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As Holocaust Survivors Dwindle, a Gathering to Ensure Their Lessons Live On

John Mooney | June 11, 2012 | Education

Celebration and commemoration keep close company, as survivors meet to make sure their stories are passed on to coming generations.

Trump Administration Again Looks to Restrict SNAP Eligibility

Colleen O'Dea | September 20, 2019 | Social
Advocates: Proposed rule change would deny many working New Jerseyans money they need to feed their families

Utilities Authority Exec Investigated for Improper Disposal of Septic Waste

Tom Johnson | September 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Office of State Comptroller finds Wrightstown official dumped 565,000 gallons of septage, calls for further investigation by Attorney General, state ethics and environmental agencies

Campaign Continues Against State Pension Investment in Fossil Fuels

John Reitmeyer | September 20, 2019 | Budget
DivestNJ Coalition has been urging officials to get rid of holdings in oil and gas companies, calling them too risky in the era of climate change

Focusing on Childhood Traumas, Poverty Included

Lilo H. Stainton | September 20, 2019 | Roundtables
Adverse childhood experiences — like poverty, violence, sexual abuse, divorce — can take a lifelong toll on kids that suffer them

A Newark Student Dreams of Succeeding in College, but First ‘Boot Camp’

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | September 20, 2019 | Education
Yamin Reddick is ambitious and believes that the first step to achieving his ambitions is a college degree — and that’s not going to be easy

Water Systems Across NJ Face Infrastructure Woes

Michael Aron | NJTV News | September 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Experts say it will take $8 billion over the next decade to fix the state’s water problems

How Will NJ Effectively Store and Distribute Energy?

NJ Spotlight | September 20, 2019 | Roundtables
As New Jersey pursues its clean-energy agenda, an NJ Spotlight roundtable explores the challenges of effective storage and distribution. Watch a livestream of the discussion

Booker’s Job Approval Rating Slips During Presidential Run

Michael Hill | NJTV News | September 20, 2019 | Politics
Monmouth University poll shows 45% of New Jersey voters approve of the senator’s job performance, down from 54% in 2018


| September 20, 2019 | Number of The Day

Liberal Groups Call for Reform of State Tax Incentives Now, Not Later

John Reitmeyer | September 19, 2019 | Budget
With lawmakers still evaluating New Jersey’s controversial business incentive programs and at odds with Gov. Phil Murphy over his desire for a major overhaul, liberal activists are impatient for progress

Scientists Link Climate Change to Coming Public-Health Crisis

Tom Johnson | September 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
Researchers put health-related costs of 10 climate-sensitive events in 2012 at $10 billion, warn that failure to address climate change could lead to ‘irreversible damage’ to public health

Getting a Read on Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet

John Mooney | September 19, 2019 | Education
The current commissioner has deep roots in the state’s public schools and communities, but how will this distinguish his tenure from that of his 10 predecessors?

What Can Be Done to Reduce Effects of Childhood Trauma on NJ’s Kids?

NJ Spotlight | September 19, 2019 | Roundtables
An NJ Spotlight roundtable on the social factors affecting the health of young people in New Jersey. Watch a livestream of the discussion this morning

NJ MVC Starts Rollout of Federally Required Real ID Driver’s Licenses

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | September 19, 2019 | More Issues
State Motor Vehicle Commission plans to contact the many people who have signed up for Real IDs to make appointments

Op-Ed: We Need to Determine Net Economic Impacts for NJ of Offshore-Wind Energy

Frank A. Felder and Pranay Kumar | September 19, 2019 | Opinion
Required: a comprehensive economic analysis that includes any rate increases due to all future wind and other clean-energy projects


| September 19, 2019 | Number of The Day

PSEG Joins Battle Against Repeal of Obama-Era Curb on Power Plant Pollution

Tom Johnson | September 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Nine of the largest power companies in the country, including PSEG, have filed suit to stop a rollback of a rule that would limit emissions from power plants

Judge Hears Arguments For and Against State’s Dark Money Disclosure Law

Colleen O'Dea | September 18, 2019 | Politics
Fact that passage of donor-transparency measure was prompted by intra-party feud is cited as reason to doubt its bona fides

First-Ever Guidelines on Early Childhood Beverages Take Aim at Sugar and More

Lilo H. Stainton | September 18, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey-based foundation funds healthcare collaboration that delivers first comprehensive instructions on healthy beverages for young children

With Student Loan Lawsuit, Grewal Again Takes On Trump Administration

John Reitmeyer | September 18, 2019 | Education
AG alleges federal Department of Education denies access to data that would help the state address fraud by loan processors

NJ Is Hard ‘No’ On Proposed Purdue Pharma Opioid Lawsuit Settlement

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | September 18, 2019 | More Issues
AG Gurbir Grewal says bankruptcy plan being weighed in federal court does not adequately compensate for damage done by pain-pill maker

Activists Press for Federal Dollars to Upgrade NJ’s Voting Machines

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | September 18, 2019 | Politics
Campaigning for major spending on election security — including a paper backup of ballots

Remembering Sen. Anthony Bucco

Michael Aron | NJTV News | September 18, 2019 | Politics
Long-serving state lawmaker voted against taxes and regulation as consistently as anyone


| September 18, 2019 | Number of The Day

Late Changes to Election Law Throw Voters, County Clerks for a Loop — Again

Colleen O'Dea | September 17, 2019 | Politics
With opt-out forms for voting by mail just reaching some voters, and county clerks buried in paperwork, meeting Saturday’s deadline is looking increasingly doubtful

NJ Vape Task Force Has Tight Deadline, Gets Down to Work

Lilo H. Stainton | September 17, 2019 | Healthcare
Panel will report on sales restrictions and state’s capacity to investigate health irregularities tied to e-cigarettes; new awareness campaign targets young people

Will Trump’s Clean-Water Rollback Imperil NJ’s Small Streams, Wetlands?

Tom Johnson | September 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Experts are divided, but one possible outcome could make New Jersey more vulnerable to water pollution from other states

STEM Teachers Could Get Up to $20K in College Loan Aid

John Reitmeyer | September 17, 2019 | Budget, Education
Senate passes legislation to give STEM educators a hand with paying off existing student loans or help funding advanced degrees

Opinion: Commemorating Constitution Day and Remembering its Architects

Richard F. Keevey | September 17, 2019 | Opinion
The U.S. Constitution was approved 232 years ago today; its ratification was made possible by the efforts of four resolute patriots

Report Finds New Jersey Has Worst Highways in Nation

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | September 17, 2019 | Transportation
This marks the second year in a row the report has placed New Jersey dead last in its rankings

Affordable Housing Seen as Key to Level Economic Playing field in NJ

Michael Aron | NJTV News | September 17, 2019 | More Issues
Fostering equality in a state with extremes of affluence and poverty is theme of annual governor’s conference; affordable housing at top of agenda


| September 17, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy’s Passage to India Raises Questions About Funding Trade Missions

John Reitmeyer | September 16, 2019 | Politics
The governor isn’t the first state executive to use dark money to defray the cost of his trade mission, but that makes it tough to know whose money is being spent and what they expect in return

Hospital Rideshare Program Helps Patients Keep Appointments

Lilo H. Stainton | September 16, 2019 | Healthcare
University Hospital joins growing number of NJ facilities trying to eliminate big hassle for some patients — getting to the doctor and getting home

Ørsted OK’d to Bring Offshore Wind Power Ashore at Oyster Creek

Tom Johnson | September 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Scheme could cut cost of linking offshore wind farm to region’s transmission system

Opinion: Keeping the Legislature Happy, Informed Is ‘No-Brainer’

Carl Golden | September 16, 2019 | Opinion
Gov. Murphy’s approach to the driver licensing issue has touched a raw nerve with Assembly speaker

AG’s Office Gets the Word Out on State’s New Red Flag Law

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | September 16, 2019 | Social
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal implementing new law by informing the public about actions they can take

NJ Transit Revises Financial Plan for Portal North Bridge

Julie Daurio | NJTV News | September 16, 2019 | Transportation
Agency hopes new plan, which implements suggestions and requests from Trump administration, will get the go-ahead from feds


| September 16, 2019 | Number of The Day

Dark Money Group That Supports Murphy Releases Its Donor List

Colleen O'Dea | September 13, 2019 | Politics
Few surprises among the contributors to New Direction New Jersey, beyond total amount — $4.5M — donated by NJEA group

Trying to Reduce ‘Costly Public Health Crisis’ of Senior Falls

Lilo H. Stainton | September 13, 2019 | Healthcare
In 2017, over 77,500 people in New Jersey were hospitalized from falls; Senate committee calls for $11.7 million pilot program to reduce fall risk among elderly Medicaid members

BPU Urged to Delve into Cost Impacts of Energy Plan

Tom Johnson | September 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates and business interests are asking the agency to extend public comment until more is known about the costs of transitioning to clean energy

Governor creates task force to study vaping regulation

Michael Aron | NJTV News | September 13, 2019 | Healthcare
Announcement comes amid concerns about severe respiratory illness among e-cigarette users, including three cases in New Jersey

Murphy’s conditional veto of expungement bill leads lawmakers to rewrite

Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | September 13, 2019 | Politics
Senate president says new bill builds on chief executive's proposal and will be put up for a vote in the Senate

Op-ed: Expanding tax credits for workers would strengthen economy

Vineeta Kapahi | September 13, 2019 | Opinion
By improving the state Earned Income Tax Credit, New Jersey lawmakers could boost the pay of hardworking New Jerseyans and strengthen the state economy


| September 13, 2019 | Number of The Day

Business Groups Say Energy Master Plan Could Cause Job Losses, Rate Hikes

Tom Johnson | September 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Major organizations urge Murphy administration to proceed with caution in implementing plan to make New Jersey a clean-energy economy

Minimum-Wage Hike May Cost Workers Medicaid But ACA Will Kick In

Lilo H. Stainton | September 12, 2019 | Healthcare
‘Coverage gap’ will affect relatively few low-income workers, but lawmakers and policymakers moving to protect them

Train Engineer in Fatal 2016 Hoboken Crash Wins Job Back with NJ Transit

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | September 12, 2019 | Transportation
Arbitrator cites engineer’s ‘long and distinguished career’ with NJ Transit as an influencing factor in her decision

PSE&G’s Scaled-Back Proposal for Upgrading Gas and Power Grids OK’d

Tom Johnson | September 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
State agency shelves the utility’s separate filing for $2.8 billion on energy efficiency projects

Proposed $120M Bond Will Speed Newark’s Push to Get Lead Out of Drinking Water

John Reitmeyer | September 12, 2019 | Politics
Additional funding could help the Brick City resolve its drinking-water crisis in two to three years, cutting time needed by half

Op-Ed: Who’s Profiting from Repairs to Aging water and Sewer Systems?

Peggy Gallos | September 12, 2019 | Opinion
‘It may not always be apparent, but shareholder primacy seems to have guided many of the activities of investor-owned utilities in New Jersey and around the country’

NJ lawmakers consider barring pharmacies from selling tobacco, e-cigs

Joe Hernandez | WHYY | September 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Proposal comes in shadow of mysterious illness related to vaping. Separately, Senate President Steve Sweeney discusses outright ban of all electronic smoking devices in New Jersey


| September 12, 2019 | Number of The Day

Another Rebuff for PennEast: Court Halts Bid to Seize State Lands

Tom Johnson | September 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Federal appeals court reverses lower court’s decision that allowed company to exercise eminent domain over properties along pipeline route

A Day Of What-ifs, Spent In Service Of Ensuring Free And Fair Elections

Colleen O'Dea | September 11, 2019 | Politics
Elections officials, others gather in Princeton to hone plans to prevent cyber attacks, and other threats to democracy

Governor uses state pocketbook as weapon in gun safety campaign

Michael Aron | NJTV News | September 11, 2019 | More Issues
Under Murphy’s new executive order, state government would purchase firearms only from manufacturers and dealers it deems responsible

NJ Foundation Funds a Push for Equitable Medicaid Programs Nationally

Lilo H. Stainton | September 11, 2019 | Healthcare
State, insurance and healthcare officials in New Jersey will partner to reduce racial disparities in Medicaid’s maternal and infant care

Slow Progress on NJ’s water quality management law Frustrates Legislators

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | September 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Compliance with two-year-old law has been uneven; advocates say enforcement is necessary

On Tap: A Summit To Boost Firms Owned By Women And Minorities in NJ

John Reitmeyer | September 11, 2019 | More Issues
Daylong session in Newark on Sept. 20 will feature panel discussions, learning opportunities and lots of time for networking


| September 11, 2019 | Number of The Day

Out-of-State Insurer Fined $1M for Peddling Policies to NJ Gun Owners

John Reitmeyer | September 10, 2019 | More Issues
Lockton Affinity gets rapped for selling Carry Guard, personal-liability insurance, a product of the NRA

State Holds Hearings on Sexual Harassment, How to Counteract It

Colleen O'Dea | September 10, 2019 | Social
Three hearings, the first of which takes place tomorrow in Asbury Park, will focus on harassment in the workplace, in housing and in public places

EPA Faulted for Not Doing Enough to Protect Kids Against Lead at Home

Tom Johnson | September 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Without effective oversight federal agency can’t monitor remediation efforts. Meanwhile, blood-lead levels in more than 2 million children have climbed

Will NJ’s new ‘red flag’ law prevent shooting deaths?

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | September 10, 2019 | More Issues
Law allows gun rights to be removed from people deemed a risk to themselves or others; not everyone is happy with it

Governor Marks Milestone for Arts Education in NJ

Michael Aron | NJTV News | September 10, 2019 | Education
Murphy says New Jersey is only state with universal access in schools to art programs

Op-Ed: Extension of Voting by Mail in NJ Is A Step in the Right Direction

Shennell McCloud | September 10, 2019 | Opinion
More people voting makes for the election of better leaders and the enactment of better policies


| September 10, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ Public Worker Healthcare Costs to Decrease Next Year

John Reitmeyer | September 9, 2019 | Budget
State treasurer acclaims “good news” for property taxpayers but officials provide no estimates of taxpayer savings. Some Medicare retiree rates will rise

Insurance Giant and Healthcare Providers Take Battle to Federal Court

Lilo H. Stainton | September 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and American Specialty Health Group allege that various alternative healthcare providers have spread false and defamatory information against them

Murphy Administration Boosts NJ Child Care Subsidies by $54M

Colleen O'Dea | September 9, 2019 | Social
Children’s advocacy group and lawmakers say more funds are needed to help NJ parents cover pay raises for child care workers statewide as a result of increased minimum wage

State Urged to Consider Costs for All Utility Customers in Energy Plan

Tom Johnson | September 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Rate Counsel’s filing with BPU emphasizes the importance of a rate impact analysis for the state’s residential, commercial and industrial customers

Bobwhite quail set for bigger return to New Jersey

Jon Hurdle | September 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Rare bird, believed extinct in the state, has shown it can live at Pinelands site after small shipments from Georgia

Op-Ed: The $14 Billion Key to Clean Energy in New Jersey

Franklin Neubauer | September 9, 2019 | Opinion
The state government should act decisively on initiatives in energy efficiency which could pay big dividends


| September 9, 2019 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: Educators’ Pay Rose 1% Last Year; Bigger Raises on the Way

Colleen O'Dea | September 6, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Data show that typical public school teacher in New Jersey will receive a 3.01 percent raise this year, the biggest hike in many years

Experts: NJ’s Tax Incentives Are Not The Only Way To Grow An Economy

John Reitmeyer | September 6, 2019 | Budget
At hearing, lawmakers are told that providing tax relief for companies looking for a place to set up shop has limited value, at best

State Agency Voices More Concerns Over PennEast Pipeline Project

Tom Johnson | September 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection asks PennEast to rectify omissions in its applications for a series of wetlands and flood hazard permits

Target Climate Change Policies Toward Poorer Communities, NJ Advised

Tom Johnson | September 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Rutgers report finds that local advocates prefer earmarked commitments of resources to disadvantaged communities, as well as mandates to achieve specific pollution reductions in those areas

Newark pushes mandatory replacement of lead water service lines

Michael Hill | NJTV News | September 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Move comes amid city effort to go door to door to get permission for work crews to access properties

What’s to Come in the Fight for Assembly Seats

Michael Aron | NJTV News | September 6, 2019 | Politics
A preview of November’s State Assembly elections and where party leaders will target

Op-Ed: Reasons to Protest an Attempt to Stop NJ’s New ‘Dark Money’ Law

David Goodman | September 6, 2019 | Opinion
New Jersey grassroots group will fight Americans for Prosperity’s move against the state’s ‘End Dark Money’ Law


| September 6, 2019 | Number of The Day

Nuke Subsidies Under Review Just Months After Contentious Approval

Tom Johnson | September 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
In April, Board of Public Utilities awarded $300 million in annual surcharges on utility customers’ bills to aid three PSEG plants; officials are taking a fresh look at the subsidies

NJ DOE Tips Its Hand on New Proposal for Student Assessments

John Mooney | September 5, 2019 | Education
Department also delivers mixed results of last year’s statewide testing, with only about half of students passing math and language-arts exams

WorkFirst NJ Payments Jump 20 Percent, On Top of Last Year’s Rise

Lilo H. Stainton | September 5, 2019 | Social
Bump is second significant increase in two years, after the benefit program remained unchanged for decades

After-School Suppers Offer Another Weapon Against Childhood Hunger

Colleen O'Dea | September 5, 2019 | Social
Participation in supper programs is rising rapidly, but new data reveals just 6 percent of eligible students sit down to a hot meal after school

NJ Fines Online Fantasy-Sports Site for Breaking Privacy and Licensing Rules

John Reitmeyer | September 5, 2019 | More Issues
State charged Minnesota-based SportsHub with collecting users’ personal information without properly disclosing its intention to do so

Critics push back hard against governor’s Energy Master Plan

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | September 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Opponents raise objections, particularly against plan’s failure to curb pending natural-gas pipeline and power plant projects

Op-Ed: New Technology Broadens Approach to Healthcare in Trenton

Natalie Terens | September 5, 2019 | Opinion
Health team and partners use online referral tool to address economic and social conditions that can influence well-being


| September 5, 2019 | Number of The Day

State Investigates Vaping’s Connection to Lung Disease

Lilo H. Stainton | September 4, 2019 | Healthcare
Reports of severe disease in 15 young e-cigarette users in New Jersey, more than 200 nationwide, lead to alarm among healthcare officials

At Start Of School Year, An ‘Incomplete’ On Report Card For Murphy

John Mooney | September 4, 2019 | Education
Governor who campaigned on education platform has boosted school funding, but a number of to-do items remain unchecked

Governor Names Enviros to Highlands Council; When Will Lawmakers Approve?

Tom Johnson | September 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy moves to reshape makeup of vital planning body but must wait for Senate to sign off

CPAs: Action From Congress Needed To Help Reduce Student-debt Load

John Reitmeyer | September 4, 2019 | Budget, Education
State professional association says indebted clients are putting off saving for retirement and buying a home

Newark Before the Comeback: A City Marked by White Flight, Poor Policy

Colleen O'Dea | September 4, 2019 | Social
In the span of a few decades, New Jersey’s premier city went from being an economic driver to a struggling urban area, most of whose white population had left. The reasons were complex

Governor announces $20M more for pre-K programs

David Cruz | NJTV News | September 4, 2019 | Education
New funding will go to 28 school districts, says Murphy, a longtime champion of preschool education

Op-Ed: NJ should give all immigrants access to driver’s licenses

Johanna Calle | September 4, 2019 | Opinion
Beyond helping thousands of immigrants, the move would improve safety by reducing the number of unlicensed drivers


| September 4, 2019 | Number of The Day

BPU Straw Proposal Unnerves Developers of Residential Solar Systems

Tom Johnson | September 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Developers warn state agency’s lowball incentives of $10 to $30 will drive out investors, decimating New Jersey’s solar sector

NJ Treasury details pension system’s gun-industry connections

John Reitmeyer | September 3, 2019 | More Issues
Workers’ pension funds are invested in a maker of high-end weapons, an ammunition manufacturer, and the Walmart retail chain, which sells firearms

How New Jersey Tries to Curb Cost of Prescriptions for Vulnerable Residents

Lilo H. Stainton | September 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Two state programs are aimed at reducing the price of premiums and out-of-pocket medication for NJ’s most vulnerable Medicare enrollees

Newark Disputes Elevated Lead Results in Downtown Building

Michael Hill | NJTV News | September 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Owners of luxury building in Newark had the water tested and say it’s not safe to drink, but city counters with tests of its own

Op-Ed: Isn’t It Time to Get Real About New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan?

Fred Fastiggi | September 3, 2019 | Opinion
If an administration’s EMP confuses vision with genuinely implementable strategic plans, we waste time and money and run the risk of thorny implementation issues

Summer Reading 2019: The Garden State in Fact and in Fiction

NJ Spotlight | September 3, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
Our annual series of excerpts from books by New Jersey authors or with Garden State hooks is still available to revisit, share or read for the first time


| September 3, 2019 | Number of The Day

Summer Reading 2019: Forging a Language for the Poetry of Newark

NJ Spotlight | August 29, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
In 'Wild Invocations,' Ysabel Y. González delivers poems as gritty and as graceful as New Jersey's largest city

Summer Reading 2019: Dan Grant’s Singular ‘Singularity Witness’

NJ Spotlight | August 28, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
Science, ethics, law, morality, and loyalty battle for supremacy in this thriller. Multiple players juggle varying agendas, and readers are never sure who has the upper hand

Summer Reading 2019: The Real-Life Lolita and Nabokov’s Novel

NJ Spotlight | August 27, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
Weinman’s gripping true-crime story of the 1948 kidnapping of a young girl also details how it influenced Nabokov’s shocking novel, ‘Lolita’

Summer Reading 2019: Caught in the Painful ‘In Between’ of a Biracial Identity

NJ Spotlight | August 26, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
Davon Loeb’s ‘The In-Betweens’: A lyrical — ultimately redemptive — story of pain, exploration, family, and coming to terms with a man’s biracial identity

Summer Reading 2019: NJ’s Vanishing Haul Seine Fishers

NJ Spotlight | August 25, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
The Lewis family has run its haul seine American shad fishery for five generations. Now, they’re the last on the Delaware River

Summer Reading 2019: Through the Past Darkly for NJ Hall of Famer

NJ Spotlight | August 22, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
In Mark Di Ionno’s second novel, ‘Gods of and Wood and Stone,’ the veteran journalist explores the haunted past of baseball hero and New Jersey native Joe Grudeck

Summer Reading 2019: NJ’s First Governor Invents the Job as He Reinvents Himself

NJ Spotlight | August 22, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
In the first biography of William Livingston since the 1830s, James Gigantino II paints a vivid portrait thrown into sharp relief by the tumult and threats of revolutionary New Jersey

Summer Reading 2019: There’s More than Fleishman in Trouble

NJ Spotlight | August 21, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
A novel that, at first glance, is about a man navigating the world after marriage breakdown, examines the complex and universal issues involved in a modern union

Summer Reading 2019: Sympathy for the Jersey Devil

NJ Spotlight | August 20, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
In ‘The Secret History of the Jersey Devil,’ authors Regal and Esposito trace the story of a creature spawned by the culture clash between the Lenape and the first settlers through all its strange twists and turns

Summer Reading 2019: Kingsolver’s ‘Unsheltered’ — A House Divided

NJ Spotlight | August 19, 2019 | 2019 Summer Reading
The large, currently crumbling house in Vineland isn’t haunted, but it’s the home of two deeply troubled families from different centuries

Testing and Follow-up Urged for Newark, Doctors Caution Against Panic

Lilo H. Stainton | August 16, 2019 | Healthcare
Medical experts based in Newark advise against panic over elevated levels of lead in some of the city’s water; they note most lead poisoning cases there are caused by peeling paint

Amid Crisis, Lawmakers Take Fresh Look At NJ’s Recycling System

Tom Johnson | August 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some environmental advocates say focus should be on reducing the amount of waste that’s generated

A Hike In The Gas Tax? We’ll Know By The End Of The Month

John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2019 | Budget
The possibility of an annual reset in the rate paid at the pump was part of the 2016 renewal of the depleted fund for road improvements

Farming’s fall and rise in the Garden State

NJ Spotlight | August 16, 2019 | More Issues
NJ Spotlight and NJTV News team up on a special report that examines the state of agriculture in New Jersey, its benefits and its costs

Bog turtle program seeks to rebuild fragile population of state reptile

Jon Hurdle | August 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New funding boosts habitat restoration on a former Salem County farm in hopes of arresting the decline in turtle numbers

Q&A: Psychologist On Law Adding Mental Health To Ed. Standards

John Mooney | August 16, 2019 | Education
Kelly Moore, chief investigator at the Children's Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery at Rutgers sees measure as ‘game-changer’

Lead concerns spread to towns that share Newark’s water supply

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Residents of Belleville and Bloomfield are among those wondering what the implications are for their water’s safety


| August 16, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ’s Efforts to Restrict Guns Greatly Hampered by Inaction Elsewhere

Ron Marsico | August 15, 2019 | More Issues
New Jersey is at the forefront of efforts to enact and enforce stricter gun laws, but resistance in other states and at the federal level is major impediment

Law Eases Burden of NJ Towns Facing Big Refunds for Successful Tax Appeals

John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2019 | Budget
Garden State municipalities will now have up to three years to refund local commercial property owners for tax judgments over $100,000

NJ Fights Federal Rule that Would Deny Benefits to Some Legal Immigrants

Michael Aron | NJTV News | August 15, 2019 | Immigration
State attorney general joins lawsuit that challenges the ‘public charge’ rule, which would bar people from getting green cards if they use food stamps, Medicaid, or federal housing vouchers

AtlantiCare Hospital System Expands Medical Education Program

Lilo H. Stainton | August 15, 2019 | Healthcare
Community-focused clinical training at new South Jersey regional campus of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

New Contract to Raise Newark Teacher Salaries, End Performance Pay

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | August 15, 2019 | Education
Pay-for-performance provisions, hailed as groundbreaking when introduced in 2012, are being eliminated

Profile: Economic Sustainability is the Key for This NJ State Planner

Colleen O'Dea | August 15, 2019 | Profiles
Donna Rendeiro spent a decade working in different government agencies. She is now executive director of the state Office of Planning Advocacy and secretary of the State Planning Commission


| August 15, 2019 | Number of The Day

Estimate Revised Up Of New Shore Homes Imperiled By Sea-level Rise, Storm Surge

Jon Hurdle | August 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has more recently built homes at risk in a 10-year flood than any other state

NJ Challenges Weaker Rule on Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants

Tom Johnson | August 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
A new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency would let coal units slide on pollution controls. New Jersey is among 22 state challenging the rule as unlawful

Plug Pension Hole By Curbing Traditional Plan? It May Not Be Best Strategy

John Reitmeyer | August 14, 2019 | Budget
Closing their so-called defined benefit plans to new workers has not worked out well in four states that tried it

On Streets Of Newark, Worry About Lead In Tap Water

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 14, 2019 | Healthcare
In wake of some elevated lead readings in homes with filtered water, officials are planning a much broader survey

NJIT Developing Data-Analytics Tool to Track Drug Distribution and Use

Lilo H. Stainton | August 14, 2019 | Healthcare
DrugTracker will scour social media posts, text messages and geospatial data for mention of drug activity, allowing aid organizations to respond more quickly to hot spots

The List: The Hottest Months in NJ Since Records Began

Colleen O'Dea | August 14, 2019 | The List
If you’ve been around since the year 2000, you have lived through most of the hottest months on record in New Jersey

Op-Ed: If NJ Should Divest from Guns, Why Not from Fossil Fuels?

Tina Weishaus | August 14, 2019 | Opinion
It’s puzzling that governor and Senate president have not come out in favor of taking New Jersey pension-plan funds out of fossil fuels, which threaten our very existence


| August 14, 2019 | Number of The Day

More NJ Residents Will Qualify for Help to Pay Their Gas, Electric Bills

Tom Johnson | August 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The Board of Public Utilities will add up to 5,700 low-income households to its Universal Service Fund program, raising the income eligibility limit to 185 percent of the federal poverty level

Newark Addresses Elevated Levels of Lead in Drinking Water

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
At EPA’s urging, city gives out bottled water to residents after tests at three homes turned up high lead levels in two of them

Horizon Agreement Sparks Concerns for Some Healthcare Providers

Lilo H. Stainton | August 13, 2019 | Healthcare
If approved by the state, American Specialty Health Network would oversee Horizon’s acupuncture, chiropractic services, physical therapy and occupational therapy claims

Explainer: How Short-Term Rental Tax Was Revised to Give Homeowners Relief

John Reitmeyer | August 13, 2019 | Explainer
New Jersey’s year-old tax on short-term property rentals has been revamped, mostly to assuage concerns about its negative effects of summer rentals at the Shore

Claim that NJ Could Save $2 Billion Annually on Road Work

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | August 13, 2019 | Transportation
New Jersey spends more maintaining and building its roads than any other state in the region, according to the Garden State Initiative

Op-Ed: NJ Needs to Break Gridlock on Autonomous-Car Legislation

Avi Kelin | August 13, 2019 | Opinion
‘Other states are passing us in research and development and our state’s autonomous-car movement is stalling. We need to do more.’


| August 13, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Hopeful of Deal on Tax Breaks Even as Veto and Override Are in Mix

John Reitmeyer | August 12, 2019 | Budget
Governor wants major reform of controversial tax-incentive programs; lawmakers want to renew them, unchanged, pending an overhaul

Critics Warn Fed Proposal Could Hinder States from Protecting Waterways

Tom Johnson | August 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As Environmental Protection Agency moves to streamline the Clean Water Act, New Jersey activists wonder about effects on PennEast pipeline

Interactive Map: Cost of Education in Each School District, 2017-2018

Colleen O'Dea | August 12, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Typical NJ public school district spent almost $16,000 per pupil. Total cost of educating each child was 40 percent higher when spending on busing, pensions, benefits, other costs are considered

New Measure Aims to Strengthen Patient Access to Palliative Care in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | August 12, 2019 | Healthcare
The law is also designed to improve access to hospice care; program expected to be in effect within three months

Latino Pastors, Officials Call for Action on Gun-Control Measures

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 12, 2019 | More Issues
Members of coalition representing 325 pastors, ministers and 32,000 parishioners in New Jersey say many in Latino community are afraid following mass shootings


| August 12, 2019 | Number of The Day

Show of Force by Critics of Draft Energy Master Plan, Frustration Grows

Tom Johnson | August 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Climate-change activists fault Murphy administration’s draft plan for not imposing immediate moratorium on fossil-fuel projects

Governor Endorses Removing Gun Investments from Public Pension Funds

John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2019 | More Issues
Murphy offers no timetable, noting that Treasury officials are ‘going through some technical issues’ to determine how to achieve divestment

Distribution And Use Of Naloxone Rise in NJ And Across Nation

Lilo H. Stainton | August 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Various data sources make it clear that easy access to the overdose antidote is critical in preventing opioid deaths

Algal Blooms Fed By Chemical Runoff And Climate Change, Study Says

Jon Hurdle | August 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Data compilation shows rising levels of unhealthy toxins in lakes and rivers around the country

Back From Summer Vacation, Murphy Immediately Faces The Heat

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 9, 2019 | Politics
Governor hails signal from senate president that recreational marijuana bill might get a hearing after all

Two Modest Steps Toward Developing Murphy’s Cutting-Edge Economy in NJ

John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2019 | Budget
Governor enacts laws to establish ‘innovation districts’ and task force to study use of blockchain technology in government


| August 9, 2019 | Number of The Day

‘Disturbing’ Increase in NJ Bias Incidents Last Year, Especially Among Young

Colleen O'Dea | August 8, 2019 | More Issues
Task force to combat youth bias is set up as Attorney General decries ‘rising tide of hate’

New State Guidance on Resolving Special Education Disputes

John Mooney | August 8, 2019 | Education
Every year there are hundreds of special ed disputes between school districts and families. The Department of Education has issued new rules in hopes of settling them more quickly

Sweeney Supports Ban on Public Pension Investments in Gun Industry

John Reitmeyer | August 8, 2019 | More Issues
A divestment bill which was introduced in the Legislature last year after a gun massacre at a Florida high school gets renewed attention after the latest wave of shootings

BPU Gives Assurance that State’s Solar Projects Will Stay on Track

Tom Johnson | August 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As agency takes steps to establish process to close current system of solar funding, it tells developers the market will remain stable

Booker Addresses Violence, Need for More Gun Control

Michael Hill | NJTV News | August 8, 2019 | Politics
Senator speaks at site of 2015 massacre in Charleston, South Carolina; says assessing domestic terrorism threats by white supremacists should be a federal responsibility


| August 8, 2019 | Number of The Day

Why Is State’s Public Pension System Still Invested in Gun Industry?

John Reitmeyer | August 7, 2019 | Budget
Following last year’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, some state lawmakers sought to ban pension-plan investments in gunmakers, but their bill went nowhere; Treasury also promised to review the holdings

Capping Seven-year Battle, ‘Wage-theft’ Law Is Signed By Lt. Governor

Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2019 | More Issues
An employer who fails to pay all wages due to a worker now faces stiffened fines and the possibility of jail time

PennEast Reaches Major Milestone, Plans to Submit New Application to DEP

Tom Johnson | August 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The controversial 120-mile pipeline has wrapped up all outstanding land surveys, completing a step that kept it stalled for more than a year

NJ Launches Nation’s First Stress ‘Resiliency’ Program for Police Officers

Lilo H. Stainton | August 7, 2019 | Healthcare
An estimated 37 law-enforcement personnel have committed suicide in New Jersey since 2016

New Jersey May Refuse Title X Funding Over Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 7, 2019 | Healthcare
‘Gag rule’ imposed by Trump administration would bar any group that accepts Title X money from even discussing abortion with clients


| August 7, 2019 | Number of The Day

Algae Blooms Symptomatic of Deeper Issues with NJ’s Water Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | August 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Problems like fertilizer runoff and combined-sewer overflows are well known, but state and legislators are stymied by $16-billion-plus price tag to begin to rectify situation

NJ Enacts More Gun Legislation in Wake of Mass Shootings

Michael Aron | NJTV News | August 6, 2019 | Politics
Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver signs three gun violence bills; Gov. Phil Murphy and Sen. Cory Booker call for action nationwide

Relief that $125M for Upgrades to NJ Libraries Finally on the Horizon

Colleen O'Dea | August 6, 2019 | More Issues
Pent-up demand for improvements; officials expect to be swamped by applications from across the state

With NJ Oversight, Health Insurance Exchange Could Launch a Year Early

Lilo H. Stainton | August 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Under a state proposal, New Jersey pledges to invest more than $2 million on consumer engagement for 2020 and plans to launch its own online portal by 2021

NJ Advocates Dismiss Trump’s Claim Video Games Cause Mass Shootings

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Gun control and rapid access to mental health treatment real keys to stem wave of violence washing over the country

Banning Discrimination Based on Hairstyles Associated with Race

Raven Santana | NJTV News | August 6, 2019 | Social
Legislation aims to prevent people — including children — feeling that they have to change the way they look to be accepted

Op-Ed: Camden’s Growth About More than Lower Unemployment

Jonathan Young | August 6, 2019 | Opinion
Camden’s unemployment rate has reached a 30-year low. In 2017, the city also had the highest employment-to-population ratio for 25- to 54-year-olds since 2009


| August 6, 2019 | Number of The Day

Off-Road drivers still battling conservationists over access to Pinelands

Jon Hurdle | August 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Three years after state dropped plan to close some trails, long-running fight remains unresolved

As Murphy Takes Bow for Record Low Unemployment, Critics Fear Future Shock

John Reitmeyer | August 5, 2019 | Budget
Governor proud of economic policies that have been ‘paying real dividends.’ Critic says ‘cumulative impact’ of tax hikes could bite if recession occurs

New Online Tool Helps NJ Prescribers to Identify Cheaper Drug Options

Lilo H. Stainton | August 5, 2019 | Healthcare
Thousands of New Jersey healthcare providers now use the tool in hopes of cutting costs to patients and medical practices

NJ Sues over Federal Plan to Cut Penalty for Fuel-Economy Violations

Tom Johnson | August 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey joins other states seeking to stop National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from more than halving penalty on automakers that don’t meet national standards

Op-Ed: Addressing Inequities in NJ’s Public Schools Is Moral Imperative

Lamont O. Repollet | August 5, 2019 | Opinion
Education commissioner says state education officials continuously question whether policies and practices create opportunities, not unfair barriers to student learning

How New Jersey Has Reduced its Prison Population

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | August 5, 2019 | Social
There are around 12,000 fewer inmates in the state today than 20 years ago; prisoner re-entry programs are seen as key to the change in numbers


| August 5, 2019 | Number of The Day

Hospital Housing Initiative Grows Beyond Expectations, Funding Too

Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2019 | Healthcare, Housing
At least six partnerships bringing housing to neighborhoods surrounding hospitals are expected to be underway by this time next year

NJ Groups Join Lawsuit over Questionable New Federal Lead Standards

Tom Johnson | August 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Attorney claims ‘Trump’s EPA’ failed to ‘follow mainstream science and correctly update these standards for children’s sake’

Medical aid-in-dying Law Goes Into Effect

Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | August 2, 2019 | Healthcare
Legislation lays out multi-step process for those choosing to end their life when facing a terminal illness

Judge Tosses Norcross Suit Against Murphy’s Task Force On EDA

NJTV News | August 2, 2019 | More Issues
Panel created by the governor is looking into questions about how tax incentives were awarded by the agency

Opinion: Can We Afford All This Healthcare Spending?

Richard F. Keevey | August 2, 2019 | Healthcare, Opinion
Healthcare Basics: A series that details the fundamentals of Medicare and Medicaid, two costly programs that play a critical role in keeping millions of Americans healthy

The List: ‘Lighthouse’ School Districts Lauded for Big Improvements

Carly Sitrin | August 2, 2019 | The List
Credited for having made significant academic progress and for helping diverse sets of learners, the newly designated ‘lighthouse’ districts are expected to be beacons of best practices

Booker Beats On Biden In Second Democratic Debate

David Cruz | NJTV News | August 2, 2019 | Politics
Junior senator from New Jersey takes offensive in exchanges with former vice president


| August 2, 2019 | Number of The Day

Where Are Teachers of Color as Schools Try to Serve Students of Color?

Carly Sitrin | August 1, 2019 | Education
A new approach called ‘social-emotional learning’ helps students form meaningful relationships with teachers, a key to improving grades and attitudes

Brave New World for Local Governments: No 2% Salary Caps for Cops, Firefighters

John Reitmeyer | August 1, 2019 | Budget
County and municipal officials meet in Trenton to get schooled in best ways to negotiate with labor unions now that 2 percent arbitration cap no longer available

NJ Gets Mixed Grades on Annual Cancer Policy Report Card

Lilo H. Stainton | August 1, 2019 | Healthcare
American Cancer Society recommends Garden State invest in more public anti-smoking campaigns

State to Overhaul Current Financing Mechanism for Solar Systems

Tom Johnson | August 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As Board of Public Utilities prepares to shut down current financing system for solar projects, clean-energy developers argue move will jeopardize millions of dollars in investments

Opinion: Medicare, A Bulwark of Elderly Care Now and Tomorrow

Richard F. Keevey | August 1, 2019 | Healthcare, Opinion
Healthcare Basics: A series that details the fundamentals of Medicare and Medicaid, two costly programs that play a critical role in keeping millions of Americans healthy

Algal Blooms Are a Growing Problem in New Jersey Lakes

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Businesses and residents calling for state Department of Environmental Protection to take swifter action in treating and preventing high levels of cyanobacteria


| August 1, 2019 | Number of The Day

Big Cut in PSE&G Spending Plan for Gas and Power Grids Ready to Be Finalized

Tom Johnson | July 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Utility tentatively agrees to significant reduction in proposed $2.5 billion program; public outcry over nuclear subsidy may have had effect

NJ Works to Curb Hepatitis A Outbreak as Infection Spreads in Many States

Lilo H. Stainton | July 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Rapid increase in cases across country; more than 300 in New Jersey in past seven months

NJ’s Homeless Population Decreases, But Nine Counties See an Increase

Colleen O'Dea | July 31, 2019 | Social
Annual survey likely undercounts New Jersey’s homeless; largest increase in 2019 count was in Somerset County

Two New Laws Will Help Protect Student Borrowers

Michael Aron | NJTV News | July 31, 2019 | Education
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver puts her ‘Jane Hancock’ on legislation that ensures students understand college tuition costs before and after loans are added in

State School Safety Bill Could Go National

David Cruz | NJTV News | July 31, 2019 | Education
Rep. Josh Gottheimer promises to take New Jersey’s Alyssa’s Law, which requires panic buttons to be installed in all public schools, nationwide

Opinion: Medicaid, An Indispensable Program For The Poor Of Our State

Richard F. Keevey | July 31, 2019 | Healthcare, Opinion
Healthcare Basics: A series that details the fundamentals of Medicare and Medicaid, two costly programs that play a critical role in keeping millions of Americans healthy


| July 31, 2019 | Number of The Day

Tax Incentives: Defenders Have Their Say in Front of Receptive Lawmakers

John Reitmeyer | July 30, 2019 | Budget
New Jersey legislators question whether state’s new oversight measures are too stringent. Controversial tax breaks remain source of dispute between governor and many in Legislature

NJ Supreme Court Reverses Decision About Source of Bayonne Pollution

Tom Johnson | July 30, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Court holds that Australian real estate developer improperly blocked from using state Spill Fund to clean up polluted flooding following Sandy

Preventing, Healing Childhood Trauma Before It Damages Kids’ Chances

Lilo H. Stainton | July 30, 2019 | Healthcare
Violence, racism, substance abuse — children can wind up paying for early trauma for the rest of their lives, but there are meaningful solutions

Camden’s Corporate Tax Breaks Offset Any Benefits to City Finances

WHYY News | July 30, 2019 | More Issues
Camden has been more than generous with local tax incentives, so much so that the cash-strapped city will need even more money from state to stay solvent

Menendez Calls for Better Protection Against Flying Beach Umbrellas

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | July 30, 2019 | More Issues
Senator, concerned about injuries, wants Consumer Product Safety Commission to act

Opinion: Happy Birthday, Medicare And Medicaid! Keys to Good Health in NJ

Richard F. Keevey | July 30, 2019 | Healthcare, Opinion
Healthcare Basics: A series that details the fundamentals of Medicare and Medicaid, two costly programs that play a critical role in keeping millions of Americans healthy


| July 30, 2019 | Number of The Day

Carneys Point, Seeking Dupont Cleanup, No longer a Meek Company Town

Jon Hurdle | July 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Advocates claim links between illness and chemical contamination as companies feud over who would pay to clean soil and water

Feds Cancel Power Auction by Grid Operator, Market Uncertainty Increases

Tom Johnson | July 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decision by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission affects PJM’s setting of energy prices — source of long-running dispute in New Jersey and elsewhere

New Law Aims for Speedier Road Improvements in New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | July 29, 2019 | Transportation
Governor signs legislation to help state transportation projects funded by gas-tax revenues run more efficiently

The List: Ranking 2020 Campaign Contributions for NJ House Candidates

Colleen O'Dea | July 29, 2019 | Politics, The List
Gottheimer leads way as Democratic incumbents are main recipients of more than $9 million in funding through the first half of 2019

Traffic at Meadowlands Mall a Concern for Emergency Responders

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 29, 2019 | Transportation
American Dream is expected to add thousands more vehicles daily to already overcrowded Route 3


| July 29, 2019 | Number of The Day

PSEG Plans to Power Down All but Three Natural-Gas Power Plants

Tom Johnson | July 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company indicates that making the closeouts a done deal by 2046 is critical to goal of reducing climate-warming emissions to net zero by 2050

Barchi by the Numbers: The Data on Tenure of Rutgers’ Outgoing President

John Mooney and Carly Sitrin | July 26, 2019 | Education
There’s sure to be no shortage of opinions pro and con concerning the ‘Barchi years’ at Rutgers University. Here’s what the numbers say

NJ Signs Multistate Nursing Licensing Compact

Lilo H. Stainton | July 26, 2019 | Healthcare
The Garden State will partner with 33 other states to address its nursing shortage, which is the third most severe in the U.S.

Delaware Basin Report Mostly Upbeat But Warns On Climate Change

Jon Hurdle | July 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Commission says water quality is improving but rising seas pose new challenges for the river and its watershed

Oliver Signs Bill That Aims to Close Gender Pay Gap

David Cruz | NJTV News | July 26, 2019 | More Issues
Prospective employers are now prohibited from asking about salary history

Sweeney Wants to Start Fresh With Murphy

Michael Aron | NJTV News | July 26, 2019 | Politics
NJ Senate president delves into where negotiations stand on tax incentives and his plans for more pension and health benefit reforms


| July 26, 2019 | Number of The Day

Pallone, Congressional Dems Plot the Route to Clean-Energy Consensus

Tom Johnson | July 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Democrat doesn’t minimize challenges in reaching agreement in Congress but says there ‘needs to be federal action’

NJ Homeless and Advocates Go to D.C. to Stress Need for Affordable Housing

Colleen O'Dea | July 25, 2019 | Housing
Personal stories, as well as legislative priorities, demonstrate to New Jersey’s congressional delegation that a place to call home is key to reducing homelessness

Rutgers Vape Video Looks to Clear the Air About E-cigarettes

Lilo H. Stainton | July 25, 2019 | Healthcare
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s short presentation about pros and cons of vaping shared over school website and distributed via social media

Sweeney: NJ Transit and Engineers Should Resolve Labor Dispute

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 25, 2019 | Transportation
Sources claim widespread cancellations more the result of unhappy engineers not working their relief days than personnel shortages

Shore Property Owners Want Relief from Short-Term Rental Tax

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | July 25, 2019 | More Issues
Governor is urged to sign bipartisan bill that would revise language regarding the tax


| July 25, 2019 | Number of The Day

State Fires 30 at Schools Development Authority

Carly Sitrin | July 24, 2019 | Education
Murphy administration also releases three reports into personnel controversies at the SDA under its former CEO Lizette Delgado Polanco

Interactive Map: Where ‘Crime Guns’ Have Been Recovered in New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | July 24, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Murphy administration compiles statistics to draw attention to its effort to hold manufacturers and dealers accountable

Murphy Signs Law that Targets Global Warming, Concedes It’s Not Enough

Tom Johnson | July 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
One activist calls measure to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in New Jersey ‘really significant’ while another says it falls far short of efforts by other states

Pallone Among Several Lawmakers Trying to Cut Surprise Medical Bills

Lilo H. Stainton | July 24, 2019 | Healthcare
‘No Surprises Act’ is one of four measures being promoted on Capitol Hill. It could fill gaps in NJ state law

Op-Ed: Press Corps Shouldn’t Ignore Murphy’s Conflict Of Interest

Mike Lilley | July 24, 2019 | Opinion
The NJEA was a major funder for the ‘dark money’ group that is pushing governor’s millionaires tax

Members of NJ’s Legislative Black Caucus Back ‘Squad,’ Call out Trump

David Cruz | NJTV News | July 24, 2019 | Politics
Led by U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, lawmakers decry as racist president’s comments about four congresswomen


| July 24, 2019 | Number of The Day

Federal Judge Orders Mediation in Greystone Psychiatric Lawsuit

Lilo H. Stainton | July 23, 2019 | Healthcare
Plaintiffs allege conditions at Morris County hospital are dangerous for staffers and patients alike

‘Green’ Coalition Asks Burlington Freeholders to Block SRL Pipeline

Tom Johnson | July 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Enviros want board to deny permit to New Jersey Natural Gas for Southern Reliability Link. Utility has already started building in Pinelands National Preserve

Watchdog: Trenton Can Do More To Hedge Against Future Revenue Drops

John Reitmeyer | July 23, 2019 | Budget
During the Great Recession, the lack of a rainy-day fund put pressure on property-tax relief programs and the public-worker pension funding

Pallone Offers A Fix For Surprise Medical Expenses

Michael Aron | July 23, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey congressman wants to extend state’s control effort to the rest of the country

Report: 1,880 Hours of Transit Delays Over Past Four Years

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 23, 2019 | Transportation
New Jersey, New York sign law creating Gateway Development Commission, hoping to get some relief for stalled commuters

Op-Ed: Making the Case for Clean Energy in Frontline Communities

Laureen M. Boles | July 23, 2019 | Opinion
Prioritizing solar and battery storage in low-income communities and communities of color would create economic opportunities where they’re most needed


| July 23, 2019 | Number of The Day

Moody’s Warns About Effect of Funding Freeze on Distressed Municipalities

John Reitmeyer | July 22, 2019 | Budget
Rating agency alerts investors to potential trouble if Gov. Phil Murphy’s suspension of $105 million in ‘transitional aid’ remains in place

Murphy Scraps Christie’s Salary Cap for School Superintendents

John Mooney | July 22, 2019 | Education
Nine years after former Gov. Chris Christie limited how much New Jersey superintendents could be paid, his successor ends the restriction

NJ Democrats, Louisiana Republicans, Others in Bid to Improve Flood Insurance

Tom Johnson | July 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With the National Flood Insurance Program set to expire, Sen. Bob Menendez says joint effort is ‘a chance to fix what’s broken’

What’s the Transportation Plan for American Dream Megamall?

