Gov + Legislature

Workers urge lawmakers to ban smoking in casinos

BY: - October 27, 2021

A group of Atlantic City casino workers urged legislative leaders to advance a bill that would bar indoor smoking at the gambling mecca Thursday, and asked Gov. Phil Murphy to exert pressure to get the stalled bill moving. Smoking was already disallowed at workplaces and indoor public spaces in the state under the 2006 Smoke […]

Vaccine proof or negative COVID test soon required to enter N.J. Statehouse

BY: - October 26, 2021

All lawmakers, aides, reporters, and visitors to the Statehouse in Trenton must show proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test results to enter the building after a state commission approved the new mandate Tuesday morning. The vaccine-or-test rule goes into effect Dec. 1, according to the measure passed by the State Capitol Joint Management […]

Sussex County asks voters to OK potential legal fight with Murphy over nursing home docs

BY: - October 26, 2021

The Sussex County Board of Commissioners could be forced into a legal battle with the state over information on COVID-19 deaths in the state’s long-term care centers, but only if voters decide that’s a good idea. The lone county referendum on the ballot in Sussex this year would, if approved, require the commissioners to “consider […]

For the first time, New Jersey’s Black churches take congregants to the polls early

BY: - October 25, 2021

New Jersey’s Black churches are ready to take their members’ souls to the polls. Black faith organizations around the state began sending congregants to early voting sites en masse Saturday, joining churches in other states in a long-standing tradition that seeks to boost the influence of Black communities by leveraging existing organizations and worshippers’ trust […]

In Newark, Obama urges voters to stick with Murphy

BY: - October 23, 2021

Former President Barack Obama joined Gov. Phil Murphy and a bevy of Essex County elected officials in Newark Saturday to urge Democrats to avoid the apathy that they blame for Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency. Obama praised the polices — including a $15 minimum wage, a millionaire’s tax, and funding for Planned Parenthood, among […]

Ciattarelli looks to shore up Lakewood after Murphy wins key endorsement

BY: - October 22, 2021

Jack Ciattarelli’s political future could rest on Lakewood. On Thursday, the Republican candidate for governor returned to the state’s fastest growing municipality — one that, by all accounts, overwhelmingly favors GOP officeholders — for a series of events that included visits to the police department, small businesses, and a synagogue, among others. “Very much like […]

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 […]