small Step for BPU, One Small Step for Offshore Wind in NJ
Tom Johnson | March 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State agency moves ahead cautiously, planning to meet less than one-third of the Murphy administration's offshore wind target
Poll: Lock Them Up and Throw Away Their Right to Vote?
| March 1, 2018 | Polling
Convicted felons in New Jersey can't vote, even if they're on parole or probation. Advocates say this is too harsh and punishes African-Americans disproportionately. What do you think?
Opinion: Neocolonial Economics Along the Delaware, or …
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | March 1, 2018 | Opinion
… how the New Jersey-Pennsylvania reciprocal tax agreement keeps South Jersey down
Potential Puerto Rican Foreclosures Remain Concern for Pension System
John Reitmeyer | March 1, 2018 | Politics
Gov. Murphy creates special commission to address issues. Sen. Ruiz wants to prevent pension system from investing in any company that could profit from foreclosures on the island
| March 1, 2018 | Number of The Day
NJ Teens Protest Gun Violence: Teachable Moment or Disciplinary Problem?
Carly Sitrin | February 28, 2018 | Education
New Jersey high school students plan to show solidarity with national ‘March for Our Lives,” leaving parents and educators uncertain about best response
Atlantic City Electric Bets on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Tom Johnson | February 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
ACE files with BPU, looking to determine barriers to deployment of electric vehicles, particularly shortage of charging stations
Governor Sets Up Special Team of Number Crunchers to Help Steer NJ Economy
John Reitmeyer | February 28, 2018 | Politics
Saying he doesn’t have ‘all the answers,’ Murphy orders up data-driven council to work on job creation and retention among other key issues in Garden State
Rutgers Med First in U.S. to Offer Certified Medication-Assisted Treatment
Lilo H. Stainton | February 28, 2018 | Healthcare
First class trained in MATs will graduate next spring, filling a growing need in New Jersey for doctors to address opioid epidemic
The List: Top 10 School Districts Where English Is Not the Primary Language
Colleen O'Dea | February 28, 2018 | The List
Nearly a quarter of New Jersey’s public school students live in homes where the main language used is not English. Here are the top 10 districts
In Wake of Parkland Tragedy, Listen to What Our Students Are Telling Us
Erik Gundersen, Brian P. Gatens and Adam Fried | February 28, 2018 | Opinion
It has been both moving and troubling to see high school students, now survivors of another horrific school shooting, plead with their elected officials for relief
| February 28, 2018 | Number of The Day
New Jersey's Energy Future: Renewable Energy
NJ Spotlight | February 27, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
At this NJ Spotlight Roundtable, experts, advocates, and officials tackled the two essential questions facing the state's renewable-energy future — timeframe and cost
Should Felons Be Stripped of Their Right to Vote?
Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2018 | Social
Lawmakers and activists are working to repeal a 174-year-old law that prevents those convicted of serious crimes from voting — even if they're on probation or parole
Nuclear Subsidy Bill Stalls in Senate, Enviros Say Delay is Needed
Tom Johnson | February 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
It's not clear what's next for contentious bill, but there's been talk about reverting to original, which would only award $300 million annual subsidy to PSEG
Moves to Improve Gender Equality, Birth to Death, in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | February 27, 2018 | Healthcare
Lawmakers want changes to birth and death certificates for transgender New Jerseyans, also want task force
Flu Epidemic Gives Urgency to Statewide Sick-Leave Law
John Reitmeyer | February 27, 2018 | Politics
State and local officials push for paid sick time as a public-health issue in New Jersey, business leaders want a say because of ‘economic impacts’
Opinion: The NRA — Vulnerable After Parkland Killings?
Carl Golden | February 27, 2018 | Opinion
Several large corporations have severed business ties with the National Rifle Association, while Gov. Murphy and counterparts in other states have created a coalition to share gun-crime data
| February 27, 2018 | Number of The Day
South Jersey Dems Move to Protect Bistate Tax Deal with Pennsylvania
John Reitmeyer | February 26, 2018 | Budget
A reciprocal tax agreement between the two states could be canceled by the governor, but lawmakers want to give Legislature final say on whether deal can be killed
State Calls for Dozens of New Inpatient Treatment Beds
Lilo H. Stainton | February 26, 2018 | Healthcare
Facilities badly needed for patients battling dual demons - substance abuse and mental illness
Moving NJ to a Clean-Energy Economy: at What Speed, at What Price?
Tom Johnson | February 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Participants at NJ Spotlight roundtable raise concerns and assess advantages of renewable energy
Can Advocates Sell a $15/Hour Minimum Wage to New Jersey?
