Bill allowing pregnant prisoners to stay with child gets Senate companion
An Assembly bill that would impose new limits of inmate discipline and allow women who give birth behind bars to stay with their child got a Senate companion Monday. If passed, New Jersey would join a group of roughly 10 states that allow imprisoned mothers to remain with their child after giving birth. The Bureau […]
New Jersey jobless rate now second highest in U.S.
New Jersey’s unemployment rate is now the second highest in the nation at 7%, compared to the national rate of 4.6%, according to federal data released Friday. And while 81% of jobs have been recovered nationwide, the Garden State lags at 71%. Yet the pace at which New Jersey is recovering is better when compared to previous […]
Business leaders celebrate coming glut of federal funds for infrastructure
New Jersey and national business leaders are celebrating coming investments following the signing of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which is expected to bring tens of billions in federal dollars to the Garden State. The state is expected to receive nearly $6.9 billion in federal dollars for road and highway improvements, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez […]
Report: New Jersey’s highways are the worst — and costliest — in the nation
New research backs up what any motorist who has driven even a few miles in New Jersey already knows — our roads are the worst. New Jersey’s highway system ranked dead last in the nation in road conditions and cost effectiveness in the nonprofit Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report. It was the third year in […]
Jack Ciattarelli concedes NJ governor’s race, but plans to run again in 4 years
After 10 days of counting ballots, Republican Jack Ciattarelli conceded the race for governor Friday afternoon to a crowd of supporters in his hometown of Raritan, saying he no longer had a path to victory after thousands of mail-in ballots were counted. And just minutes later to resounding applause, the 59-year-old announced his plans to […]
Margins remain tight in two N.J. districts more than a week after election
More than a week after Election Day, Assembly races in Monmouth County’s 11th Legislative District remain too close to call, but the consistently broad margins in South Jersey’s 8th District suggest Republican candidates are likely to emerge victorious there. In almost all of the races, Republicans are in the lead, and results in their favor […]
Local ballot questions pit neighbor against neighbor across N.J.
In every community across New Jersey on Tuesday, elected officials — and people who want to be elected officials — will ask for your vote. Depending on where you live, you also may be asked your opinion on all sorts of other things, from overnight parking and pot sales to fire trucks and turf fields. […]
Haitian immigrants rally against deportations
More than 50 Haitian and Black immigrants gathered on the steps of a federal immigration office in downtown Newark Friday, singing Creole songs and chanting calls for the Biden administration to stop deporting Black migrants. Sparked by the widely shared images of border agents on horseback dispersing migrants, demonstrators outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs […]
Does raising the minimum wage kill jobs?
For decades it was conventional wisdom in the field of economics that a higher minimum wage results in fewer jobs. In part, that’s because it’s based on the law of supply and demand, one of the most well-known ideas in economics. Despite it being called a “law,” it’s actually two theories that suggest if the […]
New federal legislation aims to hold social media platforms liable for misinformation
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 […]
Final gubernatorial debate ends with few new details
The final debate between Gov. Phil Murphy and challenger Jack Ciattarelli again drew sharp lines between the two candidates, though much about their platforms remained hazy Tuesday night. In one notable moment, Ciattarelli, a Republican, said he would codify abortion protections as governor should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 […]
Senate GOP torpedoes U.S. government funding bill, raising odds of federal fiscal crises
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked an attempt by Democrats on Monday evening to begin debate on a broad bill that would avert multiple looming fiscal crises for the federal government. The measure to briefly keep the government operating past the end of the fiscal year on Thursday, as well as to increase the borrowing limit […]