House Democrats pass Biden’s $1.85 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ plan

BY: , and - November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats united around a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill on Friday, sending the major plank of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda to the Senate.  Democratic leaders in the House heralded the 220-213 near party-line vote on the so-called Build Back Better bill, touting its provisions on child care, education, […]

Guardian’s election brings LGBT representation back to Statehouse

BY: - November 19, 2021

The election of Don Guardian to the state Assembly will give New Jersey its first openly gay legislator in more than three years. Guardian, a former Atlantic City mayor, defeated Assemblyman John Armato (D-Atlantic) and Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick to bring LGBT representation back to the capitol, buoyed by Republican enthusiasm that gave the […]

Report: New Jersey’s highways are the worst — and costliest — in the nation

BY: - November 19, 2021

New research backs up what any motorist who has driven even a few miles in New Jersey already knows — our roads are the worst. New Jersey’s highway system ranked dead last in the nation in road conditions and cost effectiveness in the nonprofit Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report. It was the third year in […]

Immigrants make last-ditch plea for deportation protections, work permits in Build Back Better

BY: - November 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Undocumented workers and immigration advocates are pushing for Democrats to keep work permits and protections from deportations in the final version of the $1.85 trillion social spending and climate package that the U.S. House is set to vote on as soon as Thursday night. Those immigration provisions face elimination when the bill moves […]

As N.J. Dems lick their wounds over 2021, 2022 looms

BY: - November 18, 2021

Last week, 36-year-old Republican and U.S. Marine veteran Nick De Gregorio appeared in Glen Rock delivered what he hopes will be a message that gets him to Congress. That message: Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-05) does not know the struggles of ordinary Americans who are shelling out more for diapers and milk at Kilroy’s, a local […]

Grand jury clears cops in shooting that ended deadly anti-Semitic attack in Jersey City

BY: - November 18, 2021

A state grand jury has cleared 13 police officers who fatally shot the armed couple responsible for a 2019 killing spree at a kosher deli in Jersey City, the state Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday. David N. Anderson and Francine Graham gunned down a Jersey City detective at the Bayview Cemetery on Dec 10, 2019, […]

U.S. House censures Arizona’s Paul Gosar, boots him from committees

BY: and - November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted 223-207 Wednesday to censure Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and strip him of his committee assignments, following his social media post of a manipulated cartoon that depicted him attacking Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden. Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois voted […]

States forge ahead with COVID-19 booster shots for all adults

BY: - November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are expected as soon as Friday to expand access to COVID-19 booster shots to all American adults.  But some states aren’t waiting for a green light from D.C. At least six states already have opened up eligibility for the boosters from Pfizer and Moderna beyond the categories specified by federal […]

Lawmakers eye reform after slow trickle of 2021 election results

BY: - November 17, 2021

The glacial reveal of results from New Jersey’s latest general election has left lawmakers dissatisfied and with a growing appetite for reform. A prohibition on counting mail-in ballots before Election Day, uncertainty around the number of uncounted ballots, and a days-long grace period for late-arriving mail votes have made Election Day seem like election week […]

Bergen County Jail transfers last ICE detainees to facility 300 miles away

BY: - November 17, 2021

For the first time in 30 years, the Bergen County Jail no longer holds any detainees under the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The last 15 detainees were transferred out Friday, a week before Bergen County had said they would clear the Hackensack facility of all detained immigrants. Advocates from Pax Christi and […]

Tenants seeking N.J. rental relief have until Dec. 15 to apply

BY: - November 17, 2021

A program providing rental relief for struggling New Jersey tenants during the coronavirus pandemic will close applications on Dec. 15, the Department of Community Affairs announced. Since the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program launched in July 2020, more than $500 million has been distributed to residents: $92 million to 15,000 families during the first phase […]

Senators urge increased production of fossil fuels in reaction to spiraling energy costs

BY: - November 16, 2021

Days after global leaders agreed for the first time to decrease coal usage and subsidies for fossil fuels, U.S. senators battled over rising gasoline prices and urged action on the high cost of energy—including by increasing production of coal, oil and gas.  The Tuesday hearing, led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Joe Manchin […]