Court should revisit case law allowing police to lie to suspects, justice says

BY: - February 9, 2022

A New Jersey Supreme Court justice on Tuesday signaled the high court could re-examine case law that allows police interrogators to lie when questioning suspects. After concurring with the court’s unanimous decision to overturn the conviction of a woman found guilty of assaulting an infant in her care, Justice Barry Albin said the court will eventually have […]

New Jerseyans can now apply for $35K in state mortgage assistance

BY: - February 9, 2022

New Jersey began accepting applications for up to $35,000 in mortgage assistance for homeowners impacted by the pandemic Tuesday. The program, announced last month, is open to homeowners who can demonstrate they experienced pandemic-related financial hardship after Jan. 20, 2020, and whose income does not exceed 150% of their area’s median income. You must own and […]

Stop sending E-ZPass violations to account holders, lawmaker says

BY: - February 4, 2022

Over the last few years, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has mailed state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon over 30 E-ZPass violation notices. The Monmouth County Republican has an E-ZPass account and keeps it updated, he said, but he still receives bills to his home saying he owes money for tolls and fees. “What the hell’s going […]

Bill would stop driver’s license suspensions over unpaid parking tickets

BY: - February 3, 2022

New Jersey drivers who haven’t paid parking ticket fines would no longer be at risk of having their driver’s licenses suspended under a recently reintroduced bill. The measure (A1376) would eliminate license suspension as a punishment for not paying more than five parking tickets or failing to show up in court over outstanding tickets. Instead, […]

GOP push to curtail Murphy’s powers appears to win some Dem support

BY: - January 31, 2022

New Jersey Republicans introduced another bill Monday that would curtail Gov. Phil Murphy’s emergency powers, but unlike earlier attempts, this bid appears poised to win some Democratic support. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), would automatically sunset state of emergency declarations issued by the governor 60 days after they come into effect unless […]

Judiciary committee advances former senators’ nominations

BY: - January 28, 2022

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nominations Thursday of two former state senators who left the chamber earlier this month. In a unanimous vote, the panel approved the nomination of former state Sen. Kip Bateman to the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield board of directors and former Sen. Dawn Addiego to be Burlington County’s superintendent […]

Legal weed sales stalled, as regulators say they await proof of municipal buy-in

BY: - January 27, 2022

When voters opted to legalize marijuana in New Jersey in November 2020, insiders expected the pot-loving public would be able to buy recreational weed right around now. But at the monthly meeting of the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission Thursday, the man overseeing the industry’s creation in New Jersey said the state is still far from commercial […]

N.J. wants Congress to forgive overpaid unemployment benefits

BY: - January 26, 2022

About 130,000 people are being asked by the state Department of Labor to pay back money they received from COVID-related unemployment aid, even if the claimants followed all the guidance under the ever-changing federal rules. But the state wants Congress to forgive these non-fraudulent overpayments, and estimates as many as 250,000 New Jersey workers could […]

One-time aide to ex-state senator admits arranging political operative’s murder

BY: - January 25, 2022

Sean Caddle — a political consultant and one-time aide to former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak —admitted hiring two men to kill a Hudson County man in May 2014, federal authorities announced Tuesday. Caddle, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, admitting he paid thousands to two men for killing […]

State to accept applications for up to $35,000 in mortgage aid next month

BY: - January 24, 2022

New Jersey homeowners can apply for up to $35,000 in mortgage and property tax assistance starting next month, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. The announcement comes as the number of pending foreclosure cases statewide has reached nearly 9,000. “This can help protect thousands of homeowners from foreclosures and neighborhoods from being impacted,” Murphy said. To qualify […]

Bill would allow cash incentives to diversify police recruits

BY: - January 24, 2022

State officials have tried all sorts of things to make New Jersey’s mostly white, mostly male police departments better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, from creating minority mentorship programs to mandating police forces take action to fix underrepresentation. Now, one state legislator wants to pay people to find the state more cops of […]

N.J. Labor Department has stopped $5.4B in fraud claims

BY: - January 24, 2022

The state Labor Department says it has stopped more than a half million potentially fraudulent unemployment claims since the start of the pandemic, an amount that would represent more than $5.4 billion in losses. Spokeswoman Angela Delli-Santi credited — a company specializing in identity proofing that is used by more than 25 other states […]