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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
Weinberg: Language in New Anti-harassment Rule Is ‘Affront to Survivors’
Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2019 | More Issues
Civil Service spokesman says proposed rule will reflect what Gov. Phil Murphy wants
With Kean’s Declaration, NJ’s 2020 Congressional Races Are Off and Running
Colleen O'Dea | April 18, 2019 | Politics
GOP already out gunning for state’s four freshman Democrats who flipped their districts from red to blue, characterizing them as ‘socialists’
Newark NIMBY on State Plan to Build Juvenile Justice Facility in Brick City
Colleen O'Dea | April 16, 2019 | Social
Social justice advocates argue money earmarked for incarceration would be better spent on rehabilitation
The List: NJ Schools that ‘Underachieve’ in Serving Free Breakfast to Students
Colleen O'Dea | April 15, 2019 | The List
The top 10 high-poverty schools in New Jersey that serve breakfast to fewer than 20 percent of eligible schoolgoers
Lawsuit Challenges Gender Designation Rule in Party Committee Elections
Colleen O'Dea | April 12, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
The one-male/one female rule for each district was an attempt to ensure that women could play a role in politics
New Jersey Gives Hate and Hate Crimes Fewer Places to Hide
Colleen O'Dea | April 10, 2019 | Social
Attorney general’s office releases new guidelines for handling bias crimes, calls on Facebook to monitor Ocean County group ‘inciting violence against Orthodox Jews’
Pay-to-play Filings for 2018 Show Dip in Contributions by Contractors
Colleen O'Dea | April 9, 2019 | Politics
Report shows more than 1,900 companies that did business with state, county, municipal and other public entities in 2018 made $9M+ in political contributions
Middlesex County Democrats Try to Overturn ‘Outdated’ Gender Rule
Colleen O'Dea | April 8, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
The county, like some others, still requires voters to choose one male and one female for county party committees. Critic calls it ‘classic’ sex and gender discrimination
Closing NJ’s ‘Shameful’ Wealth Gap Between Whites, People of Color
Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2019 | Social, The Booker Beat
Social advocacy group urges Garden State to get behind Individual Development Accounts, a matched approach to savings funded by participants, nonprofits, and the state
Amid Lingering Concerns, State Report on Bail Reform Notes Successes
Colleen O'Dea | April 3, 2019 | Social
A report by the state judiciary shows that fears of ‘chaos’ and ‘mayhem’ have failed to come to fruition
All Quiet on Primary Front — with State Assembly Races Topping 2019 Ballot
Colleen O'Dea | April 2, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Even with Democratic or Republican contests in more than 40 percent of Assembly districts, mostly party loyalists will turn out, and nominations likely to go those who have the party line
NJ Urged to Put More Money and Speed Into 2020 Census Preparations
Colleen O'Dea | April 1, 2019 | Politics
Events take place across the state today to highlight next year’s census, but some advocates are concerned that New Jersey is late to the task and is not spending enough
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