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One-time aide to ex-state senator admits arranging political operative’s murder

BY: - January 25, 2022

Sean Caddle — a political consultant and one-time aide to former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak —admitted hiring two men to kill a Hudson County man in May 2014, federal authorities announced Tuesday. Caddle, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, admitting he paid thousands to two men for killing […]

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier […]

Unions fight N.J. vaccine mandate for prison and jail staff

BY: - January 25, 2022

Unions representing state and county correctional officers are fighting a recent state mandate requiring them to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and Tuesday a state judge allowed their battle to advance in court. The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association on Monday asked the state Superior Court’s appellate division for permission to apply for a […]

States weigh how to shield election officials from threats, harassment

BY: - January 25, 2022

Following the turmoil of the 2020 election, a photo of Washington state Election Director Lori Augino marked with crosshairs, her address, and the words “your days are numbered” was posted on a website alongside photos of numerous other state election officials described as “enemies of the people.”   Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in […]

N.J.’s top court upholds state ban on racial profiling in new ruling

BY: - January 25, 2022

Police officers investigating crimes can’t stop a car merely because its occupants match the race and gender of a suspect, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday in an opinion upholding state prohibitions on racial profiling. The state’s top court tossed the conviction of one man — and upheld the vacated sentence of another […]

Court asks Democrats to weigh in on redistricting tiebreaker’s choice

BY: - January 25, 2022

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday told the state Congressional Redistricting Commission’s Democratic members to respond to GOP arguments that the high court should disregard commission tiebreaker John Wallace’s explanation for why he chose the Democratic congressional map adopted last month. The commission’s Republican members say Wallace’s newest explanation for his decision — the […]

State to accept applications for up to $35,000 in mortgage aid next month

BY: - January 24, 2022

New Jersey homeowners can apply for up to $35,000 in mortgage and property tax assistance starting next month, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. The announcement comes as the number of pending foreclosure cases statewide has reached nearly 9,000. “This can help protect thousands of homeowners from foreclosures and neighborhoods from being impacted,” Murphy said. To qualify […]

Murphy the first governor since McGreevey to issue no clemencies in first term

BY: - January 24, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy issued no pardons during his first term in office, becoming the first governor to do so since Jim McGreevey. In New Jersey, clemency powers are vested solely in the office of the governor. While the State Parole Board can investigate petitions for executive clemency and make recommendations, those recommendations are not binding, […]

Bill would allow cash incentives to diversify police recruits

BY: - January 24, 2022

State officials have tried all sorts of things to make New Jersey’s mostly white, mostly male police departments better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, from creating minority mentorship programs to mandating police forces take action to fix underrepresentation. Now, one state legislator wants to pay people to find the state more cops of […]

N.J. Labor Department has stopped $5.4B in fraud claims

BY: - January 24, 2022

The state Labor Department says it has stopped more than a half million potentially fraudulent unemployment claims since the start of the pandemic, an amount that would represent more than $5.4 billion in losses. Spokeswoman Angela Delli-Santi credited ID.me — a company specializing in identity proofing that is used by more than 25 other states […]

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act

BY: - January 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. The Electoral Count Act is an obscure law that has come under recent scrutiny, a year after the Jan. 6 attack on […]

Lawmakers to resume push for civilian review boards

BY: - January 21, 2022

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus intend to resume a push to pass a bill enabling towns to create civilian complaint review boards, but resistance from police unions over the boards’ potential subpoena powers could see it stall once more. The measure, sponsored by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) in the lower chamber, has yet to […]