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 22, 2019 | Transportation
With scant details available from either the mall’s developers or NJ Transit, one consultant predicts ‘chaos on the roads’

Opinion: The Federal Debt Ceiling Is A Farce — Eliminate It

Richard F. Keevey | July 22, 2019 | Opinion
The right time to hold the line on deficit spending is when the budget is drafted

New Law Will Require NJ Schools to Teach About Sexual Abuse

NJTV News | July 22, 2019 | Education
New Jersey is latest state to adopt ‘Erin’s Law,’ calling for age-appropriate education on the topic from preschool to 12th grade


| July 22, 2019 | Number of The Day

New York Tops NJ with Plans for Offshore Wind

Tom Johnson | July 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces most ambitious offshore-wind goals in the country, stage set for competition with Garden State

NJ Urged ‘to Get Creative’ on Tax Incentives, Focus on Affordable Housing

Colleen O'Dea | July 19, 2019 | Housing
Call comes amid a stalemate between the governor and leading legislators over the future of state economic-development efforts

New Coalition Says Residents Left Out of Camden’s Revitalization

Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | July 19, 2019 | More Issues
Group wants seat at the table to ensure that changes benefit the community

Harmful Algae Bloom Affects Another NJ Lake

Julie Daurio | NJTV News | July 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Report of cyanobacteria levels 10 times greater than state’s health standard at Greenwood Lake; residents advised to take precautions

Op-Ed: Health and Safety at Risk if More Gas Pipelines Allowed in NJ

Patty Cronheim | July 19, 2019 | Opinion
Federal safety rules are inadequate and liable to be made weaker by the Trump administration


| July 19, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ Supreme Court Moves Against Judges in Vexed Sexual Assault Cases

Carly Sitrin | July 18, 2019 | More Issues
Order is issued for one judge to be removed and removal of another is sought; special training announced for judiciary

Critics Contend State’s Draft Energy Master Plan Won’t Slow Climate Change

Tom Johnson | July 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Enviros came out in droves for Murphy. Now they’re saying his draft plan is too soft on natural gas projects, too reliant on nuclear power

NJ Top Court Rules Student Records Not Covered by Open Access

Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2019 | Education
In split decision, court upholds appellate ruling, shuts the door on all requests for confidential records, even those that have been redacted

NJ Transit Marks 40th Anniversary Amid Commuter Complaints

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 18, 2019 | Transportation
Unhappy NJ Transit riders agree troubled state agency is hardly fit and 40

New Jersey Files Suit over IRS Decision Blocking SALT Workarounds

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | July 18, 2019 | Budget
Attorney general says lawsuit challenges Trump administration cap as ‘unlawful’ and ‘violation of our federal tax code’

Superintendent’s 2020 Plan for Newark’s Schools: What to Expect

Devna Bose, Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | July 18, 2019 | Education
Observers are watching closely to see whether Roger León’s ideas translate into action and improvements for students


| July 18, 2019 | Number of The Day

LNG export terminal would take 360 trucks a day, 24/7, Army Corps says

Jon Hurdle | July 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Agency releases new details about planned Gloucester County facility after ‘conversations’ with developer

Lethal Heat Waves in Offing Without Global Action; Heat Index Would Leap in NJ

Tom Johnson | July 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has averaged three days per year with heat index above 100 degrees Fahrenheit; that could go to 49 days by the end of the century if nothing is done

High Court Buoys Whistleblower Rights in Death Race 2012 Case

Colleen O'Dea | July 17, 2019 | More Issues
Win for trooper who claimed retaliation in wake of State Police escort of car club during high-speed parkway run

Largest Hospital, Largest Health Insurance Company Form New Alliance

Lilo H. Stainton | July 17, 2019 | Healthcare
Partnership between Bergen County facility and Horizon envisages increased access to wide range of services for thousands of residents

New Law on Smart Guns as Governor Calls for More Gun Control

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 17, 2019 | More Issues
Murphy also signs three other anti-gun violence measures

Op-Ed: Lessons of Newark’s School Construction Successes, Mistakes

Kyle Rosenkrans | July 17, 2019 | Opinion
The state could have built almost twice as many schools for Newark kids if it followed the model of one of the city’s charter schools


| July 17, 2019 | Number of The Day

Unhappy Enviros Blast Murphy’s Draft Energy Master Plan

Tom Johnson | July 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Coalition of environmental groups argue draft plan doesn’t impose a needed moratorium on new fossil-fuel projects

Signing Three Bills, Murphy Adds Weapons to War Against Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | July 16, 2019 | Healthcare
Measures boost awareness of opioid misuse, add warning labels on medicine bottles containing opiates, and write MAT into law

Mapping Out Alternative Ways for NJ to Redraw Legislative Districts

Colleen O'Dea | July 16, 2019 | Politics
Greater public involvement, increased transparency, and larger redistricting commission could be written into state constitution

Governor Announces September Trade Mission to India

John Reitmeyer | July 16, 2019 | More Issues
Six-city, seven-day visit will focus on technology, manufacturing, clean energy and pharmaceutical industries

Agency Mulls Review of LNG Terminal Application for Delaware River Basin

Jon Hurdle | July 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Environmental group accuses regulator of abandoning responsibility to protect water resources

NJ Lawmakers Seek to Lift Federal Limits on Homegrown Doctors

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 16, 2019 | Healthcare
Caps restrict the number of medical residencies that hospitals can offer; Menendez, Pascrell and Gottheimer would change that

New Law Limits Solitary Confinement in New Jersey

Michael Hill | NJTV News | July 16, 2019 | More Issues
The practice will be prohibited unless there is reasonable cause to believe the inmate or others would be at substantial risk of serious harm


| July 16, 2019 | Number of The Day

Meadowlands Megamall Spurs Major Traffic Concerns

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 15, 2019 | Transportation
Questions arise as to how NJ Transit, Secaucus and the state will respond once the American Dream center opens

New Foreclosure Law Aims to Inhibit Loss of Affordable Homes in NJ

Colleen O'Dea | July 15, 2019 | Housing
At start of proceedings, measure would give municipalities option to buy homes that are deed-restricted for low- and moderate-income purchasers

$1M in State Funding for Local News Consortium Is Up in the Air

John Reitmeyer | July 15, 2019 | Budget
Gov. Murphy has put that money and dozens of other spending items on hold over budget concerns

Changing of the Guard at New Jersey Resources

Tom Johnson | July 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After steering company for two decades, Laurence Downes to step down; he has been a big booster of a clean-energy economy for Garden State

Op-Ed: Principles that Should Guide Final Version of NJ’s Energy Master Plan

Scott Weiner | July 15, 2019 | Opinion
‘The enormity of the work required to move the energy master plan from vision to implementation can’t be overstated’


| July 15, 2019 | Number of The Day

Outrage over How NJ Judges Dealt with Sexual Assault Cases

Carly Sitrin | July 12, 2019 | More Issues
Survivors, advocates, lawmakers call for removal of two judges and for overhaul of criminal justice system in the state

Hudson County Hospitals Facing New Criticism Over Financial Practices

Lilo H. Stainton | July 12, 2019 | Healthcare
As dozens of layoffs loom at CarePoint Health, state’s largest healthcare union questions whether stricter state monitoring could have prevented them

Audit: New Jersey Police Agencies Need Uniform Policies For Rape Kits

Colleen O'Dea | July 12, 2019 | More Issues
No backlog, but questions persist about why results of some exams were never processed at state forensic labs

NJ Transit Emerges Unscathed From Trenton’s Battle Of The Budget

John Reitmeyer | July 12, 2019 | Budget
Net financial support for the beleaguered transit agency is up $75 million in the recently approved spending plan

Former Murphy Official Has Not Responded to Lawsuit Over Alleged Rape

Karen Rouse | WNYC News | July 12, 2019 | More Issues
Attorney for Katie Brennan has asked the court to enter a default against Al Alvarez

Preparing Shore Towns for Rising Sea Levels

Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | July 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New state initiative aims to help 15 Shore towns develop strategies to combat rising sea levels, which are expected to increase significantly over next decade

Spreading the Word on Free Summer Meals for Underserved Youth

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | July 12, 2019 | Social
Newark kicks off high-profile events to get the word out on its Summer Food Service Program


| July 12, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ Not Alone in Switch to State-Based Health Insurance Exchange

Lilo H. Stainton | July 11, 2019 | Healthcare
Four other states, including Pennsylvania, are moving to take over ACA operation from federal government

Thinking Small Could Alter Power Grid by Integrating Small-Scale Power Systems

Tom Johnson | July 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Distributed energy resources like solar arrays and CHP can help customers save while giving utilities a way to trim spending on local, long-distance infrastructure

Smarter Electronic System Will Track Sale of Corporate Tax Credits in Real Time

John Reitmeyer | July 11, 2019 | Budget
Better monitoring will make it easier for Department of Treasury to keep tabs on tax incentives when they’re redeemed, making financial projections and budgeting more accurate

Sheriffs Defend Renewed Contracts with ICE Despite AG’s Rebuke

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 11, 2019 | Immigration
Cape May and Monmouth County sheriffs both renewed 287(g) contracts specifying that undocumented immigrants with criminal records be turned over to ICE

Groundbreaking Project in Paterson Ties Health to Housing

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | July 11, 2019 | Healthcare
St. Joseph’s Health partners with state to provide affordable housing for frequent users of emergency department

No Funding in Sight to Repair Newark’s Crumbling Schools

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | July 11, 2019 | Education
Buildings in cash-strapped district have leaky roofs, damaged walls, peeling paint, old electrical systems, missing sinks and toilets


| July 11, 2019 | Number of The Day

Public gets to weigh in on state's embattled tax-break programs

John Reitmeyer | July 10, 2019 | Budget
Task force also hears more about controversial Camden award made to nuclear-parts manufacturer Holtec International

State Appoints Dental Director, First in Three Decades

Lilo H. Stainton | July 10, 2019 | Healthcare
Dr. Darwin K. Hayes, who led large training program in the Bronx, will develop oral-health plan for the state

Advocates Optimistic About Bid To Monitor PFAS In Water Systems

Tom Johnson | July 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Amendments to annual federal defense spending bill contain language that could help define scope of the contamination

NJ Goes After Employers Who Misclassify Workers as Independent Contractors

Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2019 | More Issues
Governor says misclassification is ‘an unfair business practice and it is illegal,’ as new report proposes remedies for growing problem

Attorney general: County sheriffs violated Immigration Directive

Julie Daurio | NJTV News | July 10, 2019 | Immigration
Monmouth and Cape May counties have until August 6 to justify their renewed cooperation with federal authorities, including ICE

Shortage of Home Care Nurses on Horizon

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | July 10, 2019 | Healthcare
Home healthcare agencies say Medicaid reimbursements have not kept pace and, as a result, it’s tough to recruit private duty nurses


| July 10, 2019 | Number of The Day

State Ramps Up Training in Latest Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | July 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Hundreds of additional healthcare professionals are being schooled in Medication Assisted Treatment, considered the gold standard of care

Explainer: Trump Repeals Obama Clean Power Plan, Offers Slacker Alternative

Tom Johnson | July 9, 2019 | Explainer
A 60-day window is open for challenges to EPA’s adoption of new rule concerning emissions from coal-fired plants; challenges to the new regulation are expected

Two Days on the Job, BOE President Talks Takeovers, Exit Tests, and More

John Mooney | July 9, 2019 | Education
Kathy Goldenberg is a big believer in public education, and an equally big believer that New Jersey students deserve the best

Opinion: NJ’s Health Benefits Liability Increased to $90B — Why and What to Do?

Richard F. Keevey | July 9, 2019 | Opinion
The state’s total health benefit liability rivals its $99.6 billion unfunded pension liability. What’s behind this $54 billion increase? Is it a harbinger of future problems?

Murphy Signs Bills Protecting Benefits for First Responders

Michael Aron | NJTV News | July 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Safeguards put in place for those who volunteered at Ground Zero and became sick, and for those claiming workers’ compensation

Booming E-Commerce Industry Is Making NJ the Warehouse State

Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | July 9, 2019 | More Issues
The warehousing and storage industry added 25,000 jobs in NJ in the past four years, far outstripping projections


| July 9, 2019 | Number of The Day

Lake Hopatcong Closure Seen as Wake-Up Call for State’s Watersheds

Tom Johnson | July 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The shutdown of New Jersey’s largest recreational lake because of harmful algae blooms is not an isolated case; conservationists warn that something must change

Praise for Governor’s Measure to Aid Immigrants, Refugees

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 8, 2019 | Immigration
Office of New Americans will assist with housing, clothes, food and navigating a new culture

Profile: A Doctor in the Business of Fostering Healthy Communities

Lilo H. Stainton | July 8, 2019 | Profiles
Hanaa Hamdi wants to bring people together to create sustainable, equitable and healthy neighborhoods

Murphy’s Budget Freeze Hits Aid for Needy Towns

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 8, 2019 | Budget
Decision creates difficulties for municipalities like Paterson, Atlantic City and Camden

Heart-Attack Patients Face Worse Odds at NJ Hospitals with Lower ‘Care’ Scores

Caren Chesler | July 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Rutgers University researchers find 3 percent of heart attack patients return to low-scoring hospitals due to a new heart attack within 30 days

World Cup champion Carli Lloyd stays true to her Jersey roots

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | July 8, 2019 | More Issues
‘Humble and dedicated soccer player’ has fans around the world but none more passionate than in South Jersey, the place she calls home

The List: Ranking New Jersey’s Highest Paid Executives

Colleen O'Dea | July 8, 2019 | The List
New report says state’s average corporate CEO made about $13.4 million in 2018, while the average worker made $58,210

Sherrill Discusses New Servicewomen Caucus, Border Funding

NJTV News | July 8, 2019 | Politics
Women in the military face issues like healthcare gaps, says congresswoman, a former U.S. Navy pilot


| July 8, 2019 | Number of The Day

Booker Wraps Nevada Swing with Immigration Reform Roundtable

David Cruz | NJTV News | July 5, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Nevada is among top five states for influx of immigrants, and Sen. Booker has been discussing the issue after saying how his administration would deal with immigration problems

I felt that, too

David Cruz | NJTV News | July 5, 2019 | The Booker Beat
July 7, 2019 — We don’t get a lot of earthquakes in Jersey. A few years ago I felt a weird bumping on Sherman Avenue that turned out to be part of a small tremor in what some people call Central Jersey. But a genuine, room-shaking, “holy crap what the hell was that” tremor was a new one for me. We were starting an edit in my 13th floor hotel room when I felt a rolling shake, sort of like a subway car passing under the theater. Thinking that my hotel — which frankly has seen better days — was about to collapse, I stood up (like that was gonna help) and looked around the room. “What the hell,” I exclaimed to my photographer Brendan Smyth, whose quizzical look was also no help at all. The shaking lasted maybe 30 seconds. When the room did not begin to pancake on top of the 12 floors beneath me I realized it was an earthquake. In fact, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Southern California, about 250 miles west, had just hit. It was my first earthquake (Brendan’s too) and I’m sure neither of us followed whatever the proper protocols are for earthquake survival. I tried to shoot some video on my phone but did the ol’ pause instead of record so I have no record of the hangers rattling in the closet or our stunned faces when we realized what had just happened. We were on deadline, and it was already mid-afternoon in Jersey. We were both OK. It wasn’t the end of the world; it was just Thursday morning on the Booker Beat.— David Cruz

Booker Answers Questions about Fundraiser with Essex County Executive

David Cruz | NJTV News | July 4, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Immigration and immigrant detention have become big issues in senator’s campaign this week

Seeking Momentum After Good Debate Performance

NJTV News | July 3, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
As he campaigns in Nevada, Booker looks to build on his positive debate showing and fundraising numbers

Plans To Maximize Census Count Coalesce In Wake Of High-court Decision

Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2019 | Politics
Feds abandon citizenship question, but Murphy agrees to spend $7M extra on statewide outreach effort anyway

Murphy Recommends Middle Ground for Home Care Wage Measure

Lilo H. Stainton | July 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Issuing a conditional veto, governor urges new hourly rate of $18 rather than the $20 legislators had wanted

In Trenton, There’s Agreement On One Form Of Tax Break, At Least

John Reitmeyer | July 3, 2019 | Budget
Governor signs law doubling the ‘angel investor’ credit, available to those who fund biotech firms and other startup companies

NJ Congressman Defends Tax Breaks for Company Connected to Rich Brother

Susan Schmidt | WNYC News | July 3, 2019 | Politics
U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross has nothing but praise for Camden-based Holtec International, which was granted big tax breaks and is now under scrutiny

NJ Joins Other States in Asbestos Lawsuit Against Trump’s EPA

Tom Johnson | July 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Officials say federal agency is failing to collect data on the importation and use of the known carcinogen

New Law Means DEP Expected to Monitor Beach Access Issues

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 3, 2019 | More Issues
Department of Environmental Protection commissioner anticipates a ‘real challenge’ for her agency; says it is committed to ‘fair and equitable access’

Murphy Signs Law Greatly Expanding NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program

Michael Aron | NJTV News | July 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Overhaul allows more professionals to prescribe medical pot, in higher amounts, and with fewer restrictions

Profile: First Latina Takes Key Role in NJ Law, Finds Time to Juggle Plenty More

Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2019 | Profiles
Evelyn Padin, new president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, runs a private practice and a real-estate business; she’s also a restaurant owner

Five Former SDA Employees File Suit in Federal Court

NJTV News | July 3, 2019 | More Issues
Lawsuit alleges Schools Development Authority violated First Amendment rights of fired workers

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Higher Education Policy is Misguided

Darryl G. Greer | July 3, 2019 | Opinion
Instead of focusing on student outmigration and free college, we should do a better job educating and graduating the students we currently serve


| July 3, 2019 | Number of The Day

Booker’s Plan Promises Executive Action on Immigration

David Cruz | NJTV News | July 2, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Senator announces a plan to close majority of federally-run immigrant detention centers

Ørsted’s Plan for Wind in NJ Promises to Aid Economic Development

Tom Johnson | July 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Danish developer could bring German manufacturer of turbine foundations to Paulsboro, one way it can deliver economic-development benefits to help create green-energy sector

Legal Challenge to NJ’s Contentious New Dark-Money Law

Colleen O'Dea | July 2, 2019 | Politics
Gov. Phil Murphy reluctantly signed legislation that would require certain groups to disclose political spending. A conservative group is seeking an injunction to prevent the law from taking effect

Fiscal 2021 Budget Could Be a Bear If Murphy, Sweeney Stick to Their Guns

John Reitmeyer | July 2, 2019 | Budget
Governor and top Dem seem more interested in rehearsing old battles than planning for a budget that will include a $4.5 billion contribution to public-worker pension system — and that’s just one challenge

NJ First State to Let Paramedics Offer Prime Opioid-Withdrawal Drug

Lilo H. Stainton | July 2, 2019 | Healthcare
Emergency responders will be able to carry buprenorphine, which has been shown to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal

Despite Murphy’s Line-Item Cuts, Education Budget Remains Intact

John Mooney | July 2, 2019 | Education
Overall state aid to school districts didn’t change, though governor lopped $38 million from Sweeney program

‘Bridgegate’ Conspirator Set to Be Freed Pending Appeal

NJ Spotlight | July 2, 2019 | Politics
Former Christie appointee who was convicted in political scandal is to be let out of prison pending US Supreme Court appeal

NJ Spotlight Roundtable on What’s Next for Marijuana in New Jersey

NJ Spotlight | July 2, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
Experts discuss increasing access to medical marijuana and the prospects of legalizing recreational adult use while ensuring social justice

Quality of New Jersey’s Ocean Water ‘Outstanding’

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | July 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
DEP commissioner says monitoring last summer ‘showed that our ocean beaches meet standards 98 percent of the time’

New Jersey University Won’t Sell Music College to Chinese Firm

NJ Spotlight | July 2, 2019 | Education
Rider U. and Kaiwen Education agree to drop controversial plans for Westminster Choir College

Op-Ed: Take Action for the Delaware During Plastic-Free July

Sandra Meola | July 2, 2019 | Opinion
Between entanglement, ingestion, and ecosystem damage — plastic pollution impacts marine species both large and small


| July 2, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Signs $38.7B Budget But Uses Line-Item Veto to Clip Lawmakers’ Wish List

John Reitmeyer | July 1, 2019 | Budget
Governor redlines nearly $50 million in legislative spending and impounds another $235 million

NJ’s Minimum Wages Rises to $10 Today in First Step Toward $15

Colleen O'Dea | July 1, 2019 | Budget
The law increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage from the current $8.85 bears first fruit today

Murphy Makes NJ 12th State with Own Health Insurance Exchange

Lilo H. Stainton | July 1, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey is the first to make the change since Obamacare was established

Progressives Hold Protest at Booker Presidential Fundraiser

Michael Hill |NJTV News | July 1, 2019 | Politics
The $2,800-a-plate event was hosted by South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross and Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo

Call on State to Ensure EV Development Is Equitable, Helps Poorer Communities

Tom Johnson | July 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Coalition urges statewide plan to electrify transportation sector, making sure that communities hit hard by pollution are prioritized

DRBC in Funding Shortfall from Three States and Federal Government

Jon Hurdle | July 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Interstate water regulator says it isn’t getting the necessary funds to plan for climate change

Lack of Engineers, Summer Schedule Create NJ Transit Frustration

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | July 1, 2019 | Transportation
Transportation advocates say focus should be put back on riders, who have already endured two summers of challenges

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Bridgegate Case

NJ Spotlight | July 1, 2019 | Politics
U.S. Supreme Court will take case involving Christie administration officials convicted on multiple counts for causing gridlock near the George Washington Bridge

Op-Ed: Prioritize Local Businesses in Medical Marijuana Licensing

Jeffrey Samuels | July 1, 2019 | Opinion
Small businesses may not have the political clout of regional conglomerates, but they’re hardworking, dependable and uniquely Jersey


| July 1, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Reveals Line-Item Vetos for Budget, Sweeney Has Last Word — for Now

NJ Spotlight and NJTV News | June 30, 2019 | Budget
Given the rancor of the budget run-up, it's no surprise the governor and Senate president continue to disagree — even after it's a done deal

Murphy Details Line-Item Vetos, Sweeney Argues Some Cuts Are Misguided

NJ Spotlight and NJTV News | June 30, 2019 | Budget
There's no love lost between governor and Senate president, even though they've been more amicable of late. Budget compromises give both more reasons to disagree

Murphy: There Will Be No Shutdown of State Government

John Reitmeyer | June 28, 2019 | Budget
Announcement signals governor has given up on push to make a true millionaires tax part of Trenton’s next budget

Officials, Advocates In NJ Hail High-court Ruling On Census Citizen Question

Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2019 | More Issues
Many say Trump administration lacks sufficient time to restate case before the national nose count must start

Opinion: In Battle with Norcross, Murphy Seizes Moral High Ground

Carl Golden | June 28, 2019 | Opinion
Rookie governor has positioned himself in faceoff with powerbroker as the champion of a fair and open government, guided by integrity

New Law Simplifies How State Allocates Funds to Preserve Open Space

Tom Johnson | June 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Farmland, historic properties and conservation nonprofits garner a larger share of funds

State Fires Back on Claims Alleging Dangerous Conditions at Greystone

Lilo H. Stainton | June 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Attorney general contends lawsuit fails to prove that state’s actions caused harm to plaintiffs

Could Hoboken Become a National Model for Storm Resiliency?

Mary Alice Williams | NJTV News | June 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The city’s strategy: to resist stormwater, delay its release, store it, and discharge it when it can do the least damage

Budget Breakdown: Where the Governor and Legislature Disagree

NJTV News | June 28, 2019 | Budget
Although their spending proposals differ little in size, the sides are far apart on key issues. NJ Spotlight’s John Reitmeyer explains


| June 28, 2019 | Number of The Day

At First Democratic Debate, Booker Makes Inroads

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 27, 2019 | The Booker Beat
New Jersey’s senator talked the most and inspired the most web queries

Researchers, Scientists Look for Natural Solutions to Fight Climate Change

Tom Johnson | June 27, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Rutgers and Duke Farms embark on five-year project to turn 2,700 acres of forests, grasslands, farmlands, and wetlands into an experimental carbon sink

Add-Ons to 2020 Budget Bill Add Up to $100 Million in Spending

John Reitmeyer and Colleen O'Dea | June 27, 2019 | Budget
‘Legislative priorities’ provide perfect opportunity for Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and other Dems to continue their war of words

Lawmakers Want Emergency Funds for Struggling Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | June 27, 2019 | Healthcare
Sen. Richard Codey spearheads effort to stave off possible closure of East Orange General Hospital with $7.5M grant for behavioral health program

Impacts of PFAS Chemicals on Human Immune System Highlighted

Jon Hurdle | June 27, 2019 | Energy & Environment
But New Jersey panel won’t revisit its recommendations for strict limits on two of the chemicals; PFAS are widespread in the state

Preparing High Schoolers for College and Career: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

NJ Spotlight | June 27, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
What skills do graduates need to succeed beyond high school? Policy, college and business leaders discuss the expectations

Online Betting Leads the Way for NJ’s Burgeoning Sports-Betting Industry

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | June 27, 2019 | More Issues
In just a few months, New Jersey has ramped up from zero betting parlors to 10, helping the state realize $3 billion all told from sports betting

Gov Slams Legislature’s Cut to Free Community-College Program

Michael Aron | NJTV News | June 27, 2019 | Budget, Education
Murphy contrasts lawmakers’ rejection of millionaires tax with their failure to agree to increased funding for the colleges

Op-Ed: More Accountability Should Be Endgame for Charter Schools

Donna M. Chiera | June 27, 2019 | Opinion
Illegally or not, charter schools take money for schools and students out of the very communities where it is most needed


| June 27, 2019 | Number of The Day

What to Expect in First Democratic Presidential Debate

NJTV News | June 26, 2019 | The Booker Beat
It’s debate night for 10 Democratic presidential candidates. What to watch for as Sen. Cory Booker and others on stage in Miami, Florida try for their breakout moment

Enviros Irked by Changes to Measure that Tackles Sources of NJ Food Waste

Tom Johnson | June 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Late amendments will allow waste to continue to flow to garbage dumps and incinerators if they have systems to capture methane gas

Gov Taps Respected Nurse and Hospital Exec to Lead Health Department

Lilo H. Stainton | June 26, 2019 | Healthcare
Judith Persichilli is choice to replace Dr. Shereef Elnahal, who departs next month for the top job at Newark’s University Hospital

Explainer: Where Governor, Lawmakers Differ on Budgeting for a Downturn

John Reitmeyer | June 26, 2019 | Explainer
Murphy and legislators don’t see eye-to-eye on how much money state should hold in reserve for economic headwinds

Fears that NJ Won’t Make Deadline to Create Own Health Exchange by 2020

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | June 26, 2019 | Healthcare
Concerns that necessary legislation will not be posted for a vote before Legislature’s summer recess

Expansion Of Veterans Tax Break To Go Before Voters In November

Colleen O'Dea | June 26, 2019 | More Issues
Legislature approves ballot question that would extend the existing $250 deduction to those living in continuing-care retirement communities

Murphy Urges Lawmakers To Restore Tax On Opioid Manufacturers

Michael Aron | njtv news | June 26, 2019 | Budget
With just days to go before budget deadline, governor reiterates case for his spending plan

Next Items on the Marijuana Agenda in New Jersey

Carly Sitrin | June 26, 2019 | Healthcare, Roundtables
At NJ Spotlight roundtable, experts explore expansion of medical marijuana program and what’s possible for adult-use after a measure for legalizing it failed


| June 26, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy’s Plan for NJ Public-Private Fund Goes Nowhere Amid EDA Standoff

John Reitmeyer | June 25, 2019 | Budget
Governor’s proposed innovation fund is stalled in Legislature as lawmakers want simply to extend existing tax-incentive programs; threat of governor’s veto remains

Lawmakers Say $40M Boost to State Budget if Prisons Were Consolidated

Colleen O'Dea | June 25, 2019 | Politics
Pointing to empty beds and cells, underused jails, legislators argue they can balance budget without new taxes. Murphy dismisses scheme as ‘magic math’

‘Spike’ in Suicide Attempts by NJ Preteens, Girls Especially

Caren Chesler | June 25, 2019 | Social
As experts look for causes, some are considering social rather than biological determinants and possible link to rise in use of social media

Newest Nomination to Pinelands Commission Joins Four Others Waiting

Tom Johnson | June 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy wants to remake commission, ending Christie-era focus on building pipelines through the preserve, but state Senate letting confirmation hearings languish

Rutgers Gives Itself Great Report Card, Leader of Faculty Union Differs

Carly Sitrin | June 25, 2019 | Education
Five-year report celebrates achievements in funding, construction and diversity; union official takes issue, particularly on tuition

Lawmakers Seek Higher Pay for Personal Care, Full Funding in Doubt

Lilo H. Stainton | June 25, 2019 | Healthcare
No one argues that personal-care workers don’t rate a pay hike, but giving them a boost will add $131 million to the state’s Medicaid expenses over next 12 months

PSEG Power Unloads Two Coal-Fired Plants in Western Pennsylvania

Tom Johnson | June 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Transaction expected to close late in 2019 leaves power producer with a single coal-burning facility already scheduled for early retirement

How Did ‘Union Guy’ Steve Sweeney Become Labor’s Public Enemy No. 1?

Meir Rinde | WNYC News | June 25, 2019 | Politics
Despite solid blue-collar cred, Senate president has few friends in the public-worker rank and file


| June 25, 2019 | Number of The Day

Finally, Major Movement on Governor’s Promises for Offshore Wind

Tom Johnson | June 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Approval for a $1.6B wind farm 15 miles off Atlantic City readies state to become significant participant in the sector

Delaware River Sojourn Promotes Conservation, Nurtures Sense of Family

Jon Hurdle | June 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
A flotilla of kayaks and canoes completes its 25th annual journey as scientists seek more gains in water quality

How Two Unrelated Hospital Measures Have Stalled in Trenton

Lilo H. Stainton | June 24, 2019 | Healthcare
One bill concerns angioplasties, the other the rights of patients transferring to out-of-state facilities. Is a Camden hospital the connection?

No Matter How NJ Budget Negotiations Go, Notable Tax Breaks in Cards

John Reitmeyer | June 24, 2019 | Budget
Programs for senior citizens, the disabled and veterans set to benefit as interests of governor and lawmakers line up on certain issues

Murphy: Legislature’s Budget Is Full of ‘pork and Christmas trees’

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | June 24, 2019 | Budget
Governor says staffers are targeting items for his veto pen, but won’t say what his final response to lawmakers’ budget will be

What Colleges and Business Think NJ High School Graduates Need

John Mooney | June 24, 2019 | Education, Roundtables
In NJ Spotlight roundtable, college and business leaders detail what they see as the important skills for those preparing for further studies and careers


| June 24, 2019 | Number of The Day

Booker Takes Aim at Biden Days Before South Carolina Speech

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 21, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Rebukes former vice president over comments about having worked closely with prominent segregationists

With Votes To Spare, Dems Pass $38.7B Budget, No Boost In Millionaires Tax

John Reitmeyer | June 21, 2019 | Budget
Governor has indicated he might take line-item veto pen to a spending plan not to his liking

Compromise Reached to Expand NJ’s Medical Marijuana Law

Lilo H. Stainton and Carly Sitrin | June 21, 2019 | Healthcare
Governor worked with legislative leaders to reach a deal that will eliminate tax, shift oversight and add delivery options

Quick Changes Made to Law on Privatized Cleanups at Toxic Waste Sites

Tom Johnson | June 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decade-old program addressing pollution at contaminated industrial properties is fine-tuned, but some environmentalists have concerns

NJ could need 2,700 miles of sea walls to defend against rising waters

Jon Hurdle | June 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New study says building defenses along Jersey Shore would cost billions and suggests the fossil-fuel industry should pay

Lawmakers act to ensure continuation of net neutrality in NJ

Colleen O'Dea | June 21, 2019 | More Issues
Federal agency had rolled back Obama-era rules mandating equal access to internet content as of last June

PATH Announces $1B Capital Plan To Make Service Improvements

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | June 21, 2019 | Transportation
Leaders of the busy commuter-rail system want to boost passenger capacity by 10 percent on two key lines

What’s Next for Marijuana in the Garden State?

NJ Spotlight | June 21, 2019 | Roundtables
An NJ Spotlight roundtable on the effort to legalize adult-use marijuana, increase access to medical marijuana and ensure social justice. You can watch a livestream of the discussion


| June 21, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Promises 'Corrective Action' If Not Satisfied with Budget Bill

John Reitmeyer | June 20, 2019 | Budget
Governor prepared to go tit for tat with lawmakers, signals line-item veto may be used to delete some specific spending requests

What’s in Store for Energy Storage, A Key Element of NJ’s Clean-Energy Future?

Tom Johnson | June 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Development of systems that capture and store power will be a necessary but long, complicated and expensive undertaking

Murphy Takes Aim at Senate President on Guns and Budget

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 20, 2019 | Politics
Governor calls out Senate President Sweeney on budget issues and for refusing to post all of Murphy’s gun-safety bills

Interactive Map: New Jersey, Flush with Baby Boomers

Colleen O'Dea | June 20, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
New census data show increase in older population, influx of young families in Hudson River communities but declining population in farthest suburbs

Putting Faces to Students Aided by Free Tuition at Community Colleges

Carly Sitrin | June 20, 2019 | Education
Governor hopes to expand Community College Opportunity Grants to reach 18,000 students, but budget cuts could shrink program significantly

Hike in HMO Fee Engineered to Boost Funding of Hospital Charity Care

Lilo H. Stainton | June 20, 2019 | Healthcare
Measure would raise state tax on what consumers are charged for certain health policies, but companies would be prohibited from passing on extra cost

Booker Sponsors Bill to Gauge Lingering Effects of Segregation

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | June 20, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
As Juneteenth 2019 celebration of emancipation passes, Congress remains deeply divided over issue of reparations for African Americans

Op-Ed: Keep State Parks Open in Government Shutdowns — Like Casinos

Eric Stiles | June 20, 2019 | Opinion
State parks and beaches can be held hostage when there’s a budget impasse; lawmakers should ensure they stay open and staffed


| June 20, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Doubles Down On Criticism Of ‘Rigged’ Tax Incentives

John Reitmeyer | June 19, 2019 | Budget
Governor promises to veto legislation providing seven-month extention of scrutinized EDA programs, without ‘meaningful reform’

Governor Won’t Quit on Millionaires Tax, Says All Options Remain on Table

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | June 19, 2019 | Budget
Surrounded by union leaders, Murphy lambastes legislative Democrats for resistance to his tax on the wealthy

Opinion: Budget Needs Long-Term Solutions, Not Short-Term Politics

Richard F. Keevey | June 19, 2019 | Opinion
The governor’s proposal for a millionaires tax is at the center of current budget rhetoric when instead New Jersey’s long-range fiscal problems should be the focus

Big Question For Offshore Wind: Who Gets Power To The Customers?

Tom Johnson | June 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As state BPU mulls three wind-farm projects, feds move to gauge industry interest in building a regional transmission system

‘Regional Health Hubs’ Aim to Improve Services for Medicaid Patients

Lilo H. Stainton | June 19, 2019 | Healthcare
NJ healthcare coalitions have had success focusing on complex health and social needs of high-demand Medicaid patients. Now they have a new roadmap for an even more integrated approach

First International Baccalaureate Grads for Paterson School

Carly Sitrin | June 19, 2019 | Education
Forty participants in rigorous program are headed to schools like Columbia, Penn, Lehigh and NJ Institute of Technology

DEP Suspends Review of Meadowlands Power Plant’s Application

Julie Daurio | NJTV News | June 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Developer of North Bergen Liberty Generating station goes back to drawing board, considers changing the plant’s technology


| June 19, 2019 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Go Own Way on Budget, No Millionaires Tax or Other Murphy Priorities

John Reitmeyer | June 18, 2019 | Budget
Democratic lawmakers advanced their own appropriations bill, setting stage for a difficult budget negotiation with Gov. Phil Murphy, a fellow Democrat

Lawsuit Over Greystone Safety, Treatment Raises Questions About Reforms

Lilo H. Stainton | June 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Current and former patients, supported by staff, allege hospital administrators and state health officials have allowed dangerous conditions to continue at psychiatric hospital

NJ Ready to Rejoin Regional Effort to Curb Pollution, Clears Another Obstacle

Tom Johnson | June 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection’s adoption of new rules upends Christie decision to pull out of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2012

Sweeping Changes to NJ’s Rules on Affordable Housing Proposed

Colleen O'Dea | June 18, 2019 | Housing
Housing advocates cheer controversial bill as builders decry proposed new requirements for high-density developments and question constitutionality

Gov Signs Dark-Money Bill, Expects Lawmakers to Roll Back Problem Parts

Colleen O'Dea | June 18, 2019 | Politics
Murphy puts his signature to a measure he doesn’t really like in anticipation that legislators will eliminate its less palatable aspects with a “cleanup” bill

Flesh-eating bacterium is on the rise in Delaware Bay, doctors warn

Jon Hurdle | June 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Cooper University Health Care has treated five patients over the last two summers who were infected, a sharp increase over previous years; one of the patients died

Newark Superintendent’s Plan for ‘Stronger, Wiser’ School System

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | June 18, 2019 | Education
After one year in charge, Roger León gives broad outline of his vision; sets stage for return of full local control of district

Op-Ed: Does NJ High School Diploma Signal Readiness for a Successful Future?

Patricia Morgan | June 18, 2019 | Opinion
New Jersey has remained committed to the promise that all students can succeed at high levels, but we still have far to go and troubling equity gaps remain

Judge Denies Norcross Bid to Delay Investigation of Tax Breaks by Task Force

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 18, 2019 | Budget
After hours of arguments from both side in Mercer County Criminal Court, South Jersey powerbroker fails to obstruct examination of controversial tax incentives

What Exactly Should NJ High School Graduates Know and Be Able to Do?

NJ Spotlight | June 18, 2019 | Roundtables
The second NJ Spotlight roundtable in the “Defining the Diploma” series takes place today. If you can’t attend, you can still watch a livestream of the discussion


| June 18, 2019 | Number of The Day

Charge that Taxpayer Funds to Defunct Charter Schools Can’t Be Traced

Carly Sitrin | June 17, 2019 | Education
Report claims shortcomings in federal accountability processes mean millions of dollars in New Jersey and billions nationwide cannot be tallied

NJ Kids Rank Well in Health and Education, Less Well in Economic Security

Colleen O'Dea | June 17, 2019 | Social
New report rates state fifth in nation for how its children are faring overall, but New Jersey does not do well in key area; racial gap remains a concern

Lawmakers Want Facts on One-Seat Ride to NYC for Raritan Valley Line

John Reitmeyer | June 17, 2019 | Transportation
With even limited direct service to Manhattan now suspended, the push is on to get answers from NJ Transit on when it’s going to upgrade ‘the forgotten line’

Community College Faculty Ramps Up Call for President’s Ouster

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | June 17, 2019 | Education
Grievances include lawsuits, allegations of racial discrimination and the resignation of a longtime faculty member

Menendez, Others Try to Stop Surprise Out-of-Network Medical Bills

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | June 17, 2019 | Healthcare
Advocates say loopholes in New Jersey law would be closed if bipartisan federal measure succeeds

Op-Ed: Cannabis Industry Jobs in NJ Must be Unionized

Hugh Giordano | June 17, 2019 | Opinion
Thousands of jobs and big economic opportunities are in the offing; unionized jobs would give everyone a voice


| June 17, 2019 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Vote to Extend Tax Incentive Programs; Murphy Signals He’ll Veto

John Reitmeyer | June 14, 2019 | Budget
Assembly approves legislation to keep controversial tax breaks in place through January, despite governor’s call for significant reform

Opinion: Murphy’s Budget — Caught Between Sweeney and Hard Place

Carl Golden | June 14, 2019 | Opinion
No matter what governor does — from signing budget to vetoing it wholesale — Senate President Sweeney is the real winner

Counting the Costs of Pipeline Projects for Delaware River Basin

Tom Johnson | June 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Analysis finds PennEast and Mariner East 2 pipelines will significantly increase pollution, degrade natural habitat and rack up big social costs

Tightening Gun-Control Laws and Making NJ Smarter About Smart Guns

Colleen O'Dea | June 14, 2019 | Politics
Assembly committee debates eight-bill package meant to further lock down laws concerning firearms, hears opinions from gun owners and those in favor of more restrictions

NJ Opioid Tax Details Emerge, But Plan Lacks Legislative Sponsor

Lilo H. Stainton | June 14, 2019 | Healthcare
Governor’s proposal would enable the state to charge a fee of up to $5 million on companies that manufacture opiates in New Jersey

BPU OKs Elizabethtown Gas’s Proposal to Rip Up, Replace Aging Mains

Tom Johnson | June 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Utility’s scaled-down plan covers 250 miles of infrastructure, as well as excess-flow valves on new service lines, but should have no impact on customers’ bills

What Will It Take to Chart a Clean-Energy Future for NJ?

Mary Alice Williams | NJTV News | June 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Gov. Phil Murphy wants 50% of the state’s power to come from renewable sources by 2050, but the path to that goal may not be easy

Public Unions Make Their Voices Heard — in Favor of Millionaires Tax

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 14, 2019 | Budget
A millionaire governor and union rank-and-file say no time like present for millionaires tax, regardless of what Senate President Sweeney says


| June 14, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ Lawmakers Seeking to Expand Access to STD Treatment

Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2019 | Healthcare
Legislation to allow for medication to be prescribed for the sexual partner of someone diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease is up for Assembly vote today

Legislators Move to Fine-Tune Law for Cleanup of Contaminated Sites

Tom Johnson | June 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Business interests mostly in favor of proposed changes, while some environmentalists have concerns

New IRS Rules Undercut NJ’s Effort to Get Around SALT Cap

John Reitmeyer | June 13, 2019 | Budget
New regulations will prolong uncertainty for New Jersey homeowners and local governments; state Attorney General threatens lawsuit

Questioning Transfer of NJ CBP Officers to Southern Border

NJTV News | June 13, 2019 | Politics
Senior New Jersey politicians say they are concerned about potential security risks at state’s air and seaports

Good News/Bad News for Booker in Monmouth University Poll

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 13, 2019 | Politics
Candidate’s overall poll numbers remain low, but his positive message seems to be registering

Improving Energy Efficiency in New Jersey: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

NJ Spotlight | June 13, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
There’s general agreement a new state law could lead to big reductions in energy use and big savings for customers, but there’s far less agreement on how those goals will be achieved

Op-Ed: Protect Vulnerable Seniors by Improving Staff Levels in NJ Nursing Homes

Ev Liebman and Milly Silva | June 13, 2019 | Opinion
A bill that would establish minimum CNA-to-patient staffing ratios in nursing homes has been delayed for more than a year; it’s time for the Assembly to act


| June 13, 2019 | Number of The Day

Monmouth University Poll Is Good News/Bad News for Booker

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 12, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Although candidate’s overall poll numbers remain low, his positive message seems to be registering

Census 2020: Innovation Could Boost Participation — But It Won’t Come Cheap

Colleen O'Dea | June 12, 2019 | Social
A census coloring book for kids, tablets and laptops loaded with surveys, websites and social media: It’s no wonder census champions are turning to New Jersey’s philanthropic organizations

DRBC Confirms Plan to Build LNG Export Terminal at New South Jersey Port

Jon Hurdle | June 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Agency says it only ‘recently’ learned of plan to load potentially explosive liquids onto tankers in Gloucester County

Healthcare Improves in NJ, but Spending Remains a Concern

Lilo H. Stainton | June 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Garden State turns in strong showing for low mortality rates for suicide and alcohol, but growing opioid epidemic continues to pull down state’s rankings

Whitman, Other Former EPA Heads Tell Congress Agency Failing Core Mission

Tom Johnson | June 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Former NJ governor warns that federal agency is ‘retreating from its mission,’ calls out failure to address climate change or even allow scientists to discuss it

Camden’s Show of Support for EDA Tax Breaks Amid Task Force Controversy

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 12, 2019 | Budget
South Jersey delegation lavishes praise on Economic Development Authority even as strife continues over the tax breaks it oversaw for Camden

Marijuana Expungement Bill Awaits Gov. Murphy’s Signature

Julie Daurio | NJTV News | June 12, 2019 | Politics
Governor hasn’t said whether he’ll sign or veto measure, but has raised concerns about expunging past convictions while recreational pot remains illegal

Op-Ed: The Road Ahead for New Jersey’s Climate Leadership

Fred Krupp | June 12, 2019 | Opinion
Several states, New Jersey among them, have bold climate agendas. It’s time for Garden State to lay out the means of achieving its agenda


| June 12, 2019 | Number of The Day

Draft Energy Master Plan Maps NJ’s Journey to Clean and Green 2050

Tom Johnson | June 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Unsurprisingly, Murphy administration’s EMP reverses many of the policies of its predecessor, but some environmentalists are calling for even more

Override of Governor’s Veto on ‘Dark Money’ Bill Averted

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | June 11, 2019 | Politics
Governor reportedly has agreed to sign measure without making any of the changes he had wanted; advocacy groups unhappy with bill’s advance

Strong Support for Expanding Mental Health Education in NJ Schools

Lilo H. Stainton | June 11, 2019 | Education
Members of Assembly committee vote for age-appropriate mental health curriculum in public schools, beginning in kindergarten

Do HS Coaches in NJ Need Bill Guaranteeing Longer Contracts?

Carly Sitrin | June 11, 2019 | Education
Some winning high school coaches, including Hall-of-Famers, argue disgruntled parents have cost them their jobs — and gotten them blackballed

PFAS Control Advocates Highlight FDA Data Showing Chemicals in Food

Jon Hurdle | June 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Federal findings may curb people’s appetite for chocolate cake, given it’s one of the foods that tested positive for PFAS

Is it ‘Goodbye’ to Gov’s Property-Tax Credit and Millionaires Tax?

John Reitmeyer | June 11, 2019 | Budget
No lawmaker has stepped up to sponsor legislation for governor’s $250M property-tax relief proposal; they appear equally resistant to his bid for a millionaires tax

Republicans Say Senate Bill to End Rent Discrimination Unfair to Landlords

Colleen O'Dea | June 11, 2019 | Housing
Ending discrimination is goal of measure voted out in Senate, but critics say it forces landlords to accept renters into their own houses — even if they are uncomfortable with their presence

Op-Ed: NJ Should Extend Medicaid Postpartum Coverage

Linda Schwimmer | June 11, 2019 | Opinion
Every year, thousands of women in New Jersey lose Medicaid coverage 60 days after having given birth; New Jersey can — and should — change that

For State Officials, There’s Nothing Funny About Deadly Threat of Toy Guns

Michael Hill | NJTV News | June 11, 2019 | Social
Sen. Menendez, others call on Consumer Product Safety Commission to formulate and enforce stricter rules to ensure toy guns look like toys


| June 11, 2019 | Number of The Day

Raft of Bills Advance to Ease Way for State Health Insurance Exchange

Lilo H. Stainton | June 10, 2019 | Healthcare
Democratic-led effort to replace federal exchange; insurance and business interests, although generally supportive, have questions

NJ, NY Try to Get Hudson Rail Tunnel Going by Boosting Key Agency’s Role

John Reitmeyer | June 10, 2019 | Transportation
Lawmakers in both states hope new legislation would enable Gateway Development Corporation to receive government grants, loans to finance rail tunnel

Naturalists Renew Calls to Halt Horseshoe Crab Harvest in Delaware Bay

Jon Hurdle | June 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Despite a New Jersey moratorium, quota system has failed to restore numbers of migratory shorebirds, advocates say

Wrestling with Devilish Details of How to Curb Energy Use in NJ

Tom Johnson | June 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
A year-old law could save gas and electric customers a lot of money, but it’s apparent at an NJ Spotlight roundtable there’s no consensus on how to implement the law

Faith-Based Leaders Campaign for Murphy’s Millionaires Tax

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | June 10, 2019 | Budget
‘To whom much is given, much is required,’ says one pastor, as coalition urges legislators to row in behind governor

Immigrant Rights Groups Push Lawmakers to Deliver on Driver’s Licenses

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | June 10, 2019 | Immigration
With their patience wearing thin, activists want movement on a bill that would create a license for immigrants without legal status and other unauthorized residents


| June 10, 2019 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers approve oversight for companies servicing student loans

Carly Sitrin | June 7, 2019 | Education
Retracing a step to help state residents get out from under a mountain of debt, now estimated at $43B

As Atlantic City Casinos Rise Again, Trying to Ensure Community Also Benefits

John Reitmeyer | June 7, 2019 | More Issues
Senate hearing learns of a resurgent casino industry. Now the focus is on ensuring the locality — hard-hit by the Great Recession — also reaps rewards

DEP Denies Permits for Natural Gas Pipeline Under Raritan Bay

Tom Johnson | June 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Dredging of contaminated sediments and construction of compressor station near habitat for barred owl cited; company is expected to resubmit application

State Seeks New Infection Protections at Some Long-Term Care Facilities

Lilo H. Stainton | June 7, 2019 | Healthcare
After tragic results of viral outbreak at pediatric center last year, Department of Health outlines measures to prevent a repeat

How Is Climate Change Affecting New Jersey?

