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Trenton Health Team Gears Up to Become an ACO

Linda Thrasybule | November 21, 2012 | Healthcare

By coordinating healthcare services, the team replaces competition with collaboration, and improves quality of care

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. At the very least, New Jersey should facilitate their right to unionize

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 Online | 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 Online | 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

Congressional District 1

NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

Congressional District 2

NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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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

Newark Makes it onto List of 20 Finalists for Amazon’s Second Headquarters

John Reitmeyer | January 19, 2018 | Planning
Online giant promises $5B investment and as many as 50,000 jobs. City and state have offered $7B in tax incentives to try to land the project

Profile: Watching NJ Teacher of the Year At Work Is Beautiful

Carly Sitrin | January 19, 2018 | Profiles
A hearing teacher, Amy Andersen has taught hundreds of mostly hearing students to be proficient in American Sign Language

Brand Will Be Back as Director of New Jersey Rate Counsel

Tom Johnson | January 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Most recently, Stefanie Brand played a key role in derailing PSEG's bid for a $300 million annual subsidy to keep the lights on in its nuclear plants

Bargaining CHIP: Children’s Care Is Used in Federal Budet Battle, NJ Kids OK for Now

Lilo H. Stainton | January 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Politicians in Washington, D.C. use extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program in budget tussle. New Jersey has enough money to pay for it for a few months

No Direction Home: NJ’s Dreamers Have Few Legal Options if DACA Dies

Colleen O'Dea | January 19, 2018 | Politics, Immigration
More than 22,000 Dreamers brought to this country as youths face a future with ‘no road to citizenship’

Op-Ed: 2018 Offers Enormous Potential for Lowering Cost of Healthcare in NJ

Dr. Minalkumar Patel | January 19, 2018 | Opinion
A roadmap for the Murphy administration to increase access to care, keep a lid on price of insurance, reform Medicaid, and put the focus on patients

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| January 19, 2018 | Number of The Day

On Day One Murphy Highlights $15 Minimum Wage But No Details or Timeline

John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Governor acknowledges his staff and those of Democratic leaders in Senate and Assembly have just begun to discuss finer points of implementing an increase in the wage

PSEG Says $2B Tax Cut Won’t Offset Need for Nuclear Subsidies

Tom Johnson | January 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company says some deferred taxes will be passed along to utility customers in current and coming rate cases

Murphy Carefully Defines ‘Personal Friends’ to Ensure Transparency

Colleen O'Dea | January 18, 2018 | Politics
It’s not just about friendship, rules clarify who can give gifts to the governor and which ones he must disclose

New Effort in Camden to Help Most Vulnerable Cardiovascular Patients

Lilo H. Stainton | January 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Initiative will focus on underlying factors, give extra clinical and social support, and attempt to drive down healthcare costs

A Few Cold Days Should Not a Pipeline Make

Tom Gilbert | January 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Most natural gas used by residents and businesses is bought under long-term contracts unaffected by sudden jumps in spot-market prices

Chris Christie, Obamacare’s Unknown Champion

WNYC News | January 18, 2018 | Healthcare
A savvy political decision brought medical insurance to more than a half million poor people in New Jersey

Op-Ed: It’s Not Too Late to Put Abbott to Work at What It Does Best

W. Steven Barnett | January 18, 2018 | Opinion
The Abbott preschool model was designed to provide young children with a strong foundation for later success in school and life, and it has worked in even the state’s most disadvantaged cities


| January 18, 2018 | Number of The Day

Murphy Echoes Kennedy, Jabs Trump in Optimistic Inaugural Address

John Reitmeyer | January 17, 2018 | Politics
New governor wants immediate action on some of his promises amid Republican grumbles that he’s ‘still posturing, still campaigning’

Murphy Administration to Reconsider Addiction Ads Featuring Christie

Lilo H. Stainton | January 17, 2018 | Healthcare
Education dollars used to fuel ReachNJ campaign, Democrats discover

Gov. Murphy Plays to NJ Environmentalists from Day One

Tom Johnson | January 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Inaugural speech touches on climate change, renewables, lead — and making Garden State a ‘green’ leader once more

Murphy Socked by Lawsuit over Christie’s Decision to End Harbor Compact

Colleen O'Dea | January 17, 2018 | Transportation
New governor must deal with predecessor’s last-minute signing of law to pull New Jersey out of Waterfront Commission

Grewal Makes History as Nation’s First Sikh-American Attorney General

Carly Sitrin | January 17, 2018 | Politics
State’s new top prosecutor, ‘proud son of New Jersey,’ receives unanimous support at confirmation hearing

Op-Ed: How Gov. Murphy Can Protect NJ From Obamacare Sabotage

Andrew Sprung | January 17, 2018 | Opinion
It would be ironic if Republican sabotage ended up improving health insurance access in states with the political will to make the ACA work


| January 17, 2018 | Number of The Day

DEP Won’t Rescind Highlands Septic-Tank Rule, Despite Legislative Action

Tom Johnson | January 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency argues lawmakers overstepped authority when they moved to abolish controversial rule increasing number of septic tanks in region

Black Caucus Sees Murphy as Ally but Says ‘Not So Fast’ to Legalizing Marijuana

John Reitmeyer | January 16, 2018 | Politics
African-American legislators concerned that legalization could increase drug use and promote conflicts between police officers and minorities

Murphy Names Fiordaliso to Head BPU, Christie Pocket Vetoes Solar Bill

Tom Johnson | January 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New BPU president has served agency for more than a decade

New Education Boss Would Take Seat in Trying Time for State’s Schools

John Mooney | January 16, 2018 | Education
Murphy names Asbury Park’s Lamont Repollet as commissioner of education

Among Christie’s Final Tasks: More Laws to Help in Fight Against Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | January 16, 2018 | Healthcare
On his last day in office, governor signs range of healthcare legislation, including measures on his ‘legacy’ anti-drugs issue

The Last Roundup: The Last-Minute Fate of Some Key Legislation

John Reitmeyer and Carly Sitrin | January 16, 2018 | Politics
With more than 100 bills crossing his desk in the last hours of his administration, what did Christie sign and what did he pocket veto?

NJSPCA Is History: Christie Signs Bill Shutting Down Rogue Agency

Caren Chesler | January 16, 2018 | Politics
It will take more than a year to disband New Jersey Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but to animal-rights activists and some lawmakers, it’s worth the wait

Op-Ed: The Charitable Giving Account Could Protect Charity from Trump Tax Cuts

Peter S. Reinhart | January 16, 2018 | Opinion
An unintended consequence of GOP tax reform could mean that charitable donors may give less, while new donors may become more scarce

Gov. Chris Christie: The Final Interview

NJTV News Online | January 16, 2018 | Politics
As the never-at-a-loss-for-words governor prepares to step down, he fields questions and puts his administration in perspective — as he sees it


| January 16, 2018 | Number of The Day

Trump Tax Cut Could Mean $850 Million Windfall for PSEG

Tom Johnson | January 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Up to $650 million could accrue to PSEG Power, which recently argued unsuccessfully that it needed a subsidy to keep its three nuclear plants afloat

Drug Users Respond to Christie’s Opioid Campaign, but Cost Raises Questions

Lilo H. Stainton | January 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Although it has reached millions of people and prompted many drug users to seek help, governor’s multi-million-dollar anti-addiction publicity has its skeptics

Working on Plan B If Feds Leave NJ-NY in Lurch Over Trans-Hudson Funding

John Reitmeyer | January 12, 2018 | Transportation
Amid ominous signals from federal officials about funding a replacement for crumbling rail tunnel between New Jersey and Manhattan, local legislator says its time for contingency plans

New Legislative Session Offers Second Chance for Bypassed Bills

Tom Johnson | January 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers have already reintroduced a slew of clean-energy bills, expecting them to have a better reception now that Christie’s out and Murphy’s in

High Drama and Low Comedy: The Chris Christie Years

Colleen O'Dea | January 12, 2018 | Politics
From the war on opioid addiction and implementing bail reform to Bridgegate, Beachgate, and calling a former Navy SEAL an ‘idiot,’ take a stroll down memory lane with our governor

State Embarks on Project to Restore 240 Acres of Liberty State Park

Tom Johnson | January 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Initiative — funded by natural resources damage fund — will address contaminated fill in low-lying areas, creating in its place a ‘mosaic of ecosystems’

Op-Ed: Give New Jersey Solar the Chance to Shine Again

Marc Miller | January 12, 2018 | Opinion
The Garden State’s preeminence in the solar sector is long gone. With a new governor and administration, much of its luster could be recaptured


| January 12, 2018 | Number of The Day

Administration Plays Favorites, Exempts Florida from Draft Drilling Plan

Tom Johnson | January 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
NJ officials call for same status, arguing state’s $44B tourism industry is just as sensitive to spills and drilling disasters

Treasury Paid BOA $34M to Shift Lottery to State Employee Pension Fund

John Reitmeyer | January 11, 2018 | Politics
Administration claims money was well spent, says Lottery initiative has helped drive down borrowing costs by boosting investor confidence in recent bond issues

Tell Us What You Want to Know from Your New Legislators

Lee Keough | January 11, 2018 | Politics
With a new Legislature just starting its session — and a new governor about to be sworn in — this is an ideal time to question your Senators and Assembly members

Brutal Cold Snap Proves Need for PennEast Pipeline

Pat Kornick | January 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Price of natural gas skyrocketed in New Jersey during recent freeze to more than 3,000 percent of that in Pennsylvania

Rutgers Scientists Identify Link Between Epilepsy, Depression

Lilo H. Stainton | January 11, 2018 | Healthcare
‘Physicians’ for more 2,400 years have suspected connection

Op-Ed: Insurance Policy Turns Blind Eye to Medicaid Realities

Cathy Bennett | January 11, 2018 | Opinion
Penalizing hospitals for readmission of Medicaid patients ignores the ‘social determinants of health’ that uniquely shape these people’s lives


| January 11, 2018 | Number of The Day

Christie Gives Himself High Marks in Final State of State Address

John Reitmeyer | January 10, 2018 | Politics
Governor touts achievements in urban renewal, property taxes, education, and more in last official address to Legislature

Keeping Tabs on the New Democratic Committee Chairs

John Mooney | January 10, 2018 | Politics
Who earned a seat, who’s moving on — or up — and what does it portend for the coming legislative session?

Who’s Who, Who’s New, and Who’s Blue in 218th Legislative Session

Colleen O'Dea | January 10, 2018 | Politics
The 120 Senators and Assembly members sworn into office include a significant number of freshmen legislators and a new speaker for the lower house

On His Way out, Will Christie Sign Bill Propping up Solar Sector?

Tom Johnson | January 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If the governor puts his name to measure, it could cost utility customers nearly $1 billion over next 15 years to subsidize state’s solar industry

Murphy to Name VA Leader as Head of Health Department

Lilo H. Stainton | January 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Gov.-elect expected to announce Shereef Elnahal, a physician with federal experience, as DOH’s new boss

Official with Strong Union Ties Gets Nod as Murphy’s Labor Commissioner

Carly Sitrin | January 10, 2018 | Politics
New governor expects Robert Asaro-Angelo, who has deep roots in Democratic Party, to be ‘champion’ for working class

Op-Ed: Property Taxes Can’t Be Reduced, So Stop Making Promises, Unless …

Richard F. Keevey | January 10, 2018 | Opinion
Promises aren’t going to bring property taxes down; implementing one or more admittedly difficult reforms might do the trick, however


| January 10, 2018 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Rap DEP, Roll Back Rule on Septic Tanks in Highlands

Tom Johnson | January 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Maneuver made possible with rarely used legislative tool allowing rules to be rescinded if found inconsistent with law

Feds Spike Administration Plan to Bail Out Coal, Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | January 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
FERC’s decision has ramification in New Jersey, where PSEG has been pushing for subsidies to bolster its three nuclear units

Putting the Force of Law Behind Students Trying to Pay for College

Colleen O'Dea | January 9, 2018 | Education
Four bills looking to ease “predatory” practices employed by some New Jersey loan providers are waiting for the governor’s signature

NJSPCA on Its Last Legs? Bill to Disband Agency Clears Legislature

Caren Chesler | January 9, 2018 | Politics
Measure roars through Assembly 63 – 0, heads to governor’s desk for signature

Outgoing Governor Approves Array of Healthcare Programs

Lilo H. Stainton | January 9, 2018 | Healthcare
Christie puts pen to work signing measures to establish ombudsman for disabled residents, aid hearing impaired, protect breastfeeding, and more

Lawmakers Approve Massive Incentive Package to Try to Win Amazon HQ for Newark

John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2018 | Planning
Almost unanimous bipartisan support for multi-billion-dollar goody bag aimed at enticing Amazon to build its new corporate headquarters in Garden State

Butterflies, Booze, but not Bacteria — What NJ’s Last-Minute Laws Cover

Carly Sitrin | January 9, 2018 | More Issues
In the final hours of this legislative session, lawmakers aided monarch butterflies as well as early-morning drinkers at the airport, but they couldn’t deliver for an important bacterium

Op-Ed: With the New Year, We Need a New Law to Legalize Marijuana

Victor De Luca | January 9, 2018 | Opinion
We must eliminate the unequal and unfair pattern of marijuana possession arrests, particularly the disparately higher rate of arrests of African-Americans


| January 9, 2018 | Number of The Day

Workaround Could Help NJ Residents Offset Loss of SALT Deduction

John Reitmeyer | January 8, 2018 | Politics
Clever stratagem would make fully tax-deductible charitable contributions pay for services now funded by state and local taxes

New Jersey’s Former Governors Remember the Late Brendan Byrne

NJ Spotlight | January 8, 2018 | Politics
Thomas Kean, James Florio, James McGreevey — along with Byrne’s biographer, Don Linky — recall the governor and the man they knew

NJ May Sign on With U.S. Climate Alliance to Curb Carbon Pollution

Tom Johnson | January 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Multistate initiative hopes to counterbalance Trump’s decision to yank United States out of Paris Climate Accord

Repeal and Replace Takes Its Toll: NJ ACA Enrollment Dips in 2018

Lilo H. Stainton | January 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Some 20,000 fewer Garden State residents signed on for insurance coverage via federal marketplace, as some healthcare advocates predicted

Opinion: Recalling Gov. Brendan Byrne’s Finest Hour

Carl Golden | January 8, 2018 | Opinion
His unprecedented decision to protect the integrity of the election that put his successor in office is what has stayed with me for more than 35 years


| January 8, 2018 | Number of The Day

As Nuclear Subsidy Bill Goes Down, Top Dems Ratchet Up the Rhetoric

Tom Johnson | January 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
War of words erupts between Sweeney and Prieto, extends to Gov.-elect Murphy

Brendan T. Byrne: A Life You’d Buy If You Could

Jim McQueeny | January 5, 2018 | Politics
A personal reminiscence of ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Be Bought’

Interactive Map: More New Jersey Seniors Are Working or Looking for Work

Colleen O'Dea | January 5, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Older New Jerseyans are employed at higher rates than the national average and there has been a marked increase in the number of workers over the age of 75

Biopharma Industry Report Offers Ideas to Boost Lagging Sector

Lilo H. Stainton | January 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Pulling together existing strengths — government, academia, and industry — is key to revitalizing life sciences in Garden State

Draft Administration Plan Would Open Atlantic to Oil and Gas Drilling

Tom Johnson | January 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Sen. Booker, conservationists, and others denounce plan as threat to New Jersey’s $44 billion tourist and fishing industries

Op-Ed: Changing the Culture of Sexual Harassment, Starting in Middle School

Karan Chauhan | January 5, 2018 | Opinion
Students in health class need to learn about more than drugs, good habits, and sexual behaviors, they need to learn how to treat one another


| January 5, 2018 | Number of The Day

PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Killed in Lame-Duck Session

Tom Johnson | January 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Almost certain revamped version of bill will be submitted in coming session, one that could fragment fragile alliance now opposed to measure

Desperate NJSPCA Urges Supporters to Call Lawmakers Using Fake Names

Caren Chesler | January 4, 2018 | Politics
Legislation that would eliminate charter of NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals slated to come up for vote in lame-duck session

Murphy Picks Two National Experts for Top Human Services, Child Welfare Jobs

Lilo H. Stainton | January 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Carole Johnson, a former policy director in Obama White House, and Christine Norbut Beyer are Garden State natives

Judge Won't Block $380M Sale of Controversial State Bonds for Building Projects

John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2018 | Planning
Opponents of Christie administration’s debt issuance for new government buildings are running out of options. Only a final court appeal — and a snowstorm — can obstruct bond sale now

Panel Recommends $400M Bond Issue to Shore Up NJ’s Water Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | January 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
It may only be a drop in the bucket toward solving $40B problem, but could help ease breaks and leaks plaguing outdated water system

Op-Ed: Pipelines Are Driving New Jersey Emissions and Costs Down

Andrew Hendry | January 4, 2018 | Opinion
A responsible energy portfolio balances cost, reliability, and environmental impact. Underground pipelines like PennEast can achieve all three


| January 4, 2018 | Number of The Day

2% Cap on Annual Raises for Police, Firefighters Dies as Democrats Take No Action

John Reitmeyer | January 3, 2018 | Politics
Lawmakers allow key Christie initiative to control property taxes to founder, special task force ends in disarray

New Jersey Bids Not-So-Fond Farewell to the Big Top

Colleen O'Dea | January 3, 2018 | More Issues
‘Nosey’s Law,’ named for a mistreated circus elephant, would ban traveling shows that use exotic animals from performing in the Garden State

Opponents Move to Block ‘Millionaire’s Marina’ at Liberty State Park

Tom Johnson | January 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP seeks to establish new facility on 40 acres of south side of park to finance $40-plus million in needed bulkhead repairs

An Environmentalist’s Case for Nuclear Energy

James J. Florio | New Jersey Needs Nuclear | January 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
If you believe that climate change is the most significant challenge confronting the world today, then you should also conclude that nuclear energy must remain part of our energy supply

NJ Lawmakers Press Ahead with Mental Health Service Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | January 3, 2018 | Healthcare
Some legislators, who initially were uneasy about process to consolidate oversight of behavioral and physical health programs, now look to build on the change

Op-Ed: Subsidizing PSEG Means Punishing Consumers

Matt Fossen | January 3, 2018 | Opinion
A nuclear subsidy for PSEG isn’t assistance, it’s an energy tax hike — and it’s essential that we recognize this


| January 3, 2018 | Number of The Day

2018 and Counting: Drawing a Bead on Gov.-Elect Murphy’s Education Policies

John Mooney | January 2, 2018 | Education
In some ways, Murphy campaigned as ‘not Christie,’ but now it’s time to start delivering on his education promises and programs

Will New Year’s New Tax Cuts Hit New Jersey’s Budget and New Governor’s Plans?

John Reitmeyer | January 2, 2018 | Budget
NJ’s cash-starved state budget expected to take big hit as estate tax goes by the board and sales tax inches down

Lawmakers Ready to Revoke Rule Allowing More Development in Highlands

Tom Johnson | January 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Controversial DEP regulation eases restrictions on number of septic tanks that are allowed in forested expanse supplying 6 million people with potable water

The List: NJ’s Deadliest Counties for Traffic Fatalities in Past Year

Colleen O'Dea | January 2, 2018 | The List
With the number of deaths tallied, 2017 comes out as the deadliest year on New Jersey’s roads for the past decade

Maternal Health Among 2018 Top Priorities for State Senate

Lilo H. Stainton | January 2, 2018 | Healthcare
Growing disparity between outcomes for white and black women also a concern for lawmakers

Op-Ed: Jersey Politicians, Can You Hear Us Now?

Joseph Caruso | January 2, 2018 | Opinion
Federal tax reform makes state tax reform imperative


| January 2, 2018 | Number of The Day

Can the New Governor Help Close the Racial Divide in NJ’s Schools?

John Mooney | December 28, 2017 | Winter 2017
It will take political will and more to address the imbalances that make New Jersey’s education system one of the most segregated in the country

For Gov.-Elect, It’s off the Campaign Bus and onto NJ’s Battered Roads

John Reitmeyer | December 27, 2017 | Winter 2017
Murphy correctly identified state’s economic health as inextricably linked to its transportation infrastructure. Now it’s time to get moving

New Administration Needs to Get Its Hands Wet Solving Water Problems

Tom Johnson | December 27, 2017 | Winter 2017
Upgrading an infrastructure that in some places predates WWI will be expensive and arduous, but it must be done

Making Sure the New Administration is Savvy About Smart Growth

Colleen O'Dea | December 26, 2017 | Winter 2017
In its recent report, New Jersey Future argues that smart growth makes the most economic sense

Rising Healthcare Costs Among Challenges for Murphy Administration

Lilo H. Stainton | December 25, 2017 | Winter 2017
Some experts argue that New Jersey should consider rate setting to stabilize costs and create a more sustainable system

Murphy’s Inherited Headaches: The Pension System, Ongoing Tax Cuts

John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2017 | Winter 2017
It will take vision and political will to tackle some of New Jersey most pressing, most intractable problems

You Don’t Have to Be the Governor to Read These Provocative Reports

Lee Keough | December 21, 2017 | Winter 2017
Some of the state’s leading thinkers have put together insightful assessments and analyses of the issues facing the state. Here are a few of them.

