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Costs Outpace Wages in NJ, More Households Can’t Afford Basic Necessities
Colleen O'Dea | October 22, 2018 | Social
Many New Jerseyans don’t have enough income to cover housing, food, transportation, healthcare, and taxes
It’s Raining Political Money on Garden State, Almost All on Democrats
Colleen O'Dea | October 19, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Congressional campaigns are ‘awash in cash.’ Hugin Senate campaign is lone GOP big spender
NJ Sexual Harassment Policies Pale Beside Those of Corporate America
Colleen O'Dea | October 18, 2018 | Social
State department and agency protocols can differ extensively, or be absent entirely — as is the case with the New Jersey Senate, which has no written hiring protocols in place
Commission to Investigate Administration’s Actions in Sexual-Assault Case
Colleen O'Dea | October 17, 2018 | Politics
Legislative group will also review government hiring practices, conduct of background checks, and how criminal justice system handles allegations of sex offenses
The List: Top Ten Counties in NJ for Federal Farm Subsidies
Colleen O'Dea | October 15, 2018 | The List
New Jersey is among the states that reap the least in annual federal aid to farmers, getting only a fraction of the $20 billion paid out
Trying to Repurpose NJ’s Empty or Underused Strip Malls and Offices
Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2018 | Planning
There’s a new grant program for municipalities to redevelop ‘ghost malls’ and underutilized commercial properties
Murphy Pledges to Help Workers Whose Jobs Could Fall to Robots, Technology
Colleen O'Dea | October 10, 2018 | More Issues
Governor sets up task force, says New Jersey must prepare for ‘profound impact’ of technological changes
Revamp of Municipal Courts Moves Ahead, Legislation in the Pipeline
Colleen O'Dea | October 9, 2018 | More Issues
Chief Justice pushes reforms, lawmaker offers legislatives fixes after report said local courts should focus more on justice than on money
Interactive Map: NJ Leans Blue, But Not Everyone Registered Goes to Vote
Colleen O'Dea | October 5, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2018
Trying to call the congressional contests is more of a challenge than ever — gender, education, wealth, age, and race must all be factored into the equation
Conservative Group Sues Over NJ Limit on When People Can Quit Labor Unions
Colleen O'Dea | October 4, 2018 | Politics
Michigan-based organization files suit on behalf of three union members from Lakewood, charges Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to get around U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling
Murphy Pledges New Tax Credits, Other Programs for Housing, Communities
Colleen O'Dea | October 3, 2018 | Housing
Governor says his new economic plan will help rejuvenate rundown neighborhoods, give tax credits for affordable housing
It Just Became Easier to Clean A Criminal Record in the Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | October 1, 2018 | Social
Courts already deal with 10,000 expungement applications annually. Reforms ‘will open the door’ for thousands more to apply
Is There Anything More to New Jersey’s U.S. Senate Race than Negative Ads?
Colleen O'Dea | September 28, 2018 | Elections 2018
With six weeks to go to the election, New Jersey voters have suffered through a stream of negative ads — but neither Menendez nor Hugin has touched on substantive issues
New Jersey’s Newest Gangs: Younger, More Violent, and Posting their Crimes Online
Colleen O'Dea | September 27, 2018 | Social
Children as young as eight years old are in neighborhood gangs that use social media as ‘electronic billboards’ to intimidate rivals, show off weapons
New Jersey’s Youngest Parents: Short on Skills, Cash, and a Viable Future
Colleen O'Dea | September 25, 2018 | Social
Without education and training — or even affordable childcare — the Garden State’s youngest families can trap two generations in a cycle of poverty and disappointment, report says
The Challenge Facing New Jersey’s Suburbs: ‘Adapt in Order to Survive’
Colleen O'Dea | September 24, 2018 | Planning
Could suburban communities really empty out if officials don’t plan better to meet the demand for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods?
Foreclosures Way Down In NJ, New Proposals for Ways to Ease Process Further
Colleen O'Dea | September 21, 2018 | Housing
Numbers have been reduced to fewer than 28,000 but report recommends many improvements, including counseling and mediation services
Momentum for State to Buy Foreclosed Homes, Turn Into Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | September 19, 2018 | Housing
Similar measures failed repeatedly under Gov. Christie, but proponents optimistic his successor will look favorably on plan to remake thousands of bank-owned homes
Interactive Map: NJ’s Election Spending, Where’s the Cash Coming from?
Colleen O'Dea | September 17, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2018
An unusually large number of competitive contests for New Jersey’s congressional seats, a Senate candidate with deep pockets, and funding from outside groups make for costliest election ever
Incomes Rose in NJ Last Year but Significant Number of Residents Remain in Poverty
Colleen O'Dea | September 13, 2018 | Social
Earnings rose for New Jerseyans in 2017, according to new census data, and fewer people were categorized as poor. Women continue to earn less than men
There’s Money for Upgrading NJ Election Security but Little for Vital Paper Trail
Colleen O'Dea | September 12, 2018 | Politics, Elections 2018
Despite expert opinion that, without paper ballots, New Jersey’s election system is far from secure, state allots negligible amount to remedy that weakness
Millennials Not Hotfooting It Out of New Jersey After All — Report
Colleen O'Dea | September 11, 2018 | Social
Painting a different picture from two recent studies, a new report finds that young adults are not leaving the Garden State any faster than previous generations
The Man at the Center of New Jersey’s Affordable Housing Debate
Colleen O'Dea | September 10, 2018 | Housing
Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, new chairman of key housing committee, says the conversation on fair and cost-effective accommodation in Garden State has just begun
AG Launches Investigation into Possible Sex Crimes Involving Catholic Priests
Colleen O'Dea | September 7, 2018 | Social
Allegations of extensive clerical child abuse in Pennsylvania prompt Grewal to create task force, establish new sex-abuse hotline
State’s Complete Count Commission Knows NJ Can’t Afford a Sloppy Census
Colleen O'Dea | September 6, 2018 | More Issues
But there are daunting challenges ahead, like making sure hard-to-count populations — such as undocumented immigrants and the urban poor — participate fully in 2020 Census
Candidates Continue to Turn Up the Heat in NJ’s Hottest Campaigns
Colleen O'Dea | September 4, 2018 | Politics
An unexpectedly narrow margin in the state’s Senate race, and plenty of outside money buying TV spots and looking to flip red districts, are keeping some New Jersey’s contests on the boil
Explainer: How New Jersey’s Court-Approved Plans for Affordable Housing Work
Colleen O'Dea | August 16, 2018 | Explainer
NJ’s plans for affordable housing are blueprints that do not require municipalities to build a single home
The List: Taking the Measure of New Jersey’s Ten Tallest Lighthouses
Colleen O'Dea | August 15, 2018 | The List
The lonely job of lighthouse keeper has been eliminated by automation, but visiting one of the state’s historic lighthouses — and in some cases climbing to the top — is a great summer outing
Court Rules Jersey City Can Keep Some Funds from Failed Journal Square Project
Colleen O'Dea | August 10, 2018 | Planning
Appellate court decides municipality must return $2 million to developer but can hold onto $700,000 paid into affordable-housing trust fund
State Supreme Court Sides with Legislature over Christie-Era Job Rule
Colleen O'Dea | August 9, 2018 | Politics
Court affirms right of lawmakers to override actions by state agencies, repudiates effort to weaken civil service protections
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