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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.

New Jersey won’t tax student loan debt forgiven by Biden plan

By: - August 25, 2022

The federal government and some states consider canceled debt taxable income, but New Jersey does not.

Residents of Newark track trucks to highlight air pollution

By: - August 25, 2022

More than 3,000 garbage trucks, buses, car carriers, and tractor-trailers drove through five Newark intersections Wednesday.

Car insurance bills shine spotlight on lawmaker ethics

By: - August 23, 2022

Bills sponsored by Senate President Nicholas Scutari have been slammed by critics who say they will boost car insurance costs for motorists and enrich attorneys like himself.

New Jersey launches new student loan program

By: - August 18, 2022

The loans will be available for up to 300 college students training for careers in information technology, health care, and more.

Case of embattled councilwoman shines spotlight on N.J.’s tough recall law

By: - August 17, 2022

Any effort to recall Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise — or any New Jersey elected official — would require petitioners to climb a steep hurdle.

Governor Murphy drops testing mandate for unvaccinated teachers, state workers

By: - August 15, 2022

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have pushed for Murphy to drop the vaccinate-or-test requirement.

More tenant protections for senior citizens, people with disabilities under new bill

By: - August 15, 2022

Lawmakers want to extend the time senior citizens and people with disabilities have certain tenancy protections under state law.

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.