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Sandy Charities Track Record a Mixed Bag

The tracking of charities is spotty and there's no way to know exactly how much has been donated. But at least half of the donations surveyed has yet to reach storm victims.

Report: Grand Jury Investigating NJ Sen. Menendez

A federal grand jury in Miami is reportedly investigating New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez over his role in advocating for the business interests of his friend Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who's a major contributor to Menendez.

Christie Comment Alienates Host

The African American pastor who hosted Governor Chris Christie's town hall this week has asked the Governor to apologize for his comments about Democratic Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver.

Christie Urban Strategy Has Perils

At a town hall in Paterson -- only the second out of 102 to be held in an urban church, Gov. Chris Christie criticized Speaker of the Assembly, Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) for blocking his school voucher bill.  Oliver called the comments a racial provocation.

In Hunt for Votes, Christie Amps up Voucher Talk

Never one to shy away from a fight, Gov. Chris Christie told the mostly African-American crowd at a town hall in Paterson that one of their own was failing them by not supporting public funding of vouchers for private schools. He called out Speaker of the Assembly Sheila Oliver, and ...

Fight Brewing Between Towns and State Over Utilities’ Taxes

For years, Trenton has been diverting millions of dollars in local property payments due to municipalities from gas and electric utilities to close state budget gaps.

Policing Takes Center Stage at Cory Booker State of City Address

To a crowd of about 500 people, Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced that after years of difficult but necessary budget cuts, Newark can start investing again.

Inside the K-Street Trade Group Where Menendez's Influence Meets Washington Money

A Senate ethics probe into the relationship between Senator Robert Menendez's and a Miami doctor and major campaign donor is bringing additional scrutiny to Senator Menendez's formidable campaign finance operation and his sphere of influence.

Special Education Expansion Brings Challenges, Hope to Newark School

Quitman Street Renew School is one of seven buildings that are the focus of plans to improve the Newark public schools. One of it's new programs has brought an influx of special education students, which raises concern that a school with so many kids with high needs will make it ...

Flood Insurance Claims Delayed and Diminished

Many New Jersey homeowners badly-affected by Sandy are still struggling to repair their damages and rebuild.  But thousands who filed flood insurance claims months ago, have yet to receive the money they need to pay for that work. That's causing a lot of finger pointing from Trenton to Washington.

FEMA Aid Deadline for NJ Approaches

The deadline for New Jersey residents who suffered losses from Sandy to register with FEMA for disaster assistance or apply for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration is Friday.

NJ Governor Christie Proposes $32.9 Billion Budget

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proposed a $32.9 billion budget Tuesday that allows more poor residents to enroll in Medicaid and increases public school aid but defers property tax rebates for three months to cover a projected budget shortfall.

Christie Agrees to Expand Medicaid in NJ

Hundreds of thousands of uninsured, low-income residents in New Jersey could soon be covered by President Obama's healthcare overhaul, now that Governor Chris Christie is endorsing an expansion of Medicaid coverage in the state.

Atlantic City's Revel Casino Declares Bankruptcy

Governor Chris Christie is putting a positive spin on the bankruptcy filing by Atlantic City's newest casino and hotel. The New Jersey governor says the filing actually shows confidence in Revel because investors are exchanging debt for stock in the company.  

"I'm not announcing a retirement. I'm announcing today that I will be continuing on my mission to do the right thing wherever I can."
— Frank Lautenberg on Sen. Lautenberg Officially Retiring

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Ongoing Questions in Menendez Saga

Questions continue to dog New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez about his relationship with his friend and campaign donor, Doctor Salomon Melgen.

Paterson Silk Strike, 100 Years Later

Hidden away in the quiet New Jersey suburb of Haledon, N.J., a stately Victorian home is the epicenter of a movement to remember a big labor victory in the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913.

Menendez Ethics Review Could Take Months

The Senate Ethics committee is looking at whether Senator Bob Menendez acted improperly when he failed to disclose gifts from a political donor who is under investigation by the FBI.

Mixed Reviews for Wanding in Newark Schools

Metal detectors and security guards have been part of high school life in New Jersey’s largest city for more than 30 years. And students are pretty happy about it.

 

Debris Removal Firm Has Deep NJ Political Ties, Report Finds

The Christie administration was quick to sign up with a Florida firm to help clean up the state after Sandy. The firm, Ashbritt, specializes in expediting Federal Emergency Management Agency payments for debris removal for local governments. It also has given close to $300,000 dollars to both the Republican and ...