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Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Muñoz, a New Jersey native and former Trenton statehouse reporter for NJ.com, shined a spotlight on the state’s crumbling unemployment system and won several awards for investigative reporting from the New Jersey Press Association. She was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her report on PetSmart's grooming practices, which was also recognized by the New York Press Club. Sophie speaks Spanish and is proud to connect to the Latinx community through her reporting.

N.J. is sparking up, bringing in millions in tax revenue from cannabis

By: - August 12, 2022

New Jersey raked in $4.6 million in tax revenue in the first 10 weeks since recreational cannabis sales launched. The tax revenue came from nearly $80 million customers spent on legal recreational marijuana between April 21 and June 30, the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission announced in a statement Friday. It includes more than $219,000 in […]

Call for probe into Amazon working conditions after reports of more worker deaths

By: - August 11, 2022

Action must be taken now to ensure Amazon workers’ lives are respected, one labor advocacy group says (Edwin J. Torres/New Jersey Governor's Office)

Lawmakers propose tax credits for N.Y. businesses opening offices in N.J.

By: - August 10, 2022

The tax credits are intended to allow Garden State commuters to avoid a proposed congestion tax across the Hudson.

New Jersey declares drought watch, first since 2016

By: - August 9, 2022

New Jersey's top environmental official is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water until drought conditions improve.

Senate sends temp worker rights bill to governor’s desk after do-over vote

By: - August 8, 2022

The measure would force staffing agencies to pay temp workers no less than their permanent counterparts, among other requirements.

Lawmakers to take do-over vote on bill protecting rights of temp workers

By: - August 5, 2022

A procedural mistake during a voting session in late June will require the lawmakers to cast their votes again Monday.

With car thefts still on the rise, lawmakers propose new penalties

By: - August 5, 2022

Two state senators are introducing legislation they say will address what authorities characterize as an alarming rise in car thefts by stiffening penalties for ringleaders who recruit minors to steal cars and imposing new consequences for repeat offenders. “We may not get you tomorrow, damn it. But we’re coming for you,” said state Sen. Richard […]

New Jersey rules permitting outdoor dining extended to 2024

By: - August 3, 2022

A pandemic-era law that eased local rules on outdoor dining will be extended for another two years.

Plenty of ideas on how N.J. should spend $1B in leftover federal aid

By: - August 3, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy's office is hosting online meetings so residents can suggest ways the state can spend unallocated federal aid.

Plan to widen portion of the New Jersey Turnpike draws heavy opposition

By: - July 28, 2022

The proposed $4.7 billion project would reconstruct and widen the 8.1-mile section of the Turnpike from exit 14 to the Holland Tunnel entrance in Jersey City

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.

Warren Buffett firm settles $20 million redlining case out of Camden, Philly area

By: - July 27, 2022

Trident Mortgage systemically underserved and avoided services in majority-minority neighborhoods, federal officials announced Wednesday