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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
Redirect Remaining Sandy Aid to Victims Who Still Are Not Back in Homes, State Urged
Colleen O'Dea | August 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment, Planning
Six years after superstorm’s devastation, not all recovery money has been spent. Advocates want some to go to people who are trying to ‘cross the finish line’
Top Court Sends Montclair State Back to Drawing Board Over New Campus Exit
Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2018 | Planning
Because plans would affect public safety, state Supreme Court returns case to Superior Court to make sure legitimate county concerns are taken into consideration
State Agency to Partner with Hospitals on Housing Initiative
Colleen O'Dea | August 6, 2018 | Healthcare, Housing
As part of pilot program, Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency will provide matching funds for homes to be built near healthcare facilities
Interactive Map: Eviction Filings Dip to Lowest Level in More than a Decade
Colleen O'Dea | August 3, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Despite reductions, tenant advocates and attorneys claim a crisis still exists, especially in Essex County — particularly Newark — which saw more than 40,000 filings in fiscal 2018
New Jersey Supreme Court Tightens Standards for Expert Testimony
Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2018 | More Issues
According to rigorous new guidelines, expert witnesses must demonstrate their testimony adheres to scientifically accepted methodology
NJ Suburbs Bounce Back as Older Millennials Go for House and Garden
Colleen O'Dea | August 1, 2018 | Social
Population of New Jersey’s suburban ring springs back even as three most urban counties continue to grow. Millennial generation is key
Civil Rights Coalition Calls for End to Core Element of NJ Bail Reform
Colleen O'Dea | July 31, 2018 | Social
Group fears computer risk-assessment tools can worsen racial disparities in who gets released while awaiting trial
The Babies in New Jersey Who Start Out with ‘Odds Stacked Against Them’
Colleen O'Dea | July 30, 2018 | Social
Advocacy group’s first-ever population report on NJ’s infants and toddlers highlights their higher rate of relative poverty, and vulnerability to health and safety problems
Grewal Tries to Block Texas Company’s Release of Plans for 3-D Guns on Internet
Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2018 | Social
AG orders company to ‘cease and desist’ from making computer files available online that NJ residents could use to ‘print’ their own guns
Charges of Racism Leveled at Assembly Hearing on Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | July 26, 2018 | Housing
Claims that towns don’t have adequate infrastructure or large enough school systems to meet steep housing obligations dismissed as economic segregation
Booker Leads NJ Opposition to Census Question on Citizenship
Colleen O'Dea | July 25, 2018 | Politics
Senator calls proposal ‘shameful attempt to inject nativist, bigoted politics’ into population count. New Jersey groups mobilize to stop it
New Law Requiring Candidates to Provide Email Helps Voters Stay Connected
Colleen O'Dea | July 24, 2018 | Politics
Governor puts his signature to bill finally ending state’s inefficient, ineffective reliance on snail mail to reach candidates
Latest NJ Court Move: Huge Number of Old Warrants Could be Quashed
Colleen O'Dea | July 23, 2018 | More Issues
Following fast on recommendations for major reforms in municipal courts, panel of judges will review hundreds of thousands of warrants
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