Gov + Legislature

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 […]

Murphy sets earlier goal to cut state-produced greenhouse gas emissions

BY: - November 11, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday accelerated the state’s goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030, signing an executive order that requires the state to meet its carbon reduction target two decades faster than initially planned. Speaking at solar farm in Budd Lake, the governor also announced millions in funding to electrify government […]

Sweeney concedes stunning loss to Republican Durr

BY: and - November 10, 2021

Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney conceded his stunning loss to Republican Ed Durr on Wednesday, blaming his defeat on a Republican wave that swept him, his running mates, and a handful of other Democrats out of office. Durr, meanwhile, celebrated his unlikely win at a press conference in Turnersville, saying he was motivated to run […]

Report: Hundreds of non-public workers improperly enrolled for state pensions

BY: - November 10, 2021

More than 240 independent contractors are improperly enrolled as public employees in New Jersey’s pension system, and the state Treasury Department is too understaffed and powerless to clear its nine-year backlog of investigating such cases, the State Comptroller said Wednesday in a report. The Treasury Department’s Division of Pensions and Benefits has saved taxpayers about […]

Murphy vetoes bill assigning staff to help lawmakers with jobless claims

BY: - November 10, 2021

A bill that would have assigned 100 full-time Department of Labor employees to help legislative offices handle unemployment claims was vetoed by Gov. Phil Murphy this week. In a statement, Murphy said he nixed the measure largely because federal labor officials warned the state that the bill, if enacted, would have violated federal rules, including […]

Bill that would require N.J. schools to teach Asian American history advances

BY: - November 10, 2021

For Christina Huang, racism isn’t an abstract concept. She still remembers her classmates erupting in laughter as their school bus approached Huang’s grandmother, practicing her zaocao, or morning exercises, as she waited for her granddaughter at the bus stop. “I will never forget walking off the bus past my classmates as they stretched their eyes […]

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. bill would create drug price control panel

BY: - November 9, 2021

A Senate panel advanced a bill over the objections of business groups Monday that would create a public board with the ability to cap prescription drug prices. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), would create a board with regulatory powers not yet seen in New Jersey. […]

Body camera, telehealth bills get conditional veto from Murphy

BY: - November 8, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed a bill Monday that would allow police officers to review body-worn camera footage before writing reports, removing an amendment that would permit suspects and witnesses to review the same footage. The measure saw considerable opposition from transparency and criminal justice reform advocates, who warned the bill would allow cops to […]

Sweeney still won’t concede, says results will be known Tuesday

BY: - November 8, 2021

Senate President Steve Sweeney on Monday again refused to concede his apparent re-election loss, saying there are too many votes uncounted in his district. “They’re counting the votes as we speak, right now, so I’m not going to make any call on it before they’re all counted,” he told the New Jersey Monitor. “One way […]

A record-setting election for Republican women in N.J.

BY: - November 8, 2021

Claire Swift is a busy working mom. She’s an attorney and mother of three whose kids’ school and sports schedules keep her bouncing all over South Jersey. Swift has little time for anything else — but felt called to run for public office after the pandemic started, when friends and strangers alike bombarded her Northfield […]

Child care, mental health among Assembly’s lame-duck priorities

BY: - November 5, 2021

The Assembly will seek to expand child care and mental health services during the upcoming lame-duck session, with campaign finance reform and other transparency measures under consideration, Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) said Thursday. “We are committed to investing in child care,” he said. “And we recognize the issues like mental health that are critically important […]