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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.

Lawmakers pay tribute to late Assemblyman Ron Dancer

By: - July 25, 2022

A conservative Republican from Ocean County, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer served the state for nearly two decades.

N.J. starts in-person help for unemployment claimants

By: - July 25, 2022

Lawmakers have repeatedly called on the department to launch in-person appointments to help residents struggling to get their benefits.

New Jersey’s economy continues recovering from pandemic lows

By: - July 22, 2022

New Jersey added jobs in five of the nine private sectors, according to the Department of Labor.

N.J. to require police officers get licenses under new law

By: - July 21, 2022

New Jersey cops will have to obtain licenses under a law supporters say will prevent bad officers from jumping from department to department.

Lawmakers want to bar discrimination against tenants’ immigration status

By: - July 21, 2022

A new bill would make immigration status a protected class when renting a home.

Doctors seek to educate people on later abortions in post-Roe era

By: - July 20, 2022

Doctors and abortion experts say it’s more important than ever to dispel stereotypes surrounding later abortions.

Worker dies at Amazon warehouse in Carteret

By: - July 19, 2022

The death occurred on one of the online retailer's busiest sale days.

Economists question lawmakers’ plans to address inflation

By: - July 18, 2022

Lawmakers have offered some bills they say would help consumers struggling with inflation, but economists question whether they would work.

Bank of America fined for mishandling unemployment debit cards during pandemic

By: - July 18, 2022

A fault fraud filter led to delays for jobless claimants nationwide obtaining their benefits, federal regulators said last week.

Changes coming to jury selection in New Jersey

By: - July 14, 2022

The New Jersey Supreme Court is making about two dozen changes to jury selection intended to reduce bias when jurors are chosen for trials.

New Jersey is 19th deadliest state for pedestrians, new report says

By: - July 13, 2022

Last year 220 pedestrians were killed on New Jersey roadways, along with 23 cyclists, 373 drivers, and 84 passengers, according to New Jersey State Police data.

Lawmaker renews push for 10-year-old bill after millions paid out on unused sick leave

By: - July 8, 2022

One lawmaker is renewing her push for bills she introduced over a decade ago that would have prohibited sick-leave payouts after a watchdog report revealed those payouts cost the state millions of dollars.  The bills Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Union) introduced in 2008 and 2012 would bar payouts to public employees for accumulated unused sick time […]