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Murphy maintains solid lead in final Monmouth poll

BY: - October 27, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy continues to lead his Republican challenger in the final days of the race for governor, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday. The poll found half of New Jersey’s registered voters, 50%, back the incumbent while only 39% back former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, the Republican nominee for governor. The 11-point margin […]

Reformers call for end to discriminatory pricing in N.J. car insurance

BY: - October 27, 2021

Most drivers might assume their car insurance rates are based on their driving history and safety record. Instead, many insurers use education, occupation, and consumer credit scores to determine rates, charging higher premiums for those least likely to afford them: poor and minority drivers. But a bill now before the Legislature could provide relief. The […]

Workers urge lawmakers to ban smoking in casinos

BY: - October 27, 2021

A group of Atlantic City casino workers urged legislative leaders to advance a bill that would bar indoor smoking at the gambling mecca Thursday, and asked Gov. Phil Murphy to exert pressure to get the stalled bill moving. Smoking was already disallowed at workplaces and indoor public spaces in the state under the 2006 Smoke […]

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised […]

FDA panel recommends OK for Pfizer’s vaccine for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a decision that means as soon as next week everyone in the U.S. over age 5 is expected to be eligible for a shot. The vote by the Food & Drug Administration panel, with 17 […]

Vaccine proof or negative COVID test soon required to enter N.J. Statehouse

BY: - October 26, 2021

All lawmakers, aides, reporters, and visitors to the Statehouse in Trenton must show proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test results to enter the building after a state commission approved the new mandate Tuesday morning. The vaccine-or-test rule goes into effect Dec. 1, according to the measure passed by the State Capitol Joint Management […]

Sussex County asks voters to OK potential legal fight with Murphy over nursing home docs

BY: - October 26, 2021

The Sussex County Board of Commissioners could be forced into a legal battle with the state over information on COVID-19 deaths in the state’s long-term care centers, but only if voters decide that’s a good idea. The lone county referendum on the ballot in Sussex this year would, if approved, require the commissioners to “consider […]

COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 could be ready as soon as next week

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The next wave of the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign could begin as soon as next week, after federal regulators decide if elementary school students across the U.S. should begin rolling up their tiny sleeves. That multistep approval process kicks off Tuesday, when the Food & Drug Administration’s panel of vaccine experts will vote on […]

Biden calls on Congress to pass infrastructure bill, touting new Portal Bridge construction

BY: - October 25, 2021

President Joe Biden kicked off the week in New Jersey with Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials to celebrate the impending construction of the new Portal Bridge, with Biden using the trip to deliver remarks on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill and spending plan that are stalled in Congress. Speaking in front of three […]

For the first time, New Jersey’s Black churches take congregants to the polls early

BY: - October 25, 2021

New Jersey’s Black churches are ready to take their members’ souls to the polls. Black faith organizations around the state began sending congregants to early voting sites en masse Saturday, joining churches in other states in a long-standing tradition that seeks to boost the influence of Black communities by leveraging existing organizations and worshippers’ trust […]

Haitian immigrants rally against deportations

BY: - October 25, 2021

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 […]

In Newark, Obama urges voters to stick with Murphy

BY: - October 23, 2021

Former President Barack Obama joined Gov. Phil Murphy and a bevy of Essex County elected officials in Newark Saturday to urge Democrats to avoid the apathy that they blame for Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency. Obama praised the polices — including a $15 minimum wage, a millionaire’s tax, and funding for Planned Parenthood, among […]