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Eviction moratorium to lapse with year’s end

BY: - December 28, 2021

New Jersey’s eviction moratorium is set to expire with the start of the new year, ending protections for roughly 350,000 middle and low-income households that have been in place since March 2020. Though a broader ban that barred removals for all New Jerseyans regardless of income level expired in August, a bill Murphy signed early […]

Bill would increase penalties, require reporting on school bullying

BY: - December 27, 2021

A bipartisan bill to toughen New Jersey’s anti-bullying law has won final legislative approval and awaits Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature. The bill would require school superintendents to report bullying incidents to school boards and direct school districts to spell out in anti-bullying policies the consequences a student faces for harassing, intimidating, or bullying a classmate. It would also […]

No joy this season for N.J. workers still waiting for unemployment benefits

BY: - December 24, 2021

Lois Hart fears this will be the second Christmas in a row she will disappoint her eight grandchildren. For nearly two years, the Wildwood Crest resident has struggled to receive unemployment benefits she applied for, first in September 2020 and then again two months ago. A seasonal motel worker, she said her most recent claim […]

Judge won’t immediately block Atlantic City casino aid law

BY: - December 22, 2021

A Superior Court judge in Atlantic County Wednesday declined to temporarily block new changes to tax agreements between Atlantic City and the gambling mecca’s casinos, changes forecasted to cost the city and county tens of millions of dollars annually. Judge Joseph Marczyk denied temporary restraints sought by Atlantic County, saying he did not want to […]

New congressional district map largely a victory for Democrats

BY: - December 22, 2021

Democrats won a victory Wednesday when the New Jersey Redistricting Commission approved the party’s preferred new congressional map after the tiebreaker, former Supreme Court Justice John Wallace, backed the party’s map in what was otherwise a party-line vote. The new map will shore up competitive North Jersey districts held by Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-11) and Josh […]

Minimum hourly wage in N.J. to jump to $13 for most workers

BY: - December 22, 2021

Some New Jersey workers will start the new year by taking more money home as the minimum hourly wage increases to $13 starting Jan. 1. The statewide, $1 increase is mandated under a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy that will bring the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 for most employees. […]

Dem leader slams ‘desperate’ Republicans for vaccine protest that delayed voting

BY: and - December 21, 2021

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin criticized his Republican colleagues for their “desperate efforts to delay important legislation” after a Monday voting session that lasted for about 11 hours. Several GOP lawmakers stretched the last voting day of 2021 into a marathon over their objections to a policy that requires them to show proof of […]

Bill barring water, sewer shutoffs until March goes to Murphy’s desk

BY: - December 21, 2021

A bill that would bar water and sewer shutoffs until mid-March went to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk after winning approval in both chambers of the Legislature Monday. The measure, which cleared the Senate and Assembly in unanimous votes, would halt shutoffs until March 15, 2022. Municipal utilities would be barred from placing, selling, and enforcing […]

Lawmakers approve writing same-sex marriage into N.J. law

BY: - December 20, 2021

Same-sex marriage is one step closer to being codified into New Jersey law. A bill approved by both chambers of the Legislature Monday, S3416, would enshrine gay couples’ right to marry into law. Same-sex marriages were legalized by a New Jersey court decision in 2013, and the U.S. Supreme Court did the same for the […]

Troopers bar GOP lawmakers from entering N.J. Statehouse over vaccine policy

BY: and - December 20, 2021

A handful of Republican Assembly members who attempted to enter the Statehouse without showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test were barred from entry Monday by New Jersey State Police troopers. Some members of the group — who were successful earlier this month in entering the building without complying with the policy […]

N.J. public school teachers would no longer have to live in state under new bill

BY: - December 20, 2021

The New Jersey Legislature is one step closer to eliminating the in-state residency requirement for public school teachers. A Senate bill (S4203) would make teachers and other district employees exempt from the controversial 2011 law known as the “New Jersey First Act,” which bars nearly all public employees from living out of state unless they […]

Another vaccine-rule dustup expected in Assembly Monday

BY: - December 17, 2021

Some Assembly Republicans will again defy statehouse vaccine rules during voting sessions on Monday, the New Jersey Monitor has learned. On a caucus call that lasted for more than an hour Friday, GOP members in the lower chamber discussed their plans for Monday’s voting session, the second since the State Capitol Joint Management Commission enacted […]