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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 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, s...

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.

With Insurance Company Approval, New Jerseyans Can Extend Canceled Health Plans

New Jersey residents will be able to extend canceled health plans for another year under the Affordable Care Act, as long as their insurance companies agree.

Go to Hoboken... Just Don't Drive There

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.

Port Authority Heads Asked to Testify on George Washington Bridge Closures

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 closure...

Christie's New Job

Governor Christie was officially elected chairman of the Republicans Governors Association by his fellow GOP governors Thursday in a closed-door meeting at a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The job involves campaigning and fundraising in as many as 36 states. But Christie told reporters that he is still giving PRIORITY to ...

'New Brunswick Today' Investigates

The news service, New Brunswick Today has been making waves - producing investigative reports on the New Brunswick Water Utility covering up water quality violations and on Rutgers trying to keep its Hurricane Sandy report secret.

Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University speaks with New ...