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.”
Attorney general says ironworkers union official retaliated against Black workers
By: Terrence T. McDonald - September 7, 2022
The state's civil rights division is moving forward with charges that an ironworkers union violated N.J.'s law against discrimination.
New Jersey to lower gas tax one cent per gallon in October
By: Terrence T. McDonald - August 29, 2022
This will be the second year in a row the gas tax has decreased, after last year's 8.3-cent dip.
Governor Murphy signs group of election bills into law
By: Terrence T. McDonald - July 29, 2022
Gov. Phil Murphy said the bills will make democracy in New Jersey stronger, more accessible, and more transparent.
Yes, public records access in N.J. is a disaster. No, it’s not all the state’s fault
By: Terrence T. McDonald - July 29, 2022
Local governments share much of the blame for why the state Government Records Council operates at a snail's pace.
New abortion laws will make N.J. a ‘beacon of freedom for every American woman,’ governor says
By: Terrence T. McDonald - July 1, 2022
The bills were introduced after it became clear the nation’s high court intended to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decision that has led to new abortion restrictions or outright bans in 20 states.
‘Back to school’ sales tax holiday is not a serious plan to attack inflation
By: Terrence T. McDonald - June 27, 2022
Democrats' plan to attack inflation — a 10-day sales tax holiday on select items — would not help families struggling with higher prices.
Emails show ugly, anti-press side of mayor and wannabe N.J. governor
By: Terrence T. McDonald - June 3, 2022
Let’s talk about politicians who hate the press. We hear a lot about officials “taking a page from Trump’s playbook” when they attack the media, but they’ve been doing this forever. From Thomas Jefferson instructing state attorneys general to prosecute unfriendly newspaper editors to Joe Biden calling a Fox News reporter a stupid SOB, politicians […]
Lawsuit targeting disputed ballot design as unconstitutional can proceed, judge says
By: Terrence T. McDonald - May 31, 2022
A federal lawsuit targeting the county line — the ballot system used in most New Jersey counties that gives a boost to party-backed candidates facing primary challenges — as unconstitutional may proceed, a judge ruled Tuesday. The order by Judge Zahid Quraishi was hailed by progressives who have long argued the ballot design in question gives […]
Scare tactics about N.J. sex education standards don’t reflect what’s in them | Opinion
By: Terrence T. McDonald - 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. […]
In praise of CJ Griffin, who fights to shine a spotlight on N.J. government | Opinion
By: Terrence T. McDonald - 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 […]
Murphy’s focus should be on N.J., not the national stage | Opinion
By: Terrence T. McDonald - 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: Terrence T. McDonald - 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 […]