Mary Alice Williams | NJTV News | June 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Count the ways: Warmer air temperatures, shortened seasons, and increased rainfall are already taking a toll

Murphy takes questions on Brennan, budget while pushing pre-K funding

Brenda Flanagan | njtv news | June 7, 2019 | Politics
Governor defends front office’s handling of claim by former campaign official that she had been assaulted by another staffer

Booker’s Affordable-Housing Plan Features Tax Credit for Renters

Colleen O'Dea | June 7, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
The costs of national program, estimated at $134B, would be borne by changes in estate-tax rules


| June 7, 2019 | Number of The Day

The Big Bump: Accounting for Higher Voter Turnout in NJ’s Primary Election

Colleen O'Dea | June 6, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Mail-in ballots, increased enthusiasm for political process — what’s behind unexpected uptick in a year when state Assembly topped the ticket?

Booker Brother Takes on Senior Role in New Jersey Education

John Mooney | June 6, 2019 | Education
Six positions in state Department of Education are filled; Cary Booker takes on responsibility in Division of Early Childhood Education

State Lawmakers Seek to Improve Drug-Pricing Transparency

Lilo H. Stainton | June 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Public website listing wholesale costs for specific meds, as well as dose, brand, and generics, could transform prescribers into savvy shoppers

Governor and Lawmakers Diverge over Medical Marijuana Expansion

Carly Sitrin | June 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Legislators are working on a bill to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, but the Murphy administration already is a step ahead and has announced its own expansion plan

Report: Murphy’s Team Failed Katie Brennan ‘Every Step of the Way’

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | June 6, 2019 | Politics
Special legislative committee rips governor’s inner circle for handling of sexual assault case

As June 30 Deadline Looms, Murphy Releases Plan to Reform EDA Tax Incentives

John Reitmeyer | June 6, 2019 | Budget
Facing time crunch, top Democratic lawmakers would rather extend current incentive programs offered by beleaguered agency

Sussex County Just Says ‘No’ to State’s ‘Sanctuary’ Directive

Briana Vannozzi | June 6, 2019 | Immigration
Freeholders draft ballot question allowing county to follow federal guidelines for undocumented immigrants rather than Garden State scheme

Op-Ed: Under 10 Years of Site Remediation Reform, Cleanups Move Forward

Caryn L. Barnes | June 6, 2019 | Opinion
On-point legislation and a professional association for licensed site remediation professionals have increased the pace of projects statewide


| June 6, 2019 | Number of The Day

‘MAGA’ Assemblyman Loses in Otherwise Uneventful Night of Election Results

Colleen O'Dea | June 5, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Yesterday’s primary elections in New Jersey delivered few surprises; the most notable result was the failure of South Jersey GOP incumbent Joe Howarth to win re-election

Controversial Proposal Advances to Ease Restrictions on APN Practice

Lilo H. Stainton | June 5, 2019 | Healthcare
Senate committee approves bill allowing specially trained nurses to write prescriptions for medications and devices

Improving Energy Efficiency in New Jersey

| June 5, 2019 | Roundtables
It’s proving a challenge to increase energy efficiency in New Jersey. Watch a livestream of today’s NJ Spotlight roundtable on the issue, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Critics Up in Arms as DEP Permits Sewage Treatment Plant in Highlands

Tom Johnson | June 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decision by Department of Environmental Protection to approve a permit for a controversial development in Tewksbury may end up in the courts

Oversight Committee Members Discuss Brennan Report On Eve Of Release

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | June 5, 2019 | Politics
Lawmaker: Panel finds that major errors were made by members of the governor’s inner circle

Pew Study: Echoes of Great Recession Still Heard In Trenton, Other States

John Reitmeyer | June 5, 2019 | Budget
Analysis of government spending shows that, in many categories, New Jersey and other states have yet to attain pre-downturn levels

Holtec’s $260 Million Tax Break Frozen by EDA

Nancy Solomon | WNYC and Jeff Pillets | June 5, 2019 | Budget
Action taken after report of inaccuracy in nuclear company’s application for tax break related to its Camden headquarters

Naming New Drugs: It’s Serious Business, Particularly in NJ

Caren Chesler | June 5, 2019 | More Issues
With two-thirds of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies based in New Jersey, agencies spend a lot of time here working out what to name drugs

Op-Ed: New Jersey can help students with their loan debt

Beverly Brown Ruggia and Stephan Lally | June 5, 2019 | Opinion
Lawmakers should pass bill establishing strong lending standards and a licensing requirement for loan servicers

Affordable Housing in New Jersey: What’s Next?

NJ Spotlight | June 5, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
After decades of political wrangling and practical stalemate, are things beginning to shift for affordable housing in New Jersey? An NJ Spotlight roundtable

| June 5, 2019 | Number of The Day

Up-to-the-Minute Results of NJ’s Contested Primaries

| June 4, 2019 |
From NJTV News: Follow real-time results of today’s primary battles

Despite Low-Key Run-Up to Primaries, There Are Still Contests to Keep Tabs On

Colleen O'Dea | June 4, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Residents tend to stay home when the Assembly is at the top of the ticket, but that can limit their say when legislators are determining public policy

Murphy Unveils Direct Property-Tax Relief Proposal, But Is It DOA?

John Reitmeyer | June 4, 2019 | Politics
Governor’s quid pro quo — tax relief in return for millionaires tax — fails to generate much enthusiasm among top Democratic lawmakers

Administration Promises Almost $25M to Electrify Transportation Sector

Tom Johnson | June 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Partnership among state agencies could help speed rollout of fast-charging infrastructure, while rebate program could put more NJ drivers behind the wheel of electric vehicles

Some Gains, But More Room for Improvement in NJ Maternal Care

Lilo H. Stainton | June 4, 2019 | Healthcare
Many Garden State birthing centers have more work to do to reduce cesarean sections and other potentially hazardous procedures

Frustration Aired over Slow Delivery of Library and School Bonds

Carly Sitrin | June 4, 2019 | Budget
Voters approved big bond funding for libraries and school-related issues; Murphy administration is blamed by some for delay in issuing regulations

Op-Ed: PennEast Pipeline Doesn’t Go With a Clean-Energy Future

Brandon McKoy | June 4, 2019 | Opinion
We already have more gas than we need. Moreover, we must use less gas to reduce harmful emissions and meet our goals for combating climate change


| June 4, 2019 | Number of The Day

Booker Remains Positive as Three-State Tour Wraps Up

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 3, 2019 | The Booker Beat
During his latest bout of campaigning, the senator saw larger crowds and the reception to his events was positive

New Jersey Shaves Bonded Debt but Remains Among Most Indebted States

John Reitmeyer | June 3, 2019 | Budget
For only second time in past decade, the state has reduced its total bonded debt — but the improvement is likely to be short-lived

No Increase in Funds for Clean Energy Overall but Extra for Energy Efficiency

Tom Johnson | June 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As Murphy administration phases out diversion of funds from Clean Energy Program, more money is being directed toward measures that would reduce energy use

Plans for LNG Terminal in South Jersey Kept Under Wraps, Enviro Group Says

Jon Hurdle | June 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Developer and agencies deny effort to shield from public view plans that would allow for transfer of potentially explosive liquefied natural gas to ocean-going tankers

Part-Time Lecturers Ratify New Contract with Rutgers

Carly Sitrin | June 3, 2019 | Education
Union leader says next step is a fight for healthcare benefits for the university’s part-time lecturers

Affordable Housing in New Jersey: No Turning Back from Court Control?

Colleen O'Dea | June 3, 2019 | Roundtables
At NJ Spotlight roundtable, assemblywoman makes case for resurrecting Council on Affordable Housing, but advocates say current court-controlled process must continue

Shutdown Looks More Likely as Top Democrats Continue Feuding

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | June 3, 2019 | Politics
Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney seem on a collision course, ostensibly over millionaires tax

Op-Ed: Restorative Justice Must Be Part of Marijuana Legislation

Katherine Herrera | June 3, 2019 | Opinion
The War on Drugs damaged communities that have been historically targeted by biased policing and racial profiling; it is time to right those wrongs


| June 3, 2019 | Number of The Day

Wheels Up on the West Coast

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 3, 2019 | The Booker Beat
June 3, 2019 — Ready to board a cross-country flight back to Newark. Just a few notes from this most recent road trip. *Wow. The desert is quiet.* I mean like, “this is the perfect sound studio” quiet. Turning off the road in the Mojave Desert, getting out of the car and just listening to the blanket of silence is pretty damn amazing. The Joshua trees, all majestic and craggy. The sky, a rich deep blue, dotted by cumulus clouds. A lizard looks back at us as if we’re uninvited guests in his living room and darts away. I think it was a good idea to drive from Las Vegas to San Francisco. *That time Yosemite blew my mind.* If you’ve never been or, like me, never really expected to want to go, you really need to think again. I now know why some people get all profound about nature. When you’re dwarfed by every tree around you and mountains seem to pop up from the ground at every turn, you can get very high. And you can realize how infinitesimal you are. Muir Woods, half an hour from downtown San Francisco. Why would you not ride your bike there every day? Redwoods that echo the centuries, outlasting dinosaurs, and, most probably, us. (Profound, I know.) I do not have a driver’s license, so I speak only as a passenger, but driving the country — crisscrossing Iowa three or four times and clocking 600 miles from Nevada to California — is something anyone running for president should do. Being American really is a thing. We experienced the great panoply — from the Caucasianest rural Iowans to the most colorful people on the streets of the Mission District in SF. We do come at it from different angles but seeing us all in a compressed 13-day span actually gave me some hope that we can survive these most toxic of times. (Power to the people, man.) Lastly, as probably the only press outlet dedicating this much time to one campaign, I can report with some certainty that — even with poll numbers still in single digits — this was a good two weeks for Booker. It started with good crowds in Iowa and ended with two speeches in San Francisco that resonated with important audiences. If media mentions mean anything, Booker for sure got his fair share. Now it’s on to the first debate and an opportunity to have a breakout moment. It’s only June but those early runs can pay big dividends in the late innings. The senator’s in South Carolina and Iowa over the next two weeks. I'll rest up a bit, but I think I’m getting the hang of this. Back on the Booker Beat soon. — David Cruz

Booker’s Buxton Connection and How It Informs His Campaign

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 1, 2019 | The Booker Beat
Senator talks about his family connections to Iowa mining town where, for a brief time, equality prevailed and segregation was not countenanced

Booker Looks to Share Stage with Top Tier Candidates in San Francisco Swing

David Cruz | NJTV News | June 1, 2019 | The Booker Beat
New Jersey senator’s ratings are currently in single digits, but his campaign is looking for him to break out of the pack

A Longer Wait For Expansion Of Medical Marijuana Program

Carly Sitrin | May 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Last-minute amendments to bill that eases access under the state’s existing program will force a revote in the Assembly

Report: Natural Gas Does Not Provide Bridge to Clean Energy Future

Tom Johnson | May 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Advocacy group maintains building new pipelines and other gas infrastructure means carbon emissions will be around for decades

GOP voters weigh candidacy of incumbent ‘MAGA Republican’

Jon Hurdle | May 31, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Can Joe Howarth’s embrace of Trump overcome his lack of Republican Party support?

Looking to Get to Grips with Loneliness Among NJ’s Elderly, Others at Risk

Lilo H. Stainton | May 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Social isolation is a public health concern, says Assemblyman; a new task force would assess its reach in New Jersey and recommend ways to alleviate it

Measure Would Strip Public Officials of Pensions if Guilty of Sexual Offenses

John Reitmeyer | May 31, 2019 | Politics
A tough bipartisan bill awaits the governor’s signature; it would take pensions from public workers or elected officials convicted of sexual offenses

Affordable Housing in NJ: What’s Next?

NJ Spotlight | May 31, 2019 | Roundtables
The history and the possibilities of affordable housing in the Garden State: Watch livestream of NJ Spotlight’s roundtable on the issue

School Funding Formula Threatens Layoffs, Program Cuts for Some

WNYC News | May 31, 2019 | Education
As districts across New Jersey say they will be forced into big layoffs, John Mooney of NJ Spotlight discusses the thorny issue of school funding


| May 31, 2019 | Number of The Day

Teaching the young how to recognize and report sexual abuse

Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2019 | Education
Lawmakers approve bill requiring development of curriculum for all public school students in New Jersey, including pre-K

Health Commissioner Tussles on Twitter over Vaping as Anti-Smoking Aid

Lilo H. Stainton | May 30, 2019 | Healthcare
When Elnahal tweets that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to regular cigarettes, pro-vapers respond with criticism — and invective

PSEG Looks to Benefit from — But Not Build — Offshore Wind Developments

Tom Johnson | May 30, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Rather than get involved in construction side of emerging clean energy, company signals it will concentrate on energy management and transmission

State Again Pares Role of Hedge Funds in Pension Holdings

John Reitmeyer | May 30, 2019 | Budget
Investment returns for the state’s beleaguered retirement systems have totaled 4.68 percent during the fiscal year that ends June 30, well shy of assumptions

Watson Coleman: Trump is greatest harm to our democracy

Michael Aron | njtv news | May 30, 2019 | Politics
During Q&A, representative of New Jersey’s 12th CD discusses Mueller and the fitness of the US president

Booker’s Buxton Connection and How It Informs His Campaign

David Cruz | NJTV News | May 30, 2019 | Politics
Senator talks about his family connections to Iowa mining town where, for a brief time, equality prevailed and segregation was not countenanced

Op-Ed: Legal Cannabis Legislation In New Jersey Isn’t Dead Yet

Bridget Hill-Zayat | May 30, 2019 | Opinion
Contrary to what’s being said, lawmakers can still pass a bill legalizing adult-use of marijuana; it’s the wise thing to do


| May 30, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy’s Appearance in ‘Let’s Talk’ Internet Ad Has Top Dems Seeing Red

Colleen O'Dea | May 29, 2019 | Politics
Governor’s star turn after conditionally vetoing dark money disclosure bill has party leaders in both houses arguing ad ventures into questionable territory

Plans Emerge for NJ Health Insurance Marketplace, New Protections

Lilo H. Stainton | May 29, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey Democrats are pushing back hard against Trump and the GOP’s attempts to gut Obamacare

Changing Rules to Cover NJ First Responders Who Volunteered on 9/11

John Reitmeyer | May 29, 2019 | Budget
Many weren’t acting in the line of duty, but volunteer first responders at the World Trade Center site are now seriously ill and ‘accidental disability’ would ensure their health coverage

No Fast Enactment by NJ of Measures on Energy Efficiency

Tom Johnson | May 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Analysis that was expected to underpin state’s implementation of clean-energy law now to be examined by BPU advisory group

Three GOP Hopefuls Eye Open Seat in Reliably Republican 25th District

Carly Sitrin | May 29, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Bergen, Barbarula, and Dunn spell out why they’ve got the skill-sets to join returning Assemblyman Anthony Bucco in Trenton

Murphy Gun Safety Roundtable Comes on Heels of Nearly 20 Shootings

Michael Aron | NJTV News | May 29, 2019 | Politics
Governor vows to make this a ‘summer of safety,’ discusses community-based nonviolence initiatives, getting to ‘root causes’ of epidemic of violence

Extended Pollen Season Is Bad News for Allergy Sufferers

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | May 29, 2019 | Healthcare
The pollen season has become more prolonged over the past 20 years. And doctors in New Jersey are treating more patients for allergies


| May 29, 2019 | Number of The Day

Booker Spends Day in Nevada Discussing Guns, Voting Rights and Education

David Cruz | NJTV News | May 28, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
‘I’m never going to sell you this idea that I’m the savior to solve all these problems,’ senator tells students in Las Vegas

Feds Order NJ to Come Up with Better Way to Resolve Special-Ed Disputes

John Mooney | May 28, 2019 | Education
New Jersey has been given three months to improve its much-criticized process for settling disputes involving students in special education

The Five Sticky Budget Issues Governor and Lawmakers Must Resolve

John Reitmeyer | May 28, 2019 | Budget
The final countdown to the state’s budget traditionally begins after Memorial Day. Here we are — and here are the five biggest issues Gov. Phil Murphy and legislators must sort out by June 30

Murphy Moves to Stock Pinelands Commission with Proven Conservationists

Tom Johnson | May 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Governor’s four nominations will put commission back on firm environmental footing, after eight years of Christie’s pro-natural-gas policies

NJ Takes Next Step Toward Palliative Care Education, Outreach

Lilo H. Stainton | May 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Making sure nursing homes, hospitals, patients and their families understand services available for end-of-life care is one goal of legislation

Mixed Reaction to Rabner’s New Rules on Immigrant Courthouse Arrests by ICE

Colleen O'Dea | May 28, 2019 | Immigration
While praising aspects of New Jersey Supreme Court chief justice’s directive, immigrants’ rights organization says it does not go far enough

Opinion: Gov and Team Dig in on Millionaire’s Tax, Ignore ‘Political Reality’

Carl Golden | May 28, 2019 | Opinion
Decision to air ad campaign by Murphy allies in attempt to pressure Legislature only ratchets up the tension

Measles Exposure Earlier This Month Makes Newark Terminal B A Hot Zone

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | May 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Public-health alert focuses attention once again on vaccinations, gives anti-vaxxers another chance to register objections


| May 28, 2019 | Number of The Day

Booker Says Early Polls Don’t Reflect Facts on the Ground in Iowa

David Cruz | NJTV News | May 27, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Senator may not have moved up in the polls, but he impresses Iowans with his knowledge of issues important to farmers

Storm Chastened

David Cruz | NJTV News | May 27, 2019 | The Booker Beat
May 26, 2019 — I have been known to lose, drop, and break equipment. I confess: microphones, cell phones, digital audio recorders, you name it, I’ve misplaced or broken it. It’s been a while, though, since I’ve damaged or misplaced any company equipment. But yesterday proved that I can still pull some bone-headed plays. Historic downtown Burlington, Iowa was buzzing with the excitement of the annual Snake Alley Criterium, a physically demanding bike race that includes multiple trips up Snake Alley, a crooked 200-foot-elevation stretch of street that gives the race its name. Exhausted by the three-block walk through this excitement we quickly found the Bent River Brewing Company — a former JC Penney with soaring ceilings, wood detail everywhere, a mezzanine and balcony that’s been converted into a craft beer pub. After a delicious lunch, we hit the road to Muscatine, roughly 50 miles north, where Sen. Cory Booker was scheduled to tour areas affected by recent flooding. (Muscatine sits on the banks of the Mississippi River.) The event was a bit of a dud, in terms of visible flood damage and, for us, did not last very long. It was after dinner when I realized that my credit card, which gets a workout on the road, was not in my wallet. Thankfully, the folks at the Bent River Brewing Company still had it. We were five minutes from our hotel in Muscatine but, facing a long drive the following morning, we decided another hour-long drive at the end of the day beat an hour-long drive to begin the following day. As we headed south to Burlington, a huge electrical storm was bearing east. Our crude calculations suggested we’d meet the storm in Burlington. We were slightly off. By the time we reached Burlington, grabbed my card and began our trek back, night had fallen. With the NBA Eastern Conference Finals as our musical backdrop we (I say “we” but mean Brendan Smyth, our photographer/editor) drove for an hour under relentlessly volatile skies, mostly in silence punctuated by an occasional “Holy crap!” (and worse). We don’t usually get this kind of fireworks display with our storms back home. Then the rain came. Big drops, falling hard, followed by gusty winds that pushed and pulled on our vehicle. (I’m told these are not optimum driving conditions.) Then, as we entered the Muscatine city limits, quiet. Streets, bone dry. Skies, only partly cloudy. It was as if the crazy storm we had just driven through had never happened. Even the car was dry. At the front desk of the AmericInn, off US-61, the front desk clerk was surprised when I recounted our harrowing drive. “Was there a storm?” she asked absently as she checked me in. “We didn't get any rain or anything.” “It was a little hairy,” I responded. “It couldn't have been that bad. Just a little lightning,” she said. “We just missed a tornado yesterday. It’s just summer.” As I dropped my bags in my room and plopped down on my bed, exhausted, I asked myself “Was it all a dream?” Nah, just the start of summer in Iowa. — David Cruz

Assembly Easily Passes Bill to Expand NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program

Carly Sitrin | May 24, 2019 | Healthcare
Measure is expected to be taken up by the Senate within a week; it widens access, increases allowable quantities for patients and sets up oversight commission

Spotlight: The State of School Facilities in NJ

John Mooney | May 24, 2019 | Education
With the Schools Development Authority engulfed in scandal and all but out of funds, when will there be money to fix this Paterson school and others like it?

Study Shows An Already Strong Green Economy In NJ, Poised For More Growth

Tom Johnson | May 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With nearly 52,00 workers, clean energy in New Jersey employs about as many people as UPS, Walmart, and Verizon combined

Gov Touts Plan To Make Community College Tuition Free For More Students

John Reitmeyer | May 24, 2019 | Budget
In Burlington County, Murphy makes case for doubling of funding, making grants available at all 19 of NJ’s community colleges

In Struggling AC, A Special Focus On Problems Faced By The Young

Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2019 | Social
Survey: 14% of city youngsters are thriving, 39% have the tools needed to succeed, 37% are vulnerable and 10% are challenged or fragile

A False Answer, a Big Political Connection and $260M in Tax Breaks

Nancy Solomon, WNYC, and Jeff Pillets | May 24, 2019 | Budget
ProPublica and WNYC, our content partners, report on an issue with Holtec International’s application for a New Jersey tax incentive

Op-Ed: Remembering the Unselfish Sacrifices of New Jerseyans and Many Others

Richard F. Keevey | May 24, 2019 | Opinion
More than 21,700 from the Garden State are among 635,500 Americans who died in world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq


| May 24, 2019 | Number of The Day

Cory Booker Returns to Iowa, Hopes to Break Out of Middle of the Pack

David Cruz | NJTV News | May 24, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Senator focuses on critical first primary state as polls show him with 4 percent support

Lawmakers Seek to Curb Time Inmates Spend in Solitary Confinement

Colleen O'Dea | May 23, 2019 | Social
Advocates hope bill will fare better under Murphy administration, given governor’s professed progressive opinions

Sweeney Wants $50M Extra for Special Ed But No More Funds for Losing Districts

John Mooney | May 23, 2019 | Education
Increase would go to ‘extraordinary aid’ for students with greatest needs. Senate president says districts facing steep cuts in state support shouldn’t expect additional aid

Tax Fix Would Make Summer Sweeter for Renters at the Shore

John Reitmeyer | May 23, 2019 | More Issues
Lawmakers want to ease the tax bite on most short-term rentals, but agreements made through Airbnb and similar marketplaces would still face 12 percent levy

Environmentalists Protest Expansion of Roseland Compressor Station

Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | May 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Protesters say governor should issue a stay on the construction until appeals have been settled in court

NJ GOP Welcomes Former Sheriff Ousted Over Racist Rant

Matt Katz | WNYC News | May 23, 2019 | Politics
Former Democratic Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino received ‘enthusiastic applause’ when he addressed the county’s Republican Organization

Opinion: It’s Time for a Moratorium on All Fossil Fuel Projects in NJ

R. William Potter | May 23, 2019 | Opinion
Calling on governor to order a freeze on pipeline and power-plant projects ‘while we still have a chance’ to mitigate worst impacts of climate change

Dems Seek Nomination to Challenge GOP Incumbents in Marginal 8th District

Jon Hurdle | May 23, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Two lawyers hope to unseat Republicans elected by wafer-thin majorities in 2017

Ministers Hold Hearings on Police Use of Force in New Jersey

Michael Hill | NJTV News | May 23, 2019 | Social
Testimony about citizens’ encounters with police is being collected across the state

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Running in the Red

Andrew Schmertz | NJTV News | May 23, 2019 | Education
University unveils plan to turn around flagging fortunes of its Big Ten sports program — and reverse teams’ current losing streaks


| May 23, 2019 | Number of The Day

Emails Show How Much Pull Political Bosses Had Over State Tax Breaks

Nancy Solomon and Jeff Pillets | WNYC | May 22, 2019 | Politics
ProPublica and WNYC, our content partners, find that a law firm linked to South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross had significant influence over the state’s tax-incentive programs

Questions Abound over Key Study of NJ’s Potential to Cut Energy Use

Tom Johnson | May 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Utilities among those querying underpinnings of a study that could help to determine state’s energy efficiency policies

In Trenton, Tax Credits For The Working Poor Are Rare Point Of Political Amity

John Reitmeyer | May 22, 2019 | Budget
Average Earned Income Tax Credit — popular on both sides of the aisle — would rise above $1,000 for the first time under governor’s budget

Outsiders Take on Dems Lampitt and Greenwald in South Jersey’s District 6

Carly Sitrin | May 22, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Challengers were brought together by grassroots group that supported Bernie Sanders in 2016 and has been recruiting candidates to run for office

AG Joins Lawsuit to Defend State’s Federal Healthcare Funding

Lilo H. Stainton | May 22, 2019 | Healthcare
Trying to fend off Trump administration’s new rule that would let providers decline to perform abortions, other services on moral or religious grounds

OP-ED: What Do You Say To Those Graduating In Unique Times?

John Weingart | May 22, 2019 | Opinion
A leader at Eagleton Institute tells his students to take advice from his generation with ‘large grains of salt’

George Norcross sues governor over tax-incentive task force

Julie Daurio | NJTV News | May 22, 2019 | Politics
The war between the South Jersey powerbroker and Gov. Phil Murphy over tax incentives in the city of Camden is heading to court

Forbes’ Opportunity Zones Summit Attracts Big Names To Newark

Michael Aron | njtv news | May 22, 2019 | More Issues
Of 8,700 Opportunity Zones in the US, 169 are in NJ, spread among 75 different towns; there are 13 in Newark alone


| May 22, 2019 | Number of The Day

2 Steps Forward, 1 Back — Lawmakers Forge Ahead with Trio of Pot Bills

Lilo H. Stainton and Carly Sitrin | May 21, 2019 | Politics
Expanded access to medical cannabis; easier, more extensive expungements; ending arrests for low-level marijuana crimes: It’s all in a day’s work in Trenton

There’s One Place to Go When You Need to Know About the 2019 Primaries

| May 21, 2019 | Primary 2019
NJ Spotlight’s 2019 Primary Page delivers the facts about all 80 Assembly races, the special Senate election, maps and district write-ups, candidate interviews, in-depth analyses, and much more …

Candidates in NJ Legislative Primaries Not Looking to Burn Through a Lot of Cash

Colleen O'Dea | May 21, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
With only one Senate seat up for grabs and no hotly contested races, there are no reasons for the big money to get pumped into an election

New Jersey Gets Lowest Rating Among States for Recession Preparedness

John Reitmeyer | May 21, 2019 | Budget
Mixed reaction in Trenton to credit-rating firm’s ranking of Garden State as ill-prepared for an economic downturn; Moody’s cites poor budget reserves and pension risks

Measure Approved to Reduce Global Warming, But Some Doubt It Has Teeth

Tom Johnson | May 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Bill is supposed to ensure decrease in pollution that causes climate change, but some activists doubt that it’s strong enough

State Shares Good News About Reforms at Psychiatric Hospitals

Lilo H. Stainton | May 21, 2019 | Healthcare
DOH is putting its back — and its budget — into making facilities more responsive to patients, safer for staff

Sweeney Says He’s Open to Discussing Marijuana Decriminalization

NJTV News | May 21, 2019 | Politics
On a day when marijuana bills dominate the State House, Senate president details key aspects of legalization


| May 21, 2019 | Number of The Day

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Sweeney Delivers Seven Bills That Take on Thorny Issues in NJ Education

John Mooney | May 20, 2019 | Education
As part of his ‘Path to Progress’ campaign, senate president presents proposals on school consolidation and special education

Libraries Must Wait for Access to Much-Needed Bond Funds

Colleen O'Dea | May 20, 2019 | More Issues
It’s 18 months since voters approved $125 million to upgrade municipal and county libraries, but officials are still teasing out the regulations

Some Part-Time Lecturers Not Happy with New Rutgers Contract

Carly Sitrin | May 20, 2019 | Education
‘The people at the top got what they wanted but the rest of us didn’t,’ said a founder of new Rank-and-File Caucus

Private Partners to Fund Overdue Energy Upgrades at Government Facilities?

Tom Johnson | May 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers warm to prospect of private investment in long neglected projects, including in renewable energy

Providers of Key Child Therapies Plagued by Billing System Problems

Lilo H. Stainton | May 20, 2019 | Healthcare
Now the state wants to recoup millions that it loaned to agencies pending a fix even though billing troubles — and payment troubles — persist


| May 20, 2019 | Number of The Day

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Marijuana Law Dies: What Now for Expungement, Investors and Medical Use?

Carly Sitrin | May 17, 2019 | Politics
After Senate President Sweeney decides to leave legalization of recreational cannabis to voters, there’s widespread confusion about what comes next

Politicians Could Punt To Voters On How To Put NJ’s Fiscal House In Order

John Reitmeyer | May 17, 2019 | Budget
Locked in bitter dispute with governor over budget, senate president proposes a referendum on cuts in public-worker benefits

Lawmakers Embrace Goal Of A Fossil-fuel Free New Jersey By 2050

Tom Johnson | May 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Business groups say bill approved by committee moves too fast, while advocates say concrete steps are needed to stem global warming

Three Governors Pledge to Cooperate on Delaware River Basin Environment

Jon Hurdle | May 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The governors call for more federal support. Gov. Phil Murphy says one way to prepare for climate change is to elect a new president

Grewal Joins Other AGs In Battle Over Relaxing Payday-loan Rules

Colleen O'Dea | May 17, 2019 | More Issues
Under Trump, a federal consumer-watchdog agency is stepping away from ruling that some lenders used ‘unfair and abusive practices’

Op-Ed: Governor’s Veto of the ‘Dark Money’ Bill Is Wrong for New Jersey

David Goodman | May 17, 2019 | Opinion
Calling on legislators to ‘recognize the errors of the governor’s action and correct this wrong’

Camden Leaders Push Back Against Critics of Tax Breaks

David Cruz | NJTV News | May 17, 2019 | Budget
Former Gov. Jim Florio among those who vouch for value of tax incentives in revitalizing the city

Lawmakers Hear From Officials About Teacher Shortage In New Jersey

Raven Santana | NJTV News | May 17, 2019 | Education
State officials are working to address shortfalls in the ranks of math, science, bilingual-instruction, ESL and career and technical educators


| May 17, 2019 | Number of The Day

Questions About NJ’s Surprise-Billing Law, And One Call for Changes

Lilo H. Stainton | May 16, 2019 | Healthcare
Although out-of-state transfers are rare, one doctor insists patients fully understand out-of-pocket costs, before they go anywhere

Rate Counsel Challenges Nuclear Subsidy in Appellate Court

Tom Johnson | May 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The amount of the surcharge, which PSEG helped determine, likely to be a linchpin in the proceedings

Sweeney: Let Voters Decide Fate of Recreational Marijuana in 2020

Michael Aron | NJTV News | May 16, 2019 | Politics
Senate president says there are not enough votes to get it done legislatively; governor shows little enthusiasm for putting it on the ballot

Lawmakers Advance Measures to Ease NJ Property Taxes

Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2019 | Budget
Bipartisan support in committee for a bill that could cost state more than $330 million annually in restored municipal aid; two other bills are more contentious

New Lottery Agreement Could Earn State $100M Over Coming Decade

John Reitmeyer | May 16, 2019 | Budget
Public-employee pensions are real winners. They should see extra $10 million annually over next 10 years

Op-Ed: Regional Health Hubs, Piecing Together the Healthcare Puzzle

Gregory Paulson | May 16, 2019 | Opinion
State legislators should formally recognize, and maintain the budget appropriation for, key ‘regional health hubs’

‘Green’ Group Helps NJ Fight Shoreline Erosion with Christmas Trees

Lauren Wanko | NJTV News | May 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Thanks to American Littoral Society, local government, and enviro groups, donated holiday trees become a gift that keeps on giving


| May 16, 2019 | Number of The Day

Part-Time Faculty at Rutgers Reaches ‘Groundbreaking’ Contract

Carly Sitrin | May 15, 2019 | Education
Full membership yet to vote on agreement that gives pay increases, more job security, other benefits but no contractual access to healthcare

As State Coffers Swell, Lawmakers Resist Millionaire’s Tax

John Reitmeyer | May 15, 2019 | Budget
Business tax levies are now running more than $750 million over projections, and income-tax trends are approaching original forecasts

New Jersey Seniors Get Healthier but They’re Not Exactly Fitness Fanatics

Lilo H. Stainton | May 15, 2019 | Healthcare
NJ ranks 21st among the states for the health of its older residents but only 42nd for seniors’ level of physical activity

Camden Residents Blast Tax Incentives — and Norcross

David Cruz | NJTV News | May 15, 2019 | Budget
Citizens contend that not much has changed despite $1 billion in incentives for companies in the orbit of powerbroker George Norcross

Legislators re-evaluate standardized student testing

Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | May 15, 2019 | Education
Lawmakers hear about possible next steps after court ruling that PARCC test is unconstitutional

OP-ED: A Call to Honor Alice Paul, NJ’s Overlooked Women’s Rights Crusader

Michael T. Bedard | May 15, 2019 | Opinion
Activist from South Jersey should be among those from the Garden State enshrined at the US Capitol


| May 15, 2019 | Number of The Day

Jersey City, Poster Child for What’s Wrong with School-Funding Reform?

Carly Sitrin and John Mooney | May 14, 2019 | Education
The district says cuts to state aid mean teacher layoffs and canceled after-school programs, but some pols and advocates argue Jersey City has the means to end its budget shortfall

Will Murphy’s CV Deal a Death Blow to NJ’s Dark-Money Bill?

Colleen O'Dea | May 14, 2019 | Politics
Governor argues his conditional veto addresses ‘egregious loopholes’ in the legislation. Opponents claim it protects groups that contributed to his campaign

Singing in the Rain: NJ’s 1st Deposit to Rainy-Day Fund in Decade, Says Treasurer

John Reitmeyer | May 14, 2019 | Budget
This year’s surging ‘April surprise’ in tax collections translates into $250 million tagged for Surplus Revenue Fund after years of running on empty

Pallone Aims for Complete Ban on Asbestos, Blocking New EPA Rule

Tom Johnson | May 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Environmental Protection Agency has OK’d limited use of the substance linked to deadly cancer; congressman says anything less than a full ban ‘unacceptable’

New Rules to Further Expand NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program

Lilo H. Stainton | May 14, 2019 | Healthcare
Regulations will cut red tape for young patients, ease the way for more diseases or symptoms to be covered, among other changes

New Jersey DEP Says It’s Working with Chemical Companies to Curb PFAS

Jon Hurdle | May 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After scathing letter from companies, officials say they hope for voluntary resolution to contamination

Newark Is Seeing a Surge of Brazilian Asylum-Seekers

Paula Moura | WNYC News | May 14, 2019 | Immigration
Immigrants are drawn to established Brazilian communities, like Newark’s Ironbound, but many are unaware of the hardships they will face

Attorney General Files Antitrust Suit Against 20 Generic Drug Companies

NJTV News | May 14, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey joins multistate suit that alleges prices of more than 100 drugs were artificially inflated

Op-Ed: Reducing Opioid Use and Adopting Medical Marijuana Interventions

Dr. AJ Rastogi | May 14, 2019 | Opinion
Many patients who are suffering the side effects of opioids could benefit from prescribed marijuana


| May 14, 2019 | Number of The Day

Legislative Hearings into Tax Incentives Will Be Unlike ‘Slanted’ Task Force

John Reitmeyer | May 13, 2019 | Budget
Lawmakers to conduct their own probes of controversial programs but signal their efforts will be more sympathetic than recent investigations

Potential Identified for Big Energy Efficiencies in NJ

Tom Johnson | May 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Analysis suggests 20 percent cut in electricity use and 11 percent cut in gas use possible, with achievable savings of $14 billion

Vote on Expanding NJ Hospital Angioplasty Services, After Years of Talk

Lilo H. Stainton | May 13, 2019 | Healthcare
Common procedure is lucrative and potentially lifesaving but it’s unavailable in less populated parts of state, except in emergencies

NJ Makes Move to Recruit More Men of Color as Teachers

Colleen O'Dea | May 13, 2019 | Education
New Jersey is more diverse than the nation, yet the state’s teacher ranks are a long way from reflecting that diversity

Op-Ed: We Don’t Need New Youth Prisons in Newark or Anywhere Else in Our State

Andrea McChristian | May 13, 2019 | Opinion
Rather than being incarcerated in failed youth prisons, our young people need support, encouragement, and intensive treatment within their communities

New Food and Entertainment Hub Developing in Atlantic City

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | May 13, 2019 | More Issues
Strong season expected in AC as development of ‘Orange Loop’ continues


| May 13, 2019 | Number of The Day

Weinberg Baffled as Officials Seem Resistant to More NJ Transit Funding

John Reitmeyer | May 10, 2019 | Transportation
Lawmaker can’t recall ever before being ‘on the opposite side of the bureaucracy trying to convince them that they need more money’

Dark-money Disclosure Bill Facing Conditional Veto By Murphy?

Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2019 | Politics
Advocates launch bid to sway governor; critics say bill as written is too broad

In Battle To Counteract Climate Change, A New Reason To Hug Trees

Tom Johnson | May 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Roughly 2.5 million metric tons of the carbon emissions that cause global warming are stored in New Jersey’s forests

Opinion: After Norcross Attack on Murphy, Get Ready for War

Carl Golden | May 10, 2019 | Opinion
‘The ill will and struggle for power will most certainly impact already testy budget deliberations’

Advocates: New Anti-hunger Laws Will Raise Awareness Of Food Waste

Jon Hurdle | May 10, 2019 | Social
Governor, signing bill package, says it’s a ‘moral failure’ that so many New Jerseyans don’t have enough to eat

Some Questions as State Expands Free Community College Program

Carly Sitrin | May 10, 2019 | Education
Initiative is a ‘gap filler,’ not a free ride, official says; up to 18,000 students are expected to benefit in 2019-2020 academic year


| May 10, 2019 | Number of The Day

Overdose-Reversal Agent Scarce in Some NJ Urban Areas

Lilo H. Stainton | May 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Naloxone more likely to be stocked by suburban drugstores, even though call for medication much higher in poorer cities

Murphy Drops $33M Budget Diversion After Getting Flamed by Firefighters

John Reitmeyer | May 9, 2019 | Budget
Governor finds plan to siphon cash from dedicated fund that assists needy first responders and their families too hot to handle

Enviros Fault Army Corps’ Plan for Defending NJ Back Bays from Rising Seas

Jon Hurdle | May 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Groups say nature-based measures should be a bigger part of massive plan to protect communities

State Approves Utility’s Scaled-Back Program of Upgrades

Tom Johnson | May 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
JCP&L to embark on two-year improvement of overhead distribution lines, with expanded vegetation management and more smart technology

Gov. Murphy Signs Off on Bills to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Michael Aron | NJTV News | May 9, 2019 | Healthcare, Politics
New Jersey’s chief executive officer says racial disparity in maternal and infant mortality is unacceptable in wealthy, medically advanced state


| May 9, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Offers Lawmakers Both Carrot and Stick to Approve Millionaire’s Tax

John Reitmeyer | May 8, 2019 | Budget
During town hall, governor also reveals that the state’s revenue outlook improved during the recent April tax-collection season

Another Push for NJ Ban on Plastic Bags and, Maybe, Paper Bags Too

Tom Johnson | May 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With many New Jersey municipalities already having passed ordinances to reduce the use of plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam containers, move is on for a statewide policy

Atlantic County Program Makes Sure Patients Do Not Die Alone

Lilo H. Stainton | May 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Trained volunteers stand vigil with patients, providing them ‘with the dignity and respect they deserve’

Profile: Mayor of Montgomery Has a Number Of Firsts to Her Name

Colleen O'Dea | May 8, 2019 | Profiles
Sadaf Jaffer, New Jersey’s first female Muslim mayor, says: ‘I want to be that person I needed to see when I was younger’

Attorney General Grewal Proposes New Rules to Combat Opioid Crisis

Julie Daurio |NJTV News | May 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Making medication-assisted treatment more accessible and tightening regulations for monitoring of prescriptions

Op-Ed: Extra Budget Allocation for NJ Transit is ‘Woefully Insufficient’

Nat Bottigheimer | May 8, 2019 | Opinion
The agency has been relying on an entirely unsustainable funding source, directing money meant for capital improvements to day-to-day operations


| May 8, 2019 | Number of The Day

Rutgers Weighs Pros and Cons of Medical School Integration

Lilo H. Stainton | May 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Consolidation could translate into more research funding, but some professional staff members at both schools counsel taking it slow

NJ Home to 35 Sites Where Two PFAS Chemicals Top New State Limits

Jon Hurdle | May 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
National advocate compiles data from utilities, military, and academia to show contamination

High-Profile Lawyers Claim Tax-Incentive Investigation Is ‘Political Retribution’

John Reitmeyer | May 7, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Attorneys representing companies linked to South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross challenge legitimacy of Murphy task force; chair of task force rejects their claims

Department of Corrections Pushes to Curb Sexual Abuse at Women’s Prison

Michael Hill | NJTV News | May 7, 2019 | Social
Commissioner also reports to Assembly Budget Committee about ongoing efforts to reduce substance-use disorder, change department’s ‘culture’

Governor Cheers New Engineers for NJ Transit but There Are Miles to Go

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | May 7, 2019 | Transportation
Agency has 330 active engineers and needs well over 400 to provide service uninterrupted by staffing shortages

Op-Ed: Construction Workers Misclassified as Contractors — an Outrage

Richard E. Tolson | May 7, 2019 | Opinion
‘Wealthy developers are taking advantage of labor laws and outdated regulation and enforcement to increase profit margins’


| May 7, 2019 | Number of The Day

Booker Rolls Out Gun Control Proposals

David Cruz | NJTV News | May 6, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Senator’s plan includes gun-safety courses and background checks

On Eve of Primaries, NJ Is at Early Stage of Shoring Up Election Security

Colleen O'Dea | May 6, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
New Jersey wasn’t one of the 21 states whose electoral systems were targeted by Russian hackers in 2016, but it has weaknesses at both state and county level

Governor Signs Law that Strengthens Public Access to Beaches

Tom Johnson | May 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some proponents concerned about ‘vague language’ in new law that holds tidal waters and waterfronts are preserved for public use

New Jersey Gets Less Funding for Public Health from CDC than Many States

Lilo H. Stainton | May 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Garden State ranked 14th for total dollars provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2018

Timeline of EDA Tax-Incentive Program in Camden

NJTV News | May 6, 2019 | Budget
John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight’s Budget and Public Finance writer, drills down into the data on tax breaks for projects in Camden

Why Are New Jersey’s Suburbs so Segregated?

Raven Santana | NJTV News | May 6, 2019 | Social
Civil rights summit is told that legislation and policy are the keys to ending segregation in suburbs across the state

Congressional Delegation Tours Damaged Hudson River Train Tunnel

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | May 6, 2019 | Transportation
Tour was part of effort to drum up support — and funding — for stalled Gateway Tunnel and Portal Bridge projects

Op-Ed: Teaching LGBTQ+ History in Schools Benefits All Students

Max Crossan | May 6, 2019 | Opinion
‘It is impossible to teach a comprehensive course on American or world history without including the contributions and hardships of LGBTQ+ people’


| May 6, 2019 | Number of The Day

Task Force Examines Tax Incentives for Camden — and Norcross

John Reitmeyer | May 3, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Scrutiny of big tax breaks for projects in Camden, especially for businesses with ties to Democratic powerbroker George Norcross, in a sometimes trial-like atmosphere

More Money for ‘Energized’ Agenda on Housing, Community Programs

Colleen O'Dea | May 3, 2019 | Housing
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver promises big year for Department of Community Affairs after a decade of ‘atrophy’

SEC Filing: PSEG Yet to Decide About Equity Stake in Offshore-Wind Project

Tom Johnson | May 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The BPU is reviewing applications for approval of plans to build an initial cluster of wind farms, to generate as much as 1.1 gigawatts of electricity

NJ Transit Announces Summer Service Changes

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | May 3, 2019 | Transportation
There will be disruptions on Montclair-Boonton, North Jersey Coast, and Morris and Essex lines from mid-June

Op-Ed: Prescription for a Healthy New Jersey Includes Art and Culture

Ann Marie Miller | May 3, 2019 | Opinion
Regrettably, an influential new health plan for the Garden State make no mention of the power of art and culture to treat and promote health, well-being and healthy environments


| May 3, 2019 | Number of The Day

No Easy Answers About Why It Costs So Much to Attend NJ’s Public Colleges

Carly Sitrin | May 2, 2019 | Budget, Education
Murphy’s proposed budget allocates $1.65 billion to higher education, but some college and university officials politely explain that it’s not enough

How Companies and Allies of One Powerful Democrat Got $1.1B in Tax Breaks

Nancy Solomon, WNYC, and Jeff Pillets | May 2, 2019 | Politics
Meet George Norcross. Nearly two-thirds of $1.6 billion in tax incentives in Camden went to his company, business partners, political allies and clients of his brother

DOH Commissioner Tapped to Lead Troubled Newark Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | May 2, 2019 | Healthcare
As governor calls news bittersweet, Elnahal promises big improvements at the 130-year-old institution

Help Us Report on Rehab Programs that Force Patients into Unpaid Labor

NJ Spotlight | May 2, 2019 | Healthcare
We’re partnering with the Reveal news outlet to report on rehab-for-work programs in New Jersey. You could help us to get the story right

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Wants to Level Playing Field for Latinos

John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2019 | More Issues
Hispanic organization launches business-investment fund to help Latino entrepreneurs get low-cost loans and other services they often can’t qualify for

Op-Ed: Now Is the Time to Fund School Construction

David Sciarra | May 2, 2019 | Opinion
As the governor moves to re-staff the SDA, he must find committed, experienced professionals who can manage large-scale public-building programs or design and construction of school facilities

New Jersey Wants Trump to Scrap Plans to Drill in Atlantic, Arctic Oceans

Tom Johnson | May 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
In letter to Department of Interior, congressional delegation argues state can’t afford to risk coastal communities to gas and oil exploration

Coalition of Black Organizations Challenges Status Quo in Trenton

Karen Rouse | WNYC News | May 2, 2019 | Politics
Progressive groups are pressing Gov. Phil Murphy to deliver on the racial and social justice issues he campaigned on when running for office


| May 2, 2019 | Number of The Day

Jury Is Still Out On Net Result For New Jerseyans Of Trump Tax Cuts

Colleen O'Dea | May 1, 2019 | Budget
Some data show most paid less to Uncle Sam for 2018, but individuals also report big jumps stemming from caps on tax deductions and donations

Call to Ban Tax Assessors From Moonlighting With Reval Firms

Carly Sitrin | May 1, 2019 | More Issues
State watchdog finds multiple cases of officials working for companies around time a municipality’s property assessment overhaul was underway

Opinion: How To Dig Social Security Out Of Its Fiscal Hole

Richard F. Keevey | May 1, 2019 | Opinion
The ratio of contributing workers to recipients has dropped as life expectancy increases, from 16 to 1 in 1950 to 3 to 1 today

NJ Official: State Working to Protect Consumers from Trump Measures

John Reitmeyer | May 1, 2019 | Budget
Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride tells lawmakers that state’s efforts have significantly lowered health insurance premium rates in the individual market

Other Countries and New York Fuel NJ’s Measles Outbreak, Officials Say

Lilo H. Stainton | May 1, 2019 | Healthcare
Travelers returning from countries where the disease is widespread and cross-border contamination from New York are responsible for uptick in New Jersey

New Rule Could Cost Utility Customers Millions, Rate Counsel Challenges

Tom Johnson | May 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Regulation changes how certain savings are split, now giving lion’s share to utilities at the expense of customers

Fight over School Funding Is Focus of Senate Budget Hearing

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | May 1, 2019 | Education
Teachers, students and administrators rally outside State House to protest cuts in aid to their districts

New Jersey Man Sues Boy Scouts, Alleges Molestation as a Child

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | May 1, 2019 | More Issues
For almost four decades Richard Halvorson told no one; now, he says, ‘Everybody’s going to hear it’


| May 1, 2019 | Number of The Day

Is NJ Prepared to Spend $9M — $1 Per Person — to Ensure Accurate Census Count?

