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The 4 Plans to Reduce Newark's 111 Murders

Newark, N.J. closed out the year 2013 with 111 murders – the highest in 23 years.

After three children were shot on Christmas night, those vying to become the city's next mayor are detailing their plans to lower crime.

The League of Former Governors

No, it's not the latest series from DC comics. NJ Spotlight featured a "Holiday Sampler" this past week - a collection of year-end essays written by four former New Jersey governors: Brendan Byrne, Jim Florio, Christie Todd Whitman and Dick Codey. New Jersey's ex-governors have been getting a significant amount ...

Cory Booker to de Blasio: I'm With You

The New Jersey Senator offers good wishes to the new, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In a surprise call to WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Booker said he shares de Blasio's mission to address inequality in society.

Suspected Christmas Night Shooter of two Newark Teens Arrested

Newark, N.J. is ending 2013 with more than a hundred murders — the most the city has seen since 2006.

In a five-day period around the holidays, three teens were shot and killed.

 

NJ Undocumented Students About to be Eligible for In-State Tuition

Tears streamed down Silvia Huerta's face. The 19-year-old had just stood at a news conference and listened as Democratic leaders announced a compromise with Republican Gov. Christie on a bill giving in-state tuition to undocumented students.

Best of the Blogs: 2013

Every week, Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons joins us to talk about stories found on New Jersey blogs and community news services. This time, she calls our attention to some of the best local stories of the year.

Mary talks about the reporting highlights of 2013 with New ...

NRA Likens Holocaust to a Gun Safety Initiative

Jewish groups are criticizing a leader of the National Rifle Association for likening a new gun safety initiative to the Holocaust.

Fatal Essex County Carjacking One of 400 Stolen Cars This Year

The death of Dustin Friedland, shot and killed in Short Hills, N.J., is the latest of 400 carjackings in Essex County so far this year.

10 NJ Neighborhoods Still Reeling from Sandy

We've heard a lot about the boardwalk towns of the Jersey Shore — but which places are really in the worst shape?

Meet Christie's Clean-Up Artist Headed to Port Authority

With the sudden resignation of Port Authority Executive Director Bill Baroni in the wake of the controversy of traffic-causing lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, Republican Gov. Chris Christie is turning to a woman who has long been part of the governor's inner circle.

Black and Latino Applicants for Sandy Aid More Likely Rejected

Black and Latino applicants for Sandy aid in New Jersey are more likely to be rejected for recovery grants than whites. That's according to data released Thursday by a housing advocate who sued the state for information about its grants.

The rejection rate for white applicants to New Jersey's two ...

Patrick Foye to Testify on GWB Lane Closures

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 ...

Were Katrina's Lessons a Blessing or a Curse?

What did we learn from Katrina and did it end up delaying stopping fraud and waste ... or delaying crucial Sandy aid?

Report: Threat of Rising Sea Level Is Worse for Jersey Shore

As residents of the Jersey Shore continue to recover more than a year after Sandy, a new report paints a dire picture of the region’s future: When it comes to climate change, New Jersey could fare much worse than other coastal states.

NJ Blogs in Holiday Overdrive

Suddenly, the holiday season is upon us. And the web is bursting with tales of charitable giving, ugly sweaters and chefs baking thousands of cookies. Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons has a roundup of holiday stories - as covered by blogs around the state. She speaks with New ...

Nonprofit Alleges Sandy Victims Couldn't Appeal for Aid

Were Sandy victims improperly denied federal funds for rebuilding?

Documents obtained by a nonprofit in New Jersey found that some Sandy victims may have lost out at a second chance at receiving federal relief money.

By Aug. 1, the Christie administration had spent its first batch of funds from $600 ...

A New ACA Helpdesk for NJ

While the federal government repairs and tinkers with its balky healthcare.gov website, New Jersey health advocates are stepping up ways to bring in-person assistance to those still muddled about their insurance options.

Soup Kitchens Didn't Get Enough Food Donations to Offer Thanksgiving Meals

Churches in North Jersey who regularly feed the hungry say they didn’t get enough food donations this year to offer a Thanksgiving meal.

Sandy Rebuild's Invisible Victims

Whenever disasters strike, day laborers are often among the first to report to the front lines of the recovery effort.  But disaster work for immigrants  can be fraught with danger, safety violations and worker abuses.

Newarkers Asked to Avoid Low-Lying Areas Ahead of Nor'Easter

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.