Gov + Legislature

Few surprises in sleepy lieutenant governor debate

BY: - October 5, 2021

The first question at the only debate in the race for New Jersey lieutenant governor pretty much set the tone for the rest of the hourlong event Tuesday night at Rider University: Does this office you’re both seeking really need to exist? Moderator David Wildstein might as well have asked if the debate needed to exist: […]

Appellate panel denies states’ SALT appeal

BY: - October 5, 2021

A federal appeals court shot down a bid by New Jersey and three other states to remove the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deduction Tuesday. New Jersey, along with New York, Connecticut, and Maryland, in 2018 sued the federal government in a bid to overturn the cap, charging it runs afoul of the […]

Senate race pits veteran GOP leader against young Democratic mayor

BY: - October 5, 2021

Voter disillusionment with politics often boils down to indistinguishability. This old white guy seems just like the other old white guy. Every candidate ever pledges to reduce taxes. And sure enough, the candidates battling for the open state Senate seat in the 21st District — which covers 16 municipalities in Morris, Somerset, and Union counties […]

With Bridgegate at center stage, race for humdrum Bergen County post heats up

BY: - October 4, 2021

A county clerk is the unglamorous workhorse of local government, a keeper of records who is tasked with everything from processing passport applications to maintaining property deeds. In New Jersey, it’s an elected position that doesn’t typically make headlines or fill campaign coffers. But then Bridget Kelly is not your typical political candidate. “People tried to […]

Two Vinces vie for Atlantic County Senate seat

BY: - October 4, 2021

The campaign to fill former state Sen. Chris Brown’s seat is in full swing. The contest between Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) and Republican Senator-select Vince Polistina, who represented the district in the Assembly for two terms roughly a decade ago, has in some ways defied recent conventions. Polistina and his running mates — former state […]

Judge faces removal for her conduct in dispute with daughter’s school

BY: - October 1, 2021

A New Jersey Superior Court judge in Union County inched closer to being booted off the bench, with the state Supreme Court on Thursday ordering her to answer why she shouldn’t be removed or disciplined for getting into a protracted dispute with her daughter’s school. The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct in May 2018 found Judge […]

‘What am I going to do?’: When a signing bonus can’t help the jobless

BY: - September 30, 2021

Nicole Squitieri needs the $500 signing bonus New Jersey is using to lure the unemployed back to work. She said she has no choice but to turn it down. Squitieri is a mom with three kids — two of them have already had to stay home from school after coming into close contact with a […]

Lawsuit seeks to block tax breaks for nonprofit hospitals

BY: - September 30, 2021

A progressive group and a teacher’s union have lodged a lawsuit seeking to strike a recent law that exempts nonprofit hospitals from taxation regardless of whether they host for-profit activities. The suit filed by New Jersey Citizen Action, the American Federation of Teachers, their leaders, and two New Jersey residents Tuesday seeks to undo a […]

Divides clear in first gubernatorial debate

BY: - September 28, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli met on the debate stage for the first time in Newark Tuesday night in what became a raucous hour that drew a clear divide between the two men seeking New Jersey’s top elected post, replete with repeated jeering from the crowd. The attacks started just minutes […]

N.J.’s top court strengthens consent standard in sex assault cases

BY: - September 28, 2021

For years, sexual assault victims typically were treated like criminal defendants, forced to prove their innocence, until the Me Too movement in 2017 sparked systemic reforms and conversations about consent. Still, in a 2018 sexual assault case, a New Jersey appellate court used a legal standard that applies to criminal defendants to decide that a […]

New Jersey offers wage subsidies, signing bonuses in bid to fill jobs

BY: - September 28, 2021

In its latest bid to jumpstart the state’s stalled economic recovery, New Jersey will offer wage subsidies to certain small businesses and signing bonuses for unemployed people re-entering the workforce, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. The new program, dubbed “Return and Earn,” makes businesses with fewer than 100 employees eligible to receive up to $10,000 […]

New law aims to cut teacher shortages

BY: - September 27, 2021

In an effort to reduce longstanding teacher shortages, Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed a law that will create new pathways to the classroom for would-be teachers who lack the proper credentials. Under the law, the state Department of Education will create a five-year pilot program in which officials will issue “limited certificates of eligibility” […]