Colleen O'Dea | April 30, 2019 | Politics
The Murphy administration has allocated $2.45 million for a census outreach campaign, but advocates and some lawmakers say more than three times that amount is needed

State Seeks Public Input in Campaign to End AIDS and Curb HIV

Lilo H. Stainton | April 30, 2019 | Healthcare
Officials want people impacted by HIV/AIDS to have their say on renewed effort to diminish the effects of the disease in New Jersey

BPU Considers Greater Energy Assistance for Poor Residents

Tom Johnson | April 30, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Subsidies already add a significant amount to customer bills, a situation likely to worsen as utilities move to strengthen the power grid, roll out infrastructure for electric cars

SALT Workaround for Small Businesses in NJ Misses the Boat

John Reitmeyer | April 30, 2019 | Budget
Bipartisan measure was supposed to reclassify state taxes for those with ‘pass-through’ entities. It was OK’d by the state Senate but was never posted for a vote in the full Assembly

Op-Ed: Nuclear Subsidy — Time to Restructure Power Sector

Fred Fastiggi | April 30, 2019 | Opinion
PSEG’s nuclear subsidy is the most recent example of cunning proficiency grown largely through snowballing political influence

Murphy Signs Package of Nine Bills to Alleviate NJ’s Foreclosure Crisis

Michael Aron | NJTV News | April 30, 2019 | Housing
Governor and bipartisan group of lawmakers hope to knock New Jersey out of top spot for foreclosures, now double the national rate

Menendez Calls for $2.5B to Help Strengthen Election System

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 30, 2019 | Politics
Revelations in Mueller Report lead senator to caution that U.S. elections — and democracy — are vulnerable to attack

Jersey City BOE Sues State Department of Education over Cut to Aid

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | April 30, 2019 | Education
Board members say proposed cut in state aid would be catastrophic for the district, could put the future of its 30,000 students at risk


| April 30, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ Department of Human Services Makes Helping Homeless Priority No. 1

Colleen O'Dea | April 29, 2019 | Social
Changes in programs bolster support for young adults, families with children, make help available over longer periods

Lawmakers Want to Know How Much Customers Will Pay to Fund Clean Energy

Tom Johnson | April 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Back-of-the-envelope estimates indicate Murphy’s clean-energy agenda will easily cost more than $15 billion

Women’s Healthcare Funding Survives, But NJ Advocates Still Wary

Lilo H. Stainton | April 29, 2019 | Healthcare
Judge halts Trump administration’s efforts to change how Title X funds can be used; ‘Protect X’ campaign to continue, including in NJ

Murphy’s Budget Reflects Change In How Pension Obligation Is Calculated

John Reitmeyer | April 29, 2019 | Budget
Tweak to actuarial policy provides $100M in breathing room over previous estimate of payment needed to fully fund ailing system

OP-ED: Four C-sections Later, I Wish I Had Known About Choices

Assemblywoman Shanique Speight | April 29, 2019 | Opinion
Lawmaker questions whether procedure is overused and sees hope for change in pending legislative package

Murphy Names Acting CEO of Schools Development Authority

NJTV News | April 29, 2019 | Education
Move comes swiftly on resignation of embattled former CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco

Kevin Quinn Appointed to Chair EDA Board of Directors

NJTV News | April 29, 2019 | More Issues
Governor names fellow Goldman Sachs alum to key role in Economic Development Authority


| April 29, 2019 | Number of The Day

A Hard Day’s Fortnight

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 27, 2019 | The Booker Beat
April 27, 2019 — Two weeks can seem like a lifetime, until they fly by like billboards on a highway. You're at Newark Airport and then, suddenly, you're flying and driving and driving and flying through Omaha, Sergeant Bluff, Carroll, Nevada (the city), Minden, Des Moines, Sioux City, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Reno, Los Angeles, Houston, Spartanburg, Union (not the one in Jersey), Manning, Columbia, and Charleston. I can understand why someone would wanna be president, I'm just not sure why someone would wanna actually run for president. It is grueling and repetitive; flying sucks, and hotels can vary dramatically in quality. It isn't always easy to get a good meal, let along quality coffee, and if you're trying to get some regular exercise in, forget that. In a couple of hotels there were "fitness centers" but try hitting the treadmill when schools in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics volleyball championships are staying there, too. A man has to keep his dignity. But for anyone in the journalism game, it's a trip you don't pass up. In many ways it was the most exhilarating thing I've ever done. Meeting total strangers (from strange lands) and talking to them about their politics and their thoughts about where we are as a nation, and who might be able to change things for the better. Explaining who the hell Cory Booker is. (Maybe one in 10 had heard of him.) And convincing people that no one from Jersey ever says “Joisey.” Watching a campaign in its infancy, struggling to gain its footing, hearing a dramatic, expertly delivered stump speech so many times that you almost have it memorized yourself. Running into the candidate at airports and sometimes three rows ahead of you on the same plane. Kibitzing and then, two hours later, elbowing your way into the gaggle and grilling him on charter schools and lead in the water back home, political strategy, and his low standing in the polls. I don't know if Booker is going to be able to come out on top in a field of 20. Nobody I know expects him to. But he is indefatigable. And will not only pose for selfies for an hour but now sends personal messages to your boyfriend who couldn't make the event. (Of course, the campaign tracks all that stuff, but, for the faithful, it's a pretty cool thing.) There are months and months to go before the Iowa caucuses, but, you watch, it's gonna fly by, and before you know it, Election Day will be upon us. So, as I sit here on my final night, in this moderately priced hotel room near the airport, I'm gonna sip this complimentary coffee and fondly recall the billboards passing on the road I've just traveled. The quaint Sioux City Public Museum; that dusty highway detour we had to take because the main road to Minden was flooded out; the breathtaking sight of the Sierra Nevada; the thin, cool air of the state park in Washoe Valley (population 3,019, elevation 8,900 feet) and cool, clean waters at the edge of Lake Tahoe; the fiery sunset over Virginia Lake, in Reno; Easter Sunday on the Venice Beach boardwalk; a surprisingly hip night of rock ‘n’ roll and southern hospitality from the Indian waitress (Ameena) with a southern twang; and the old black couple who took genuine interest in our work and expressed gratitude about what we do. I wore my press pass every day, and I never felt prouder than I did at that moment. Things really do pass by fast when you’re speeding down the highway. It’s good to keep your eyes open and looking out the window. — David Cruz

Booker Wraps Up Cross-Country Tour, Looking for Momentum

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 26, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Cory Booker ends his two-week cross-country 'Justice For All' tour in South Carolina, which is among the early states holding primaries next year

New Sense of Urgency in State’s Mission to Reduce Global Warming

Tom Johnson | April 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As administration officials and climate experts discuss pending actions, legislators are asked to take the social costs of carbon into account

Union Leaders Blast Sweeney’s Cost-containment Reforms

John Reitmeyer | April 26, 2019 | Budget
Say proposals embraced by Senate President fail to address pension system’s unfunded liability, and overly focus on shifting costs to workers

Lawmaker: Murphy To Sign Bill Easing Limits on Sex Abuse Suits Soon

Lilo H. Stainton | April 26, 2019 | Social
The measure, nearly 10 years in the making, would greatly expand the statute of limitations on civil suits brought by victims

OP-ED: Lawmakers should pass bill supporting Electrify NJ agenda

REV. RONALD TUFF AND REV. BRYANT ALI | April 26, 2019 | Opinion
S-2252/A-4819 embraces changes vitally important to NJ cities, including the deployment of electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure

Murphy Repeats His Concept of Deal with NY on Congestion Pricing

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 26, 2019 | Transportation
MTA chair has ‘no idea’ what governor is talking about. At Trenton press conference, Murphy is also asked about SDA controversy and issues with EDA board


| April 26, 2019 | Number of The Day

Dems Tout Diversity but White Males Top 2020 Voter Polls

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 25, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
As former Vice President Joe Biden announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination, Sen. Cory Booker said Democrats should celebrate their diverse field of candidates

At Rutgers, Battle Rages Over Salaries for Part-Time Faculty, Tuition Freeze

Carly Sitrin | April 25, 2019 | Education
University argues it’s tapped out after signing contract with full-timers, attempts to squeeze more out of budget will only drive tuition higher

Opinion: A Roadmap to Better Health in New Jersey

Joel C. Cantor and Margaret Koller | April 25, 2019 | Opinion
New report recommends evidence-based policy options to address gaps in health and well-being across the state

Protestors Demand Essex County End Contract to House ICE Detainees

Colleen O'Dea | April 25, 2019 | Immigration
Financing county with ‘blood money’ is how one advocate characterizes being paid by federal agency to hold immigrants in county jail

‘Conceptual’ Deal with NYC on Congestion Pricing for Hudson Crossings

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | April 25, 2019 | Transportation
Gov. Murphy says agreement means New Jersey commuters will be treated equally at George Washington Bridge, Lincoln and Holland tunnels

Atlantic City Takeover Yields Ambitious Scheme to Speed Turnaround

John Reitmeyer | April 25, 2019 | Planning
Implementation plan targets neighborhood revitalization, workforce development, community policing, public-health initiatives — among other goals

Christie Campaign Revamp to Boost Outreach, Access to Addiction Treatment

Lilo H. Stainton | April 25, 2019 | Healthcare
Murphy administration invests in once-controversial Reach NJ program, but steers clear of Christie-like TV commercials

Utility Agrees to Sharp Cut in Proposed Rate Increase, Awaits BPU Approval

Tom Johnson | April 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
JCP&L originally sought almost $400M investment in infrastructure upgrades; settles for a quarter of that amount

Former Christie Aide Bridget Kelly Resentenced, Calls Christie ‘A Bully’

Raven Santana | NJTV News | April 25, 2019 | More Issues
Originally sentenced to 18 months in prison for her part in the Bridgegate scandal, Kelly will serve 13 months


| April 25, 2019 | Number of The Day

‘Who Run the World?’

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 25, 2019 | The Booker Beat
April 25, 2019 — Outside the Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston about 1,000 or so mostly young women of color waited in line under drizzly skies to get into the She the People Presidential Forum. Inside, Sen. Cory Booker and many of his rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination (including Beto, Bernie, Kamala, Warren, and others with not enough recognition to go by single names) waited to answer questions from She the People co-founder Aimee Allison, Joy-Ann Reid of MSNBC, and selected — one would presume pre-screened — audience members. “...I’m tempted to say, ‘OK, ladies, let’s get in formation,’” said Reid as she was introduced, quoting Houston’s most famous daughter. With (MS)NBC as a major co-sponsor of a Democratic presidential forum, one could assume a progressive focus to the subject matter and answers. As one of the few events with more than a couple of candidates in the same building, it promised a lot. But it delivered less than that, unfortunately. From Booker to Warren, the answers were as predictable as the questions, and the appreciative audience’s yelping, whooping and applauding every buzzword and policy promise made this feel more like a pep rally than a forum. (Booker was in full stump-speech mode. I’ve almost memorized his by now. I’m not as well-versed in the other stump speeches, but I heard a lot of familiar lines.) Many of the young women we spoke to said they didn’t really have their minds made up on which candidate to support. Who could blame them? With what will be 20 candidates essentially saying the same thing — I know that’s an oversimplification, campaign teams — it’s hard to separate the candidates based on much, other than personality. And it’s also way early in the process. Today, the candidates played to the crowd and generated much more applause than analysis. In that respect, it’s hard to say whether the She the People event did what it was supposed to do: according to a spokesperson, ask the candidates “what are you really gonna do to center our communities in meaningful and powerful ways beyond the rhetoric that we always hear from Donald Trump?” I’m not sure what that even means, but I’m sure if someone had said it during the forum it would have drawn tremendous applause. — David Cruz

Vying with Other 2020 Dems for Votes from Women of Color

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 24, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Sen. Cory Booker, other Democratic presidential candidates take part in Texas forum that focuses on issues facing women of color

Which NJ Ports Could Be Offshore-Wind Industry Hubs? Edge for Paulsboro?

Tom Johnson | April 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
States on the Eastern Seaboard vie to become centers of manufacturing, parts assembly and shipping for the nascent industry

State Tax-revenue Growth In NJ Lags Well Behind Most Other States

John Reitmeyer | April 24, 2019 | Budget
Independent analysis shows tax collections in Garden State still fall shy of pre-Great Recession levels, while they have rebounded elsewhere by an average of 13.4 percent

Analysis: Most Older Residents Don’t Tap Available Food Assistance

Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2019 | Social
Anti-hunger group estimates that 48 percent of New Jerseyans 60 and older who are eligible for SNAP got the food assistance

Op-Ed: NJ’s Liquor Laws Protect Small and Local Businesses

Mike Halfacre | April 24, 2019 | Opinion
No one can own more than two liquor licenses in New Jersey. Big-box stores and corporate supermarket chains don’t like that provision

Schools Development Authority CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco resigns

NJTV News | April 24, 2019 | Education
Embattled head has been at center of patronage scandal because of hirings and firings at the SDA

Atlantic City residents express confidence in state plan to revive city

MICHAEL HILL | NJTV NEWS | April 24, 2019 | Planning
From many in AC, a sentiment that they have been given a voice and are involved in charting the future


| April 24, 2019 | Number of The Day

NYC’s Congestion-Pricing Plan Wins No Friends on NJ Side of the Hudson

John Reitmeyer | April 23, 2019 | Transportation
Garden State commuters already pay stiff tolls for driving into the Big Apple, but there doesn’t seem to be much support for carveouts and exemptions

Education Coalition Urges Governor, Dems to Rethink School Funding Cuts

John Mooney | April 23, 2019 | Education
Murphy’s spending plan would cut state aid to almost 200 districts; coalition wants him and legislative leaders to come up with a less bruising proposal

NJ to Fund Better Electronic Health Records for Addiction Services

Lilo H. Stainton | April 23, 2019 | Healthcare
New technology, a priority across Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration, is seen as way to improve and integrate services for tens of thousands of New Jerseyans

How Trump’s Title 10 ‘Gag Rule’ Affects NJ’s Women, Especially Women of Color

Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | April 23, 2019 | Healthcare
More than two-thirds of Planned Parenthood patients in New Jersey are people of color

Advocates Rally Against Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | April 23, 2019 | Politics
Ahead of Supreme Court hearings on Trump administration’s effort to include controversial question, New Jersey opponents protest

Opinion: A Surplus Account Is Not the Same as a Rainy-Day Account

Richard F. Keevey | April 23, 2019 | Opinion
Contributing to New Jersey’s rainy-day fund would help protect the state during a recession or in the event of a natural disaster

New Jersey Energy Efficiency: Progress and Opportunity

Lloyd Kass and Andy Frank | April 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
While the state needs to move forward on all fronts to achieve its clean energy goals, energy efficiency represents a particularly important opportunity


| April 23, 2019 | Number of The Day

Booker, LA Mayor Talk Environment but Not Endorsement

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 22, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Los Angeles mayor offers introductions but no endorsement; Booker sidesteps assertions that he either ignored or missed the lead water crisis in Newark when mayor

Some NJ Districts Pile Up Debt Building Schools, Others Are Debt-Free

Colleen O'Dea | April 22, 2019 | Education
Although New Jersey is in better shape than the country as a whole for school debt, paying off construction bonds costs about a quarter of state’s annual debt service

State’s New-Look Energy Plan Is Delayed, Now Expected in December

Tom Johnson | April 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy administration’s overhaul of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan is put off while urgent energy issues are being dealt with

Two NYC fatalities Had Nation’s First Cases of ‘Pan-Resistant’ Fungus

Jon Hurdle | April 22, 2019 | Healthcare
Deaths fuel fears of an outbreak of Candida auris that can resist many, or all, medications; no reports of pan-resistant C. auris in New Jersey

Q&A: Katrina McCombs, New Superintendent of Camden City School District

Carly Sitrin | April 22, 2019 | Education
McCombs has big ambitions but is facing big challenges — not least a severe budget crisis

Not Your Grandfather’s Electric Meter

PSE&G | April 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Smart meters don’t just deliver convenience; they also promise greater reliability and improved customer service


PSE&G | April 22, 2019 | Number of The Day

Cory Who?

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 20, 2019 | The Booker Beat
April 20, 2019 — It’s a big world. And even with the penetration of cable and internet and such, some people can still be oblivious to all the stuff swirling around them. I’m following Sen. Cory Booker around the country as he makes a run for the Democratic nomination for president. I’ve been covering the senator since he was a thorn-in-the-side Newark councilman. At this point, to me and the people of New Jersey, he’s pretty much a household name. He’s got a gazillion social-media followers, so we assumed he’d be a well-known figure everywhere we went. Guess again, New Jersey, you ain’t the center of the world. In a roadside convenience store between Sergeant Bluff and Des Moines, Iowa, the woman at the cash register (let’s call her Mabel) asks what I’m doing in Iowa. “I’m covering the Booker campaign,” I say, almost proudly (because I’m a journalist on a cross-country trip, dammit.) “What’s that?” she asks. “He’s the senator from New Jersey running for president,” I reply. Rather than an “Oh, that guy,” I get “Never heard of him.” “Is he a Democrat?” she asks. “Yes,” I say. “Well, that’s probably why I never heard of him.” I take my change and grab my spicy beef links and cheese curds. “Well, have a nice day,” I suggest. Mabel does not respond. “Hey lady, I'm just covering the guy,” I think to myself. Of the five or so Iowans I encountered not at Booker events, just one suggested that they know Booker. “He’s the gay one, right?” No, ma’am, that’s Pete Buttigieg. “Oh, well he seems nice.” The Cowboy’s Cafe, off Highway 395 North, in Minden, Nevada, is a surprisingly welcoming spot where locals recommend the blueberry buckwheat pancake sandwich. I say “welcoming” because there are all sorts of firearms hanging on the walls and a variety of ammunition arranged in a spiffy glass case just behind our table. Guns are not so big in Jersey as they are here. (Legal ones, anyway.) Our waitress, Cristol, is the very definition of Nevada nice. (That’s a thing, right?) She tells us all about the Sierra Nevada mountain range and a few other places of interest in nearby California. She’s curious about why we’re here, and I tell her. “Oh, I just read that in the newspaper,” she replies. “Is he any good?” I mean, he’s a nice guy, but is it for me to say if he’s “any good?” I explain that he’s a nice enough fella but that there are 18 people running for the nomination. “I know, right!” she exclaims. She admits to not knowing much about Booker. She’s heard of Biden (“He’s the one with the hands”) and Bernie (“the crazy old guy”). And she admits her family voted for Trump last time but adds that she made a mistake. “I think he’s a jerk,” she says. “Maybe I’ll vote for Booker.” I tell her he’s holding a “Conversations with Cory” event just on the other side of the highway, in case she wants to stop by. “Ha, I don’t think so,” she replies. “I'm probably gonna have to work a double. Besides, I hate politics.” — David Cruz

Booker Meets with Nevada Voters, Responds to Mueller Report

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 20, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Discussion focuses on whether problems of people in rural Nevada are all that different from those faced by people in urban New Jersey

Huge Win for PSEG as Reluctant BPU Approves Nuclear Subsidies

Tom Johnson | April 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
‘The board is being directed to pay a ransom,’ said Commissioner Bob Gordon. Upendra Chivukula was the only commissioner to vote ‘no’

Searing Impact of Incarceration on Women and their Families

Lilo H. Stainton | April 19, 2019 | Social
Conference suggests that most re-entry services are geared toward men, leaving women to navigate the post-prison landscape largely on their own

Weinberg: Language in New Anti-harassment Rule Is ‘Affront to Survivors’

Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2019 | More Issues
Civil Service spokesman says proposed rule will reflect what Gov. Phil Murphy wants

State Wants New Anti-Conflict Standard for Financial Advisers

John Reitmeyer | April 19, 2019 | More Issues
Installing ‘fiduciary’ rule at the state level would replace federal regulation that was set aside by the courts

Op-Ed: Black Moms Matter and Need to Tell Their Healthcare Stories

Cheryl Towns | April 19, 2019 | Opinion
Awareness must be raised of the systemic racism and the special risks many black women face when dealing with medical issues

Rep. Tom Malinowski Reacts To Mueller Report

Michael Aron | NJTV News | April 19, 2019 | Politics
First-term Democrat says U.S. Attorney General Barr lied in pre-release assessment of Special Prosecutor’s report


| April 19, 2019 | Number of The Day

Adventures in the Air and on the Ground

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 19, 2019 | The Booker Beat
April 18, 2019 — Tossed around on the flight from Atlanta to Reno is no way travel, I can tell you that. Rough skies out west made an already packed cabin even more uncomfortable. Probably shouldn’t have gone down that rabbit hole of YouTube videos on Craziest Plane Landings last week. I’m not a great flyer. It’s all like a commuter van to me, except at 30,000 feet. (Even in first class, in which I am, I assure you, not.) But, I’m not complaining. It’s been an adventure. My first presidential campaign embed. You really do get to know the candidate this way. Walking into the bathroom at the airport in Atlanta I hear someone shout “Cruuuuuz!” Not knowing anyone in the city, I assume it’s one of my myriad southern-state fans (of which there are legion). I turn to see Cory Booker smiling goofily and toting an overstuffed backpack. “What are you up to?” he asks. “Following you, man,” I reply. “I see that,” he says and whisks away. (He’s running behind. Shocker.) That’s not even my first Cory Booker bathroom story. Maybe later this week I’ll share the famous bathroom confrontation video from the 2012 DNC convention. Anyway, as I said, we just flew in from Atlanta. But our connection to Reno (after a 90-minute layover in Salt Lake City) has been delayed. And then delayed again. “The captain has asked for the maintenance crew, so our delay’s going to be a little longer,” says the nice woman over the PA system. Maintenance crew? Can we just walk to Reno from here? — David Cruz

On to Georgia: Booker Brings a Universal Message

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 18, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Moving on from Iowa, senator is well-received in Atlanta although students from historically black colleges and universities not yet ready to go all-in for the New Jersey candidate

With Kean’s Declaration, NJ’s 2020 Congressional Races Are Off and Running

Colleen O'Dea | April 18, 2019 | Politics
GOP already out gunning for state’s four freshman Democrats who flipped their districts from red to blue, characterizing them as ‘socialists’

How New Jersey Can Build a ‘Culture of Health’ and Fill in Notable Gaps in Care

Lilo H. Stainton | April 18, 2019 | Healthcare
New report presents a roadmap to help policymakers create more effective and equitable healthcare programs in Garden State

Winning Rutgers Faculty Union Vows to Aid Part-Timers in Contract Battle

Carly Sitrin | April 18, 2019 | Education
After agreeing a ‘historic’ contract, officials with the union representing thousands of full-time faculty and graduate employees say they will work for colleagues still at the bargaining table

NJ Transit Says Atlantic City Line, Princeton Dinky Back Next Month

John Reitmeyer | April 18, 2019 | Transportation
Agency announces new schedule for Atlantic City commuters and tourists, but offers no news for Raritan Valley Line, sidetracked for six months

NJ Joins Other States to Block Trump Attack on Clean Water Act

Tom Johnson | April 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Administration wants to roll back protection of tributaries, wetlands, and the like that shield downstream waters against pollution

Op-Ed: NJ Opposition to Changing Campus-Assault Rules Is Misguided

Andrew T. Miltenberg | April 18, 2019 | Opinion
State officials opposed to Trump administration’s proposed Title IX rule changes for how schools should handle assault and harassment complaints must not overlook due process

Former Gov. Christie Delivers Soundbite with Teeth About Gov. Murphy

Michael Aron | NJTV News | April 18, 2019 | Politics
No more Mr. Nice Guy, warns Christie, ‘it’s contrary to my personality’

GOP Powerbroker Draws Split Decision on Fed Tax Evasion Charges

NJTV News | April 18, 2019 | Politics
George Gilmore, head of Ocean County GOP, has been found guilty for failing to pay payroll taxes, submitting bogus loan application, but walks on charge of filing false tax returns

Booker and Harris Miss Most Votes of Senators Running in 2020

Elana Schor | Associated Press | April 18, 2019 | Politics
Candidates often miss votes while out campaigning; the senators from New Jersey and California have missed 16 of 77 votes this year

Immigrant Detainee in Essex County Jail Says He Was X-Rayed for Contraband

WNYC News | April 18, 2019 | Immigration
After being strip-searched, Yuri McKoy was taken to University Hospital in Newark where, he said, an X-ray showed nothing


| April 18, 2019 | Number of The Day

Harris, Booker Miss Most Votes of Senators Running in 2020

Elana Schor | Associated Press | April 18, 2019 | The Booker Beat
Candidates often miss votes while out campaigning; the senators from California and New Jersey have missed 16 of 77 votes this year

EXCLUSIVE: Booker Discusses Campaign, Public Education, Legalizing Marijuana

NJTV News | April 17, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
After two days campaigning in Iowa before heading to Georgia, the senator emphasizes some of the themes of his ‘Justice for All’ tour

The Message Is a Big Part of the Mission for State Veterans Programs

John Reitmeyer | April 17, 2019 | Budget
New Jersey is home to some 340,000 men and women who have served their country in the military

Rutgers Reaches Tentative Deal with Faculty Union, Part-Timers Still Negotiate

Carly Sitrin | April 17, 2019 | Education
Although union members must approve agreement, a strike appears to have been averted. But no resolution yet for their part-time colleagues

Critics Slam PSEG’s Notice of Nuclear Shutdown on Eve of Subsidy Decision

Tom Johnson | April 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Foes say it’s an effort to intimidate Board of Public Utilities as it decides whether big subsidies are merited for three nuclear units in South Jersey

State Launches Review of Human Services Payment Reform

Lilo H. Stainton | April 17, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey has improved the way it reimburses community-based organizations that help people with behavioral-health and other issues. Advocates say there is still huge unmet need for services

Op-Ed: NJ Residents Deserve Affordable Access to Their Prescriptions

Tina Jacobs | April 17, 2019 | Opinion
Out-of-pocket costs for critical drugs can often swing wildly, leaving patients and their caregivers with few good options

Additional Long-Term Facilities Needed for NJ’s Sickest Kids?

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 17, 2019 | Healthcare
State attempts to elicit industry interest in creating more capacity have gone largely unanswered

Sweeney Introduces ‘Path to Progress’ Plan to Business Community

Michael Aron | NJTV News | April 17, 2019 | Politics
A series of government-reform ideas includes pension overhaul, reduced healthcare costs and school consolidations


| April 17, 2019 | Number of The Day

Pitching Message of Love and Unity to Iowa Democrats

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 16, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Senator speaks of love powerful enough to transform a nation on the brink of dissolving into tribalism. The mostly-white, mostly-liberal, anti-Trump audience loves it

Booker Discusses Israel, Taxes and Charter Schools in Press Briefing

NJTV News | April 16, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Senator answers questions for local and national press at first event in his ‘Justice for All’ tour

Newark NIMBY on State Plan to Build Juvenile Justice Facility in Brick City

Colleen O'Dea | April 16, 2019 | Social
Social justice advocates argue money earmarked for incarceration would be better spent on rehabilitation

As Decision on Nuclear Subsidies Nears, Where Is Consultant’s Report?

Tom Johnson | April 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Consumer, environmental, and industry groups want to know why an independent report commissioned by the BPU has yet to be seen by the public

Pascrell Confident in Dems’ Strategy to Obtain Trump Tax Returns

John Reitmeyer | April 16, 2019 | Politics
Congressman says it’s important for Congress to know whether president has any conflicts of interest and is ‘paying his fair share’

Murphy, Sweeney in Accord, More Money Should Go to Expanded Pre-K

Michael Aron | NJTV News | April 16, 2019 | Budget, Education
Governor’s proposal would add another $68 million to the current allocation of $738 million all told

Op-Ed: Community Schools Could Become Hubs for Delivering Resources

G. Kennedy Greene | April 16, 2019 | Opinion
Schools could be made a focal point for getting critical resources, including social services, to students and their families

Another Rough Summer Likely for NJ Transit Commuters

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 16, 2019 | Transportation
Commuters wonder if there will be a repeat of last year’s ‘Summer of Hell,’ when trains were crowded, late, and often canceled

Should Child-Abuse Caseworkers Be Considered First Responders?

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 16, 2019 | Social
More than 3,000 workers and supervisors often fulfill same role and experience similar stress as police and firefighters, commissioner says


| April 16, 2019 | Number of The Day

Senator Holds Education Roundtable

NJTV News | April 16, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Sen. Cory Booker holds an education roundtable in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa as part of his "Justice for All" presidential campaign tour

Iowa Dems Love It When Booker Talks About Love

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 16, 2019 | The Booker Beat
April 16, 2019 — It’s Day One of Senator Cory Booker’s “Justice for All” tour and it’s also Tax Day. Booker focuses on his economic justice and his “Rise Credit” tax plan, which extends the earned income tax credit to the benefit of what the campaign says will be 15 million Americans lifted out of poverty. He pitches an increase in capital gains tax and reversing the Trump corporate tax cuts. Booker — whose mother was the “daughter of Iowans” — gives a convincing (to Democrats) talk on his economic vision of uplifting the poor and middle class, but before too long he switches gears to talk about his favorite topic: love. He defends his love strategy and makes it not about a naive idea that love makes the world go round. Instead, he imbues his idea of love with toughness and power, not weakness. He sells love as an antidote to the laziness and lack of creativity of hate. It’s nuanced and it’s delivered with a passion that builds, and, while some of us who have seen him speak for years, know where this is going, he crescendos with his story about visiting the Lorraine Motel in Memphis and reading the quote that’s inscribed on the site of MLK’s assassination: “Here cometh the dreamer; let us slay him and we shall see what becomes of his dreams.” For this mostly white crowd, that landed like a gut punch. Several people were visibly moved by it. Booker grabbed them and shook them with a challenge to dream together, etc. He’s done this a hundred times before, but it was new to this crowd and, as a close, it was hard to beat. It ended in a standing ovation and a lovefest of selfies and hugs that felt a little like that period after church when the minister greets everybody as they’re leaving. Instead of “See you next Sunday,” he reminds the congregants that they can sign a commitment to caucus for him in February. — David Cruz

Booker Unveils Tax Credit Plan Ahead of Iowa Campaign Event

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 15, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Presidential hopeful proposes significant expansion of eligibility for the earned income tax credit

Spring Snow in Midwest Slows Embedded Reporter’s Takeoff

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 15, 2019 | The Booker Beat
April 15, 2019 — Whoever thought embedding with a presidential campaign would be a good idea? Sure, follow the guy on his first major tour of the country. Start Saturday with a livestream of Sen. Cory Booker's "Hometown Kickoff." Then it's Monday and Tuesday in Iowa; Wednesday in Georgia; Thursday, Friday, Saturday in Nevada. Just fly out of Jersey on Sunday, settle in to a comfy, midpriced Iowa hotel, and get to the first event, right? Easy-peasy. Well, Mother Nature can be a mother of a different kind sometimes. The plan was fly out of Newark, connect in Chicago, and on to Des Moines. Except a historic mid-April snowstorm hit the greater Chicago area with up to seven inches of snow, sleet, and steady rain, cancelling a thousand flights, including both my flight to Chicago and the connection to Des Moines. It didn't help that we had boarded and taxied to the runway, only to sit in sunny Newark for two hours before being finally being told that our flight was canceled. Just to top it off, it took 90 minutes to find and retrieve my luggage. ("Sir, I never left the ground.") Our cameraman had it only half as bad. He, at least, made it to Chicago — on an earlier flight — but was stranded there. (And only had to wait four hours for his luggage and camera gear.) But fear not, [link:|Booker Beat] readers, we're booked for direct flights into Omaha Monday morning (weather permitting) and will be there for Sen. Booker's first event in Sioux City, where the high is expected to be 66 degrees. Good news is, I'm already packed. — David Cruz

Task Force Finds Potential Crimes in NJ’s Tax-Incentive Programs

John Reitmeyer | April 15, 2019 | Budget
Panel set up to examine the state’s controversial economic-development tax breaks announces evidence of ‘potential criminal violations’ but gives no details

Lawmakers Want to Boost Health Insurance Coverage Among NJ Kids

Lilo H. Stainton | April 15, 2019 | Healthcare
Enrollments of children in FamilyCare declined last year and new report shows big disparities in insurance coverage based on race, wealth, geography and immigration status

Explainer: How the SDA Was Built — and Became Scandal-Ridden

Carly Sitrin | April 15, 2019 | Explainer
New Jersey’s Schools Development Authority is mired in controversy over its CEO’s hirings and firings. But the SDA has a history of troubling activities

The List: NJ Schools that ‘Underachieve’ in Serving Free Breakfast to Students

Colleen O'Dea | April 15, 2019 | The List
The top 10 high-poverty schools in New Jersey that serve breakfast to fewer than 20 percent of eligible schoolgoers

Op-Ed: NJ Should Seize Opportunity to Step Away from Graduation Tests

Lisa Guisbond and Julie Borst | April 15, 2019 | Opinion
A recent court ruling gives the state a chance to move toward ‘better forms of assessment, quality and fairness’


| April 15, 2019 | Number of The Day

Buoyed by Hometown Crowd, Booker Promises, ‘America, We Can’t Wait’

John Mooney | April 13, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Newark speech kicks off senator’s national ‘Justice for All’ campaign, with his characteristic impassioned oratory

Booker Begins First National Presidential Campaign Tour in Newark

NJTV News | April 12, 2019 | The Booker Beat

Expert Panel Dissects and Discusses Booker’s Bid

NJTV News | April 12, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat

Campaign Kickoff: The Booker Beat

NJTV News | April 12, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat

Cory Booker’s Inevitable Candidacy

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 12, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat

Cory Booker: From Gridiron Great to Future Head of State?

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 12, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat

Trump EO Would Stop States from Using Water Quality to Block Pipelines

Tom Johnson | April 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
President looks to prevent states from using Clean Water Act to reject energy projects that could pollute ground water, streams, lakes, and similar resources

Murphy Signs Law Ensuring Parity for Mental Health Insurance Coverage

Lilo H. Stainton | April 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Federal law already requires equal insurance coverage for mental and physical healthcare, but advocates say that promise falls short at times

Many Questions and Few Answers in Education Budget Hearing

John Mooney | April 12, 2019 | Education
Education commissioner admits state is little closer to solving testing problems, finding increased aid for hardest-hit districts

Is the Federal SALT Cap Putting NJ Residents on the Road to Other States?

John Reitmeyer | April 12, 2019 | Budget
Some anecdotal evidence suggests more New Jerseyans are moving out of state, but independent fiscal analysts say there’s no sign of an outmigration exodus

Lawsuit Challenges Gender Designation Rule in Party Committee Elections

Colleen O'Dea | April 12, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
The one-male/one female rule for each district was an attempt to ensure that women could play a role in politics

AG Announces Initiatives to Strengthen Confidence in Justice System

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | April 12, 2019 | More Issues
One new unit will review convictions of those who claim innocence; a second will tackle unsolved crimes

NJ Transit Promises Improvements after Fiasco at MetLife Stadium

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 12, 2019 | Transportation
The agency is still taking heat for the botch last weekend that left crowds of wrestling fans waiting hours in the rain for trains

Op-Ed: Congress Must Save Program that Eases Access to Integrated Care

Joe Masciandaro | April 12, 2019 | Opinion
Funding for a key program that aids access to community-based behavioral health and addiction services is set to end soon, unless Congress acts


| April 12, 2019 | Number of The Day

NYC’s New Policy on Measles Vaccine Prompts Renewed Focus in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | April 11, 2019 | Healthcare
There have been far fewer cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease in Garden State; health officials here continue to promote vaccinations

Will New Energy Master Plan Make Fossil Fuel a Dinosaur in New Jersey?

Tom Johnson | April 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy and BPU president Fiordaliso play it cagey when answering questions about the role of fossil fuel in governor’s clean-energy agenda

Budget Committee Grills SDA Head on Spending — and Hiring and Firing

John Mooney | April 11, 2019 | Education
Embattled executive director of Schools Development Authority defers answering most questions, saying situation is under review by counsel

Poll: Where Do You Stand on Rutgers’ Strike — Pro Profs or Administration?

| April 11, 2019 | Polling
A walkout seems imminent, but the issues are complex, and include pay-equity for female faculty and possible damage to the university’s reputation

Op-Ed: We Must Defend Our Rivers and Streams from the EPA

Sandra Meola | April 11, 2019 | Opinion
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing rule changes that would significantly weaken protections for our waterways


| April 11, 2019 | Number of The Day

Rutgers Teetering on the Edge of Major Faculty Strike

Carly Sitrin | April 10, 2019 | Education, The Booker Beat
Students, faculty, union members, and national organizations come together in final show of solidarity outside Newark campus center

New Jersey Gives Hate and Hate Crimes Fewer Places to Hide

Colleen O'Dea | April 10, 2019 | Social
Attorney general’s office releases new guidelines for handling bias crimes, calls on Facebook to monitor Ocean County group ‘inciting violence against Orthodox Jews’

State Budget Funding for Hospitals to Hold Steady but Individual Impacts Vary

Lilo H. Stainton | April 10, 2019 | Healthcare
While the overall allocation remains the same, some facilities are set to receive more than this year and some less

New Jersey Progressives Lambaste Economic Development Authority

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 10, 2019 | Politics
Call for board, comprising numerous holdovers from prior administration, to resign en masse

Murphy Announces Offshore-Wind Registry to Pair Investors, Companies

Tom Johnson | April 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Businesses commend New Jersey’s push to increase reliance on renewables like wind and solar

NJ’s New Bail Program in Financial Bind: Judiciary Wants State Funding

John Reitmeyer | April 10, 2019 | Budget
Budget committee hears that without a long-term fix for pretrial system’s financing, ‘judiciary will be forced to take cost-cutting measures’

Opinion: Outlook is Bleak for Republican Party in NJ

Carl Golden | April 10, 2019 | Opinion
The trend in voter registration suggests the GOP will stay mired in perpetual minority party status


| April 10, 2019 | Number of The Day

Cheers — and Some Caution — for Reclassification of NJ’s Rivers and Streams

Tom Johnson | April 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists extol plan to upgrade hundreds of miles of waterways with new protections. Business interests question the decision

CDC Says NJ Has Third-Most Hospitalizations with Drug-Resistant Fungus

Jon Hurdle | April 9, 2019 | Healthcare
The organism, little known as recently as two years ago, poses a risk to those with compromised immune systems or other existing illnesses, health officials say

Explainer: A Look Under the Hood of NJ’s Income Tax and Its Special Quirks

John Reitmeyer | April 9, 2019 | Explainer
Rules that hew to the state constitution limit the uses of the state’s biggest source of revenue to items that lower property taxes

Pay-to-play Filings for 2018 Show Dip in Contributions by Contractors

Colleen O'Dea | April 9, 2019 | Politics
Report shows more than 1,900 companies that did business with state, county, municipal and other public entities in 2018 made $9M+ in political contributions

Murphy Announces More Support for Sandy Families Not Yet in Their Homes

Michael Aron | NJTV News | April 9, 2019 | Housing
Cap on federal grants eliminated; additional 19 months of federally funded rental assistance

Op-Ed: State Plan for Higher Education Needs Sharper Focus

Darryl G. Greer | April 9, 2019 | Opinion
Although on target with its ‘student-centered’ approach, Murphy administration’s new vision lacks key specifics

Murphy Slams NJ Transit Explanation for Stranding Wrestling Fans

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 9, 2019 | Transportation
Transit agency said event at MetLife Stadium ran way over schedule; governor calls that response ‘dog-ate-my homework unacceptable’


| April 9, 2019 | Number of The Day

Clean Water Projects: DEP Agrees Additional State Funding Needed

Tom Johnson | April 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The necessity for water infrastructure improvements in New Jersey is expected to outpace available financing

Middlesex County Democrats Try to Overturn ‘Outdated’ Gender Rule

Colleen O'Dea | April 8, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
The county, like some others, still requires voters to choose one male and one female for county party committees. Critic calls it ‘classic’ sex and gender discrimination

New Scrutiny of Longtime Income Cap on NJ Seniors’ Property-Tax Relief

John Reitmeyer | April 8, 2019 | Budget
Governor’s budget plan keeps lid on income eligibility for the ‘senior freeze’ program. But, amid concerns over outmigration, lawmakers may seek adjustment

Revenue from Gas Tax Down, NJ Looks at Alternative

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 8, 2019 | Transportation
Gas tax could be in for a hike, but New Jersey and several other states consider a mileage fee instead of a fee on gas consumption

Murphy’s Budget Would Impose New Tax on Opioid Manufacturers

Lilo H. Stainton | April 8, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey is among a growing number of states looking to makers and distributors of highly addictive medicines for extra revenue to help fight opioid epidemic

Op-Ed: Trenton Leaders Must Address Unfair Corporate Giveaways

Rev. Darrell Armstrong | April 8, 2019 | Opinion
Legislative leaders ‘are continuing to promote policies far from the public eye that reward the wealthy and powerful’


| April 8, 2019 | Number of The Day

State DEP: Getting Lead Out of NJ Water Pipes Could Cost $2.3 billion

Tom Johnson | April 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some 350,000 supply lines bringing drinking water to New Jersey residents are thought to have lead components

Controversy Continues over NJ Schools Development Authority

Carly Sitrin | April 5, 2019 | Education
Amid storm over CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco’s hirings and firings, a show of support for embattled leader of the SDA

Health Officials Urge More Teens to Have HPV Shots as NJ Lags National Rate

Jon Hurdle | April 5, 2019 | Healthcare
But some parents think the vaccinations may encourage kids to have sex, doctor says

NJ’s Unemployment Trust Fund Bounces Back, with Big Savings for Business

John Reitmeyer | April 5, 2019 | Budget
The fund has been replenished since a 2010 constitutional amendment prohibited it from being raided for other purposes. Other revenue streams are not as protected

Murphy Weighs in On Congestion Pricing, Millionaire’s Tax

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 5, 2019 | Politics
Governor worries about impact on GWB users; touts poll saying most favor tax on rich

Op-Ed: Strong Supply of Natural Gas and Low Prices are Essential in NJ

Greg Lalevee | April 5, 2019 | Opinion
If New Jersey doesn’t expand natural gas supply, the cost of energy will soar and those who can least afford it will be hit the hardest


| April 5, 2019 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers at Budget Hearing Quiz AG on Hot Legal Issues

John Reitmeyer | April 4, 2019 | Budget
Legislators zero in on bail reform, marijuana legalization, court actions against Trump administration and more

DEP Permit Would Let Treated Sewage Be Dumped into Rockaway Creek

Tom Johnson | April 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Highlands Council, joined by others, argues scheme incompatible with regional master plan

Closing NJ’s ‘Shameful’ Wealth Gap Between Whites, People of Color

Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2019 | Social, The Booker Beat
Social advocacy group urges Garden State to get behind Individual Development Accounts, a matched approach to savings funded by participants, nonprofits, and the state

Lawmakers Build on Murphy Initiatives to Improve Maternal Health

Lilo H. Stainton | April 4, 2019 | Healthcare
State officials say new focus, extra resources for maternal and infant healthcare paying off; legislators propose more

Political Firestorm Continues to Rage Over SDA Hirings and Firings

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 4, 2019 | Education
Embattled CEO of Schools Development Authority deals with continued charges of patronage, favoritism

Op-Ed: New Jersey Should Open Overdose Prevention Centers

Roseanne Scotti and Sandy Gibson | April 4, 2019 | Opinion
Lawmakers need to act on proposed legislation because ‘saving lives is more important than punishing behavior’


| April 4, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Undoes A Pair of Executive Orders Issued by Christie

Tom Johnson | April 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Democrat offers new framework of principles governing economic growth and protecting the health, welfare and environment of residents

Amid Lingering Concerns, State Report on Bail Reform Notes Successes

Colleen O'Dea | April 3, 2019 | Social
A report by the state judiciary shows that fears of ‘chaos’ and ‘mayhem’ have failed to come to fruition

Resistance to Murphy’s Tax on Millionaires Out in Open at Budget Hearing

John Reitmeyer | April 3, 2019 | Budget
In second day of hearings concerning governor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, lawmakers underline their aversion to tax hikes, including on high earners

Newark Schools Fell Back in 2018, Halting Years of Progress

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | April 3, 2019 | Education
While experts caution that too much should not be read into test scores, the results provide fodder for critics of district’s previous aggressive changes

Could L Train Fix Be A Model for Hudson River Tunnel?

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 3, 2019 | Transportation
Officials are exploring process known as ‘racking’ to buy time on the delayed Gateway project

Is NJ Transit Ready for Mass-Transit Armageddon?

David Cruz | NJTV News | April 3, 2019 | Transportation
Lawmaker worries about impacts of having to shut down trans-Hudson train tunnel

Op-Ed: Opposition to the PennEast Gas Pipeline Is Not Going Away

Michael Heffler | April 3, 2019 | Opinion
Opponents of controversial project say their resistance is rooted in a commitment to protecting communities, properties and property rights


| April 3, 2019 | Number of The Day

Treasury Urges Lawmakers to Pump Up State’s Meager Fiscal Reserves

John Reitmeyer | April 2, 2019 | Budget
State’s top financial analysts caution legislators to protect $1 billion budget surplus projected for fiscal year 2020 rather than raid the funds

All Quiet on Primary Front — with State Assembly Races Topping 2019 Ballot

Colleen O'Dea | April 2, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Even with Democratic or Republican contests in more than 40 percent of Assembly districts, mostly party loyalists will turn out, and nominations likely to go those who have the party line

NJ Calls for Big Increase in Number of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Jon Hurdle | April 2, 2019 | Healthcare
The current program won’t come close to meeting surging demand, the health department says

11,000-Acre Pinelands Blaze Contained but Not Explained

Tom Johnson | April 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Fast-moving wildfire edges close to Route 72, but responders — helped out by rain — keep conflagration from crossing roadway

Access to Treatment of Opioid Addiction Eased for Those on Medicaid

Lilo H. Stainton | April 2, 2019 | Healthcare
The state is removing a barrier to medication-assisted treatment that should give Medicaid patients greater access

Op-Ed: Murphy Keeps His Promises on Environment — Let’s Stay the Course

Ed Potosnak | April 2, 2019 | Opinion
Governor has been delivering on his commitment to make New Jersey the greenest state in the country. He 'walks the talk’ on clean energy

Menendez Leads Rally Against Trump-Backed Bid to Overturn ACA

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 2, 2019 | Healthcare
Senator says that ‘Trumpcare has always meant no care’ despite president’s ‘campaign promises about better, cheaper healthcare’


| April 2, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Pledges ‘More of the Same,’ a Focus on Schools, Transit, Finances

Lee Keough | April 1, 2019 | Politics
In a sit-down with NJ Spotlight, the governor lists his first-year achievements and challenges, and the big issues the state must tackle

NJ Urged to Put More Money and Speed Into 2020 Census Preparations

Colleen O'Dea | April 1, 2019 | Politics
Events take place across the state today to highlight next year’s census, but some advocates are concerned that New Jersey is late to the task and is not spending enough

Small Tax Break in Cards for New Jersey’s Metal Manufacturers

John Reitmeyer | April 1, 2019 | Budget
Sponsors say it would allow New Jersey foundries to better compete with those elsewhere in U.S. and would have minimal impact on state budget

Another Utility Wants to Spend Big on Pipeline, Other Projects

Tom Johnson | April 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Natural Gas is seeking approval for investments that would increase residential customers’ monthly bills

Sweeney Proposes Switching Teachers to Cheaper Healthcare Plans

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 1, 2019 | Healthcare
Senate President maintains there would be savings for workers and for government

Op-Ed: Ferry Depot or Waterfront Park for Hoboken?