Hank Kalet | February 26, 2018 | More Issues
Backers say the benefits of higher minimum wage would benefit both workers and small businesses
| February 26, 2018 | Number of The Day
In Sixth Iteration, Nuclear Subsidy Bill Clears Committee
Tom Johnson | February 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
One item in legislation remains unchanged from first draft - up to $300 million annual subsidy to keep PSEG's nuclear plants powered up
New Jersey Attorney General Outlines New Opioid Programs
Lilo H. Stainton | February 23, 2018 | Healthcare
Strategy includes multidisciplinary opioid-response teams that can deal with drug-related incidents 24/7
Interactive Map: Highlighting the Results of New Jersey's AP Tests
Colleen O'Dea | February 23, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
More June graduates took and passed their AP exams than in prior years, but poorer districts continue to lag in the number of test-takers
Murphy Joins Fellow Democratic Governors to Help Stem Gun Violence
Carly Sitrin | February 23, 2018 | Politics
New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island agree to share intelligence, databases concerning gun issues
Startups, Incubators, Accelerators: Thinking Big About Small Business
John Reitmeyer | February 23, 2018 | Budget
New Jersey works to enhance business climate for fledgling companies by delivering support and services to help them thrive
Op-Ed: Gateway - a Catalyst for Economic Growth
Mark Longo | February 23, 2018 | Opinion
We need to double down our efforts to make Gateway a reality before an economic disaster strikes our region
| February 23, 2018 | Number of The Day
Group Argues for Applying Sales Tax to Far More Services in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | February 22, 2018 | Budget
Case being made that revenues would grow, sales-tax structure would be fairer, and online retail sales should also be targeted for greater tax take
Energy Storage Remains Key Component of Clean-Energy Agenda
Tom Johnson | February 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Controversial nuclear subsidy bill also calls for 600 megawatts of energy storage by 2021, 2,000 megawatts by 2030
Profile: Impeccable Credentials for Working with Undocumented
Colleen O'Dea | February 22, 2018 | Profiles
Johanna Calle, director of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, was undocumented for 11 years
Poll: Can We Prevent a Parkland Tragedy in New Jersey?
| February 22, 2018 | Polling
Is there anything that can be done to protect students and teachers from becoming targets of an active shooter?
Blackouts, Higher Costs a Proven Risk Without New Natural-Gas Pipelines
Michael Drulis | February 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
We can't allow political rhetoric intended to block safe, underground natural-gas infrastructure drive policy and decision making
First for Murphy: Expands Women’s Healthcare Access, Funds Family Planning
Lilo H. Stainton | February 22, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor restores funding that Christie routinely denied for services, promises to ‘fully fund’ women’s healthcare in fiscal 2019
ICE Gets Cold Shoulder From Rutgers, Backs Out of Career Fair
Matt Katz | February 22, 2018 | Immigration
University makes it clear that it supports undocumented students, and provides access to immigration lawyers
Op-Ed: Working Together for Camden's Kids
Nancy Holmes, Gary Frazier, and Paymon Rouhanifard | February 22, 2018 | Opinion
We're seeing results: Dropout rates are declining, test scores are up, and people are feeling better about the quality of education offered in Camden schools than ever before
| February 22, 2018 | Number of The Day
Sweeney Forges Ahead with State Tax Policy Review, No Input from Murphy Team
John Reitmeyer | February 21, 2018 | Budget
Senate President sets up working group to examine NJ tax and fiscal policies in wake of federal changes but doesn’t include anyone from new administration to the review body
NJ to Review School Safety as Parents Demand More after Florida Slaughter
Carly Sitrin | February 21, 2018 | More Issues
Governor announces state and law enforcement will examine whether enough is being done in schools to protect children from possibility of gun violence
Lawmakers Drill Down on Policies to Improve Maternal, Child Health
Lilo H. Stainton | February 21, 2018 | Healthcare
Murphy slated to sign off today on bill restoring funding to family planning services, but many other measures are under consideration
Gov. Murphy Names Three Women to Cabinet, Attaining First Female Majority
Colleen O'Dea | February 21, 2018 | Politics
Governor says his three nominations help fulfill campaign promise of building the most diverse administration in state history
New Jersey, Delaware Ease Advisories on Certain Fish
Tom Johnson | February 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Action indicates drop in contamination, but some shellfish and other fish should be avoided, especially by women of childbearing age
Opinion: How Much Water Do We Waste — And Who Are 'We'?