PSEG Closing in on What It Wants: Panels Approve Nuclear Subsidy Bill

Tom Johnson | December 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
At contentious meeting of joint legislative committees, opponents continue to argue that company hasn’t demonstrated nuclear units are in financial distress

Big Payment Reform to Programs for NJ's Developmentally Disabled

Lilo H. Stainton | December 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Some providers of services to thousands of severely disabled New Jerseyans are nervous about potential downsides of big changes in way they are paid

Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Make a Clean Start

Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2017 | Social
Thanks to a trio of bills just enacted, expunging a criminal record can be done sooner and for a greater number of offenses, a particular boon to youthful offenders

The List: The 10 Most Overcrowded Public-School Districts in NJ

Carly Sitrin | December 21, 2017 | The List
Twenty years and $8 billion later, 71 percent of New Jersey’s neediest school districts are severely overcrowded. But, where’s the money going to come from to fix them?

Gutierrez-Scaccetti Is Murphy’s Pick to Head NJDOT Amid Transportation ‘Crisis’

John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2017 | Politics
Former executive director of NJ Turnpike authority returns home from similar post in Florida to become fifth woman governor-elect has named to his cabinet

Opinion: New Year’s Resolution — Clean out Your Medicine Chest

Joel C. Cantor | December 21, 2017 | Opinion
Nearly one-in-three Garden State families have a member who was prescribed opioids in the past year, and many plan to keep unused portions


| December 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Murphy Murky on Plan to Subsidize PSEG Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | December 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics line up to block bill but some feel efforts are wasted and legislation will sail through regardless

State Approves Sale of Troubled Meadowlands Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | December 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Officials contend that new ownership is only way to preserve local community’s access to acute care

Nuclear Energy Is Worth Saving

Phil Beachem | December 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Clean, reliable power is only the beginning; nuclear energy is a significant economic driver for the Garden State

Explainer: Making Sense of the Last-Minute Madness That Can Be the Lame Duck

Colleen O'Dea | December 20, 2017 | Explainer
Bills that are pending and in the works are just one part of the puzzle. Here’s a day-by-day guide to the Legislature’s and the governor’s final days

Murphy Taps Assemblywoman to Steer Banking Department

John Reitmeyer | December 20, 2017 | Politics
Marlene Caride gets job of overseeing banking, insurance, real estate in New Jersey — and the governor-elect’s proposed new state-run public bank

Op-Ed: Data Shows That Newark Students Are Making Significant Strides

Chris Cerf | December 20, 2017 | Opinion
Academics can squabble over the causes, but progress is real for Newark children


| December 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Teaming Teachers, School Staff, and Parents to Fight Chronic Absenteeism

Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2017 | Education
While there have been some gains in the war against absenteeism in the past year, too many students are still missing too many days

New Jersey Moves to Outlaw ‘Bump Stocks’ for All Residents

Carly Sitrin | December 19, 2017 | More Issues
Gun owners are already prohibited from possessing ‘bump stocks,’ which can convert a rifle into a fully automatic weapon. The Legislature wants to ban these devices across the board

Murphy Nominates Democrats’ ‘Rising Star’ as NJ Secretary of State

Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2017 | Politics
Tahesha Way charged with protecting rights of voters against pressures from ‘President Trump’s voter suppression panel’

Legal Bid to Stop $200M State Bonds for Controversial Trenton Construction

John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2017 | Planning
Opponents try to block Christie administration from issuing debt to finance new office buildings at same time as under-the-radar panel give thumbs-up to project

On Closer Look, PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Outrages Opponents

Tom Johnson | December 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some foes accuse PSEG of jiggering subsidy to reach the $300M - $350M it wanted in first place

Will Plan to Expand Cardiac Services in NJ Mean that Small Hospitals Lose Out?

Lilo H. Stainton | December 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Some skeptics worry that new angioplasty legislation would favor large providers over smaller community operators

Op-Ed: A Better Way to Help the Nukes

Bob Narus | December 19, 2017 | Opinion
Instead of paying the nuclear plants, make the fossil-fuel plants pay us


| December 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

New Jersey's Energy Future: Electric Vehicles

NJ Spotlight | December 18, 2017 | Podcasts, Roundtables
An NJ Roundtable that delivered both a high-level look at the future of EVs and a slightly more granular discussion of roadblocks and obstacles to progress

In NJ, Electric Vehicles Could Be Key to Economic, Environmental Progress

Tom Johnson | December 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lower energy costs just one potential benefit offered by EVs, according to experts at NJ Spotlight roundtable

Opinion: Does GOP Tax Reform Spell Trouble for Murphy’s Millionaires Tax?

Carl Golden | December 18, 2017 | Opinion
Is true-believer Steve Sweeney starting to waffle? Will new administration stumble over key promise, or hit the ground running?

Governor Extends Prescription Contraceptive Benefits to Six Months

Lilo H. Stainton | December 18, 2017 | Healthcare
New law makes it simpler for low- and middle-income women — who may face time constraints — to prevent gaps in birth-control use

Leveraging Fiscal Power of State Pension System Against Superfund Cheats

John Reitmeyer | December 18, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan law would prevent public-employee pension system from investing in companies — or countries — that shirk their responsibility to remediate polluted sites


| December 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Could Cost Customers $350M Annually

Tom Johnson | December 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Made public today, bill is expected to be heard by committee next week and come up for final vote early in January, before end of lame duck

PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Filed, Remains Shrouded in Secrecy

Tom Johnson | December 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Details of bill not yet made public, so no clue as to how much utility customers will have to pay to keep nuclear plants afloat

Governor Lands Commuters with $2B in Fare Hikes to Help Pay for Gateway Project

John Reitmeyer | December 15, 2017 | Transportation
Christie, Cuomo flesh out payment plan for long-planned infrastructure upgrade that involves tapping New Jersey straphangers for a big contribution

What Does a Transition Team Do — Especially One with 500-plus Members?

Lee Keough | December 15, 2017 | Politics
Team members say getting work done isn’t really a problem, and that individual voices can be heard

Answering Your Questions About the Murphy Transition

Lee Keough | December 15, 2017 | Politics
We invited readers to let us know what questions they have about the ongoing transition. Here’s where we answer them

Interactive Map: Who Does the Best Job Recycling Municipal Waste?

Colleen O'Dea | December 15, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Waste not, want not isn’t the watchword for these communities, but they’ve definitely got the first part down

Trenton Hustles to Allow Politicians to Rejoin State Pension System

John Reitmeyer | December 15, 2017 | Politics
With minimal discussion, legislative leaders fast-track effort to allow unknown number of their compadres back into public-employee pension program

Letting First Responders Use Higher Doses of Narcan to Fight Opiate Overdoses

Lilo H. Stainton | December 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Bipartisan move to give paramedics, firefighters more flexibility in type and dosage of opioid antidotes

Should New Jersey Give the Vote to Convicted Felons?

Carly Sitrin | December 15, 2017 | Social
One of the earliest civil rights decisions the new governor is likely to face is whether to award felons the right to vote — whether they’re in prison, on parole, or on probation

Op-Ed: A New Day for Clean Energy in New Jersey

Tom Gilbert | December 15, 2017 | Opinion
New Jersey has the power to set its own course on energy, regardless of the shortsighted policies coming out of the Trump administration


| December 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

Supporters Push to Renew Federal Children’s Healthcare Funding

Lilo H. Stainton | December 14, 2017 | Healthcare
A variety of patchwork schemes could extend the program over the short term, but advocates argue full funding is of the essence

Throwing the Book at Coastal Flooding and Sea-Level Rise

Colleen O'Dea | December 14, 2017 | Planning
A comprehensive report from NJ Future gives the governor-elect a new challenge: devise a coordinated response to help residents deal with flooding along the whole coastline

Assemblywoman Muoio Is Murphy’s Pick for ‘Tough’ Job as State Treasurer

John Reitmeyer | December 14, 2017 | Politics
Mercer County Democrat, a member of Assembly Budget Committee, knows all about Garden State’s serious fiscal challenges

Using Recycled Asphalt in Quarry Reclamation Worries ‘Greens’

Tom Johnson | December 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists argue oils and heavy metals in the material could seep into groundwater if employed for quarry reclamation

Op-Ed: Who Cooked Up the Trenton State Office Development Project?

Robert Torricelli | December 14, 2017 | Opinion
No one seems willing to take the blame (understandably), but the new administration should shut the project down until it can be evaluated and rethought

‘Tale of Two Exchanges’ — Why We Pay More for Health Insurance Than New Yorkers

WNYC News | December 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Premium rates have risen much more on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River


| December 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

EDA to Issue $400M in State Debt for Controversial Government Buildings

John Reitmeyer | December 13, 2017 | Planning
Christie administration uses obscure committees and commissions to push through contentious construction plan, keeping Assembly and Senate out of the loop

Hackers Hit PSE&G Third-Party Partner Used to Store Customer Data

Tom Johnson | December 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Exposure at TIO Networks, a PayPal subsidiary, could reach 2.6 million customer accounts

Governor-Elect Makes Historic Choice for State Attorney General

Carly Sitrin | December 13, 2017 | Politics
Gurbir S. Grewal, if confirmed by Senate, will be first South-Asian AG in New Jersey and first Sikh to hold position in any state

Opinion: Newark’s Phantom Gains in School Improvement

Mark Weber | December 13, 2017 | Opinion
The celebrations and self-congratulations are real; unfortunately, the data shows that Newark’s educational successes don’t measure up

NJ Doubles Down on ‘Earn While You Learn’ Drug Counseling Program

Lilo H. Stainton | December 13, 2017 | Healthcare
State partners with Rutgers to give on-the-job training to hundreds of New Jerseyans who want to help addicts

State Asked to Review Regulatory Structure of NJ Retail Gas Market

Tom Johnson | December 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Industry association argues ensuring more competition would drive down prices to customers

MacArthur Swims Against Tide, Says GOP Tax Plan Good for New Jersey

NJTV News | December 13, 2017 | Politics
Congressman hits out at ‘bloviating’ critics of Republican proposal, says he has worked to improve it


| December 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

Debate over EV Charging Infrastructure Starts to Power up

Tom Johnson | December 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More questions than clarity dog discussion: What role will utilities and local governments play in distributing charging stations throughout state?

NJ Lawmakers Want State to Withdraw from NY Harbor Waterfront Commission

Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2017 | More Issues
Court battle looms if governor agrees to withdraw New Jersey from body whose job it is to fight corruption on NJ and NY docks

ICE Arrests in NJ Courthouses Surging, Lawyers Say

Matt Katz | December 12, 2017 | Immigration
Some undocumented immigrants are afraid to go to court, even to pursue orders of protection against abusive spouses, worried that ICE agents will be waiting for them there

Opinion: Supersize Deductions to Cope with Higher Minimum Wage

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | December 12, 2017 | Opinion
Supersizing employer deductions for compensation could help jobs, consumers, and employers weather a much higher minimum wage

New Jersey Needs Its Nuclear Power Plants

Norris McDonald | December 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
It would be a huge step backward to close New Jersey’s largest sources of clean electric generation and replace them with fossil fuels

Lawmakers OK Task Force to Study Hearing-Loss Services

Lilo H. Stainton | December 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Goal is to review and supplement to make life easier for New Jersey’s hard of hearing

Imposing Stronger Penalties on Employers for Wage Theft — It’s Christie’s Call

John Reitmeyer | December 12, 2017 | Politics
Lawmakers want to increase the sanctions for not paying workers their due, business community believes measure is ‘well-intentioned, but overly punitive’

NJ’s Top Dems Present United Front Against GOP Tax Bill

NJTV News | December 12, 2017 | Politics
Trio pledge to act as a team when it comes to federal policy priorities on issues from taxes to the Gateway Tunnel


| December 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Taking a Big Bite out of NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Caren Chesler | December 11, 2017 | Politics
Lesniak bill would shut down troubled agency, but will it get a hearing in the lame-duck legislative session?

Fed Tax Reform Focuses New Attention on NJ’s Property-Tax Deduction

John Reitmeyer | December 11, 2017 | More Issues
Written into state’s income tax code in 1996, statute allows Garden State homeowners to deduct up to $10,000 of their annual property taxes

Grid Operator Counsels Caution About PSEG Nuclear Subsidies

Tom Johnson | December 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In letter to Senate committee, PJM says PSEG must demonstrate need for subsidies, suggests alternative solutions can be pursued

Lawmakers OK New Funding for Tobacco Education Programs

Lilo H. Stainton | December 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Legislation would divert portion of annual tobacco tax collection to anti-smoking initiatives

Op-Ed: Insurance Bill Would Be Fairer for Professionals, Protect Consumers

Robert B. Hille | December 11, 2017 | Opinion
New Jersey has the highest number of malpractice claims in the region and exceeds the national average, due to the lengthy statute of limitations


| December 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Pols Play Musical Chairs, Trenton’s $220M Building Project Gets Green Light

John Reitmeyer | December 8, 2017 | Planning
After making some deft changes to a lowkey — but powerful — panel, bipartisan lawmakers give go-ahead to contentious government construction plan for downtown Trenton

Breastfeeding Bills Would Help Give Babies a Healthy Start in Life

Colleen O'Dea | December 8, 2017 | Healthcare
More good news for moms, a measure that would exempt breast pumps from sales tax, and one that extends civil rights to breastfeeding

Opinion: Zero-Emission Credits Aren’t Just for Nuclear Power

R. William Potter | December 8, 2017 | Opinion
We need a comprehensive ZEC policy that reflects the total costs of all power sources — including solar and wind — in the rates charged for them by the state’s utilities

NJ Ready to Join Multistate Nursing License Group?

Lilo H. Stainton | December 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Supporters say interstate compact is good for nurses and patients, but some nursing organizations concerned it could reduce quality of care in New Jersey

PSE&G Spends, Spends, Spends on New Transmission Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | December 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility gets the nod from PJM to shell out $170 million replacing aging infrastructure in northern New Jersey

Garden State’s Homeless Rate Halved During Past Decade

WHYY News | December 8, 2017 | Housing
No other state saw a bigger decline in homelessness than New Jersey


| December 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie Hints He Might Sign Bill to Subsidize PSEG’s Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | December 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Governor asserts he won’t back legislation that includes incentives for renewable energy

Fighting the War on Opioids, Substance Abuse on School Front

John Mooney | December 7, 2017 | Education
Administration consolidates tools, lesson plans on one website to help educators spend time teaching rather than searching

Poll Shows Broad Reach of Drug Epidemic, Strong Support for Treatment

Lilo H. Stainton | December 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Some analysts see findings as indication that people believe war on drugs has failed

In its Last Gasp, Christie Panel Gives Dire Appraisal of NJ’s Public Pension System

John Reitmeyer | December 7, 2017 | More Issues
Nonpartisan experts say state can no longer afford ‘intransigence, inaction, apathy and denial’ and recommend switch to retirement plans similar to 401(k)s

New Jersey Rents Go Through the Roof, If You Can Afford a Roof

Colleen O'Dea | December 7, 2017 | Housing
Latest data from the Census Bureau show rents have risen faster than inflation, gobbling up a larger portion of income than in previous years

Op-Ed: $15 Minimum Wage is an Economic Necessity for Working New Jerseyans

Brandon McKoy | December 7, 2017 | Opinion
As income inequality grows, fewer people earn enough to afford basic daily needs. That doesn’t just hurt them; it also hurts local businesses


| December 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Urges Sale of Beleaguered Meadowlands Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | December 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Despite initial hiccups in the process, healthcare panel backs recommendation

Stress Testing Pension System to Help Determine — and Maintain — Fiscal Health

John Reitmeyer | December 6, 2017 | More Issues
Public-employee pension system comprises numerous funds whose health needs to be ascertained and made public on state website

Federal Grant to Go to EV Charging Stations, Reducing Diesel Emissions

Tom Johnson | December 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Nearly $10 million will be used to deploy electric-vehicle charging stations at workplaces, trimming emissions from refrigerated trucks

Op-Ed: Collaboration Benefiting Newark Schoolchildren

Michele Mason | December 6, 2017 | Opinion
As Newark transitions back to local control, an exciting time is made all the more so by the burgeoning collaboration between charter and traditional district schools

Lance, Gottheimer Team Up to Save Key Tax Deduction

NJTV News Online | December 6, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan duo hopes to get GOP lawmakers to ease their stand on SALT deduction, other write-offs

Dem Newcomer to Challenge 12-Term GOP Congressman

NJTV News Online | December 6, 2017 | Politics
Mikie Sherrill, one of seven women running for House seats in New Jersey, is looking to replace Rodney Frelinghuysen


| December 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trio of Top Democrats Could Go to Court to Scuttle GOP Tax Reform

John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey’s Gov.-elect Murphy, New York’s Cuomo, California’s Brown could mount a repeal-and-replace effort to fight Republican changes to tax code if they become law

Lawmakers Start to Hash Out Granting Nuclear Subsidies to PSEG

Tom Johnson | December 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
There’s been some suggestion a bill will be dealt with in lame-duck session, but right now there’s almost no real information to go on

NJ Businesses Bullish but Say $15 Minimum Wage Would Cause Job Cuts, Price Hikes

John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2017 | More Issues
One-third of businesses plan to hire more workers in 2018 and almost two-thirds expect sales to rise next year, but they’re bracing for a new push to raise wages at the lower end

Opinion: The Four Factors Behind Newark’s Education Turnaround

Laura Waters | December 5, 2017 | Opinion
Academic improvement, higher standards for students and educators, parent empowerment through school choice signal hard-won cohesion for a fractured district in a fragmented state

Electronic Health Records Bill Seeks To Protect Against Drug Diversion Concerns

Lilo H. Stainton | December 5, 2017 | Healthcare
Lawmakers want healthcare technologies to include measures to avoid drug abuse, but some providers concerned about conflict with NJ’s new telemedicine law

Profile: The Perfect Job for a Man Who Wants to Address Injustice in the World

Colleen O'Dea | December 5, 2017 | Profiles
Amol Sinha, head of the NJ ACLU, doesn’t just want to fight the good fight — he wants to fight all of them


| December 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

Can a ‘No-Zero’ Approach to Schoolwork Make the Grade in New Jersey?

Carly Sitrin | December 4, 2017 | Education
No zeros should be a no-brainer: but some teachers, parents, and even students would rather stick to traditional grading policies

Regional Plan Association Offers Recommendations Big and Smaller for NJ

John Reitmeyer | December 4, 2017 | Planning
From T-REX, a massive mass-transit agency, and a Meadowlands National Park to tighter governance and finances for NJ Transit and Port Authority

Water Advocates Seek Public Backing for Massive Infrastructure Upgrade

Jon Hurdle | December 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Jersey Water Works, a collaborative with some 350 members, wants to make water systems and their problems highly visible, even though they’re typically underground

Push to Bring Innovation to Healthcare Starts to Pay off

Lilo H. Stainton | December 4, 2017 | Healthcare
Tapping into ideas and shortcuts from doctors and nurses delivers benefits large and small, like a simple box that revolutionizes insulin distribution

Court Rules DEP Can Revise Permit for Newark Natural Gas Plant

Tom Johnson | December 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmental and community groups fail in bid to require Newark Energy Center to file for new permit

Op-Ed: A Call to Action to Help End this Country’s Lethal Addiction Crisis

Robert J. Budsock | December 4, 2017 | Opinion
The president’s commission has made promising and sound recommendations. Now we must put action behind the words


| December 4, 2017 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: Who Gets Hurt Most by GOP’s Plan to Kill Higher-Ed Deductions?

Colleen O'Dea | December 1, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The Republican tax-reform package targets benefits taken by New Jerseyans in college and grad school — and their families

Hefty Tax Breaks for New Growth Zone Surrounding AC Airport on Cards

John Reitmeyer | December 1, 2017 | More Issues
As Atlantic City’s gaming business sags, legislators propose lucrative tax incentives to lure industries to area around nearby airport

Lawmakers Back Medication-Assisted Treatment, New Addiction Science

Lilo H. Stainton | December 1, 2017 | Healthcare
Push is on to move beyond total sobriety as only way to overcome substance-use disorders

Will New Jersey Make a Healthy Environment an Inalienable Right?

Tom Johnson | December 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Garden State could follow Pennsylvania and Montana and pass constitutional amendment to safeguard clean air, water

Op-Ed: PSEG, Open Your Books!

