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Pay-Per-Charge Mobile Phone Kiosks in Hoboken

With so-called "Bridge-gate" dominating headlines in the state, it's hard to talk about anything else. But Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University gives it a try.

Pay-per-charge mobile phone charging stations coming to Hoboken? Mary tells New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about the ...

Sandy Aid Distribution 'Not Perfect': NJ Official

A New Jersey official who oversees the distribution of billions of dollars in federal Sandy aid acknowledged on Wednesday that the state has made some mistakes in how it's handled the recovery process, but he said that much of the criticism it’s received is unwarranted.

Chris Christie's Lane Shift: From Sarcasm to Outrage

As the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal unfolded over the last six weeks, the man at the center of the storm started by shrugging it off. But after emails surfaced this week l...

Christie's Exit from Global Warming Pact Challenged

Environmental lawyers argued before a New Jersey appellate court Wednesday that the state violated its own rules when it withdrew from a regional agreement with 9 other states to reduce power plant emissions.

Newark Mayor Says Gov. Christie Hasn't Responded to Requests for Help

Newark officials say the city will add 100 more police officers by the end of 2014. But Gov. Chris Christie has had nothing to do with that, says Newark Mayor Luis Quintana.

More Bridgegate-Style Politics in New Jersey?

Another North Jersey mayor is claiming he's receiving political retribution from Trenton.

Jersey City's pension system could save millions of dollars — if New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney allows legislators to vote on a bill reforming it. The bipartisan bill already passed unanimously in the state assembly. But so ...

Does Super Bowl Math Add Up?

This year’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is predicted to bring a half a billion dollars to the New York and New Jersey region. But economists don’t expect to see that kind of cash raining down on the Garden State.

Christie Makes Court Nominations That Raise Eyebrows

Giving up on another Supreme Court nomination, the Republican governor has now failed to get three of his nominees through the Democratic state senate.

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 ...