Briefs

State launches free financial wellness site to help residents manage their money

BY: - April 8, 2022

State Treasury officials have launched a free financial wellness platform called NJFinLit to help residents better prepare for and recover from economic instability. State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio said her office began working on the initiative earlier in the pandemic, as they saw the economic downturn disproportionately impact low- and moderate-income residents and families. In […]

Public contracts in N.J. reached new highs in 2021

BY: - April 8, 2022

The dollar value of public contracts in New Jersey surged to a new high in 2021, rising faster than they ever have to more than $13.6 billion, the state’s elections watchdog said Thursday. The swell represents a 47% increase from 2020, when businesses reported about $9.3 billion in public contracts. The number of contracts remained […]

Most New Jerseyans want earlier presidential primaries, poll finds

BY: - April 7, 2022

Most New Jerseyans want a bigger say in presidential primaries. A Monmouth University Poll released Thursday found 52% of New Jersey adults back moving the state’s primaries from June to February, including majorities of Democrats (60%) and independents (53%). The poll’s findings come as a top New Jersey Democrat last month urged national Democratic leaders to […]

Authorities don’t need wiretap order to get some Facebook messages, court rules

BY: - April 7, 2022

An appellate panel ruled this week authorities do not need a wiretap order to obtain some Facebook messages and communications, overturning the rulings of two lower court judges. But the court handed the social media giant a limited win after it found warrants drafted in two drug cases failed to comply with time restrictions imposed […]

Bias incidents reported in N.J. at 27-year high, state says

BY: - April 4, 2022

Nearly 1,900 bias incidents were reported to law enforcement agencies in New Jersey last year, a record high for the third year in a row and the most since the state began tracking them in 1994. Bias incidents jumped 29% last year from 2020, when 1,447 incidents were reported, according to numbers compiled by the […]

Fifth confirmed federal judge could help end ‘judicial emergency’ in N.J.

BY: - April 1, 2022

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Cherry Hill attorney Georgette F. Castner as a federal judge in the District of New Jersey, the latest in a flurry of confirmations intended to eliminate longstanding vacancies that caused a “judicial emergency.” Castner was confirmed by a 52-47 vote. She’s the fifth Biden nominee since last May to […]

Governor Murphy tests positive for COVID, will quarantine, spokesman says

BY: - March 31, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday but is feeling well and showing no symptoms, a spokesperson for the governor announced. A scheduled rapid test taken by the governor returned a positive result that was later confirmed by a more accurate PCR test, spokesman Mahen Gunaratna said in a statement. “Per CDC guidance, the […]

Extended unemployment benefits will end for 20K N.J. workers

BY: - March 31, 2022

Tens of thousands of people will lose their weekly unemployment benefits starting next week. The Department of Labor announced the federal unemployment program known as Extended Benefits will end for about 20,000 New Jerseyans on April 9. The program provided up to 13 weeks of additional jobless benefits for people who exhausted their 26 weeks […]

Bill would require election officials to post uncounted ballot totals

BY: - March 29, 2022

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin wants election officials to let the public know how many ballots they’ve yet to count. A bill introduced by the Middlesex County Democrat Thursday would require county election boards to coordinate with county clerks to post online the number of ballots received, along with the number they’ve counted and the number […]

New division in U.S. Attorney’s Office will focus on civil rights cases

BY: - March 29, 2022

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is creating a new division dedicated to enforcing federal civil rights law in New Jersey, one that will double the number of its prosecutors handling civil rights enforcement. The new division will have the “sole focus” of enforcing both civil and federal civil rights laws, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said […]

Lawmakers want N.J. high schools to start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

BY: - March 28, 2022

Dan Cassino starts getting his son ready for school around 7 a.m., and they leave their Glen Ridge home at 8 to get to school before the bell rings at 8:30. But next year, Cassino’s son is starting high school, where the first classes begin at 8 a.m., meaning they’ll have to get started even […]

GOP senators want to know if N.J. workers are picking up their phones

BY: - March 28, 2022

A pair of Republican senators want a new method of oversight for state offices: cold calls. Sens. Jon Bramnick (R-Union) and Tony Bucco (R-Morris) on Thursday introduced a bill that would create the State Office of the Consumer to measure the availability of live-person assistance at state agencies, local governments, and regulated industries, like insurance […]