Politics

Thousands of Afghan refugees expected at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst military base

BY: - August 24, 2021

Thousands of refugees fleeing Taliban rule in Afghanistan will begin arriving this week at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Biden administration officials said in a press briefing Tuesday afternoon. At least 25,000 refugees will be sheltered at the Burlington County military base and three other facilities — Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort Lee in […]

NYC congestion tax delay gives commuters temporary reprieve

BY: - August 24, 2021

New Jerseysans who commute into Manhattan by car are getting a temporary reprieve from a new congestion tax that will hit motorists with a roughly $13 fee for driving below Central Park. The Metropolitan Transit Authority announced a potential two-year timeline to implement the long-stalled plan on Friday. New York officials blasted the MTA for the […]

Murphy won’t say if N.J. will extend extra unemployment benefits

BY: - August 24, 2021

As the expiration date for pandemic-related unemployment benefits looms for over 500,000 New Jerseyans still relying on the weekly payments, Gov. Phil Murphy won’t say whether the state plans on extending those benefits. “No news on the unemployment extension,” he said during his weekly coronavirus press briefing Monday. The state Department of Labor also declined […]

Undocumented residents falling deeper into debt as they await state stimulus

BY: - August 20, 2021

Monica Galindo lost her husband just as the coronavirus pandemic hit New Jersey. After 20 years of marriage, the 44-year-old mother of three became the only breadwinner of her household. That same month, she lost her job cleaning houses as pandemic restrictions took hold, and fell behind on rent and light bills. As an undocumented […]

New Jersey adds 14,600 jobs as state recovers from pandemic

BY: - August 19, 2021

Nearly 18 months since the coronavirus pandemic sent unemployment rates skyrocketing and shuttered businesses for months, New Jersey has recovered 62% of jobs lost, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a monthly jobs report. The state added 14,600 jobs in July, bringing the total number of jobs added since March 2020 to 441,700, […]

Murphy still holds sizable lead over Ciattarelli, poll finds

BY: - August 18, 2021

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy continues to lead GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli, but voters give the Republican the edge on taxes, a Monmouth University poll found. Registered voters prefer Murphy by 16 points, 52% to 36%, and the enthusiasm gap Republicans have relied on does not appear to have materialized. The governor leads among high- and low-turnout […]

Judges rule towns can wait up to 16 months to fill vacancies, in blow to political parties

BY: - August 17, 2021

An appellate panel handed local political parties a stunning loss Tuesday after ruling municipal governing bodies in towns with partisan elections can keep vacant seats open for roughly 16 months. The three judges’ ruling is a reversal from a lower court decision that ordered Paul Coates, the Linden Democratic municipal committee’s pick for the vacant […]

In New Jersey, local lobbying goes undisclosed

BY: - August 17, 2021

Municipal officials in towns across New Jersey are facing a press of lobbying over local marijuana rules, but those influence efforts will largely go undisclosed. New Jersey’s lobbying regulations only cover influence at the state level and toward the general public. Lobbying targeting smaller units of government, like those that exist on the local and […]

Calls grow for N.J. to use federal aid to replenish unemployment fund

BY: - August 17, 2021

A growing, bipartisan chorus of lawmakers and business groups are calling on New Jersey to use federal stimulus dollars to replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund. The pleas for help came as the state wrestles with how to restore the fund, which lost millions as jobless claims skyrocketed during the pandemic. The fund needs a […]

Businesses pray for hiring boom after fed unemployment benefits expire

BY: - August 16, 2021

Nancy Mercurio is looking forward to Sept. 6. Mercurio, who owns a Haddon Heights dog sitting business, brought back most of her employees when appointments resumed in June 2020. A few didn’t want to come back, she said, so she’s had three positions open for months. The responses she’s gotten aren’t encouraging. Some interviewees don’t […]

Nonprofits sending vote-by-mail applications to 2M+ voters

BY: - August 16, 2021

New Jersey’s mostly-mail 2020 elections shattered turnout records, and two nonprofits are looking to replicate the trend in this year’s races. The Voter Participation Center and its sister organization, the Center for Voter Information, last week announced they would mail more than 2.4 million vote-by-mail applications to New Jersey voters in advance of November. The […]

Progressive activists call for investigation into senator for alleged ‘no-show job’

BY: - August 13, 2021

Sen. Nicholas Scutari, who was the subject of several investigations into his job as Linden’s prosecutor, is facing intensifying criticism, now from a group of progressive Democrat activists who want the state’s Joint Legislative Committee of Ethical Standards to probe Scutari’s actions. One of the activists behind the ethics probe demand, Sue Altman, director of […]