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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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Scare tactics about N.J. sex education standards don’t reflect what’s in them | Opinion

By: - April 18, 2022

When I was nearing the end of eighth grade, I was assigned a book to read over the summer before my first day of high school. It was called “Becoming a Man: Basic Information, Guidance, and Attitudes on Sex for Boys” and, I assure you, it was graphic. There was an entire chapter on masturbation. […]

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In praise of CJ Griffin, who fights to shine a spotlight on N.J. government | Opinion

By: - March 18, 2022

New Jerseyans have a reason to celebrate this Sunshine Week: We have CJ Griffin. Sunshine Week is when First Amendment and press freedom organizations nationwide call attention to the importance of freedom of information laws. And here in the Garden State, those of us who fight for access to public records are blessed to have […]

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Murphy’s focus should be on N.J., not the national stage | Opinion

By: - February 11, 2022

Phil Murphy, do not pull a Chris Christie. Allies of Murphy, our Democratic governor who started his second term just 24 days ago, are behind a new PAC and a nonprofit aimed at boosting his national profile, Matt Arco reported Monday. This has all the hallmarks of a politician eyeing a promotion, either to president or […]

Mask mandate in schools will continue ‘for foreseeable future,’ Murphy says

By: - January 10, 2022

Mask mandates for students, teachers, and other school staff will continue “for the foreseeable future,” Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday, saying the order is necessary to keep New Jersey’s schools open amid a rise in positive coronavirus cases. Murphy’s latest directive comes as lawmakers are mulling whether to extend a series of executive orders, administration […]

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N.J. Democrats’ coronation of Menendez Jr. is gross

By: - December 24, 2021

The race to make sure Robert Menendez Jr. glides into the House of Representatives as Rep. Albio Sires’ successor is New Jersey politics at its worst. It’s been just four days since Sires announced he will retire at the end of his current term, and Menendez — the son of Sen. Bob Menendez, obvs — […]

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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 […]