Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Muñoz, a New Jersey native and former Trenton statehouse reporter for, 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.

Bill would set new standards for reentry housing

By: - December 6, 2022

The bill would require the state to create new standards for transitional housing for people released from prison.

N.J. cannabis panel gives initial green light to consumption lounges

By: - December 2, 2022

Consumption-area workers would be barred from overselling to consumers and they would have to ensure people are using cannabis safely on their premises.

Measure would require state to study high school dropout rate

By: - December 2, 2022

New Jersey's statewide dropout rate hovers around 1%, but some districts see rates five times as high.

N.J. bear hunt delayed as legal battle begins

By: - December 1, 2022

The bear hunt was set to begin just before sunrise on Dec. 5, but is now delayed after a judge issued an emergency stay blocking its start.

Court declares churches’ battle against 2020 pandemic restrictions moot — again

By: - November 30, 2022

The majority declared the challenge of pandemic restrictions on religious gatherings "moot" since most restrictions ended over two years ago.

Murphy administration proposes abortion coverage mandate in some health plans

By: - November 30, 2022

The proposed new regulation is part of the Murphy administration's push to expand access to abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court's Dodd decision.

Gov. Murphy announces long-awaited review of state’s COVID-19 response

By: - November 28, 2022

Philadelphia-based firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads will lead the review and release a report in late 2023.

Gun group sues N.J. attorney general over public nuisance law

By: - November 23, 2022

Plaintiff the National Shooting Sports Foundation calls the law “breathtaking in scope" and claims it violates the First and Second amendments and the Due Process and Commerce clauses.

Senate again halts vote on bill expanding rights for temp workers

By: - November 22, 2022

Another attempt to advance a bill expanding the rights of temp workers failed Monday when Senate leadership pulled the bill from the voting session, leading to howls of protest from immigrant activists who were then thrown out of the Senate chambers. It was the second time in about a month that a vote on the measure was postponed moments […]

New Jersey gun bill narrowly clears Assembly after aggressive debate

By: - November 21, 2022

The bill would create an extensive list of places where carrying a weapon would be banned, including beaches, bars, zoos, and sports stadiums.

Residents sound off on how to use cannabis social equity fees

By: - November 18, 2022

From funding baby bonds to a guaranteed basic income in the state, advocates had many ideas for how to spend cannabis social equity fees.

Temp workers’ bill of rights expected to face senators again Monday

By: - November 18, 2022

The state Senate is set to vote on a temp workers' bill of rights Monday - the fourth time it'll go before that chamber for a vote.