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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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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