Steven S. Goldenberg | December 1, 2017 | Opinion
To protect ratepayers against the potential for zero-emission credits to become a source of windfall profits for PSEG, it is essential the Legislature demand an “open-book” approach

Troubled NJSPCA Is One Step Closer to Abolition

NJTV News | December 1, 2017 | Politics
Organization supposed to enforce animal-cruelty laws, flayed in recent state report, now on the brink of termination


| December 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

Is Showdown in Offing over Nuclear Subsidies in New Jersey?

Tom Johnson | November 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Foes worry that those in favor of scheme will try to push a bill through in lame-duck session

Top Banker Focuses on Vital Need for ‘Income Mobility’

John Reitmeyer | November 30, 2017 | More Issues
At Rutgers-New Brunswick, NY Fed president addresses key issues — including pension obligations — that await incoming governor Phil Murphy

Longstanding Proposal for Caregiver Taskforce Revived

Lilo H. Stainton | November 30, 2017 | Healthcare
People caring for aging friends and family are burning out; the Legislature is looking into getting them some respite

$79 Million Gubernatorial Election Was Second Most Costly in State History

Colleen O'Dea | November 30, 2017 | Politics
Gov.-elect Murphy shelled out $36 million on his successful bid, while Lt. Gov. Guadagno spent a relatively paltry $9 million

Opinion: A Year One Clean-Water Agenda for New Jersey

Chris Sturm | November 30, 2017 | Opinion
It’s time for New Jersey to become a leader once again in protecting our residents and our economy through smart, innovative investments in the water systems

Private Developers Pile in for Camden Reconstruction

NJTV News | November 30, 2017 | Planning
South Jersey city’s downtown and waterfront are being transformed as state’s $2B incentive program proves a big lure for builders


| November 30, 2017 | Number of The Day

Federal Audit Queries $600M Spending on NJ School Medicaid

Lilo H. Stainton | November 29, 2017 | Healthcare
State defends calculations, suggests fight could go to federal court

New Industry-Led Coalition Opposes Nuclear Subsidies to PSEG

Tom Johnson | November 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Deriding ‘PSEG energy tax,’ group argues there’s no need for subsidies since company’s South Jersey nuclear plants are still profitable

Murphy Goes All in on Technology as Means to Rehab NJ Economy

John Reitmeyer | November 29, 2017 | Politics
As his team’s transition activities ramp up, governor-elect emphasizes importance of technology and innovation to renew Garden State

Op-Ed: Airport Workers, First Line of Service, First Line of Defense

Yvette Stephens | November 29, 2017 | Opinion
While we’ve had several victories in improving work conditions, most of us still earn minimum-wage salaries and live below the poverty-wage rate

Essex County College Could Lose Accreditation

NJTV News | November 29, 2017 | Education
Troubled institution, that expanded rapidly in recent years, given notice it must fix ‘administrative issues’ by March 2018

GOP Tax Overhaul to Pummel New Jersey Residents?

WNYC News | November 29, 2017 | Politics
It’s not looking good for NJ homeowners and renters if Republicans in Washington, DC manage to agree tax legislation this week


| November 29, 2017 | Number of The Day

Advocates Want State-Based Obamacare Protections in ‘Chaotic’ Healthcare Era

Lilo H. Stainton | November 28, 2017 | Healthcare
Nonprofit backed by Horizon urges New Jersey to shore up the Affordable Care Act at the state level, offers a healthcare roadmap for incoming governor

‘Greens’ Sue FERC to Stop Unlawful Use of Eminent Domain by PennEast

Tom Johnson | November 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Pipeline company needs access to private land along route, pushes federal agency to let it use eminent domain to sidestep uncooperative property owners

A Woman’s Place? NJ Women Still Scarce at High Levels of Government

Colleen O'Dea | November 28, 2017 | Politics
Women fared much better in freeholder elections, but female representation far lower than in population overall

Federal Tax Changes Could Hit NJ Municipalities with ‘Double Whammy’

John Reitmeyer | November 28, 2017 | Politics
Possible elimination of deduction for state and local taxes has received lots of attention, but ending of tax-exempt status for certain bonds could also hurt New Jersey

Opinion: Can Sen. Tom Kean Jr. Regroup Battered Republicans?

Carl Golden | November 28, 2017 | Opinion
Ironically, given the Republican rout, Minority Leader Kean Jr. could help his party deliver a viable alternative to the governor-elect’s left-of-center predilections

Sheila Oliver Discusses How Phil Murphy Will Govern

NJTV News | November 28, 2017 | Politics
The new lieutenant governor probably knows the governor-elect better than anyone outside of his family. What does she have to say?


| November 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

New Normal for NJ Republicans: Finding Ways to Be Bipartisan

John Reitmeyer | November 27, 2017 | Politics
With the Democrats controlling the Legislature and the governor’s mansion, the Garden State GOP needs to find a way to make sure its voice is heard in Trenton

Tell Us What You Want to Know About Murphy’s Transition Team

John Mooney | November 27, 2017 | Politics
We can help answer your questions, and your question can help shape our coverage

New Jersey Dentists to Play New Role Screening for Diabetes

Lilo H. Stainton | November 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Starting next year, dentists in the Garden State will be able to get paid for performing chairside diabetes screenings for at-risk patients

Pesticide Ban Stalls When Critics Claim Feds Should Make Call

Tom Johnson | November 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Obama administration recommendation to stop using chlorpyrifos reversed by Scott Pruitt, new head of EPA

New Jersey Scientists Urge State to Curb Another Chemical in Drinking Water

Jon Hurdle | November 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Maximum Contaminant Limit for PFOS would help protect human health over a lifetime of exposure to the chemical, which has been linked to cancer, immune-system problems


| November 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

Port Authority Pushes on with Plans to Extend PATH from NYC to Newark Liberty

John Reitmeyer | November 22, 2017 | Transportation
Once completed new service will give commuters and tourists one-seat ride to airport, could also help open Newark’s South Ward to economic redevelopment

New Guidelines Bump Up Pool of Patients with High Blood Pressure

Lilo H. Stainton | November 22, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Elevated’ blood pressure, a new category, should respond well to lifestyle changes like diet and exercise

JCP&L Gets Nod to Build High-Voltage Line in Morris County

Tom Johnson | November 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Seven-mile transmission line is latest in series of projects meant to enhance reliability of the power grid

Easing Prisoner Reentry by Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Find Jobs

Colleen O'Dea | November 22, 2017 | Social
Program would issue certificates certifying that former inmates are employable, would also help them find public-sector work or get state-issued licenses

Gov.-Elect Murphy Must Prioritize Disability Community in 2018

Kevin Casey | November 22, 2017 | Opinion
For the governor-elect to recognize that people with disabilities are a primary constituent base is a first critical step


| November 22, 2017 | Number of The Day

Murphy and Democratic Leaders Agree on $15 Minimum Wage — Little Else

John Reitmeyer | November 21, 2017 | Politics
Right now, there’s no timetable for boosting minimum wage and no decision as to whether some sectors, like restaurants and agriculture, will be exempt from the final $15 goal

Play or Pay: Feds Threaten to Cut Law Enforcement Grants to Sanctuary Cities

Colleen O'Dea | November 21, 2017 | Immigration
The U.S. DOJ has sent letters to Newark and Middlesex County — along with cities nationwide — warning that not working with immigration authorities could mean loss of funding

Lawmakers Ready to Say ‘No’ to More Development in Highlands

Tom Johnson | November 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Legislators move to roll back rule, issue rare rebuke to executive branch that originally passed regulation

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NJ Spotlight | November 21, 2017 | Event
Please welcome Today's Spotlight, our revamped, redesigned daily email newsletter

Push for Statewide Mental-Health Screening Gains Momentum

Lilo H. Stainton | November 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Early intervention helps keep people with mental illnesses out of overcrowded ERs, which are not prepared to assist them

Desperate to Stay in U.S., 'Dreamers' Declare Hunger Strike

Matt Katz | November 21, 2017 | Immigration
Undocumented young people will visit offices of congressional Republicans in New Jersey, foregoing food until Thanksgiving dinner

For NJ Charities, Tax-Reform Bills Offer Little to Be Thankful For

Linda M. Czipo | November 21, 2017 | Opinion
Among other things, they will shred our community fabric by injecting politics and dark money into charitable work


| November 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Will Arbitration Cap for Cops, Firefighters Be Extended in Lame Duck?

John Reitmeyer | November 20, 2017 | Politics
Some lawmakers, advocates say the cap helps hold down property taxes, a potent argument with GOP tax reform poised to eliminate valuable deductions

New Jersey’s Public Schools Still Among Most Segregated in Nation

John Mooney | November 20, 2017 | Education
Almost 10 percent of all students attend “apartheid schools,” where 99 percent or more of the student body is nonwhite

The List: Where Did the Library-Bond Issue Garner the Least Support?

Colleen O'Dea | November 20, 2017 | The List
The three counties that came out against the library-bond ballot question also supported the candidacy of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Proposal to Add Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Beds Takes Shape

Lilo H. Stainton | November 20, 2017 | Healthcare
More than 24 hospitals and healthcare providers have been given green light to add 81 beds

Op-Ed: As Educators, We Must Measure What We Truly Value

Lisa Wolff | November 20, 2017 | Opinion
Our current system is designed on the premise that there is a single success path and any deviation is either ignored, or worse, punished


| November 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Democrats, Republicans Must Protect New Jersey from GOP Tax Threat — Murphy

John Reitmeyer | November 17, 2017 | Politics
Sweeney echoes Gov.-Elect, says Republican proposals to change tax code would have ‘devastating effect’ on Garden State

Menendez Emotional After Judge Declares Mistrial in Bribery, Corruption Case

NJTV News | November 17, 2017 | Politics
Senator thanks supporters, implies 'elements' in FBI and New Jersey prejudiced against ‘the Latino kid from Union City and Hudson County’

State Funds New Addiction Treatment for Mom and Baby

Lilo H. Stainton | November 17, 2017 | Healthcare
New programs come at critical time, as number of addicted newborns in NJ — and nationally — continues to rise

Interactive Map: Tracking Voter Turnout County by County

Colleen O'Dea | November 17, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
County by county assessments help show where the voters went to the polls and where they stayed home — compared with the stats for 2013

NJ Lawmakers Ask EPA to Waive Ethanol Rule for Local Gasoline

Tom Johnson | November 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Adding ethanol to gasoline is a federal requirement that may drive production costs at Paulsboro refinery over the top, threatening its viability

Op-Ed: New Challenges for Law Enforcement in a Digital World

George Petersen and Jody Wacker | November 17, 2017 | Opinion
More and more, police officers and first responders are required to secure digital evidence in the field. They must know where to begin and when to stop

NJEA Spent $5.7M of Union Dues on Recent Election

NJTV News | November 17, 2017 | Education, Politics
Many members erroneously believe teachers union spent only funds from voluntary donations on recent political battles


| November 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Opposition Builds to Tying ACA Individual Mandate to GOP Tax Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | November 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Latest Senate tax-reform package would eliminate tax penalty for people who don’t buy insurance, possibly driving up prices

PJM Takes Wraps Off Plan to Prop Up Prices for Nuclear, Coal Power

Tom Johnson | November 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Regional grid operator’s proposal is one answer to growing clamor by power producers to help subsidize plants that are struggling to compete

Christie Administration’s Push for New Government Offices in Trenton Stymied

John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2017 | Planning
Demolition of two state buildings and construction of two more fail to get go-ahead from State House Commission

Rezoning Near Train Stations Essential to Transit-Oriented Development

Colleen O'Dea | November 16, 2017 | Planning
Communities that block multifamily housing from being built near train stations are contributing to the host of problems New Jersey faces

Opinion: Top 5 Reforms for Municipal Land-Use Law — a Hand-Picked List

R. William Potter | November 16, 2017 | Opinion
A much-needed overhaul of the complex zoning law that governs most development in the state should be high on new governor's agenda


| November 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Needs More Scrutiny of Maternal Care and Deaths — Democratic Lawmakers

Lilo H. Stainton | November 15, 2017 | Healthcare
As maternal death rate continues to rise in New Jersey, Sen. Vitale says ‘greater emphasis on the health of mothers’ is essential

VW Will Pay Garden State Another $69M to Settle Pollution Suit

Tom Johnson | November 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New payment over and above original $72 million shelled out to settle earlier suit involving cheating scandal

Sitting Down for a Peaceful, Post-Election Conversation in Long Valley

Colleen O'Dea | November 15, 2017 | Politics
Members of our Long Valley Voting Block agree to disagree, exchanging rancor for rational debate

Another Round of Repairs for Penn Station NYC Will Mean More Schedule Changes

John Reitmeyer | November 15, 2017 | Transportation
Officials assure commuters this will not be another ‘Summer of Hell’ starting after New Year’s

Opinion: National Tax Reform — Questions for New Jersey Residents

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | November 15, 2017 | Opinion
Asking the right questions can help New Jerseyans get a picture of how GOP-backed tax reform will impact them

Judge in Menendez Case Not Ready to Let Jury Quit

NJTV News | November 15, 2017 | Politics
Defense renews call for mistrial, prosecution argues for allowing partial verdicts


| November 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Congressional Delegation Deeply Divided on Trump Tax Reform

John Reitmeyer | November 14, 2017 | Politics
It comes down to SALT, a threatened tax break that lets residents deduct local and state taxes, a lifeline for many New Jerseyans

Planned Parenthood Expects Murphy to Increase Funding for Women’s Health Issues

Lilo H. Stainton | November 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Weinberg, other Democrats want speedy restoration of financial support that Gov. Christie suspended

New Regional Initiative — RGGI for Transportation Sector

Tom Johnson | November 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Transportation is the biggest source of carbon emissions contributing to climate change, but will NJ sign on when it’s also poised to rejoin RGGI?

Craig Coughlin: Low-Profile Legislator Taking Prieto’s Place as Assembly Speaker

Carly Sitrin | November 14, 2017 | Politics
Coughlin emphasizes coalitions and compromise, but the test will be in the day-to-day rough-and-tumble that’s state government in New Jersey

Murphy Names Transition Team, Signals His Priorities

John Mooney | November 14, 2017 | Politics
High-profile appointees include NJEA president; Gov.-elect also appoints less well-known figures

Opinion: New Jersey Budget Challenges Are Significant and Immediate

Richard F. Keevey | November 14, 2017 | Opinion
The new governor has many ambitious plans, but first he must make sure the 2018 fiscal years ends with a surplus — as required

Menendez Jury Can’t Agree, Asks Judge for Guidance

NJTV News | November 14, 2017 | Politics
Defense seeks mistrial, judge says there’s ‘no way on this green Earth’ that he would make such a declaration


| November 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

At AC Teachers Convention, Many Claim ‘Disconnect’ from Politics

Carly Sitrin | November 13, 2017 | Education
There may not be much interest in NJEA’s costly attempt to unseat Sen. Sweeney, but Gov.-elect Murphy gets roaring welcome from crowd

Can Gov.-Elect Murphy Make a Go of His Public Bank?

John Reitmeyer | November 13, 2017 | Politics
It was an idea regularly trotted out during the campaign, now Murphy and Co. are starting to assess how to make that proposal a reality

Legislature, DEP at Loggerheads Again Over Septic Tanks in Highlands

Tom Johnson | November 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers moving to block agency proposal, could use rarely employed tool to rescind rules judged inconsistent with legislative intent

Opinion: Where Did New Jersey's GOP Go Wrong? Let Me Count the Ways

Carl Golden | November 13, 2017 | Opinion
The poisonous memory of Bridgegate, the unshakeable image of Christie basking on the beach, the NJEA’s doomed attempt to punish Sweeney — and that’s for starters

State Expands Efforts to Address Childhood Asthma at Home

Lilo H. Stainton | November 13, 2017 | Healthcare
Pilot project seeks to address environmental factors like dust, smoke, roaches, where kids with chronic asthma live

From Pro-Assad Syrian Diplomat to Teaching Politics at Rutgers University

Matt Katz | WNYC News | November 13, 2017 | Education


| November 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Moves to Ban Pesticide OK’d by Trump Administration

Tom Johnson | November 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Widely used on a variety of crops, chlorpyrifos has been linked to potentially harmful effects in people

Expecting Murphy to Move Fast on Range of Economic Policies

John Reitmeyer | November 9, 2017 | Politics
Christie vetoed Democratic bills on $15 minimum wage, millionaires tax but Gov.-elect shares legislators’ top priorities

Christie and Trump: The Best Friends New Jersey Democrats Ever Had?

Colleen O'Dea | November 9, 2017 | Elections 2017
Pollsters and pundits alike argue that dissatisfaction with the governor and the president helped put Democrats over the top in race after race

Fed-Up LoBiondo to Quit Congress, Fired-Up Dems Resolve to Flip Seat

Chase Brush | November 9, 2017 | Politics
As centrist South Jersey Republican laments disappearance of ‘middle ground’ in national politics, Democrats see chance to replace him

GOP Tax-Reform Bill Could Sideline NJ’s Clean-Energy Efforts

Tom Johnson | November 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Republicans in D.C. are looking to slash or eliminate tax credits that encourage solar and wind power, help offset the price of electric vehicles

Opinion: Chris Christie’s Surprisingly Solid Record in Public Education

Laura Waters | November 9, 2017 | Opinion
It’s easy to mock the soon-to-be-ex governor; it’s harder to admit he’s leaving NJ’s public schools in better shape than he found them

Horizon Joins Coalition for National Standards for Substance Abuse

Lilo H. Stainton | November 9, 2017 | Healthcare
Goal of ‘payers’ group is to make certain that addiction is ultimately treated like other chronic diseases


| November 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

Murphy Stays on Message for Victory Speech, Promising to Be Activist Governor

Lee Keough | November 8, 2017 | Elections 2017
Some pundits say Guadagno was running against her long service with Gov. Christie as much as against Murphy

Dems Pick Up Key Seats in Legislature, GOP Takes Several Tight Races

Chase Brush | November 8, 2017 | Elections 2017
At end of the day, Democrats still have the Legislature locked up — after withstanding some tough challenges and pulling out a few surprise victories

New Jersey Voters Handily Ratify Two Ballot Questions

Tom Johnson | November 8, 2017 | Elections 2017
Bond issue for libraries will help them modernize and expand, while a second question prevents environmental settlements from being diverted to general budget

Growing Focus on ‘Social Determinants of Health’

Lilo H. Stainton | November 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Issues like poverty, food insecurity, housing status, and violence play a huge role in public and individual health

Op-Ed: Battling Addiction Should Be a Fair and Colorblind Fight

Dierdre Glenn Paul | November 8, 2017 | Opinion
Let’s stop dividing and making classes of addicts and instead start fighting the scourge of addiction collectively


| November 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Live Results from the 2017 Gubernatorial Race

NJ Spotlight | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017

Up-to-the-Minute Results from 2017 Legislative Contests

NJ Spotlight | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017

Keeping Tabs on the Voting for the 2017 Ballot Questions

NJ Spotlight | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017

Last-Minute Questions About the Election? This Is the Story for You

Colleen O'Dea | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017
It’s not too late to be an informed voter, whether you're wondering about low turnout or battleground districts or ...