Ron Hine | April 1, 2019 | Opinion
A small parcel of land could become the missing link in a city-long waterfront park or a site for refueling and repairing ferries

Murphy to Expand Medical Marijuana if Recreational Bill Not Passed Soon

Julie Daurio | NJTV News | April 1, 2019 | Politics
Governor willing to give Legislature short time to get recreational marijuana ‘done legislatively’ before he pivots to expansion of medical marijuana


| April 1, 2019 | Number of The Day

Whistleblower Says Her Former Company Lied in EDA Tax-Incentive Application

John Reitmeyer | March 29, 2019 | Budget
Testimony before task force adds to concerns that state’s economic-development programs were loosely administered and prone to abuse

Chemours Quantifies Toxic PFAS Substitute Sent to South Jersey Plant

Jon Hurdle | March 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Revelation raises fresh concerns over possible contamination of local drinking water as scientists say GenX may be just as hazardous as the chemical it’s designed to replace

Republicans Push Governor for Late Changes to Aid-in-Dying Bill

Lilo H. Stainton | March 29, 2019 | Healthcare
Murphy has already said he will sign the legislation, but some GOP lawmakers say the measure goes too far

Key Questions on Sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese Unanswered

Colleen O'Dea | March 29, 2019 | Education
Assistant Attorney General describes response of prospective seller, Rider University, as ‘less than optimal’

Watchdog Agency Again Finds Fraud in Heating-Assistance Program

Tom Johnson | March 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Nearly 7 percent of aid recipients in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program may have underreported their income

Opinion: Our Fiscal House is Fragile — on Two Counts

Richard F. Keevey | March 29, 2019 | Opinion
New Jersey doesn’t need just short-term financial fixes; it needs a long-term strategy of reform

State Will Host Campus Sexual-Assault Forums

Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | March 29, 2019 | Social
A 2017 report highlights the need for better responses to and prevention of sexual violence

Newark Academy Strives for Top Spot in National Jazz Competition

Raven Santana | NJTV News | March 29, 2019 | More Issues
Talented teenagers from private school in Livingston put their own stamp on the classics


| March 29, 2019 | Number of The Day

Rate Counsel Opposes PSE&G’s $2.78 Billion Energy-Efficiency Filing

Tom Johnson | March 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Ratepayer watchdog contends utility overestimated how cost effective six-year program would be, recouping costs contrary to Clean Energy Act

State Seeks to Fix Critical Issues that Have Hindered Integrated Care

Lilo H. Stainton | March 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Eventually could lead to ‘major shift’ in delivery of healthcare, with behavioral and physical medical care addressed by interconnected team

For Young Men of Color in Newark, Life Remains a Struggle

Colleen O'Dea | March 28, 2019 | Social
Despite homicide rates far higher than their peers statewide, and lower graduation rates, new report also reveals hopes for a better city and a better future

Paterson’s School Funding Woes Dominate Public Budget Hearing

Michael Aron | NJTV News | March 28, 2019 | Budget, Education
Assembly committee is told Paterson school district is facing severe deficit, would have to make ‘massive’ staffing cuts if nothing changes

State Sues DuPont and Chemours over Decades of Pollution

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | March 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Attorney General files lawsuits ‘to hold polluters accountable’ for alleged contamination

NJ Pension System Unlikely to Meet FY2019 7.5% Assumed Rate of Return

John Reitmeyer | March 28, 2019 | Budget
Investments generated just under 2 percent for first eight months of current fiscal year, according to new figures released by New Jersey State Investment Council

First Lady Works to Improve NJ’s Maternal and Infant Health

Lauren Wanko | NJTV News | March 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Tammy Murphy outlines efforts to reduce New Jersey’s maternal mortality rate, blames it on ‘systemic racism’

Op-Ed: Pitting the Homeless against Millionaires in New Jersey

Allan Lichtenstein | March 28, 2019 | Opinion
Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney have wrangled over emergency assistance for the homeless and a millionaire’s tax


| March 28, 2019 | Number of The Day

Student Bill of Rights Central to New State Plan for Higher Education

Carly Sitrin | March 27, 2019 | Education
Long-terms goals include making college more affordable, keeping talent in New Jersey, and giving students a stronger voice

Despite Favorable Political Winds, Scant Progress in NJ on Climate Change

Tom Johnson | March 27, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Environmental advocates weigh in on why pollution-control efforts in the Garden State have lagged, and on prospects for reaching the state’s goal on carbon emissions

Small Rise in Budget Funding for Big NJ Transit Fiscal Problems

John Reitmeyer | March 27, 2019 | Transportation
Governor continues to allow agency to raid capital funds to help pay for daily operations, a practice he repeatedly criticized former Gov. Chris Christie for authorizing

Trenton Tackles NJ’s Foreclosure Rate, Down but Still Highest in Nation

Colleen O'Dea | March 27, 2019 | Housing
According to state officials, there are 20,000 active foreclosure cases currently making their way through the courts

Opinion: A Health Insurance Marketplace for New Jersey

Joel C. Cantor | March 27, 2019 | Opinion
Are there advantages to the state taking over the Affordable Care Act healthcare marketplace from the federal government?

Envisioning Better End-of-Life Care: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

NJ Spotlight | March 27, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
Can people’s final days be improved with clearer documentation of their wishes and a more coordinated approach involving families and healthcare professionals?

Start of New Era as Decommissioning Process Begins at Oyster Creek

Rhonda Schaffler | NJTV News | March 27, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With nuke plant now offline, a sale of the site to Holtec, a Camden-based company, is under federal review

Colleges Put Cannabis Studies on the Curriculum

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | March 27, 2019 | Education
In New Jersey and elsewhere, students seek a leg up in all aspects of an industry that’s expected to soar high


| March 27, 2019 | Number of The Day

Up in Smoke: Why Bill to Legalize Weed Was Pulled from Legislative Agenda

Carly Sitrin | March 26, 2019 | Politics
Caucus reveals 21 requisite ‘yes’ votes couldn’t be mustered in the Senate, but measure’s sponsors and leaders say they’ll be back, perhaps as early as May

Does New Jersey Need to Augment End-of-Life Care?

Lilo H. Stainton | March 26, 2019 | Healthcare, Roundtables
Experts at NJ Spotlight roundtable answer in the affirmative, note benefits of aid-in-dying laws

On the Waterfront: State Poised to Grant Public Greater Access to Beaches

Tom Johnson | March 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Bill goes to governor that would expand public access to beaches, waterfront areas while leaving contentious issues like parking and fees for future debate

DEP Says Five Companies Must Pay for PFAS Contamination in NJ

Jon Hurdle | March 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
First-in-nation directive underlines New Jersey’s leadership on curbing toxic chemicals; requires details of manufacture, use and discharge of the chemicals

Kean Spearheads, Senate OKs NJ Tax Write-Off for Charitable Giving

John Reitmeyer | March 26, 2019 | Budget
Move was given impetus by federal tax changes. Supporters say it would help food banks, shelters, other nonprofits but Assembly has yet to act

Op-Ed: NJ’s Challenge Is to Maintain Standards for High School Graduation

Michael J. Petrilli | March 26, 2019 | Opinion
Recent turmoil over graduation requirements in Garden State must not open the door to less rigorous expectations for students


| March 26, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Announces State to Take Control of Obamacare Exchange

Lilo H. Stainton | March 25, 2019 | Healthcare
Governor says move would allow more New Jerseyans get access to better, affordable ACA health insurance

Making Imprisonment in NJ Easier on Women Prisoners, Families

Colleen O'Dea | March 25, 2019 | Social
‘Prison is truly a shared sentence as children directly suffer from the consequences of their parents’ sentences,’ says Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez

Coalition Gets Antsy, Urges Rebate Program for Electric Vehicles

Tom Johnson | March 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Growing frustration over state’s failure to make headway against pollution caused by transportation sector; groups want rebates to boost sales of electric vehicles

Lawmaker Wants to Halt Automatic Minimum Wage Increases if Economy Dips

John Reitmeyer | March 25, 2019 | Budget
Assemblyman Roy Freiman wants ‘off-ramp’ that would temporarily suspend wage hikes if unemployment rose or state revenues declined

Op-Ed: The Big Problem in Higher Ed Is Underfunding of Public Institutions

Michael W. Klein | March 25, 2019 | Opinion
Operation Varsity Blues, while lurid, isn’t the biggest problem in higher education in the United States. The underfunding of public colleges and universities is


| March 25, 2019 | Number of The Day

Impact of Housing Struggles A Big Factor in County Health Rankings

Lilo H. Stainton | March 22, 2019 | Healthcare
Many Garden State households spend so much on housing that there isn’t enough money for good food and medicine

Suez Speeds Replacement of Lead Service Lines, Aims for 25% by End of Year

Tom Johnson | March 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Water company had come under pressure from towns in northern New Jersey to accelerate the program

Moody’s: State Revenue Shortfall Could Roil Murphy’s Budget

John Reitmeyer | March 22, 2019 | Budget
Rating agency says income-tax receipts need to rise by 17 percent to match projections; is ‘uncertain’ state will get there

A Map to NJ’s Clean Energy Future: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

NJ Spotlight | March 22, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
Is it possible for New Jersey to get to a carbon-free economy by 2050? Experts discuss the pathways and the pitfalls

NJ Whistleblower Case Shows Christie Pressure for Tax Breaks

WNYC News | March 22, 2019 | Budget
The suit provides a window into a program that Gov. Murphy has called ‘an $11 billion black hole’

Poll: Do You Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New Jersey?

| March 22, 2019 | Polling
State lawmakers are expected to vote on whether to legalize marijuana as early as next week. Where do you stand on the landmark bill?

Calls for Reform of NJ Liquor License Laws

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | March 22, 2019 | More Issues
Owners of convenience stores among those looking for chance to sell beer and wine, but current license holders resist changes

NJ Builds on Film Tax Credits with Diversity Incentive

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | March 22, 2019 | More Issues
More than a dozen productions are gearing up to start filming in the state over the next few months

Op-Ed: Lawmakers Should Reject Training Shortcut for Dry-Needling

Jason Sargis | March 22, 2019 | Opinion
Acupuncturists oppose bill pending before the state Assembly that allows physical therapists to engage in ‘dry needling’ with just 80 hours of training


| March 22, 2019 | Number of The Day

Speakers at Budget Hearing Get Messages Across — Despite 3-Minute Clock

John Reitmeyer | March 21, 2019 | Budget
Students, parents, teachers explain how funding cuts will hurt districts, while those getting more cash celebrate new lease on educational life. Millionaire’s tax, other topics explored as well

Explainer: This Is What’s in New Jersey’s Landmark Marijuana Bill

Carly Sitrin | March 21, 2019 | Explainer
Some lawmakers say they haven’t been given enough time to study measure that would legalize marijuana in NJ. Here’s a comprehensive analysis of its contents

PSE&G Wants to Spend Almost $900M on Resiliency of Natural-Gas Network

Tom Johnson | March 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Critics argue most of the backup pipelines will never be needed, question utility’s decision to invest in infrastructure based on problems not likely ever to occur

2017-2018 School Report Cards Track Police Involvement in Incidents

Colleen O'Dea | March 21, 2019 | Education
Violence and bullying most prevalent incidents. More than 150,000 instruction days lost statewide due to student suspensions

Helping HS Students Kick Butts, Especially E-Cigarettes

Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | March 21, 2019 | Healthcare
Student smokers are far more likely to listen to their peers than to a lecture from parents and healthcare providers

Op-Ed: Newark Sets the National Standard for Civic Empowerment

Harry Pozycki | March 21, 2019 | Opinion
Brick City becomes first ‘Civic City’ in country, prioritizing practical solutions, problem-solving, and empowering citizens to drive government from the bottom up


| March 21, 2019 | Number of The Day

SCI Probe Raises Questions About State Oversight of Hospitals

Lilo H. Stainton | March 20, 2019 | Healthcare
NJ’s watchdog agency finds complex web of corporate and financial ties in entities connected to three for-profit hospitals in Hudson County

Group May Head Back to Court over Lack of NJ School Desegregation

Colleen O'Dea | March 20, 2019 | Education, Social
A lawsuit filed last year claims residency rules are to blame for lack of diversity in New Jersey public education

Assembly Panel Approves Latest Version of Waterfront-access Bill

Tom Johnson | March 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Way is now cleared for full vote on compromise measure bolstering public access to beaches and other waterfront areas

Opinion: Trump Budget Would Hit NJ Hard, But That’s Not Going to Happen

Richard F. Keevey | March 20, 2019 | Opinion
The real power in the federal budgetary process lies with the appropriation committees. And it’s a good bet that Democrats and Republicans will find a way to compromise

Pascrell Tries to End Big Tax Break for Wealthy Investment Managers

John Reitmeyer | March 20, 2019 | Budget
Proposed legislation would change how federal government treats ‘carried interest.’ Congressman says no place for a ‘parallel tax code’ for the rich


| March 20, 2019 | Number of The Day

Senate and Assembly Committees Vote Out Bill Legalizing Marijuana

Carly Sitrin | March 19, 2019 | Politics
Measure could come to floor vote next week, but some pols disturbed over irregularities during hearings, raise concerns about ‘good governing’

Dark-Money Bill Advances, Sans Requirement for Retroactive Reporting

Colleen O'Dea | March 19, 2019 | Politics
Is New Jersey actually close to legislation that would require all groups that engage in electioneering and lobbying disclose major donors?

Communities Get the OK to Assess Fees to Fund Stormwater Utilities

Tom Johnson | March 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of new charges dismiss them as ‘rain tax,’ but advocates argue utilities will finally make it possible to address runoff, state’s biggest source of water pollution

Pallone Promotes Generic Drugs to Curb Rising Cost of Prescription Meds

Lilo H. Stainton | March 19, 2019 | Healthcare
Proposals are aimed at easing development of generic medications, reducing protection of brand-name patents, and improving transparency of drug development process

Scheduling Boat Traffic to Keep Unreliable Portal Bridge Closed at Rush Hour

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | March 19, 2019 | Transportation
If there are no big boats passing through swing bridge during peak train traffic, there’s no need to open the portal — and risk it getting stuck in the open position

Attorney General Announces First Arrests of ‘Ghost Gun’ Traffickers

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | March 19, 2019 | More Issues
The weapons allegedly were built and trafficked by four Camden County men who were caught in ‘Operation Stone Wall,’ a yearlong sting

Trenton Seeks $10M a Year to Offset Revenue Lost on Tax-Exempt State Buildings

John Reitmeyer | March 19, 2019 | Budget
Measure to reinstate ‘Trenton Capital City Aid’ clears Senate committee, looks to have the backing of Murphy administration

Op-Ed: Better Child Care Options Will Benefit Both Parents and Employers

Hugh Welsh & Brigadier General Douglas Satterfield, U.S. Army (Ret.) | March 19, 2019 | Opinion
Calling on state lawmakers to address the critical lack of affordable, high-quality child care in New Jersey


| March 19, 2019 | Number of The Day

Compromise Plan to Boost Oversight of Public-Worker Health Benefits

Lilo H. Stainton | March 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Appointment of independent monitor would allow for ongoing, regular auditing of billions that state pays annually for claims — Sen. Sarlo

The Big Challenge for NJ’s Clean Energy: Juggling All the Moving Parts

Tom Johnson | March 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight roundtable is told climate change will be the big driver of changes in how energy is applied, delivered and used in the state and elsewhere

The Provocative Millionaire’s Tax: Its Potential (and Past) in NJ

John Reitmeyer | March 18, 2019 | Budget
Gov. Phil Murphy’s determination to try again for a true millionaire’s tax could make budget negotiations with fellow Democrats difficult. How many of them know the origin of his plan?

New Jersey: The Gold Standard of State Cannabis Policy

Kelli Arthur Hykes | March 18, 2019 | Sponsored Content
Praise for lawmakers’ comprehensive approach and for building a legislative framework ‘that is sensitive to both local government and community needs’

Low-Speed Electric Bikes Get Go-Ahead from NJ Lawmakers

Colleen O'Dea | March 18, 2019 | More Issues
Current state regulations are not up to speed with e-bikes, causing confusion for some police departments

Op-Ed: Here Comes the Sun for Less Money than You Thought

Barbara Blumenthal | March 18, 2019 | Opinion
With the cost of renewable energy sources continuing to decline, New Jersey will benefit — but it needs to get a couple of things right first


| March 18, 2019 | Number of The Day

Spelling Out How School Funding Formula Needs to Be Overhauled

Carly Sitrin | March 15, 2019 | Education
New report says so many things have changed since formula was created a decade ago that big adjustments are needed, including more money for special education

Considering Safe-Injection Sites to Blunt Impact of Opioid Epidemic

Lilo H. Stainton | March 15, 2019 | Healthcare
Opposition expected, but proponents see an effective antidote to the ‘staggering’ toll taken by illegal use of narcotics

PSEG Disputes New Estimate of Nuclear Profits, Awaits Answer on State Subsidies

Tom Johnson | March 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Independent market monitor concludes that South Jersey plants, for which company is seeking $300 million in annual state aid, will net big profits over the next few years

Sweeney, Murphy Deal to End Showdown Over Homeless Aid

Colleen O'Dea | March 15, 2019 | Politics
Accord paves way for needy New Jerseyans to get additional emergency housing assistance, and spares governor a veto override

State Budget for 2020: Now It’s the Public’s Turn to Weigh In

John Reitmeyer | March 15, 2019 | Budget
Four legislative hearings on Gov. Phil Murphy’s $38.6B spending plan for the coming fiscal year will be held over the next two weeks

Are Camden’s Millions in Tax Incentives Benefiting Residents?

Michael Hill | NJTV News | March 15, 2019 | Budget
In poor city, praise for the economic opportunity the incentives spur, but some have doubts

Op-Ed: NJ’s Pensions Are Not Expensive, So Let’s Stop Pretending They Are

Brian Rock | March 15, 2019 | Opinion
The state has to be serious about paying the debt that it owes, and this might require some tough choices

Defining the Diploma: A Roundtable on High School Graduation Issues

NJ Spotlight | March 15, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
Commissioner Repollet and high school principals talk about the move away from PARCC and other central questions concerning graduation in NJ


| March 15, 2019 | Number of The Day

Small Price Blip for ACE Customers as BPU Eyes $12B in Rate Increases All Told

Tom Johnson | March 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Garden State utilities are modernizing the power grid, boosting energy efficiency, looking to roll out electric vehicles — and racking up a sizable tab for their customers

Mental Health Education Starting in Kindergarten?

Lilo H. Stainton | March 14, 2019 | Healthcare
State lawmakers to vote today on measures that would require school curriculum to include age-appropriate lessons on mental health

Even at $90M, Lobbyist Spending in 2018 Dips to Lowest Level in Four Years

Colleen O'Dea | March 14, 2019 | Politics
More than 950 outfits filed lobbying reports with Election Law Enforcement Commission, but public still has no window into spending at local level

NJ Joins Suit Opposing Trump Administration Take on Online Gaming

John Reitmeyer | March 14, 2019 | Politics
With hundreds of millions in potential tax revenue at stake, Garden State isn’t gambling on feds’ restrictive reading of Wire Act, which could even shut down interstate lotteries

Newark Begins $75M Program to Replace Lead Water Pipes

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | March 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Mayor says it could take eight years to change 15,000 service lines. City has received four violations for elevated levels of lead since 2017

Lawmakers, Transit Officials Blast Trump’s Denial of Gateway Funding

Michael Aron | NJTV News | March 14, 2019 | Transportation
President provides no money for replacement of 109-year-old Hudson tunnel in his budget

Op-Ed: America Needs to Upgrade Its Economic IQ

Frank Pallotta | March 14, 2019 | Opinion
Public policy in New Jersey and elsewhere is being influenced by poorly informed politicians


| March 14, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy, Dem Leaders Now Must Round Up Votes for Marijuana Legislation

Carly Sitrin | March 13, 2019 | Social
Have they the support of enough Democrats to legalize adult use in New Jersey? That’s just one question arising out of this week’s agreement on legislation

Alvarez Says He Doesn’t Know Who Hired Him

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | March 13, 2019 | Politics
Before oversight committee, former Murphy administration official says he’s been ruined by ‘false’ sexual-assault allegation

Lawmakers Say Alvarez Response to Allegation Not Relevant to Their Hearings

David Cruz | NJTV News | March 13, 2019 | Politics
Former Murphy administration official accused of rape appears before special legislative committee day after his account made public

Latest Attempt to Rate NJ Schools Is Now Public

John Mooney and Colleen O’Dea | March 13, 2019 | Education
State education officials are again assigning a numerical grade — from 1 to 100 — to schools, based on achievement and other factors. Check out our searchable database

FEMA Knocks State Plan to Lessen Stormwater Runoff Problems

Tom Johnson | March 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Federal disaster management agency questions whether proposed improvements go far enough in reducing urban flooding

Op-Ed: Will NJ Remain Trailblazer in Support of Local News?

Josh Stearns | March 13, 2019 | Opinion
Governor signed law creating a ‘Civic Information Consortium’ but the promised $5 million is not in his budget


| March 13, 2019 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Seek to Improve Care of Developmentally Disabled

Lilo H. Stainton | March 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Assembly committee approves ‘bill of rights’ for family members and a study of how caregivers and emergency personnel respond during a crisis

Keeping Liberty State Green and Clean of Inappropriate Privatization

Tom Johnson | March 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Legislation to preserve the park as an urban green oasis easily cleared committee, possibly helped along by Treasury looking into selling state assets

Barriers, Flood Walls Could Help Protect Back Bays, Army Corps Says

Jon Hurdle | March 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Interim report foresees ‘massive’ construction project costing ‘several billion dollars’

HS Graduation: Commissioner, Principals Discuss Key Issues

NJ Spotlight | March 12, 2019 | Education, Roundtables
‘We are moving away from PARCC, and we are doing it methodically,’ Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet tells NJ Spotlight roundtable

Public Transit Is Failing NJ’s Seniors and Disabled, Advocates Testify

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | March 12, 2019 | Transportation
Assembly Transportation Committee members hear first-hand how service gaps are felt by riders

Murphy Pushes Tax-Incentive Program for Smaller Brownfields

David Cruz | NJTV News | March 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
By capping incentives at $4 million per site, governor hopes to help clean up smaller locales that are still in need of restoration


| March 12, 2019 | Number of The Day

Race Is on to Win Federal ‘Opportunity Zone’ Tax Incentives

John Reitmeyer | March 11, 2019 | Budget
Officials in communities across the state are studying how to jumpstart redevelopment with federal program’s tax breaks

Arguments Heat Up as PSEG Fights for State to Subsidize Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | March 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company claims South Jersey plants uneconomic otherwise. Rate Counsel Stefanie Brand accuses it of ‘holding a gun to the regulators’ head’

Interactive Map: 2018 Graduation Rate, NJ’s Best in Recent Years

Colleen O'Dea | March 11, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
The rate rose for almost every category of graduate. And, after years of not reporting data by gender, 2018 results show girls graduated at higher rate than boys

Stable State Funding, But New Requirements for NJ Hospitals

Lilo H. Stainton | March 11, 2019 | Healthcare
While their stream of state money will remain steady, hospitals will have to instigate policy reforms focused on improving patient care

Op-Ed: State Must Play Critical Role in Pollinator Protection

Kelly Mooij | March 11, 2019 | Opinion
Nearly one third of the food we eat requires pollination. New Jersey must act now to protect pollinators from the threat of chemicals, specifically neonicotinoids

Business Leaders Say They’re Falling Behind, Need State Help

Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | March 11, 2019 | Budget
Chamber of Commerce head suggests lower taxes, an improved transportation infrastructure, and a lot less regulation required

Making the Case for Violence-Intervention Programs

Michael Hill | NJTV News | March 11, 2019 | Social
Legislators hear from experts and from people with direct experience of violence on our streets about the value of efforts that try to prevent it


| March 11, 2019 | Number of The Day

Winners and Losers Seen in State School-Aid Numbers

John Mooney, Colleen O’Dea and Carly Sitrin | March 8, 2019 | Education
Nearly 370 districts will be seeing some increase in aid; another 200 will lose out

With Aid from Trenton Flat, Municipal Officials Foresee Problems

Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2019 | Budget
While inflation has risen 21 percent since mid-2007, total state aid to towns is down almost 11 percent over that time

Sweeney on Murphy Budget: He’d Like More Savings, No Millionaire’s Tax

John Reitmeyer | March 8, 2019 | Budget
Senate president also presses governor to quadruple planned subsidy for New Jersey Transit, to $100 million

AG Takes Aim at ExxonMobil Over Polluted Site in Gloucester County

Tom Johnson | March 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New lawsuit stands in contrast to Christie administration settlement with oil giant over former refineries in Linden and Bayonne

Murphy’s Budget Plan Gives Massive Boost to Community-Based Services

Lilo H. Stainton | March 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Advocates praise governor’s proposal to increase ‘long overdue’ funding to improve services for people with disabilities

The Challenge of Improving Life in NJ for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | March 8, 2019 | Healthcare
As more intellectually and developmentally disabled adults live into their senior years, how ready is New Jersey to offer them the support they need?

Murphy, State Workers Union Reach $120M Contract Agreement

Julie Daurio | NJTV News | March 8, 2019 | More Issues
Union members still must ratify deal that includes pay raises along with significant savings in healthcare plans

Op-Ed: Do We Really Need, or Want, the ‘Utility of the Future’?

Fred Fastiggi | March 8, 2019 | Opinion
A hybrid utility (part monopoly, part non-monopoly) is in no position to best serve subscribers or shareholders


| March 8, 2019 | Number of The Day

Revenue Forecast Cut for FY2019 Income Tax, Shortfall Worries Eased

John Reitmeyer | March 7, 2019 | Budget
Administration does more than cut, bumps up corporate business-tax projections by nearly $700 million

New Budget Season Brings New Tone to Trenton

NJTV News Online | March 7, 2019 | Politics
They differ on a proposed millionaire’s tax, but Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders appear to be working on being agreeable even if they disagree

Opinion: Seasoned, Smarter Murphy Retakes Top Slot Among NJ Pols

Carl Golden | March 7, 2019 | Opinion
It took little more than an hour, but when the governor was done delivering his fiscal 2020 spending plan, he was back in charge of the state’s policy agenda

Dementia in Adults with Down Syndrome Causing Caregiver Crisis

NJTV News Online | March 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Caregivers form support group. ‘The medical profession, even now, isn’t helpful,’ said one organizer of the group

Will NJ Consumers End up on Hook for Transmission Line to Other States?

Tom Johnson | March 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
FERC’s decision not to rehear cost allocations for $278 million power line could hit Garden State ratepayers right in their wallets

Nonprofits Do More with Less but Fear Tax Revamp Will Hit Charitable Intake

Colleen O'Dea | March 7, 2019 | Social
Amid growing demand for their services, the worry is that federal income-tax overhaul could lead some people to donate less to key service organizations

NJ Joins Multistate Lawsuit to Block Changes to Federal Title X Rule

Lilo H. Stainton | March 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Nearly 100,000 low-income women in Garden State rely on family healthcare providers, many of which can’t survive without Title X funding

Defining the Diploma: NJ’s 21st-Century High School Graduate

John Mooney | March 7, 2019 | Education, Roundtables
What should high school in New Jersey accomplish for students and communities? Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet joins the first of a four-part series of roundtables on the state of our education


| March 7, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy’s Budget Is $1B Bigger than Last Year’s, Promises $1B in Savings

John Reitmeyer | March 6, 2019 | Budget
Governor’s proposal receives a far less hostile response from fellow Democrats than his budget last year, although they still seem at odds over possible tax hikes

Watch as Governor Explains His Proposed Fiscal Plan

NJ Spotlight | March 6, 2019 | Budget
If you missed the governor’s speech on his proposed budget — or the political reactions to it — you can catch up here

Panel Reacts to Governor’s Budget Address

NJTV News Online | March 6, 2019 | Budget
Different perspectives on Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed spending and savings plan

Murphy Hits Brakes on Diversion of Funds from Housing, Energy Programs

Tom Johnson and Colleen O'Dea | March 6, 2019 | Budget
Siphoning of realty-transfer fees had cost affordable housing effort $300 million over last decade

Details Of What Budget Means for New Jersey’s Schools

John Mooney | March 6, 2019 | Budget, Education
A look at the specifics of a spending plan that boosts aid to districts by more than $200 million and pre-K funding by $68 million

Health Benefit Savings Play Big Role in Murphy’s Proposal

Lilo H. Stainton | March 6, 2019 | Budget, Healthcare
Governor says 2020 budget projects $1.1 billion in savings, largely from spending on employee healthcare

Camden City EMS Reports More Calls, Quicker Response Times in 2018

Jon Hurdle | March 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Three years after taking over from Virtua, Cooper is meeting national benchmark for timeliness

Op-Ed: Applauding NJ Lawmakers for Reviewing Outdated Liquor Laws

A.J. Sabath | March 6, 2019 | Opinion
The Legislature is taking the first substantial step in recent memory toward modernizing the state’s liquor laws


| March 6, 2019 | Number of The Day

WNET Acquires NJ Spotlight, Fosters Closer Partnership with NJTV

Aaron Fischer | March 5, 2019 | More Issues
With acquisition, New Jersey residents gain multiplatform journalism powerhouse to deliver insightful, comprehensive coverage of myriad issues facing the state

Pension Forfeiture in Cards for Public Officials Who Commit Sex Offenses

John Reitmeyer | March 5, 2019 | Politics
Proposed legislation that was inspired by #MeToo movement predates Brennan case but is overshadowed by it

Upgraded Classification for 750 Miles of NJ’s Rivers and Streams

Tom Johnson | March 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Deemed most ecologically sensitive, Category One waterways are protected against any degradation in water quality

NJ Congress Members Translate Pledges for ACA Protection into Plans

Lilo H. Stainton | March 5, 2019 | Healthcare
Among action items, bills that would safeguard consumers against ‘junk’ insurance plans, dedicate $10 billion for state reinsurance programs

Op-Ed: The True Assessment Opportunity Presented by End of the PARCC Era

David Aderhold, Scott Rocco, and Thomas Smith | March 5, 2019 | Opinion
By reconceptualizing assessment, we can develop a system that is diagnostic and provides feedback to educators and parents about their students in real time


| March 5, 2019 | Number of The Day

Five Things to Watch for in Governor’s Budget Address Tomorrow

John Reitmeyer | March 4, 2019 | Budget
How will Gov. Phil Murphy navigate the big-ticket items that have caused conflict with many of his fellow Democrats in the Legislature?

Accurate Census Count in NJ Needs State Money, Governor Is Told

Colleen O'Dea | March 4, 2019 | Politics
Concern that New Jersey could lose out on federal funds — and even lose a seat in the House of Representatives — if special efforts not made in ‘hard-to-count’ areas

Opinion: New Jersey Needs to Change How it Forecasts Revenue

Richard F. Keevey | March 4, 2019 | Opinion
If we switch to the model used by most other states, the emphasis then would be on the appropriateness of tax and spending policies and not on competing guesses about revenue

Energy Suppliers Ordered to Stop Passing on Higher Costs to Customers

Tom Johnson | March 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Tens of millions of dollars on the line as third-party suppliers dispute Board of Public Utilities’ order not to increase fixed rate during term of contracts

Flu Threat Continues in New Jersey, Along with Calls to Vaccinate

Lilo H. Stainton | March 4, 2019 | Healthcare
With some time to go before flu season ends, health officials say it’s not too late to get the vaccine


| March 4, 2019 | Number of The Day

BL England Decision May Doom Pipeline but Natural-Gas Projects Still On

Tom Johnson | March 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Opponents cheer abandonment of plan to convert South Jersey coal units to natural gas. Companies forge ahead with plans for big investments in natural gas

Could Registry of Adverse Reactions to Vaccinations Separate Fear from Fact?

Caren Chesler | March 1, 2019 | Healthcare
No parent wants to endanger their child, but anxiety about inoculations lingers despite scientific evidence to the contrary

New Jersey’s Grassroots Reform Groups Coalesce into Loose Coalition

Colleen O'Dea | March 1, 2019 | Politics
Groups that came together during the 2016 presidential elections or cut their political teeth on the state’s 2018 midterms are pushing on with reform agendas

Part of VW Settlement Fund Goes to EV Charging Stations, Electric Buses

Tom Johnson | March 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Hundreds of charging stations to be installed across state and NJ Transit in Camden is to get some electric buses

Still No Word from NJT on Full Service Restoration for Raritan Valley Line

John Reitmeyer | March 1, 2019 | Transportation
Agency announces late May end to service interruptions for Atlantic City Line and Princeton Dinky, prompting local official to call RVL riders ‘forgotten commuters’

State Budget Is All the Talk on the Walk to Washington

NJTV News Online | March 1, 2019 | Politics
Speculation about upcoming budget dominates the annual jaunt by state’s insiders to Washington, D.C.

Op-Ed: Getting New Jersey’s Business Incentive Programs ‘Just Right’

Marc Pfeiffer | March 1, 2019 | Opinion
Recent comptroller’s report on NJ’s business incentive programs set off a vigorous public debate about their cost and their worth. But we need to stay in this high-stakes ‘game’


| March 1, 2019 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: The High, Low, and In Between of NJ’s Property Taxes

Colleen O'Dea | February 28, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Taxes edged up by less than 1 percent in the past year, the smallest bump in decades, but the dollar amount homeowners actually pay is all over the map

Plan to Convert BL England Plant to Natural Gas Is Dead on Arrival

Tom Johnson | February 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After nearly a decade of bitter fighting, RC Cape May Holdings raises white flag over proposal to build natural-gas pipeline in Pinelands

State Moves to Make Sure Private-Sector Employees Save for Retirement

John Reitmeyer | February 28, 2019 | Budget
New Jersey residents are living longer but not putting aside enough money to pay for food, utilities, healthcare, and other necessities

NJ Faces Growing Health Threat from Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes

Jon Hurdle | February 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Rising temperatures and longer mosquito season create a ‘perfect storm’ for virus transmission

Op-Ed: Investment (and Planning) Urgently Needed for Water Infrastructure

Joe Walsh | February 28, 2019 | Opinion
Public works contractors see the problems first-hand — and the potential costs if New Jersey doesn’t get to grips with one of its most vital systems

Effectiveness of Personalized Learning Program in NJ Questioned

Jill Barshay | The Hechinger Report | February 28, 2019 | Education
Results highlight debate over how to measure what’s working in the classroom when kids are learning different things

NJ Spotlight Roundtable: Achieving Lead-Free School Water in New Jersey

NJ Spotlight | February 28, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
Schools across New Jersey have tested positive for lead in their drinking water. What can be done to remedy the problem?


| February 28, 2019 | Number of The Day

Criticizing Inaction on Lead in New Jersey Schools’ Drinking Water Supplies

Tom Johnson | February 27, 2019 | Energy & Environment
State Sen. Linda Greenstein says Department of Education should ‘tighten up its rules on testing’

Report: Not Funding Gateway Now Could Spell Big Problems for Region

John Reitmeyer | February 27, 2019 | Transportation
Emergency repairs to the existing trans-Hudson rail tunnel would mean more traffic, longer commutes and reduced home values, transportation group warns

GOP Lawmakers Seek Ban on E-Cigarette Possession by Minors

Lilo H. Stainton | February 27, 2019 | Healthcare
A bid to quell an ‘alarming’ growth in the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices by New Jersey kids

The State of New Jersey’s Babies Is Strong but Lagging in Important Areas

Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2019 | More Issues
Robust family supports give New Jersey’s babies a good start in life. Yet our youngest residents don’t do as well on key health indicators

Op-Ed: It Shouldn’t Be So Hard to Obtain a State ID in New Jersey

Jamal Brown | February 27, 2019 | Opinion
A bill that would make access to a state ID easier has stalled in the Legislature. Countless people would be helped if lawmakers would just move the measure forward

Labor Law Expert Says Murphy Administration Mishandled Brennan Case

NJTV News Online | February 27, 2019 | Politics
Charles Sullivan itemizes all the ways he believes the administration failed

Evaluating the Effects of Raising NJ’s Minimum Wage

NJ Spotlight | February 27, 2019 | Podcasts
There is strong support for New Jersey’s minimum-wage increase but also some opposition. NJ Spotlight’s John Reitmeyer discusses all the angles on the ‘Issues Watch’ podcast


| February 27, 2019 | Number of The Day

Building NJ Barrier Against Trump Team’s Rollback of Environmental Rules

Tom Johnson | February 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Legislation proposed by Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin would keep federal regulations from the pre-Trump era in force in the Garden State

Assembly Pulls PARCC Bill in Response to Worried Calls from Parents

Carly Sitrin | February 26, 2019 | Education
Mothers and fathers jump on unclear language that makes it sound as if more than one exam can be administered to high school students

Lawmakers Seek to Cut ‘Excess’ Pharmacy Charges

Lilo H. Stainton | February 26, 2019 | Healthcare
Senate passes bill that would prevent insurers from levying copayments higher than the cash price of a medication

Dem’s Parking-Tax Proposal Almost Stalls in Assembly, Despite Party’s Majority

John Reitmeyer | February 26, 2019 | Budget
GOP argues that state residents are tired of new taxes. Apparently, some Democrats are listening

Murphy Urged to Work with Lawmakers on Emergency Housing Aid as Clock Ticks

Colleen O'Dea | February 26, 2019 | Politics
Advocates have asked governor to compromise on a bill expanding aid for the homeless, while an attempted override of his veto of the bill looms

Op-Ed: Long-Term Care Providers Need State Help with New Minimum Wage

Jon Dolan | February 26, 2019 | Opinion
Every $1 increase in the minimum wage will cost nursing facilities up to $35 million a year and will cost assisted living facilities about $4 million annually

Ocean County Spends $15M in Open-Space Funds to Preserve 8,000 Acres

WHYY | February 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Purchase represents largest preservation effort since program launched in 1997


| February 26, 2019 | Number of The Day

Federal Changes to Funding of Family Planning Spark Outrage in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | February 25, 2019 | Healthcare
Trump administration’s new rules would place further restrictions on how organizations in receipt of Title X money could operate

Measure to Illuminate Dark Money in NJ Politics Is Ready for Next Hurdle

Colleen O'Dea | February 25, 2019 | Politics
Assemblyman Zwicker is ‘optimistic’ bill requiring greater disclosure of donors will get a hearing next month

Lawmaker Wants Instant Receipts for E-ZPass Users

John Reitmeyer | February 25, 2019 | Transportation
The New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway should issue an electronic receipt after every transaction at the tolls, Assemblyman says

Op-Ed: Thousands of New Affordable Homes Now Possible for NJ

Christian Estevez | February 25, 2019 | Opinion
The courts have played a key role in helping ensure towns accept responsibility for affordable housing and the Murphy administration is undertaking landmark reforms

NJ Takes Legal Action Against Owner of Sussex County ‘Waste Mountain’

NJTV News Online | February 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
DEP says soil samples show levels of contamination high enough to classify the site as a solid waste facility, which the owner does not have a permit to operate


| February 25, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ Dems to Trump: Show Your Tax Returns or You Won’t Get on 2020 Ballot

John Reitmeyer | February 22, 2019 | Politics
Lawmakers have another try at legislation requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to get on the ballot in New Jersey. Republican Senator warns of ‘hypocrisy’

NJ Moves Closer to Joining Multi-State Licensing Pact for Nurses

Lilo H. Stainton | February 22, 2019 | Healthcare
By 2030, the workforce in New Jersey is estimated to fall some 11,400 nurses short of the demand for their services

NJ Cleanup of Car Emissions Put at Risk as Feds Exit California Talks

Tom Johnson | February 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decision by Trump administration to end negotiations over California’s fuel-efficiency standards likely will go to court, delaying New Jersey’s own efforts to curb emissions

Sweeney: Governor Has Three Weeks to Reach Terms on Homeless Aid

Colleen O'Dea | February 22, 2019 | Politics
At last minute, Senate President pulls vote to override Murphy’s recent veto of bill loosening eligibility rules for people in danger of losing their housing

Chemours Shipped PFAS Substitute Chemical to South Jersey Site, EPA Says

Jon Hurdle | February 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Critics say GenX may worsen water contamination near Chambers Works site in Salem County

Advocates Perturbed as Lawmakers Press on with School Testing Legislation

Carly Sitrin | February 22, 2019 | Education
The saga over graduation requirements for New Jersey’s high school students was thought to have been settled last week. Proposed new legislation is raising more concerns

Essex Jail Lockdown Keeps ICE Detainees in Cells for Days

WNYC News | February 22, 2019 | Immigration
Immigrants are increasingly held in county jails as they await civil hearings on orders of deportation

New Plan to Limit Contact During Practice by High School Footballers

NJTV News Online | February 22, 2019 | More Issues
Sports regulating body moves to address growing concern about serious injuries that occur on gridiron

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Schools Need More Reading and Less Testing

Christopher de Vinck | February 22, 2019 | Opinion
Our education system is overly focused on tests and standards, and pays far too little attention to improving children’s reading skills


| February 22, 2019 | Number of The Day

Is New Jersey Ready to Train the Spotlight on Dark Money?

Colleen O'Dea | February 21, 2019 | Politics
The upper house is expected to vote today on a bill that would disclose the identity of sizable dark-money donors, possibly pushing it closer to becoming law

Non-Medical Measures to Improve Public Health: What Works?

Lilo H. Stainton | February 21, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey has many programs in place, but which are worth spending the most state money — and time — on?

Businesses, Investors Want to Jump-Start NJ’s Push for Plug-In Vehicles

Tom Johnson | February 21, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Electrifying transportation sector critical to cutting greenhouse gases, achieving clean economy. Advocates argue legislation to get the job done is already in committee

Opinion: Governor May Have Learned Hard Lesson from Last Budget Standoff

Carl Golden | February 21, 2019 | Opinion
But Murphy’s recent move to monetize state assets, while it may ease pressure on the state’s finances, doesn’t address systemic fiscal problems

Move to Cover Drones in Trespassing, Invasion of Property Laws

John Reitmeyer | February 21, 2019 | More Issues
Legislators push to keep laws in step with new technologies, stop unmanned aircraft from being used as spies in the sky, especially over schools and homes

A Deal on Marijuana Legalization May — Or May Not — Be Imminent

NJTV News Online | February 21, 2019 | Social
Lawmakers appear to have resolved problems with proposed legislation, but not all are convinced of the wisdom of legalization

NJ Activist Mejia Signs on as Political Director of Sanders Campaign

NJTV News Online | February 21, 2019 | Politics
Executive director and grassroots organizer eager for chance to advance New Jersey’s agenda on national level


| February 21, 2019 | Number of The Day

Is NJ’s $1.2B School Transportation System Ripe for Savings?

John Reitmeyer | February 20, 2019 | Budget
School districts spend more each year ferrying pupils than on school administration and capital improvements. A new report suggests big economies are possible

NJ Court’s Major Ruling on Disability Payments for Volunteer Firefighters

Colleen O'Dea | February 20, 2019 | More Issues
Supreme Court’s unanimous decision could have significant implications for thousands of emergency service volunteers and could increase municipal costs

On Deck: An Effort to Make Student Athletes Aware of Addiction Risks

Lilo H. Stainton | February 20, 2019 | Healthcare
Studies show an elevated risk of opioid addiction for student athletes from injuries suffered in football and other high-contact sports

Amendments to Beach-Access Bill Run Afoul of Conservationists

Tom Johnson | February 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
One change is especially troublesome, advocates say — replacing ‘shall’ with ‘may’ in a section dealing with DEP’s ability to mandate access

Op-Ed: It’s Time for New Jersey to Enact a ‘Dark Money’ Law

David Goodman | February 20, 2019 | Opinion
The imbalance between the power of ‘dark money’ groups and accountable political committees is staggering. Is legislation that would throw light on secret contributions being stalled?

Looking to Rein in New Jersey’s Surging Deer Population

WNYC News | February 20, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Farmers, environmental groups, and park operators have formed a coalition to grapple with a deer population they say is out of control

Fighting the Federal Move to Put Brakes on NJ’s Online Gambling Industry

WNYC News | February 20, 2019 | More Issues
Assessing the chances of a court challenge to a Trump administration initiative that could severely damage online gaming in New Jersey


| February 20, 2019 | Number of The Day

Sweeney Seizes the Mic, Holds His Own Town Halls, But Where’s Murphy?

John Reitmeyer | February 19, 2019 | Politics
Senate president pitches his ideas for fixing New Jersey’s seemingly intractable budget problems to live audiences, sparking off angry responses from some listeners

Gauging How Family, Community Impact Children’s Mental Health

Lilo H. Stainton | February 19, 2019 | Healthcare
Rutgers-Camden study pinpoints childhood trauma as likely source of anxiety, depression, suggests healthy family life, civic engagement can mitigate problems

Measure to Keep ‘Dirt Brokers’ Out of Recycling Industry Moves Up, Slowly

Tom Johnson | February 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Fears that organized crime could infiltrate recycling sector prompt progress on tough licensing law that would include some background checks

PARCC Compromise Averts a Crisis for High School Seniors and Juniors

Carly Sitrin | February 19, 2019 | Education
But now New Jersey’s Department of Education must come up with graduation requirements for the class of 2021 and beyond

The List: NJ Schools are Most Often Named for These Figures in History

Colleen O'Dea | February 19, 2019 | The List
Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt: Spot the connection in the naming convention for many of New Jersey’s public schools

‘Unsanitary and Unsafe Conditions’ for ICE Detainees at NJ Facility

WNYC News | February 19, 2019 | Immigration
The Essex County Correctional Facility is the largest detention center for immigrants in the region

Op-Ed: Measuring Energy Efficiency the Right Way

Frank A. Felder and Pranay Kumar | February 19, 2019 | Opinion
New Jersey has invested substantially in measures to improve energy efficiency. The state needs objective, independent, and timely evaluations of these initiatives


| February 19, 2019 | Number of The Day

Motorists Could Face New Tax on Parking In Six NJ Cities

John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2019 | Budget
Assembly committee approves bill allowing local leaders to impose 3.5 percent levy on parking fees, raising revenue to boost safety around mass-transit stations

Lawmakers Want Inventory of Lead Service Lines in Public Water Systems

Tom Johnson | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Issue is a ‘very top priority’ for municipalities but they say they will need financial help to do the work

Safety Concerns Prompt Lawmakers to Mull Sales Ban on ‘Baby Walkers’

Lilo H. Stainton | February 15, 2019 | Healthcare
More than 230,000 children were treated for injuries over 24 years; industry notes safety record is improving

NJ Slams EPA’s ‘Disappointing’ Plan to Curb Toxic PFAS Chemicals

Jon Hurdle | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection attacks long-awaited plan, says it doesn’t address need for immediate measures to stop exposure

PSEG: We’re Not Bluffing About Shutting Down Nuke Plants

Tom Johnson | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
To bolster argument for subsidies paid by power customers, company says it would begin taking its three plants offline this fall if it doesn’t win its case

Interactive Map: Stats Show Lack of Diversity in Front of NJ Classrooms

Colleen O'Dea | February 15, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a diverse teaching force, both for students of color and for all pupils

Immediate $20M Subsidy for NJ Horseracing Industry, Millions More Possible

John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2019 | Budget
Bipartisan support as governor signs legislation to help preserve industry’s ‘competitive edge.’ Potential for another $80 million over the next four years

1,200 Children Have Been Shot and Killed Since Parkland, 13 from NJ

NJ Spotlight | February 15, 2019 | Social
A news site has profiled the children who died by gunfire since the school shootings in Florida one year ago. Thirteen New Jersey children are on the list

Op-Ed: A Tax Credit Program that Works, Creates Jobs, and Is Well-Run

Staci Berger | February 15, 2019 | Opinion
Elected officials are debating the future of NJ tax credits. They should look at the modest, but high-achieving, Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program — and consider expanding it


| February 15, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ Seeks Advisor For Potential Deals Involving State Assets

John Reitmeyer | February 14, 2019 | Budget
Bridges, buildings, roads, parks all to be evaluated for their potential to help plug the hole in funding of New Jersey’s pension system

Zwicker Wants NJ to Enact Robust Internet Privacy Protections

Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2019 | More Issues
Assemblyman says New Jersey shouldn’t wait for federal action, must take own measures to give consumers power over their personal data

‘Green’ Groups Ask Murphy for Moratorium on New Fossil-Fuel Infrastructure

Tom Johnson | February 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Coalition reports that if the 12 natural-gas projects are built, they would undercut administration’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050

$1 Toll Hike Will Fund Major Capital Upgrades on Delaware Memorial Bridge

Carly Sitrin | February 14, 2019 | Transportation
Governors of New Jersey, Delaware sign off on resolution to pay for safety, infrastructure improvements on one of the most heavily traveled links in Northeast

EPA to Unveil Long-Awaited ‘Action Plan’ on Curbing Toxic PFAS Chemicals

Jon Hurdle | February 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Concern that agency won’t immediately set enforceable health standards

NJ Dioceses Release Names of 188 Clergy ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sexual Abuse

NJTV News Online | February 14, 2019 | Social
Incidents date back to 1940, most abusers are dead, others have been removed from ministry

Weinberg Downplays Murphy Team’s ‘Overreach’ at Port Authority

NJTV News Online | February 14, 2019 | Politics
Board chairman complained that governor’s team “wanted to be in control or ‘in charge’ of every senior hire at the Port”

Op-Ed: NJ Must Reduce Impact of Federal Cuts on Charity Care

Suzanne Ianni | February 14, 2019 | Opinion
Substantial reductions in funding, scheduled to take effect this October, could be devastating for the state’s safety-net hospitals. We need to protect them


| February 14, 2019 | Number of The Day

Will Trump Policy Change Put a Crimp in New Jersey’s Online Gambling Industry?

