Gov + Legislature
New 988 line launching to boost access to mental health services
The new number is meant to increase accessibility of mental health services amid pandemic-borne surge in anxiety and depression.
Panel may explore loosening mail-in ballot election challenge rule
The Law Revision Commission may allow research into changing provision at center of election challenge in a 2020 county commission race.
Report confirms rise in New Jersey debt during pandemic’s first year
The state Treasury's annual debt report confirms figures in a state audit released last month that showed obligations surged in fiscal year 2021.
Judge to decide damages in Atlantic County casino tax break case
Atlantic County argues a tax break measure signed into law last year will cost the county up to $25 million in the next four years, though state officials say that is “impossible” to know.
New Jersey is 19th deadliest state for pedestrians, new report says
Last year 220 pedestrians were killed on New Jersey roadways, along with 23 cyclists, 373 drivers, and 84 passengers, according to New Jersey State Police data.
Nearly two weeks after budget passage, lawmakers’ spending requests still not public
Budget resolution disclosure — intended to guard the state against corruption — is behind schedule, as it is most years.
N.J. launches new group to shield abortion patient data
A group of state law enforcement officials will use civil and criminal remedies to block abortion clinic intimidation, patient extradition.
New initiatives aim to help the innocent fight wrongful convictions
A Rutgers University innocence project and new legislation to create a state innocence commission aim to help wrongfully convicted people.
Lawmaker renews push for 10-year-old bill after millions paid out on unused sick leave
One lawmaker is renewing her push for bills she introduced over a decade ago that would have prohibited sick-leave payouts after a watchdog report revealed those payouts cost the state millions of dollars. The bills Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Union) introduced in 2008 and 2012 would bar payouts to public employees for accumulated unused sick time […]
Legislature’s summer plans could force Murphy’s hand on unsigned bills
Top lawmakers’ plans to return to Trenton this summer to address the state’s judicial vacancies and enact more gun laws could cause headaches for Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration by invoking a constitutional provision that could enact some bills without his signature. In New Jersey, bills that sit on the governor’s desk for 45 days become […]
NJ Transit train workers sue over abusive riders
Fourteen train crew members have sued NJ Transit for negligence, claiming the agency failed to protect them from abusive passengers. In a 36-page complaint filed in federal court, the conductors, fare collectors, and other crew members described encounters with irate passengers who assaulted, insulted, spat at, and threatened them with guns and knives. Incidents detailed […]
N.J. comptroller finds widespread unlawful sick leave payments to public workers
Local governments have failed to comply with decade-old reforms meant to end profligate sick leave payouts, the State Comptroller found in an investigation released Thursday. In a review of 60 towns, the Office of the State Comptroller determined nearly all of them had continued to make large annual payments to public workers for accrued sick […]