Gov + Legislature

Sweeney loses re-election, upending Trenton power structure

BY: - November 4, 2021

This article was updated with comment from Senate President Steve Sweeney at 2:17 p.m. Senate President Steve Sweeney has lost his bid for a seventh term, the Associated Press projected Thursday, ending a 20-year career in the Legislature that saw him become a dominant force in New Jersey politics. Sweeney, a Gloucester County Democrat, was […]

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 […]

Murphy claims win as lead over Ciattarelli grows

BY: - November 3, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy took a victory lap Wednesday night after late-counted ballots that gave him a slim lead over GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli led the Associated Press to project Murphy as the race’s winner. Murphy addressed supporters in Asbury Park, the same Jersey Shore city he had planned to give a victory speech Tuesday night […]

Murphy takes a narrow lead, but many N.J. races still too close to call

BY: - November 3, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy has defeated Jack Ciattarelli in New Jersey’s governor’s race after votes counted Wednesday from heavily Democratic urban centers allowed the incumbent to inch ahead of his Republican challenger, according to the Associated Press. The incumbent leads the former assemblyman by less than a point, his 1.2 million votes edging out Ciattarelli’s 1.19 million […]

N.J. Democrats poised for worst legislative losses in years

BY: - November 3, 2021

This story was updated to reflect new tallies in the 16th Legislative District at 1:57 p.m. New Jersey Democrats emerged bleary-eyed and on the cusp of their worst electoral defeat in years Wednesday morning after a larger-than-expected enthusiasm gap boosted Republican turnout and cut Democratic margins in most corners of the state. Senate President Steve […]

Murphy, Ciattarelli locked in tight race for governorship

BY: , and - November 3, 2021

The race for governor is too close to call. Gov. Phil Murphy and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli were locked in a tight race Thursday night, and it’s unclear whether late-reported votes in Democratic counties like Passaic, Somerset, and Mercer will be enough to hand the incumbent a win. Less than one point separated Murphy and […]

Judge denies bid to extend voting by 90 minutes

BY: - November 2, 2021

A Mercer County Superior Court Judge denied an emergency application to extend polling hours by 90 minutes Tuesday evening. The application, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and the New Jersey League of Women Voters, sought to delay the closing of polls to 9:30 p.m. to account for reported technological issues […]

Governor expected to sign, veto more than 40 bills by Thursday

BY: - November 2, 2021

A flurry of bill signings and vetoes is expected from Gov. Phil Murphy before noon on Thursday, when a procedural deadline could make dozens of bills law without his signature. In New Jersey, bills that sit on the governor’s desk for more than 45 days become law when the chamber they originated in next meets […]

Some in-person unemployment services might start in 2022

BY: - November 2, 2021

By the end of November, all state offices are scheduled to be open, including New Jersey’s One-Stop Career Centers. But those centers still won’t offer services for people seeking help with unemployment — until some point in 2022 at least. Gov. Phil Murphy said there’s no timeline for when those services begin, or what they […]

207k N.J. voters cast in-person, early ballots

BY: - November 1, 2021

The nine days of early in-person voting in New Jersey attracted about 207,000 people across 139 polling locations, representing 3% of the state’s roughly 6.6 million registered voters, according to New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. This was the first year voters had the option to vote early on a machine in the Garden […]

On election eve, Murphy holds 8-point lead over Ciattarelli in latest poll

BY: - November 1, 2021

With just one day to go before the election, Gov. Phil Murphy leads Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli by eight percentage points, with half of likely voters saying they support Murphy, compared to 42% who side with Ciattarelli, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. “If we look at the several statewide polls conducted in the last […]

Local ballot questions pit neighbor against neighbor across N.J.

BY: , and - November 1, 2021

In every community across New Jersey on Tuesday, elected officials — and people who want to be elected officials — will ask for your vote. Depending on where you live, you also may be asked your opinion on all sorts of other things, from overnight parking and pot sales to fire trucks and turf fields. […]