John Reitmeyer | February 13, 2019 | Politics
Murphy administration, lawmakers vow to protect state’s lucrative online-wagering sector. Attorney General Grewal weighs in with forceful letter of protest to his federal counterparts

More Job Losses Last Year for New Jersey’s Solar Sector — Report Asserts

Tom Johnson | February 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With nearly 700 jobs shed, it’s a second straight year of decline in a sector that’s key to New Jersey’s renewable-energy future

State to Launch Local Needle Exchanges, Enhance Services at Current Sites

Lilo H. Stainton | February 13, 2019 | Healthcare
DOH says plans part of broad multiagency strategy to foster syringe-access programs, other offerings across New Jersey

Fewer NJ Kids Eating Breakfast at School Means More Hungry Children

Colleen O'Dea | February 13, 2019 | Social
State ranks dead last in percentage of schools eligible for federal nutrition funds that actually participate in the program, according to new report

How Are Districts Using State Pre-school Funds?

NJTV News Online | February 13, 2019 | Education
Officials in two very different districts are figuring out how best to make use of their money from Trenton

Op-Ed: Kean University’s China Fiasco Illustrates Need for State Oversight

Donna M. Chiera | February 13, 2019 | Opinion
Plan to give management control of campus outpost in Wenzhou to the Chinese government has security and ethical risks


| February 13, 2019 | Number of The Day

Eight School Districts Sue NJ DOE Over Cuts in State Aid

Carly Sitrin | February 12, 2019 | Education
But Senate President Sweeney says they should have seen the writing on the blackboard, changes resolve long-standing inequities in state education aid

Comptroller’s Words on Tax Incentives Go Down Better than Governor’s

John Reitmeyer | February 12, 2019 | Budget
At a hearing yesterday, the State Comptroller painted a nuanced picture of New Jersey’s big tax-incentive programs that lawmakers — who support the programs — seemed to like

Lawmakers Seek to Close Gap in Mail-Order Vape Sales

Lilo H. Stainton | February 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Assemblyman ‘unapologetic’ about the latest effort to curb nicotine addiction, especially among young New Jerseyans

Working with Private Sector to Torque Up Municipal Energy Systems

Tom Johnson | February 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New measure would harness private money, expertise to drive energy efficiency at hospitals, wastewater-treatment plants, universities, prisons

Op-Ed: Task Force Needed on Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence

Jane Hanson, Pamela Jacobs and Patricia Perlmutter | February 12, 2019 | Opinion
Tiffany Wilson was killed on a Newark street by her former partner. An algorithm had concluded he did not pose a risk to the community

Federal Lawmakers Trying to Give SALT Deduction Back to NJ Taxpayers

NJTV News Online | February 12, 2019 | Politics
Now that New Jersey residents are working on their tax returns, they’re getting a good look at how GOP tax cuts actually make them pay more

Murphy Heralds Grants to Help Workers Get on Apprenticeship Track

NJTV News Online | February 12, 2019 | More Issues
Governor and labor commissioner sing praises of new focus on ‘often overlooked’ career pathway


| February 12, 2019 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Move to Improve Paid Family Leave Program in New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | February 11, 2019 | Social
Supporters wait for governor to sign legislation that would expand benefits — at a higher cost to workers — while also expanding state’s temporary disability program

Opinion: Let’s Leverage New Minimum-Wage Law to Get Some Key Facts

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | February 11, 2019 | Opinion
We have a rare opportunity to track the impacts of the minimum-wage increase on individuals, businesses, and the economy

Big Push to Make Medicaid in New Jersey More Effective and Efficient

Lilo H. Stainton | February 11, 2019 | Healthcare
State officials, policy experts and philanthropists team up to make changes that have been under discussion for a long time

NJ’s Laid-Off Workers to Get Toughest Protections in US?

John Reitmeyer | February 11, 2019 | More Issues
After recent bruising cases — like Toys ‘R’ Us — in which employees were left with little of no severance pay, lawmakers want to institute new safeguards

Another Expert Casts Doubt on Need for NJ to Subsidize Nuclear Plants

Tom Johnson | February 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Economist also disputes PSEG’s contention that South Jersey plants will have to close within three years unless given subsidies


| February 11, 2019 | Number of The Day

Aid-in-Dying Legislation Advances After Passionate Testimony Pro and Con

Lilo H. Stainton | February 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Strong disagreement over measure that would allow physicians in New Jersey to prescribe lethal doses of medication to certain patients with less than six months to live

Stop-Gap Attempt to ‘Avoid Chaos’ as Court Action Awaited in PARCC Case

Carly Sitrin | February 8, 2019 | Education
A court’s recent strike-down of PARCC graduation requirements has led to widespread confusion. Lawmakers try to keep the requirements in place for current juniors and seniors

Lawmakers Seeking More Diversity Among NJ’s Public School Teachers

Colleen O'Dea | February 8, 2019 | Education
Tackling thorny issue in a state where minorities are 56 percent of student enrollments, while just 16 percent of teachers are non-white

Opinion: President Trump’s Rhetoric Belies the Truth About Immigrants

R. William Potter | February 8, 2019 | Opinion
We need more immigration, not less. It’s linked with reduced crime rates, safer neighborhoods, and a stronger economy

Good News for Consumers: NJ Electric Bills to Hold Steady

Tom Johnson | February 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After past volatility in the market, new rates for residential and small commercial customers to dip a little or rise a little

More Muscle For Special Agency that’s Key To Gateway Tunnel Project

John Reitmeyer | February 8, 2019 | Transportation
Senate Transportation committee unanimously approves bill granting Gateway Development Corp. important legal and financial powers


| February 8, 2019 | Number of The Day

Report Notes Murphy Team’s Mistakes in Brennan Case, Key Issue Unresolved

John Reitmeyer | February 7, 2019 | Politics
Sen. Loretta Weinberg, co-chair of committee also investigating the case, seems unimpressed by the report. She says it’s ‘peppered with vagaries and inconsistencies’

Lawmakers Move to End Religious Exemption for Mandatory Vaccinations

Caren Chesler | February 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Amended bill, which must still pass Assembly and Senate, would only let children skip immunizations based on medical reasons. Opponents say it erodes personal rights

Package of Bills Hopes to Knock NJ Out of the Top Spot in Foreclosures

Colleen O'Dea | February 7, 2019 | Housing
Legislation would help owners struggling to make their mortgage payments, as well as get foreclosed properties back in circulation sooner, adding to housing stock and reducing neighborhood blight

Fine Print: Taking a Harder Look at Greenhouse-Gas Emissions in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | February 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Many lawmakers, advocates, and members of the Murphy administration are all for the goals of the Global Warming Response Act, but a new bill may be the key to attaining them

Will Booker’s Track Record on Education Be a Problem for his 2020 Campaign?

Patrick Wall & Matt Barnum | Chalkbeat | February 7, 2019 | Education, Politics, The Booker Beat
His vision for improving education has included charter schools and merit pay for teachers — views that are out of fashion for many Democrats

Reining in Prescriptions from Dentists to Combat Opioid Crisis

NJTV News Online | February 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Leader in New Jersey dentistry wants to remove her profession ‘as a factor’ in the state’s drug epidemic

Op-Ed: College Graduates Often Need Help Landing the Right Job

Vince Marigna | February 7, 2019 | Opinion
Study shows 43 percent of graduates find work that leaves them underemployed, a problem that can dog them well into their work lives


| February 7, 2019 | Number of The Day

Why Don’t Kids Go to School? Students Have Their Say

Carly Sitrin | February 6, 2019 | Education
Lawmakers go straight to the source to hear about the obstacles that keep some kids from attending classes

Growing Mystery at Heart of Hearings into Murphy Team’s Conduct in Brennan Case

John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2019 | Politics
Legislators have another frustrating day as they continue to investigate the hiring of a person at the center of a rape allegation for a state government position

Lawmakers Move to Keep Liberty State Park Free from Commercial Schemes

Tom Johnson | February 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The 1,200-acre park, with stunning views of the NYC waterfront and ‘Lady of the Harbor,’ doesn’t need a marina or amusement park, advocates argue

Connecting the Dots Among Poverty, Chronic Diseases, ER Visits

Lilo H. Stainton | February 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Analyzing data from more than 3 million emergency room visits, group confirms most troubling concerns about New Jersey healthcare

‘Reasonable Suspicion’ Lacking in Neptune Motel Arrests — Supreme Court

Colleen O'Dea | February 6, 2019 | Social
Charges from a noise complaint that led to arrest of two men on weapons possession raise Fourth Amendment issues for state’s top court

Op-Ed: To Stem the Opioid Epidemic, NJ Must Take Care of Prison Population

Pranay Nadella and Aakash Shah | February 6, 2019 | Opinion
Giving prisoners medication assisted treatment — and continuing it on their release — would offer them a good chance of recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration

The List: Average Property Taxes Paid in New Jersey, Ranked by County

NJTV News Online | February 6, 2019 | The List
The average bill varies greatly by county, with homeowners in the north having to dig deeper


| February 6, 2019 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Approve Mechanism to Support Arts Through Property Taxes

Colleen O'Dea | February 5, 2019 | Budget
Measure OK’d by the Assembly would allow local governments to create dedicated tax levy for local artistic and cultural projects, pending voter approval

To Cheers, Murphy Signs $15 Minimum-Wage Measure

NJTV News Online | February 5, 2019 | Budget
Amid celebration, concerns are raised that wage boost could have ‘unintended consequences’ for some workers

Divided Reactions to Court Decision on PARCC and What It Means for Students

Carly Sitrin | February 5, 2019 | Education
Path to graduation still uncertain for about 170,000 high school seniors and juniors, but ‘business as usual’ for many school officials who continue to implement PARCC as a graduation requirement

Camden Program to Cut Hospital Readmissions Gains National Attention

Lilo H. Stainton | February 5, 2019 | Healthcare
The focus was on getting patients follow-up visits with primary-care doctors within seven days of being discharged from hospital

Power Execs Press Electric Grid Operator for Help On Revenues

Tom Johnson | February 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Companies have been lobbying for reforms to raise what they say are depressed prices that threaten the viability of nuclear plants

Op-Ed: Teacher Pay for Performance Is the Elephant in the Classroom

John Kellmayer | February 5, 2019 | Opinion
Compensating teachers for the quality of their teaching has not been discussed much, but administrators now have new assessment tools for evaluating performance


| February 5, 2019 | Number of The Day

Day 1: Booker Takes Different Tack from NJ Predecessors in His Campaign for President

Colleen O'Dea | February 4, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Compare and contrast: The fourth New Jerseyan since 2000 to try for the Oval Office has an uncommon style and message

NJ, Other States Challenge Federal Failure to Curb Coal-Plant Pollution

Tom Johnson | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey and others in Northeast blame Environmental Protection Agency for not clamping down on emissions from upwind states

DEP Says EPA Didn’t Consider Many Health Risks When Approving PFAS Replacements

Jon Hurdle | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
GenX and PFBS, may be as toxic as the chemicals they are replacing. Scientists say GenX has been found in Gloucester County wells and in the Delaware River

Move to Waive NJ Property-Tax Penalties for Fed Workers if New Shutdown

John Reitmeyer | February 4, 2019 | Politics
New Jersey lawmakers have fast-tracked a measure that would allow municipalities to waive the usual interest penalty charged for late payment of quarterly property taxes

Op-Ed: NJ Horseracing Doesn’t Need State Subsidies, It Needs to Innovate

Phil Logrippo | February 4, 2019 | Opinion
Why would New Jersey subsidize wealthy thoroughbred racehorse owners and people who can afford to gamble on horses?

Environmentalists Raise Questions about Salting of NJ Roads

NJTV News Online | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Too much salt can be dangerous to humans and the environment alike. Is brining a better solution?

Existing Nuclear and New Renewables Both Necessary for a Clean-Energy Future

Dean Murphy, Ph.D. | February 4, 2019 | Sponsored Content
Replacing New Jersey’s nuclear plants with renewable generation is not plausible anytime soon. Attempting to do so would cause a major backward slide in efforts to decarbonize the state’s economy


| February 4, 2019 | Number of The Day

Booker Is the Latest Democrat to Announce He’ll Run for President in 2020

Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
After sharing the news with his Twitter followers this morning, New Jersey’s junior Senator is expected to hold a press conference in Newark today

Rate Counsel Says PSEG, Exelon Failed to Show Need for $300M Nuclear Subsidies

Tom Johnson | February 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Companies’ ‘claims of financial hardship fall away’ under close examination, Stefanie Brand contends

Surprise, Anger Over Governor’s Veto on Emergency Aid

Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2019 | More Issues
Citing budgetary concerns, Murphy vetoes measure that would have provided additional emergency aid to some in danger of becoming homeless

$15 Minimum Wage on Verge of Becoming Law in New Jersey

John Reitmeyer | February 1, 2019 | Budget
Governor says he’ll sign compromise measure approved in Legislature yesterday elevating wages of low-paid workers nearly 70 percent by 2024

For Donor-Conceived People, Data About Biological Parents Can Be Critical

Caren Chesler | February 1, 2019 | Healthcare
Proposed measure would help New Jersey’s donor-conceived residents learn more about their medical history without sacrificing donor anonymity

Split Legislature Gives Thumbs-Up to Stormwater Runoff Controls

Tom Johnson | February 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Democratic majority champions measure as an effective tool for curbing pollution of NJ’s rivers and bays; GOP decries envisioned fees as ‘rain tax’

Op-Ed: Invest in Environment and Infrastructure, Not Corporate Welfare

Brandon Castro | February 1, 2019 | Opinion
Recent audit shows the wrongheadedness of New Jersey’s efforts to keep business happy with billions in tax incentives

Controversial Lawmaker Plans to Leave Assembly, Run for Morris County Job

WNYC | February 1, 2019 | Politics
Michael Patrick Carroll once made national headlines for a comment about slavery. He wants to become Morris County Surrogate


| February 1, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Urges Full Fracking Ban in Delaware River Basin

Tom Johnson | January 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New prohibitions would be big victory for environmentalists, residents who have been campaigning for them for years

Campaign Expands to Curb Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Lilo H. Stainton | January 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Initiative successfully targets low-income, black, and Hispanic families, leads to reduced sales of soda and fruit drinks

NJ Lawmakers Continue to Chip Away at Boulder-Sized Problem of Student Debt

Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2019 | More Issues
Two bills slated to come before committee today hope to ease financial burdens on college students and their families and help them rehabilitate loans that are in default

South Jersey Landfill Cancels PFAS Contract Amid Rising Public Concern

Jon Hurdle | January 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Thousands of tons of contaminated soil from Pennsylvania military base no longer destined to be dumped in Cumberland County

Murphy’s ‘Computer Science for All’ Initiative Off to Modest Start

John Mooney | January 31, 2019 | Education
Governor announces first $2 million in grants for high-tech program will be divvied up among 29 school districts

Investing Garden State’s Public Retirement Funds in Other States’ Farms

John Reitmeyer | January 31, 2019 | Budget
NJ pension officials finalizing $100 million stake in private-equity fund that specializes in buying and leasing farmland in West, Midwest and Mississippi Delta

Christie's Memoir: Heavy on Kushner Criticism, Light on Gubernatorial Record

WNYC News | January 31, 2019 | Politics
The book is called ‘Let Me Finish.’ Matt Katz suggests a better title would have been ‘I Told You So, Idiots’

Op-Ed: New Utilities Would Help NJ Fight Flooding and Pollution

John A. Thonet and Stephen J. Souza | January 31, 2019 | Opinion
New Jersey needs stormwater utilities to provide a sustained source of local funding to improve and maintain stormwater infrastructure


| January 31, 2019 | Number of The Day

A River of Cash: Analyzing NJ’s Multibillion-Dollar Revenue Streams

John Reitmeyer | January 30, 2019 | Budget
A new report calculates the billions of dollars that flow through the layers of government in the Garden State annually

Lawmakers Mull ‘Unintended Consequences’ Of Minimum Wage Hike

Colleen O'Dea | January 30, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Raising the wage floor to $15 an hour could make some workers and families ineligible for state and federal assistance programs

Panel OKs Spending Bill that Boosts Role of Nonprofits in Preservation Projects

Tom Johnson | January 30, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Groups’ share of open-space funds goes from 2 percent to 10 percent, and from 3 percent to 4 percent for farmland preservation

Over Coffee, Murphy and Dem Leaders Toast Wage Accord

NJTV News Online | January 30, 2019 | Politics
Democratic governor and legislative leaders, often at odds with each other, share rare kumbaya moment

Op-Ed: Time for NJ to Expand Access to Life-Saving Elective Angioplasty

Patrick J. Gavin | January 30, 2019 | Opinion
Calling on state lawmakers to pass a measure allowing qualified community hospitals to perform the procedure

GOP Heat for Senator Who Switched Parties, Joined Democrats

NJTV News Online | January 30, 2019 | Politics
Dawn Marie Addiego of Burlington County announced her decision Monday saying, ‘the party which once echoed the vision of Ronald Reagan no longer exists’

Is Outmigration Myth or Reality for New Jersey? It’s Complicated

NJTV News Online | January 30, 2019 | More Issues
NJ Spotlight editor at large Colleen O’Dea discusses the nuances of the Garden State’s migration patterns


| January 30, 2019 | Number of The Day

Stormwater Measure Advances in State Assembly, Opponents Air Criticisms

Tom Johnson | January 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Bill would facilitate new utilities that could impose fees on property owners. Money would go toward repair or replacement of failing stormwater systems

Wage-Theft Law in the Cards — with Lighter Penalties For ‘Honest’ Mistakes

Colleen O'Dea | January 29, 2019 | Politics
New Jersey businesspeople and advocates worry that simple mistakes could end up costing them big, and some lawmakers share their concerns

Fine Print: Auditor Questions Oversight of Camden’s Renaissance Schools

John Mooney | January 29, 2019 | Education
Second audit finds gaps in enrollment and hiring at fast-growing hybrid charter schools

Legislative Hold on PARCC Replacement Leaves No Clear Path to HS Diploma

Carly Sitrin | January 29, 2019 | Education
NJ lawmakers delay vote on measure after appellate court issues stay on ruling that would kill PARCC, students left out in the cold — for now

NJ Politicos Get Eyeful of Decay in Hudson Tunnel Tour, Want Federal Funding

John Reitmeyer | January 29, 2019 | Politics, Transportation
With Democrats in control of House of Representatives, New Jersey congressional leaders believe there’s a better chance of getting money from Washington, D.C. to repair badly damaged tunnel

Bergen County Hospital Picked for National Program to Reduce Health Disparities

Lilo H. Stainton | January 29, 2019 | Healthcare
Holy Name Medical Center will tackle lower rate of cancer screening among Asian-Americans


| January 29, 2019 | Number of The Day

Grassroots Activists Behind Midterm Blue Wave in NJ Say They’re Not Going Away

Colleen O'Dea | January 28, 2019 | Politics
Most groups are still active. Some are keeping their focus on the U.S. Congress, some on state and local politics. A few are retooling

NJ Landfill Agrees to Accept PFAS-Contaminated Soil from Pennsylvania Military Base

Jon Hurdle | January 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some New Jersey environmental groups want the planned dumping of material from former Willow Grove naval station to be halted

Enviros Say Proposed DEP Cap on Carbon Pollution from Power Plants Not Enough

Tom Johnson | January 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Concern that rejoining multi-state greenhouse-gas initiative won’t do much good unless New Jersey demands more stringent pollution controls

Dems, GOP Take Credit for Putting Lid on NJ Property Taxes, but Can Lid Stay On?

John Reitmeyer | January 28, 2019 | Budget
School aid, police and firefighter salaries, and public-worker healthcare contributions all could influence what homeowners pay

Committee Hears Conflicting Testimony over Sexual-Assault Allegations

NJTV News Online | January 28, 2019 | Politics
Attorney for Murphy transition team contradicts governor’s former chief of staff


| January 28, 2019 | Number of The Day

Critics Urge NJ to Pump Brakes on Increasing Access to Marijuana

Lilo H. Stainton | January 25, 2019 | Healthcare
Public-health impact the big concern as warnings raised over children’s exposure to the drug, potential connection to psychiatric conditions and increase in auto accidents

Audit Sparks Overlapping Probes Into State Business Incentive Programs

Colleen O'Dea | January 25, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Two investigations — a task force empaneled by Gov. Phil Murphy and a joint hearing scheduled by the Legislature — are announced hours apart

Emotional Testimony as $15 Minimum Wage for NJ Passes First Legislative Stage

John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Assembly committee votes along party lines to approve bill to raise wage after workers and employers testify about its impact on them

‘Environmental Justice’ Protection for Poor Communities Approved

Tom Johnson | January 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Giving often-unheard neighborhoods a voice in siting of waste-treatment plants and other facilities is a top issue for the Murphy administration

Hudson County Prosecutor Defends Actions in Brennan Case

NJTV News Online | January 25, 2019 | More Issues
Esther Suarez says she was unaware of rape allegation by Murphy campaign staffer until after her office declined to press charges

The Delaware River: A Timeline of Revival

WHYY | January 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
It took decades, but a combination of public outcry, political will and the Clean Water Act eventually spurred the river’s revival


| January 25, 2019 | Number of The Day

New Jersey Employers Search for Straight Answers on Cannabis in the Workplace

Carly Sitrin | January 24, 2019 | More Issues
Medical marijuana raises more questions than answers about drug tests and employee rights, while full-blown legalization seems like an invitation to lawsuits and court cases

Wall Street Credit-Rating Agency Makes Economic Case for New Portal Bridge

John Reitmeyer | January 24, 2019 | Transportation
With federal matching funds still not granted for replacing key Northeast Corridor crossing, Moody’s suggests new bridge necessary to ‘avoid regional economic disruption’

Murphy Outlines Expanded, Multiagency Approach to Opioid Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | January 24, 2019 | Healthcare
Governor’s new initiative will increase reliance on medication-assisted treatment, which he calls a ‘proven strategy’

Explainer: What Is Dark Money and Why Is it Such a Problem?

Colleen O'Dea | January 24, 2019 | Explainer
Groups unfettered by campaign finance regulations are wielding more and more influence on elections. New Jersey legislators are taking steps to regulate their activities

BPU Policy Change Could Cost Consumers Hundreds of Millions in Higher Rates

Tom Johnson | January 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Under new regulation, 75 percent of savings from consolidated tax adjustments will go to utilities rather than consumers, reversing the split of earlier rule

NJ’s First Lady Launches Campaign to Lower Maternal Mortality

NJTV News Online | January 24, 2019 | Healthcare
State Assembly also releases omnibus bill aimed at reducing number of women who die during or soon after childbirth

No Charges Against Former Murphy Staffer in Sexual-Assault Case

NJTV News Online | January 24, 2019 | More Issues
After reviewing accusation, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office declines to proceed

The Invisible Threats to the Delaware River

WHYY | January 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The Clean Water Act helped to transform the river, but it’s still vulnerable to a range of pollutants


| January 24, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Wants to Replace Newark Airport Monorail, No More ‘Bubblegum’ Fixes

John Reitmeyer | January 23, 2019 | Transportation
Governor appears confident that Port Authority will come up with the estimated $2 billion cost of the project

Lawmakers Outline Specific Steps to Improve Maternal and Infant Care in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | January 23, 2019 | Healthcare
Proponents see special need in a state that ranks 47th in maternal mortality, with black women five times more likely to die than white women

PSEG Drives Home Vow to Shutter Nuclear Plants Unless Public Subsidizes Them

Tom Johnson | January 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company maintains new filings with state demonstrate case for up to $300 million in annual aid for three years, but most financial information has been redacted

Opinion: Has the Governor Learned there’s Victory in Compromise?

Carl Golden | January 23, 2019 | Opinion
Murphy made concessions in order to forge a deal with Democratic legislative leaders on $15 minimum wage. The budget presents his next big test

How the Clean Water Act Fixed the Delaware River’s Pollution Problem

WHYY | January 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Oxygen levels in the river began to increase after cities like Philadelphia began treating wastewater


| January 23, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ Supreme Court Dismisses Massive Backlog of Municipal Cases and Warrants

Colleen O'Dea | January 22, 2019 | More Issues
Almost 800,000 cases discharged as key recommendation of a report that was highly critical of New Jersey’s municipal courts is implemented

Will Its Own Success Sabotage the Garden State’s Solar Sector?

Tom Johnson | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Add up solar installations — deployed and in the pipeline — and the Garden State has reached the point at which current subsidies expire — before a new program has been put in place

Governor Nominates Two Conservationists to Pinelands Commission

Tom Johnson | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy addresses concerns of leading environmentalists who had wanted Christie-era holdovers to be replaced

Treasury Not Worried About Slow Revenue Growth in Early FY2019 — Should It Be?

John Reitmeyer | January 22, 2019 | Budget
Despite tepid growth in tax revenues thus far in the fiscal year, Treasury Department optimistic surge is coming in second half of year

Report Makes Case for State Investment in Camden, Sees Public Health Benefits

Lilo H. Stainton | January 22, 2019 | Healthcare, Social
As New Jersey’s tax-incentive programs come under increasing scrutiny, consultants underline critical value to struggling city of $1.4 billion public investment

Federal Workers in New Jersey Feeling Effects of Shutdown

NJTV News Online | January 22, 2019 | Politics, Social
As of January 17, 1,000 federal employees in New Jersey had applied for unemployment benefits

Singleton Bill Would Shed Some Light on Dark Money

NJTV News Online | January 22, 2019 | Politics
Murphy’s PAC goes back on promise to disclose funding, while Sweeney taken to task about super PAC working for close ally George Norcross

When the Delaware River Was Dying

WHYY | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
About 1 million pounds of waste was going into the river every day in the ‘60s and the river was dying


| January 22, 2019 | Number of The Day

$15 Minimum Wage for NJ: Governor, Democratic Leaders Finally Make A Deal

John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Agreement after weeks of negotiations. Incremental increases from now until 2024. But carveouts for farmworkers and some other workers

New Jersey Comes Closer to Approving Mental-Health Parity Law

Lilo H. Stainton | January 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Measure enhances enforcement of federal law by requiring health insurers to document that behavioral-care coverage is on par with physical-care benefits

State Officials Ask Judges to Let Classes of 2019 and 2020 Graduate Under Old Rules

Carly Sitrin | January 18, 2019 | Education
DOE says appellate court case is leaving nearly 170,000 current seniors and juniors without a clear path to graduation

Solar Energy for the Less Well-Off in NJ: A Pilot Program Is Approved

Tom Johnson | January 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Also available to schools, local governments and nonprofits, the program is a scaled-down version of what solar advocates originally wanted

Interactive Map: IRS Data Shows New Jersey Loses Out In Relocation Game

Colleen O'Dea | January 18, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Mining the returns of those who have moved in and moved out, a report by the federal taxman pegs the Garden State as a net population loser

Op-Ed: How to Prepare New Jersey Workers for Seismic Job Changes

Patricia Morgan | January 18, 2019 | Opinion
Existing jobs are being phased out by technology. If we don’t adapt — and effectively become lifelong students — we risk greater unemployment

Teachers Lobby for Reduced Health Insurance Costs

NJTV News Online | January 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Members of the NJEA say they’re losing money because premiums are rising faster than their annual pay raises


| January 18, 2019 | Number of The Day

Suez Finds Elevated Lead Levels in Water in Bergen, Hudson Counties

Tom Johnson | January 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Extent of problem unclear, but likely linked to lead service lines connecting customers to water mains in the street

Governor Goes Out to Drum Up Support for Changing — and Capping — Tax Incentives

John Reitmeyer | January 17, 2019 | Budget
Against a backdrop of tepid support from Democratic legislative leaders, Murphy makes case for overhauling New Jersey’s big tax breaks

Murphy Calls for Returning Right to Vote to Felons on Probation or Parole

Colleen O'Dea | January 17, 2019 | Politics
In State of State address, governor comes out publicly for controversial reform, seeks other ways to expand right to vote, stops short of supporting efforts to re-enfranchise felons still in jail

Where Are NJ’s New Chemical Rules? Enviros Accuse DEP of More Foot-Dragging on PFAS

Jon Hurdle | January 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The DEP denies tomorrow’s stakeholder meeting will mean further delay in setting health limits on two toxic chemicals

Profile: The Right Stuff to Take Camden’s Schools to Next Level — and Beyond

Carly Sitrin | January 17, 2019 | Profiles
Acting Superintendent Katrina McCombs already has plans in place to address Camden’s myriad problems — from gang violence to trauma — but she also needs the top spot

Op-Ed: NJ Consumers Shouldn’t Be Left in the Dark on Healthcare Costs

Michael Maron | January 17, 2019 | Opinion
You wouldn’t shop for a new car without knowing the price, so why is it acceptable that healthcare costs remain hidden from patients?


| January 17, 2019 | Number of The Day

State of the State: Murphy Doubles Down on Push to Fix Economic Incentive Program

John Reitmeyer | January 16, 2019 | Budget
During a rebuttal news conference, GOP lawmakers push back on the governor’s anti-Christie theme

In Answer to Governor, Fellow Democrats Hold Back But Republicans Don’t

John Mooney | January 16, 2019 | Politics
Nevertheless, members of governor’s party signal resistance to his critical evaluation of the state’s tax-incentive programs for business

Governor Stresses Unsafe Lead Levels in NJ Water but Offers No Quick Fixes

Tom Johnson | January 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy says it’s time to do something about New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure but calls it a national problem that ‘requires a national solution’

Report: College Aid for Prisoners Pays Dividends for All Down the Line

Colleen O'Dea | January 16, 2019 | Social
Advocates say study shows federal law keeping Pell Grants from the incarcerated should be overturned

Op-Ed: Why Do NJ Democrats Give Tacit Support to Trump’s Immigration Tactics?

Audrey Levitin | January 16, 2019 | Opinion
By their silence on county jail contracts with ICE for the detention of immigrants, politicians at every level are enabling questionable policies

Watch Gov. Phil Murphy’s First State of the State

NJ Spotlight | January 16, 2019 | Politics
Gov. Murphy gave his first State of the State address on Tuesday, January 15. Reiterating his commitment to key campaign promises, the governor listed his accomplishments and laid out his goals for the coming year.


| January 16, 2019 | Number of The Day

Has Murphy Made Good on His Promises? Taking Stock at the 1-Year Mark

Colleen O'Dea | January 15, 2019 | Politics
The governor hasn’t realized several of his top priorities. Some observers blame inexperience or his desire to be liked, but one lays the fault squarely at the door of Sweeney and Coughlin

Murphy’s first State of State Address Comes at Pivotal Time for NJ and for Him

John Reitmeyer | January 15, 2019 | Politics
Hopes were high among progressives when governor came into office, but tension between him and fellow Democrats has impeded his agenda

Horizon Distributes Millions From 2018 Federal Tax Refund … as Planned

Lilo H. Stainton | January 15, 2019 | Healthcare
Families, businesses, community-based initiatives benefit, but details are scarce

NJ Settles with Fiat Chrysler over Software that Cheated on Emission Tests

Tom Johnson | January 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is part of a multistate settlement of a case involving attempts to evade diesel emission controls. An engineering company is also paying for its involvement

Groups Push Progressive Agenda at the State House

NJTV News Online | January 15, 2019 | Politics
On the eve of Gov. Phil Murphy’s State of the State address, activists signal impatience with lack of movement on their priorities

Government Shutdown Is Affecting Food Inspections

NJTV News Online | January 15, 2019 | More Issues
U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer asks for state and county health officials to fill the gap caused by furlough of many FDA inspectors


| January 15, 2019 | Number of The Day

No Resumption Yet of Full Service on Raritan Valley, Atlantic City Lines

John Reitmeyer | January 14, 2019 | Transportation
Services have been greatly disrupted for safety work, but that work met a key end-of-year deadline. So, what’s the holdup?

New Funding for Expansion of Pediatric Mental Health Programs in New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | January 14, 2019 | Healthcare
Aim is to improve diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and substance abuse issues among children and adolescents

Survey Finds Persistent Bullying of LGBTQ Students in NJ High Schools

Colleen O'Dea | January 14, 2019 | Social
‘The numbers are alarming,’ says Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who was a prime sponsor of anti-bullying legislation. She’s working on a new measure

Elizabethtown Gas Names Christie McMullen to Leadership Role

Tom Johnson | January 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company appoints industry veteran to top position as it looks to spend $500 million on a major gas-main replacement program

Op-Ed: Governor, Legislators Need to Fix Deeply Flawed Tax-Incentive Programs

Analilia Mejia | January 14, 2019 | Opinion
New audit shows that companies gamed the system, and no one stopped them. New Jersey taxpayers should be furious


| January 14, 2019 | Number of The Day

NJ House Democrats Plot Out Multifront Defense of Obamacare

Lilo H. Stainton | January 11, 2019 | Healthcare
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone emerges as leader in battle with GOP over fate of ACA, now imperiled by ruling of federal judge in Texas

Focus In Murphy Hiring Probe Turns To Gaps in State Rules

John Reitmeyer | January 11, 2019 | Politics
During a long day of testimony about how staffer’s rape allegation was handled, legislative select committee explores whether rules and policies are strong enough to prevent a bad situation from recurring

Opinion: Federal Aid to New Jersey is Negative — But Not Because of the Shutdown

Richard F. Keevey | January 11, 2019 | Opinion
The Garden State perennially pays significantly more to the federal government in taxes than it gets back and that’s not about to change anytime soon

Murphy Releases More Funding For Pre-K Programs Across State

Carly Sitrin | January 11, 2019 | Education
Thirty-three needy districts that previously had received no pre-K funding from Trenton, will benefit. Advocates praise governor’s move, but say much more needs to be done

Full Steam Ahead for Clean Energy as NJ, Other States Adopt New Policies

Tom Johnson | January 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey under Gov. Phil Murphy has aggressive goals for renewable sources of energy, but initiatives aren’t expected to deliver immediately


| January 11, 2019 | Number of The Day

Audit Raises Red Flags over Control of NJ’s Massive Tax-Incentive Programs

John Reitmeyer | January 10, 2019 | Budget
Troubling questions about oversight and value to taxpayers of multibillion-dollar awards that are supposed to incentivize job creation and retention

NJ Has Weak System of State Support for Black and Latino College Students — Report

Carly Sitrin | January 10, 2019 | Education
Higher education in NJ is hobbled by inequities that leave many minority students ill-equipped for college and the job market, authors contend

Murphy-Sweeney Feud Could Lead to Laws Shining More Light on Dark Money

Colleen O'Dea | January 10, 2019 | Politics
As issue-advocacy group tied to Murphy goes back on promise to disclose donors, Sweeney fast-tracks legislation that has been sidelined for years

NJ Lags Nation for Disabled Residents in Community Settings

Lilo H. Stainton | January 10, 2019 | Healthcare
State officials reply to findings of new report saying positive change is already in progress

PSEG Sells Defunct Coal Plants in Jersey City and Hamilton for Redevelopment

Tom Johnson | January 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Developer plans to repurpose the sites as state-of-the-art industrial parks serving growing warehouse-distribution business in region

Op-Ed: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring the Needs of NJ’s Business Community

Tom Bracken | January 10, 2019 | Opinion
The governor wants a fairer economy in New Jersey but companies are bearing the heaviest burden of delivering it. Taxes and mandates have made the state unaffordable and uncompetitive

Newark Council Approves Zoning Change Despite Gentrification Fears

NJTV News Online | January 10, 2019 | Planning
New rule is approved unanimously. Residents worry it will significantly alter life in the Ironbound


| January 10, 2019 | Number of The Day

Murphy Officials Testify It Wasn’t Their Job to Follow Up On Brennan Allegation

John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2019 | Politics
‘Nobody seems to have responsibility for anything,’ said committee co-chairwoman Loretta Weinberg on a day when lawmakers seemed frustrated with the lack of answers

Green Groups: Proposed Overhaul Of Stormwater Rules Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Tom Johnson | January 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Only 5 percent of NJ waterways meet federal clean water standards, largely due to runoff from developed areas

High Court Ruling Makes It Easier for Drug-Court Grads to Wipe Slate Clean

Colleen O'Dea | January 9, 2019 | Social
Decision is praised by advocates as fulfilling intent of 2016 law offering recovered addicts with minor crime records a new start life

State Questions Feds’ Lower Subsidy for NJ’s Healthcare Reinsurance Program

Lilo H. Stainton | January 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Federal provision for covering costliest medical claims is well short of what New Jersey officials had expected. DOBI Commissioner Marlene Caride asks for explanation

McGreevey Alleges Political Retaliation After Firing From Jersey City Nonprofit

WNYC News | January 9, 2019 | Politics
Ousted from his job as the head of a nonprofit on Monday, former governor accuses Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop of orchestrating his dismissal in an act of political payback

Op-Ed: New Jersey Can’t Afford to Miss Out on Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Pamela Frank | January 9, 2019 | Opinion
There’s a lot to gain for the Garden State if it positions itself as a leader in EV adoption


| January 9, 2019 | Number of The Day

Federal Shutdown Already Hurting NJ Amid Fears of Growing Impact

John Reitmeyer | January 8, 2019 | Politics
Businesses in New Jersey have already been hit by the closure of some government agencies. Paychecks, food stamps and other assistance could be held back if it drags on

Microplastic Pollution in Raritan River to Become Major Problem?

Tom Johnson | January 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Newly released study documents presence of nearly invisible plastic particles along stretch of river, particularly downstream of wastewater treatment plants

NJ Wants to Redirect Unspent Federal Aid to Help Last Sandy Victims Get Home

Colleen O'Dea | January 8, 2019 | Housing
State would use $50 million for people to finish rebuilding their damaged homes and another $10 to construct multi-family affordable units

All-Out Efforts to Block Rider’s Sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese

Carly Sitrin | January 8, 2019 | Education
Rider University’s move to sell ‘religious music college’ to company owned by Chinese government has triggered lawsuits, a faculty grievance, and worries about ‘destruction’ of an American college

Worrying Rise in Poisonings Related to Over-the-Counter Diarrhea Medicine

Lilo H. Stainton | January 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Some opioid users, in an attempt to prevent the pains of withdrawal, are risking death from massive overdoses of easily available medications

Dark Money Debate Embroils Murphy and Sweeney

NJTV News Online | January 8, 2019 | Politics
Controversy over organizations that can collect unlimited funds to promote political agendas without disclosing donors

NJ Towns Buck Marijuana Legalization

WNYC News | January 8, 2019 | Social
Dozens of municipalities have pre-emptively banned marijuana dispensaries. They’re concerned about ‘drugged driving,’ underage users, and other negative effects

The Latest Sign of Division in State Democratic Party

NJTV News Online | January 8, 2019 | Politics
Party chairmen around the state take sides in a show of support for proxies of Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney

Fracas in Jersey City Prisoner-Reentry Program Could Mean McGreevey's Job

NJTV News Online | January 8, 2019 | Politics
Former governor says he’s being forced out for dumping political ally of Mayor Fulop for taking kickbacks from convicts after helping them find work

Op-Ed: Support Legislation to Restrict Solitary Confinement in NJ Prisons

Tricia Idrobo | January 8, 2019 | Opinion
There are about 1,500 prisoners in isolated confinement at any given time in New Jersey jails or state prisons. Many allege they’re placed there for petty or arbitrary reasons


| January 8, 2019 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Try to Boost NJ’s Horseracing Industry with $100M in Subsidies

John Reitmeyer | January 7, 2019 | More Issues
There’s bipartisan support in Trenton for a measure one critic decries as ‘an insult to the taxpayers of New Jersey’

New Jersey’s Tough New Outdoor Smoking Ban Is Just Days Away

Lilo H. Stainton | January 7, 2019 | Healthcare
If you are caught lighting up a cigarette or vaping in a park or a forest, on the boardwalk or the beach, prepare to pay a big fine

Is Business Buying Into Murphy’s Clean-Energy Goals? Looks Like It

Tom Johnson | January 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
One company is doubling solar capacity at Warren County site, making it the second largest net-metered facility on the East Coast

The List: Assembly Races to Watch in 2019 as Dems Seek to Keep Control, Cement Gains

Colleen O'Dea | January 7, 2019 | The List
Grassroots groups had a big effect on the 2018 midterm elections. Will they have as much influence on this year’s Assembly elections even as Democrats try to cement their power in the lower house?

Newark's Dropping Crime Rate Is as Much About Perception as Reality

WNYC News | January 7, 2019 | Social
The city reported the lowest number of crimes in fifty years. Mayor Ras Baraka says these are numbers ‘that need to be touted’

Op-Ed: Murphy’s Plan for Tackling NJ’s Opioid Crisis Builds on Christie’s Work

Robert J. Budsock and Christine Baker | January 7, 2019 | Opinion
Funds are being allocated for evidenced-based practices and treatment regimens that have been proven to help promote long-term sobriety


| January 7, 2019 | Number of The Day

New Guidelines for Financing Solar Installations in NJ — But Few Details Yet

Tom Johnson | January 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Cautious optimism about the state’s proposal to overhaul program that has been faulted for costing ratepayers too much in subsidies

Progress Seen in Test of Paper-Trail voting Machines that Allow Audit of Results

Colleen O'Dea | January 4, 2019 | Politics
Review of midterm election offers assurance that electronic vote counts are reliable, but lawmakers show limited interest in deploying the technology statewide

For Stretched NJ Students, Help on the Way in Learning How to Manage Finances

John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2019 | Education
New Jersey’s college students are among the most debt-laden in the country. Financial literacy soon will be required in middle school

Massive Healthcare Systems Merger Seeks To Integrate Mental, Physical Care

Lilo H. Stainton | January 4, 2019 | Healthcare
The joining of Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic reflects an attempt to jettison a fragmented approach to the care of patients with multiple needs

Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs to Develop Wind Energy Projects Far Offshore

Eric Stiles and Catherine Bowes | January 4, 2019 | Opinion
The recent denial of a project only 2.8 nautical miles from Atlantic City was the right decision. The focus should be on developing projects well outside the sensitive coastal zone

Who Stands to Gain from Newly-Created Opportunity Zones in NJ?

NJTV News Online | January 4, 2019 | More Issues
A tax-incentive program to bring investment to economically distressed communities has boosters — and critics


| January 4, 2019 | Number of The Day

New Jersey’s Near-Term Economic Outlook: Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

John Reitmeyer | January 3, 2019 | Politics
Unemployment is at its lowest rate in almost 20 years, while salaries are climbing, but state revenue collections are a concern, and political infighting in Trenton could put a crimp in growth

Offshore-Wind Developers and Officials Won’t Reveal Key Details of Proposals

Tom Johnson | January 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
There’s a lot at stake for utility customers who may end up subsidizing projects to the tune of billions of dollars

Task Force Takes Aim at Public Health Benefit-Plan Managers

Lilo H. Stainton | January 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Group appointed by governor recommends ways state can save money while delivering better care for some 800,000 public employees

Opinion: Will Murphy and Legislative Leaders Find Ways to Agree in 2019?

Carl Golden | January 3, 2019 | Opinion
The holidays brought a lull in the pointed rhetoric between the governor and Democratic leadership. But the terrain ahead could be treacherous

Emergency Assistance for Poor Residents Who Had Been Cut Off Since Christie Years

Colleen O'Dea | January 3, 2019 | Social
New law gives up to five years of payments for housing, other needs. Gov. Phil Murphy says ‘more permanent solutions to this challenge’ are necessary


| January 3, 2019 | Number of The Day

Top Reports: Yet Another Wake-Up Call for This Region on Warming Climate

Tom Johnson | December 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Winter 2018
A new federal study details the environmental and economic damage that NJ and rest of northeastern U.S. can expect from effects of climate change

Top Reports: What a Major Audit Revealed About NJ Transit’s Deficiencies

John Reitmeyer | December 28, 2018 | Transportation, Winter 2018
Gov. Phil Murphy ordered a major review of the beleaguered agency. The results clarified the daunting challenges it faces

Top Reports: How Fair Is School Funding in NJ Compared to Other States?

John Mooney | December 27, 2018 | Education, Winter 2018
The answer, it seems, is fairer than most. Only Wyoming matches New Jersey on key criteria

Top Reports: Tracking New Jersey’s Progress on Population Health

Lilo H. Stainton | December 27, 2018 | Healthcare, Winter 2018
The Department of Health issued a voluminous but easy-to-digest report that evaluates New Jersey’s performance on more than 100 health indicators

Top Reports: Experts Say Big Cuts Needed to Make State Fiscally Stable

John Reitmeyer | December 26, 2018 | Budget, Winter 2018
Senate President Steve Sweeney convened a nonpartisan group to examine New Jersey’s ledgers. They prescribed some harsh medicine, including cuts to public worker benefits

Top Reports: New Jersey Is More Vulnerable than Most States to Climate Change

Tom Johnson | December 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Winter 2018
One scientific report says it’s up to us whether we respond to this threat ‘by implementing science-based, coordinated, and equitable solutions — or walk, eyes open, toward a crisis’

Top Reports: Tackling NJ’s Stubborn Housing Problems

Colleen O'Dea | December 24, 2018 | Housing, Winter 2018
The high price of housing is one reason it costs so much to live in New Jersey. The state has also been dogged by a high rate of foreclosures. What are the solutions?

As Pols Hail NJ Transit Reforms, Key Questions Lurk About Agency Funding

John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2018 | Transportation
New law increases size of the mass-transit agency board, adding members drawn from bus and train riders

Lessons from NJ Contribute to National Guide on Complex Health Challenges

Lilo H. Stainton | December 21, 2018 | Healthcare
An initiative out of Camden and other cities in New Jersey is being transformed into a countrywide program to improve care for some often difficult-to-treat patients

Assembly Passes Raft of Bills to Fight ‘Food Insecurity’ in Garden State

Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2018 | Social
Finding solutions for New Jerseyans who don’t have easy access to nutritious food, or even to enough food, was a priority for Speaker Coughlin

How to Address New Jersey’s Hidden Poverty: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

NJ Spotlight | December 21, 2018 | Social, Podcasts, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight and United Ways of New Jersey brought together top lawmakers and thought leaders to discuss ways to stem the growing tide of financial instability among working families

NJ Joins Lawsuit to Derail Offshore Oil Exploration

NJTV News Online | December 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Trenton joins in multistate effort to reverse Trump administration’s approval of seismic testing


| December 21, 2018 | Number of The Day

Murphy Sees It as a Year of Achievements, Anticipates Action on Key Priorities

John Reitmeyer | December 20, 2018 | Politics
Taking stock at the end of his first year in office, the governor brushes aside the problems, looks back with satisfaction and forward with anticipation

PSEG First to File for Subsidies to Keep Its Nuclear Plants Online

Tom Johnson | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If BPU approves filing, ratepayers could shell out $900 million over three years, but independent market monitor says units will operate in the black through 2021

State Takes New Direction, Pledging to End AIDS Epidemic in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | December 20, 2018 | Healthcare
Seven years is not much of a window, but administration and Department of Health say they can eliminate AIDS by 2025

Needy Firefighters Burned by Groups That Should Be Offering Financial Aid

Colleen O'Dea | December 20, 2018 | More Issues
State comptroller cites sloppy oversight, possible misuse of funds as reasons firefighters and their families are not collecting all the money they’re entitled to

Rejected for One Offshore-Wind Project, Company Rebounds with Bigger Plans

Tom Johnson | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
EDF Renewables announces joint venture for a project eight miles out from Atlantic City, aims to have it in operation by mid-2020s

Cape May County Launches New Tool to Help People Prepare for Tidal Flooding

WHYY News | December 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
GIS-based system will indicate potential arrival of floods, track water levels, and identify areas most likely to be hit


| December 20, 2018 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Nonplussed by Murphy Officials’ Answers on Handling of Brennan Case

John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2018 | Politics
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg finds some testimony ‘astounding’ in second day of hearings by select committee

State Rejects Atlantic City Offshore-Wind Project for Third Time — Too Pricey

Tom Johnson | December 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Nautilus official says ‘state is missing out’ as Board of Public Utilities gives thumbs-down to 25-megawatt wind farm

Senate Creates Commission to Study Ways of Preventing Wrongful Convictions

Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2018 | Social
Assembly has yet to take vote on bill that would give new body 18 months to report on securing justice for innocent people in state prisons

Governor Signs Education Measures — Special Focus on School Safety, Buses

Carly Sitrin | December 19, 2018 | Education
Lives lost in U.S. school shootings and New Jersey school bus tragedy prompt efforts to increase safeguards for students

Helping the Helpers: Advocates Want Task Force for Unpaid Caregivers

Lilo H. Stainton | December 19, 2018 | Healthcare
What’s needed to support family members and others who care for elderly or disabled loved ones?

