Gov + Legislature

Unions fight N.J. vaccine mandate for prison and jail staff

BY: - January 25, 2022

Unions representing state and county correctional officers are fighting a recent state mandate requiring them to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and Tuesday a state judge allowed their battle to advance in court. The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association on Monday asked the state Superior Court’s appellate division for permission to apply for a […]

Court asks Democrats to weigh in on redistricting tiebreaker’s choice

BY: - January 25, 2022

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday told the state Congressional Redistricting Commission’s Democratic members to respond to GOP arguments that the high court should disregard commission tiebreaker John Wallace’s explanation for why he chose the Democratic congressional map adopted last month. The commission’s Republican members say Wallace’s newest explanation for his decision — the […]

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 […]

Murphy the first governor since McGreevey to issue no clemencies in first term

BY: - January 24, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy issued no pardons during his first term in office, becoming the first governor to do so since Jim McGreevey. In New Jersey, clemency powers are vested solely in the office of the governor. While the State Parole Board can investigate petitions for executive clemency and make recommendations, those recommendations are not binding, […]

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 […]

Lawmakers to resume push for civilian review boards

BY: - January 21, 2022

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus intend to resume a push to pass a bill enabling towns to create civilian complaint review boards, but resistance from police unions over the boards’ potential subpoena powers could see it stall once more. The measure, sponsored by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) in the lower chamber, has yet to […]

Affordability and taxes top agenda for new legislator from South Jersey

BY: - January 21, 2022

Beth Sawyer doesn’t need any data-packed reports or alarm-sounding researchers to know New Jersey’s high taxes have chased people out of the state. She’s helped them move. As a real estate broker in South Jersey for 27 years, Sawyer has been at the table as a parade of longtime New Jersey homeowners sign the sales […]

Climate groups sue Murphy admin seeking more action to reduce pollution

BY: - January 20, 2022

A coalition of 120 environmental activists have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration they hope will compel the state to issue specific goals to reduce carbon emissions. The group, known as EmpowerNJ, is appealing the state Department of Environmental Protection’s rejection of its petition demanding the state set enforceable benchmarks to achieve Murphy’s goal […]

Judges side with A.G. on waiving mandatory minimum prison sentences

BY: - January 20, 2022

A New Jersey appellate panel weighed in this week on a yearslong battle over mandatory minimum prison sentences, affirming the state Attorney General’s directive last year ordering prosecutors to waive mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses. Superior Court Judge Carmen Messano, writing for the three-judge panel Tuesday, rejected a lower court’s argument that the directive wrongly set […]

Gov. Murphy signs flurry of bills just before second term begins

BY: and - January 19, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a controversial law Tuesday that will allow New Jersey police officers to review their own body-camera footage before writing incident reports. Reformers fought the measure, fearing it would enable officers to omit details the camera didn’t capture and thereby evade accountability. Police unions pushed for it, saying it would improve the […]

Murphy’s second term begins with promise of fiscal responsibility

BY: - January 18, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy was sworn into a second term Tuesday after becoming the first New Jersey Democrat in more than 40 years to win re-election as governor. The governor’s swearing in, conducted by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, follows Murphy’s narrower-than expected win over Republican gubernatorial challenger Jack Ciattarelli in November. Murphy’s […]

New Monmouth assemblywoman sets sights on pandemic recovery

BY: - January 18, 2022

In the uproar over the pandemic’s impact on schools, there may be no more dreaded place to be than on a school board. Parents have packed meetings to demand or reject masking, vaccine mandates, and virtual learning. They’ve protested and threatened school board members. Sometimes, the police even get called. But Vicky Flynn was happy […]