The last time Newark sent someone to the U.S. Senate, the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery had just been issued — 1863. And that could give Newark Mayor Cory Booker a boost in popularity as he runs for the U.S. Senate, says Clement Price. He is a History professor at Rutgers University and a longtime observer of Newark’s politics.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced a program to provide residents of flood-prone areas grants of up to $30,000 to elevate their homes to protect them from future storms. Priority will be given to homeowners who suffered the most damage from Sandy and face the greatest risk of future flooding.
Over the past 30 years, several research reports and the state’s own Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) warned that the Jersey Shore was overbuilt and that a storm like Sandy would cause widespread destruction. New Jersey Public Radio has reviewed internal DEP documents that even recommended a strategic retreat from the water’s edge, but that language disappeared after Gov. Chris Christie took control of the office in 2010.
A investigation by the New Jersey comptroller’s office has found that dozens of New Jersey government employees and six elected school board members have been lying for years about their salaries just to get their kids a free or reduced lunch at school.
The investigation of 15 New Jersey school districts, released Tuesday, found that 109 people, including 83 public employees and six school board members were involved in the fraud, said Comptroller Matthew Boxer.
The state of New Jersey has issued its first round of buyout offers for Sandy-ravaged homes in Sayreville — and Governor Chris Christie says dozens more offers are on the way.
The emotional toll that Sandy is taking is not always apparent, but service providers are finding about 20 percent of the victims of the storm are experiencing significant problems.
It's an ongoing phenomenon facing the state - school superintendents fleeing New Jersey as their contracts expire and they face a salary cap. The limits on salaries went into effect in 2011.
The latest school district to possibly face the loss of its superintendent is South Orange-Maplewood.
Newark police have overhauled the city's stop-and-frisk policy -- making details of the program public in a move a civil liberties group says makes it one of the most transparent in the country.
Newark Police officers will now be required to record the age, gender, and race of each person they stop - as well as the reason for the stop. The order establishing the new policy came down Tuesday from the city's police director.
U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Booker outlined a plan today to end child poverty in the U.S., which is estimated to cost taxpayers $500 billion a year.
When New Jersey Public Radio's Sarah Gonzalez moved to the Garden State, she found out the worst part of living there -- having to tell New Yorkers you live in there.
Democrats in the New Jersey legislature are calling on Republicans to help them override Governor Christie's veto of gay marriage.
A new poll finds the majority of New Jersey voters believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country.
With more heavy rains in the forecast this week, flood-prone Hoboken is on high alert.
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in New Jersey on Monday morning, at 9:17 am.
The tornado touched down in Berkeley Heights, before cutting a path through New Providence and Summit.
As the Jersey shore tries to rebuild stronger to withstand future storms, there is a growing demand for companies that know how to raise a house. These companies are referred to as "house jackers" and they're doing a booming business in the Garden State.
The Senate passed its compressive immigration bill on Thursday. The bill would offer a path to citizenship to 11 million unauthorized immigrants and provide extensive security along the Mexican border.
The bill was drafted by a bipartisan group of Senators, the so-called Group of Eight. One them, New ...
Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University joins New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst to talk about a backlash to New Jersey's "Stronger Than The Storm" ad campaign. People object to everything from the governor appearing in a publicly funded tourism ad while running for re-election to the "cheesy" music used in the spots.
Gov. Chris Christie's veto on gay marriage means same-sex couples in New Jersey are now excluded from receiving 1,138 federal benefits awarded to same-sex married couples in 13 other states where gay marriage is legal.
Scientists are reviewing tsunami-like waves that were observed along the southern New Jersey coast earlier this month.
FEMA has released updated flood maps for four counties in New Jersey which drastically decreases the size of the areas deemed to be at the highest risk of flooding, compared with a version released last winter. That means many shore residents won't have to raise the elevation of homes as high.