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 21, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey wastes more water than we should but perhaps less than we feared
| February 21, 2018 | Number of The Day
Lawmakers Try Yet Another Version of Contentious Nuclear Subsidy Bill
Tom Johnson | February 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Intended to prop up PSEG nuclear plants, measure has gone through drastic revisions without gaining traction with legislators
NJ Officials Scramble to Save Trans-Hudson Rail Tunnel After Trump Snub on Funding
John Reitmeyer | February 20, 2018 | Transportation
Big blow to prospect of federal cash for Gateway infrastructure project leads some lawmakers to consider fighting for it in Congress, others to work on Plan B
AG's Motion Anticipates Possible Legal Challenge over PennEast Pipeline
Jon Hurdle | February 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Attorney general argues FERC certificate flawed because it allows PennEast to seek eminent domain without knowing environmental impact over much of route
New Medical School to Open in New Jersey This Summer
Lilo H. Stainton | February 20, 2018 | Healthcare
Promising a ‘new approach,’ the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine will eventually cater to 500 students
Op-Ed: Murphy, Lawmakers Can Make NJ a Solar State for All, Regardless of Income
Pari Kasotia and Cherie Brooks | February 20, 2018 | Opinion
Community solar projects would enable renters and others with limited income and space to enjoy the same economic benefits of solar as traditional rooftop consumers
| February 20, 2018 | Number of The Day
As Redlining Persists, Camden Area Among Hot Spots in U.S. for Mortgage Denials
Colleen O'Dea | February 16, 2018 | Housing
Investigation finds people continue to be denied loans based on factors such as race, despite legislation supposed to ban the practice
State Democrats Pursue Individual Mandate to Help NJ Insurance Market
Lilo H. Stainton | February 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Over some Republican objections, Democratic lawmakers promote workaround for Trump administration’s repeal of key Obamacare regulation
More Train Cars Now, First Step to Ease Overcrowding on NJ Transit
John Reitmeyer | February 16, 2018 | Transportation
Governor announces immediate move to relieve some of the ‘greatest headaches for commuters,’ underlines pledge to make agency one of his administration's priorities
New Incentive for NJ Homeowners, Businesses to Install Solar Panels
Tom Johnson | February 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Strong move to encourage greater use of ‘net metering’ as advocates push for state to overhaul energy policies and critics worry about cost to ratepayers
Cautious NJ Lawmakers Propose Decriminalizing Marijuana in Small Amounts
Carly Sitrin | February 16, 2018 | Social
State senators stop well short of governor’s preference to legalize the drug in New Jersey, voice concerns about social-justice implications
Effort Advances to Circumvent Trump Property-Tax Hit, but Questions Remain
John Reitmeyer | February 16, 2018 | Budget
NJ lawmakers push ahead with creative maneuver to stave off new federal limit on tax write-offs. Skeptics still maintain IRS won’t accept the workaround
| February 16, 2018 | Number of The Day
‘Don’t Raise Our Costs. Please’ — NJ Manufacturers Make Case to Lawmakers
John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2018 | More Issues
Manufacturing has been growing recently in the state, but industry leaders say they’re struggling with high taxes, high costs, a shortage of skilled workers, and they fear a wage hike
Fixing Garden State’s Broken Medical Examiner System
Lilo H. Stainton | February 15, 2018 | Healthcare
Raft of changes proposed for structure that critics have slammed as mismanaged, underfunded, overworked, and fragmented
Pipeline Conflict Heats Up: Landowners Vow to Fight PennEast on Eminent Domain
Jon Hurdle | February 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
After almost 130 New Jersey landowners refuse offers of compensation for right of way on their properties, company files for eminent domain, unleashing a new storm of protest
Would a Tech Upgrade Make New Jersey Government More User-Friendly?
Colleen O'Dea | February 15, 2018 | Politics
Advisers tell governor that state’s technology needs major overhaul and Christie’s IT initiative should be urgently reviewed
Op-Ed: What New Jersey Needs — Doulas Working for Health of Mothers, Babies
Jill Wodnick | February 15, 2018 | Opinion
Doula care has been used widely throughout the United States but has never been fully embraced in the Garden State. Isn’t it about time?
Call for Action to Protect Children in New Jersey from Lead Poisoning
NJTV News | February 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Thousands of children in Garden State have shown elevated levels of lead in their blood. Advocates say issue is urgent despite high price tag
| February 15, 2018 | Number of The Day
Closing Loophole in Law Protecting Students Against Sexual Predators
Carly Sitrin | February 14, 2018 | Education
Right now, teachers accused of sexual misconduct can change schools without a report about their behavior following them
After One Year, NJ Evaluates Judicial Reform Program
Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2018 | Social
Report indicates pretrial population dipped by 20 percent, but advocates call for more data on race of defendants detained, released, and released with conditions
Can Stormwater Utilities Help NJ Reduce Runoff Pollution?
