Gov + Legislature

GOP leaders file suit to block N.J. Statehouse vaccine policy

BY: - December 1, 2021

Republican lawmakers from both chambers filed a suit against the State Capitol Joint Management Commission Wednesday in a bid to block vaccine rules the panel approved last month. The filing from Sen. Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) and Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-Warren), who will lead Republican caucuses in their respective chambers in the next legislative session, alleges […]

Groups push for N.J. lawmakers to create reparations task force

BY: - December 1, 2021

As lawmakers prepare to vote on a slew of bills during the first voting sessions since Election Day, several advocacy groups are pushing them to support a bill that would create a task force to explore reparations over slavery. The bill, A711/S322, hasn’t received a vote since it was introduced in January 2020. Activists say reparations […]

Feds order state to restore funding cuts to poorest school districts

BY: - December 1, 2021

The federal Department of Education has ordered New Jersey to restore millions of dollars in funding cuts the state made to 80 of its poorest school districts after lawmakers in 2018 changed how the state provides aid to local schools. The cuts violate a provision in the American Rescue Plan’s relief fund for elementary and secondary […]

Panel approves nearly $740M in spending funded by pandemic windfalls

BY: - November 30, 2021

A bicameral panel approved nearly $740 million in spending using federal dollars and millions from a fund established to ease the state’s debt burden. Gov. Phil Murphy last week submitted a series of spending proposals to the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, which must approve expenditures made using federal aid dollars provided under the American Rescue […]

Bipartisan bills aim to protect victims of human trafficking

BY: - November 30, 2021

Two state lawmakers from Monmouth County have introduced four bills to strengthen protections for human trafficking victims in New Jersey. The bills introduced by Sen. Vin Gopal, a Democrat, and Republican Assemblyman Ronald Dancer would: Eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting human trafficking crimes (current law requires prosecutors to bring charges within five years of […]

N.J. bill would make false public alarms a form of bias intimidation

BY: - November 30, 2021

A bill that would upgrade penalties for creating a false public alarm is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. The measure (A724) would also add creating a false public alarm to the list of bias intimidation crimes, making it a third-degree crime punishable by up to five years in jail and […]

Budget panel to hear proposal to spend bonded funds

BY: - November 30, 2021

A bicameral panel will meet Tuesday to approve the first capital expenditures from a multi-billion dollar fund established to reduce New Jersey’s debt. Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday sent the panel a $435 million proposal for capital spending from a dedicated fund established with billions of dollars borrowed by the state late last year. Republicans, […]

Lawmaker hopes Legislature will say ‘I do’ to more virtual weddings

BY: - November 29, 2021

While some people yearn to say goodbye to masks and nasal swabs, other pandemic precautions definitely seem worth keeping for good, like outdoor dining, remote work, and online doctors’ appointments. Sen. Michael Testa Jr. (R-Cumberland) would like something else to stay: virtual weddings. Testa introduced a bill last week that would allow anyone to wed […]

Murphy submits $263M spending proposal for federal funds

BY: - November 25, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration outlined more than a quarter billion dollars in federally funded spending in a proposal shared with a legislative panel Tuesday. The governor’s proposal includes nearly $263 million in spending priorities that range from additional hospital funding, rental assistance, and money for school construction projects to items apparently unrelated to the pandemic, […]

Bill to make candidates subject to state bribery laws lurches into motion

BY: - November 24, 2021

A long-stalled Assembly bill that would make political candidates subject to the same bribery rules as elected officials appears to have lurched into the motion after receiving a bipartisan companion in the Senate. Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R-Ocean) introduced the bill in 2012 after a federal judge dismissed extortion charges against then-Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D-Hudson). The […]

N.J. senator says it’s time to stop turning back the clocks

BY: - November 23, 2021

In her 27 years as a state lawmaker, New Jersey Sen. Shirley Turner has helped pass legislation on such weighty issues as protecting children in foster care, ending the death penalty, and protecting older workers from age discrimination. Now, she wants to change time. The Democrat from Mercer County introduced a bill last year to […]

SCOTUS won’t hear Waterfront Commission’s appeal of N.J. withdrawal

BY: - November 22, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case lodged by the Waterfront Commission of the New York Harbor in an attempt to keep New Jersey in the bistate compact. The body was tasked with combatting organized crime and ensuring  fair hiring practices in ports on both sides of the Hudson River, […]