NJ Joins Multi-State Plan to Curb Pollution from Trucks, Buses, Other Vehicles

Tom Johnson | December 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Regional initiative will include a cap on carbon emissions from the combustion of traditional transportation fuels


| December 19, 2018 | Number of The Day

Governor Vetoes Sweeney Plan on Health Benefits for County Colleges, Employees

John Reitmeyer | December 18, 2018 | Budget
This is the latest skirmish over employee benefits between the first-term Democratic governor and legislative leaders from his own party

Administration Sets Rules for NJ Rejoining Regional Initiative to Curb Pollution

Tom Johnson | December 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
There’s muted praise for proposed new cap on carbon emissions, as some environmental groups push for tougher restrictions

Keeping the Cash in Commerce: NJ Ponders Ban on ‘Cashless Stores’

Colleen O'Dea | December 18, 2018 | Politics
Lawmakers concerned that if stores only accept credit and debit cards they would discriminate against poor and elderly customers

Murphy Vetoes Move to Expedite Rebid of Public-Worker Pharma Contract

Lilo H. Stainton | December 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor’s take-it-slow approach to $6.7 billion contract once again puts him at odds with Democratic legislative leaders

Op-Ed: Superintendent Salary Cap Hasn’t Worked, So Let’s Scrap It

Elisabeth Ginsburg | December 18, 2018 | Opinion
Former Gov. Chris Christie imposed the cap as a cost-saving measure, but a recent study shows it has cost districts money and educational capital


| December 18, 2018 | Number of The Day

Democratic Leaders Cancel Vexed Redistricting Vote After Outcry — Now What?

Colleen O'Dea | December 17, 2018 | Politics
Bowing to a torrent of criticism, legislative leaders have gone back to the drawing board. Grassroots Democrats were among those outraged by the proposal

PennEast Now Faces Tough Scrutiny from DEP after Winning Court Battle

Jon Hurdle | December 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal judge grants eminent domain in New Jersey, but pipeline company must still meet many environmental standards

Bipartisan Bid to Help Small Businesses Avoid Trump Tax Hit

John Reitmeyer | December 17, 2018 | Budget
State lawmakers believe there’s a way to help small-business owners get around a Trump change to the federal tax code that hits them hard. It could benefit as many as 270,000 New Jerseyans

Access to Contraception, Abortion Not Easy for Some Women in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | December 17, 2018 | Healthcare
While services may exist on paper, new report concludes that reimbursement rates, transportation, other obstacles keep them out of reach for some

Op-Ed: NJ Needs Stormwater Utilities to Deal with Extreme Weather, Flooding

Ed Potosnak | December 17, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey, the most densely developed state in the country, is extremely vulnerable to the growing threat of severe weather and intense rainstorms

ICE Official Addresses Recent Enforcement, Removal Operations in NJ

NJTV News Online | December 17, 2018 | Immigration
He says recent arrests have nothing to do with Attorney General’s directive scaling back law enforcement’s cooperation with the agency

Newark Sued over Handling of Lead-Contaminated Water

NJTV News Online | December 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Natural Resources Defense Council asks federal judge to force the city to immediately give water filters to East Ward residents


| December 17, 2018 | Number of The Day

Controversial Redistricting Plan Meets A Chorus of Critics in Trenton

Colleen O'Dea | December 14, 2018 | Politics
At simultaneous State House hearings, not one of 100 who either testified or signed up to speak favored the proposal, which they derided as ‘undemocratic’

No Backing Down: Dems Make Full-Throated Defense of Their Redistricting

John Reitmeyer | December 14, 2018 | Politics
Sponsors aggrieved by suggestions their plan opens the door to gerrymandering. One accuses opponents of ‘dishonest rhetoric’

Troubled Newark Hospital Selects Current Monitor As Acting President And CEO

Lilo H. Stainton | December 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Judy Persichilli, an executive with a national hospital system, had just issued her report, identifying deep-seated problems with leadership, communications and long-term planning

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Housing Development in Sensitive Area of Highlands

Tom Johnson | December 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists ‘extremely disappointed,’ want Murphy administration to try to acquire the land before it can be developed

Rain Gardens in NJ: Small Projects Help Alleviate Stormwater Problems

Jon Hurdle | December 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
It will take billions to bring New Jersey’s water infrastructure up to standard. In the meantime, clean-water activists are helping communities make small changes to mitigate stormwater damage

Op-Ed: It Would Be a Mistake to Make Brick-and-Mortar Retailers in NJ Accept Cash

Michael Mandel | December 14, 2018 | Opinion
It would be better to go cashless, while creating new low-cost banking options for poor residents

After Spike in Deaths, New Jersey Looks to Prevent Suicides in Jails

WNYC News | December 14, 2018 | Social
By one count, Garden State had the highest rate of deaths in custody of any large jail system in the United States

Two Days Left to Sign Up for 2019 Coverage Under ACA

NJTV News Online | December 14, 2018 | Healthcare
The number of enrollees in New Jersey so far this year is down significantly over the same period in 2018, a trend that is matched across the country


| December 14, 2018 | Number of The Day

Decrying It as ‘Policing for Profit,’ Critics Want Reform of NJ’s Civil Asset Forfeiture

Carly Sitrin | December 13, 2018 | Social
Cash, cars, boats, guns, big stuff, small stuff: Detractors say it’s all fair game for law enforcement in New Jersey even if the owners are never charged with a crime

Scramble for Funds as More Money Allotted to Preserve Open Space, Farmland in NJ

Tom Johnson | December 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Interest groups are jockeying over how $155 million will be divided, with some concerned the Blue Acres program, which buys up flood-prone properties, might lose out

New Jersey’s Drinking Water: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

NJ Spotlight | December 13, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
New Jersey has led efforts to keep PFAS, a class of toxic chemicals, out of our drinking water. Experts at an NJ Spotlight Roundtable discussed the emergence of substitutes that may be just as hazardous to human health

Could Advisory Board Help NJ Avoid Last-Minute Budget Shortfalls?

John Reitmeyer | December 13, 2018 | Budget
Lawmakers are hoping to implement consensus forecasting to keep state on even financial keel, but governor would still be only one who could certify state revenues

Challenge for NJ Cities: Gentrify Without Driving Out Less-Affluent Residents

Colleen O'Dea | December 13, 2018 | Housing, Planning
Newly minted report advises local and state officials on how to attract new residents and businesses without decimating older communities

Op-Ed: Constitutional Amendment to Alter Redistricting Rules a Setback

Ingrid W. Reed | December 13, 2018 | Opinion
Approving this hastily written, poorly thought out amendment will add to widespread voter cynicism and distrust of elected representatives

Expungement Debate Threatens to Delay Marijuana Legalization

NJTV News Online | December 13, 2018 | Social
The bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey does not go far enough for some people, especially in expunging the criminal convictions of small-time dealers

Warehouse Workers Rally for Better Conditions

NJTV News Online | December 13, 2018 | More Issues
A new report says workers in warehouses face constant pressure to meet the demands of faster delivery in unsafe environments


| December 13, 2018 | Number of The Day

Opposition Lines Up as NJ Dems Keep Going with Vexed Redistricting Measure

Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2018 | Politics
A controversial proposal by Democratic leaders to change how legislative districts are drawn has alarmed Republicans and good-government groups alike. But the Democrats are pressing on this week

Warnings that Trump Change to Clean Water Act Would Be Bad for NJ Rivers

Tom Johnson | December 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would revise Obama rule that extended protections to small streams, wetlands and intermittent waterways

South Jersey Lawmaker Seeks to Stem Gun Violence with ER Programs

Lilo H. Stainton | December 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Trying to break a cycle where nearly half of hospital trauma admissions in U.S. involve repeat victims of violence

Money and Mail-In Ballots — Final Numbers Tell the Story of NJ’s Midterm Elections

Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
November’s elections didn’t just give Democrats almost a clean sweep of the state’s congressional delegation. They broke records for spending and for the number of ballots cast by mail

Murphy, Top Dems to Talk Tomorrow on New $15 Minimum Wage Proposal

John Reitmeyer | December 12, 2018 | Budget
Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic leaders remain divided over key issues, including the number of workers who’d have to wait longer for the increase

Op-Ed: Improving End-of-Life Care Should Be a Priority for New Jersey

Michael Maron | December 12, 2018 | Opinion
Helping patients who are coming toward the end of their lives is one of the state’s most important healthcare issue


| December 12, 2018 | Number of The Day

Revised Draft of NJ Transit Reform Bill on Track, Ready for Murphy to Green-Light

John Reitmeyer | December 11, 2018 | Transportation
Updated measure addresses issues raised by administration’s in-depth audit of agency, seats commuters on governing board, mandates public hearings before fare hikes can be made, adds ‘customer advocate’

State Monitor Identifies Major Leadership, Planning Problems at Newark Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | December 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Troubling findings on operations, finances, quality of care at state’s only public acute-care facility

NJ Efforts to Roll Out Zero-Emission Vehicles Taking Back Seat to Other Initiatives?

Tom Johnson | December 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Advocates argue that electrifying transportation sector would save money for drivers and other consumers, but Rate Counsel wants to put on the brakes, citing steep subsidies

Judge Grants First Eminent Domain Case to PennEast in Pennsylvania

Jon Hurdle | December 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Company says ruling will allow it to complete surveys. New Jersey landowners await ruling from different judge

Interactive Map: Internet and Computer Access Across NJ Reflects a Digital Divide

Colleen O'Dea | December 11, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, internet connections — poorer New Jerseyans are less likely to have them than better-off residents

Op-Ed: The Time Has Come for The Garden State to Stand Up for Farmworkers

Craig Garcia and Manuel Guzman | December 11, 2018 | Opinion
Farmworkers don’t have a seat at the table; witness their proposed exclusion from a $15 minimum wage

This New Jersey Immigrant's Struggle to Attend College

WNYC News | December 11, 2018 | Immigration
Last May, New Jersey gave undocumented immigrants access to state financial aid for college. Although some like Gloria Rodriguez are benefiting, the law has had a bumpy roll-out


| December 11, 2018 | Number of The Day

Murphy Officials Undo Christie’s Septic-Tank Density Rule for Highlands

Tom Johnson | December 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Activists, who had strongly resisted former governor’s easing of environmental standards, welcome move but wonder about provision for further evaluation

Could Doulas Help to Reduce Racial Disparities in NJ’s Maternity Care?

Lilo H. Stainton | December 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Recalling their own experiences, lawmakers get personal, underlining the significant differences in how women of different racial backgrounds can experience childbirth in New Jersey

No 401(k)? NJ Lawmakers Try to Give Private-Sector Workers Another Way to Save

John Reitmeyer | December 10, 2018 | Budget
For people working in companies that don’t offer retirement accounts, legislators want to set up a pathway to building a nest egg

New Chemical Substitutes Threaten to Undermine NJ’s Cutting-Edge Rules on PFAS

Jon Hurdle | December 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Manufacturers have responded to increasing regulation by introducing chemical alternatives that have not been fully vetted, scientists tell NJ Spotlight roundtable

Op-Ed: Governor, Lawmakers Should Prioritize Spending on Infrastructure

Mark Longo | December 10, 2018 | Opinion
There would be a big economic payoff from investing in energy systems, power generation, water infrastructure


| December 10, 2018 | Number of The Day

NJ Businesses Mixed on 2019; $15 Minimum Wage A Concern as Bill Is Unveiled

John Reitmeyer | December 7, 2018 | Budget
As a key lawmaker releases a new wage bill, companies report that business in New Jersey is going well but they say not well enough for a much higher mandatory wage

‘Fed Up’ Rutgers Faculty Protest Slow Contract Talks, Threaten to Strike

Carly Sitrin | December 7, 2018 | Education
Hundreds of faculty union members picketed meeting of university’s board of governors, frustrated with stagnant wages and months of fruitless bargaining

NJ Sues Polluters of Low-Income Communities, Wants ‘Environmental Justice’

Jon Hurdle | December 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
AG Grewal charges companies with discharging waste water containing nickel and chrome, illegally dumping thousands of tons of contaminated material, and failing to clean up hazardous leaks

CEO To Step Down from Embattled Public Hospital in Newark

Lilo H. Stainton | December 7, 2018 | Healthcare
The board of University Hospital had earlier this year awarded a new contract to CEO John Kastanis, under which he was making $900K

Murphy Urged to Expand Participation in Wind-Power Initiative

Tom Johnson | December 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Business and environmental groups say it would be a costly mistake to allow the same companies that generate power offshore to have a lock on its transmission to the rest of the grid

Op-Ed: Nine Years after Nor’Ida, NJ Still Needs Flood Insurance Reform

Steve Ellis | December 7, 2018 | Opinion
Recent storms prove it is not only homes near coastal areas and rivers that are threatened by flooding

Newark Forms Commission to Fight Gentrification

WNYC News | December 7, 2018 | Planning
Mayor Ras Baraka wants to make sure that poor and working-class residents are not displaced as the city tries to attract a middle class

A South Jersey Farm Town with a Hidden History

WNYC News | December 7, 2018 | Social
Japanese-Americans from around the country travel to Seabrook, a place that welcomed their forebears who were interned during World War II


| December 7, 2018 | Number of The Day

Governor Promises Things Will Be Much Better at NJ Transit in 2019

John Reitmeyer | December 6, 2018 | Transportation
Murphy says 2018 was spent ‘reversing years of negligence’ as he announces initiatives to improve the ‘customer experience’

Dems’ Decision to Push Ahead with Redistricting Bill Has Blue Base Fighting Mad

Colleen O'Dea | December 6, 2018 | Politics
Proposed constitutional amendment would change the way legislative districts are redrawn, giving ‘party bosses’ power to appoint members of redistricting committee

Enviros Turn Up Heat on Governor to Stop Fossil Fuel Developments in New Jersey

Tom Johnson | December 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dozens of groups, critical of Murphy for not reversing Christie policies, join campaign calling for moratorium on new power plants and pipelines

Garden State Lawmakers Want to Bring Clinical Drug Trials Home

Lilo H. Stainton | December 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Bill calls for working group to help bridge gaps between pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, and healthcare providers

Op-Ed: Let’s Help Charter Schools Continue to Thrive

Harold Lee | December 6, 2018 | Opinion
As the Department of Education carries out a review of New Jersey’s charter schools, it should note the tremendous public support for them. It’s time for officials to match that support

Murphy Maintains Timeline for When He Learned About Brennan Rape Case

NJTV News Online | December 6, 2018 | Politics
At press conference, governor pledges he will cooperate with legislative investigation

All-Around Opposition in NJ to Seismic Testing for Offshore Oil and Gas

NJTV News Online | December 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
While New Jersey is not the immediate target, there’s concern that Trump approval of controversial process could open the door to offshore drilling in the region


| December 6, 2018 | Number of The Day

‘Terrified’ Staffer: Murphy’s Team Did Not Take Allegation of Rape Seriously Enough

John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2018 | Politics
Testifying before a special legislative committee in Trenton, Katie Brennan says she went public only after having been paid little attention by members of the administration

Why Are Unknown Number of Sexual-Assault Exam Kits Going Untested in NJ?

Colleen O'Dea | December 5, 2018 | Social
Up to 1,500 kits are collected in New Jersey every year. Fears of a testing backlog due to lack of manpower or funding appear to be unfounded but lawmakers want to make sure

NJ Begins Strategic Planning for Murphy’s Offshore-Wind Goals

Tom Johnson | December 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Plan is in the works but hopes of quick results probably are optimistic given the time it will take to build a supply chain and infrastructure

State, National, Enrollment in ACA Marketplace Down Over Last Year

Lilo H. Stainton | December 5, 2018 | Healthcare
As Trump targets Obamacare, fewer New Jerseyans are signing up for health insurance on the federal marketplace despite price cuts and push by Trenton to bolster enrollments. In other states, it’s worse

Educators to Trenton: Go Back to School on School Monitoring System

Carly Sitrin | December 5, 2018 | Education
State DOE officials get an earful on the administrative burden imposed by a system designed to provide oversight and accountability in public schools


| December 5, 2018 | Number of The Day

Campaign Ramps Up to Let Undocumented Immigrants Drive Legally in NJ

Hank Kalet | December 4, 2018 | Immigration
With a supportive governor in office, new focus on legislation that went nowhere for years. No Republican enthusiasm evident

Senate Hearing Highlights Challenges of Infection Control in Hospital Facilities

Lilo H. Stainton | December 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Representatives of locations affected by viral and bacterial outbreaks are no-shows. Sen. Richard Codey suggests seeking subpoena power to force their attendance

Take a Deep Breath, Is New Jersey Poised to Cut Back on CO2 Pollution?

Tom Johnson | December 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers consider bill that would clamp down on short-term pollutants like methane, but could charge state DEP to restrict CO2 pollution, most of which stems from transportation sector

Move to Improve Work on NJ’s Transportation Infrastructure

John Reitmeyer | December 4, 2018 | Transportation
Bipartisan effort aims to make operation of state Transportation Trust Fund more efficient, cut delays in planning and bidding

Assembly Bills Reflect State’s Slow Recovery from Superstorm Sandy

Colleen O'Dea | December 4, 2018 | Politics
Legislation would help homeowners defrauded by contractors or plagued by black mold; survey impacts on tourism; break out storm-related costs to government; and plan for next natural disaster

Murphy on Looming ACA Enrollment Deadline: Get Out and Get Coverage

NJTV News Online | December 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Speaking at library in Elizabeth, governor also fields questions about sexual assault investigation, Honeywell’s decision to move execs to North Carolina


| December 4, 2018 | Number of The Day

Making Housing the Priority for Homeless People in NJ — over Treatment or Sobriety

Lilo H. Stainton | December 3, 2018 | Healthcare
The ‘housing first’ model of treating homeless people in a ‘humanistic and holistic way’ is gaining ground in the Garden State as elsewhere in the country

Small Businesses Get the Love from NJ After Years of Tax Breaks for the Big Guys

John Reitmeyer | December 3, 2018 | Budget
Murphy administration changes state’s economic-development focus. A new loan program, other supports on offer after years of billions of dollars in sweeteners for big companies

Pumping Up State Spending on Open Space, Land Preservation, Parks

Tom Johnson | December 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Extra funding to help acquire open space and to deal with ‘massive backlogs’ in park maintenance after logjam between Christie administration and legislators

Judge Rules DOJ Can’t Force Local Law Enforcement to Help ICE

Colleen O'Dea | December 3, 2018 | Immigration
Decision clears way for New Jersey to receive blocked funds. NJ had joined lawsuit saying that conditions sought by Department of Justice were unconstitutional

Op-Ed: It’s Time to Rethink How We Move People and Goods Around New Jersey

Jeff Perkins | December 3, 2018 | Opinion
A clean transportation system would have benefits for the state’s public health and economy. It would also create investment opportunities

Olive Branch or Stick? — Sweeney Calls on Murphy to ‘Get in a Room’ and Talk

NJTV News Online | December 3, 2018 | Politics
New Jersey’s Democratic leaders are at odds over landmark legislative issues. When will they talk things out?

Canine Detectives Doggedly Inspect the Water Quality

NJTV News Online | December 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Kai and Remi are working to sniff out evidence of human fecal pollution in the Navesink River


| December 3, 2018 | Number of The Day

Grewal Announces New Rules for How NJ Law Enforcement Will Deal with ICE

Colleen O'Dea | November 30, 2018 | Immigration
Attorney General limits cooperation with federal efforts to detain, deport undocumented residents

‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Chance to Make New Jersey Capital of Offshore Wind?

Tom Johnson | November 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Big tax credits being readied for developers, but state put on alert that huge investments necessary to enable ports to handle massive turbines, other equipment

Opinion: Murphy-Sweeney Tensions Put Damper on Dems’ Progressive Agenda

Carl Golden | November 30, 2018 | Opinion
Victory was sweet for Democrats when Phil Murphy easily won election a year ago. But rancor between the governor and Senate President Steve Sweeney threatens to splinter the party

Former Workers Press Beef About Toys ‘R’ Us Creditor with State Pension Council

John Reitmeyer | November 30, 2018 | More Issues
Idled workers say a hedge fund that holds $300 million in state pension assets is not participating in a vital severance relief package

Opioids: Unique NJ Study of Genetic and Other Links to Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | November 30, 2018 | Healthcare
Trying to better understand the scourge and help identify new prevention strategies as more than 3,000 opioid-related deaths anticipated in New Jersey this year

National Labor Leader Irate over Kean University’s New China Strategy

Carly Sitrin | November 30, 2018 | Education
‘How dare we let it happen right under our eyes,’ says AFT president Randi Weingarten, referring to transfer of faculty at Kean’s Wenzhou outpost to Chinese government employment

For New Jersey Jails, Suicides and Overdoses, but Little Oversight

WNYC News | November 30, 2018 | Social
By one count, New Jersey's county jails have the highest rate of deaths in custody of the 30 largest systems in the nation

Trying to Tackle Hunger in Garden State with Legislation

NJTV News Online | November 30, 2018 | Politics
State officials estimate that 13 percent of New Jersey residents are affected by ‘food insecurity’

Officials, Developers See Signs Tide Is Turning in Atlantic City

NJTV News Online | November 30, 2018 | More Issues
Modeling the metamorphosis of the state’s one-time gambling mecca on successes elsewhere along the Jersey Shore


| November 30, 2018 | Number of The Day

Three of NJ’s Rookie House Members Buck Other Dems Over Choice of Pelosi

Colleen O'Dea | November 29, 2018 | Politics
Mikie Sherrill, Jeff Van Drew, and Andrew Kim, who all flipped seats held by the GOP, are among a minority who oppose current House minority leader for Speaker’s slot

Lawmakers Mull Blockchain Study As Way to Upgrade Public Data Systems

John Reitmeyer | November 29, 2018 | More Issues
Task force would explore how the technology behind Bitcoin could be tapped to upgrade New Jersey's notoriously out-of-date systems.

Healthcare Issues Drove Voters in November, Stand to Shape New Congress

Lilo H. Stainton | November 29, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jersey’s blue wave — and its national counterpart — turns the tide on Trump administration’s attempts to undermine ACA

Poll: Is Marijuana Measure Good to Go or Does It Need To Be Tweaked?

| November 29, 2018 | Polling
Now that we’ve all had a good laugh about the joint committee on marijuana legalization, we want to know what you think is right — or wrong — with the legislation

Op-Ed: #MeToo Movement Meets Maternity Care

Jill Wodnick | November 29, 2018 | Opinion
It's critical to listen to women in every aspect of their lives, and there are few times more important than when maternal healthcare is the issue

Crime Rates Plunge in New Jersey, and Bail Reform Advocates Are Gloating

WNYC News Online | November 29, 2018 | Social
Doing away with cash bail in most cases has definitely not led to the spike in crime naysayers warned was coming

75 Gather in Morris for Training Session on School Shootings

NJTV News Online | November 29, 2018 | Education
Similar programs, focusing on prevention, will be held next month in other counties, including Bergen and Middlesex

Cold Snap Puts Sea Turtles at Risk of Washing Up on NJ Beaches

WHYY News | November 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Experts ask beachcombers to contact them if they spot any turtles, since some may be not dead but ‘cold-stunned’


| November 29, 2018 | Number of The Day

University Hospital Newark Faces New Scrutiny Following Infant Deaths

Lilo H. Stainton | November 28, 2018 | Healthcare
Four premature babies in the facility’s NICU became infected with an anitibiotic-resistant bacterium; three died, including two during the week of Thanksgiving

Are There Lessons in History — and Tammany Hall — for Stalled Gateway Project?

John Reitmeyer | November 28, 2018 | Transportation
Key parts of the Hudson River rail network went into service 108 years ago yesterday. The history could be instructive for those who are trying to renew the crumbling infrastructure

Smith Aims to Get State on Faster Track to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tom Johnson | November 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State lawmaker seeks to put the squeeze on Murphy administration to deliver on ambitious goal of lowering carbon pollution

Grewal Issues New Rules for How Law Enforcement Handles Sexual-Assault Cases

Colleen O'Dea | November 28, 2018 | Social
Governor had asked for a review of existing protocols amid controversy over the hiring of a key official accused of sexual assault by another administration official

Jobs the Focus as Governor Launches High School STEM Program

NJTV News Online | November 28, 2018 | Education
‘It’s STEM on steroids,’ says mayor whose city will be one of the first to benefit from the initiative

Helping Minority Entrepreneurs Get in On Marijuana Business

NJTV News Online | November 28, 2018 | More Issues
Recreational marijuana is expected to be a multi-million-dollar industry in New Jersey; Newark hosts a seminar to help minorities get involved

Newark Continues to Wrestle with Charter-School Issues

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | November 28, 2018 | Education
As New Jersey takes a close look at charter schools, Newark’s large charter sector inspires passion — both for and against

With BPU Approval, Nautilus Will Lay Foundation for New Jersey Offshore Wind Industry

Paul J. Gallagher Sr. | November 28, 2018 | Sponsored Content
Setting the industry in motion with a small-scale project would provide the Garden State with an ideal training ground for later — larger — clean-energy developments


| November 28, 2018 | Number of The Day

Complaints and Confusion as Recreational Marijuana Bill Goes to Full Senate

Colleen O'Dea | November 27, 2018 | Social
Passage is far from certain since even some lawmakers who voted measure out of joint committee indicate they’re not ready to say ‘yes’ in December legislative session

Democrats Push Controversial Redistricting Overhaul, Critics Push Back

John Reitmeyer | November 27, 2018 | Politics
Despite serious criticism, Democrats in state Senate press on with a contentious proposal to change the way legislative districts are redrawn

Lawmakers Advance Revised Medical Marijuana Bill to Further Expand Program

Lilo H. Stainton | November 27, 2018 | Healthcare
Measure would let advanced practice nurses, physicians assistants write prescriptions, honors young cancer patient whose last months were eased by cannabis

Lawmakers Tap $160M in Pollution Damages to Restore Habitats

Tom Johnson | November 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Money from ExxonMobil case would be part of allotment for several restoration projects, but environmentalists concerned that funds are not properly targeted

Bills Aimed at Curbing Sexual Abuse in Schools Progress in State Assembly

NJTV News Online | November 27, 2018 | Education
‘We need to stop these predators,’ says Assemblywoman who has been at forefront of legislative efforts

Murphy Wants to Give Low-Wage Workers a Holiday Gift: $15 Minimum Wage

NJTV News Online | November 27, 2018 | Politics
Governor has backing of Democratic lawmakers to goose hourly minimum in 2018’s last legislative session

Podcasts: Play Them Again

| November 27, 2018 | Podcasts
Catch up with NJ Spotlight events by listening to them on your favorite podcast apps


| November 27, 2018 | Number of The Day

The A to Z of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in NJ — Any Day Now

Carly Sitrin | November 26, 2018 | Social
The state Legislature is set today to take up, and possibly vote on, a comprehensive bill that would make recreational use of cannabis by adults legal in the Garden State

Federal Report on Climate Change Has Grim Warnings for New Jersey

Tom Johnson | November 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
There’s no sugarcoating the conclusions of major document. It underlines threats to health and well-being in the Northeast

How End-of-Life Care in New Jersey Could be Greatly Improved

Lilo H. Stainton | November 26, 2018 | Healthcare
State council reports on the many ways in which life could be made more comfortable for New Jerseyans in their final days

New Jersey, Worst of All the States for Spending More Money than It Raises

John Reitmeyer | November 26, 2018 | Budget
When it comes to maintaining fiscal balance, the Garden State places dead last. Only Illinois comes close to such a poor record

The List: Top Ten Highest-Paid Public School Employees in New Jersey

Colleen O'Dea | November 26, 2018 | The List
The Garden State’s governor has a salary of $175,000. Almost 400 public school employees earned more last year, some of them a lot more


| November 26, 2018 | Number of The Day

NJ Lawmakers Plan to Vote on Long-Awaited Changes to Marijuana Policies

Lilo H. Stainton | November 21, 2018 | Healthcare
Recreational use on agenda, along with significant expansion of state’s medicinal cannabis program

Interactive Map: Teacher Salaries Grew More Last Year than in a Long Time

Colleen O'Dea | November 21, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Average salaries for NJ public school teachers increased by just over 2 percent. Administrators saw somewhat bigger gains

Quirky and Convoluted: Business as Usual for State’s Homestead Tax Relief

John Reitmeyer | November 21, 2018 | Budget
Residents looking to popular program for pain relief from high taxes on their homes may want to skip the fine print and get to the bottom line — applications must be submitted by November 30

Unsafe at Any Speed: How NJ’s Unscrupulous Used-Car Dealers Hurt Consumers

Carly Sitrin | November 21, 2018 | Social
Hiding behind legislative loopholes in the tristate area, multidealer locations get away with scams and fraud and sometimes far worse

Sports Wagering Is Taking a Bite out of Black-Market Betting in NJ

NJTV News Online | November 21, 2018 | Social
Legal sports betting in New Jersey is going like gangbusters since the first bet was placed in June. The newest location opened yesterday

Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Clerics Want Statute of Limitations Removed

NJTV News Online | November 21, 2018 | More Issues
The Catholic Church has announced a compensation and counseling program for victims of clerical sexual abuse in New Jersey, but survivors want lawmakers to help

Calls for Ouster of Trenton Superintendent over School Security Problems

NJTV News Online | November 21, 2018 | Education
City police officers patrol Trenton schools after private guards walk out in dispute involving school district and two private security firms


| November 21, 2018 | Number of The Day

BPU Comes Up with Game Plan for Deciding if Nuclear Plants Qualify for Subsidies

Tom Johnson | November 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board also opts to give Rate Counsel and PJM monitor access to operator’s confidential financial data indicating if nuclear plants running in the red or the black

One-Stop System to Give NJ Seniors, Disabled Access to Medical, Other Programs

Lilo H. Stainton | November 20, 2018 | Healthcare
There’s now a single online entryway through which New Jersey seniors and disabled residents can sign up for public programs in one go. It’s called NJSave

Pascrell, Gottheimer Pledge to Work on Restoring SALT Deduction

John Reitmeyer | November 20, 2018 | Politics
Congressmen say it’s no accident that Republicans ‘got shellacked’ in midterm elections nationwide in districts hit hard by GOP cap on federal tax deduction

Lucky 13 — Some School Districts to Get Aid Restored After Budget Cuts

John Mooney | November 20, 2018 | Education
That leaves the out-of-luck 35, whose applications for more than $20 million all told were turned down by New Jersey Department of Education

Op-Ed: 5G Technology Vital for the Economy and for Emergency Communications

Richard Mroz | November 20, 2018 | Opinion
Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint will allow for rapid deployment of next generation of wireless technology, enabling major advances

Newarkers Demand Details of District-Charter Enrollment Deal

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | November 20, 2018 | Education
At a hastily arranged meeting, the Newark school board OK’d a legal agreement that affects thousands of families. Few people have had access to the document


| November 20, 2018 | Number of The Day

State Is Counting on Tax Amnesty to Raise at Least $200 Million

John Reitmeyer | November 19, 2018 | Budget
We’ll soon find out if lawmakers were right that tax delinquents could be cajoled into paying up. If they’re wrong, the budget probably will need to be adjusted

Court Rules Against Bid to Open State Lands to Black Bear Hunt

Tom Johnson | November 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Murphy administration’s prohibition holds for now. Sporting groups pledge to continue their fight to overturn it

New Precautions Ordered Following 11th Death in Wanaque Viral Outbreak

Lilo H. Stainton | November 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Department of Health threatens to impose monetary penalties if reforms aren’t undertaken immediately

State Official Scrutinizes Payroll Switch for Faculty at Kean U Outpost in China

Colleen O'Dea | November 19, 2018 | Education
Secretary of Higher Education delves into controversy that has alarmed faculty. Union president says professors worry they will be under ‘control of the Chinese government’

Opinion: Major Investments, Far Better Planning Needed to Clean Up Water in NJ

Daniel J. Van Abs | November 19, 2018 | Opinion
Cleaning New Jersey’s groundwater and surface water will require major investments in infrastructure along with an overhaul of state planning


| November 19, 2018 | Number of The Day

Chinese Government to Control Kean U Faculty in Wenzhou? Union Up in Arms

Colleen O'Dea | November 16, 2018 | Education
Kean University president downplays change as Kean’s faculty union and some legislators question its financial and political implications

Good News Grows Over Time for ACA Marketplace Consumers in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | November 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Garden State premium costs for 2019 rank among least expensive compared with the rest of the nation

Murphy’s Speech Recounts Policy Achievements in First Year in Office

John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2018 | Politics
Strong economy, shrinking jobless rate, emphasis on civil discourse all ticked off as governor delivers keynote at state League of Municipalities’ convention, but affordable housing gets short shrift

Highlands Council’s New Head Seeks More Local Support For Regional Plan

Jon Hurdle | November 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lisa Plevin is trying to sway leaders of more than 20 municipalities to sign on to the effort to preserve the environmentally sensitive hill country

Teachers Sue State, NJEA for Allegedly Violating Supreme Court Ruling on Union Dues

NJTV News Online | November 16, 2018 | Education
Two Ocean Township teachers file federal class action suit, want to be able to opt out more easily

Op-Ed: Justice O’Connor’s Revelation Sets an Example for Those Facing Dementia

Karen Lindgren | November 16, 2018 | Opinion
Honest conversation can remove the stigma and fear surrounding a diagnosis, and allow those facing it and their loved ones to start planning for the future, with support


| November 16, 2018 | Number of The Day

If Sweeney Wants to Legalize Pot, He’ll Need NJ’s Mayors in His Corner

Carly Sitrin | November 15, 2018 | Politics
At League of Municipalities conference, it’s clear that getting votes for tokes is going to take more than just lining up legislators

Who Can Solve New Jersey’s Affordable-Housing Conundrum?

John Reitmeyer | November 15, 2018 | Politics, Housing
Gov. Murphy hasn’t made affordable housing a priority, but he’s giving the closing keynote at the League of Municipalities annual conference, and local leaders — among others — are looking for guidance

State Directs Money from Tobacco Tax to Fight Teen Vaping ‘Epidemic’

Lilo H. Stainton | November 15, 2018 | Healthcare
NJ tries to curb rising use of flavored e-cigarettes among youngsters as FDA cracks down on manufacturers at national level

EPA Pledges to Clamp Down on Pollution from Heavy Trucks

Tom Johnson | November 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency promises new standard for emissions of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that’s a big issue in a corridor state like New Jersey

New Jersey’s Offshore-Wind Initiatives: Right Place, Right Time

NJ Spotlight | November 15, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
At an NJ Spotlight roundtable, offshore-wind advocates suggest ways Garden State could soon start to produce clean energy off the coast

New Jersey’s Recidivism Rate Plummets 19 Percent over Past Six Years

Colleen O'Dea | November 15, 2018 | Social
Among factors driving the drop: more residential and community-based programs to help parolees stay on track and make the transition back to life outside prison

Op-Ed: Higher Minimum Wage, Apprenticeships Are Keys to American Dream in NJ

Demelza Baer | November 15, 2018 | Opinion
We must expand opportunities for people to get jobs that pay a living wage without incurring substantial amounts of debt

Andy Kim Declared Winner in CD-3, Tom MacArthur Concedes

NJ Spotlight | November 15, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Associated Press calls race for Democratic challenger in South Jersey’s hotly contested election

A Mother Mourns Child Who Died in Adenovirus Outbreak

NJTV News Online | November 15, 2018 | Healthcare
Modeline Auguste’s four-year-old daughter Dorcase was the first child to die in the outbreak at the Wanaque Center


| November 15, 2018 | Number of The Day

State Sues J&J Subsidiary Alleging Improper Opioid Marketing, Distribution

Lilo H. Stainton | November 14, 2018 | Healthcare
Attorney General says Janssen targeted elderly, downplayed dangers, put people at risk. Company says it acted appropriately and responsibly

Local Law Enforcement to Get New Guidance on ICE Detainer Requests

Colleen O'Dea | November 14, 2018 | Immigration
Amid steep increase in detentions of undocumented immigrants, advocates say NJ’s existing protocol is inadequate in Trump era of heightened enforcement efforts

Despite Sandy, Building in Risky Flood Zones Continues Unabated

Tom Johnson | November 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Report questions how seriously policymakers and officials have taken the threat from climate change. Advocate suggests that decision was made to stay put and ‘live with the risk’

Major South Jersey Employer to Start Paying $15 Minimum Wage in 2019

John Reitmeyer | November 14, 2018 | Budget
Cooper University Health Care’s new pay rate will benefit hundreds of Camden residents. Chairman George Norcross suggests other healthcare companies should follow Cooper’s lead

Opinion: Free or Reduced-Cost Health Insurance for a Limited Time Only

Joel C. Cantor | November 14, 2018 | Opinion
It may be tough to get much closer to universal health coverage in New Jersey, but targeted outreach can pay off


| November 14, 2018 | Number of The Day

Pressing to Improve NJ’s Maternal, Infant Health and Reduce Racial Disparities

Lilo H. Stainton | November 13, 2018 | Healthcare
A multipronged approach to addressing New Jersey’s worrisome maternal mortality rate is underway

With Amazon HQ2 Not Likely to Land in Newark, Talk Turns to Taxes, Incentives

John Reitmeyer | November 13, 2018 | Politics
Murphy and legislative leaders say just making list of finalists has been a boon to state’s largest city, which is being positioned as a high-tech hub

New Jersey in Right Place to Reap Benefits of Emerging Offshore-Wind Sector

Tom Johnson | November 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight offshore-wind roundtable, advocates help chart a path to administration’s aggressive goal — 3,500 megawatts of capacity by 2030

NJ’s New Congressional Delegation: Younger, Greener, Not as Wealthy

Colleen O'Dea | November 13, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The Garden State’s new representatives are very different from those they are replacing

Op-Ed: It’s Time to Add Value To New Jersey Teacher Evaluations

John Kellmayer | November 13, 2018 | Opinion
The current system of evaluating teachers in the Garden State all but ignores an extremely important, if controversial, tool

Booker Wants to Extend GI Bill Benefits for Student-Veterans

NJTV News Online | November 13, 2018 | Education
Measure would roll back a recent penalty on career military with more than 16 years of services

Proposed Natural Gas Compressor Station Puts Enviros, Union at Odds

NJTV News Online | November 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lines are drawn in Franklin Township clash over preventing pollution, creating jobs


| November 13, 2018 | Number of The Day

Highlighting Women as Engineers of NJ’s Blue Wave

Carly Sitrin | November 9, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Members of grassroots groups highlight the thousands of hours of groundwork and advocacy they contributed to help flip congressional seats, say the work will go on

Tensions as Lawmakers Launch Special Investigation of Murphy Hiring Practices

John Reitmeyer | November 9, 2018 | Politics
Woman at center of sexual-assault allegation expected to testify early next month. Murphy official criticizes ‘leak’ of information

The Devil Is in the Details of Community Solar Plan

Tom Johnson | November 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Developers want state subsidies but not everybody agrees with that. And activists say low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans should get discounts on their bills

Murphy Signs Law Banning ‘Ghost Guns’ In Latest Effort to Control Firearms in NJ

Colleen O'Dea | November 9, 2018 | Social
Prohibition on homemade, 3D-printed and other ‘ghost guns’ is latest step in governor’s campaign to strengthen already tough gun-control posture

School Elections: There Was More on Tuesday’s Ballot than the Midterms

John Mooney | November 9, 2018 | Education
In 500-plus districts across the state, voters weighed in on who would take seats on school boards. In districts with referenda, spending on security was the dominant issue

Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs Energy Infrastructure That Everyone Can Rely On

Phil Beachem | November 9, 2018 | Opinion
State officials should support enhancements that make our energy more resilient and reliable like natural gas


| November 9, 2018 | Number of The Day

NJ Democrats Itching to Test Their Strength in D.C. After Close to a Clean Sweep

Colleen O'Dea | November 8, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The party hasn’t had results this good in more than a century. Republicans must figure out how to recover from their big losses in Tuesday’s elections

Kim Declares Victory in CD-3 But Vote Count Likely to Continue Through Weekend

Chase Brush | November 8, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Congressman MacArthur doesn’t concede as mail-in ballots still straggle in. Counting of these and provisional ballots will go on

Opinion: Hugin Loss Was Especially Demoralizing for NJ Republicans

Carl Golden | November 8, 2018 | Opinion
It’s nearly 50 years since Garden State voters chose a GOP candidate to represent them in the U.S. Senate. It’s becoming a distant prospect

BPU to Hire Consultant to Help Overhaul Solar Energy Program: Cost Is Key

Tom Johnson | November 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Existing program has cost utility ratepayers more than $2.8 billion over a decade. Board of Public Utilities is under pressure to cut costs for utility customers

NJ Tops National Rankings in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

Lilo H. Stainton | November 8, 2018 | Healthcare
Nine out of 10 acute-care facilities improved or sustained twice-a-year rankings in survey by healthcare watchdog

Atlantic City Gets Higher Credit Rating but Economic Questions Still Hang Over It

John Reitmeyer | November 8, 2018 | Budget
The resort city’s debt grade tumbled to ‘junk’ status during the Great Recession. New rating reflects improvements after state takeover


| November 8, 2018 | Number of The Day

New Jersey’s Rising Blue Tide Raises the Boats of Most Democratic Candidates

Lee Keough | November 7, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Bob Menendez returns to Senate for third term, while Sherrill, Malinowski, and Van Drew all deliver victory speeches

Surprises Amid Flips from Red to Blue, and MacArthur-Kim Still Undecided

Lee Keough | November 7, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Yesterday’s House races met pollsters’ predictions by and large but not everything went as expected and there’s some mopping-up to do

New Jersey Voters Give Thumbs-Up to $500 Million Ballot Question

Tom Johnson | November 7, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Funds will go to expanding career-training facilities at high schools and county colleges, tightening school security, and getting lead out of drinking water at Garden State schools

Union County Tries Out Voting Machines with Paper Backup, First in State

Colleen O'Dea | November 7, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
New Jersey’s voting system has been deemed one of the least secure in the country. Yesterday, voters in Westfield were the first to use new machines with a paper trail

Murphy Approves New Hospital Fee to Fund Services for Low-Income Patients

Lilo H. Stainton | November 7, 2018 | Healthcare
Optional pilot program aims to leverage local healthcare fees to get more federal funding. It targets counties with large poorer populations

Op-Ed: More State Funding for Childcare at Last

Darrin W. Anderson | November 7, 2018 | Opinion
Given growing disparity between state childcare subsidy and true cost of providing that care, the Murphy administration’s recent increased financing is welcome news


| November 7, 2018 | Number of The Day

Real-Time Results for New Jersey's Midterm Elections

NJ Spotlight | November 6, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Minute-by-minute updates for the Senate and House contests, open legislative seats, and the state ballot question

We May Not Learn Results of Several Close Races by End of Tonight — or for Days

Colleen O'Dea | November 6, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
County clerks say recent changes in electoral law have already caused confusion for some voters, are likely to cause more, and could delay returns in close races

Judge Weighs Other Courts’ Pro-Pipeline Rulings Before PennEast Decision

Jon Hurdle | November 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pipeline foes say last-minute request for comments signals court will allow surveying on private land

NJ Lawmakers to Delve Into Deadly Disease Outbreaks at Pediatric Facilities

Lilo H. Stainton | November 6, 2018 | Healthcare
As new infections continue to be diagnosed at two long-term care facilities, legislators to investigate origin of the infections and what state can do to help in such crises

Online Tool Makes It Easier for Municipalities to Share Services

John Reitmeyer | November 6, 2018 | Politics
The push to pool resources is key to driving down property taxes. Website gives local leaders a chance to explore their options — before consolidation is mandated

Op-Ed: My Mother’s Love of Election Day

Susie Wilson | November 6, 2018 | Opinion
Katherine K. Neuberger believed that voting was her highest civic duty and that, despite social and economic inequities, we are all equal at the moment we cast our ballots

NJ Rep. MacArthur Spends $210,000 in Federal Funds on ‘Franked Mail’

WHYY News | November 6, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
South Jersey Republican representative argues total isn’t over the top, money is there for him to spend as he sees fit


| November 6, 2018 | Number of The Day

New NJ Transit Division to Take Advantage of Hefty Real Estate Portfolio

John Reitmeyer | November 5, 2018 | Transportation
A recent audit found the agency relies heavily on revenues from fares. A new law is aimed at leveraging its vast property holdings

After Tough Slog, Campaigning Continues to Bitter End

Colleen O'Dea | November 5, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
With just one day until the polls open, the politicians aren’t letting up even though the outcome in some districts seems all but certain

Youngest Voters Explain Why Their Votes Matter

NJ Spotlight | November 5, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
High school students in greater New Brunswick area shared essays and videos on the ‘Y’ vote with League of Women Voters

Court Faults DEP in Changes to Radon Rules

Tom Johnson | November 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appeals court also upholds finding that largest radon testing company in state committed violations

Feds Choose Rutgers for Regional Mental Health ‘Tech Transfer Center’

Lilo H. Stainton | November 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Aim is to help behavioral health services improve their operations along with patient outcomes

The Mission to Chase Down Mail-In Ballots In CD-11

WNYC News | November 5, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The race to get thousands of Sherrill supporters to complete and return their mail-in ballots


| November 5, 2018 | Number of The Day

Senate Race Has Been One for the Ages: Nasty, Noisome, Negative

Colleen O'Dea | November 2, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Republican challenger Bob Hugin has spent millions of his own money to unleash savage ads against Sen. Bob Menendez who has fired back on a far smaller budget

2017 Tax Return Shows the Murphys Made Almost $2M More than in Previous Year

John Reitmeyer | November 2, 2018 | More Issues
Governor allowed reporters to review materials for four hours yesterday. He had released two pages from federal tax forms earlier in the week

Administration, Lawmakers at Odds Over Redo of Massive Pharmacy Benefits Contract

Lilo H. Stainton | November 2, 2018 | Healthcare
Dispute over a court-ordered re-bidding of $6.7 billion contract for public-worker benefits raises possibility of a gubernatorial veto followed by attempts to sidestep the governor

Power Grid Found to Be Reliable but Future Possible Risks Identified

Tom Johnson | November 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New analysis identifies extreme scenarios that could lead to outages — unusually frigid weather, spikes in customer demand, plant retirements, and more

Even at 11th Hour, CD-11 Still Attracting Big Money, Names, Attention

Carly Sitrin | November 2, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Will first-time candidate Mikie Sherrill flip this district for the Democrats as they try to retake the House?

No Blue Wave Needed in CD-2 for Van Drew to Carry on Its Center-Right Tradition?

Mark J. Bonamo | November 2, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The polls — and his huge fundraising advantage — favor the Democratic candidate over controversial Trump loyalist Seth Grossman

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Ten Legislative Races on Tuesday’s Ballot

Chase Brush | November 2, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
The midterm elections for Senate and House of Representatives have taken the spotlight. Meanwhile, candidates are toiling on campaigns for special local elections in seven districts

Op-Ed: Ballot Question Shuts Out Most Students from Facilities Funding

David Sciarra | November 2, 2018 | Opinion
Trenton needs to bring all school buildings up to par, not just vo-tech districts that are the primary beneficiaries of proposed $500M bonds


| November 2, 2018 | Number of The Day

Viral Outbreak at Second Pediatric Hospital Involves Different Strain

Lilo H. Stainton | November 1, 2018 | Healthcare
Although adenovirus has been detected at Voorhees Pediatric Facility, health officials reassure parents, public that it is not deadly Type 7

In CD-3 Debate, Allegations and Attacks Get in the Way of Issues and Answers

Carly Sitrin | November 1, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Republican incumbent Tom MacArthur and Democratic challenger Andy Kim make it clear they don’t like each other, but don’t bring much clarity to substantive questions

In Case You Missed It: Another Chance to Watch the Debate in the 3rd

NJ Spotlight | November 1, 2018 | Elections 2018
Kim and MacArthur stay true to their blue and red roots, facing off on guards in synagogues, Social Security and Medicare, and more than $1 trillion in student debt

BPU Edges Closer to Smart Meters, Asks Utilities for Cost-Benefit Analyses

Tom Johnson | November 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Advanced metering infrastructure could help power companies respond more efficiently to nor’easters and other storms, restore service more quickly

S&P Notes Progress but Ranks NJ’s Among Worst-Funded Pension Systems

John Reitmeyer | November 1, 2018 | Budget
Report by credit-rating agency underlines immense long-term challenges to bringing New Jersey’s state pensions onto sound footing

Long-Term Recovery: NJ Spotlight Roundtable on Opioid Epidemic

NJ Spotlight | November 1, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
In the third and final of NJ Spotlight's roundtables on the opioid epidemic in New Jersey, experts focus on the clinical and policy dimensions of long-term recovery

Lance-Malinowski in CD-7: Outcome Now Depends on Ground Game

Mark J. Bonamo | November 1, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
It's been all about money, message, and momentum in the 7th district. But who succeeds at getting voters to the polls could determine the winner

Gas Utility Figures to Spend More than $500M to Replace 300 Miles of Old Pipes

Tom Johnson | November 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Elizabethtown Gas proposes a big overhaul of its distribution system, parts of which are more than a century old


| November 1, 2018 | Number of The Day

NJ Officials Push to Grow ACA Enrollment and Thwart Trump Efforts to Gut Law

Lilo H. Stainton | October 31, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor kicks off campaign to sign up more low-income New Jerseyans for health insurance, starting tomorrow

Tipped Workers’ Baseline Pay Is as Little as $2.13 an Hour, New Move to Raise it

John Reitmeyer | October 31, 2018 | Budget
Amid broader concerns about income inequality in New Jersey, effort to ensure tipped workers will be in line for a significant raise if general minimum wage is increased

Energy Storage: What’s in Store for New Jersey?