Tom Johnson | February 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers revive bill looking at new ways of dealing with old problem, stormwater runoff fouling waterways and causing major flooding
Physical Therapists Want to Give Their Patients the Dry Needle — Again
Lilo H. Stainton | February 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Legislation would allow PTs to expand their practice to include pain-relief technique currently limited chiefly to acupuncturists
Residents Question Murphy on Live TV: Main Issues Are Taxes, Immigration
John Reitmeyer | February 14, 2018 | Politics
New governor takes questions from New Jerseyans who are preoccupied with high taxes and his immigration policies
Former Pharmaceutical CEO Sets Sights on Senate Seat Held by Menendez
NJTV News | February 14, 2018 | Politics
Bob Hugin reportedly tells GOP leaders he’s willing to spend $20 million of his own money on campaign against weakened Democrat
When a Deputy Mayor Compares Undocumented Immigrants to Raccoons
Matt Katz | February 14, 2018 | Immigration
Racist quote on Facebook leads to town official's resignation
Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs to Counter Republican Tax Plan with Bold Action
Sheila Reynertson | February 14, 2018 | Opinion
With new federal tax cuts favoring the wealthiest — and giving peanuts to working people in NJ — it’s time to make tax changes of our own
| February 14, 2018 | Number of The Day
No Easy Answers to NJ’s Racial Disparities in Infant, Maternal Health
Lilo H. Stainton | February 13, 2018 | Healthcare
Poverty, other social factors pinpointed as reasons why childbirth can be dangerous for many women and babies in New Jersey
Appeals Court Upholds Outstanding $225M Fine Against ExxonMobil
Tom Johnson | February 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Plaintiffs argue amount too small but are relieved constitutional amendment ensures environmental fines go to restoring natural resources
Explainer: Why Undocumented Immigrants in NJ Pay Taxes — a Lot of Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | February 13, 2018 | Explainer
According to recent estimates, New Jersey’s undocumented community paid $587 million in state and local taxes in 2014
Opinion: Sweeney Reminds New Governor, NJEA Who's Really in Charge
Carl Golden | February 13, 2018 | Opinion
The president of the senate emerges unscathed from a blitz of negative ads ordered up by the teachers union, makes it clear that he's as much a policymaker as Murphy
Lawmakers Want $166M for Rail, Roads, Bridges on Top of $2B Already Budgeted
John Reitmeyer | February 13, 2018 | Transportation
Gas-tax increase in 2016 was supposed to solve underfunding of infrastructure projects in New Jersey but legislators want supplemental funding — again
Poor Students Still Not Getting Breakfast in Many NJ Schools
Carly Sitrin | February 13, 2018 | Education
Report indicates that New Jersey remains 19th in country for participation in school breakfast program, essentially the position it held in previous school year
| February 13, 2018 | Number of The Day
Making the Public Welcome on New Jersey's Beaches and Waterfronts
Tom Johnson | February 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Bill clears committee incorporating public trust doctrine, common-law principle ensuring access to natural resources
Opinion: Two Wrongs Won't Make It Right
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | February 12, 2018 | Opinion
Using charities to restore SALT deductions is a gimmick that won't and shouldn't work
State Lawmaker Calls for Nation's First Opioid Warning Labels
Lilo H. Stainton | February 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Warnings would highlight the significant potential for addiction and overdose associated with these drugs
Can ESG Help Make NJ's Pension-Fund Investments More Ethical?
John Reitmeyer | February 12, 2018 | Budget
Some states are using ESG factors - environmental, social, and governance - to evaluate investments in companies. Will New Jersey follow suit?
| February 12, 2018 | Number of The Day
Democrats Call for NJ to Reopen Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | February 9, 2018 | Healthcare
Safe haven needed for seniors with severe mental illness now living in overcrowded, potentially dangerous facilities
Interactive Map: Tracking the Spread of Flu Across New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | February 9, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
This year’s outbreak could match or even exceed the severity of the H1N1 pandemic of 2009
Push to Give Towns More Power to Entice Developers with Special Bonds
John Reitmeyer | February 9, 2018 | Budget
Some Republicans concerned about consequences for towns if they take on new debt obligations in the name of redevelopment
Look for Lower Electricity Bills This Summer, Thanks to Cheap Natural Gas
Tom Johnson | February 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Consumers should catch a break on their bills, albeit a small one, based on results of BPU's annual power auction
Op-Ed: Support Homegrown Solar Energy This Session
Anne Hoskins | February 9, 2018 | Opinion
Thousands of energy jobs in New Jersey hang in the balance
| February 9, 2018 | Number of The Day
PennEast Files for Eminent Domain, Seeks Marshals to Guard Pipeline Workers
Jon Hurdle | February 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company claims it has been trying to avoid legal action but has taken step after failing to agree on compensation with unspecified number of landowners
Will Nuclear Subsidy Bill Kill Solar Sector?
Tom Johnson | February 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Latest version of controversial bill dramatically changes way state promotes and incents solar, with potentially lethal results
Why Hard Times at NJ’s ‘Insect Factory’ Could Be Bad News for Garden State
Carly Sitrin | February 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insect Rearing Laboratory breeds ‘good’ bugs to fight pests and reduce pesticide use, but overdue repairs are hampering its mission
Poll: What’s Keeping the New Administration from Gaining Traction?
| February 8, 2018 | Polling
Is it really just Murphy and Sweeney trying to establish the lines of power, or is there more to it?
