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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.

Lawmakers pass Liberty State Park redevelopment bill

By: - June 29, 2022

Critics of the bill unsuccessfully fought for a ban on large-scale development and protection for a bird nesting area.

Advocates call for more detailed demographic data to improve public policy

By: - June 29, 2022

The New Jersey Assembly is set to vote on a bill Wednesday that would require "data disaggregation" of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Court ruling on tinted windows a win in fight against unjustified police car stops

By: - June 28, 2022

The N.J. Supreme Court reinforced a state law on tinted car windows in ruling a 2018 police stop in Trenton unconstitutional.

Seven judicial nominees advanced for confirmation in effort to slash judge shortage

By: - June 28, 2022

A severe shortage of judges has backlogged cases and suspended several types of cases in some counties.

Lawmakers move to protect patients from states that criminalize abortion

By: and - June 27, 2022

Three bills would prevent extradition of out-of-state patients who get abortions here and insulate them from liability.

Courts must do more to ensure defendants’ right to speedy trial, N.J. Supreme Court says

By: - June 27, 2022

COVID restrictions and judicial vacancies are leading to yearslong trial delays, with defendants' liberty at stake, the chief justice warns

Protests and legislative pressure expected as N.J. prepares for fallout of abortion ruling

By: and - June 24, 2022

As New Jersey's pro-life community celebrated the fall of Roe v. Wade, abortion rights activists vowed to fight for expanded access.

N.J. officials expect surge in requests for concealed carry permits

By: - June 24, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy vowed to push for legislation to ban guns from "sensitive places" after the Supreme Court weakened N.J.'s concealed carry law.

New Jersey officials fear more gun violence after Supreme Court ruling

By: - June 23, 2022

For a century, New Jerseyans had to prove a "justifiable need" to carry a gun outside their home. A federal ruling has overturned that law.

Bill to open Liberty State Park to development speeds toward final vote

By: - June 23, 2022

Some park users want more active recreation at Liberty State Park, but environmentalists object to plans for large-scale development.

Illegal campfire started N.J.’s largest wildfire in 15 years, fire official says

By: - June 21, 2022

State environmental officials expect a wildfire in Wharton State Forest in the Pinelands will eventually burn 15,000 acres.

Lawmakers advance car insurance bill package despite affordability concerns

By: - June 21, 2022

The car insurance bills aim to increase protection for victims of vehicular crashes. But critics warn they'll spike premiums.