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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.

New laws hike liability insurance required for car owners and landlords

By: - August 5, 2022

Supporters say the laws are meant to protect motorists, renters, and others from the potentially catastrophic costs of accidents.

New law creates $45M electric school bus program

By: - August 4, 2022

State officials say electrifying New Jersey's school buses — a big source of pollution — will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

N.J. Supreme Court clarifies when inmates can win compassionate release

By: - August 4, 2022

The case is the first test of a 2021 law intended to broaden the number of people eligible to be released from prison because of physical incapacity.

In fight against invasive plants, strike team stepped up when New Jersey wouldn’t

By: - August 3, 2022

After New Jersey officials failed to implement plans to fight invasive plants, an independent strike team took on the job.

Civil rights advocates demand oversight of automated decision-making systems

By: - August 2, 2022

Governments rely on automated systems to decide things like health care eligibility and pretrial detention. Civil libertarians are concerned.

In battle over baby blood, Michigan case could have implications in N.J.

By: - August 1, 2022

A Michigan civil rights attorney has waged a 5-year fight against the indefinite storage of newborn blood spots, a case that could impact N.J.

What is fusion voting and why do some want to revive it in New Jersey?

By: - August 1, 2022

Fusion voting, which allows candidates to appear under multiple political parties on ballots, is illegal in N.J. Reformers aim to change that.

Rents in New Jersey remain unaffordable despite pandemic aid, report finds

By: - July 28, 2022

New Jersey remains among the least affordable states in the nation for renters, with a minimum-wage worker having to work 96 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Temporary housing aid put in place during the pandemic — emergency rental assistance and eviction moratoriums […]

Congressmen call for Amazon probe after worker’s death

By: and - July 28, 2022

Congressmen Donald Norcross and Frank Pallone want OSHA to investigate whether Amazon is hiding worker injuries from federal watchdogs.

N.J.’s lag in public record disputes ‘undermines transparency,’ watchdog says

By: - July 26, 2022

N.J.'s Government Records Council takes almost two years to decide public records disputes. That's far too long, the state comptroller says.

In fight against commercialization, park preservationists champion a beach for the birds

By: - July 26, 2022

Caven Point, a nesting habitat for migratory birds, has become a flashpoint in the fight against opening up Liberty State Park to commercialization.

Port Authority boss accused of torpedoing sister’s police promotion

By: - July 20, 2022

A Cedar Grove police captain says her brother — Port Authority chair Kevin O'Toole — derailed her police promotion because of a family feud.