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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.

Fight to ban smoking in Atlantic City casinos continues, with key vote scheduled

By: - January 24, 2024

Just three weeks into the Legislature’s new session, a long-stalled bill to ban smoking in casinos is scheduled for a key vote Monday.

Gov. Murphy among Democrats asking Biden, Congress for migrant aid

By: - January 23, 2024

The group of governors asked Congress to take swift action to pass a comprehensive border security and immigration legislative package.

Cannabis consumption lounges will create ‘safe spaces’ to consume, business owners say

By: - January 23, 2024

State cannabis regulators last week unanimously approved rules allowing for consumption areas attached to certain dispensaries.

New Jersey consumers will have right to opt out of online data collection under new law

By: - January 19, 2024

The law will require certain entities that do business in New Jersey to notify customers when their personal data is collected and disclosed to third parties.

N.J.’s high court allows warrantless search of bag abandoned during arrest

By: - January 18, 2024

The defendant in the case the court reviewed had no right to challenge the warrantless search of a suitcase he had abandoned outside Newark Penn Station, the court ruled.

Free school lunch program to expand in New Jersey public, private schools

By: - January 17, 2024

Another 51,000 kids will be eligible for free school breakfast or lunch starting in September, the second expansion of the program in two years.

Gov. Murphy signs immigrant rights bills amid controversy surrounding migrant buses

By: - January 12, 2024

Among the bills signed into law is one that will extend job protections to the tens of thousands of New Jersey domestic workers.

New Jersey argues courts can’t stop it from shutting down private immigration jail

By: - January 12, 2024

New Jersey and prison operator CoreCivic are battling in court over whether the state can ban private companies from detaining immigrants.

Supporters vow to revive some of the 10K bills now dead in Trenton

By: , and - January 11, 2024

The Legislature sent Gov. Phil Murphy a slew of bills this week, but a number of high-profile measures died when its last session ended Tuesday.

Dozens of new lawmakers sworn in as a new legislative session starts

By: and - January 9, 2024

More than a quarter of the lawmakers are new to the Statehouse, and six members moved from the Assembly to the state Senate. 

Domestic workers celebrate passage of bill granting them new labor protections

By: - January 9, 2024

Under the measure, employers would be barred from paying workers less than the state minimum wage and must provide paid breaks.

New Jersey needs ‘a new leader’ in the U.S. Senate, Latina labor leader says

By: - January 8, 2024

Patricia Campos-Medina last week became the fourth Democrat to say they intend to seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in June.