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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.”

COMMENTARY

Initial rulings on New Jersey gun law should worry gun control advocates

By: - February 2, 2023

A judge's rulings represent warning signs for anyone who thinks strict gun restrictions in New Jersey can stand after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen decision.

COMMENTARY

Let students put whatever name they want on their diplomas

By: - January 30, 2023

It's no one else's business what name a student wants on their diploma — only the student's opinion counts.

COMMENTARY

Irvington takes another stab at limiting access to public records

By: - January 9, 2023

After taking an 82-year-old woman to court for filing too many records requests, Irvington is again trying to limit transparency.

COMMENTARY

Lawmakers’ push to shield their home addresses is misguided

By: - December 19, 2022

Lawmakers are on a mission to make it harder for us to find out about their financial assets.

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What does it take to get New Jersey voters to vote?

By: - December 10, 2022

Just 41% of registered voters cast ballots in this year's November elections, one of the lowest midterm turnouts in a century.

N.J. bear hunt begins after judges rule against animal rights groups

By: - December 6, 2022

The judges said they weren't convinced by arguments the state misused its emergency rule-making powers when it approved the new bear hunt.

As feds crack down, Governor Murphy seeks outside management of troubled veterans homes

By: - December 1, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy’s move comes weeks after the release of reports of improper care and abuse at the Menlo Park veterans home.

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Gritty, Elmo and Mayor McCheese for Congress — why do people throw their votes away on write-ins?

By: - November 25, 2022

When choosing between two or more candidates for public office, some voters opt for none and write in a personal choice. Why?

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Push for fusion voting in New Jersey didn’t end with Rep. Tom Malinowski’s loss

By: - November 22, 2022

Polls say we are fed up with America's political system — is fusion voting the answer?

2018 ‘blue wave’ Democrats face different challenges four years later

By: - November 7, 2022

Three Democrats who won election to the House in the 2018 "blue wave" are facing varying obstacles as they seek third terms this year.

COMMENTARY

New Jersey’s outrageous delay on finalizing anti-bribery law

By: - October 28, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy and the state Senate are in a standoff over Murphy's suggested tweaks to a public corruption bill.

Labor union’s lawsuit alleges ‘disparate’ treatment of state workers because of race, gender

By: - October 26, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy has refused to address the "disparate treatment" of AFSCME workers and the state's corrections officers, the lawsuit says.