Local Politics in New Jersey Takes Ugly Turn with Racist Fliers

Carly Sitrin | November 7, 2017 | Elections 2017
Anonymous mailers call for candidates in Edison school board race to be deported, warn that Hoboken mayoral candidate is a terrorist

Pols Push for Voting Machines that Offer Paper Trail for Every Ballot Cast

John Reitmeyer | November 7, 2017 | Politics
There’s no evidence any of the state’s electronic voting machines have been hacked, but upgrade program would add new layer of security

NJ Providers Continue Work to Assist Puerto Rico’s Healthcare System

Lilo H. Stainton | November 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Dedicated group of NJ healthcare providers has made two trips to hard-hit island, with another one planned

New Lighthouse District Initiative Shines Light on Top Schools

John Mooney | November 7, 2017 | Education
Rollout of initial recipients spotlights small districts that are very smart about how they use data to tune curriculum, teacher advancement

NJ Puts New Rule in Place to Limit Air Pollution from Soot

Tom Johnson | November 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Plants and businesses that spew soot will be required to comply with new regulation when they apply for new permits

Op-Ed: I Don’t Want to Vote

Maggie Glynn | November 7, 2017 | Opinion
I am tired of the same-old, same-old of both major parties, firmly entrenched, spouting the trite slogans that lost meaning for me eight-plus election cycles ago


| November 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

Pushing Ahead with Reforms to New Jersey’s Criminal Justice System

John Reitmeyer | November 6, 2017 | Social
Final report in ‘Crossroads NJ’ series argues state must address disparities in number of whites and blacks serving time in prison, among other issues

Master the Complexities of the 2017 Elections

NJ Spotlight Staff | November 6, 2017 | Elections 2017
NJ Spotlight's Election Guide delivers what you need: news, analysis, insights, and interactive tools

Fed Report Affirms Effects of Climate Change Already Visible

Tom Johnson | November 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
As people continue to contribute to global warming, extreme weather, sea-level rise will become more pressing problems

Understanding, Addressing Disproportionality in NJ Schools

Dr. Jennifer Meller and Matthew Korobkin | November 6, 2017 | Education, Sponsored Content
Disproportionality can be defined as an over-representation of students from certain racial/ethnic groups in special-education programs

Plan to Fund Healthcare for Children, Community Clinics Comes at a Cost

Lilo H. Stainton | November 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Partisan battle erupts over funding CHIP, FQHCs with money from Obamacare

Let the Candidate Decoder Help Take the Mystery Out of Governor’s Race

NJ Spotlight and WNYC News | November 6, 2017 | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
An easy, interactive way to find out where the candidates stand on the most important issues for New Jersey

Op-Ed: We Can Fight Climate Chaos from the Garden State

Lena Smith | November 6, 2017 | Opinion
If NJ is going to address future superstorms, we need to stop building pipelines and develop an aggressive plan to move to 100 percent clean, renewable energy

For Phil Murphy, Getting out the Vote Could Be Key to Governor’s Race

WNYC News | November 6, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
If voter turnout is especially low, results could skew red in a blue state


| November 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Taking the Measure of Phil Murphy: A Progressive Vision for New Jersey

Lee Keough | November 3, 2017 | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
It’s not just the Republicans who question Murphy’s liberal platform, some Democratic insiders say he just doesn’t get New Jersey

Interactive Map: Tracking the Gubernatorial Campaign Contributions

Colleen O'Dea | November 3, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2017
Record amounts are being spent on this year’s race for the governor’s mansion. Here’s a way to see who’s being the most generous to which candidate

In the 3rd, Costly Grudge Match Pits Sweeney Against Grenier and NJEA

Chase Brush | November 3, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
The teachers union has spent $4.5 million backing a self-described ‘Trump Republican’ looking to wrest the seat from Democrat who has angered the NJEA

‘Landmark’ Decision Exposes Disconnect in NJ Pot Policy

Lilo H. Stainton | November 3, 2017 | Healthcare
Superior court orders state to consider reclassifying marijuana as a less tightly controlled substance

Good News for Offshore Wind: Both Gubernatorial Candidates Back It

Tom Johnson | November 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some experts say it’s not too late for New Jersey to develop a thriving sector based on offshore wind and related technologies

NJ’s Hefty Unfunded Liabilities Matter of Concern to Outside Analysis

John Reitmeyer | November 3, 2017 | Budget
State barely escapes earning a failing grade for its overburdened pension system, long-term obligations from Volcker Alliance

Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Sharply Divided on Crime, Social Justice

Mark J. Bonamo | November 3, 2017 | Social, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Perhaps no other issues throw the candidates in such bold relief as policing, guns and gun violence, undocumented immigrants, and legalizing marijuana

Op-Ed: Environmental Justice Is Key Aspect of Climate-Change Policy

Nicky Sheats | November 3, 2017 | Opinion
Climate-change mitigation must not only reduce carbon dioxide emissions but also reduce the disproportionate amount of pollution in many environmental-justice communities


| November 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

Kim Guadagno: Running Hard Enough to Become NJ’s Second Woman Governor?

Colleen O'Dea | November 2, 2017 | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Guadagno has always made herself available to businesspeople and now to her backers, but she remains aloof when it comes to reporters

Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Deeply Divided on Education

John Mooney | November 2, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
From school funding to student testing, Murphy and Guadagno could be speaking different languages

Important Ballot Questions on Library Funding, Pollution Settlements

John Reitmeyer | November 2, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
New borrowing for libraries and a constitutional amendment to ensure pollution settlements are not diverted into general budget

Rule Change Expands Addiction Treatment Options for Medicaid Patients

Lilo H. Stainton | November 2, 2017 | Healthcare
New Jersey one of two states to see immediate benefit

DEP Sets Nation’s Strictest Limit on Chemical in Drinking Water

Jon Hurdle | November 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PFOA has been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, and developmental problems in young children

Op-Ed: Fixing the Pension System for Teachers and Taxpayers

Steve Sweeney | November 2, 2017 | Opinion
We have made great progress, especially in the past year, to put our pension system on the road to full funding

Beyond the Truck Attacker, the Long Reach of ISIS in the New York Area

Matt Katz | November 2, 2017 | More Issues
Twenty-five people living in New York and New Jersey have been charged with ISIS-related crimes during the past four years

Murphy Grilled on Ability to Deal with Terror Attacks

WNYC News | November 2, 2017 | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Frontrunner in governor’s race says public safety must take precedence over politics

Do You Have a Message for NJ’s Next Governor?

NJ Spotlight | November 2, 2017 | Elections 2017
What are your priorities for the next NJ governor? Help us build the ‘people’s agenda’


| November 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

Medicare Proposal Urges ‘Drastic’ Cut in Home Health Funding

Lilo H. Stainton | November 1, 2017 | Healthcare
Patients and providers concerned about regulation scheduled for 2019

The Importance of Coattails in ‘Truly Competitive’ LD 16 Races

Chase Brush | November 1, 2017 | Elections 2017
Impact of gubernatorial contest, changes in district, and Ciattarelli’s departure make the 16th among the more combative arenas in this election cycle

One Legal Challenge Filed Against $300M State House Renovation Remains

John Reitmeyer | November 1, 2017 | Politics
Assemblyman Wisniewski asks state’s Superior Court to overturn lower-court ruling that gave the go-ahead to the controversial undertaking

PSEG Backs Trump Administration Plan to Spur Nuclear Industry

Tom Johnson | November 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company looks to state or other possibilities for ways to keep its nuclear plants from closing due to economic pressure from natural-gas industry

Op-Ed: Open Space as Important as Ever

Kelly Mooij | November 1, 2017 | Opinion
Preservation must remain a priority for incoming administration

Menendez Trial: Lawyers Spar over How Judge Will Instruct Jury

NJTV News | November 1, 2017 | Politics
Defense and prosecution attorneys spend day haggling over what directive judge should give jury


| November 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

Diverse Stakeholders Team up to Support Health Insurance Enrollment

Lilo H. Stainton | October 31, 2017 | Healthcare
Shortened sign-up period and fewer supports trigger advocates’ concerns

Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Pledge to Fix NJ's Transportation Woes

John Reitmeyer | October 31, 2017 | Transportation, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Leading candidates agree Garden State’s transportation issues are critical, but they diverge significantly on how to repair them

Shad Surge in Delaware River Thanks to Pollution Controls, Dam Removal

Jon Hurdle | October 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Number of juvenile shad monitored in summer count highest in 38 years, according to state DEP

NJ Sierra Club v. Pinelands Commission Back in Appellate Court

Tom Johnson | October 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
At heart of dispute, 30-mile pipeline project that New Jersey Natural Gas argues is key to increasing reliability for its customers

Op-Ed: Vote 'Yes' on Question 1, Help NJ’s Public Libraries Election Day

Gordon MacInnes | October 31, 2017 | Opinion
In this increasingly contentious atmosphere, libraries remain one of the last vestiges of the public sphere

Defense Rests in Menendez Case, Motion for Mistrial Fails

NJTV News | October 31, 2017 | Politics
Closing arguments likely to begin on Wednesday, jury could start deliberations later this week

Guadagno Talks Taxes, Taxes, Taxes on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show

WNYC News | October 31, 2017 | Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Host rattles Republican candidate when he questions if she favors abortion but not for poor women


| October 31, 2017 | Number of The Day

Governor’s Race 2017 Could Lead to a Greener New Jersey

Tom Johnson | October 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Murphy has taken an aggressive stance on energy and the environment, while Guadagno has muddled her position on regional initiative to fight greenhouse gases

Trenton Program Selected for National Diabetes Grant from Merck

Lilo H. Stainton | October 30, 2017 | Healthcare
Plans include using people who are successfully managing their own diabetes to mentor those struggling to get the disease under control

NJ’s Booker Backs Small-Business Accelerators and Incubators

John Reitmeyer | October 30, 2017 | More Issues
For U.S. representative and colleagues, the best return on investment is likely to come from smaller startups with rapid growth potential rather than established companies

Op-Ed: Will Christie’s Successor Block Trump’s Efforts to Dismantle EJ?

Laureen M. Boles | October 30, 2017 | Opinion
The New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance recognizes that communities of color and low-income communities are typically overburdened by environmental pollution


| October 30, 2017 | Number of The Day

Five Years After Sandy, Superstorm Continues to Punish Survivors

Scott Gurian | October 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some victims still have no place to call home; others are being dunned by state and feds to return part of their aid

New Jersey Inks 10-Year Pact on Taking Water from Delaware River

Tom Johnson | October 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agreement — also signed by three other states and New York City — ends dispute over release of water from city reservoirs

Governor’s Race 2017: Murphy, Guadagno Short on Specifics for Higher Ed

Colleen O'Dea | October 27, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Both have ambitious plans to boost STEM studies, slow tuition increases, ease student debt — but neither has a roadmap showing how to get there from here

Pallone Gathering Sends Out Alarm on Gun Violence as Threat to Public Health

Lilo H. Stainton | October 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Health and safety experts share grim statistics about firearms violence in the United States at NJ congressman’s forum

Lesniak’s Last Campaign — to Give NJ Transit Commuters Seats on the Board

John Reitmeyer | October 27, 2017 | Transportation
Outgoing senator wants to give a real say to NJT’s harried passengers, who’ve dealt with crashes, fare hikes, service reductions, and reduced reliability

Op-Ed: Now That’s a Patient-Centered Value Framework

Debbie Hart and Robert Goldberg | October 27, 2017 | Opinion
Insurance companies often use value frameworks to steer all patients to the least-expensive products, erecting barriers to obtaining recommended treatments

Menendez Trial: Defense Calls for Mistrial, Senators Show Up in Support

NJTV News | October 27, 2017 | Politics
Tempers rise, judge slaps down claim that he has impeded attorneys’ efforts on behalf of senator and co-defendant


| October 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

Feds to Fund Massive Flood-Control Project for Hoboken, Nearby Towns

Tom Johnson | October 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Project includes green infrastructure to protect three communities from storm surges that left them inundated after Hurricane Sandy

Governor’s Race 2017: Back Seat for Healthcare in Final Phase of Campaigning

Lilo H. Stainton | October 26, 2017 | Healthcare, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Guadagno, Murphy agree on opioid crisis, disagree on future of the ACA, but have not given detailed plans on certain aspects of healthcare policy

Deutsche Bank Settles Interest-Fixing Claims for $220 Million

John Reitmeyer | October 26, 2017 | More Issues
New Jersey and dozens of other states to share in settlement, which ultimately affected the state's public-employee pension system, other entities

South Asians in NJ Exercise Growing Political Muscle

WNYC News | October 26, 2017 | Politics
A growing population of South Asians, now a sought-after voting bloc in the Garden State, puts forward a number of candidates

Op-Ed: Returning to Local Control — What Does Newark Need to Know?

Mary G. Bennett | October 26, 2017 | Opinion
As a significantly diminished and dismantled district is returned to local control, we need credible and independent accounting in all areas

Former Head of NJ Black Ministers Council Testifies for Menendez

NJTV News Online | October 26, 2017 | Politics
Rev. Reginald Jackson describes Senator as ‘forthright and honest, a man of integrity’


| October 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

Governor’s Race 2017: Plans and Planks for Affordable Housing

Colleen O'Dea | October 25, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Murphy, the Democratic candidate, has program for putting low-income residents into homes of their own. For Lt. Gov. Guadagno, property-tax relief will get the job done

Ad Watch: Gubernatorial Election Spots — More Than Meets the Eye?

John Reitmeyer | October 25, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
What the latest round of ads for the governor’s race overestimates, underreports, and simply gets wrong

New Jersey Gets Scorched by Increasing Number of Extreme-Heat Days

Tom Johnson | October 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Climate change is fueling hotter summers, boosting the intensity and frequency of heat waves, and sending more people to the ER

Take-No-Prisoners Senate Race in LD 11 Pits Incumbent Beck against Gopal

Chase Brush | October 25, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Deep-pocketed Democrats have targeted Beck’s seat and are willing to spend — and spend — to get what they want

Indoor Shooting Ranges Targeted as Sources of Lead Poisoning in Adults

Lilo H. Stainton | October 25, 2017 | Healthcare
Children are not the only ones at risk of exposure to the metal; New Jersey poison expert warns of risk to grown-ups

Opinion: Another Day 1 Job for Gov. Murphy — Bring Back the Public Advocate

R. William Potter | October 25, 2017 | Opinion
A cabinet-level public advocate can be a spokesman for those who have no voice, a champion of those who have no power

Defense Calls Menendez’s Longtime Confidant to Witness Stand

NJTV News Online | October 25, 2017 | Politics
Donald Scarinci says that he, not Menendez, solicited campaign contributions from co-defendant Melgen


| October 25, 2017 | Number of The Day

The Future of Medicaid in New Jersey

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 24, 2017 | Podcasts, Roundtables
While the cost of Medicaid is growing slowly, the potential of federal reforms and other changes could make it a challenge to maintain or expand the program

Trump Makes Few Friends with Scheme to Subsidize Coal, Nuclear

Tom Johnson | October 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue proposal is unworkable and unlawful, could drive up consumer energy bills

Christie-Led Opioid Task Force Wraps Up as Pressure Mounts on Trump to Act

Lilo H. Stainton | October 24, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor disputes panel member’s pessimistic comments, says he’s confident president ‘supports fighting this epidemic aggressively’

Unlikely Partners Say $7B Amazon Sweetener Not Worth it to NJ

John Reitmeyer | October 24, 2017 | More Issues
Improbable alliance working to turn legislators against massive tax-incentive deal that governor, other politicians hope will draw online giant’s second corporate headquarters to Newark

Governor’s Race 2017: Angry Accusations, Real Differences on Immigration

Hank Kalet | October 24, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Democratic candidate Murphy wants to protect undocumented New Jerseyans. Republican Guadagno says his policies would put other residents at risk

Environmental Justice: The New Civil Rights?

Tom Johnson | October 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Sen. Booker backs bill that would make it easier for low-income neighborhoods, communities of color to block projects that would add to pollution

Opinion: Real Implications of Affordability — It’s Not Just Political Rhetoric

Joel C. Cantor | October 24, 2017 | Opinion
When money is tight or health fails, stress is a major factor in people’s lives

Menendez Trial: Defense Rolls Out Character Witnesses

NJTV News | October 24, 2017 | Politics
Witness testifies that senator is ‘one of the most honest and trustworthy people…’


| October 24, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJSPCA: More a Home for ‘Wannabe’ Cops Than a Haven for Animals?

Caren Chesler | October 23, 2017 | More Issues
State agency finds NJ Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spends more on police equipment and lawsuits than it does enforcing animal cruelty laws

Governor’s Race 2017: Property Taxes, Pension System, Economic Growth

John Reitmeyer | October 23, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Sound bites and TV spots aren’t enough to get an accurate understanding of the leading candidates’ policies and platforms

State Wants to Help Get a Few CNG-Powered Vehicles on Road

Tom Johnson | October 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU program looks to get 10 or more trucks or buses running on compressed natural gas out in traffic, replacing diesel-fueled vehicles

Lawmakers Vow to Crack Down on Background Check Problems

Lilo H. Stainton | October 23, 2017 | Healthcare
State auditor reveals gaps in certain oversight at homes for disabled residents

Op-Ed: Pensions, Politics, and the New Jersey Education Association

Michael Lilley | October 23, 2017 | Opinion
New Jerseyans must wake up to the reality that we have allowed a special interest to rig our political system for its own benefit


| October 23, 2017 | Number of The Day

The Blue Boost: Barack Obama Gets Out the Vote for Phil Murphy

Colleen O'Dea | October 20, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Obama, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, and other Democratic leaders urge crowd to put Murphy and Oliver in the State House

Victims Share Lessons Learned Five Years After Sandy, but Is State Listening?

John Reitmeyer | October 20, 2017 | Planning
Many whose lives were upended by superstorm don't think New Jersey is any better prepared now than before storm hit

Sexual Assaults Up at NJ Colleges, Victims May Feel Safer About Reporting

Colleen O'Dea | October 20, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Increase in reports of sexual violence probably reflects fact that ‘survivors know they’ll be believed and the system will take them seriously’

High Arsenic Levels in Some Private Wells in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | October 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New study maps where people get drinking water, correlates private sources with presence of arsenic

In South Jersey’s 2nd, a Surprisingly Tight Race for State Senate Seat

Chase Brush | October 20, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
A sudden death, a last-minute switch in the ticket — and the obligatory attack ads — bring Democrat and Republican within striking distance for contested Senate seat

Controversial DMHAS Move Now Well Underway

Lilo H. Stainton | October 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Provider groups ‘cautiously optimistic’ about massive integration of behavioral and physical healthcare

Op-Ed: What is a College Degree Worth?

Harvey Kesselman | October 20, 2017 | Opinion
Knowing what we collectively expect from a college education determines how to calculate its value


| October 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Rancorous Second Debate Marked by Jabs, Insults, Accusations

Colleen O'Dea | October 19, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Murphy and Guadagno pull no punches in attempts to dismiss, discredit each other’s platforms and positions

Double-Digit Health Insurance Rate Hikes in Cards for Many New Jerseyans

Lilo H. Stainton | October 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Despite any last-minute deal in Washington to underpin ACA insurance rates, it’s probably too late for 2018

Budget Basics: New Jersey’s Fiscal Future, a Path to Improvement

Richard F. Keevey | October 19, 2017 | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

High-Tax Connecticut a Cautionary Tale for New Jersey?

John Reitmeyer | October 19, 2017 | Budget
Despite increasing taxes, the Nutmeg State has suffered budget shortfalls and credit-rating downgrades. What lessons can NJ learn from its neighbor?

SJI Picks Up Elizabethtown Gas, Maryland’s Elkton Gas, in $1.7B Deal

Tom Johnson | October 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If deal goes through, South Jersey Gas subsidiary of SJI will be the second-largest gas provider in Garden State

PSE&G Gets Green Light from PJM for 3 New Transmission Projects

Tom Johnson | October 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Trio represents $200 million in new investments, part of $1 billion in transmission-related infrastructure approved by operator of power grid

Menendez Staffer Says Support of Melgen Was Above Board

NJTV News | October 19, 2017 | Politics
Karissa Willhite said it was common for senator’s staff to make inquiries within the government on behalf of constituents and supporters


| October 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

Join with Us Tonight for the Second Gubernatorial Debate

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 18, 2017 | Elections 2017
Livestream begins at 7:00 p.m.

Join with Us for Tonight's Second Gubernatorial Debate

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 18, 2017 | Elections 2017
Livestream begins at 7:00 p.m.

Will Climate Change Revive an Old Idea: a Regional Coastal Commission?

Tom Johnson | October 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hurricanes and extreme storms, sea-level rise, major flooding are more than a single municipality can deal with on its own

Tackling the Toughest Questions Facing NJ’s Public Education System

John Mooney | October 18, 2017 | Education
A new report in the “Crossroads NJ” series recommends a variety of solutions to problems like school funding and segregation

What Does It Cost to Win — or Lose — an Election in New Jersey?

Colleen O'Dea | October 18, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
With less than a month to go to Election Day, who’s spent big, who has the most money on hand?

New Bond Issue Edges Closer as Vo-Techs Make Case for Urgent State Funding

John Reitmeyer | October 18, 2017 | Education
Garden State’s vocational high schools appeal for more money to help them keep pace with the rising demand for technical training

Opinion: Winning with the Party Regulars Rather than the Center

Carl Golden | October 18, 2017 | Opinion
Low voter turnout and poor name recognition may mean this gubernatorial election will be decided by dependable party loyalists who turn out year after year

Melgen’s Wife Says Menendez and Co-defendant Exchanged Gifts Out of Real Friendship

NJTV News | October 18, 2017 | Politics
Bribery and corruption trial, now in its seventh week, hears from wife of senator’s co-defendant

AFT Endorses Sweeney as NJEA Continues to Work Hard for His Ouster

NJTV News | October 18, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Endorsement puts AFT at odds with New Jersey’s largest teachers’ union, which is trying hard to end Senate President’s political career


| October 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

At Debate, Lieutenant Governor Candidates Mostly Stay on Message

Chase Brush | October 17, 2017 | Elections 2017
A few bobbled questions, a few ineffective jabs add some tension — and laughs — to only public meeting between Dem’s Sheila Oliver and GOP’s Carlos Rendo

Memo to Next Governor: Appoint Blue Ribbon Panel on Higher Education

Colleen O'Dea | October 17, 2017 | Education
State support for higher education has diminished markedly in past two decades, while tuition has gone up without making more funding available to low-income and middle-class students

State, City Offer $7B Tax Incentives in Bid to Lure Amazon HQ2 to Newark

John Reitmeyer | October 17, 2017 | More Issues
Christie, Booker, Baraka back campaign for Internet retail giant to put its new corporate headquarters in New Jersey, but skeptics worry about ‘out-of-control’ corporate tax breaks

As Electric Vehicle Market Emerges, Infrastructure Issues Come to Fore

Tom Johnson | October 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Long-running questions about charging stations, as well as newer ones about role of utilities, are being hashed out

Judge in Menendez Trial Denies Defense Motion to Dismiss

NJTV News | October 17, 2017 | Politics
Defense argues that prosecution has failed to produce a ‘smoking gun’ proving NJ senator had traded favors for a specific gift


| October 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Package of Three Bills Ratchets Up State’s Renewable-Energy Goals

Tom Johnson | October 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bills reflect the alternative energy policies that gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has said he would enact

Celebrating Even the ‘Early Action’ Phase of Portal Bridge Project

John Reitmeyer | October 16, 2017 | Transportation
With money tight and no word from feds if they’re going to free up funds anytime soon for Gateway, start of small project gets full groundbreaking treatment

The List: How Well-Heeled is New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation?

