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Groups blanket two legislative districts with millions in outside funds

BY: - October 21, 2021

Outside groups have blanketed New Jersey’s two most competitive legislative races with millions in spending on television ads and mailers this fall, and two groups that have often found themselves opposed to one another appear to have split up the load. American Democratic Majority, a super PAC with ties to Democratic South Jersey power broker […]

Most counties have fewer early voting sites than N.J. will pay for

BY: - October 20, 2021

Early voting is coming to New Jersey, but for now, most counties are just dipping their toes in the water. Despite the state promising to reimburse counties for the costs of early polling sites, 15 of New Jersey’s 21 counties are planning to open fewer early polling places than the state is willing to pay […]

State doesn’t have to pay for pandemic-related business failure, court rules

BY: - October 19, 2021

A Sussex County business owner who blamed the closure of her kickboxing gym on state-ordered pandemic regulations lost her bid for compensation from the state after an appellate court ruled against her Monday. Superior Court Judge Garry S. Rothstadt, writing for the three-judge appellate panel that heard the case, sided with Gov. Phil Murphy in […]

N.J. finalizes expanded protections under paid-leave law

BY: - October 19, 2021

More New Jersey workers will be protected for taking time off for family leave due to COVID-19 under new rules related to the state’s Family Leave Act, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Monday. The rules expand the law’s job protections to people who, during a state of emergency, need to care for a family […]

Lawsuit alleges N.J. vaccine mandate violates constitutional rights

BY: - October 18, 2021

A group of New Jersey public workers allege in a new federal lawsuit that Gov. Phil Murphy’s mandate that they and other public employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing violates their constitutional rights. The seven-count complaint, filed the same day as the deadline for state and school workers to be vaccinated, […]

Redistricting commission begins business with show of bipartisanship

BY: - October 18, 2021

The New Jersey Apportionment Commission unanimously adopted bylaws and designated the Office of Legislative Services as its secretary Friday in what is expected to be a rare show of bipartisanship as it sets out to redraw legislative district lines. The 11-member panel — composed of five Democrats, five Republicans, and retired state Appellate Court Judge […]

GOP distrust of mail-in voting a no-show in this year’s races

BY: - October 15, 2021

National politics put New Jersey Republicans in strange position last year. Former President Donald Trump repeatedly derided mail-in voting — which saw widespread adoption as governments looked to stem the spread of COVID-19 — and a cohort of GOP state lawmakers raised alarms over the practice, alternatively arguing residents did not trust it or urging […]

IT chief warns about dangers of state’s archaic technology

BY: - October 14, 2021

New Jersey’s technology infrastructure is in desperate need of repairs, with critical state agencies that oversee unemployment insurance and motor vehicle services relying on archaic systems that are at risk of failing at any point and sending the state into disarray for weeks, according to a new report released by the state. “All these legacy […]

Community investment would protect public more than over-policing, report says

BY: - October 14, 2021

New Jersey communities spend far more on policing than on health and human services, an imbalance that has increased rates of police use of force and incarceration while widening racial disparities in the criminal justice system, according to a new report by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a progressive think tank. Community-based crisis-response and prevention strategies […]

State board expands access to abortion in N.J. through regulation changes

BY: - October 13, 2021

The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners unanimously agreed Wednesday to repeal several restrictions on abortion, effectively expanding access by allowing medical providers other than physicians to terminate pregnancies. The move comes six weeks after Texas lawmakers enacted a controversial abortion ban that drove abortion-rights advocates across the country to rally to preserve women’s […]

Activists demand lawmakers act to curb police brutality on ‘Long March for Justice’

BY: - October 13, 2021

Cecille Hepburn marched for her grandson, Kashad Ashford, who police gunned down in 2014 after a car chase. Steven Young marched for change, a year after he quit Atlantic City’s civilian review board, which is tasked with police oversight, in protest over its powerlessness. And Larry Hamm marched because marching is what Larry Hamm does. An […]

Democrats have broad spending leads in competitive districts, filings show

BY: - October 12, 2021

A handful of competitive legislative districts have again drawn the majority of candidates’ spending this year, and Democrats have the edge. Candidates in the 2nd District in Atlantic County, where Democratic Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and Republican state Sen.-select Vince Polistina are vying for a vacant seat in the upper chamber, have put just over $1.2 […]