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Booker Leading in Several Polls

Steve Lonegan, the Republican candidate in the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey, is continuing to make up ground in some public opinion polls. A poll Monday from Monmouth University found the former mayor of Bogata trailing Democrat Cory Booker by 10 percentage points. 

Health Insurance Exchanges: Progress in New York, Slow Going in New Jersey

The rollout of the health insurance exchanges is starting to gain momentum in New York, but progress continues to be slow in New Jersey. One state developed its own system - the other outsourced it to the federal government.

About two-thirds of the states, including New Jersey, opted ...

Was the NJ Attorney General Protecting Christie?

Allegations of corruption in a rural New Jersey Sheriff's office shook the community in Hunterdon County in 2010. The sheriff was accused of not properly conducting background checks on deputies and issuing a fake police ID for a prominent donor to Gov. Chris Christie.

Lt. Gov. Candidates Face off in First Debate Tonight

The woman who could soon become the most powerful person in New Jersey will hold a debate tonight. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno is widely expected to step into the governor's office if G...

NJ Judge Won't Delay Gay Marriage; Christie Appeals

A state judge refused Thursday to delay the start of same-sex marriage in New Jersey until a legal appeal can be settled. But the administration of Republican Gov. Chris Christie immediately sought and was granted a request to file an emergency challenge to the decision.

Cory Booker's Father Dies at 76

Newark Mayor Cory Booker's father, Cary Booker, 76, passed away in Las Vegas today after recently suffering a stroke, according to Booker's campaign.

The mayor, who is running for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey, canceled his campaign events for the rest of the day.

Poll: Christie Has 2-1 Lead in Gov. Race, Buono Inches Closer

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, 62-percent of likely voters back Republican Governor Chris Christie over Democrat Barbara Buono. It's almost a 2-1 lead in New Jersey's Governor's race.

Final Senate Debate in NJ

There's less than a week to go before a special election for the open U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey. Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced each other in the second of two debates Wednesday night.

"This Trenton Life"

"This Trenton Life," a play created by high school students and the Passage Theatre Company, was performed this summer in in a revitalized vacant lot in Trenton. A mini-documentary about the experience now appears on the web site, State of the Arts. Mary Mann is with New Jersey News Commons ...

Booker Touts a "Construction Boom" in Newark... Do the Numbers Back it Up?

On Cory Booker’s campaign trail you’ll hear that Newark is in the midst of an economic and construction boom. “Where now one of the most commonly seen birds in Newark is the crane,” ...

Christie Says He Could Balance a Role as Gov. With a Potential Run for President

During Tuesday night's debate with State Sen. Barbara Buono, Gov. Chris Christie would not commit to serving the full four years if he's re-elected in November and decides to run for President in 2016.

"I can walk and chew gum at the same time," Christie said. "I can do this job ...

A Week Before Special Election, Booker and Lonegan Draw Contrasts

In early polls for the New Jersey Senate race, Democrat Cory Booker led Republican Steve Lonegan by 35 points. And many experts assumed the road to the Senate would be a cakewalk for Newark’s celebrity mayor. But with Booker’s lead down to 15 and just a week to go, the ...

$58 Million Spent On Lobbying NJ Lawmakers

More than $58 million was spent last year by lobbyists on New Jersey lawmakers. Topping the list is the utility PSE&G.

The 2 Things Booker, Lonegan Agreed on In Their First Senate Debate

U.S. Senate candidates Cory Booker (D) and Steve Lonegan (R) disagreed on almost everything during their first debate today in Trenton.

Booker supports creating a pathway to citizenship for some undocumented people and offering federal financial aid to college students. Lonegen does not.  

NJ Senate Candidates Set to Debate Today

Republican Steve Lonegan and Democrat, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, will face off today in their first debate in New Jersey's U.S. Senate race.

Terry Golway, history professor at Kean University, says recent polls showing Lonegan gaining ground on Booker raise the stakes for the debate.


Democratic Christie Supporter Charged with Misuse of Funds

One of New Jersey's most powerful Democrats is being charged with misuse of funds. 

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission is accusing Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo of misusing campaign funds and failing to disclose campaign spending over a two-year period. DiVincenzo is a crucial ally of Republican Gov. ...

Newark Teacher's Union Fights $30 Million Grant

Newark schools are at risk of losing up to $30 million in federal money from the district's  Race to the Top grant.

The Newark Teacher’s Union supported the application last year but now Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson says the union is the only one of the required groups ...

What Happened to the Poison Ivy-Eating Goats?

From civilian employees facing furloughs at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to the closure of national parks in New Jersey, we've been hearing about the many ways the partial government shutdown is affecting people in the state.

But New Jersey bloggers have been doing a good job calling our attention to some ...

More Than 3,000 Furloughed at NJ Military Base

The military’s Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst base near the heart of the Jersey shore employs about 6,700 civilians. More than half were furloughed this week following the federal government's shutdown.

Merck To Cut 8,500 More Jobs

New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Merck plans to lay off 8,500 workers as the company faces stiffer competition from generic drug makers.  That's on top of the 7,500 job cuts announced earlier.

Merck announced the latest layoffs yesterday. In total, the company is cutting about 20 percent of its work ...