Politics

Kamala Harris greeted by pro-immigrant protests in Newark, Montclair

BY: - October 8, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Garden State Friday, touring an Essex County COVID-19 vaccination site and chatting with preschoolers in Montclair while making a push for increased child care funding. Harris was also greeted by dozens of activists who rallied outside both sites and urged the nation’s second in command to demand Democrats approve […]

Don’t bring Amazon to Newark airport, protesters plead

BY: - October 7, 2021

To a soundtrack of screeching brakes and honking trucks, a group of environmental advocates, Newark residents, and working immigrants held a rally Wednesday to protest an impending deal for an Amazon cargo hub at Newark’s airport. “Every package you order to arrive in just minutes, every click you make — it has a cost. And […]

Spending spree leaves Ciattarelli with thin coffers

BY: - October 6, 2021

Gubernatorial spending sprees are in full swing. Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has spent just over $8.9 million during the general election campaign, nearly draining his campaign coffers and drawing him ever closer to a spending cap. Ciattarelli’s spending, revealed in 29-day pre-election reports submitted to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, left the […]

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: […]

Governor Phil Murphy signing a bill

Employees over 70 can’t be forced to retire under new N.J. law

BY: - October 5, 2021

Workers who are 70 and older can no longer be forced out of a job just because of their age under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Tuesday. The new law (A681) expands New Jersey’s existing anti-discrimination statute to protect older employees and closes what Murphy called a loophole that pushed some workers […]

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 […]

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” […]

N.J. needs a say in congestion pricing plan, commuters tell MTA

BY: - September 24, 2021

The MTA got an earful from New Jersey commuters during a virtual public meeting on New York City’s proposed congestion toll Friday, with residents saying the Garden State needs to benefit from the billions of dollars in expected revenue. It was the first of two virtual hearings for New Jersey residents to weigh in on […]

Ex-Paterson mayor disqualified from holding public office, AG’s office says

BY: - September 22, 2021

Jose Torres, the former Paterson mayor who is exploring another mayoral bid four years after pleading guilty to official misconduct, is ineligible to hold public office, the state Attorney General’s office said. Torres, who told the Paterson Press this week he’s “testing the waters” on a 2022 mayoral run, signed a court order in 2017 […]

Republicans slam Murphy’s masking requirement for 2-year-olds in day care

BY: - September 22, 2021

Two-year-old toddlers aren’t known for being good listeners or keeping their hands to themselves. Now, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s new mask mandate, they’ll be expected to keep their mouths and noses covered for hours at a time. Murphy’s Monday announcement that children ages 2 and up will need to wear masks in all day care […]