Murphy Urged to Undo One Christie Health Reform, Aggressively Monitor Others
Lilo H. Stainton | February 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Human services experts propose reforms including tax credit for low-income parents and better pay for front-line workers
NJ's Status as 'Welcoming' State Could Cost It $4 Million in Fed Funding
Colleen O'Dea | February 8, 2018 | Immigration
New Jersey joins multistate lawsuit fighting federal decision to make law enforcement funding contingent on immigration enforcement
Treasury Works to Revamp Tobacco Bonds, Ease Strain if Budget Falls Short
John Reitmeyer | February 8, 2018 | Budget
Creative refinancing could improve state's bottom line by $250 million amid concerns former Gov. Chris Christie’s last budget won't meet revenue projections
Op-Ed: Private Landowners, Local Farmers Can Protect Delaware River
Mike Smith | February 8, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey Audubon and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation partner to build buffers on agricultural properties
| February 8, 2018 | Number of The Day
Engineer’s Sleep Apnea, NJ Transit’s Lax Screening Led to Hoboken Crash — NTSB
John Reitmeyer | February 7, 2018 | Transportation
Safety board recommends key upgrades and Sen. Booker wants to roll back Trump administration’s reversal of federal sleep apnea regulations for train drivers
Calls for State Probe into Radium in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | February 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say looser EPA limit may not protect public health after report finds hundreds of NJ water systems contain radioactive element at levels above that recommended by California
Tension in Trenton: Do Murphy and Sweeney Have Issues to Resolve?
Chase Brush | February 7, 2018 | Politics
For a Democratic governor with a Democratic Legislature, Murphy’s first few weeks at the helm have not been smooth sailing
Healthcare Transition Team Calls for Better Integration, Best Practices
Lilo H. Stainton | February 7, 2018 | Healthcare
Focus on reducing racial disparities in care reflects larger campaign goals
Can Murphy Live Up to His Promises About Higher Education?
John Mooney | February 7, 2018 | Education
The new governor’s intentions are good, but he has yet to offer much in the way of specifics concerning his strategy
Faith Leaders Ramp Up Anti-Lance Protests, Six Arrested for ‘Defiant Trespass’
Carly Sitrin | February 7, 2018 | Politics
Congressman’s alignment with Trump administration on immigration, other issues ignites dissenters — and challengers for the seat he has held for nine years
New Jersey's Indonesian Christians Avoid Deportation — For Now
Matt Katz | February 7, 2018 | Immigration
Indonesian immigrant families are back home, after spending time in sanctuary at their church
Op-Ed: Gov. Murphy Ignores Downside of Legalized Pot
Indra Cidambi | February 7, 2018 | Opinion
The governor's campaign promises notwithstanding, hard evidence shows that decriminalization rather than legalization is the smart policy
| February 7, 2018 | Number of The Day
AG Rejects PennEast Offers for Easements on Protected Lands
Jon Hurdle | February 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pipeline company says it will begin eminent domain actions if landowners hold out after deadline
Police, Firefighters Advance Toward More Control over Own Retirement Funds
John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2018 | Budget
Union-friendly Murphy expected to give positive reception to legislation that his predecessor Christie rejected last year
Murphy Makes Net Neutrality the Order of the Day
Carly Sitrin | February 6, 2018 | Politics
In his ninth executive order to date, governor ensures all internet traffic will be treated equally by ISPs and providers that want do business with the state
New Jersey Lawmakers Push Pay Raise for High-Ranking State Officials, Judges
John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2018 | Budget
Strained state finances notwithstanding, Senate President Sweeney says it’s not “a whole lot of money”
As NJ Legislators Try to Fix Out-of-Network Surprise Charges, Doctors Not Happy
Lilo H. Stainton | February 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Lawmakers try to protect patients from unexpected healthcare charges but the partial fix they propose is opposed by physicians
Still a Work in Progress, Nuclear Subsidy Bill Held in Committee
Tom Johnson | February 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
As proposed legislation goes through successive iterations, it seems to alienate more potential backers and beneficiaries
Opinion: Beyond the SALT Distraction …
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | February 6, 2018 | Opinion
… New Jersey must also respond to federal business tax changes
| February 6, 2018 | Number of The Day
'Augmented' Nuclear Subsidy Bill Could Cost $4B over 15 Years
Tom Johnson | February 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Legislation includes money for solar and energy efficiency — and boosting carbon-free electricity — at 'huge cost,' says rate counsel
State Lawmakers Call for 30 Pages of Reforms at New Jersey Transit
John Reitmeyer | February 5, 2018 | Transportation
Extensive recommendations include more commuters on agency's board of directors, targeted focus groups for fare hikes, closer state oversight
Why Do NJ Beekeepers Feel They've Been Stung by State DOA?
