Politics

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 […]

Biden calls on Congress to pass infrastructure bill, touting new Portal Bridge construction

BY: - October 25, 2021

President Joe Biden kicked off the week in New Jersey with Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials to celebrate the impending construction of the new Portal Bridge, with Biden using the trip to deliver remarks on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill and spending plan that are stalled in Congress. Speaking in front of three […]

Scrutiny over Malinowski stock trades to continue after ethics panel votes to extend investigation

BY: - October 22, 2021

A House ethics panel on Thursday extended its investigation into late stock trade disclosures filed by Rep. Tom Malinowksi (D-07). Despite reminders from staff, Malinowski failed to comply with disclosure deadlines for hundreds of stock transactions made by the congressman’s broker between January 2019 and March 2021, when Business Insider first reported the tardiness of […]

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 […]

Ciattarelli bashes Murphy, urges supporters to lure voters to polls

BY: - October 20, 2021

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Jack Ciattarelli called on supporters to help get out the vote at a packed Republican rally Tuesday in Medford, where he was joined by Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel. “We can win this race. Do not let anybody stay home because they think it’s rigged,” urged Ciattarelli, who has trailed Gov. Phil […]

N.J. career centers set to reopen after prolonged closures

BY: - October 15, 2021

New Jersey’s one-stop career centers, which can be a lifeline for the state’s jobless, are set to reopen Monday when state employees are scheduled to return to their offices. Some lawmakers worry the centers may see lines of people hoping to get unemployment claims settled, even though the centers are not equipped to handle those […]

New federal legislation aims to hold social media platforms liable for misinformation

BY: - October 15, 2021

Four federal Democratic lawmakers will introduce legislation in the House on Friday that would hold websites and social media platforms liable for spreading misinformation and harmful content. The focus of the bill is the use of algorithms that drive third-party content to people’s feeds based on their personal information and browsing history. The Justice Against […]

IT chief warns about dangers of state’s archaic technology

BY: - October 14, 2021

New Jersey’s technology infrastructure is in desperate need of repairs, with critical state agencies that oversee unemployment insurance and motor vehicle services relying on archaic systems that are at risk of failing at any point and sending the state into disarray for weeks, according to a new report released by the state. “All these legacy […]

Activists demand lawmakers act to curb police brutality on ‘Long March for Justice’

BY: - October 13, 2021

Cecille Hepburn marched for her grandson, Kashad Ashford, who police gunned down in 2014 after a car chase. Steven Young marched for change, a year after he quit Atlantic City’s civilian review board, which is tasked with police oversight, in protest over its powerlessness. And Larry Hamm marched because marching is what Larry Hamm does. An […]

After N.Y. fund for immigrant workers is nearly depleted, advocates say N.J. fund is too small

BY: - October 13, 2021

Across the Hudson River, immigrant advocacy groups celebrated the $2.1 billion New York allocated for a long-awaited Excluded Workers Fund, available to struggling undocumented residents who were ineligible for federal stimulus checks and jobless benefits. Now that pool of money, claimed by over 300,000 people in the two months since applications opened, is almost gone, […]

New Jersey lawmakers routinely skip votes, driving demands for reform

BY: - October 12, 2021

Voting on bills is one of the most impactful actions a state legislator can take, but dozens of New Jersey lawmakers skipped more than 10,000 votes in the current legislative session, a New Jersey Monitor analysis has found. Twelve of the Legislature’s 120 lawmakers failed to vote more than 250 times each, representing almost 40% […]

Democratic socialist seeking Jersey City council seat

BY: - October 11, 2021

A Jersey City council candidate is hoping to bring a touch of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Hudson County’s Democratic machine with his bid to become the first democratic socialist elected in New Jersey in a century. Joel Brooks, a union representative with Health and Allied Professionals Employees, is in a two-person race to […]