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"This Trenton Life"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"This Trenton Life," a play created by high school students and the Passage Theatre Company, was performed this summer in in a revitalized vacant lot in Trenton. A mini-documentary about the experience now appears on the web site, State of the Arts. Mary Mann is with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University. She speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about the collaboration.

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Booker Touts a "Construction Boom" in Newark... Do the Numbers Back it Up?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

WNYC

On Cory Booker’s campaign trail you’ll hear that Newark is in the midst of an economic and construction boom.

“Where now one of the most commonly seen birds in Newark is the crane,” Booker said at a recent event. But some economists say the numbers don’t back up claims of an economic revival. 

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Christie Says He Could Balance a Role as Gov. With a Potential Run for President

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

WNYC

During Tuesday night's debate with State Sen. Barbara Buono, Gov. Chris Christie would not commit to serving the full four years if he's re-elected in November and decides to run for President in 2016.

"I can walk and chew gum at the same time," Christie said. "I can do this job and also deal with my future. And that's exactly what I will do."

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A Week Before Special Election, Booker and Lonegan Draw Contrasts

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

WNYC

In early polls for the New Jersey Senate race, Democrat Cory Booker led Republican Steve Lonegan by 35 points. And many experts assumed the road to the Senate would be a cakewalk for Newark’s celebrity mayor. But with Booker’s lead down to 15 and just a week to go, the race is closer than expected -- and heating up. 

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$58 Million Spent On Lobbying NJ Lawmakers

Monday, October 07, 2013

NJ Spotlight

More than $58 million was spent last year by lobbyists on New Jersey lawmakers. Topping the list is the utility PSE&G.

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The 2 Things Booker, Lonegan Agreed on In Their First Senate Debate

Friday, October 04, 2013

WNYC

U.S. Senate candidates Cory Booker (D) and Steve Lonegan (R) disagreed on almost everything during their first debate today in Trenton.

Booker supports creating a pathway to citizenship for some undocumented people and offering federal financial aid to college students. Lonegen does not.  

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NJ Senate Candidates Set to Debate Today

Friday, October 04, 2013

Republican Steve Lonegan and Democrat, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, will face off today in their first debate in New Jersey's U.S. Senate race.

Terry Golway, history professor at Kean University, says recent polls showing Lonegan gaining ground on Booker raise the stakes for the debate.

 

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Democratic Christie Supporter Charged with Misuse of Funds

Thursday, October 03, 2013

WNYC

One of New Jersey's most powerful Democrats is being charged with misuse of funds. 

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission is accusing Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo of misusing campaign funds and failing to disclose campaign spending over a two-year period. DiVincenzo is a crucial ally of Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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Newark Teacher's Union Fights $30 Million Grant

Thursday, October 03, 2013

WNYC

Newark schools are at risk of losing up to $30 million in federal money from the district's  Race to the Top grant.

The Newark Teacher’s Union supported the application last year but now Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson says the union is the only one of the required groups that hasn't signed on.

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What Happened to the Poison Ivy-Eating Goats?

Thursday, October 03, 2013

From civilian employees facing furloughs at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to the closure of national parks in New Jersey, we've been hearing about the many ways the partial government shutdown is affecting people in the state.

But New Jersey bloggers have been doing a good job calling our attention to some of the less obvious impacts.

Mary Mann is with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University. She speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about some of the OTHER results of the shutdown.

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More Than 3,000 Furloughed at NJ Military Base

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

New Jersey Public Radio

The military’s Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst base near the heart of the Jersey shore employs about 6,700 civilians. More than half were furloughed this week following the federal government's shutdown.

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Merck To Cut 8,500 More Jobs

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Merck plans to lay off 8,500 workers as the company faces stiffer competition from generic drug makers.  That's on top of the 7,500 job cuts announced earlier.

Merck announced the latest layoffs yesterday. In total, the company is cutting about 20 percent of its work force.




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Sandy Rebuild Slowed by Permit Logjam

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

WHYY

Homeowners trying to repair or rebuild after Sandy have endured long waits to receive insurance checks or government aid and contractors have more work than they can actually do. Then, the last big hurdle can be obtaining the necessary approvals and permits from towns' zoning and building departments.

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Sandy Victims Get 6 More Months to File FEMA Docs

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

After pressure from a number of lawmakers, FEMA announced on Tuesday that it will grant an additional six month extension for Sandy survivors to file Proof of Loss statements, which are the first step in appealing a flood insurance settlement.

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NJ Dems Urge State Supreme Court to Take Up Gay Marriage

Monday, September 30, 2013

New Jersey Democrats are urging the state's Supreme Court to take up the issue of gay marriage before Oct. 21. That’s the date a state judge has ruled same-sex marriages may begin in New Jersey.

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Poll: NJ Residents Are Positive About Affordable Care Act

Monday, September 30, 2013

WNYC

The day before the nation's uninsured begin enrolling in Obamacare, a new poll shows New Jerseyans are slightly more positive than the rest of the nation about the Affordable Care Act.

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NJ Judge Says State Must Recognize Gay Marriage

Friday, September 27, 2013

A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.

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NJ Court Upholds Affordable Housing Law

Thursday, September 26, 2013

WNYC

Housing advocates are hailing  a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that upholds the state's affordable housing law. The decision today says current rules used by municipalities are too flexible and allow officials to skirt requirements to build cheaper homes.

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An Update in the Battle Over Dunes

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Governor Chris Christie is taking steps to force Jersey shore homeowners to allow sand dune construction on their beachfront properties.

He issued an executive order to start legal action against about 1000 oceanfront property owners who've refused to assign a strip of their beach front to the state.

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Rutgers Changes a Few Lyrics - New Jersey Takes Notice

Thursday, September 26, 2013

During the Rutgers-Arkansas football game last Saturday, some new lyrics were unveiled for the university's alma mater. The idea was to drag Rutgers into the 21st century and make the words more gender-neutral.


Specifically, "My father sent me to old Rutgers, And resolved that I should be a man..." is now "From far and near we came to Rutgers, And resolved to learn all that we can."

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