Briefs

N.J. bill would make false public alarms a form of bias intimidation

BY: - November 30, 2021

A bill that would upgrade penalties for creating a false public alarm is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. The measure (A724) would also add creating a false public alarm to the list of bias intimidation crimes, making it a third-degree crime punishable by up to five years in jail and […]

Murphy submits $263M spending proposal for federal funds

BY: - November 25, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration outlined more than a quarter billion dollars in federally funded spending in a proposal shared with a legislative panel Tuesday. The governor’s proposal includes nearly $263 million in spending priorities that range from additional hospital funding, rental assistance, and money for school construction projects to items apparently unrelated to the pandemic, […]

State program to tackle labor shortage has helped 60 N.J. businesses

BY: - November 24, 2021

About 3,700 businesses have reached out to the state about the “Return and Earn” program, which offers subsidies for businesses to train new workers and award them signing bonuses, according to the Department of Labor. Sixty contracts have been signed, committing nearly $500,000 to those businesses, the Labor Department said in a statement. Labor spokeswoman […]

SCOTUS won’t hear Waterfront Commission’s appeal of N.J. withdrawal

BY: - November 22, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case lodged by the Waterfront Commission of the New York Harbor in an attempt to keep New Jersey in the bistate compact. The body was tasked with combatting organized crime and ensuring  fair hiring practices in ports on both sides of the Hudson River, […]

Murphy announces $75M funding for schools, with most helping poorest districts

BY: - November 19, 2021

Each of New Jersey’s 686 school districts will receive some funding for building maintenance and construction projects, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday. The state Schools Development Authority (SDA) will distribute $75 million to school districts across the state, with $50 million going to the 31 SDA districts, known as Abbott districts, that are home to […]

Grand jury clears cops in shooting that ended deadly anti-Semitic attack in Jersey City

BY: - November 18, 2021

A state grand jury has cleared 13 police officers who fatally shot the armed couple responsible for a 2019 killing spree at a kosher deli in Jersey City, the state Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday. David N. Anderson and Francine Graham gunned down a Jersey City detective at the Bayview Cemetery on Dec 10, 2019, […]

Tenants seeking N.J. rental relief have until Dec. 15 to apply

BY: - November 17, 2021

A program providing rental relief for struggling New Jersey tenants during the coronavirus pandemic will close applications on Dec. 15, the Department of Community Affairs announced. Since the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program launched in July 2020, more than $500 million has been distributed to residents: $92 million to 15,000 families during the first phase […]

New Jersey to spend $400M to improve college and university buildings

BY: - November 16, 2021

New Jersey will borrow $400 million to build and improve facilities at colleges and universities around the state, the first new state funding for higher education infrastructure since 2015, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday. Public officials hope the funding will help persuade more students to attend college in New Jersey — and stay here after […]

More than 3,000 people apply for N.J.’s excluded workers fund

BY: - November 12, 2021

Just two weeks after it launched, the state’s excluded workers fund has received nearly 3,600 applications, according to the Department of Human Services. The $40 million fund was long anticipated by the state’s undocumented residents and others who were excluded from pandemic relief like stimulus checks and unemployment benefits. Announced by Gov. Phil Murphy in […]

Senate panel to consider letting overseas residents vote in state, local races

BY: - November 12, 2021

State senators will consider a bill Monday that would allow New Jerseyans living abroad to cast ballots in certain elections. The measure, which cleared the Assembly in party-line votes in June, would allow U.S. citizens living overseas to vote in state and federal elections if they lived and were last eligible to vote in New […]

Scutari, Cryan election law reform bills get Assembly counterparts

BY: - November 10, 2021

Two separate Senate bills that would radically alter how candidates report campaign contributions each saw Assembly counterparts introduced Monday. The measures, sponsored separately in the upper chamber by Sens. Joe Cryan (D-Union) and Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), would each require political candidates and committees to report campaign donations on a rolling basis. Existing law requires candidates […]

N.J. lawmakers pick leaders, but Senate presidency still in flux

BY: - November 4, 2021

New Jersey has a new batch of legislative leaders. Much of the top leadership in the Assembly remains unchanged: Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex), Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden), and Assembly Majority Conference Leader Annette Quijano will stay on in their current roles. “I’m proud that we’re going to return the majority that we […]