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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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
Interactive Map: Cities Continue to Gain Residents, While Burbs Dwindle
Colleen O'Dea | May 25, 2018 | Map of the Week
Millennials, immigrants, and even a few baby boomers driving population gains in the Garden State’s urban counties
Poor Security of NJ Election System and Russian Hackers Prompt Move to Revamp
Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
No agreement on best voting machines, but consensus that they should allow for a paper trail so that results could be properly audited
Putting Primary Candidates in Place: Who's Got a Shot at NJ's Senate Seat?
Colleen O'Dea | May 23, 2018 | Politics, Primary 2018
It’s been a low-key campaign thus far, but the contenders could catch fire — especially Menendez and Hugin — as June gets closer
New Jersey Hit with Major Lawsuit Arguing It Must End School Segregation
Colleen O'Dea | May 18, 2018 | Education, Social
Legal action — led by former justice of state Supreme Court — looks to strike down law requiring students attend schools in their own communities
Segregation in New Jersey, Neither Chance nor Accident
Colleen O'Dea | May 17, 2018 | Social
Message to governor, argues author and fair-housing advocate, lead the push to truly integrate the Garden State
End of Debt Nightmare in Sight for Students Who’ve Defaulted on Loans
Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2018 | Education
Senate committee votes out bill requiring NJ Higher Education Assistance Authority to offer loan modification and consolidation to students in default
Online Tool Compares, Contrasts Health Issues in NJ’s Nine Largest Cities
Colleen O'Dea | May 15, 2018 | Healthcare
City Health Dashboard also juxtaposes Garden State data with 500 biggest communities across United States
Some NJ Congressional Primary Candidates Argue Party-Line Politics Are Unfair
Colleen O'Dea | May 14, 2018 | Politics
Deciding who the county party committee will endorse — thus who gets the party line on the ballot — is determined by a patchwork of processes that includes secret votes and show of hands
Paid Family-Leave Bill Would Mean More Time, More Money for Workers
Colleen O'Dea | May 11, 2018 | Politics
Co-sponsor Steve Sweeney calls measure ‘a lifeline for working families,’ but business owners and their advocates balk at the cost
Despite Campaign Promises, Murphy Plans to Raid Affordable-Housing Fund
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2018 | Housing
The governor wants to use almost $78 million dedicated to building homes for low- and middle-income residents to plug holes in the general fund
Deep Dive into Data Drives New Report on Guns and Crime
Colleen O'Dea | May 9, 2018 |
Governor announces monthly report — GUNStat — that parses all available data on firearms to help law enforcement fight crime
Red, White, or RosÉ — Assembly Bills to Help Build Up NJ’s Wineries
Colleen O'Dea | May 8, 2018 | More Issues
Eight measures that could make 2018 a very good year for New Jersey wines and the people who make them
The List: NJ’s Honduran Population Will Suffer from Loss of Protected Status
Colleen O'Dea | May 7, 2018 | The List
Administration’s decision to strip Hondurans of temporary protected status could affect 3,700 New Jersey residents and their communities
Interactive Map: Diversity Remains Elusive for NJ Schools and Districts
Colleen O'Dea | May 4, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Despite efforts to encourage integration, state’s public school system continues to be among the most segregated in the nation
New Jersey First State in Line to Ban Marriage for those Under 18
Colleen O'Dea | May 3, 2018 | Social
Despite some Republican opposition, there’s bipartisan support for effort to prevent teenagers, young girls especially, from being forced into unwanted unions
NJ Supreme Court Ruling Refines State’s Criminal Justice Reform Program
Colleen O'Dea | May 2, 2018 | More Issues
Unanimous decision says judges cannot determine whether to detain someone based solely on crime committed, except in cases of murder, sex trafficking, and other heinous offenses
Q&A with David Socolow, the New Executive Director at HESAA
Colleen O'Dea | May 1, 2018 | Education
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority is reinventing itself — with some legislative help — as an agency commited to helping students borrow wisely, without incurring a burden of debt
Program to Feed Hungry Kids, Families Should Build on Strong Foundation
Colleen O'Dea | April 30, 2018 | Social
Child and Adult Care Food Program is getting job done, according to report, but could reach more children and parents if it made needed reforms
New Jersey’s Voting Machines: Is Safe Enough Good Enough?
Colleen O'Dea | April 27, 2018 | Politics
Although the state’s voting machines aren’t linked to the internet, experts warn that gives officials a false sense of security. What’s needed are machines that deliver a paper audit trail of every vote
NJ's Top Court Ends Lifetime Registration for Minors Under Megan’s Law
Colleen O'Dea | April 25, 2018 | Social
Unanimous ruling says requiring juvenile sex offenders to register and notify their communities for life is violation of due process
Making Life a Little Easier for Women — or Any Parent — Serving Time in Prison
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2018 | Social
High-profile arrests of prison guards charged with sexual assault in state’s only women’s prison draw attention to problems some lawmakers say have been neglected too long
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