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NJ Kids Rank Well in Health and Education, Less Well in Economic Security
Colleen O'Dea | June 17, 2019 | Social
New report rates state fifth in nation for how its children are faring overall, but New Jersey does not do well in key area; racial gap remains a concern
Tightening Gun-Control Laws and Making NJ Smarter About Smart Guns
Colleen O'Dea | June 14, 2019 | Politics
Assembly committee debates eight-bill package meant to further lock down laws concerning firearms, hears opinions from gun owners and those in favor of more restrictions
Census 2020: Innovation Could Boost Participation — But It Won’t Come Cheap
Colleen O'Dea | June 12, 2019 | Social
A census coloring book for kids, tablets and laptops loaded with surveys, websites and social media: It’s no wonder census champions are turning to New Jersey’s philanthropic organizations
Republicans Say Senate Bill to End Rent Discrimination Unfair to Landlords
Colleen O'Dea | June 11, 2019 | Housing
Ending discrimination is goal of measure voted out in Senate, but critics say it forces landlords to accept renters into their own houses — even if they are uncomfortable with their presence
Booker’s Affordable-Housing Plan Features Tax Credit for Renters
Colleen O'Dea | June 7, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
The costs of national program, estimated at $134B, would be borne by changes in estate-tax rules
The Big Bump: Accounting for Higher Voter Turnout in NJ’s Primary Election
Colleen O'Dea | June 6, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Mail-in ballots, increased enthusiasm for political process — what’s behind unexpected uptick in a year when state Assembly topped the ticket?
‘MAGA’ Assemblyman Loses in Otherwise Uneventful Night of Election Results
Colleen O'Dea | June 5, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Yesterday’s primary elections in New Jersey delivered few surprises; the most notable result was the failure of South Jersey GOP incumbent Joe Howarth to win re-election
Despite Low-Key Run-Up to Primaries, There Are Still Contests to Keep Tabs On
Colleen O'Dea | June 4, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Residents tend to stay home when the Assembly is at the top of the ticket, but that can limit their say when legislators are determining public policy
Affordable Housing in New Jersey: No Turning Back from Court Control?
Colleen O'Dea | June 3, 2019 | Roundtables
At NJ Spotlight roundtable, assemblywoman makes case for resurrecting Council on Affordable Housing, but advocates say current court-controlled process must continue
Teaching the young how to recognize and report sexual abuse
Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2019 | Education
Lawmakers approve bill requiring development of curriculum for all public school students in New Jersey, including pre-K
Murphy’s Appearance in ‘Let’s Talk’ Internet Ad Has Top Dems Seeing Red
Colleen O'Dea | May 29, 2019 | Politics
Governor’s star turn after conditionally vetoing dark money disclosure bill has party leaders in both houses arguing ad ventures into questionable territory
Mixed Reaction to Rabner’s New Rules on Immigrant Courthouse Arrests by ICE
Colleen O'Dea | May 28, 2019 | Immigration
While praising aspects of New Jersey Supreme Court chief justice’s directive, immigrants’ rights organization says it does not go far enough
In Struggling AC, A Special Focus On Problems Faced By The Young
Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2019 | Social
Survey: 14% of city youngsters are thriving, 39% have the tools needed to succeed, 37% are vulnerable and 10% are challenged or fragile
Lawmakers Seek to Curb Time Inmates Spend in Solitary Confinement
Colleen O'Dea | May 23, 2019 | Social
Advocates hope bill will fare better under Murphy administration, given governor’s professed progressive opinions
Candidates in NJ Legislative Primaries Not Looking to Burn Through a Lot of Cash
Colleen O'Dea | May 21, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
With only one Senate seat up for grabs and no hotly contested races, there are no reasons for the big money to get pumped into an election
Libraries Must Wait for Access to Much-Needed Bond Funds
Colleen O'Dea | May 20, 2019 | More Issues
It’s 18 months since voters approved $125 million to upgrade municipal and county libraries, but officials are still teasing out the regulations
Grewal Joins Other AGs In Battle Over Relaxing Payday-loan Rules
Colleen O'Dea | May 17, 2019 | More Issues
Under Trump, a federal consumer-watchdog agency is stepping away from ruling that some lenders used ‘unfair and abusive practices’
Lawmakers Advance Measures to Ease NJ Property Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | May 16, 2019 | Budget
Bipartisan support in committee for a bill that could cost state more than $330 million annually in restored municipal aid; two other bills are more contentious
Will Murphy’s CV Deal a Death Blow to NJ’s Dark-Money Bill?
Colleen O'Dea | May 14, 2019 | Politics
Governor argues his conditional veto addresses ‘egregious loopholes’ in the legislation. Opponents claim it protects groups that contributed to his campaign
NJ Makes Move to Recruit More Men of Color as Teachers
Colleen O'Dea | May 13, 2019 | Education
New Jersey is more diverse than the nation, yet the state’s teacher ranks are a long way from reflecting that diversity
Dark-money Disclosure Bill Facing Conditional Veto By Murphy?
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2019 | Politics
Advocates launch bid to sway governor; critics say bill as written is too broad
Profile: Mayor of Montgomery Has a Number Of Firsts to Her Name
Colleen O'Dea | May 8, 2019 | Profiles
Sadaf Jaffer, New Jersey’s first female Muslim mayor, says: ‘I want to be that person I needed to see when I was younger’
On Eve of Primaries, NJ Is at Early Stage of Shoring Up Election Security
Colleen O'Dea | May 6, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
New Jersey wasn’t one of the 21 states whose electoral systems were targeted by Russian hackers in 2016, but it has weaknesses at both state and county level
More Money for ‘Energized’ Agenda on Housing, Community Programs
Colleen O'Dea | May 3, 2019 | Housing
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver promises big year for Department of Community Affairs after a decade of ‘atrophy’
Jury Is Still Out On Net Result For New Jerseyans Of Trump Tax Cuts
Colleen O'Dea | May 1, 2019 | Budget
Some data show most paid less to Uncle Sam for 2018, but individuals also report big jumps stemming from caps on tax deductions and donations
Is NJ Prepared to Spend $9M — $1 Per Person — to Ensure Accurate Census Count?
Colleen O'Dea | April 30, 2019 | Politics
The Murphy administration has allocated $2.45 million for a census outreach campaign, but advocates and some lawmakers say more than three times that amount is needed
NJ Department of Human Services Makes Helping Homeless Priority No. 1
Colleen O'Dea | April 29, 2019 | Social
Changes in programs bolster support for young adults, families with children, make help available over longer periods
Protestors Demand Essex County End Contract to House ICE Detainees
Colleen O'Dea | April 25, 2019 | Immigration
Financing county with ‘blood money’ is how one advocate characterizes being paid by federal agency to hold immigrants in county jail
Analysis: Most Older Residents Don’t Tap Available Food Assistance
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2019 | Social
Anti-hunger group estimates that 48 percent of New Jerseyans 60 and older who are eligible for SNAP got the food assistance
Some NJ Districts Pile Up Debt Building Schools, Others Are Debt-Free
Colleen O'Dea | April 22, 2019 | Education
Although New Jersey is in better shape than the country as a whole for school debt, paying off construction bonds costs about a quarter of state’s annual debt service
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