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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.

Store owners battle Union Township over claims they sold marijuana, not hemp products

By: - February 14, 2024

Union officials say the store's owners were selling marijuana without a license, but the owners say the store sold only legal hemp products.

Temp worker advocates say staffing agencies are flouting new law

By: - February 12, 2024

About 40 complaints have been filed with the Department of Labor in relation to the temp workers’ law, according to a department spokeswoman.

Three judicial nominees advanced over objections from GOP about partisan balance of courts

By: - February 9, 2024

If they are confirmed on the Senate floor, the nominees would reduce the current number of judicial vacancies from 48 to 45.

Advocates fear would-be successors to Sen. Bob Menendez lack his commitment to immigrants

By: - February 9, 2024

Immigrant advocates say they fear the Democrats seeking to replace Sen. Bob Menendez will not be as aggressive an advocate for immigrants as he is.

NJ Transit says it is ready for World Cup fans

By: - February 7, 2024

NJ Transit officials say they are up to the task of ferrying soccer fans to and from MetLife Stadium in 2026 when the World Cup comes to East Rutherford.

Democrats’ moderate and liberal wings at odds in primary for 7th District House seat

By: - February 2, 2024

Democrats in Rep. Tom Kean Jr.'s district have a choice between activist Sue Altman and counterterrorism professor Jason Blazakis in June's primary.

Jersey City says armed cops cannot use cannabis off duty. Police union says that’s ‘pure hogwash’

By: - February 1, 2024

Jersey City officials have argued that federal law bars anyone who owns a firearm from using cannabis, a claim the union disputes.

Turnpike, Parkway tolls will go up March 1, to dismay of lawmakers and motorists

By: - January 30, 2024

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they are concerned over Gov. Phil Murphy’s approval of the toll hike plan.

Bill to ban smoking in Atlantic City casinos advances in Senate

By: - January 30, 2024

Smoking was banned in most indoor places in 2006, but that ban exempted casinos. Lawmakers took the first step Monday to close that loophole.

Delayed Turnpike, Parkway toll increases set for approval

By: - January 29, 2024

Three months after Murphy vetoed the Turnpike Authority budget over a 3% toll hike, the agency is set to approve the increases again Tuesday.

Senate panel advances bill to ban discrimination on height, weight

By: - January 26, 2024

New Jersey would become the second state with a law including height and weight in anti-discrimination laws, behind Michigan

Lawmakers want a new rider advocate for NJ Transit

By: - January 25, 2024

Sen. Raj Mukherji said it doesn't sent the right message to NJ Transit riders if the state has no independent voice who represents their interests.