Colleen O'Dea | October 16, 2017 | The List
According to a new report from a nonpartisan organization, none of the Garden State’s Senators and Representatives are hurting, although there’s a wide range from top to bottom

Despite Concerns, Panelists See Ways to Improve NJ Medicaid

Lilo H. Stainton | October 16, 2017 | Healthcare
NJ Spotlight roundtable delves into program’s future, maternal health issues

Op-Ed: Students Must Move Beyond Social Media to Become Truly Engaged

Karan Chauhan | October 16, 2017 | Opinion
It may sound old fashioned, but today’s students need to learn to read reputable news sources, in hard copy or online — for motive as well as content


| October 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

Nothing to Celebrate: No Hike in State-Employee Healthcare Premiums

John Reitmeyer | October 13, 2017 | More Issues
Cost-cutting measures expected to deliver $1.6B in savings to state over next three years

The Candidate's Coffers: Murphy’s in the Money, Guadagno’s Struggling

Colleen O'Dea | October 13, 2017 | Elections 2017
With $5.4 million in hand, Murphy can easily outspend Guadagno, who has slightly less than $1 million available

Budget Basics: How the State Budget Is Developed and Revenue Estimated

Richard F. Keevey | October 13, 2017 | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Pallone Takes Trump Administration to Task for Nuclear, Coal Subsidies

Tom Johnson | October 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Representative criticizes plan to have ratepayers subsidize coal and nuclear power to offset losses due to competition with cheaper natural gas

Guadagno’s Out-of-Context Campaign Ad Draws Firestorm of Criticism

Colleen O'Dea and Lee Keough | October 13, 2017 | Elections 2017
Lieutenant governor’s TV spot falsely accuses opponent Phil Murphy as ‘having the back’ of convicted killer and undocumented immigrant

Defining the American Dream: Success, Pride, and Dignity

Rong Xiaoqing | Sing Tao Daily | October 13, 2017 | Immigration
Tommy Xie has built a successful business and is raising a happy family. Now he wants to help other Chinese immigrants do the same

South Jersey School District Shuts Down Because of Mold Contamination

WHYY News | October 13, 2017 | Education
Parents express frustration with way officials in Monroe Township have handled the problem


| October 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Loses Federal Funding to Expand ACA Enrollment

Lilo H. Stainton | October 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Some $26 million in cuts will put a serious dent in ACA navigator programs in virtually all states

Rethinking NJ’s Housing Market to Meets Needs of Suburbanites, City Dwellers

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2017 | Planning
Housing is more than shelter: It’s a vital component in the health, growth, and economic wellbeing of the Garden State

State Appellate Court Blocks Mining Operation in Pinelands

Tom Johnson | October 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court finds Pinelands Commission’s rejection of project was justified because it did not conform to region’s Comprehensive Management Plan

Trump Tax Policy Could Be Tough on Mom-and-Pop Shops, Main Street

John Reitmeyer | October 12, 2017 | Politics
Although it’s intended to help small-business owners, many of them don’t make enough money to qualify for the administration’s pass-through business-tax break

Op-Ed: NJ’s Next Governor Should Champion Environmental Justice

Ana Isabel Baptista | October 12, 2017 | Opinion
It's time that New Jersey recommit itself to being a leader on environmental protection through an affirmative environmental justice policy

Prosecution Rests in Sixth Week of Menendez Corruption Trial

NJTV News Online | October 12, 2017 | Politics
Defense calls for dismissal of all charges against senator and his co-defendant


| October 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Some Sharp Exchanges, Some Name Calling, but No Clear Winner in First Debate

John Reitmeyer | October 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Republican Guadagno is aggressor in initial debate between candidates for governor, but Democrat Murphy has no problem pushing back or going on the attack

Long Valley Voting Block on the Debate: Unimpressed and Unconvinced

Colleen O'Dea | October 11, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
The first gubernatorial debate left Long Valley voters with more questions than answers, and wishing for more specifics

One Last Question: The Candidates on District Consolidation

John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education, Elections 2017
Home rule is still the order of the day, but both candidates understand the economic boost that would come with regionalization

Sale of Troubled Meadowlands Hospital Advances

Lilo H. Stainton | October 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Public hearing on transfer of for-profit facility scheduled for October 19

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Clean Power Plan

Tom Johnson | October 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Immediate effects on New Jersey limited, but environmentalists call for state to become a leader in fighting carbon pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions

Small Steps in Dyslexia Education Add up to Measurable Progress

John Mooney | October 11, 2017 | Education
The release of a long-awaited educator’s guidebook, as well as pending legislation on teaching reading, truly help make October Dyslexia Awareness Month

Op-Ed: Let’s Talk About Quality Instead of Charter vs. Public Schools

Danielle West | October 11, 2017 | Opinion
Regardless of the school type, the focus should always be on the quality of the teachers, education, and student experience

Exploring the History of Property Taxes in New Jersey

WNYC News | October 11, 2017 | Planning
From the mid-1970s to yesterday’s gubernatorial debate, property taxes have bedeviled New Jersey pols and their constituents


| October 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Ready for the Fireworks? Will Tonight’s Debate Be as Heated as the Run-Up?

Colleen O'Dea | October 10, 2017 | Elections 2017
Misrepresentations, distortions, and accusations of ‘outright lying’ have already been leveled by one side or the other — and that’s not the half of it

If You Missed the Debate, You're Not Out of Luck

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 10, 2017 | Elections 2017
Watch the archived stream here

Another Regional Initiative, This One for Zero-Emission Vehicles

Tom Johnson | October 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
An eight-state effort wants to help reduce pollution from the transportation sector, NJ’s biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions

Next Steps for Improving New Jersey Nursing Board Operations

Lilo H. Stainton | October 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Munoz suggests following lead of Motor Vehicles and tying expirations to the license holder’s birth month — others argue larger systemic fixes are needed

State Pension Poised to Make First Investment in Infrastructure

John Reitmeyer | October 10, 2017 | More Issues
Proposal would take an up to $125 million stake in fund managed by Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Opinion: Blue State Bottleneck — New Jersey and the GOP Tax Reform Plan

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | October 10, 2017 | Opinion
The Republicans have released a nine-page document for 'fixing our broken tax code.' Here’s what it really says

New Jersey Continues to Use Easily Hacked Voting Machines

Aaron Sankin, Reveal | October 10, 2017 | Elections 2017
The Garden State's voting machines aren’t simply hackable — they also leave no independently verifiable paper trail


| October 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

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Critics Say Chronic Problems in NJ Nursing Board Put Patients at Risk

Lilo H. Stainton | October 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Senator suggests need for ‘total overhaul’ in body that licenses and regulates 220,000 healthcare providers

State Senators on Both Sides of Aisle Vow to Fight Trump Plan to Kill SALT Deduction

John Reitmeyer | October 6, 2017 | Politics
Most of NJ’s congressional delegation vote against bill that would pave way to eliminating deducting for state and local taxes

Interactive Map: Tracking SALT Deductions Across the State

Colleen O'Dea | October 6, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
In some towns, write-offs for state and local taxes are about $1,500; in others, they can be more that $100,000. Regardless, the money can be very important

What’s in Store When New Brunswick PAC Opens Its Doors?

Colleen O'Dea | October 6, 2017 | Planning
In the works for the $172M arts center: two theaters, rehearsal spaces, two floors of office space, 207 residential units …

Ballot Question Closer to Stop Raiding of Natural-Resources Damages

Tom Johnson | October 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers and environmentalists see constitutional amendment as only way to keep natural-resources settlements from being siphoned off

NJ Sues Opioid Manufacturer for Consumer Fraud that Put ‘Lives at Risk’

NJTV News | October 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Attorney general accuses INSYS Therapeutics of ‘titanic greed’ for way it marketed highly addictive drug

PARCC Past, PARCC Present, and PARCC Future

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 6, 2017 | Education
Knowing where PARCC has been may help get a sense of where the online test is going


| October 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

The Independents: New Jersey’s ‘Other’ Gubernatorial Candidates

Chase Brush | October 5, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Looking for an alternative to big-money politics and big-party candidates? Here are five of them

After Years of Urging, Christie Puts Barnegat Bay on Pollution Diet

Tom Johnson | October 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists approve the move, but some feel bay and aquatic life would be in better shape had he acted earlier, when he had the chance

Budget Basics: Surplus and Deficits — How Are They Computed?

Richard F. Keevey | October 5, 2017 | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

NJ Public Pension Fund Returns Over 13 Percent, Outpacing Expectations

John Reitmeyer | October 5, 2017 | Budget
State expects to put $2.5 billion into pension system in 2018 fiscal year, still far short of what’s needed to restore it to good health

Op-Ed: New Jersey Is as Good for Amazon as Amazon Is for New Jersey

James C. Barrood | October 5, 2017 | Opinion
When Amazon considers New Jersey, it will already find talent, location, and play

Menendez Trial: Campaign Contributions Under Scrutiny

NJTV News | October 5, 2017 | Politics
Prosecutors zero in on big checks that co-defendant wrote to senator’s re-election effort


| October 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

DEP Wants Public Input on Spending NJ’s Share of VW Settlement

Tom Johnson | October 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is in line to get $72.2 million to help clean up air pollution in the transportation sector

NJ Minimum Wage Makes Minor Gain of 16 Cents an Hour

John Reitmeyer | October 4, 2017 | Politics
Advocates argue that $8.60 an hour, or $18,000 a year, isn't enough to live in Garden State

‘Greens’ Say Highlands Council Trying to Stifle Public Comment

Jon Hurdle | October 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Council says rules ensure that discussions on updated regional plan take place in public

Op-Ed: A Rising Tide in Camden — Continued School Progress

Janellen Duffy | October 4, 2017 | Opinion
Key to the turnaround: strong leadership and continued hard work and commitment of students, teachers, parents, and administrators

Sibelius: Menendez Lobbied for Medicare Policy Change

NJTV News | October 4, 2017 | Politics
NJ senator was trying to reverse a policy that was costing his friend millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursements

Reasons to Vote for New Jersey’s Next Governor

WNYC News | October 4, 2017 | Politics
The governorship of the Garden State is one of the most powerful political jobs in the nation. Could that prod you to the polls on election day?


| October 4, 2017 | Number of The Day

Key Trump Tax-Reform Proposal Is a Non-Starter, Says Republican Rep. Lance

John Reitmeyer | October 3, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey would be hit hard by the elimination of a federal deduction for state and local taxes, but bipartisan opposition is growing to any such change

In Wake of Mass Killing, Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Gun Control

Colleen O'Dea | October 3, 2017 | Politics
Guadagno struggles to clarify her beliefs, Murphy offers eight-point platform on website. Independents’ opinions run gamut of possibilities

Murphy or Guadagno: There’s Likely RGGI in New Jersey’s Future

Tom Johnson | October 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
After six years on the outside, after being yanked by Gov. Christie, the Garden State is almost certain to rejoin regional initiative in near future

Rep. Pallone Re-Introduces Bill to Curb Sudden Cardiac Death in Students

Lilo H. Stainton | October 3, 2017 | Healthcare
Officials joined by family members of teen athletes lost to SCA

Op-Ed: Sink or Swim? Time for Serious Action on Climate in NJ

Dan Fatton | October 3, 2017 | Opinion
A comprehensive climate-action plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce deadly air pollution may save New Jersey from being underwater — literally

Menendez Trial: He was ‘Aggressive’ and ‘Angry’

NJTV News | October 3, 2017 | Politics
Former government official tells of senator’s temper during testy phone call

Many Immigrants with No Criminal Records Being Arrested in NJ

WNYC News | October 3, 2017 | Immigration
ICE is supposed to be focused on removing immigrants convicted of crimes, but that does not seem to be the case in New Jersey

The Delaware River Watershed: Protecting Today and Tomorrow

NJ Spotlight Staff | October 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight/State Impact PA event takes a closer look at resource that provides drinking water to millions


| October 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

Will Trump Administration Give PSEG — Other Utilities — Nuclear Subsidies?

Tom Johnson | October 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Letter to FERC says value of baseload plants that produce power all the time is not accurate reflection of their role

Budget Basics: Employee Retirement Benefits — the Problem Is Large

Richard F. Keevey | October 2, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

The List: Where Do Foreign Students Studying in New Jersey Call Home?

Colleen O'Dea | October 2, 2017 | The List
From Brazil to Vietnam, China to Turkey, some 26,000 men and women were in the Garden State on active student visas last year

Top Democratic Leaders Want Cops, Firefighters to Manage Their Own Pensions

John Reitmeyer | October 2, 2017 | Politics
Sweeney, Prieto gear up for another push to create new board for PFRS — the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System

Christie Appoints New Nursing Board Members

Lilo H. Stainton | October 2, 2017 | Healthcare
New members, reappointments come just one week before legislative hearing

Op-Ed: Cameras in the U.S. High Court — Not a Case of Sound-Bite Justice

Peter G. Verniero | October 2, 2017 | Opinion
Rather than cheapen the institution, cameras at the U.S. Supreme Court would allow the public to better appreciate the high-minded nature of a judicial argument


| October 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Practice Leads Holistic Effort to Address Rising Renal Disease

Lilo H. Stainton | September 29, 2017 | Healthcare
Saint Barnabas works to reduce causes of kidney failure, create treatment options, and improve transplant success

Getting to 2030 Renewable Levels Without Going Broke

Tom Johnson | September 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Aggressively ramping up renewable energy could help state halve carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, new report asserts

Unauthorized Release of Report Turns Up Heat on Arbitration Cap Debate

John Reitmeyer | September 29, 2017 | Politics
Task force data seems to show that cap on salary growth for cops and firefighters may have saved property owners $530 million in taxes

Latest PARCC Results Released, But Fate of Tests After Elections Is Murky

John Mooney | September 29, 2017 | Education
Most recent scores show gains statewide, but proficiency levels in math and language arts don’t break 60 percent of test takers

Op-Ed: No Government Shutdown for Now, but Medicaid Remains at Risk

Kevin Casey | September 29, 2017 | Opinion
The fight to preserve Medicaid is far from over. In fact, it is just beginning

Menendez trial: Did He Threaten a Senate Hearing?

NJTV News Online | September 29, 2017 | Politics
Prosecutors affirm that Sen. Menendez threatened to hold a Senate hearing to help his friend and co-defendant get what he wanted from Dominican Republic


| September 29, 2017 | Number of The Day

Federal Funding for National Children’s Health Program Now at Risk

Lilo H. Stainton | September 28, 2017 | Healthcare
The clock is set to run out on the popular — and widely beneficial — CHIP program in just three days

Amazon Fever: NJ Could Offer $5B in Tax Breaks to Lure HQ2 to NJ

John Reitmeyer | September 28, 2017 | Politics
Lawmakers join in bipartisan push to ease restrictions that could have Seattle-based online retail giant looking elsewhere for a second home

Climate Change in New Jersey? It’s Here

Tom Johnson | September 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hotter summers, more extreme storms, increased flooding — a statewide dialogue hopes to hammer out a climate-change policy for the Garden State

Budget Basics: Property Tax — Can It Realistically Be Reduced?

Richard F. Keevey | September 28, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Op-Ed: VW Settlement — an Opportunity for Environmental Justice

Bhavini A. Doshi | September 28, 2017 | Opinion
Dense urban centers in New Jersey suffer from multiple sources of air pollution and are home to significant minority and low-income populations

Menendez Trial Focuses on Intervention into Melgen Medicare Case

NJTV News Online | September 28, 2017 | Politics
Government prosecutors call a high-powered witness to the stand


| September 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

Climate-Change and Clean-Energy To-Do List for Next Governor

Tom Johnson | September 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than two dozen state leaders have prepared a plan to help next administration get right to work cleaning up New Jersey’s environment

Ad Watch: Do Gubernatorial Candidates Play Fast and Loose with the Truth?

John Reitmeyer | September 27, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno stuff a lot of info into their 30-second TV spots. How much is on target?

Syphilis Uptick In Babies Prompts Statewide Awareness Campaign

Lilo H. Stainton | September 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Infants infected with syphilis can be stillborn or suffer from a range of neurological and physical problems

Menendez Prosecutors Press Port Security, Medicare Fraud

NJTV News Online | September 27, 2017 | Politics
Defense argues that Menendez wasn’t just helping a friend, he had larger concerns about security


| September 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

Gateway Official Says There’s ‘No Plan B’ if Federal Funding Falls Through

John Reitmeyer | September 26, 2017 | Transportation
Rail tunnel isn’t just about commuters; 10 percent of country’s gross domestic product relies on aging infrastructure

Budget Basics: State Debt — Is It Too Much? Do We Need More?

Richard F. Keevey | September 26, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Physicians Focus on the Links Between Poverty and Poor Health

Lilo H. Stainton | September 26, 2017 | Healthcare
Attention is also being paid to debates that are unrealistically focused on healthcare savings

Some Residents Will See Small Uptick in Heating Bills Next Month

Tom Johnson | September 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New rates reflect generally rising costs of natural gas because of increased demand

NJ School Districts Asking Voters for $320M for Renovations and Repair

Colleen O'Dea | September 26, 2017 | Education
Projects in 15 districts range from windows and ceiling tiles to building expansion, high-tech installations, and enhancements to make schools world class

Op-Ed: Satellite Emergency Departments — Saving Time, Money, and Lives

Leila Sadeghi | September 26, 2017 | Opinion
SEDs are an idea whose time has come, but success means carefully considering several deployment issues, such as distance from and availability of medical resources

Federal Prosecutors Open New Front in Menendez Trial

NJTV News Online | September 26, 2017 | Politics
U.S. Senator allegedly tried to help friend and co-defendant with contract


| September 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJEA Flexes Its Muscles, Takes on Sweeney

Chase Brush | September 25, 2017 | Politics
The teachers union faults the Senate president for his stand on public-employee pensions and school funding — and they want to make him pay

Op-Ed: NJ’s Next Gov. Can Make a Real Difference on Climate Change

James J. Florio and Thomas H. Kean | September 25, 2017 | Opinion
As we often hear, addressing climate change is a marathon, not a sprint. Achieving a 75 percent reduction in our emissions by 2050 means we need to get started now

Murphy Questions Why State Takeovers Target ‘Communities of Color’

John Mooney | September 25, 2017 | Education
Democratic hopeful for governor also talks about Paterson, another city where state is in control of local schools

New Jersey’s Solar Sector Is Thriving: Now Let’s Fix It

Tom Johnson | September 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU to launch industry study, review if current structure has outlived its usefulness, should be replaced

Christie Pardons Former Heroin Addict with Criminal Past

Lilo H. Stainton | September 25, 2017 | Healthcare
Result of seven-year old process, pardon is latest move in his effort to reduce impact of drug use

New Jersey Nonprofit Helps Small Businesses Get a Jump Start

NJTV News Online | September 25, 2017 | More Issues
For more than a decade, Jersey City’s Rising Tide Capital has helped residents move from idea to going concern

Montclair’s Cloverhill Place Takes Pride in Its Diversity, Activism

Montclair Local | September 25, 2017 | Politics
The quiet, shaded street in Montclair doesn’t just have residents from different parts of the country, they’re from different parts of the world


| September 25, 2017 | Number of The Day
Mean hourly wage for construction workers in NJ

New Jersey Not on Target to Reach Greenhouse Gas Goal by 2050

Tom Johnson | September 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New report says state lacks coherent, comprehensive strategy to significantly reduce carbon footprint by midcentury

Fatal Hoboken Train Crash 1 Year On: Questions Remain Despite New NTSB Data

John Reitmeyer | September 22, 2017 | Transportation
Train engineer can’t remember last few seconds before crash, was severe sleep apnea the culprit?

Interactive Map: Charting the Rocky Terrain of Income Inequality in NJ

Colleen O'Dea | September 22, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Census data for 2016 shows the median household income of blacks was, on average, little more than half that of non-Hispanic whites

Budget Basics: How Large Is the New Jersey Budget, Really?

