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207k N.J. voters cast in-person, early ballots

BY: - November 1, 2021

The nine days of early in-person voting in New Jersey attracted about 207,000 people across 139 polling locations, representing 3% of the state’s roughly 6.6 million registered voters, according to New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. This was the first year voters had the option to vote early on a machine in the Garden […]

On election eve, Murphy holds 8-point lead over Ciattarelli in latest poll

BY: - November 1, 2021

With just one day to go before the election, Gov. Phil Murphy leads Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli by eight percentage points, with half of likely voters saying they support Murphy, compared to 42% who side with Ciattarelli, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. “If we look at the several statewide polls conducted in the last […]

Local ballot questions pit neighbor against neighbor across N.J.

BY: , and - November 1, 2021

In every community across New Jersey on Tuesday, elected officials — and people who want to be elected officials — will ask for your vote. Depending on where you live, you also may be asked your opinion on all sorts of other things, from overnight parking and pot sales to fire trucks and turf fields. […]

Last-minute swell of outside funds in N.J. governor’s race shatters spending record

BY: - October 29, 2021

A swell of last-minute cash in this year’s gubernatorial race shattered the record for independent spending, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission announced Friday. Independent groups have put more than $25.8 million behind this year’s general election. Combined with candidates’ expenditures, the price tag for the general election is well above $50 million. “Even […]

Shipments of COVID-19 shots for kids 5-11 on the way to states after FDA gives green light

BY: - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, a step that means kid-sized doses can begin shipping to health care providers across the country.  Vials of the two-shot vaccine will be headed to pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies and other providers, so […]

In Jersey City, frustration flares up over a controversial affordable housing program

BY: - October 29, 2021

Luisa Reyes Mantilla was a young single mother in 1994 when she spotted an advertisement for low-income, first-time homebuyers in Jersey City. To qualify, you had to have good credit, a few thousand dollars in the bank, and a willingness to rent the other half of your duplex to someone similarly in need. She called […]

Bill would rework sheriff sales to help residents facing foreclosure

BY: - October 29, 2021

Lawmakers are preparing to push a bill that would radically rework county sheriff sales in New Jersey in a bid to give residents facing foreclosure another chance to keep their homes. The measure, which has remained stagnant since clearing a Senate committee in July, would sharply cut deposits on sheriff sale purchases for buyers who […]

Outside spending makes 2nd, 8th district races among most expensive in state history

BY: - October 28, 2021

Outside groups have continued pouring money into two of the state’s most competitive legislative races, bringing the total invested in South Jersey’s 2nd and 8th legislative districts to more than $8.1 million, according to data released by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission Thursday. The 8h District, where state Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Burlington) is […]

Murphy maintains solid lead in final Monmouth poll

BY: - October 27, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy continues to lead his Republican challenger in the final days of the race for governor, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday. The poll found half of New Jersey’s registered voters, 50%, back the incumbent while only 39% back former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, the Republican nominee for governor. The 11-point margin […]

Reformers call for end to discriminatory pricing in N.J. car insurance

BY: - October 27, 2021

Most drivers might assume their car insurance rates are based on their driving history and safety record. Instead, many insurers use education, occupation, and consumer credit scores to determine rates, charging higher premiums for those least likely to afford them: poor and minority drivers. But a bill now before the Legislature could provide relief. The […]

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 […]