Carly Sitrin | February 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proposed regulations, they claim, would eliminate urban beekeeping and severely restrict the practice in most suburbs
Op-Ed: Don't Be Too Quick to Gloat over Saying Bye-Bye to NJ GOP
Bob McHugh | February 5, 2018 | Opinion
The seniority of the state's congressional delegation is about to take a huge hit, and that's not something New Jersey can afford to lose
| February 5, 2018 | Number of The Day
Alarm Over NJ Pension System’s Ties to Foreclosures in Puerto Rico
John Reitmeyer | February 2, 2018 | Budget
Members of state investment council make clear they would not be comfortable if pension fund profited from the hardships of Puerto Ricans
Putting Women’s Health and Family Planning Back in the Black
Colleen O'Dea | February 2, 2018 | Politics
Legislation restoring the $7.45M Christie cut from women’s health centers looks likely to pass, also a bill giving low-cost family planning services to more poor women
Murphy Joins Neighboring Governors in United Front against Fracking
Tom Johnson | February 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Goal is to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in Delaware River Basin, water supply to more than 15 million people in four states
Profile: Newark Interim Superintendent Could Be in for the Long Haul
John Mooney | February 2, 2018 | Profiles
Robert Gregory rises through the school ranks as Newark regains local control
Op-Ed: Resurrecting New Jersey’s Economy
Baye Adofo-Wilson | February 2, 2018 | Opinion
Meaningful economic revival must prioritize New Jersey’s urban communities, or the state’s economy, as a whole, will continue falter
Podcast: Getting to the Root of Food Insecurity in Newark
NJ Spotlight | February 2, 2018 | Healthcare
A discussion of the complex reasons why so many people have limited or no access to healthy food, moderated by NJ Spotlight healthcare reporter Lilo H. Stainton
| February 2, 2018 | Number of The Day
Inherit the Wind: Murphy's Executive Order Could Revive Energy Sector
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor tells BPU to develop mechanism for ratepayers to subsidize offshore wind, a task it was originally assigned seven years ago
State Pushes Flu Shots in Effort to Tamp Down Danger in Severe Flu Season
Lilo H. Stainton | February 1, 2018 | Healthcare
Four-year-old girl has died and almost 5,000 residents have been diagnosed
Former NJ Gov. Whitman to Chair National Task Force to Fix U.S. Democracy
Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2018 | Politics
Task force to battle the erosion of American values in politics and government, and undo the tone of anger and hate of current administration
Bombshell: Department of Justice Drops Corruption Case Against Menendez
NJTV News | February 1, 2018 | Politics
Senator can now run for re-election without shadow of a second criminal trial hanging over him
Could Trump Tax Reform Mean Lower Bills for NJ Ratepayers?
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New federal law cuts utility tax rates to 21 percent, but money could go to offsetting ratepayers subsidies on solar and wind initiatives
Murphy Team’s Budget Wish List Could Get Cool Reception in Legislature
John Reitmeyer | February 1, 2018 | Budget
There are already signs that some proposals from governor’s advisory committee will meet resistance in the State House
Opinion: NJ's Water Needs Could Decrease, Despite 10.4M Residents by 2040
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 1, 2018 | Opinion
Taking a broad array of variables into account, and working with the best-case scenario, the state's population could increase while demand for water could lessen
After 22 Years, Newark Enters New Era of Local Governance
Patrick Wall | February 1, 2018 | Education
As city reclaims control of its schools, leaders want to get it right
NJ Congresswoman Reacts to State of Union, Says ‘Robust Infrastructure Bill’ Needed
WNYC News | February 1, 2018 | Politics
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman talks about infrastructure and immigration
| February 1, 2018 | Number of The Day
Murphy’s Pick to Fix NJ Transit Is Infrastructure Expert, Veteran Commuter
John Reitmeyer | January 31, 2018 | Transportation
Kevin Corbett, who has a lot of experience in big subway projects but none in running a mass-transit agency, says he won’t accept status quo at NJT
New Jersey Considers Statewide Menthol Ban
Lilo H. Stainton | January 31, 2018 | Healthcare
Menthol cigarettes, thought to be more dangerous and addictive than conventional counterparts, chief target of action
State Takes First, Tentative Steps Toward Energy Efficiency Standard
Tom Johnson | January 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Revamped nuclear subsidy bill includes mandate for utilities to curb amount of energy customers use
Housing Transition Team Advises Murphy: First, Acknowledge the Crisis
Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2018 | Housing
Report lays out six priorities to increase housing stock and end foreclosures, does not call for COAH to be resurrected
Murphy Continues Dismantling Christie Environmental Legacy
Tom Johnson | January 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor and attorney general announce New Jersey will withdraw from lawsuit opposing Obama Clean Power Plan
Op-Ed: Protect Chronically Ill Patients Who Need Charity Services
Stephanie Lapidow | January 31, 2018 | Opinion
A new federal policy allows insurance companies to refuse coverage to patients who benefit from certain assistance programs. It’s vital that our legislators support an effort in Congress to blunt the rule
| January 31, 2018 | Number of The Day
Advocates, Interest Groups Edge Toward Agreement on Out-of-Network Legislation
Lilo H. Stainton | January 30, 2018 | Healthcare
Stakeholders say ‘two-pronged’ approach, that increases transparency and puts a cap on underlying costs, is way to go
Gov. Murphy Signs Executive Order for NJ to Rejoin RGGI
Tom Johnson | January 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Governor instructs DEP to allocate funds received from multistate initiative to environmental-justice communities as recommended by transition team
Frelinghuysen Bows Out, Red and Blue Contenders Line Up to Make Bid for 11th
Colleen O'Dea | January 30, 2018 | Politics
With his decision to step aside, New Jersey loses what is arguably its most important member of the House, chair of powerful Appropriations Committee
New Lease on Life for Urban Enterprise Zones, but Is Murphy Onboard?