Richard F. Keevey | September 22, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Primary-Care Advocates Seek to Steer Clear of ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Lilo H. Stainton | September 22, 2017 | Healthcare
Garden State callers dominated Congressional hotline to support FQHCs

For These New Jersey Voters, Washington Trumps the Governor’s Race

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | September 22, 2017 | Politics
Although they seem unable to agree on anything else, these West Orange neighbors all say they’ll cast a ballot this November


| September 22, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Drafts Settlements in Three Longstanding Pollution Lawsuits

Tom Johnson | September 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics contend state is pushing to settle decade-old cases now, before possible constitutional amendment blocks funds from being diverted

New Obamacare Overhaul Could Cost NJ Billions, Leave More Patients Uninsured

Lilo H. Stainton | September 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Cassidy-Graham proposal called ‘harshest’ GOP plan yet to reform national healthcare

Long Valley Neighbors Find Accord and Affinity Across Party Lines

Colleen O'Dea | September 21, 2017 | Politics
It’s more than just agreeing to disagree, this group of residents has thought through the candidate’s promises and proposals to find some surprising common ground

Poll: Tuition-Free Community College — Smart Move or Dumb Mistake?

| September 21, 2017 | Polling
Under the ‘Murphy plan,’ students get a free ride at NJ’s two-year schools. Guadagno says the middle class will wind up footing the bill

Are Democrats Dragging Their Feet on Arbitration Cap for Cops, Firefighters?

John Reitmeyer | September 21, 2017 | Budget
Republicans argue if interest arbitration cap is allowed to expire, salary increases won by public-safety employees could mushroom

Op-Ed: Newark’s Long Road to Local Control of Schools — Where Will It Lead?

Paul L. Tractenberg | September 21, 2017 | Opinion
Even as Newark may be poised to resume local control, it's not clear how many schools will be returned and whether state operation actually has built greater local capacity to govern them

At Menendez Trial, Attention Turns to What Senator Didn’t Do

NJTV News Online | September 21, 2017 | Politics
According to prosecution, Sen. Menendez failed to file financial disclosure forms for almost $60,000


| September 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

Retooling and Reviving New Jersey’s Manufacturing Heritage

John Reitmeyer | September 20, 2017 | More Issues
Manufacturing is a $40 billion industry sector, but a bipartisan ‘manufacturing caucus’ wants to take it higher

Just Say ‘No Subsidies for Nukes,’ New Jersey Voters Affirm

Tom Johnson | September 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Regardless of party, voters strongly oppose paying to keep nuclear plants up and running, despite tough competition from natural gas

Budget Basics: Where the State Gets Its Money (part 2)

Richard F. Keevey | September 20, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Opinion: Doing the Murphy Math — Taxing Millionaires Won’t Cut It

Carl Golden | September 20, 2017 | Opinion
Dragging the Christie anchor behind her, Guadagno can’t get any traction when it comes to warning voters what her rival’s programs could cost

Governor Commits Extra $200M to Anti-Addiction Programs

Lilo H. Stainton | September 20, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Lapsed dollars’ in state coffers will fund new programs and expand existing ones in an effort to reduce drug addiction in New Jersey

More than Skin Deep: Structural Racism and Poverty in New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | September 20, 2017 | Social
Ingrained policies and structures keep blacks and Hispanics from succeeding economically, politically, and personally, new report argues

The NYPD Will Neither Confirm, Nor Deny, the Stories Behind This Story

Matt Katz |WNYC | September 20, 2017 | Politics
A group of activists is lobbying for details of possible NYPD surveillance of them, including at the Newark campus of Rutgers University

Colleges, Universities in NJ Urged to Make Strategic Plan

NJTV News Online | September 20, 2017 | Education
Higher education in Garden State is bedeviled by duplication, over-capacity, and ‘there’s really too much competition,’ professor says


| September 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

Murphy Calls for Free Tuition at Community College, but at What Price?

John Reitmeyer | September 19, 2017 | Politics
Guadagno dings rival for panoply of expensive proposals, saying they’ll hit the middle class, not just millionaires and hedge-fund managers

Christie Outlines Federal Partnership with Pharma to Combat U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Lilo H. Stainton | September 19, 2017 | Healthcare
White House panel led by governor wants to curb addiction crisis with sweeping effort that will include expedited development of nonaddictive pain treatments

Appellate Court’s Reversal of Public Utility Tax Policy Could Mean Lower Bills

Tom Johnson | September 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court rules on BPU’s failure to follow rulemaking process, remains silent on merits of consolidated income tax returns

The List: The 10 Longest Commutes for NJ’s Largest Municipalities

Colleen O'Dea | September 19, 2017 | The List
Getting to work takes more time than ever before. Is the Garden State in danger of becoming the gridlock state?

Op-Ed: Atlantic City and the American Dream 2.0

Elizabeth Terenik | September 19, 2017 | Opinion
As a second-home market, the city delivers everything from sizzling nightlife to world-class beaches — at a hard-to-beat price

Frelinghuysen Says He’s Got Clout and It’s Good for New Jersey

WNYC News | September 19, 2017 | Politics
Congressman’s critics dispute his record, say his promotion of Republican agenda is damaging to Garden State

Menendez Bribery Trial Taking Toll with Voters | September 19, 2017 | Politics
Half the participants in recent poll think New Jersey senator does not deserve a second term


| September 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

Federal Health Centers Face Fiscal Cliff, Plus New Challenges

Lilo H. Stainton | September 18, 2017 | Healthcare
Clinics that traditionally care for poorest residents are weeks away from possible 70-percent cut in key federal funding stream

Local Control of Camden Schools Not on a Fast Track

John Mooney | September 18, 2017 | Education
Mayor, superintendent say schools have improved since state took over the district but obstacles to autonomy remain

Opinion: Amazon and Newark Perfect Together?

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | September 18, 2017 | Opinion
Why New Jersey’s largest city should make a serious bid to become site of e-commerce giant’s second North American headquarters

Delaware River Watershed: It's Healthy, but Significant Threats Are Looming

Tom Johnson | September 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Vital resource for millions of people needs more aggressive protections, advocates contend

Tax Relief for Hurricane Victims with Financial Ties to New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | September 18, 2017 | Budget
NJ Treasury officials follow IRS lead, extend filing deadlines for those hit by Harvey, Irma who have financial links with Garden State


| September 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

Second Pinelands Pipeline OK’d at Tempestuous Agency Meeting

Tom Johnson | September 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Also on the Pinelands Commission agenda: restricting use of off-road vehicles in nature preserve

Budget Basics: Where the State Gets Its Money (part 1)

Richard F. Keevey | September 15, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Why Doesn’t Guadagno’s Message of Tax Relief Resonate with Voters?

John Reitmeyer | September 15, 2017 | Politics
She suggests voters still need time to get to know her, but some pundits argue her long association with Chris Christie is hurting her chances

NJ Hospitals Collaborate to Reduce Unnecessary CT Scans of Kids’ Brains

Lilo H. Stainton | September 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Concern over cancer risk prompts Hospital Association campaign and public outreach

Corruption Probe Catches Up to Jersey Democrat Who Backed Christie

WNYC News | September 15, 2017 | Politics
State Election Law Enforcement Commission allowed to pursue complaint that Essex County Executive, Joe DiVincenzo, used campaign funds for personal expenses

As Newark Prepares to Take Control of Schools, Former Superintendent Looks Back

WNYC News | September 15, 2017 | Education
Marion Bolden, who served as state-appointed super from 1999 to 2008, puts the move in perspective


| September 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

Census Data Shows Median Income Climbs in NJ, But Wage Disparity Remains High

Colleen O'Dea | September 14, 2017 | More Issues
Median household income rose by almost 4 percent, poverty dipped slightly, but activists say New Jersey is still too costly for many

Job No. 1 for Next Governor? NJ’s Transportation Infrastructure

John Reitmeyer | September 14, 2017 | Transportation
High-level policy recommendations, priorities, and projects all part of report prepared for Christie’s successor

Coalition Hopes to Usher in Era of Electric Vehicles in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | September 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Ambitious ‘roadmap’ wants to see 300,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2025; 2 million by 2035

Brave New World for Newark Schools as State Cedes Control

John Mooney | September 14, 2017 | Education
With one struggle ended, politicians, educators, advocates, and parents look to new challenges

Booker Among U.S. Senators to Announce ‘Medicare for All’ Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | September 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Single-payer plan crafted by VT Sen. Sanders pitched as ‘next step’ after ACA

Delaware River Basin Commission Moves Ahead on Rules to Ban Fracking

Tom Johnson | September 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalist greet ban with approval, but are less pleased with regulations that will address how fracking wastewater will be disposed of in the region

Algorithm, Key to NJ Bail Reform, Has Both Supporters and Detractors

NJTV News Online | September 14, 2017 | Social
Advocates of new system say the numbers show it’s working but it’s already the subject of lawsuits


| September 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

Tax Facts: Getting Beyond All the Talk About New Jersey’s Taxes

John Reitmeyer | September 13, 2017 | Politics
More taxes, no new taxes, higher taxes, marijuana taxes, corporate taxes, tax relief, and even a new tax structure — it’s definitely an election year in the Garden State

Budget Basics: How New Jersey Spends Your Money

Richard F. Keevey | September 13, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes

Online Tools to Compare Hospice Care in New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | September 13, 2017 | Healthcare
More than half the hospice programs in New Jersey are ranked above average, according to a website just launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

More People Pick Up Health Insurance in Wake of ACA

Lilo H. Stainton | September 13, 2017 | Healthcare
NJ and other ‘expansion states’ show strongest gains, but current uncertainty about the future of Obamacare has slowed sign-ups in some states

Sunny Outlook for NJ’s Solar Sector, Which Continues to Add Capacity

Tom Johnson | September 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
One possible shadow on horizon: changes to the way state promotes this form of reusable energy

Op-Ed: How Trump Can Help Families with High Cost of Childcare

Holly Low | September 13, 2017 | Opinion
The details of President Donald Trump’s childcare plan suggest it will mostly benefit high-earning, dual-income households

Menendez Bribery Trial: Day Four Is All About the Visas

AP | September 13, 2017 | Politics
Not all plain sailing for prosecutors when they put two reputed girlfriends of senator’s co-accused on the stand


| September 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

DRBC Acts to Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin

Tom Johnson | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
But environmentalists unhappy with move to regulate fracking wastewater

New Jersey Funds Project to Improve End-of-Life Care

Lilo H. Stainton | September 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Seeks to reduce unnecessary Medicare costs, improve quality of patients’ final days, or weeks, or months, or even years

Beach Replenishment Moves Ahead After Homeowners’ Challenge Rebuffed

Kirk Moore | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bay Head decision is one more boost for the Christie administration’s push to engineer wider beaches and dunes all along the state’s 127-mile ocean coast

Explainer: Why NJ’s Cap on Raises for Cops and Firefighters Is Set to Expire

John Reitmeyer | September 12, 2017 | Explainer
So-called interest-arbitration awards hold salary increases that go to binding arbitration at 2 percent. What happens to local communities if they’re allowed to sunset?

Lesniak, 'Greens' Tell Court $225M Exxon Settlement with State Way Too Small

NJTV News Online | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Senator argues that deal gives New Jersey three cents on the dollar instead of billions of dollars in damages


| September 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Latest Teacher Evaluations Show Progress in ‘Effective’ Educators

John Mooney | September 11, 2017 | Education
AchieveNJ also notes that too many high ratings might mean missed opportunities for ‘coaching’ and ‘training’

Does New Jersey Have a Shot at Being Home to Amazon’s HQ2?

John Reitmeyer | September 11, 2017 | More Issues
The e-commerce giant is looking for a home for its second corporate headquarters. Newark, Jersey City, and New Brunswick say they have what it takes

State Hosts Suicide Prevention Conference to Reduce Stigma, Save Lives

Lilo H. Stainton | September 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Nonprofit organizations also at work on the ground in schools, camps, clubs

State Looks to Spark Debate on Electric Vehicles, Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | September 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Among questions being asked by BPU, how can state build requisite infrastructure and how long will it take

Op-Ed: On Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Me

Jeffrey Plaut | September 11, 2017 | Opinion
Sometimes lost in the big picture are the personal tragedies that are very much a part of extreme weather


| September 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: How Cuts to Federal Funds Will Hurt NJ's School Districts

Colleen O'Dea | September 8, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
A reduction in federal funds would be felt by all districts; some would bear up, but others would be devastated

Bipartisan Delegation from NJ, NY Pitch President Trump on Gateway Tunnel Project

John Reitmeyer | September 8, 2017 | Transportation
But administration offers no indication to governors, senators, and representatives if it will help pick up tab for ‘nation’s most important infrastructure project’

PSE&G Gets Sign-Off to Extend Energy Efficiency Programs

Tom Johnson | September 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility looks to help hospitals, multifamily units, and government buildings cut power and gas bills, while offering new options to residential accounts

CarePoint Health and Horizon Settle $76 Million Billing Dispute

Lilo H. Stainton | September 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Agreement adds three more Hudson County hospitals to insurer’s massive network

Op-Ed: Individual Donors — the Engine that Drives American Charity

David Munshine | September 8, 2017 | Opinion
Experience shows that when all sources are factored in, the total from individual donors actually accounts for close to 90 percent of all charitable giving

NJ Transit to Spend $185M on Train Storage Site that Critics Find Wanting

NJTV News Online | September 8, 2017 | Transportation
NJT boss says new facility is necessary, but detractors say it’s located in a flood plain and should not be funded ahead of other priorities

Interactive Map: Federal Funds and NJ's Elementary Districts

Colleen O'Dea | September 8, 2017 | Map of the Week


| September 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Prison Re-entry Group Outlines Blueprint to Benefit Former Inmates

Lilo H. Stainton | September 7, 2017 | Healthcare, Social
Former Gov. McGreevey and other ex-execs offer blueprint for economic, health gains

Is New Jersey Finally Getting Smarter About Smart Meters?

Tom Johnson | September 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU authorizes Rockland Electric to deploy smart meters in homes of 74,000 customers, a first for a Garden State utility

Business Leaders Say Find Fixes for NJ’s Financial Woes Before It’s Too Late

John Reitmeyer | September 7, 2017 | Budget
Pointing to recent lack of substantive legislation, members of business community argue that high taxes and underfunded pension system aren’t taking a summer break

Opinion: The Time is Now for Drinking Water Utilities to Improve Their Systems

Daniel J. Van Abs | September 7, 2017 | Opinion
The Water Quality Accountability Act is a major first step toward a statewide system of effective asset management for our drinking water utilities

Lesniak to Bow Out of Senate when Term Ends — but Not Out of Politics

Colleen O'Dea | September 7, 2017 | Politics
One of the senior members of NJ Senate, Lesniak forms 501(c)4 to continue to advocate for progressive causes

Menendez Corruption Trial Begins, Could Take Several Weeks

NJTV News Online | September 7, 2017 | Politics
Prosecutor says senator ‘sold his office,’ defense attorney says there was no crime, just friendship


| September 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

New Jersey’s ‘Dreamers’ Speak Out on Trump’s Plan to Dump DACA

John Reitmeyer | September 6, 2017 | Politics, Immigration
Undocumented immigrants who have called Garden State home their entire lives now threatened with being sent back to their ‘native’ countries

Unsafe Lead Levels Found in Drinking Water at 400 NJ Schools

Tom Johnson | September 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Results confirm lead leaching from old fixtures and pipes is extensive problem facing state’s district and charter schools

At First Day of School, Newark Also Celebrates Soon-to-End State Control

John Mooney | September 6, 2017 | Education
Mayor Baraka and state-appointed superintendent Cerf both acknowledge significant gains district has made in past few years

NJ Seeks Public Input on Plan to Reorganize Addiction, Mental Health Services

Lilo H. Stainton | September 6, 2017 | Healthcare
State to host 21 ‘town-hall’ meetings, plus hearings at state hospitals to review DMHAS shift

Op-Ed: Immigrant Detention — NJ's Shameful Growth Industry

Julia Draper | September 6, 2017 | Opinion
Private prisons and some of New Jersey’s county jails profit quite handsomely from an inhumane immigration detention system


| September 6, 2017 | Number of The Day

Spotlight on New Jersey’s Gubernatorial and Legislative Races

Colleen O'Dea | September 5, 2017 | Politics
Summer may be coming to an end, but the fall campaign season is just starting to heat up. Here’s look at key candidates and ballot questions

Back-to-School Special: Policy, Politics, and the Upcoming Elections

John Mooney | September 5, 2017 | Education
Education always plays a big part in New Jersey politics, but this year it’s going to be an even more critical factor thanks to the gubernatorial race

Trump’s EPA Cuts Could Wreak Havoc with Delaware River Watershed

Tom Johnson | September 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Water-related programs at federal agency could be trimmed by almost 35 percent, affecting host of efforts in place to protect water quality

Lowering Financial Bar for Medical Providers Who Want to Practice in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | September 5, 2017 | Healthcare
Tuition reimbursement, access to unemployment benefits aim to recruit and retain caregivers

Opinion: How Left of Center Would Murphy’s New Jersey Be?

Carl Golden | September 5, 2017 | Opinion
A millionaire’s tax and closing corporate loopholes are pretty much a given, but what about legalizing pot and putting tighter gun control in place?

Taxing and Regulating Fantasy Sports Means Real Revenues for NJ

John Reitmeyer | September 5, 2017 | Budget
Besides translating into millions of much-needed dollars, new rules also put in place much-needed consumer protections


| September 5, 2017 | Number of The Day

Summer Reading 2017: An Unexpected Friendship in a Changing World

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 31, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
Two young women who — at least on the surface — couldn’t be more different strike up a friendship that in many ways reflects the changes sweeping South Korea

Summer Reading 2017: Poetry with a Take-No-Prisoners Attitude

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 30, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
Masterful poems that fragment and remake autobiography, rock and roll, English and American literary history, and a lesson in snake handling

Summer Reading 2017: ‘Ethnoburbs’ — Where Suburbs Meet Melting Pot

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 29, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
As immigrants establish themselves economically in some communities, one result can be the hardening of lines between ethnic groups

Summer Reading 2017: Grappling with the Suicide of a Gifted Young Woman

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 28, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
Unwavering in its gaze and unsentimental in its telling, ‘What Made Maddy Run’ explores some of the darkest aspects of mental illness and young people

Summer Reading 2017: Betting on Gambling to Transform Atlantic City

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 27, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
When the resort city become home to the first legal casinos outside of Nevada, it signaled a change that would ultimately sweep through the gaming industry

Summer Reading 2017: Pursuing a Penchant for Helping People

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 24, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
Ousted from the corporate world, Jessie DeSalvo knows what she wants to do, but figuring out how to get it is a bit trickier

Summer Reading 2017: Inside Story of Ultimate Frisbee — Spin-Free

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 23, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
How a ragtag band of high-school students started a sport that has a pro league and nearly 5 million participants worldwide

Summer Reading 2017: A Family Under Fire at the Turning Point of World War II

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 22, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
A gripping story of the search to find the youngest brother of a family whose other sons are also under fire in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War

Summer Reading 2017: The Hard Truth About Soft Corruption and NJ

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 21, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
The Garden State is known for many things. Unfortunately, soft corruption — legal influence peddling — is one of them

Summer Reading 2017: Poor Richard’s Gifted, Gallant, Illegitimate Son

NJ Spotlight Staff | August 20, 2017 | 2017 Summer Reading
William Franklin started out life with many of the gifts that others might regard with envy — including a brilliant, powerful, protective father

Immigration Crackdown Reaches Deep into New Jersey Communities

Colleen O'Dea | August 18, 2017 | Immigration
New data reveals that more than 90 percent of the state’s municipalities have cases pending in immigration court, the fifth-largest caseload in the country

NJ Strives to Stay Ahead in Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution

John Reitmeyer | August 18, 2017 | Education
Automation, online tracking, drone delivery, and robotics are among topics and skill sets the state wants education system to help tomorrow’s workers to master

The Long Goodbye: State Board Plans Newark Exit Strategy

John Mooney | August 18, 2017 | Education
With demonstrable progress made — and most of the rancor laid to rest — Newark prepares to resume local control

Feds Award NJ $70M to Upgrade Wastewater, Drinking-Water Systems

Tom Johnson | August 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Allocation will help finance $500 million in upgrades to sewage-treatment plants through the New Jersey Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Nursing Home Volunteers Play Large Role in State’s Eldercare Advocacy

Lilo H. Stainton | August 18, 2017 | Healthcare
Some 250 individuals statewide advocate for seniors in nursing homes, help educate them about their rights, and sometimes just lend a sympathetic ear

Immigrant, Muslim and Voting Republican in New Jersey

Orhan Akkurt | Zaman Amerika | August 18, 2017 | Immigration
A Democratic supporter for the past two presidential elections, Levent Koch believes gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno can clean up corruption

