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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.

Residents, council members denounce Edison mayor’s comments on migrants

By: - January 5, 2024

Edison Mayor Sam Joshi should apologize for saying he wants to send migrants back across the southern border, residents and council members said Thursday.

Bill would require state to translate ‘vital’ docs into seven languages

By: - January 5, 2024

Supporters said it would be a key step for a state where more than 30% of the population speaks a language other than English at home.

Gov. Murphy signs bill to allow some 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections

By: - January 4, 2024

Supporters of the law say it will help engage more youth voters in the democratic process.

Immigrant advocates alarmed at comments directed at migrants dropped off in New Jersey

By: - January 4, 2024

New Jersey has “pass-the-buck energy” when it comes to people who have crossed the border looking for a better life, one advocate said.

N.J.’s cannabis industry is booming, with more than 50 new dispensaries opening in 2023

By: - December 27, 2023

As New Jersey's cannabis industry nears the two-year mark, small businesses are finally starting to thrive.

New Jersey’s rising unemployment makes economic future uncertain

By: - December 26, 2023

New Jersey's labor force is growing, but its unemployment rate climbed from 3.4% in January to 4.7% in November.

Lawmakers OK bill allowing some 17-year-olds to vote in primaries

By: - December 22, 2023

The bill’s supporters say it would help encourage good voting habits in Garden State youth. 

Bill requiring union notification in fatal police encounters draws reformers’ ire

By: and - December 21, 2023

The bill would provide “basic, common decency notification” to a police union before one of its members is identified to the public as being involved in a fatal encounter, its sponsor said.

Turnpike, Parkway toll hikes remain on hold as agency ends 2023 with no new budget

By: - December 19, 2023

The agency's last scheduled meeting of the year ended without approval of a new budget, meaning its 2023 budget remains in effect.

Senate panel delays vote on bill to allow ex-offenders to sit on juries

By: - December 19, 2023

New Jersey is one of a handful of states that have a lifetime ban on people who have been convicted of an indictable offense from serving on juries.

Bill banning smoking in casinos won’t be voted on until next year, sponsor says

By: - December 13, 2023

Casino owners and business groups claim a smoking ban would result in fewer customers and harm Atlantic City’s economy.

N.J. Senate confirms 11 new Superior Court judges, chipping away at vacancies

By: - December 11, 2023

Gov. Phil Murphy said that the new judges approved Monday are both majority women and majority people of color.