Commentary

Scare tactics about N.J. sex education standards don’t reflect what’s in them | Opinion

BY: - April 18, 2022

When I was nearing the end of eighth grade, I was assigned a book to read over the summer before my first day of high school. It was called “Becoming a Man: Basic Information, Guidance, and Attitudes on Sex for Boys” and, I assure you, it was graphic. There was an entire chapter on masturbation. […]

In praise of CJ Griffin, who fights to shine a spotlight on N.J. government | Opinion

BY: - March 18, 2022

New Jerseyans have a reason to celebrate this Sunshine Week: We have CJ Griffin. Sunshine Week is when First Amendment and press freedom organizations nationwide call attention to the importance of freedom of information laws. And here in the Garden State, those of us who fight for access to public records are blessed to have […]

Some New Jersey residents have access to free income tax services

BY: - March 17, 2022

We’re quickly nearing the end of tax season. This year, many more New Jerseyans will qualify for larger tax refunds than ever before. But as with every year, too many state residents will miss out on tax credits they deserve, and crucial financial help, simply because they lack the time or expertise to file a […]

Tom Kean Jr. should break his silence on GOP authoritarian extremism | Opinion

BY: - March 15, 2022

I have been most emphatic in my criticism of former state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. on his failure to repudiate Republican authoritarian extremism. Yet Kean, the leading Republican candidate in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, now has a unique opportunity to abandon his silence at minimal political cost. This opportunity was created by Rep. Kevin […]

How can we fix New Jersey’s fixed primary elections? | Opinion

BY: and - March 11, 2022

A series of pivotal elections are happening across New Jersey this month, elections that you likely don’t know about. That’s because you don’t get to vote. Almost no one does. Take Mercer County, for example. On March 16, an election here will decide two of seven county commissioners and confirm two congressional representatives. Other years, […]

In New Jersey, gerrymandering isn’t the problem | Opinion

BY: - March 2, 2022

As states across the country finalize their congressional and legislative district maps for the 2020s, something we constantly hear about is how gerrymandering is responsible for many of America’s political problems. Gerrymandering is blamed for making congressional and legislative seats non-competitive and creating disproportionate outcomes for whichever party has the power to draw the maps. […]

America’s cost of ‘defending freedom’ in Ukraine

BY: - February 28, 2022

Americans may be tempted to view the war in Ukraine as an unfortunate, but far away, crisis. As an economist, I know the world is too connected for the U.S. to go unaffected. On Feb. 22, 2022, President Joe Biden warned Americans that a Russian invasion of Ukraine – and U.S. efforts to thwart or […]

Reparations are possible — they happened for Asian Americans | Opinion

BY: - February 18, 2022

Saturday marks the 80th Day of Remembrance of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which removed over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry to remote incarceration camps for over four years. My grandmother never talked about her time in the camps. It wasn’t until she passed away that we found her collection of books and […]

Deciding who speaks for you: The power of redistricting | Opinion

BY: - February 17, 2022

Who speaks for you? Who speaks for your community? This is the question at the core of our democracy. We can’t all be at the Statehouse in Trenton or at Congress in D.C. every day to share our opinions on the many big (“How much should we spend to educate our children?”) and small (“What […]

Murphy’s focus should be on N.J., not the national stage | Opinion

BY: - February 11, 2022

Phil Murphy, do not pull a Chris Christie. Allies of Murphy, our Democratic governor who started his second term just 24 days ago, are behind a new PAC and a nonprofit aimed at boosting his national profile, Matt Arco reported Monday. This has all the hallmarks of a politician eyeing a promotion, either to president or […]

Why not more discussion of Ras Baraka for governor? | Opinion

BY: - February 2, 2022

New Jersey is nirvana for political junkies. Speculation on future nominees for statewide office is the leading participation sport of the Trenton political chattering class The Jan. 18 inauguration of Gov. Phil Murphy for his second term was a classic example. Throughout the Garden State, while ample analysis was devoted by the political media to […]

‘Wildly outdated’ election laws in N.J. need revamp | Opinion

BY: - January 31, 2022

New Jersey holds some of the most secure elections in the nation, with broader access to the ballot than almost anywhere else. But New Jersey also boasts an egregious number of horribly written and wildly outdated election laws that govern the way we vote. These laws are an arcane, often incoherent mess that desperately need […]