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Christie Pushes for NJ Gun Control But Balks at Federal Law

Governor Chris Christie is proposing several bills to tighten his state's already tough gun laws. But the potential presidential contender in 2016 is leery of the push for federal reforms.

Banks Abandoning Newark Properties

Almost 43 percent of bank-owned properties in one Newark neighborhood remain vacant, even years after foreclosure, according to a new study.

Homeowners to see Sandy Relief Delay

Governor Christie says the $900 million dollars from HUD in Washington earmarked to help homeowners rebuild does have some strings attached which may mean work won't start until July.

Christie Defends Private Lottery Contract

New Jersey's Democratic Congressional delegation has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to review a Christie Administration deal to have a private firm run the state lottery.

Report: Foreclosures Cost City of Newark $56 Million

Foreclosures in Newark cost taxpayers $56 million over the last four years, according to a report by the activist group New Jersey Communities United.

Gun Debate Comes to Jersey

Both New York and Connecticut have already passed bills in response  to the Newtown shootings. Now Trenton is set to take action even though it already has the strictest gun laws in the country.

Why 41 Districts Want to Keep Separate April School Board Elections

Only 41 New Jersey districts will hold school board elections Tuesday now that most -- 501 districts -- have chosen to move their elections to November

Getting NJ Students to See Themselves as 'College Material'

The New Jersey Department of Education now tracks college enrollment numbers in its new School Performance Reports, as part of its effort to grade schools on how well they prepare students for college.

With A United GOP Behind Him, Christie Seeks to Divide Dems

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie campaigns for re-election, he leads a united Republican party. And on the campaign trail he is doing his best to fracture the state's Democrats.

NJ Panel Call For Tougher Gun Regulations, Penalties

A blue ribbon panel appointed by Governor Chris Christie after the Newtown school shooting massacre wants the state to tighten its gun regulations  and the access minors have to violent video games. The task force also wants to see increased access to mental health counseling.

Child's Death Raises Questions About NJ Gun Laws

Six-year-old Brandon Holt was fatally shot in the head Monday by a 4-year-old friend and neighbor who got hold of a rifle in his home, and the incident is calling into question a law that charges gun owners with disorderly conduct if a minor gains unsupervised access to a gun.

New Jersey's New School Performance Report Offers More Data Than Before

The New Jersey Department of Education today released its 2011-12 School Performance Report. It replaces the old School Report Card format and offers more data, including a score based on how well schools prepare students for college and careers.

For One Beach Block, Rebuild on Hold

Fielder Avenue in Ortley Beach was one of the worst hit blocks at the shore. Sandy destroyed 10 homes, and badly damaged most others. WNYC has been visiting the block and collecting the stories of residents and their struggles to rebuild.

"I don't care about the legalities and the niceties."
— Chris Christie on Christie Defends Rutgers President

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NJ Jails Clogged While People Await Trial

A new report shows New Jersey's county jails are full of people who could not afford bail and are currently awaiting trial.

Rutgers Athletic Director Resigns

Tim Pernetti resigned as Rutgers athletic director on Friday, two days after the basketball coach he hired was dismissed for abusive behavior during practices - actions that prompted nationwide outrage once a video went public.

At Jersey Shore, Some Push for Buy Outs

While a strong contingent of people — from beach front homeowners to Governor Chris Christie — are all for rebuilding the New Jersey shore, some others are saying the properties should be bought out and restored as a natural habitat area.

Old Water Pipes, New Development...Big Problem

A string of water main breaks in Hoboken last week is causing the city to take a closer look at its aging drinking water system.

The city has had to repair anywhere from 12 to 37 water mains each year. In 2012, the city had to repair 21 water mains.

Latest Rutgers Scandal Threatens to Stain School’s Reputation

Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice may have been fired after a video surfaced showing him shouting gay slurs and physically abusing players during practice – but another causality of the scandal may be the school's reputation: "There will be a stigma attached to the school for years to come,” — ...

Rutgers Fires Basketball Coach

Rutgers has fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice.