Commentary

Yes, public records access in N.J. is a disaster. No, it’s not all the state’s fault

BY: - July 29, 2022

Local governments share much of the blame for why the state Government Records Council operates at a snail's pace.

Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance

BY: - July 26, 2022

If the author was not able to purchase insurance using the Affordable Care Act, she argues, she would not be alive today.

Senator Scutari, drop your opposition to same-day voter registration

BY: - July 12, 2022

A U.S. Army combat veteran explains why Senate President Nicholas Scutari should drop his opposition to same-day voter registration.

Towns have the power to put justice in cannabis legalization — they must use it

BY: and - July 4, 2022

It’s imperative municipalities adopt cannabis policies to reinvest in communities and create meaningful, inclusive opportunities for New Jerseyans

‘Back to school’ sales tax holiday is not a serious plan to attack inflation

BY: - June 27, 2022

Democrats' plan to attack inflation — a 10-day sales tax holiday on select items — would not help families struggling with higher prices.

The right to ‘keep and bear arms’ over the preservation of life

BY: - June 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court's Thursday ruling on concealed carry laws poses a great danger to all, says a Montclair State University professor.

This Juneteenth: Celebrate, then legislate

BY: - June 19, 2022

Juneteenth — also known as Freedom Day — marks the day on June 19, 1865, when enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learned about their freedom, more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. New Jersey is celebrating Juneteenth as a state holiday this year for […]

If competition would kill Amazon Prime, maybe it’s not that great | Opinion

BY: - June 9, 2022

Amazon and its lobbyists are claiming that passing Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Big Tech bill would lead to the end of Prime, or at the very least, significantly impair the service. This is such an absurd, desperate lie. What the bill actually does is force Amazon to compete in ways that will benefit consumers and small […]

Emails show ugly, anti-press side of mayor and wannabe N.J. governor

BY: - June 3, 2022

Let’s talk about politicians who hate the press. We hear a lot about officials “taking a page from Trump’s playbook” when they attack the media, but they’ve been doing this forever. From Thomas Jefferson instructing state attorneys general to prosecute unfriendly newspaper editors to Joe Biden calling a Fox News reporter a stupid SOB, politicians […]

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 […]