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NJ Supreme Court Ruling Could Leave Towns on Hook for 120,000 Affordable Units

Colleen O'Dea | January 19, 2017 | Housing

Court rules housing responsibilities continued to accrue during 16-year period when affordable-housing regulation was in dispute

Guadagno Launches Run for Governor, Gives Christie the Jersey Swerve

NJTV News Online | January 18, 2017 | Politics
The lieutenant governor, who hopes to succeed her unpopular boss, did not mention him directly but criticized him implicitly
WNYC to Washington, D.C. — 'Look It's Not the End of the World'
Matt Katz | WNYC News | January 19, 2017 | Politics
Thousands of people in Philadelphia rallied on the recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, to speak out against 'right wing extremism' of incoming Trump administration — outside oldest A.M.E. church in the nation
Lawmakers Fear NJ Commuters May Not See New PA Bus Terminal Until 2030
John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2017 | Transportation
Digging into capital plan also reveals that PATH extension to Newark Airport will not include stop in South Ward, considered key to city’s economic development
WNYC to Washington, D.C. — 'This is the Real America'
Matt Katz | WNYC News | January 18, 2017 | Politics
WNYC's Matt Katz and Arun Venugopal are taking a road-trip to D.C., talking to voters about the incoming administration
Syria Supper Club: Reaching Out to Refugees, One Dinner at a Time
Matt Katz | WNYC | January 17, 2017 | Politics
At this supper club, Muslim refugees from Syria and Iraq join groups of mostly Jewish New Jerseyans for dinners that are part fundraiser, part cultural exchange
Supreme Court Ruling Means New Sentencing Guidelines for Juveniles
NJTV News Online | January 17, 2017 | Social
Now judges must consider factors such as age, family environment, and peer pressure when sentencing young offenders for violent crimes
Lesniak Willing to Sue Over $300M Renovation Christie Is Pushing for State House
John Reitmeyer | January 13, 2017 | Politics
Lawmakers concede urgent repairs are needed but some question the control and financing of the project
Guadagno Joins GOP Governor’s Race, Ciattarelli Says Cancer Will Slow Him
John Reitmeyer | January 13, 2017 | Politics
Ciattarelli optimistic about prognosis, disclosed illness because of concerns about transparency among public officials
NJ Supreme Court Rules Young Offenders Can’t Be Given Life Sentences
WNYC News | January 13, 2017 | Social
There are a number of juveniles in New Jersey serving life sentences, including one serving 100 years
SEC Raps Port Authority with Penalty, Raises Doubts About Christie’s Credibility
John Reitmeyer | January 12, 2017 | Politics, Transportation
Commission reveals administration planned to use funding for ARC commuter tunnel to finance infrastructure fixes long before governor canceled project citing concerns about cost overruns
Democrats Say Christie Sidestepped Problems in Final State of State
John Reitmeyer | January 11, 2017 | Politics
Governor focused on opioid addiction and said little or nothing about property taxes, school funding, or ongoing debt and credit-rating issues
Booker, NJ’s Black Mayors Strategize for Post-Obama Era
WNYC News | January 10, 2017 | Politics
Senator and mayors plan how to win federal resources for New Jersey under Trump administration
‘Pink-Collar’ Jobs Among The Fastest-Growing In NJ And Other States
NJTV News Online | January 10, 2017 | Social
Expert says nursing, childcare, and home healthcare have one big advantage — they cannot be moved overseas
Background to Christie State of State: High Unemployment, Property Taxes
John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2017 | Politics
Governor enters final year in office with low approval ratings and some Republican lawmakers breaking ranks to oppose him
PA Board Gives NJ Lawmakers, Advocates Some of What They Wanted
John Reitmeyer | January 6, 2017 | Transportation
Commissioners approve $30 billion capital-spending plan, but only set aside $3.5 billion for bus terminal, not enough to carry project to completion
‘Tiny House’ Pilots Could Make Huge Difference to NJ’s Indigent and Homeless
Colleen O'Dea | January 5, 2017 | Housing
A movement typically associated with millennials and baby boomers could help ease the affordable housing crunch in New Jersey
Christie Signs On to Help Small Businesses Boost Their Chances of State Contracts
John Reitmeyer | January 5, 2017 | Politics
‘We have work to do,’ said governor in what might be a signal of new attempt at comity in Trenton
Job Growth In New Jersey Lagged In 2016 After Good Year In 2015
John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2017 | Politics
Economist warns that ‘slow’ may be the state’s ‘new normal,’ citing structural changes like millennials rejecting the suburbs and flocking to major cities
New Jersey Gains Some Clout In New Congress
NJTV News Online | January 4, 2017 | Politics
Political scientist says Rodney Frelinghuysen’s chairmanship of House Appropriations Committee is ‘huge deal’ for the state
Hefty Sales-Tax Increase for Businesses, Shoppers in Five New Jersey Cities
John Reitmeyer | January 3, 2017 | Politics
A number of urban communities must deal with a substantial sales-tax increase because governor would not agree to extend the Urban Enterprise Zone program
NJ Spotlight’s Top Coverage of 2016
Paula Saha | December 22, 2016 | More Issues
Ever wonder what our readers and members were paying attention to in the past year? Here’s a look at the Top 10 stories and subjects
Keeping Safety First for New Jersey’s Ridesharing Passengers
Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2016 | Transportation
New regulations for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft would require driver background checks, bump up insurance coverage, among other protections
The American Dream Megamall on the Small Screen
NJTV News Online | December 21, 2016 | Planning
The trio of reporters behind “Mall Madness,” the five-part series on the American Dream, talk to NJTV’s Mary Alice Williams
Leading Democratic Lawmakers Derail Fast-Track Bills Favored by Christie
John Reitmeyer | December 20, 2016 | Politics
The governor’s not going to get his book deal, and government websites won’t cut into the revenue newspapers earn from publishing official legal notices
Amendment to Boost Minimum Wage Not Likely on 2017 Ballot
Hank Kalet | December 20, 2016 | Social
Disagreements among Democratic sponsors prevent bill from being posted to last legislative agenda for this year
Phil Murphy Releases Returns Showing He Paid $2.4M In Income Tax in 2015
WNYC News | December 20, 2016 | Politics
Murphy’s income was $7.3 million for the year, and he paid $202,000 in property taxes on his home in Middletown
Does Letting Legal Notices Be Published Solely Online Punish the Press Financially?
John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2016 | Politics
Critics argue Christie wants payback for Bridgegate coverage; administration says move could save local governments, businesses $80 million — though estimate remains unverified
Who Benefits from the American Dream?
John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 16, 2016 | Planning
Since Triple Five took over the megamall project, it has made generous contributions to Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign coffers, as well as to his political allies
Putting a Price Tag on the American Dream
John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, and Susan Berfield | December 15, 2016 | Planning
Getting to the requisite $5 billion will require a labyrinthine arrangement of private loans, bond sales, tax incentives — and a public finance agency in Wisconsin
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