Tom Johnson | October 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU chief: Ability to store energy is ‘critical for our future’ as examination of state’s energy-storage needs and opportunities gets underway

Live Commentary Here Tonight: MacArthur-Kim Debate

NJ Spotlight | October 31, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
NJ Spotlight joins with NJTV News to deliver live commentary on debate between CD-3 candidates, who are in one of the keenest contests of these elections

These NJ House Seats Probably Are Safe and Sound for Democrats

Hank Kalet | October 31, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Nothing in the polls suggests Republicans, or any other challengers, are going to take these seats away from the incumbents

Voter Guide to the 2018 Midterm Elections

NJ Spotlight | October 31, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
A new tool to help you research candidates at the federal, state, county and, in many cases, municipal levels

Lawmakers OK Committee to Investigate Administration’s Hiring Practices

NJTV News Online | October 31, 2018 | Politics
Hearings have yet to be scheduled but are expected to take place soon


| October 31, 2018 | Number of The Day

In Wake of Pittsburgh, Jersey City Killings Murphy Calls for Tighter Gun Laws

John Reitmeyer | October 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor and Attorney General Grewal release anti-violence proposals addressing everything from straw purchasers and ammunition sales to smart guns

State Superior Court Hears Arguments in Lawsuit over School Testing

Carly Sitrin | October 30, 2018 | Education
It could all come down to interpretation of a few words in case concerning replacement of old high school graduation exams with PARCC assessment

GOP Incumbent Seems Safe in CD-4 as Challenger Faces Tax Controversy

Tara Nurin | October 30, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Democratic candidate Welle disputes tax issue as conservative Rep. Smith handles a controversy of his own. District that has long voted Republican looks unlikely to go blue

DOH Launches Infection Control Campaign in Wake of Two Hospital Outbreaks

Lilo H. Stainton | October 30, 2018 | Healthcare
Deaths of children — nine from viral outbreak in Passaic County, one from bacterial outbreak in an Essex County hospital with ‘major infection control deficiencies’ — leads to new inspections, training

Probe into Newark Woman's Death after Power Shutoff Finds Errors at PSE&G

Tom Johnson | October 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Human error and systemic failures at utility cited as cause of delay in restoring power to home of woman on hospice care during heat wave

Murphy Pledges $50M to Sandy Homeowners Still Rebuilding 6 Years Later

Colleen O'Dea | October 30, 2018 | Politics
Governor travels to Union Beach, announces program to provide no-interest loans to folks unable to move back home because they’re still rebuilding

Op-Ed: ‘Yes’ to Ballot Question Will Help Vo-Techs, Colleges Fuel NJ Economy

Judy Savage and Aaron Fichtner | October 30, 2018 | Opinion
Bond on November ballot would support programs that address the skills gap in New Jersey

Gender Politics and the Suburbs in the Age of Trump

WNYC News | October 30, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Mikie Sherrill, Democratic candidate in CD-11, is one of an unusually large number of women running in the midterm elections across the country


| October 30, 2018 | Number of The Day

GOP Lawmaker Calls on NJ Democrats to Reconsider Middle-Class Tax Cuts

John Reitmeyer | October 29, 2018 | Budget
Assemblyman Anthony Bucco says targeted cuts would prevent ‘bracket creep,’ eliminate a penalty on married couples, and incentivize retirement savings

National Focus Is on CD-11, but Voters Want Answers to Policy Questions

Carly Sitrin | October 29, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Out-of-state endorsements are piling up for 11th Congressional District candidates. Voters pinpoint issues they want Sherrill and Webber to address

NJ Joins Fight Against Trump Administration’s Rollback of Fuel-Economy Standards

Tom Johnson | October 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey, 20 other states want federal agencies to withdraw a proposal that would ‘gut’ clean car standards

Different Prescriptions for Long-Term Recovery from Opioid Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | October 29, 2018 | Healthcare
Experts explain differing views of what recovery entails. They all agree that New Jersey could do more to expand services to people trying to overcome dependence on the drugs

NJ Lawmakers Seek Stronger Protections for Animals, Exotic and Domestic

Colleen O'Dea | October 29, 2018 | More Issues
“Nosey’s Law” would ban the use of exotic animals in traveling acts. Other measures would strengthen regulation of veterinarians and pet groomers

Op-Ed: NJ Voters Way Ahead of Washington on Renewable Energy

Andrew Zwicker | October 29, 2018 | Opinion
Public opinion in New Jersey overwhelmingly supports a clean energy future. It’s the job of state legislators ‘to make sure it happens sooner rather than later’


| October 29, 2018 | Number of The Day

Interactive Map: ICE Arrests of Immigrants in NJ — Essex County in Nation’s Top Ten

Colleen O'Dea | October 26, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Essex County is among hot spots in the country for arrests of immigrants by ICE agents. Sharp rise in New Jersey under Trump administration

State to Give Fast Training on Infection Control at Three Other Facilities

Lilo H. Stainton | October 26, 2018 | Healthcare
After adenovirus outbreak that has killed seven children, DOH to launch campaign to ensure proper protocols followed in care of ‘medically fragile children’

Work on New Portal Bridge Reaches Milestone, Federal Funding Not Yet in Place

John Reitmeyer | October 26, 2018 | Transportation
Preparatory work for new rail bridge over Hackensack River is on schedule, but whether Trump administration will pony up federal share of cost to complete it is not certain

Ban on Disposal of Fracking Waste in NJ Nears but Some Enviros Have Qualms

Tom Johnson | October 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Same groups that previously backed prohibition want to focus instead on fracking ban coming before Delaware River Basin Commission

The Race in CD-2: Both Are Conservatives but Very Different Kinds

Mark J. Bonamo | October 26, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
One’s a conservative Democrat, the other a pro-Trump conservative Republican and they’re far apart on the issues

Op-Ed: Landmark Opioid Bill Feels Unfinished Without Full Repeal of IMD Exclusion

Robert J. Budsock | October 26, 2018 | Opinion
Restriction limits access for Medicaid enrollees to life-saving community-based treatment and recovery assistance


| October 26, 2018 | Number of The Day

In Only Debate Menendez, Hugin Swing Hard but Not Quite as Hard as Their TV Ads

Colleen O'Dea | October 25, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Incumbent senator and Republican challenger take shots, make unexpected apologies, even agree on some issues — and avoid a handshake

NJ Officials Investigating Deadly Viral Outbreak at Rehab Hospital

Lilo H. Stainton | October 25, 2018 | Healthcare
Specialty facility in Passaic County has suspended admissions after seven children died, 11 more infected

Booker Plan Would Give Every American Baby Something to Bank On

John Reitmeyer | October 25, 2018 | Politics
Every infant in United States would start out in life with a $1,000 savings account, with the poorest collecting annual increases until they’re 18 — according to U.S. Sen Cory Booker

Stormwater Utilities to Control Polluted Runoff Get a Push from Pols

Tom Johnson | October 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has been talking about overhauling decrepit stormwater systems for a good 10 years. Is real progress finally in the offing?

Second Look: Watch Joust Between Senate Candidates Menendez, Hugin

NJ Spotlight | October 25, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
If you didn’t watch it live, you can catch up on last night’s debate — and the expert commentary from NJ Spotlight and NJTV News

Op-Ed: Governor Mustn’t Rob Transportation Trust Fund to Fix NJ Transit Operations

Greg Lalevee | October 25, 2018 | Opinion
Money in TTF that’s earmarked for rebuilding rails, bridges and signaling should not be diverted to repair operational deficiencies


| October 25, 2018 | Number of The Day

Still No Cleanup of PFAS at MDL Base Two Years after Alarming Test Results

Jon Hurdle | October 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Spokesman says Air Force is taking ‘comprehensive approach’ to toxic chemicals, has not begun to remediate polluted groundwater

Outsiders: Six Other Candidates Campaign for Senate Seat

Colleen O'Dea | October 24, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
New Jersey electorate has other options besides Menendez or Hugin. A number of independent candidates are running

Opinion: Let’s Be Real, Scandal Investigation Will Freeze Trenton

Carl Golden | October 24, 2018 | Opinion
Select committee examination of Murphy administration’s hiring practices will overshadow all else

Menendez-Hugin Debate: Live Commentary Here Tonight

NJ Spotlight | October 24, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
NJ Spotlight joins with NJTV News to deliver live commentary on debate between Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican challenger Bob Hugin

Critics Say Three NJ Nuclear Plants Are Making Money, Don’t Need Subsidies

Tom Johnson | October 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of up to $300M in annual aid lay out economic argument against assistance program

A Move to Help Organ Donors with Financial Support and Job Security

Lilo H. Stainton | October 24, 2018 | Healthcare
Despite increases in donations, more than 5,000 patients in NJ remain in need of a transplant and nearly 100 die each year waiting

Lawmakers Want to Ease Burden of Fuel-Tax Increase for School Districts

John Reitmeyer | October 24, 2018 | Budget
Measure might bring some financial relief to school districts, but would it just shift the tax burden onto other motorists?


| October 24, 2018 | Number of The Day

'Green' Groups Unite to Press Murphy for Overhaul of Pinelands Commission

Tom Johnson | October 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Many members of body charged with protecting the million-acre preserve in South Jersey are holdovers from Christie administration

What Does Where They Stand on Trump Say About Hugin, Menendez — and for NJ?

Colleen O'Dea | October 23, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
There’s more to the Senate campaign than low blows, but while the incumbent has gone on record about issues critical to the Garden State, his GOP challenger is harder to pin down

$500M in New State Debt on November Ballot: Will Voters Be as Giving as Ever?

John Reitmeyer | October 23, 2018 | Budget, Elections 2018
General-obligation bonds would fund expansion of vo-techs and other upgrades to educational facilities

How to Fix South Jersey’s ‘Toxic’ Foreclosure Problem

Colleen O'Dea | October 23, 2018 | Housing
Options presented for what legislators, nonprofits and private sector could do to ‘prevent further damage to our neighborhoods and communities’

Op-Ed: More Regulation Is Not the Way to Enhance Services for People with IDD

Valerie Sellers | October 23, 2018 | Opinion
Partnership is the only way to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can safely lead rich, fulfilling lives

Lead Paint and Mold Present Special Problems for Those in Affordable Housing

NJTV News Online | October 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Outsized impact of contaminants on NJ’s limited supply of affordable housing is focus of a public hearing


| October 23, 2018 | Number of The Day

Costs Outpace Wages in NJ, More Households Can’t Afford Basic Necessities

Colleen O'Dea | October 22, 2018 | Social
Many New Jerseyans don’t have enough income to cover housing, food, transportation, healthcare, and taxes

Access to Medicinal Marijuana Continues to Expand Under Murphy

Lilo H. Stainton | October 22, 2018 | Healthcare
More efficient application process, wider eligibility have led thousands of NJ residents to sign up since beginning of the year

Governor Moves from Germany to Israel with High-Tech Sales Pitch for NJ

John Reitmeyer | October 22, 2018 | More Issues
On first overseas trip representing Garden State, Murphy offers New Jersey as ideal location for European businesses to set up U.S. outposts

DEP Turns Down Plan for Massive Development in Pinelands

Tom Johnson | October 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
‘The struggle is not over,’ cautions one opponent of project for commercial space and thousands of houses in Barnegat Bay watershed

Op-Ed: Public Employee Retirees Deserve a Voice on Pensions, Benefits

Barry Chalofsky | October 22, 2018 | Opinion
It’s time for retirees to be properly represented in discussions about how to manage New Jersey’s pension and health benefits system

In South Jersey Speech Christie Sends A Few Zingers Murphy’s Way

NJTV News Online | October 22, 2018 | Politics
Former governor does not appear too pleased with how his successor has characterized Christie’s stamp on Garden State economy

Federal Monitor Says Newark Police Department Has Made Some Progress

NJTV News Online | October 22, 2018 | More Issues
More body cameras and car cameras are in use, but work needed on data gathering, community engagement, responding to domestic violence calls


| October 22, 2018 | Number of The Day

It’s Raining Political Money on Garden State, Almost All on Democrats

Colleen O'Dea | October 19, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Congressional campaigns are ‘awash in cash.’ Hugin Senate campaign is lone GOP big spender

Plenty of Backers for Big Tax Credit to Rehabilitate Historic Properties in NJ

John Reitmeyer | October 19, 2018 | Housing, Planning
Homeowners and developers would be eligible for incentive, which could be worth up to 25 percent of the cost of a qualified project

State Officials: Undoing Christie Move Was Good for Patients, Services

Lilo H. Stainton | October 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Commissioners say reorganization of mental-health and addiction services benefits patients and providers alike

It’s All Upbeat in New Jersey’s Offshore-Wind Update Despite Cost

Tom Johnson | October 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers are briefed on goals and prospects for NJ’s clean-energy industry. Positive financial return and new jobs are emphasized

Where Do MacArthur, Kim Stand on Issues that Matter to Voters in 3rd District?

Carly Sitrin | October 19, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
NJ Spotlight readers in 3rd Congressional District list their priorities. The big items: campaign finance, healthcare, taxation

Op-Ed: Insurance Scammers Will Be the Winners If This Fair-Conduct Bill is Enacted

Dennis Jay | October 19, 2018 | Opinion
Most insurance claimants in New Jersey are honest, but a new bill that could triple damages on insurers for bad-faith dealings would be a boon to the ‘slippery minority’


| October 19, 2018 | Number of The Day

Collapse of NJ Solar Industry, Big Layoffs If No Interim State Plan — Warning

Tom Johnson | October 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Executives suggest urgent need for temporary system to incentivize solar development before transition to Murphy administration’s new approach

Stakes High, Tempers Cool as Lance, Malinowski Face Off in CD-7 Debate

Mark J. Bonamo | October 18, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Battling for the middle of the road, Republican congressman and Democratic challenger raise the tension on healthcare, taxes, and gun control

NJ Sexual Harassment Policies Pale Beside Those of Corporate America

Colleen O'Dea | October 18, 2018 | Social
State department and agency protocols can differ extensively, or be absent entirely — as is the case with the New Jersey Senate, which has no written hiring protocols in place

New Push to Expand Emergency Access to Lifesaving Medicines

Lilo H. Stainton | October 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Diabetic’s near-death experience helps make case for allowing pharmacies to dispense a month’s worth of meds, even without valid prescription

New Jersey’s Tax System Ranked among Fairest in the Country

John Reitmeyer | October 18, 2018 | Budget
Report by left-leaning institute cites progressive income-tax structure and fact that Garden State doesn’t overly rely on sales tax

Op-Ed: What Offshore Wind Could Do for Economy and Jobs in New Jersey

John Shinn and Debra Coyle McFadden | October 18, 2018 | Opinion
If state delivers on governor’s plan, it would mean a lot for responsible environmental policy and economic development — and for union workers

The Women Leading NJ’s Suburban Resistance to Trump Policies

WNYC News | October 18, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Unprecedented grassroots activism in Garden State suburbs sprang out of opposition to the president and his policies. Now it’s focused on the midterm elections

Instant Replay: Catching Up with the Debate in Congressional District 7

NJ Spotlight | October 18, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
If you missed the debate between Malinowski and Lance — and the expert commentary from NJ Spotlight and NJTV — here's a chance to come up to speed


| October 18, 2018 | Number of The Day

Shaping Up for a Big Fight in NJ on Question of Right to a Clean Environment

Tom Johnson | October 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Supporters seek voter approval for constitutional amendment to copperfasten people’s right. Opponents warn of endless litigation and a stifling of economic development

Lawmakers Urge State to Lock In Pharmacy Benefit Savings

Lilo H. Stainton | October 17, 2018 | Healthcare
Warning that hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer savings will be lost if Treasury officials don’t move quickly on new contract

Cutting Down on Paper in a Bid to Modernize Local Government in NJ

John Reitmeyer | October 17, 2018 | More Issues
Greater efficiency and savings for taxpayers promised by proponents of a measure ‘that’s really past due’

Commission to Investigate Administration’s Actions in Sexual-Assault Case

Colleen O'Dea | October 17, 2018 | Politics
Legislative group will also review government hiring practices, conduct of background checks, and how criminal justice system handles allegations of sex offenses

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Opioid Strategy Is Missing an Important Component

F. Leland McClure III | October 17, 2018 | Opinion
Physicians must be allowed to prescribe opioids, but we need regulations that support drug testing of patients before and during such therapy

In Newark, Reporting Lapses Hide Thousands of Student Suspensions from Public View

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | October 17, 2018 | Education
Troubling patterns and racial disparities are masked by state’s inaccurate school report cards, giving the false impression that Newark has all but eliminated suspensions

Lance-Malinowski Debate: Live Commentary Here Tonight

NJ Spotlight | October 17, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
NJ Spotlight joins with NJTV News to deliver live commentary on TV debate between the Republican and Democratic candidates in the 7th Congressional District


| October 17, 2018 | Number of The Day

Governor Responds to Questions about Handling of Sexual-Assault Charge

John Reitmeyer | October 16, 2018 | Politics
Hours before leaving on an overseas economic mission, Murphy announces independent investigation into his administration’s hiring of a man accused of sexual assault

Anger in Trenton Over Way Alleged Sexual Assault Was Dealt With

NJTV News Online | October 16, 2018 | Politics
Growing sense of outrage over how Murphy administration handled sexual misconduct case. Republicans want full-scale investigation

New Initiative Would Smooth the Road for Plug-In Electric Vehicles

Tom Johnson | October 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Comprehensive plan would help clean up the transportation sector, largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions — but at what price?

Setting Out to Fix Major Flaws in the Way New Jersey Funds Higher Education

Carly Sitrin | October 16, 2018 | Education
Lawmakers and administration embark on reorganization to make college more affordable and to improve access and equity

Physical Therapists Win Latest Battle in Turf War with Acupuncturists

Lilo H. Stainton | October 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Although acupuncturists are vehemently opposed, a measure allowing certain PTs to use “dry needling” to help relieve pain has advanced in the state Assembly

Both Candidates in CD-5 Lean Right, But Republican Hews Closer to Trump

Hank Kalet | October 16, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Gottheimer claims he’s known for bipartisan approach, while McCann argues Dems can be part of problem rather than solution. Both candidates favor Trump’s wall

Opinion: NJ Shouldn’t Wait for Federal Funds Before Reducing Flood Damages

Daniel J. Van Abs | October 16, 2018 | Opinion
The uncertainty of federal funding dictates that New Jersey view every project through the lens of self-funding

CD-11 Debate Recap: Mikie Sherrill vs. Jay Webber

NJ Spotlight | October 16, 2018 | Elections 2018
If you missed the debate — and the expert commentary from NJ Spotlight and NJTV — here's a chance to catch up on the key issues


| October 16, 2018 | Number of The Day

Healthcare Costs Continue to Rise in NJ, Outpacing National Increase

Lilo H. Stainton | October 15, 2018 | Healthcare
Although record numbers of New Jerseyans now have insurance coverage, the price of healthcare remains a major difficulty for families and small businesses

Governor, Dems Cautioned It’s Time to Repay African-American Support

Mark J. Bonamo | October 15, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Weeks before the critical midterm elections, community leaders tell Democrats — especially Gov. Phil Murphy — that they want action on important issues

Grewal ‘Proud to Lead’ Latest Challenge to IRS on Federal Tax Changes

John Reitmeyer | October 15, 2018 | Budget
The Internal Revenue Service proposed new rules to stymie ‘blue’ state efforts to get around a federal cap on SALT deductions. Attorneys general reveal how they plan to fight back

State Advised Yet Again to Reject Offshore-Wind Project Near Atlantic City

Tom Johnson | October 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Consultant tells Board of Public Utilities that Nautilus proposal is too small and would cost New Jersey ratepayers too much

The List: Top Ten Counties in NJ for Federal Farm Subsidies

Colleen O'Dea | October 15, 2018 | The List
New Jersey is among the states that reap the least in annual federal aid to farmers, getting only a fraction of the $20 billion paid out

Op-Ed:The Vehicle Emissions Reduction Strategy No One’s Talking About

Tim Evans | October 15, 2018 | Opinion
It’s not enough to promote the use of alternative fuels in New Jersey. We must reduce the total number of miles driven — and to do that, we need to rethink how and where we build


| October 15, 2018 | Number of The Day

Trying to Repurpose NJ’s Empty or Underused Strip Malls and Offices

Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2018 | Planning
There’s a new grant program for municipalities to redevelop ‘ghost malls’ and underutilized commercial properties

Put Vehicles Powered by Fuel Cells in NJ’s Clean-Energy Agenda — Lawmakers Advised

Tom Johnson | October 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
As Murphy administration goes full-speed on its clean-energy program, proponents of fuel cells are worried their technology could be left out

Opinion: It Sure Looks Like DOE Willfully Broke Charter Process to Appease NJEA

Laura Waters | October 12, 2018 | Opinion
Did ‘political payback’ matter more to Murphy and Repollet than the wishes of parents desperate for alternatives to poorly-performing public schools?

Clergy Urge Governor, Lawmakers to Raise Minimum Wage in NJ to $15

John Reitmeyer | October 12, 2018 | Social
With politicians seeming to have become bogged down on issue, religious coalition expresses urgency about addressing Garden State’s widening wage gap

Rutgers Scientists Help to Identify New Way to Test for Lyme Disease

Lilo H. Stainton | October 12, 2018 | Healthcare
More work to be done for federal approval but new technique promises earlier detection and, therefore, better chance of avoiding serious long-term effects

Fierce Competition for State’s New Medical Marijuana Licenses

NJTV News Online | October 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Department of Health is expected to name new dispensary operators within weeks


| October 12, 2018 | Number of The Day

Billed as a National ‘Litmus Test,’ Debate in CD-11 Stays Close to Home

Carly Sitrin | October 11, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Democrat Mikie Sherrill and Republican Jay Webber keep their composure while facing off on federal tax reform, healthcare, student debt, infrastructure — and more

In CD-2, Candidates Clash Over South Jersey's Place in Trump's America

Mark J. Bonamo | October 11, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Grossman, Van Drew take off the gloves in debate that goes from raucous to rancorous

State’s $5.1 Million Deal Preserves 2,200 Acres of Watershed

Tom Johnson | October 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP and other funders join forces to acquire Hudson Farm properties in Sussex County, saving forests, streams, and mountaintops

Web Guide to NJ Property Taxes: Everything Except Why They’re So High

John Reitmeyer | October 11, 2018 | Budget
Online guidebook walks residents through all the aspects of property taxes, including how the revenue is divvied up, using easy to understand graphics and examples

Poll: Has the Kavanaugh Controversy Swayed You to Vote in the Midterms?

| October 11, 2018 | Polling, Elections 2018
The unprecedented confirmation hearings and subsequent swearing-in of the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest member are influencing voter turnout nationally. Will they send you to the polling booth or keep you away?

Extra Federal Funding Boosts Care for Vulnerable Patients in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | October 11, 2018 | Healthcare
A pilot program to give integrated healthcare and support services to thousands dealing with behavioral health challenges gets a financial lifeline

More than 100,000 New Voters in NJ in Recent Months

WNYC News Online | October 11, 2018 | Elections 2018
With the midterm elections looming, twice as many Democrats as Republicans sign up to vote


| October 11, 2018 | Number of The Day

Audit of NJ Transit Is In, Governor Pledges It Won’t ‘Collect Dust’

John Reitmeyer | October 10, 2018 | Transportation
Detailed analysis of operational defects, but no definitive solution is offered to agency’s severe financial woes

DEP Launches Blueprint for Making Jersey Shore More Resilient to Climate Change

Jon Hurdle | October 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
As UN gives stark climate warning, NJ steps up plans to defend coastal zone from rising seas and bigger storms

Lance, Malinowski Both Swing Hard for 7th District’s Centrist Mantle

Mark J. Bonamo | October 10, 2018 | Elections 2018
Candidates cast themselves as moderates. But, in a season of fevered political partisanship, they take plenty of potshots at each other

Murphy Pledges to Help Workers Whose Jobs Could Fall to Robots, Technology

Colleen O'Dea | October 10, 2018 | More Issues
Governor sets up task force, says New Jersey must prepare for ‘profound impact’ of technological changes

State to Spend Volkswagen Money on Reducing Emissions

Tom Johnson | October 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Fund, which stems from auto manufacturer’s settlement for cheating on emissions testing, will focus on urban areas, promote electric vehicles

Charter Schools: Where Does Murphy Administration Really Stand?

John Mooney | October 10, 2018 | Education
That’s the big question no one knows the answer to as a major state review of the growing movement gets underway


| October 10, 2018 | Number of The Day

Countdown to New State Sales Tax on Online Shopping

John Reitmeyer | October 9, 2018 | Budget
The big holiday retail season is almost upon us. Likewise, a new state tax on online sales that’s expected to bring New Jersey hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue

Ørsted Looks to Pick Up Deepwater Wind for $510 Million

Tom Johnson | October 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Danish company’s move indicates growing interest in nascent U.S. offshore-wind sector among European companies

Revamp of Municipal Courts Moves Ahead, Legislation in the Pipeline

Colleen O'Dea | October 9, 2018 | More Issues
Chief Justice pushes reforms, lawmaker offers legislatives fixes after report said local courts should focus more on justice than on money

No Agreement on How to Keep Lid on Health Insurance Costs in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | October 9, 2018 | Healthcare
More people in Garden State have access to insurance because of Affordable Care Act but there’s no consensus on how to protect the benefits

Op-Ed: Solar Program Must Work for Underserved Communities in NJ

Pari Kasotia and Tom Figel | October 9, 2018 | Opinion
State’s new solar energy possibilities should be equitable and accessible to all New Jerseyans. It’s up to Board of Public Utilities to make that happen

NJ Sting Operation Uncovers Almost 30 Unlicensed Moving Companies

NJTV News Online | October 9, 2018 | More Issues
Unregistered movers aren’t just a safety threat, they’ve been known to hold customers’ worldly goods hostage — or simply disappear with everything they’ve been entrusted with

Building a Better Future One Building Project at a Time

NJTV News Online | October 9, 2018 | Social
YouthBuild gives participants a place to master skills, earn a GED, and think beyond high school


| October 9, 2018 | Number of The Day

Making Case for Public Bank in NJ, Even as Murphy Plan for It Hasn’t Materialized

John Reitmeyer | October 5, 2018 | Budget
Governor was a big proponent of a state-run bank when on the campaign trail, but he’s said little about it since he’s been in office

Interactive Map: NJ Leans Blue, But Not Everyone Registered Goes to Vote

Colleen O'Dea | October 5, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2018
Trying to call the congressional contests is more of a challenge than ever — gender, education, wealth, age, and race must all be factored into the equation

PSEG Affirms It Will Shut Down Nuclear Plants Unless It Gets Big Subsidies

Tom Johnson | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
With $300 million at stake, scrutiny of the plants’ economic viability likely to be the most contested issue

PFAS Levels at NJ Base 24,000 Times Higher than Proposed Fed Standard — Study

Jon Hurdle | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst data shows some PFAS levels also exceed EPA health advisory

Will Van Drew Shift South Jersey’s 2nd District to Democratic Column?

Mark J. Bonamo | October 5, 2018 | Elections 2018
Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s retirement gives conservative state senator a good chance to add to the Democrats’ numbers in Congress

NJ Gets Report Card ‘F’ for Lack of Parity in Insurance Coverage of Mental Health

Lilo H. Stainton | October 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Advocates give New Jersey — and more than half of other states — a poor grade for failing to support and enforce federal law

New Jersey Ranked ‘Most Improved’ State for Energy Efficiency

Tom Johnson | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Garden State nabs 18th spot in nationwide analysis, up five places from 2017 assessment

PSE&G Agrees to Keep Bills Stable but Fails to Get Go-Ahead for ‘Decoupling’

Tom Johnson | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility agrees to re-examine its shutoff policies, particularly for people who rely on medical equipment


| October 5, 2018 | Number of The Day

PARCC Peace Breaks Out: Compromise Is Reached on High School Testing

John Mooney | October 4, 2018 | Education
Commissioner Repollet and State Board of Education agree on fewer tests, more flexibility. Questions remain

Conservative Group Sues Over NJ Limit on When People Can Quit Labor Unions

Colleen O'Dea | October 4, 2018 | Politics
Michigan-based organization files suit on behalf of three union members from Lakewood, charges Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to get around U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling

New State Funding for Autism Center to Boost Research and Treatment

Lilo H. Stainton | October 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Aim is also to improve services for the thousands of New Jersey residents who have some form of the disorder

Will NJ Employers Be Obligated to Ensure Federal Tax Break for Commuters?

John Reitmeyer | October 4, 2018 | Budget
New Jerseyans, like other Americans, can get a nice tax benefit for their commuting costs, but only if their employers sign up for it. State lawmakers want to make that a requirement

Murphy Announces Grants to Gear Up Schools for Science and Tech

NJTV News Online | October 4, 2018 | Education
School districts have until October 25 to apply for program that’s aimed at bringing computer science, other advanced courses to high schools

Examining the Claim that Leonard Lance is Bipartisan

PolitiFact | October 4, 2018 | Elections 2018
A new GOP ad maintains the Republican congressman is rated ‘among the most bipartisan in Congress.’ Factchecking website PolitiFact puts that statement to the test


| October 4, 2018 | Number of The Day

Repollet Hits ‘Pause’ for Charter Schools, Rejects Latest Two Hopefuls

John Mooney | October 3, 2018 | Education
Education commissioner turns down new charter schools for Trenton and Jersey City, as Murphy administration readies major review of the sector

Utilities Submit Proposals for Nuclear Subsidies

Tom Johnson | October 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
While some residential customers may end up paying $30 more annually, large energy users may see their bills rise by $1 million a year

Thousands of Amazon Workers in NJ to Benefit from New $15 Minimum Wage

John Reitmeyer | October 3, 2018 | Budget
Online retailer will apply increase from November 1. Decision draws out supporters of statewide wage increase, Gov. Phil Murphy included

Murphy Pledges New Tax Credits, Other Programs for Housing, Communities

Colleen O'Dea | October 3, 2018 | Housing
Governor says his new economic plan will help rejuvenate rundown neighborhoods, give tax credits for affordable housing

Reversal of Course on Controversial Brewery Regulations

Tara Nurin | October 3, 2018 | More Issues
A contentious directive, meant to severely limit the activities of craft breweries in New Jersey, has been suspended after a large outcry

Opinion: Pension Discount Rate and Investment Rate Are Not the Same Thing

Richard F. Keevey | October 3, 2018 | Opinion
Pension discussions rely on a very specialized vocabulary. Confusing discount rate and investment rate makes it all too easy to go wrong when projecting liabilities


| October 3, 2018 | Number of The Day

Murphy’s Technology-Driven Tomorrow Starts with $500M Venture Capital Fund

John Reitmeyer | October 2, 2018 | Budget
In major policy address, governor envisions 300,000 new jobs by 2025, says aggressive clean-energy goals and increased financial aid for community college will help state reach that number

11th District Leans Red but Democrats Think Sherrill Can Flip It to Blue

Carly Sitrin | October 2, 2018 | Elections 2018
Democrats are fighting hard to chalk up a win in this affluent district as they try to take control of the House of Representatives in next month’s election

NJ Lawmakers Seek More Control Over Price of Prescriptions

Lilo H. Stainton | October 2, 2018 | Healthcare
Taking a page out of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ book, state Sen. Troy Singleton wants to peg cost of drugs here to what drug companies charge in some industrialized countries

New Push to Target Low-Income Communities for Solar Projects

Tom Johnson | October 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans have for the most part been left out of growing renewable-energy developments in the state. That may be about to change

Op-Ed: Commissioner Repollet’s School Testing Revisions Make Sense

Sarah Blaine | October 2, 2018 | Opinion
State Board of Education should adopt education commissioner’s proposed changes as best way to prove students are meeting requirements

Refugee Admissions from Muslim Nations Decline, Russian Numbers Rise

WNYC News Online | October 2, 2018 | Immigration
Refugees arriving in New Jersey and New York from places like Iraq and Syria are way down, reflecting Trump administration’s clampdown


| October 2, 2018 | Number of The Day

Sweeney Panel Proposes ‘401(k) Pension’ for Some State, Local Workers

John Reitmeyer | October 1, 2018 | Budget
Unions are already mobilizing against key recommendation from Senate President’s fiscal policy experts, who say pension change could save the state billions of dollars

Latest Opioid Data: Good and Bad News for New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | October 1, 2018 | Healthcare
Fewer prescriptions are being written in the Garden State but overdose deaths show no sign of abating

State’s Tidal Wetlands Could Be Swamped by Rising Seas — Report

Tom Johnson | October 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Thousands of acres of tidal wetlands in the region, including in New Jersey, said to be at risk from effects of climate change

It Just Became Easier to Clean A Criminal Record in the Garden State

Colleen O'Dea | October 1, 2018 | Social
Courts already deal with 10,000 expungement applications annually. Reforms ‘will open the door’ for thousands more to apply

Gateway Program Names Financial Adviser, Funding Still Uncertain

NJTV News Online | October 1, 2018 | Transportation
No indication yet from Trump administration that federal assistance will be forthcoming, but corporation in charge wants to be ready


| October 1, 2018 | Number of The Day

PSE&G Wants to Spend $4B on Clean Energy in Six Years

Tom Johnson | September 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility proposes range of investments that could make it leading force in state’s energy policy. Not everyone’s reassured by that prospect

Is There Anything More to New Jersey’s U.S. Senate Race than Negative Ads?

Colleen O'Dea | September 28, 2018 | Elections 2018
With six weeks to go to the election, New Jersey voters have suffered through a stream of negative ads — but neither Menendez nor Hugin has touched on substantive issues

NJ Legislature Unanimously Approves Tougher Sexual Harassment Policy

Carly Sitrin | September 28, 2018 | Politics
New policy specifies mandatory anti-harassment training for lawmakers, applies to staff, lobbyists, journalists — virtually all those doing business in State House

Public Pension Funds Beat Expectations for 2018, Might Be Hard to Repeat

John Reitmeyer | September 28, 2018 | Budget
New Jersey has one of the worst-funded public retirement systems in the country. But it got good news yesterday, with better than expected investment returns

After a Few Glitches, Lucrative Tax Credits for AC Airport Are Almost There

John Reitmeyer | September 28, 2018 | Budget
Plan to diversify the South Jersey economy with a ‘growth zone’ focuses on aviation and technology. But further incentives are up in the air

Op-Ed: Five Reasons Why New Jersey Will Once Again Fail to Resolve School Testing

Richard C. Ten Eyck | September 28, 2018 | Opinion
We refuse to learn from experience, we want easy solutions, we’re not interested in other points of view, and winning is everything

NJ Spotlight Roundtable: NJ's Energy Future — Energy Efficiency

NJ Spotlight | September 28, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
In this Part 4 of a five-event series on New Jersey’s Energy Future, we explore energy efficiency

Another Year, Another Attendance Campaign for Newark Schools

Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | September 28, 2018 | Education
Can the district’s new superintendent, Roger León, succeed where his predecessors failed?


| September 28, 2018 | Number of The Day

New Jersey’s Newest Gangs: Younger, More Violent, and Posting their Crimes Online

Colleen O'Dea | September 27, 2018 | Social
Children as young as eight years old are in neighborhood gangs that use social media as ‘electronic billboards’ to intimidate rivals, show off weapons

MacArthur Attacks, Kim Pushes Back in South Jersey’s 3rd District

Carly Sitrin | September 27, 2018 | Elections 2018
Could Democrat Andy Kim ride a blue wave big enough to swamp the sitting congressman? MacArthur’s tough tactics suggest the polls are correct — and the race is tight

Does NJ Need Stormwater Utilities to Stem Polluted Runoff and Flooding?

Tom Johnson | September 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The utilities, common in other states, would levy fees on residents and businesses to fund improvements in stormwater systems

Opinion: Legalizing Marijuana — Not So Easy, After All, Governor?

Carl Golden | September 27, 2018 | Opinion
The rest of Murphy’s legislative agenda will suffer if this campaign promise is not delivered soon, but that prospect looks to be at least a year away

Temporary Fare Break for Rail Customers as NJ Transit Cuts Services (Temporarily)

John Reitmeyer | September 27, 2018 | Transportation
As agency rushes to install safety equipment, service cuts will affect some of its busiest lines. Fare discount is meant to cushion the blow


| September 27, 2018 | Number of The Day

Lawmakers Plan to Ban Plastic Carryout Bags, Straws, Food Containers

Tom Johnson | September 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Adding a 10-cent fee on paper bags, according to proponents, should encourage consumers to switch to environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic

State Issues New Rules on SALT Workaround And Gives Warning About IRS

John Reitmeyer | September 26, 2018 | Budget
Attorney General says he will fight IRS in court if need be, as Murphy administration looks to help residents avoid hefty tax hikes because of federal cap on deductions

Lance, Malinowski Duel in Critically Close 7th District

Mark J. Bonamo | September 26, 2018 | Elections 2018
Analysts say this race is one of the keys to deciding whether Republicans or Democrats will be in control of Congress after the election

Integration, Continuity of Care Key to Treating Opioid Addiction, Report Says

NJTV News Online | September 26, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jersey Reentry Corp. urges state to institute an ‘addiction treatment infrastructure’

Camden Schools Get Something to Celebrate: PARCC Scores Are Picking Up

NJTV News Online | September 26, 2018 | Education
One renaissance school — Camden Prep — sees double-digit jumps in test results; other city schools post more modest gains

Calling for More Street Smarts in New Jersey

NJTV News Online | September 26, 2018 | More Issues
Pedestrian safety is a serious issue in the Garden State. A new campaign is aimed at getting everybody to take more care

Menendez Challenger Is Also Carrying Baggage of His Own

WNYC News | September 26, 2018 | Elections 2018
Bob Hugin, the Republican challenger out to unseat Sen. Bob Menendez, has skeletons in his own corporate closet


| September 26, 2018 | Number of The Day

Modernizing the Grid in NJ Vital to Achieving Clean-Energy Targets

Tom Johnson | September 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State urged to move away from traditional transmission and distribution lines, concentrate instead on ‘non-wire’ new technologies

New Jersey’s Youngest Parents: Short on Skills, Cash, and a Viable Future

Colleen O'Dea | September 25, 2018 | Social
Without education and training — or even affordable childcare — the Garden State’s youngest families can trap two generations in a cycle of poverty and disappointment, report says

State Taps National Expert to Monitor Troubled Bellwether Homes

Lilo H. Stainton | September 25, 2018 | Healthcare
Experienced ombudsman hired at provider’s expense to review care, services, staffing, and accountability — among other issues

Bigger NJ Tax on Aviation Fuel Advances, United Airlines Not Pleased

John Reitmeyer | September 25, 2018 | Budget
Millions of dollars in increased revenue eyed to fund extension of PATH train service to Newark airport. United spokesman raises prospect of re-evaluating future investments in New Jersey

NJ Lawmakers Rally on Behalf of Judge Kavanaugh’s Accusers

NJTV News Online | September 25, 2018 | Politics
State senators protest possible advancement of Supreme Court nominee as New Jersey legislators review their own sexual-harassment policies

Clergy Ask Coughlin to Help Change How Fatal Police Shootings Are Investigated

NJTV News Online | September 25, 2018 | Social
Pastors want Assembly Speaker to release legislation requiring Attorney General to take over in cases of killings by police

Op-Ed: Our Governor and Others Are All Wrong About the Federal Tax Reforms

Joseph Caruso | September 25, 2018 | Opinion
GOP tax changes are fueling ‘incredible economic growth.’ Murphy and his peers are wasting taxpayer money trying to overturn them

Registered to Vote? Here’s a Checklist to Make Sure You Can Cast Your Ballot

NJTV News Online | September 25, 2018 | Elections 2018
There’s no need to sit out this critical midterm election, not when it’s this easy to register


| September 25, 2018 | Number of The Day

The Challenge Facing New Jersey’s Suburbs: ‘Adapt in Order to Survive’

Colleen O'Dea | September 24, 2018 | Planning
Could suburban communities really empty out if officials don’t plan better to meet the demand for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods?

NJ Among Most Vulnerable States if Recession Hits — Ratings Analysts

John Reitmeyer | September 24, 2018 | Budget
Moody’s, S&P fault Trenton’s reliance on last-minute scrambling for one-time sources of revenue, inadequate reserves, and absence of sustainable fiscal policies

Fresh Impetus for Energy-Saving Measures in NJ, But State Has Fallen Far Behind

Tom Johnson | September 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
For years, energy conservation has been a state priority more in theory than in practice. The Murphy administration has set new goals, but there’s disagreement about how to achieve them

New Federal and State Funds to Help Anti-Addiction Fight in Garden State

Lilo H. Stainton | September 24, 2018 | Healthcare
The money will go for prevention and treatment of opioid addiction. More than 2,000 New Jersey residents have died this year of drug-related causes

NJ Leaders are Putting State on Right Path for Cannabis Legalization

Kelli Arthur Hykes | September 24, 2018 | Sponsored Content
One of the most significant aspects of this measure is that it has been crafted to discourage consumers from turning or returning to the black market

Concerns that Legalized Sports Betting Will Worsen Problem Gambling in NJ

NJTV News Online | September 24, 2018 | Social
Recent legalization has made it very easy to place a wager in New Jersey. Some are predicting that gambling addiction will rise among New Jerseyans as a result

Democratic Convention: Firing Up the Faithful for Midterm Elections

NJTV News Online | September 24, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
With their sights set on flipping Republican congressional seats in November, New Jersey Democrats get animated


| September 24, 2018 | Number of The Day

Sarlo Announces Money-Saving Reforms of Public-Employee Medical Claims

Lilo H. Stainton | September 21, 2018 | Healthcare
Move, coming hot on the heels of governor’s benefit reform plan, is held out as potentially saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars

Murphy Rows in With Continuing State Oversight of Atlantic City

John Reitmeyer | September 21, 2018 | Politics
Takeover won’t end any time soon, as new report points to ongoing ‘fiscal, operational, economic and social challenges’

Foreclosures Way Down In NJ, New Proposals for Ways to Ease Process Further

Colleen O'Dea | September 21, 2018 | Housing
Numbers have been reduced to fewer than 28,000 but report recommends many improvements, including counseling and mediation services

Utilities in NJ to Be Let Get More Aggressive Trimming Trees, Clearing Vegetation?

Tom Johnson | September 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Massive power outages during spring storms precipitated review of utilities’ rights to manage vegetation. Critics say proposed legislation goes too far

Murphy Calls for Bergen County Sheriff to Go, After Racist Remarks Caught on Tape

WNYC News | September 21, 2018 | Politics
WNYC obtained a secret recording of Sheriff Michael Saudino speaking offensively about black people and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

Op-Ed: Can We Have Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries, Please?

Colleen Markley | September 21, 2018 | Opinion
With good local ordinances, there’s no reason adult access to the drug can’t be made easy, safe, and a raiser of revenue for New Jersey


| September 21, 2018 | Number of The Day

Governor Positive of Better Days Ahead for NJ Transit, Tackling Thorniest Issues

John Reitmeyer | September 20, 2018 | Transportation
After another difficult summer for commuters, Murphy says his administration is ‘obsessed’ with fixing the problem-plagued agency

Federal Grant Helps Rutgers Assess Truth in Advertising for Tobacco Products

Lilo H. Stainton | September 20, 2018 | Healthcare
University and academic partners will share $18 million grant to study impact of cigarette advertising, packaging, labeling, and more

Poll: Should PARCC Testing Stay or Should It Go?

| September 20, 2018 | Polling
The standardized test of NJ public school students has been controversial from the get-go. Opponents can’t wait for its demise. Supporters say it has its merits. Where do you stand?

Natural Gas Utility Gets Go-Ahead for $135M Energy-Efficiency Measures

Tom Johnson | September 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
NJNG will extend its popular SaveGreen Project and offer residential, commercial, and industrial customers ways to lower their bills

Op-Ed: Pallone Needs to Help Reform Renewable Fuel Standard

Paul Eidman and Drew Tompkins | September 20, 2018 | Opinion
Adding ethanol to gasoline is a perfect example of unintended environmental and economic consequences

Menendez Accuses His GOP Challenger of Running ‘Deceptive Campaign’

NJTV News Online | September 20, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
New Jersey’s senior senator says this election contest is more negative than he expected

Hudson County Launches Pilot to House Chronically Homeless

NJTV News Online | September 20, 2018 | Social
Initiative melds rental vouchers and intensive support services from two hospitals to help get homeless off the street and keep them off


| September 20, 2018 | Number of The Day

Momentum for State to Buy Foreclosed Homes, Turn Into Affordable Housing

Colleen O'Dea | September 19, 2018 | Housing
Similar measures failed repeatedly under Gov. Christie, but proponents optimistic his successor will look favorably on plan to remake thousands of bank-owned homes

Trying to Spur EV in NJ with Wave of Fast-Charging Stations, Rebates

Tom Johnson | September 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Months of negotiations have led to a new effort to electrify New Jersey’s transportation sector with a measure that tries to allay ‘range anxiety’ for consumers

Atlantic Health Expands Pioneering Form of Medical Education

Lilo H. Stainton | September 19, 2018 | Healthcare
In contrast with traditional programs, students will follow a select group of patients, tracking their care in hospitals and community-based facilities

Governor Punts on PARCC as Fate of Controversial School Test Still Unclear

John Mooney | September 19, 2018 | Education
Murphy maintains his opposition to the ‘high-stakes’ exam but defers to state education commissioner on whether and when it will be replaced

Stalled by Budget Mix-Up, State Funding Now in Offing to Help Local Media

John Reitmeyer | September 19, 2018 | More Issues
Aim is to foster local journalism in New Jersey and fill the void created by newspaper cutbacks. $5 million in aid is being sought

Op-Ed: Continuity of Care Is Good Medicine for Patients — and Doctors

Armand Leone, Jr. | September 19, 2018 | Opinion
Unfortunately, the trend is for less continuity and more fragmentation. As a result, the patient-physician relationship is weaker and less effective than it used to be


| September 19, 2018 | Number of The Day

Elections 2018 — An Interactive Guide to New Jersey's Critical Contests

NJ Spotlight | September 18, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Stay ahead of the issues and on top of the news, from district profiles and local polling places to in-depth analysis and campaign finances

NJ Ready to Solicit Bids for 1,100 Megawatts of Offshore Wind

Tom Johnson | September 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Solicitation expected to be just first step in realizing governor’s aggressive goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030

Murphy’s Revisions to Public-Employee Health Plans Could Save Taxpayers $500M

John Reitmeyer | September 18, 2018 | Budget
Workers should see only slight increases to premiums, or possibly small reductions, while governor claims the deal shows what happens when cooperation replaces conflict

Edgy Debate in Trenton Over Murphy’s Planned Changes to School Testing

John Mooney and Carly Sitrin | September 18, 2018 | Education
Democratic legislators clash with education commissioner, suggest administration is moving to scale back and ultimately ditch controversial PARCC test without having properly prepared a replacement

Lawmakers Move to Restore Mental-Health Hotline for Firefighters, EMS

Lilo H. Stainton | September 18, 2018 | Healthcare
Specially trained operators would help emergency responders deal with the traumas that can come with their stressful line of work

NJ Spotlight: The Opioid Epidemic in NJ — Addiction Treatment

NJ Spotlight | September 18, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
The second in this three-part NJ Spotlight roundtable gave those on the front lines of the war against opioid addiction the opportunity to share their findings

Op-Ed: Independent Citizens, Not Partisan Politicians, Must Tackle Redistricting

Helen Kioukis | September 18, 2018 | Opinion
A call for legislative redistricting in New Jersey to be taken out of political hands and given to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission


| September 18, 2018 | Number of The Day

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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NJ Spotlight | September 17, 2018 | Elections 2018

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