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Deflecting Criticism, Christie Says NJ Comeback 'Has Begun'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Monday batted down criticism from Democrats who've raised alarms about the rise in unemployment and decline of tax revenue in the state. 

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Crime-Riddled N.J. City Considers Axing Police Force

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Supporters of a regional police force in New Jersey are pulling together a plan to replace Camden's police department with a new division operated by the county. Some Camden residents, however, fear the move could jeopardize public safety in a city already ravaged by crime.

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NJ Jobless Rate Spikes, Putting the ‘Comeback’ in Doubt

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Jersey's unemployment rate jumped from 9.6 to 9.8 percent in July, a level not seen since the 1970s according to the state's Department of Labor. The latest number is being used by Democrats to counter Gov. Chris Christie's claim the state is on a "comeback."

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Plastic v. Paper: NJ Legislature Readies to Tackle Battle of the Bags

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

They supermarket debate of paper vs. plastic could get complicated, and costly. Seven bills currently pending in the New Jersey Legislature call for a ban or fees on plastic grocery bags.

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Compose Christie's #Keynote: Your Suggestions

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. What should the rising Republican star say? We asked you to compose @GovChristie's GOP keynote in 140 characters. Here are some highlights.

Tweet us @WNYC or leave us comments.

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News Analysis: Romney’s VP Choice Limits Christie’s Options

Monday, August 13, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s decision to choose Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate limits Christie’s options for a future presidential run and immediately shifts the focus in New Jersey to Christie’s 2013 gubernatorial reelection campaign.

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Notable New Brunswick Music Venue Set to Re-Open

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A gritty New Brunswick, N.J, rock club, which shuttered in January, is getting ready for an encore.

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Questioning Gov. Christie's Commitment to Transparency

Friday, August 10, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie's conditional veto of a financial disclosure bill for hospitals has healthcare advocates up in arms -- and doubting his public stand on transparency. They say the proposed transparency requirements are necessary to ensure that for-profit hospitals do not operate under a veil of secrecy that could endanger patients and workers by putting profit before both.

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Judge: Giants, Jets Suit Over Megamall Premature

Thursday, August 09, 2012

A judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by the New York Giants and New York Jets to halt a megamall in New Jersey's Meadowlands, though the teams can still file legal challenges.

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Assembly Committee Says Towns Should Be Allowed to Keep Affordable Housing Funds -- for Now

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Municipalities should not be forced to surrender their affordable housing funds to the state until the Council on Affordable Housing meets and makes decisions on how to move forward, said members of the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee yesterday. The hearing was to discuss the Christie administration's demand that the money previously set aside to build local housing should be returned to the state's coffers.

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Jollibee Restaurant Follows Filipino Community to New Jersey

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The line of customers, almost all of them Filipino immigrants, snaked out the door at the Jollibee fast food restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey.  It was opening day, and everyone was there for a taste of home.

Jollibee is a Filipino fast food chain that’s so beloved by Filipino immigrants that its list of overseas locations reads like a map of the Filipino diaspora. There are Jollibees in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Dubai, where large numbers of Filipinos work as drivers, nurses, hotel staff and engineers. In Hong Kong Jollibee serves up its burgers and fries for homesick domestic workers picnicking in the parks on Sundays.

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Christie Administration Looks to Outside Experts for School Turnaround Strategies

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

As the Christie administration considers its options for how to improve the lowest of the state’s low-performing schools, it will be leaning heavily on a group out of Washington, D.C., that is finding itself more and more in the education limelight.

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Compromise, Caffeine and Trade-Offs: Behind NJ's New Tenure Reform Bill

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

With the signing yesterday of New Jersey’s new teacher tenure law, there was the expected fanfare about the stakeholders and bipartisan efforts that went into crafting the final bill.

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Christie Distances Himself From Group Behind TV Ads

Monday, August 06, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie denied he has anything to do with a group that has spent $6 million on television advertising in New York and Philadelphia that promotes the governor.

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Betting on the Future of Gambling in New Jersey

Monday, August 06, 2012

The future of gambling in New Jersey continues to take center stage for industry leaders and lawmakers in Trenton and Washington, D.C. Over the past several months, state and national legislators have drafted more than a dozen bills to expand gaming in the state to include sports betting, gambling via the Internet and mobile apps, and wagering at horsetracks and at special events. Some of these activities are already being implemented at the state level despite violating federal law.

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Christie Signs Major Teacher-Tenure Overhaul

Monday, August 06, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an overhaul to New Jersey's tenure laws.

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NJ Judo Fighter Crushed By Olympic Suspension

Monday, August 06, 2012

A 23-year-old judo fighter from New Jersey who was disqualified from the Olympics for pot use was distraught over his suspension, his mother told WNYC.

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Interactive Map: Unemployment in NJ By County

Friday, August 03, 2012

New Jersey’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly higher than the national average, but the situation is even bleaker in some counties in the state’s northern and southern ends.

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Storm Data Shows Links to Global Warming: Report

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Two vicious thunderstorms that slammed New Jersey in the past month are part of a trend that the northeast is experiencing due to global warming, according to a new report released by Environment New Jersey.

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Soni and Phelps Win Gold Medals

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Rebecca Soni of Plainsboro, New Jersey, has won a gold medal in the Women's 200m breaststroke at the Olympics on Thursday, and set another world record in the process. Michael Phelps won a gold in the men's 200m individual medley, upping his career record medal haul to a record 20.

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