John Reitmeyer | January 30, 2018 | Budget, Planning
Legislation hopes to maintain UEZ benefits, like 50 percent sales-tax break, in dozens of communities where zones are scheduled to expire
Murphy’s Team Wants to Put the Garden Back in Garden State
Carly Sitrin | January 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor’s advisory committee wants more state support for agri-tourism, a revived Jersey Fresh program, and to get more people involved in farming
Op-Ed: Dispensary Density is Key to Getting Marijuana Legalization Right
Chris Beals | January 30, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey lawmakers can learn from other states and establish smart regulations as they consider governor’s promise to legalize cannabis within his first 100 days
| January 30, 2018 | Number of The Day
Environmental Justice Should Be Core Principle of Murphy Administration
Tom Johnson | January 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Transition team urges administration to address pollution and contamination as they affect poor urban communities, particularly communities of color
Education Transition Report Delivers Some Details and Early Directions
John Mooney | January 29, 2018 | Education
Report touches on most of Murphy's education promises, but in some cases seems to step away from several high-profile goals
NJ Signs on as Part of Multistate Coalition to Battle GOP Tax-Code Revision
John Reitmeyer | January 29, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Murphy joins fellow Democratic governors from New York and Connecticut to officially challenge Trump tax code in federal court
Op-Ed: There's an Affordable Path to Clean Energy for New Jersey
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker | January 29, 2018 | Opinion
A cleaner, healthier, stronger economic future is a lot closer than supporters of fossil fuels would like us to believe
| January 29, 2018 | Number of The Day
Nurses Unions Ramp Up Staffing-Level Campaign
Lilo H. Stainton | January 26, 2018 | Healthcare
Nurse-to-patient staffing ratios should ease the burden on these professionals but some insist it's not the number, it's the workload
Revised Nuclear Subsidy Bill Appears Back on Legislative Track
Tom Johnson | January 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Revamped legislation includes some modest clean-energy programs, but locks Division of Rate Counsel out of decision if subsidy is needed
Time to Scrap the Superintendent Salary Cap?
Carly Sitrin | January 26, 2018 | Education
Senate bill could be an early step to dismantle Christie's education legacy
We've Got Answers to Your Questions for Our Legislators …
Lee Keough | January 26, 2018 | Politics
… And a chance to ask your questions about New Jersey's water quality
Business Task Force Hopes to Transform New Jersey into Millennial Magnet
John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2018 | Budget, Social, Planning
The Garden State has the highest millennial outmigration in the country, but attention to education, tuition, and vocational training could go a long way to turning things around
Op-Ed: Our Schools Survived Christie — How Do We Move Forward?
David G. Sciarra | January 26, 2018 | Opinion
What's crucial is taking steps to fundamentally alter the way Trenton fulfills its obligations to our 1.4 million public school children
Putting Murphy's Pick to Lead the EDA in Perspective
NJ Spotlight | January 26, 2018 | Budget
NJ Spotlight budget and public finance writer visits WHYY to assess the new governor's choice to head up the Economic Development Authority
ICE Renews Apparent Crackdown on Indonesian Christians in NJ
Matt Katz | January 26, 2018 | Immigration
Federal agents arrest at least two men in morning, force another — a well-known community leader — to return to sanctuary at his church
PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Gets Behind-Closed-Doors Makeover
Tom Johnson | January 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Revamped legislation said to have more to do with clean energy while still addressing nuclear
NJ Joins Multistate Suit to Stop Trump Administration from Deporting ‘Dreamers’
Colleen O'Dea | January 25, 2018 | Politics, Immigration
Murphy also creates agency unofficially known as Office of Immigrant Protection and Defense
Murphy Wants ‘New Culture’ in Economic Development Agency, Names New CEO
John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2018 | Budget, Politics, Podcasts
Governor disdains Christie era's ‘lavish’ tax breaks, promises to grow economy with ‘multi-faceted effort to leverage everything’ NJ has to offer
Blueprint for Universal Health Insurance for NJ Kids, Including Undocumented
Lilo H. Stainton | January 25, 2018 | Healthcare
Promoters maintain that cost of coverage would be moderate while benefits would be significant
Lawmakers Cut Murphy Some Slack on Date of First Budget Address
John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2018 | Budget
New governor gets more time to compile spending plan, allows Treasurer Muoio to clear Senate confirmation process
Opinion: Federal Aid Cuts to NJ Are Not Happening, Despite Trump Rhetoric
Richard F. Keevey | January 25, 2018 | Opinion
But nasty budget bargaining is still lurking
| January 25, 2018 | Number of The Day
| January 25, 2018 | Number of The Day
Trump’s 30% Solar Tariff Likely to Boost Prices, Slow Growth in U.S. Market
Tom Johnson | January 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey may do better than many states since local industry more focused on installation than manufacture
Lawmakers Want to Make It Easier to Change Gender on NJ Birth Certificates
Lilo H. Stainton | January 24, 2018 | Healthcare
Proposal would affect thousands of transgender residents, others in Garden State and make records system among most progressive in nation
Murphy Moves to Relax Restrictions on Buying Medical Marijuana
Carly Sitrin | January 24, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor’s sixth executive order calls for 60-day assessment of state’s current policies and prohibitions
Equal Detention Under the Law? Questions About Who Gets Held Without Bail
Colleen O'Dea | January 24, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
From county to county there can be significant differences in percentage of defendants held over pending trial
Assemblyman Seeks Fix to Expedite NJ Credit for Property-Tax Prepayments
John Reitmeyer | January 24, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Without a quick legislative repair, the thousands of residents who rushed to prepay their 2018 property taxes will have to wait until next year for state tax credit
Op-Ed: The Nuclear Subsidy Battle Is Not Over
Steven S. Goldenberg | January 24, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey citizens and businesses can ill afford the massive wealth transfer and regulatory capitulation that PSEG's bill would impose
| January 24, 2018 | Number of The Day
‘Revived’ PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Heads for Committee This Week
Tom Johnson | January 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company insists bill could still be critical to keeping nuclear plants up and running, despite Trump tax windfall to plant operator
Will 'Active, Angry' Voters Make GOP Congressmen Endangered Species in NJ?
Colleen O'Dea | January 23, 2018 | Politics
Lance, Frelinghuysen could be in trouble in mid-term election as anti-Trumpism fuels renewed Democratic push in the Garden State
NJ’s Medical Examiner System Needs More Resources, Oversight
Lilo H. Stainton | January 23, 2018 | Healthcare
Is the ME a patchwork of protocols and disconnects straining to cope with the rising number of drug-related deaths in New Jersey?
Murphy's Latest EO Seeks to Get NJ Transit Back on Track (and on Time)
John Reitmeyer | January 23, 2018 | Transportation
Governor wants nothing less than full-scale financial and operational audit on way to organizational overhaul
State Lawmakers Not Just Blowing Smoke About Rejoining RGGI
Tom Johnson | January 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
But they butt heads over how to divvy up funds raised by participating in initiative to curb carbon pollution from power plants
Opinion: Bad Blood — Sweeney Takes a Stake to Murphy's Agenda
Carl Golden | January 23, 2018 | Opinion
What was behind Senate President's Fox News bombshell that he plans to block the millionaires tax and possibly dig into the state's entire property-tax structure?
| January 23, 2018 | Number of The Day
FERC OK of PennEast Doesn't Make Pipeline a Sure Thing
Tom Johnson | January 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal approval means pipeline company can gather environmental data needed for permits, but opponents vow they will continue to fight
Murphy Executive Orders Dig into Tax Incentives, Seek Surge in ACA Enrollment
John Reitmeyer | January 22, 2018 | Budget, Politics
The new governor is wasting no time tackling issues he raised on the campaign trail, including whether the state is realizing the biggest bang for its tax-incentive bucks
Assembly Republicans Hope to 'Rally the Reasonable' to Ensure Civil Discourse
John Reitmeyer | January 22, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Minority leader wants to raise questions about Murphy's liberal agenda without resorting to bullying or berating
Keeping the Focus on NJ's High Maternal-Mortality Rates
Lilo H. Stainton | January 22, 2018 | Healthcare
Precedent-setting Maternal Health Awareness Day seeks to educate patients, providers in reducing avoidable deaths
Unsettled: A Story from the Global Refugee Crisis
Matt Katz | January 22, 2018 | Immigration
Changes in U.S. immigration policy are keeping married Congolese couple apart
Op-Ed: The More Things Change - Timeless Advice for Murphy's Spokespeople
Jon Shure and Jayne O'Connor | January 22, 2018 | Opinion
One of the first things to pay attention to is which side of the door you're on when major decisions are made
| January 22, 2018 | Number of The Day