Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

BY: - January 7, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain health care workers […]

Lawmakers approve search to replace top legislative staff officials

BY: - January 7, 2022

Lawmakers approved a search to replace two top-ranking officials in the Office of Legislative Services Friday. The Legislative Services Commission approved the creation of a committee to seek replacements for OLS Executive Director Peri Horowitz and legislative counsel Jason Krajewski by voice vote Friday afternoon. Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) was the only legislator on the 16-member […]

Legislation requiring anti-choking devices in schools draws doctors’ concern

BY: - January 7, 2022

Devices touted to be a revolutionary new tool to stop people from choking look like little plastic plungers — one inventor said he was inspired to make his version of portable anti-choking devices after a shopping trip to Home Depot. Their inventors claim the devices have saved hundreds of lives. One contends they are safer and […]

Teachers, school officials plead for solutions for schools during COVID

BY: - January 7, 2022

Teachers, school nurses, principals, and their advocates vented for nearly two hours to the Senate Education Committee Thursday, saying they are stretched beyond their limit because of COVID-19. Teachers are taking on the responsibilities of cafeteria workers and custodians. Schools can’t retain educators. And everyone is growing more worried about remote schooling’s impact on learning […]

Bill codifying abortion protections advances in Legislature

BY: - January 6, 2022

Senate and Assembly committees approved a bill codifying New Jersey’s abortion protections into state law in a vote along party lines Thursday, but the bill lacks some provisions of the Reproductive Freedom Act championed by abortion rights advocates and Gov. Phil Murphy. The new bill would provide women with the right to choose whether to […]

Bill would extend some of Murphy’s COVID emergency powers

BY: - January 6, 2022

Senate and Assembly committees approved a resolution Thursday that would extend a series of health care-related administrative directives, but the measure would also allow some executive orders to expire against the governor’s wishes. Gov. Phil Murphy sought a 90-day extension for a variety of administrative orders, executive orders, and other executive actions, citing the rising […]

‘We thought that we would die’: Lawmakers probe painful Jan. 6 memories

BY: - January 6, 2022

Democrats in Congress marked the anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday recounting the terror they experienced first-hand — and argued that it gives them even more reason to pursue voting rights legislation. They remembered the desperate scramble to hang on to the boxes that held the presidential vote tally, the rush […]

Parents confused, angry over school disruptions

BY: - January 6, 2022

Since returning from winter break Monday, North Plainfield students have attended school on a half-day schedule. Steven Rudyz’s son — who tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining — gets one hour of online schooling daily. Arlene Chuisano has three children in Sayreville schools, and kept her two sons home after they tested positive. But […]

Biden in Jan. 6 speech decries ‘web of lies’ created by Trump about 2020 election

BY: - January 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday warned of the dangers of a collapse of American democracy, standing in a historic chamber in the U.S. Capitol that was besieged by an angry mob of pro-Trump supporters who attempted to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election.  “We are in the battle for the soul […]

GOP says redistricting tiebreaker conflicted, chose worse congressional map

BY: - January 6, 2022

New Jersey Republicans intend to argue former state Supreme Court Justice John Wallace’s selection of a congressional map drafted by Democrats should be overturned based on metrics delineated by the tiebreaker, but they’ll also claim the former justice’s pick was influenced by conflicts of interest. In a virtual press conference Thursday, former Republican Chairman Doug […]

50 food deserts in N.J. to get funding to expand healthy grocery options

BY: - January 6, 2022

State officials have identified 50 food deserts in New Jersey where they aim to make tax incentives and other funding available to entice grocers to open. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority released a draft list this week of areas where residents have limited access to healthy, affordable food. The public has until Feb. 4 […]

Montana’s Jon Tester backs filibuster changes, means testing for Biden spending plan

BY: - January 5, 2022

Despite his role at the center of passing the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill in 2021, U.S. Sen Jon Tester said Wednesday the Senate should change its filibuster rules to break what he called “real paralysis.” The Montana Democrat also said in an interview with States Newsroom that watching how the infrastructure money is spent […]