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Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo comes to the New Jersey Monitor from WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station, and the Philadelphia Daily News, a paper known for exposing corruption and holding public officials accountable. Prior to that, she worked at newspapers in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and suburban Philadelphia and has freelanced for various local and national magazines, newspapers and websites. She lives in Central Jersey with her husband, a photojournalist, and their two children.

Legislators advance bill to protect state certification of LGBTQ-owned businesses

By: - February 22, 2024

LGBTQ business owners already can get state-certified under a 2022 executive order, but the legislation would codify the process.

ACLU starts clemency project in New Jersey to fight unjust prison terms

By: - February 22, 2024

The ACLU will first focus on incarcerated domestic violence victims and people who got longer sentences at trial after rejecting plea deals.

Pro-Palestinian protestors embrace disruption to push politicians to act on Gaza war

By: - February 22, 2024

New Jersey activists have disrupted speeches, stormed offices, and protested outside political party meetings to demand a cease-fire in Gaza.

Controversial police training firm files for bankruptcy, blames New Jersey investigations

By: - February 21, 2024

The state Comptroller's office blasted police training Street Cop gave 1,000 cops in 2021. The firm now blames its bankruptcy on the state.

College students convicted of hazing would lose financial aid under new bill

By: - February 20, 2024

A state lawmaker wants to hold college students financially accountable for hazing by yanking their state financial aid.

Majority of N.J. residents not on board with state electric vehicle mandate, poll shows

By: - February 19, 2024

Three months after the Murphy administration ordered all new cars sold in N.J. to be electric by 2035, a poll shows flagging public support.

New legislator vows to be loud on wind, crime, and other issues impacting the Shore and beyond

By: - February 19, 2024

Republican Paul Kanitra, one of 27 new legislators who joined the New Jersey Assembly last month, says he refuses to be a backbencher.

State to distribute $95M to expand safe-syringe sites and addiction recovery services

By: - February 15, 2024

N.J. will expand safe-syringe sites and fund housing and mobile services. The state is expected to get more than $1B in the next two decades.

Federal appeals court affirms retired law enforcement officers’ right to carry guns

By: - February 15, 2024

A federal appeals panel says New Jersey can't enforce stricter requirements than federal law allows for retired cops who want to carry guns.

Democrats dominate in getting bills to become laws, with leadership snagging the most wins

By: - February 15, 2024

Republicans introduced just 6% of the bills that became state law in NJ’s last legislative session, despite holding 41% of legislative seats.

New bill targeting book censorship at libraries leads to partisan clash

By: - February 15, 2024

Book banners and free-speech advocates disagree over a new bill intended to prohibit censorship and protect school and community librarians.

Public defender’s office urges legislators to reform ‘draconian’ parole system

By: - February 13, 2024

The N.J. Office of the Public Defender is calling on lawmakers to make several changes to the state's parole system in a new report.