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Terrence T. McDonald

Terrence T. McDonald

Editor Terrence T. McDonald is a native New Jerseyan who has worked for newspapers in the Garden State for more than 15 years. He has covered everything from Trenton politics to the smallest of municipal squabbles, exposing public corruption and general malfeasance at every level of government. Terrence won 23 New Jersey Press Association awards and two Tim O’Brien Awards for Investigative Journalism using the Open Public Records Act from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. One politician forced to resign in disgrace because of Terrence’s reporting called him a "political poison pen journalist.”

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Legislature should stop blocking expansion of public records access

By: - November 18, 2021

The Legislature is killing what could be its last chance in years to expand access to public records in New Jersey. Republican opposition plus Democratic silence helped scuttle the advancement Monday of S-380, a bill backed by Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D) that would revise the Open Public Records Act in a few meaningful ways. One […]

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Democrats, stop counting on Trump to win elections for you

By: - November 5, 2021

Democrats may need an intervention to end their Donald Trump addiction, if Tuesday’s election results didn’t already send that message. Take Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign. From his campaign flyers — every one I received had Trump as its main image — to the “Stop the Trump Team” signs that lined Route 3 in the days […]

Lawsuit alleges N.J. vaccine mandate violates constitutional rights

By: - October 18, 2021

A group of New Jersey public workers allege in a new federal lawsuit that Gov. Phil Murphy’s mandate that they and other public employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing violates their constitutional rights. The seven-count complaint, filed the same day as the deadline for state and school workers to be vaccinated, […]

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‘Torres for mayor’ campaign in Paterson is shameless even by N.J. standards

By: - September 22, 2021

“Why not?” That’s what Joey Torres told Joe Malinconico for a Monday story about Torres testing the waters for a mayoral run in Paterson, a story that posted almost exactly four years after Torres pleaded guilty to corruption charges and resigned in disgrace as the city’s mayor. I love messy drama, so part of me […]

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Records reveal effort to silence public on Atlantic City needle exchange closure

By: - September 15, 2021

When the Atlantic City Council voted in July to stop permitting a local needle exchange to operate, the governing body performed a disservice to its own community, one struggling with opioid addiction and HIV infections. The governing body’s rejection of a center that has proven critical to battling the opioid crisis has been well documented […]

Murphy says New Jersey will welcome Afghan refugees

By: - August 23, 2021

New Jersey will welcome refugees from Afghanistan who have fled or are attempting to flee the country to escape Taliban rule, Gov. Phil Murphy said in a letter to President Biden Sunday. The people of Afghanistan, who have watched as their country has plunged into chaos in the leadup to the withdrawal of American troops, […]

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New Jersey should be honest about unemployment call center shortcomings

By: - August 18, 2021

Two weeks ago, our own Nikita Biryukov reported on a study out of the University of Chicago that ranked states on how easy it is to get a government official on the phone. New Jersey came in dead last. Researchers tried four different government agencies and reached a person less than 20% of the time […]

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As move toward transparency, A.G. directive on police discipline is a dud

By: - August 13, 2021

When then-Attorney General Gurbir Grewal last year ordered all New Jersey law enforcement agencies to identify by name their officers who receive serious discipline, he gave himself a pat on the back. The directive, he said in a statement, showed New Jersey was committed to “a culture of transparency and accountability in law enforcement.” “Today, […]

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Now is the time to mandate vaccines for N.J. teachers

By: - August 10, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy, stop dithering and mandate vaccines for New Jersey’s public school teachers. Time has likely already run out to have a fully vaccinated army of teachers by the first day of school. If an unvaccinated teacher receives their first shot of a two-shot vaccine today, they won’t be inoculated by the start of […]

Murphy calls on Cuomo to resign over sexual harassment claims

By: - August 3, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy joined the chorus of Democrats Tuesday urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York to resign over an investigation that found Cuomo broke federal and state laws and engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment targeting 11 women. Murphy issued his call in a brief joint statement Tuesday night with Democratic Govs. Tom […]

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New Jersey attorney general on wrong side of license plate case

By: - August 3, 2021

In March, then-New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal spoke with the Washington Post about his vision for police reform. Grewal said his office was focused on improving law enforcement “well before the events of this past summer,” meaning the nationwide unrest that erupted after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. “We want to […]

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Roselle Park’s foolish attack on free speech

By: - July 28, 2021

Roselle Park wasted taxpayer resources and courts’ time with its foolish and unconstitutional targeting of a pro-Trump borough resident. The “Fuck Biden” flags on display next to Andrea Dick’s home may be tacky and the message on them may be unsubtle, but they are an obvious display of political speech protected by the First Amendment. […]