U.S. Supreme Court to review Biden student debt relief plan in February
Until the arguments are heard in February and the court issues a ruling, the $400 billion Biden plan is on hold due to a nationwide injunction ordered in the lawsuit by the six GOP-led states
U.S. Senate votes to avert freight rail strike, but bid to include worker sick leave fails
Democrats fell short of enough votes to include paid sick leave for railroad workers, a sticking point in contract negotiations.
N.J. bear hunt delayed as legal battle begins
The bear hunt was set to begin just before sunrise on Dec. 5, but is now delayed after a judge issued an emergency stay blocking its start.
As feds crack down, Governor Murphy seeks outside management of troubled veterans homes
Gov. Phil Murphy’s move comes weeks after the release of reports of improper care and abuse at the Menlo Park veterans home.
Lawmakers want to require training to help first responders fight electric vehicle fires
As more electric vehicles hit the road, lawmakers aim to mandate training to ensure first responders can safely fight electric vehicle fires.
U.S. House moves to avoid calamitous rail strike, but Senate prospects murky
The House voted to codify an agreement that some unions have already rejected and separately add paid sick leave that workers had demanded.
Court declares churches’ battle against 2020 pandemic restrictions moot — again
The majority declared the challenge of pandemic restrictions on religious gatherings "moot" since most restrictions ended over two years ago.
Murphy administration proposes abortion coverage mandate in some health plans
The proposed new regulation is part of the Murphy administration's push to expand access to abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court's Dodd decision.
State to spend $25M on Revolutionary War sites to woo heritage tourists
New Jersey will spend $25 million to improve 10 sites by the 2026 semiquincentennial, after years of flatlined funding for parks and historic areas.
Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support
The legislation would repeal the 1996 law known as the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
More than $37 billion in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck
President Biden has requested more than $37 billion for disaster relief on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 funding request and an additional $38 billion in aid to Ukraine.
Court sides with state comptroller in police training firm’s fight against probe
Street Cop Training caught flak for featuring controversial speakers at its policing training conference. The firm is fighting a state probe.