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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 […]

New Jersey lawmakers routinely skip votes, driving demands for reform

BY: - October 12, 2021

Voting on bills is one of the most impactful actions a state legislator can take, but dozens of New Jersey lawmakers skipped more than 10,000 votes in the current legislative session, a New Jersey Monitor analysis has found. Twelve of the Legislature’s 120 lawmakers failed to vote more than 250 times each, representing almost 40% […]

Stalled bills would cut interest on unpaid taxes

BY: - October 12, 2021

A confluence of concerns about enabling residents to skip paying their taxes have kept New Jersey’s interest rate on unpaid imposts among the highest in the nation despite some lawmakers repeated and continuing efforts to bring those rates down. In New Jersey, unpaid taxes above $1,500 accrue interest at a rate of 18% per year, […]

Bail reform pays dividends as number of low-risk defendants jailed pre-trial drops again

BY: - October 11, 2021

In 2014, New Jersey voters backed a constitutional amendment to allow judges to order certain criminal suspects be detained without bail and pushed the courts away from holding minor offenders awaiting trial. Since that measure went into effect in 2017, the number of individuals imprisoned on bail of $2,500 or less while awaiting trial fell […]

Report: N.J. Parole Board too often refuses to release inmates, needs oversight

BY: - October 8, 2021

The New Jersey State Parole Board routinely refuses to release parole-eligible inmates from prison, leaving many people languishing behind bars far longer than sentencing judges intended, the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender says in a recent report calling for more oversight. The 1979 Parole Act requires inmates to be paroled as soon as they’re […]

GOP-to-Dem flip at center of Burlington state Senate race

BY: - October 8, 2021

A state senator’s former allegiance to the Republican Party lies at the center of what is expected to be one of the state’s most competitive legislative races. Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Burlington) has served in the legislature since 2008 and has been a senator since 2010, but this year’s campaign is her first as a Democrat. […]

New Jersey enters four-state compact to share crime gun data

BY: - October 7, 2021

New Jersey and three of its neighbors will begin sharing data on guns involved in crime, four governors announced in a joint virtual appearance Thursday. A memorandum of understanding signed by Gov. Phil Murphy and his counterparts in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania will require law enforcement agencies in those states to share gun trace […]

Acting A.G. takes aim at law criminalizing sexual activity by people with HIV

BY: - October 7, 2021

Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck told county prosecutors Wednesday they should exercise caution before using a decades-old state law that criminalizes certain sexual activity by people living with HIV. The 1997 law makes it a third-degree crime for someone living with HIV to engage in an “act of sexual penetration” without the informed […]

Spending spree leaves Ciattarelli with thin coffers

BY: - October 6, 2021

Gubernatorial spending sprees are in full swing. Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has spent just over $8.9 million during the general election campaign, nearly draining his campaign coffers and drawing him ever closer to a spending cap. Ciattarelli’s spending, revealed in 29-day pre-election reports submitted to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, left the […]

Few surprises in sleepy lieutenant governor debate

BY: - October 5, 2021

The first question at the only debate in the race for New Jersey lieutenant governor pretty much set the tone for the rest of the hourlong event Tuesday night at Rider University: Does this office you’re both seeking really need to exist? Moderator David Wildstein might as well have asked if the debate needed to exist: […]

Appellate panel denies states’ SALT appeal

BY: - October 5, 2021

A federal appeals court shot down a bid by New Jersey and three other states to remove the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deduction Tuesday. New Jersey, along with New York, Connecticut, and Maryland, in 2018 sued the federal government in a bid to overturn the cap, charging it runs afoul of the […]

Senate race pits veteran GOP leader against young Democratic mayor

BY: - October 5, 2021

Voter disillusionment with politics often boils down to indistinguishability. This old white guy seems just like the other old white guy. Every candidate ever pledges to reduce taxes. And sure enough, the candidates battling for the open state Senate seat in the 21st District — which covers 16 municipalities in Morris, Somerset, and Union counties […]