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.

N.J. train engineers ordered back to work after labor dispute sparks Juneteenth callouts

By: - June 20, 2022

A federal judge on Sunday ordered New Jersey Transit train engineers back to work after hundreds called out sick over the weekend in a labor protest, prompting widespread cancelations and delays. Jim Brown, general chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, emailed all train engineers last Monday about Juneteenth, a federal and state […]

Bill advances that would allow commercial development at Liberty State Park

By: - June 16, 2022

A state Senate panel unanimously advanced a $250 million plan Thursday to open Liberty State Park to commercial development, despite opposition from preservationists who have spent years fighting efforts to privatize New Jersey’s most popular state park. More than 100 people packed a public hearing held by the Senate’s environment committee in Trenton on a bill Sen. […]

Cities, rural counties have highest incarceration rates in N.J., study finds

By: - June 16, 2022

While New Jersey cities continue to send the most people to prison, some of its most rural counties have disproportionately high incarceration rates, a new study says. About half of the people now imprisoned in New Jersey come from its cities — Newark, Camden, Paterson, Trenton, Jersey City, Atlantic City, and Elizabeth, according to the report, […]

Advocates urge more recycling, manufacturer responsibility to reduce plastic waste

By: - June 14, 2022

Six weeks after New Jersey’s plastic bag ban started, those worried about plastic piling up in landfills or polluting waterways are already plotting what’s next to reduce or recycle an immortal material once hailed as a scientific wonder. Some are counting the days until a new state law takes effect in January 2024 that bans […]

Pilots, airport owners plead for expanded state funding, more time to spend it

By: - June 13, 2022

New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation last week that would give airports more time to use state funding for improvements because of the lengthy period it can take them to secure local approvals. Airport owners and pilots who testified in support of a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer) said the measure would better ensure safety in […]

To make car stops safer, bill would require driver’s manuals to list drivers’ duties, rights

By: - June 13, 2022

Two state lawmakers want to require the state to print motorists’ rights and responsibilities during police stops in the driver’s manual, a measure intended to make interactions with cops safer. Assemblyman Herb Conaway Jr. (D-Burlington) and Assemblywoman Shanique Speight (D-Essex) introduced the bill earlier this month. “It’s certainly been raised in the public’s mind that more often than anybody […]

Court loss for four N.J. men with prior marijuana charges

By: - June 9, 2022

A New Jersey appeals panel on Thursday ruled against four men who sought to enter a diversionary program for first-time criminal offenders even though they all had used a similar program previously when charged with marijuana possession. One lawyer who supported the men in court says the decision flies in the face of a state law the […]

In fight to restore a historic battlefield, state urged to support heritage tourism

By: - June 9, 2022

Mention Princeton and the Revolutionary War likely isn’t what springs to mind. But the town best known for its Ivy League university played a pivotal role in American independence, with one of the war’s most influential battles won there. Preservationists are working to make the Princeton Battlefield State Park as big a draw as Valley […]

Critics say new bill would leave Liberty State Park open to ‘privatization’

By: - June 7, 2022

A state senator wants to create a permanent task force to recommend ways to develop Liberty State Park, reviving a years-long battle environmentalists and park supporters have fought to fend off privatization of New Jersey’s busiest public park. Sen. Brian Stack (D-Hudson) introduced a bill Monday that would allocate $250 million to a 17-member task […]

New Jersey expanding program pairing cops with mental health counselors

By: - June 6, 2022

A program that pairs plainclothes state troopers with mental health experts to better respond to mental health crises will expand to Elizabeth and Linden in Union County, acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced Monday. The program is intended to deescalate potentially volatile encounters between police and people in crisis from emotional distress or a mental […]

Impending departure of ‘constitutional giant’ has some wondering about future of N.J. high court

By: - June 6, 2022

The imminent retirement of Justice Barry Albin from the New Jersey Supreme Court has some criminal justice reformers anxious about the future. Reformers say Albin, one of the court’s staunchest liberals, brought a unique perspective to the court as the only sitting justice with a background in public defense and civil rights. He will hit […]

Six correctional officers accused of lying about inmate attack

By: - June 4, 2022

Six correctional officers have been criminally charged and accused of pepper-spraying and injuring a compliant inmate while forcibly removing him from his cell, acting Attorney General Matt Platkin said Friday. The officers — a sergeant and five senior correctional officers — then lied and tried to cover up the April 2020 incident as a justified […]