Politics

Voting advocates decry plan to allow police at polling places in schools, senior centers

BY: - July 6, 2022

A coalition of about 30 progressive groups is fighting a proposal to allow police to be present at public schools and senior residential centers that serve as polling places on election days. The bill sponsored by Sens. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) and Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) is intended “to maintain order and to provide security at the location […]

Bill hiking minimum car insurance coverage clears Legislature

BY: - June 30, 2022

The bill is part of a legislative package supporters say will bolster insurance coverage for crash victims, but critics warn will raise premiums.

Lawmakers pass Liberty State Park redevelopment bill

BY: - June 29, 2022

Critics of the bill unsuccessfully fought for a ban on large-scale development and protection for a bird nesting area.

Lawmakers advance car insurance bill package despite affordability concerns

BY: - June 21, 2022

The car insurance bills aim to increase protection for victims of vehicular crashes. But critics warn they'll spike premiums.

Conservative group sues N.J. over voter registration records

BY: - June 20, 2022

A conservative group is seeking to force New Jersey’s secretary of state to release information about how her office maintains its voter rolls. In a federal suit lodged last month, the Public Interest Legal Foundation sued Secretary of State Tahesha Way, alleging her department violated federal law when it denied the organization’s Open Public Records […]

Governor Murphy faces Democratic roadblocks to passing new abortion measures

BY: - June 15, 2022

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s renewed push to increase abortion access in New Jersey faces a roadblock that may surprise casual observers of our nation’s abortion politics. His own party. After legislative losses last November that thinned the Democratic majority in the Legislature to its narrowest in years, Murphy has to wrangle a caucus that is […]

Protesters demand state Senate president advance gun bills

BY: - June 14, 2022

About a dozen moms and children protested near Senate President Nicholas Scutari’s office in Clark Tuesday demanding the senate leader support the new push for Gov. Phil Murphy’s package of gun control bills. Though New Jersey is already home to some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, the protesters, dressed in red “Moms Demand Action” shirts […]

Abysmal early voting turnout prompts privacy concerns

BY: - June 10, 2022

Abysmal early voting turnout in Tuesday’s primaries has election officials and voting advocates concerned about voters’ privacy. Only 20,230 voters cast early in-person votes during the state’s three-day primary early voting period this year. While election officials are still counting votes, they have tallied more than 665,000 total ballots cast so far (the state has […]

Lawsuit targeting disputed ballot design as unconstitutional can proceed, judge says

BY: - May 31, 2022

A federal lawsuit targeting the county line — the ballot system used in most New Jersey counties that gives a boost to party-backed candidates facing primary challenges — as unconstitutional may proceed, a judge ruled Tuesday. The order by Judge Zahid Quraishi was hailed by progressives who have long argued the ballot design in question gives […]

Few firearm restrictions in states sending crime guns to N.J.

BY: - May 30, 2022

Inspired by a pair of deadly mass shootings, New Jersey lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy have called on Congress and states with laxer gun laws to enact new regulations on firearms. New Jersey’s gun laws are among the nation’s strictest, but the same can’t be said of neighboring Pennsylvania and other states along the eastern […]

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 […]