Gov + Legislature

N.J. bill would add safe-syringe sites statewide

BY: - November 15, 2021

When Domenick Scrivanich was homeless and addicted to heroin, he could think only of his next fix. “The number one goal was to get drugs and to be as high as often as possible,” Scrivanich said. “It didn’t matter if we had clean needles or dirty needles, we were going to get them into our […]

Lawmakers seek to enhance protections for domestic violence survivors

BY: and - November 15, 2021

Amid reports of domestic violence abuse surging during the pandemic, state lawmakers will consider new measures to strengthen protections for New Jersey’s domestic violence survivors. Three bills on the docket Monday would require domestic violence training for prosecutors, certain judges and judicial personnel, and law enforcement officers. Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) is a primary […]

Jack Ciattarelli concedes NJ governor’s race, but plans to run again in 4 years

BY: - November 12, 2021

After 10 days of counting ballots, Republican Jack Ciattarelli conceded the race for governor Friday afternoon to a crowd of supporters in his hometown of Raritan, saying he no longer had a path to victory after thousands of mail-in ballots were counted. And just minutes later to resounding applause, the 59-year-old announced his plans to […]

Senate Democrats pick Scutari for president in symbolic vote

BY: - November 12, 2021

Senate Democrats picked Nicholas Scutari as their next president in a symbolic vote Friday, the Judiciary Committee chairman left unopposed after Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) backed out of the race. Scutari, also the Union County Democratic chairman, will need to win a formal vote at the chamber’s reorganization in early January to become New Jersey’s […]

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. […]