Join the Voting Block: Host your Own Political Potluck

NJ Spotlight | August 18, 2017 |
Find out what matters to you and your neighbors this November


| August 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

Offshore-Wind True Believers Remain Optimistic About New Jersey

Tom Johnson | August 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The state’s industry sector needs to be brought back to life, and that will take a new administration — for starters

ACA Uncertainties Could Mean Fewer Eligible People Enrolling

Lilo H. Stainton | August 17, 2017 | Healthcare
Patient advocates sound alarm, saying policy stability and continued federal support are essential

Profile: National Advocate for Public Schools Says Stakes Are High

Colleen O'Dea | August 17, 2017 | Profiles
Kevin Ciak, only the second New Jerseyan to lead the National School Boards Association, believes that public education is central ‘to our country’s future and stability’

Moody's Says NJ Still a Gamble, Despite Pension Fund Tapping Lottery Revenues

John Reitmeyer | August 17, 2017 | Budget
Credit-rating agency also warns of difficulties servicing growing pension payments, but does not reduce state’s A3 ranking

Christie Administration Opposes Trump Plan to Drill in Atlantic

Tom Johnson | August 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In letter to federal agency, DEP Commissioner Martin says NJ wants no part of program to expand oil and gas exploration in North and Mid-Atlantic

‘I Can’t Vote, But My Daughter Can’ — Immigrant Family Has Political Goals

Kleibeel Marcano | Reporte Hispano | August 17, 2017 | Immigration
An undocumented immigrant, Rossana Madiera can still make her voice heard on Election Day

Op-Ed: New Business Model for NJ Department of Transportation

Gary Toth | August 17, 2017 | Opinion
Helping build communities through transportation instead of transportation through communities


| August 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Trump Weakens Protections for Buildings in Flood-Prone Areas

Tom Johnson | August 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Executive order rescinds rules intended to safeguard government-financed projects against sea-level rise, climate change

With Vo-Techs Turning away Students, Lawmakers Consider Bond Issue

John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2017 | Education, Politics
Referendum is likely a year off, but manufacturers are already saying they have more job openings than skilled workers, adding urgency to the initiative

The List: Tallying Up the Top 10 Counties with Jobs in the Tourism Industry

Colleen O'Dea | August 16, 2017 | The List
New Jersey is home to more than 500,000 tourist-related jobs, and they don’t all involve sun and fun in the Shore counties

Healthcare Savings Tied to Healthy Food, New Data Demonstrates

Lilo H. Stainton | August 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Food stamps do more than help seniors stave off hunger, they also help them avoid hospitals and nursing homes

Voting Block: NJ Couple Continues Lifetime of Activism in Chinese Community

Rong Xioqing | Sing Tao Daily | August 16, 2017 | Politics
Margaret Lam and David Yen are partners in community, politics, and life

Op-Ed: Why NJ Should Integrate Mental, Physical, Behavioral Healthcare

Eva Turbiner | August 16, 2017 | Opinion
State’s plan to put mental health and addiction services under DOH control will ‘improve the well-being of the people of New Jersey’


| August 16, 2017 | Number of The Day

Obamacare Uncertainty Could Drive Up Marketplace Healthcare Costs in 2018

Lilo H. Stainton | August 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Reinstated premium tax could also add hundreds to individual premium prices

Renewed Calls for Monitor After 2 Deaths at Hudson County Jail

Hank Kalet | August 15, 2017 | Immigration
Advocates claim inadequate medical care led to death of Rolando Espinoza, an immigrant detainee

It’s No Jackpot, But Online Gambling Tax Contributes Millions to NJ's Coffers

John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2017 | Budget
Although tax revenue from Internet gaming has not met some supporters’ projections, it’s becoming a reliable source of cash for the state’s annual budget

Renewed Threat of Oil and Gas Drilling off New Jersey Shoreline

Tom Johnson | August 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration seeks to develop program to open all the nation’s coasts to exploration along outer continental shelf

Opinion: Real Property-Tax Reform Is Guadagno's Only Real Chance

Carl Golden | August 15, 2017 | Opinion
If Guadagno wants to break the chains that bind her, she must give voters what they want, not more namby-pamby policies that won’t upset the status quo


| August 15, 2017 | Number of The Day

PennEast Wants Fast-Track Approval from FERC for $1B Pipeline

Tom Johnson | August 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company argues project is ‘critically important’ to bring new and necessary natural-gas supplies to Northeast, increase reliability of today’s pipeline grid

State Board Issues Guidelines for Social and Emotional Education …

John Mooney | August 14, 2017 | Education
… and NJ Spotlight speaks with Rutgers’ Maurice Elias, international leader in emotional intelligence, school success, and character development

Sales of Electric Plug-In Vehicles Surge, Though Infrastructure Still Lags

Tom Johnson | August 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
With more than 10,000 plug-ins on the road in New Jersey, sales grew by 79 percent over prior year

Comptroller to Apprise Governor, Lawmakers on Follow-Up Audits

John Reitmeyer | August 14, 2017 | Politics
New law calls for comptroller to report on how public agencies have responded to major audits and loop legislators and state’s chief exec in on the results

State Poison Center Reports Spike in Mushroom Poisonings

Lilo H. Stainton | August 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Experts increase warnings, caution against eating any wild mushrooms, even if they have been ‘identified’ as safe

Op-Ed: Modernize Contracts Laws for NJ’s State Colleges, Universities

Michael W. Klein | August 14, 2017 | Opinion
The rules public four-year colleges and universities follow to buy goods and services, or erect a building, depend on how the institution is categorized under the law


| August 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

Charting Student Loan Debt Across the Garden State

Colleen O'Dea | August 11, 2017 | Education, Map of the Week
Which New Jersey students leave school with the most debt? Which are carrying the least?

Call to Reopen Hagedorn Psych Hospital to Relieve Crowding at Other Facilities

Lilo H. Stainton | August 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Staffing and training questions prompt concerns about unsafe conditions at Greystone Park

State Needs to Step Up Attempts to Curb Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Tom Johnson | August 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In rare meeting of both legislative environmental committees, lawmakers get a tough assessment of what New Jersey needs to do to fight climate change

Opinion: The Essence of ESSA: the Good, the Bad, the Meh

Laura Waters | August 11, 2017 | Opinion
A wonk-free assessment of the Every Student Succeeds Act and how it can refocus discussions about New Jersey schools onto more accurate rankings of quality and achievement

Planning for Trans-Hudson Tunnel Chugs Ahead with Release of Draft EIS

John Reitmeyer | August 11, 2017 | Transportation
Troubling questions about financing remain to be answered, but the tunnel is anything but stalled


| August 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

White House Opioid Commission Report Echoes NJ Anti-Addiction Efforts

Lilo H. Stainton | August 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Gov. Christie said president welcomed recommendations, but Trump still mum on details

Will Affordable-Housing Decision Be Derailed by Judge’s Ties to Developer?

Colleen O'Dea | August 10, 2017 | Planning
Judge ruled South Brunswick must build 3,000 units of affordable housing, but township wants decision set aside due to ‘appearance of impropriety’

Afghan Who Helped U.S. Troops is Now Detained in New Jersey

Matt Katz | WNYC News | August 10, 2017 | Immigration
Detainee says, 'I want the world to know I am here for education, and I’m here to work.'

Union Goes to Court to Block Christie’s Changes to State Cybersecurity

John Reitmeyer | August 10, 2017 | More Issues
The CWA, the largest union of state workers, is challenging governor’s reorganization of information technology department

New Jersey One of Few States to Win Approval of Fed Education Plan

John Mooney | August 10, 2017 | Education
Garden State’s accountability and monitoring plans center on supporting specific student groups, moving beyond testing to gauge school performance

NJ’s Farmland Preservation Initiatives Get Much-Needed Funding

Tom Johnson | August 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A package of four bills dedicates $65 million to help towns, counties, the state, and nonprofits put money into protecting farmland


| August 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

Does Tepid Growth in Personal Income Mean NJ's Recovery Not that Hot?

John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2017 | More Issues
Personal income in Garden State has only grown 1 percent a year since late in 2007, when Great Recession started, trailing national rate of 1.7 percent for same period

Law Caps Size of Student Loans to Keep Them from Overburdening Borrowers

Colleen O'Dea | August 9, 2017 | Education
Goal is to put a check on HESAA, which has come in for criticisms of its ‘predatory’ lending practices

NJ Takes Steps to Expand Medical Marijuana Program

Lilo H. Stainton | August 9, 2017 | Healthcare
New dispensary, more eligible conditions expected later this year

DEP Denies Permits for 1,800-Unit Housing Development in Lakewood

Tom Johnson | August 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chosen site, a former golf course, would wind up with 70 percent impervious cover once project was complete — markedly increasing stormwater runoff

NJ Leads Nation with Plan to Curb Two Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water

Jon Hurdle | August 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection announces new proposed maximum contaminant limits for two likely carcinogens, PFNA and TCP


| August 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

Peggy’s Law Enacted to Better Protect Elderly Nursing Home Residents

Lilo H. Stainton | August 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Law requires police to be notified within hours of suspected abuse — or staff must make 911 call if situation is an emergency

With FERC at Quorum, PennEast Pipeline Likely to Move Ahead

Tom Johnson | August 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Two commissioners have been approved at agency, opening way for project to use eminent domain to gather environmental data along its route

Law on Drinking Water Infrastructure Requires Upgrades of Leaking Systems

Jon Hurdle | August 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Measure mostly targets smaller, publicly owned utilities that may have to scramble to find the money to implement asset-management plans, cybersecurity

Top Court Ruling, New Legislation Raise Profile of Fire Districts Across NJ

John Reitmeyer and Colleen O’Dea | August 8, 2017 | Politics
Supreme Court supplies a little heat by deciding fire districts are subject to OPRA, while law lets districts move elections into November, in hopes of boosting voter turnout

Op-Ed: The Garden State is Fighting the State of Diabetes

Darrin W. Anderson and Bill Lovett | August 8, 2017 | Opinion
Diabetes is not just an individual disease; it has municipal-level ramifications, especially where there are fewer opportunities for active living and healthy food access


| August 8, 2017 | Number of The Day

Greater Oversight for Residential Facilities Serving Disabled Residents

Lilo H. Stainton | August 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Assembly adopts governor’s tweaks to ‘Komninos’ Law’; Senate likely to follow suit

Appeals Court Approves Housing Development in Highlands

Tom Johnson | August 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court defers to DEP’s expertise regarding wetlands, endangered species, and impact of proposed sewer connection on water quality

NJEA PAC Announces Its Picks for 2017 Legislative Races

John Mooney | August 7, 2017 | Education
While typically true blue, Democratic-leaning union makes some GOP exceptions, and withholds endorsement for Sweeney and Ruiz

Opinion: Appellate Court Decision a SLAPP in the Face of Smart Growth

R. William Potter | August 7, 2017 | Opinion
The Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation suit filed in Walmart case overwhelms — and silences — its opponents with arcane, hard-to-prove damage claims

New Jersey and Data-Driven Innovation: Imperfect Together

Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2017 | More Issues
Garden State just squeaks into top half of states doing good job encouraging and enabling use of new data technologies, digital infrastructure

Amtrak Says Penn Station Repairs Likely to End Soon After Labor Day

John Reitmeyer | August 7, 2017 | Transportation
Upgrades right on schedule, agency says, but there might be more work needed after summer is over that could affect NJ Transit commuters

2 Maplewood Cops Put on Leave After Possible Bias Incident

WNYC News | August 7, 2017 | Social
Videotape allegedly shows black teens ‘herded like cattle’ to town border after July 4 celebration


| August 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

With a New Jersey E-ZPass It’s E-Z to Pay Higher Tolls in New York City

John Reitmeyer | August 4, 2017 | Transportation
They may think they’re getting a discount, but drivers with New Jersey-based EZ-Pass accounts are paying the same rate as cash customers at many NYC bridges and tunnels

Never Too Early to Plan a House Race in 3 Targeted Republican Districts

Colleen O'Dea | August 4, 2017 | Politics
Democrats are already gearing up to take on Frelinghuysen, Lance, and MacArthur, but are their efforts strategic planning or wishful thinking?

EPA Reverses Decision Not to Implement Smog Rule

Tom Johnson | August 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency announces it will move ahead with Obama administration rule on ground-level ozone, aka smog

Federal Delegation Secures Extra Funding for Rural Hospitals in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | August 4, 2017 | Healthcare
Seventeen hospitals in ‘urban’ state will share $36.5 million to support critical providers

Op-Ed: State Legislature Opts for ‘Beachgate’ Rather Than Coming Beach Crisis

Anthony Rottino | August 4, 2017 | Opinion
Enacting a law to keep governor off the beach in case of another government shutdown makes for good PR, but ignores the real problem with the Jersey Shore


| August 4, 2017 | Number of The Day

Administration Alerts Districts About Qualifying for $25M in New Pre-K Funds

John Mooney | August 3, 2017 | Education
Department of Education says money is meant for 100+ districts with high concentrations of poor families

State Wants Hospitals to Follow Stricter Financial Transparency Standards

Lilo H. Stainton | August 3, 2017 | Healthcare
New regulations would go beyond voluntary measures outlined in 2014 DOH report

Coalition Dismisses PSEG’s Threat to Close Nuclear Units as a ‘Scare Tactic’

Tom Johnson | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New group of businesses, consumer advocates, and environmentalists says company must open its books and prove they're losing money on nuclear

Extending Real-World Fiduciary Protection to ‘Digital Assets’

John Reitmeyer | August 3, 2017 | More Issues
Online financial tools, virtual currencies, even email and social-media accounts can ‘outlive’ their owners — and that can be a serious problem

Reasons Justifying Pinelands Pipeline Called into Question

Tom Johnson | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
‘A high-priced solution for a problem that does not really exist’ is how consultant to Pinelands Preservation Alliance describes Southern Reliability Link

NJ’s Top Court Rules Pay Increases May Stay in Effect After Contracts Expire

Colleen O'Dea | August 3, 2017 | More Issues
NJ high court says contracts can specify annual increases to be paid beyond the term of the contract itself

Getting to Know You: Meet the New State Board of Education

John Mooney | August 3, 2017 | Education
With different leadership in place and six new members, the board is as close to a full house as it has been for some time

Margate to U.S. Army Corps: Get off Our Beach!

NewsWorks | August 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Residents are angry, board of commissioners votes to sue corps for unpopular dune-building project that has resulted in pools of standing water

Amazon’s ‘Virtual’ Success Drives Job and Real Estate Markets in NJ

NJTV News Online | August 3, 2017 | More Issues
The giant online retailer said it would fill 1,500 full- and part-time jobs in New Jersey — in a single day

As Newark Grows, Tenants Want Better Rent Control

WNYC News | August 3, 2017 | Housing
Housing advocates seek to put more stringent rent ordinance on the November ballot

New Planning Chief’s Vision of Jersey City’s Future

NJTV News Online | August 3, 2017 | Planning
Newly appointed planning director envisages development of all kinds, not one-size-fits-all


| August 3, 2017 | Number of The Day

Port Authority Shakeup: What Will Future of Agency Look Like with Degnan Gone?

John Reitmeyer | August 2, 2017 | Transportation
Former NJ Sen. O’Toole named as new chairman, but with two major projects underway, this is a critical time at Port

The Battle of Bayonne: Turf Wars Over Satellite Emergency Departments

Lilo H. Stainton | August 2, 2017 | Healthcare
Two hospital systems seek to expand coverage, tap underserved communities in Hudson County

Can Congress Help NJ’s Offshore Wind Industry Get Cranking?

Tom Johnson | August 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bipartisan legislation that would extend tax credits for investments in the renewable energy could give state’s efforts at offshore wind a lift

State’s Top Court Rules Witnesses Not Required at Pretrial Hearings

Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2017 | Social
In a move to further refine New Jersey’s criminal justice reform, Supreme Court says prosecution doesn’t have to call witnesses to determine if accused can be held in jail

Voting Block: When a Candidate for Governor Drops by a Block Party

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | August 2, 2017 | Politics
Phil Murphy finds himself among friends at this cookout, but he still has to explain his policies and beliefs

Christie-Led Opioid Commission Wants Trump to Declare National Emergency

NJTV News Online | August 2, 2017 | Healthcare
Interim report recommends more treatment options, stopping flow of fentanyl, better interstate data-sharing

Newark’s Plan for Ironbound District Worries Some Residents

NJTV News Online | August 2, 2017 | Planning
Locals wonder who’s going to benefit from the surge of new development — developers or the community?

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| August 2, 2017 | Number of The Day

Democratic Leaders Push Christie To Fill 6 Vacant Seats on NJ Nursing Board

Lilo H. Stainton | August 1, 2017 | Healthcare
State says vacancies aren’t affecting board function, industry strength, or patient care

Appellate Court Upholds Decision to Build Solar Farm in Pinelands

Tom Johnson | August 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court rules in favor of facility on capped landfill, even though site had been permanently set aside as undeveloped open space

NJ Legislators Address Leftover Business from Budget Shutdown

John Reitmeyer | August 1, 2017 | Politics
Getting back pay to state workers sidelined by impasse is top priority, but avoiding another Beachgate by keeping future governors off shuttered state property is also in the works

Mother of Murder Victim Sues to End NJ’s Criminal Justice Reform

Colleen O'Dea | August 1, 2017 | Social
June Rodgers’ lawsuit — which names Christie, AG Porrino and others — claims bail reform put son’s killer on the street, even though he was a repeat offender

Solar Eclipse Won’t Leave New Jersey Without Lights, Power

Tom Johnson | August 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Up to 2,500 megawatts of solar generation will be temporarily affected by the eclipse, but grid operator has plenty of power in reserve

Synagogues Show Solidarity with Detained Immigrants on Holy Day

WNYC News | August 1, 2017 | Social
Holy day reminds Jews what it is like to be exiles, to be strangers in a strange land

Shrinking School Districts in NJ a Sign of Millennial Shift?

Route 40 | August 1, 2017 | Social
Out-migration and a move toward urban areas account for changing enrollment numbers in many New Jersey school districts


| August 1, 2017 | Number of The Day

PSE&G Poised to Invest $69M in Energy-Efficiency Program

Tom Johnson | July 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
But state’s largest utility could spend much more, if allowed to decouple sales from distribution

Pallone, Other Congressional Dems Offer GOP Aid with ACA Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | July 31, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Skinny repeal’ fails to squeak by, opening opportunities for Democrats and Republicans to work together on national healthcare

Thaw for Senior Freeze Property-Tax Relief Frozen Out of 2018 Budget

John Reitmeyer | July 31, 2017 | Budget
Many NJ seniors won’t qualify for property-tax reimbursement because program was capped at $70K following Great Recession — and that’s where the cap remains

Christie Airs ‘Meme’ Pain, Assesses Trump’s Latest Twitter Storm

NJTV News Online | July 31, 2017 | Politics
On monthly radio show, governor says viral spread of ‘Beachgate’ photos hurt his family

Two NJ Groups Awarded Grants to Study Opioid Addiction in Women

NJTV News Online | July 31, 2017 | Healthcare
Recent report from CDC shows opioid deaths for women spiked 471 percent between 1999 and 2015


| July 31, 2017 | Number of The Day

RWJ Barnabas Health, Rutgers Partner to Improve Clinical Care, Healthcare Ed

Lilo H. Stainton | July 28, 2017 | Healthcare
Long-term agreement designed to attract new research funding and top medical talent

Interactive Map: Teacher, Administrative Salaries Edge Higher Across the State

Colleen O'Dea | July 28, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The lowest average salaries for teachers and other education professionals tend to be found in charters and small, elementary school districts

State’s New Ways to Pay into Public-Pension System ‘Huge Step in Right Direction’

John Reitmeyer | July 28, 2017 | Budget
Starting this month, New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public pensions are going to benefit from Lottery funds as well as from more regular payments by the state

Opinion: There’s No Getting Away from Nuclear on Way to a Carbon-Free Future

R. William Potter | July 28, 2017 | Opinion
Nuclear power is dangerous and dirty in its own way, but without it utilities are going to resort to fossil fuels to back up renewables

PSE&G Wants to Spend $2.7B to Replace Aging Gas Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | July 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Five-year program would cost $540M annually, install 1,250 miles of new gas mains all told


| July 28, 2017 | Number of The Day

If You Build a Warehouse in New Jersey, They Will Come…

John Reitmeyer | July 27, 2017 | More Issues
Location, infrastructure help Garden State become a growing hub for storage and distribution of products. The industry accounts for 11 percent of job growth in the Garden State since 2016

Fed Rollback of Clean Water Rule Could Threaten Half of NJ’s Streams

Tom Johnson | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Repeal could ‘devastate’ Delaware River Basin, according to critics, source of drinking water for 6 million people

Candidates for Governor Name Their Running Mates … But Does It Matter?

Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2017 | Politics
Pollsters say people tend to vote the top of the ticket. Besides, a lieutenant governor can be low profile to the point of invisibility

Putting the Latest PARCC Results in Perspective

John Mooney | July 27, 2017 | Education
More New Jersey students are passing the online exams, but are enough of them attaining the top scores?

New Funds for Tobacco Prevention Programs Likely in 2018

Lilo H. Stainton | July 27, 2017 | Healthcare
Christie’s conditional veto opens door to new anti-smoking revenue stream

Grid Operator OKs PSE&G’s $275M Substation Upgrade

Tom Johnson | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Plan calls for utility to build new facility adjacent to 60-year-old Newark Switch substation

‘We Can’t Drink Gas’ — Critic of Controversial Pinelands Pipeline | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Protesters let Pinelands Commission know how strongly they feel about contentious natural gas project in South Jersey

Rooting out Jersey Shore Invader: Asiatic Sand Sedge

NJTV News Online | July 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Volunteers work to keep an invasive species from overrunning the delicate dunes along New Jersey’s seashore


| July 27, 2017 | Number of The Day

Assembly May Move to Block Christie’s ‘Summer Surprise’

Lilo H. Stainton | July 26, 2017 | Healthcare
Joint legislative hearing reveals widespread concerns about governor’s plan to shift addiction, mental health services

Fed Flood Program Has Spent $660M Repeatedly Rebuilding Same NJ Properties

Tom Johnson | July 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A much-needed reform to nation’s flood insurance would give homeowners the option to be bought out rather than rebuild

NJ Assemblyman Calls Christie's Secret Bridgegate Lawyer a 'Serious Breach'

Matt Katz and Adrian Ma | WNYC News | July 26, 2017 | Politics
Wisniewski questions why Christie, who was preparing to run for president at the time, hid Wray's public job as the governor's criminal attorney

Opinion: Senate President Sweeney — Poised on the Cusp of Power

Carl Golden | July 26, 2017 | Opinion
The Democratic leader has gone toe to toe with the NJEA on school funding — and bested it. A likely Murphy victory would put him in a position of undeniable strength

Legislators Go Only Part Way to Help Those Struggling with Student Loans

Colleen O'Dea | July 26, 2017 | Education
Progress has definitely been made, but a loan rehabilitation program for those in default seems to have been abandoned

On the Record with Arcelio Aponte, New President of State Board of Ed

John Mooney | July 26, 2017 | Education
In his second stint in the top slot, look for Aponte to advocate for PARCC, push to lift state controls on Newark and Jersey City

Running Mates: Oliver is Murphy’s Pick, Rendo Likely as Guadagno’s

NJTV News Online | July 26, 2017 | Politics
Former Assembly Speaker brings political experience to Democratic gubernatorial ticket, Cuban-born Republican mayor seen as appealing to Hispanic voters


| July 26, 2017 | Number of The Day

‘Greens’ Intensify Efforts to Permanently Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin

Tom Johnson | July 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Coalition delivers 64K signatures to five-member commission tasked with protecting source of drinking water for 16 million people

NJ’s Top Court Rules Horizon Must Divulge Details of ‘Secret’ OMNIA Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | July 25, 2017 | Healthcare
Decision suggests Appellate Division overstepped in protecting Horizon’s privacy regarding its Omnia tiered insurance network

Christie's Hiring of FBI Nominee as Bridgegate Attorney Raises Questions

Matt Katz | WNYC News | July 25, 2017 | Politics
Wray represented Christie for 11 months before signing mandatory retainer agreement

One for the Books: $125M Library Bond Issue on November Ballot

John Reitmeyer | July 25, 2017 | Budget
If the bond sale is approved, it will be the first sizable chunk of money NJ libraries have gotten since $45M grant program almost 20 years ago

Christie’s CV of Family Leave Bill ‘Guts’ Expanded Program, Critics Claim

Colleen O'Dea | July 25, 2017 | Politics
Advocates look to next governor for approval; one pol dismisses governor’s veto message as ‘more snark than fact’

Op-Ed: Investing in NJ’s Prison Labor Programs Is Investing in the Future

Adam Sternbach | July 25, 2017 | Opinion
These programs are not just a way to get cheap goods, they are unique opportunities to economically empower underserved populations


| July 25, 2017 | Number of The Day

Prescription Database Helps Police Bust Physician-Led Opiate Ring

Lilo H. Stainton | July 24, 2017 | Healthcare
Trade on ‘Oxy Highway’ slowed as state limit on addictive pain prescriptions kicked in

By 2030, State Looks to Reduce Food Waste by 50 Percent

Tom Johnson | July 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Keeping food waste out of dumps and landfills can help reduce methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming

Time to Take Another Crack at Closing the State’s Budget Gap?

John Reitmeyer | July 24, 2017 | Budget
Consensus forecasting, according to advocates, could eliminate the ‘April surprise’ that sends the state scrambling to make up funds when tax collection projections don’t match reality

Westwood Voters to Gubernatorial Candidates: ‘You’re Not Listening to Me’

The Record and | July 24, 2017 | Politics
Disenfranchised and disconnected from their representatives, these NJ residents want to be heard

Menendez, Pallone Hit the Beach to Help Protect NJ’s Water

NJTV News Online | July 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In face of potential cuts from Trump administration, senator and congressman drum up support for a stronger BEACH Act, which pays for water testing nationwide

Job Initiatives Help Steer Grads to Construction Union Jobs

NJTV News Online | July 24, 2017 | Education
For many New Jersey residents, these programs are a lifeline to a better future

Op-Ed: Expanded HSA May Be Bright Spot in Healthcare Reform

David Tepp | July 24, 2017 | Opinion
The significant benefit of an HSA is that the funds you contribute remain yours even if you do not spend them, unlike the use-it-or-lose-it drawback of a Flexible Savings Account


| July 24, 2017 | Number of The Day

‘Master Person Index’ Hopes to Ensure All NJ Patients Correctly Identified

Lilo H. Stainton | July 21, 2017 | Healthcare
The ambitious goal: make it possible to distinguish every patient in the Garden State to better target treatment and eliminate potentially dangerous mix-ups

Revised Federal Flood Insurance Program Looks to Sandy for Lessons Learned

John Reitmeyer | July 21, 2017 | Housing
Current NFIP is underwater with debt, overhaul would address that problem, be more responsive to homeowners, and cap the cost of annual increases

PSEG Nuclear Wants to Boost Power Output of Hope Creek Plant

Tom Johnson | July 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company waiting on approval of application submitted to Nuclear Regulatory Commission to increase output capacity by 1.6 percent

Fine Print: NJ Revises Accountability Plan for Federal Approval

John Mooney | July 21, 2017 | Education
Seven years after Race to the Top fiasco, Christie administration goes through federal review of its latest accountability plan

Christie Extols ‘Story of New Jersey’s Economic Success’

NJTV News Online | July 21, 2017 | Politics
Crediting Republican policies, governor praises Garden State’s economic performance and blames media for not reporting it


| July 21, 2017 | Number of The Day

A Big-Picture View of How Climate Change Is Affecting the Garden State

Tom Johnson | July 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The Fund for New Jersey outlines the steps that need to be taken to prevent climate change from being disastrous for the state

Absentee Train Engineers Keep NJ Transit’s ‘Summer of Hell’ at Low Boil

John Reitmeyer | July 20, 2017 | Transportation
Staffing problems have forced the agency to cancel 40 trains this week, as many as 64 all told this month

Helping Local Providers Better Integrate Physical, Behavioral Care

Lilo H. Stainton | July 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Nicholson Foundation seeks to benefit low-income patients at six community clinics

Poll: Just How Hellish Has Your Summer Commute Been?

| July 20, 2017 | Polling
According to some sources, the ‘Summer of Hell’ hasn’t lived up to its bad press. Do you agree, or have you been burned by your commute?

Treatment for Heroin Use Leads Substance-Abuse Programs in Garden State

Colleen O'Dea | July 20, 2017 | Healthcare
Latest data from NJ Department of Human Services indicates heroin accounts for more than 40 percent of treatments statewide

Over Dinner, Paulsboro Residents Dish on NJ Politics and Politicians

WHYY | July 20, 2017 | Politics
Will these folks from Paulsboro vote in the upcoming gubernatorial election? Probably, but not because either of the two main candidates has set them on fire

DEP Rules Upheld in Dispute Over NJ Summer Flounder Fishing | July 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Secretary of Commerce sides with New Jersey on regulations and against Atlantic states marine commission


| July 20, 2017 | Number of The Day

NJ Could Get More Bang for Tax Incentive Bucks Backing Startups, Not Older Firms

John Reitmeyer | July 19, 2017 | More Issues
New companies generally generate more jobs and continue to grow for years, while mature companies rarely deliver that sort of performance

Federal Court Upholds Illinois Decision to Subsidize Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | July 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Ruling will have ramification in NJ, where PSEG Power has already broached subject of state incentives to keep its nuclear units up and running

NJ’s Water Infrastructure Needs Hearts, Minds, and Massive Investment

Jon Hurdle | July 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey’s network of water pipes is aging and in need of a major overhaul but advocates believe the public knows little and cares less about the problem

Campaigning for Governor Isn’t Enough, Start Planning a Transition — Now

Colleen O'Dea | July 19, 2017 | Politics
Now’s the time to start studying floor plans, picking a chief of staff, planning a post-election schedule — and learning from advice of past governors

If Obamacare Is Repealed, Trio of Dems Want to Replace It on State Level

Lilo H. Stainton | July 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Proposal would use local taxes, instead of federal fees, to fund Medicaid and market plans

Tell Us What You Want to Know About New Jersey’s Finances

NJ Spotlight Staff | July 19, 2017 | Budget
Your questions can help shape our coverage of this admittedly complex subject. Use this interactive tool to tell us what you want to know more about

Op-Ed: Consumers Better Off With Competitive Electricity Markets

Darrin Pfannenstiel | July 19, 2017 | Opinion
Prices in states with competition and choice have trended downward while monopoly prices rise


| July 19, 2017 | Number of The Day

Lead in Water Remains Pervasive Problem in New Jersey Schools

Tom Johnson | July 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than half the school districts in Bergen County have lead — a dangerous neurotoxin — in faucets and other fixtures

Legislating Against Blacklisting to Help Tenants Find Better Housing

Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2017 | Housing
Landlords deny that it’s done, but tenants who withhold rent to protest unhealthy living conditions often can’t find another place to live

Opposition Grows to Latest National GOP Healthcare Plan

Lilo H. Stainton | July 18, 2017 | Healthcare
More than just a struggle for healthcare, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker calls it a fight for 'values central to our democracy'

Race to the Bottom: NJ Ranked Dead Last of All 50 States for Fiscal Health

John Reitmeyer | July 18, 2017 | Budget
Persistent underfunding of public-employee pension system looks to have been a key factor in dismal showings in state-by-state comparisons

Christie’s Charter Legacy: A Clear Record of Growth

John Mooney | July 18, 2017 | Education
In the eight years the governor has headed up state government, charter school enrollment has more than doubled


| July 18, 2017 | Number of The Day

Peace in Long Valley? Maybe Not When the Talk Turns to Politics

Colleen O'Dea | July 17, 2017 | Politics
When it comes to national affairs, political discussions in this small hamlet can get pretty heated — yet the locals seem to find it hard to steer clear of just those topics

NJ Spotlight Fields Your Questions About the Garden State’s Water

Tom Johnson | July 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
We asked our readers to tell us what they wanted to know about the state’s water. Here’s where we deliver the answers

Push to Find Funding for Local Journalism — While Trenton Is ‘out of Town’

John Reitmeyer | July 17, 2017 | Budget
Grass-roots effort to tap into cash from sale of public airwaves will continue through summer and into 2018 if need be, organizers say

White House Addiction Panel Chaired by Christie Needs More Time to Draft Report

Lilo H. Stainton | July 17, 2017 | Healthcare
Deadline to deliver draft pushed back a second time, to July 31; national teleconference scheduled

Christie Backs Travel Ban, Says Airports Must Enforce Trump Order

Matt Katz | WNYC News | July 17, 2017 | Politics
Governor lambastes Democratic-controlled Legislature for bill that would allow Port Authority employees to sidestep ban


| July 17, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie Rejects Bill to Rejoin RGGI, for Third (and Last) Time

Tom Johnson | July 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Governor claims NJ has no need to rejoin initiative since it is already a leader in curbing carbon emissions and has met its own mandated standards

Interactive Map: Economic Fortunes of Different Hispanic Groups Vary Widely

Colleen O'Dea | July 14, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
NJ’s Hispanic population grows but new census data reveal wide disparities in income, poverty, health insurance

Trying to Bring NJ’s Antipoverty Program into the 21st Century

Hank Kalet | July 14, 2017 | Social
Benefits for Work First New Jersey — the state’s welfare program — have been stagnant for 30 years. Legislation has been sent to the governor to address the issue

Public Workers to Be ‘Made Whole’ for Time Lost During State Shutdown

John Reitmeyer | July 14, 2017 | Politics
Democratic legislative leaders have come up with a bipartisan bill that Christie's spokesman says he will sign to get back pay to state employees sidelined during budget impasse

Lawmakers Wary of Christie’s Plan to Shift Addiction, Mental Health Services

Lilo H. Stainton | July 14, 2017 | Healthcare
Expert cited in Christie’s controversial reorganization plan calls it a ‘real opportunity for New Jersey’

Op-Ed: Frelinghuysen Moves to Destabilize ACA Marketplace

Andrew Sprung | July 14, 2017 | Opinion
Frelinghuysen is actively working to undermine the individual market for health insurance while the GOP’s repeal-and-replace legislation hangs fire.


| July 14, 2017 | Number of The Day

Is This New Jersey’s Future? Chronic Flooding from Sea-Level Rise

Tom Johnson | July 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Under a worst-case scenario, some 130 communities in the Garden State could be inundated every other week

Would Reforms to Small-Business Tax, Minimum Wage, Family-Leave Fix NJ Economy?

John Reitmeyer | July 13, 2017 | Politics
Nonpartisan group proposes a range of policy changes — including driver’s licenses and college tuition assistance for undocumented immigrants — to boost the state’s economy

Now It’s Official: Harrington (Finally) Sworn in as Education Commissioner

John Mooney | July 13, 2017 | Education
She’s spent nine months doing the job, and now that she has the title it may be short lived: Christie’s term runs out in six months

Opinion: Greening the Garden State Gas Tax

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | July 13, 2017 | Opinion
A revenue-neutral way for New Jersey to lead the way on carbon pricing

New Healthcare Option for State Workers Expands Patient-Centered Care

Lilo H. Stainton | July 13, 2017 | Healthcare
National leader in employee care promises better outcomes, state savings

Sons See Roots of Newark Today in Its Troubled Past

WNYC News | July 13, 2017 | Politics
Che and Junius Onome Williams believe some of the same issues that led to the 1967 rebellion in their home city of Newark are still relevant today

Bridgegate Architect Sentenced to Probation, Fined

NJTV News Online | July 13, 2017 | Transportation
David Wildstein’s extensive cooperation with government attorneys keeps him out of jail


| July 13, 2017 | Number of The Day

Draft Water Plan Leaves Critics Dissatisfied on Several Key Fronts

Tom Johnson | July 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The plan, they contend, doesn’t do enough to anticipate crises, head off likely deficits, and address water-quality issues, like lead in drinking supplies

Frelinghuysen Credited with $900M Aid to Gateway Tunnel, Other Transport Upgrades

John Reitmeyer | July 12, 2017 | Transportation
New House spending bill ignores Trump’s budget proposals, keeps funds in place for rail project and other infrastructure upgrades

Youth Teams Will Put Poor Communities in Touch with Better Health

Lilo H. Stainton | July 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation donates $2.6 million to fuel three-year programs statewide

Op-Ed: In Budget Aftermath, Time to Restore NJ’s Reputation

Tom Bracken | July 12, 2017 | Opinion
How many business executives who were thinking of moving or expanding here changed their minds after seeing what transpired in New Jersey up to and during the state shutdown?

Lawmakers Want to Close the Door on Negligent Landlords

NJTV News Online | July 12, 2017 | Housing
Senators go after landlords who fail safety and sanitary standards while renting to tenants who get public assistance

NJ’s South Korean Community Disturbed by North’s Missile Launch

NJTV News Online | July 12, 2017 | Politics
At roundtable with Rep. Pascrell, some attendees wish President Trump would do more to condemn North Korea’s actions


| July 12, 2017 | Number of The Day

Christie’s Summer Surprise: Move Mental Health Services to Different Division

Lilo H. Stainton | July 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Shift from Human Services to Health department would involve 200 staff, nearly $1 billion

American Dream Wakes Up: Financing in Place, Megamall Gets Busy Building

John Reitmeyer | July 11, 2017 | Planning
With almost $3 billion in place, backers and critics alike hope the long-stalled entertainment complex will start to deliver on some of the 23,000 expected construction jobs

NJ Solar Sector Could Be in for Overhaul, with Solar Credits on Way out

Tom Johnson | July 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Another attempt to smooth out industry’s boom-and-bust cycles, this one by ultimately phasing out solar subsidies paid to array owners

Opinion: Cleaning up Urban Waters — Focus Where the People Are

Daniel J. Van Abs | July 11, 2017 | Opinion
We need to focus discretionary expenditures where they will do the most good for residents and competitiveness

Gov. Chris Christie Auditions for New Gig: Sports Radio Host

Mara Silvers | WNYC News | July 11, 2017 | Politics
Christie's infamous thin skin and impatience with those who disagree may not suit him to the airwaves

After Penn Station Repairs, Gateway Tunnel Is Next Worry

NJTV News Online | July 11, 2017 | Transportation
Transit expert says sword of Damocles hangs over region because construction of Gateway tunnels is so far off

First Day of Commuter Hell Wasn’t So Bad After All

NJTV News Online | July 11, 2017 | Transportation
NJ Transit riders say start of the summer-long disruption to their commute could have been worse

Sweeney, Prieto Want State Workers Paid for Forced Holiday

WBGO News | July 11, 2017 | Politics
Both are going to the Legislature this week to make sure bipartisan bill is in place if Christie demurs


| July 11, 2017 | Number of The Day

Getting a Read on $125 million Library Bond Ballot Question

John Reitmeyer | July 10, 2017 | Politics
Advocates argue that Garden State libraries need to catch up on technologies like the Internet, but opponents claim the state is ‘already drowning in debt’

NJ Seeks to Ban Pesticide Given Clean Bill of Health by EPA

Tom Johnson | July 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chlorpyrifos can potentially cause developmental damage to children, vomiting and dizziness in adults

Money Still Makes Biggest Difference to Kids’ Wellbeing in NJ

Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2017 | Social
But even wealthiest counties can improve in some ways while the poorest do surprisingly well in some aspects of education, health, and safety

Is Hospital ER Weak Link in State’s Prescription Monitoring Program?

Lilo H. Stainton | July 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Doctors in emergency room don’t have to check statewide prescription database before they write scrip for opiates

Op-Ed: Don’t Play Politics with the Garden State’s Parks

Eric Stiles | July 10, 2017 | Opinion
Our public lands should not be held hostage to state budget negotiations


| July 10, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Regulations Decrease Opiate Prescriptions Nationwide, CDC Finds

Lilo H. Stainton | July 7, 2017 | Healthcare
But too many patients still taking dangerously high levels of addictive drugs

State Looks to Private Partners for Help Rebuilding Energy Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | July 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
With government coffers depleted, state considers public-private partnerships as a way to help finance local and state projects

On the Menu for this New Jersey Barbecue: Politics

Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | July 7, 2017 | Politics
In this era of heated rhetoric and divisions, can residents even find common ground?

Most Voter Data Requested by Trump Administration Already Public in New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | July 7, 2017 | Politics
Despite availability of information, federal and state officials, civil rights organizations argue NJ should not comply with request

New Jersey’s Economic Outlook for 2018 Is So-So, Accountants Say

John Reitmeyer | July 7, 2017 | More Issues
CPAs are worried about election-year uncertainties, property taxes, the state’s credit rating, budget problems, and federal healthcare changes

Op-Ed: Let’s Stop Treating Symptoms … Rome Is Burning!

Rich Ten Eyck | July 7, 2017 | Opinion
An increasing number of conditions threaten the existence of our system of public education — and this might not be a bad thing


| July 7, 2017 | Number of The Day

State Board Prepares to Cede Local Control to Jersey City Schools

John Mooney | July 6, 2017 | Education
Former Gov. Kean, who presided over takeover, quantifies modest success as ‘biggest disappointment’ of his administration

State Starts to Think Seriously About Deploying Microgrids

Tom Johnson | July 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Trenton’s downtown thermal-energy district funded to determine if microgrids can deliver power and other vital services when power grid goes down

Budget Debate Delays Potential Out-of-Network Insurance Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | July 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Stakeholders, lawmakers, and even critics agree that taming surprise m