Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR. Her investigative and feature reporting has received national awards by the Education Writer’s Association, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and PRNDI, and several regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
Her investigation into charter schools turning away students with severe disabilities was awarded an Online News Association award for Innovative, Investigative Journalism. The San Diego native graduated from Mills College in Oakland in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and journalism. Follow her @GonzalezSarahA
Sarah Gonzalez, the Northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR, discusses new testimony on the question of why access lanes for the George Washington Bridge were suddenly closed in September.
The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is expected to tell what he knows about the unannounced closing of George Washington Bridge access lanes that caused traffic gridlock in September, and whether the disruption was politically-motivated.
Patrick Foye was subpoenaed to appear before the Assembly Transportation Committee Monday.
An Essex County Superior Court Judge in New Jersey has temporarily stalled efforts by the Montclair Board of Education to identify the person who leaked more than a dozen school tests days before students were scheduled to take them.
Churches in North Jersey who regularly feed the hungry say they didn’t get enough food donations this year to offer a Thanksgiving meal.
Newark Mayor Luis Quintana is urging residents to avoid streets considered flood areas, singling out streets near the Passaic River that may be particularly vulnerable during the nor'easter.
As of October, Hoboken generated $150,000 in residential parking fees, and $3.5 million in parking tickets. Some residents question whether there is an incentive to relieve the parking congestion.
Two foam monsters made out of dirty cups and take-out containers towered 20 feet high on the steps of City Hall as schoolchildren urged council members to pass a bill to ban foam plates and cups, because they are not biodegradable.
New Jersey lawmakers are questioning why the Port Authority closed the local lanes to the George Washington Bridge in early September.
Lanes were closed for nearly a week -- without any notice to the public, elected officials, or law enforcement.
State lawmakers Monday plan to question Port Authority leaders about the closures that caused huge traffic problems on the bridge two months ago. Local officials say they weren't told in advance and some officials have suggested the closures were "abusive."
The foam ban would only apply to cups and take-out containers. Are you willing to say goodbye to foam?
The transportation committee of the New Jersey State Assembly has asked the heads of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to testify in a hearing on the abrupt lane closures to the George Washington Bridge in early September. The legislators are trying to find out whether Chris Christie loyalists backed up traffic just to punish a local mayor who didn't endorse the governor.
TIME has analyzed the final 2,500 tweets Cory Booker sent as mayor of Newark, going back to July 6, 2013, with his recent tweets as a U.S. Senator. The conclusion: he tweets even more now, and he's getting more sleep.
Was the traffic tie-up at the entrance to the GWB in September political pay-back? New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) wants subpoena power to investigate. She's joined by Sarah Gonzalez, the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR, to explain what's behind the controversial traffic jam.
The closures caused huge traffic jams and came as a surprise to government officials, who are usually notified if there are going to be changes in traffic patterns.
The 2013 hurricane season is now over and New Jersey Transit still does not have a updated hurricane plan – more than a year after losing hundreds of its rail cars during Sandy.
Gov. Chris Christie took questions from the media for the first time in two months today. But he would not say what his legislative priorities are for his second term.
Governor Chris Christie was re-elected in New Jersey Tuesday night with 60 percent of the votes.
The race was called for Governor Christie a minute after the polls closed. At his election night party - on the boardwalk in Asbury Park - the Republican Governor walked out with his arms raised, to the song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”
Former Newark mayor Cory Booker is the newest member of the U.S. Senate. He was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden Thursday. They then went to the Old Senate Chamber for a ceremonial swearing in, where Booker's mother stood between the two, holding a Bible.
Gov. Chris Christie hasn't held a press conference in six weeks. His second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, hasn't had one in five months. Her campaign refuses to let her sit down for an interview and yet she could soon become the most powerful person in New Jersey.
The first same-sex couples got married in various cities across New Jersey just after the stroke of midnight, Monday. Listen to the ceremonies, cake cutting ... and protesters.