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Trenton Hears A Chorus of Critics for the Democrats’ Redistricting Plan

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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
‘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
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
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?
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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