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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.

In Clark, voters reelect incumbents who supported $400k payout to cover up racism scandal

By: - November 9, 2022

Clark voters on Tuesday reelected four Republican allies of Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, who was caught on recordings making racist comments.

Republican Tom Kean Jr. leads Rep. Tom Malinowski in closely watched House race

By: and - November 9, 2022

Former state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. enjoyed a lead over Rep. Tom Malinowski as of early Wednesday morning.

Lawmakers advance bill to require state documents to be translated into 15 languages

By: - November 8, 2022

Over 150 languages are spoken across New Jersey households, but state agencies are usually only required to provide documents in English.

Clark mayor’s racist comments caused a furor. Can Dems use them to win in GOP stronghold?

By: - November 7, 2022

Allies of Republican Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso — who used racist language in recordings leaked to the media in March — face voters on Tuesday.

Murphy signs law aimed at speeding up unemployment payouts

By: - November 4, 2022

The bipartisan measure will make administrative changes to how unemployment insurance is paid out by expediting reviews of unemployment applications

Democrats denounce race-baiting campaign mailers as ‘hateful and divisive’

By: - November 3, 2022

The campaign ad is a remnant of our country’s oppressive, segregated past, one lawmaker said.

Menendez probe provides last-minute surprise in sleepy House race in 8th District

By: - October 28, 2022

Political experts say it's going to take more than reports of a scandal involving his father to shake up Rob Menendez's campaign for a House seat.

Ten years after Sandy, Hoboken offers lessons in storm resilience

By: - October 28, 2022

The massive Rebuild by Design project will help Hoboken address the kind of catastrophic flooding it saw after Sandy, city officials say.

New and final deadline for applicants to New Jersey’s immigrant worker fund

By: - October 26, 2022

Applicants to the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund now have until Nov. 30 to submit necessary paperwork to the state.

Public universities could face more audits for misspending under new bill

By: - October 20, 2022

Sen. Declan O'Scanlon said recent headlines on Rutgers' spending inspired the legislation, which would allow state officials to appoint a special auditor to investigate claims of abusing public funds at state colleges and universities.

Deadline for N.J. voter registration is Tuesday

By: - October 18, 2022

There were more than 6.4 million registered voters in New Jersey as of Oct. 1, with Democrats holding a roughly 1 million voter advantage over Republicans.

Brewery owners, restaurants spar over how to fix N.J.’s licensing rules

By: - October 14, 2022

Breweries exploded in popularity in the last decade, but owners say New Jersey's strict regulations keep the industry from flourishing.