Bill to OK early vote counting is temporarily torpedoed by Senate absences

BY: - May 26, 2022

A measure that would have allowed election officials to count early votes before the polls close on Election Day failed to advance Thursday after opposition from Republicans and a single Democrat. The bill stalled after a 20-16 vote in the upper chamber but was pulled from the agenda without the voting period being closed, a […]

Governor Murphy renews call for more gun control following Texas massacre

BY: - May 25, 2022

In the wake of the deadly attack at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy again urged action on legislators to advance a stalled package of gun control measures. His proclamation follows a similar call issued last week after 10 people were killed by a white supremacist gunman in Buffalo. Tuesday’s attack left 21 […]

Three Republicans competing for chance to unseat Gottheimer in November

BY: - May 23, 2022

The three Republicans vying to take on Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer in North Jersey’s 5th Congressional District have presented very different personas they hope will snag them a primary win next month. Nick De Gregorio is the military hero who will fight for Americans in Congress like he did in war zones, Frank Pallotta is […]

Woman fired for posting anti-Black Lives Matter comments loses appeal

BY: - May 20, 2022

A company that fired an employee after she criticized the Black Lives Matter movement online did not break the law, an appellate panel ruled Friday. Heather McVey sued the AtlantiCare and Geisinger health systems, alleging the First Amendment did not allow them to fire her because of her Facebook posts. But the appellate judges’ Friday […]

A wide conservative field in GOP fight to oust Malinowski from Congress

BY: - May 16, 2022

Two years after Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski’s congressional career nearly ended following a one-point victory over then-state Sen. Tom Kean in what was one of the nation’s tightest 2020 contests, the 7th Congressional District is brimming with Republican House hopefuls. Seven would-be GOP congressmen have launched bids in what is expected to be the state’s most […]

Governor Murphy announces bills to expand abortion access, protect patients and providers

BY: - May 11, 2022

With a U.S. Supreme Court decision looming that observers believe will allow for greater abortion restrictions nationwide, Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced a wide-ranging plan to expand abortion access and protect patients and abortion providers in New Jersey. New measures, if passed, would require the state to create a fund to help uninsured and […]

Proposed constitutional amendment takes aim at school redistricting

BY: - May 11, 2022

While a Superior Court judge weighs whether New Jersey schools are unconstitutionally segregated, two Republican lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to bar the kind of school redistricting experts say could help desegregate schools in the Garden State. Sussex County Assemblymembers Hal Wirths and Parker Space introduced a proposed constitutional amendment last week that aims […]

Bills on school transparency, menstrual products spark outcry during N.J. senate hearing

BY: - May 10, 2022

The lawmakers who sit on New Jersey’s Senate Education Committee usually hear from the public on things like learning loss, bullying, students’ mental health, and school lunches. On Monday, their meeting veered into uncharted territory. “Let’s ban Dr. Seuss, but books normalizing children having sex, using sex toys, experiencing glory holes, and crossing boundaries of […]

Using tracking devices without someone’s consent should be a crime, N.J. lawmakers say

BY: - May 9, 2022

Apple AirTags are intended to give people a way to keep track of things they often misplace, like wallets and keys. But increasingly, those small tracking devices are being used to stalk people and commit other crimes, and legislators want to make that illegal.  “There’s all kinds of great uses of this technology of tracking […]

Governor Murphy names new watchdog for state prisons

BY: - May 5, 2022

New Jersey is getting a new corrections ombudsperson nearly one year after the official who formerly held the post resigned over lax oversight of the state’s only women’s prison. The post will be filled by Terry Schuster, the manager of Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Program, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday. “Terry’s successful professional […]

Use federal COVID relief for housing, education, and health care, activists urge

BY: - April 20, 2022

New Jersey is flush with federal pandemic relief funds, sitting on $3 billion still undesignated. Progressive activists see that as an opportunity for state officials to reach out to vulnerable populations and help all residents recover from the pandemic. During a virtual event Tuesday they dubbed a “People’s Hearing,” the activists criticized the state Legislature for […]

Masks no longer required on public transit in N.J., governor says

BY: - April 19, 2022

Passengers are no longer required to wear masks on NJ Transit and other forms of public transportation in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday morning. The end of New Jersey’s two-year mask mandate for train, bus, and other public transit users comes less than a day after a federal judge tossed the national mask mandate […]