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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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