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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 ...

Sandy Rebuild Slowed by Permit Logjam

Homeowners trying to repair or rebuild after Sandy have endured long waits to receive insurance checks or government aid and contractors have more work than they can actually do. Then, the last big hurdle can be obtaining the necessary approvals and permits from towns' zoning and building departments.

Sandy Victims Get 6 More Months to File FEMA Docs

After pressure from a number of lawmakers, FEMA announced on Tuesday that it will grant an additional six month extension for Sandy survivors to file Proof of Loss statements, which are the first step in appealing a flood insurance settlement.

NJ Dems Urge State Supreme Court to Take Up Gay Marriage

New Jersey Democrats are urging the state's Supreme Court to take up the issue of gay marriage before Oct. 21. That’s the date a state judge has ruled same-sex marriages may begin in New Jersey.

Poll: NJ Residents Are Positive About Affordable Care Act

The day before the nation's uninsured begin enrolling in Obamacare, a new poll shows New Jerseyans are slightly more positive than the rest of the nation about the Affordable Care Act.

NJ Court Upholds Affordable Housing Law

Housing advocates are hailing  a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that upholds the state's affordable housing law. The decision today says current rules used by municipalities are too flexible and allow officials to skirt requirements to build cheaper homes.

An Update in the Battle Over Dunes

Governor Chris Christie is taking steps to force Jersey shore homeowners to allow sand dune construction on their beachfront properties.

He issued an executive order to start legal action against about 1000 oceanfront property owners who've refused to assign a strip of their beach front to the state.

Rutgers Changes a Few Lyrics - New Jersey Takes Notice

During the Rutgers-Arkansas football game last Saturday, some new lyrics were unveiled for the university's alma mater. The idea was to drag Rutgers into the 21st century and make the words more gender-neutral.

Specifically, "My father sent me to old Rutgers, And resolved that I should be a man..." ...

NJers to Face Higher Health Insurance Rates Than NYers

A new report released this morning by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates New Jersey residents will face higher average rates than New Yorkers through health care exchanges that are being set up as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Poll Shows Tightening of Booker-Lonegan Race

A new Quinnipiac poll finds Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to lead in the U.S. Senate race against his rival, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. But Lonegan does seem to be picking up support.

Deadline Approaches for Flood Insurance Appeals

Almost a year after the storm, Jersey shore residents and business owners are still fighting with their insurance companies over their Sandy damage claims.  They have just a few weeks left to file appeals of their flood insurance settlements, and many homeowners’ policies in New Jersey place a one year ...

New Jersey's Bargain-Basement Obamacare Campaign

In New York, there's a slick ad campaign bombarding the airwaves, instructing the uninsured how to sign up for Obamacare beginning Oct. 1.

But In New Jersey, outreach is happening in a much less coordinated way, relying more on the networking ability of people like Enroll America's Tatiana Castrillon

NJ Hospitals Create Largest Alliance in Nation

Three New Jersey hospital systems have joined with four Pennsylvania systems to create the largest hospital alliance in the country, raising the possibility that they could quickly spread best practices — but also leading healthcare analysts to warn about the power of new hospital blocs.

Buono Blasts Christie for Slow Sandy Recovery

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono is hoping to tap into voters' frustrations with the slow pace of Sandy recovery by blasting Gov. Chris Christie for the bureaucracy and lack of transparency she says surround the state's major grant programs.

Four Tiny School Districts To Vote on Merger

The parking lot at Stockton Elementary, a four-room schoolhouse near the Delaware River, is also the playground. The school with no auditorium or cafeteria is its own school distric...

New Warnings About Salt Water

The corrosive effect of salt water is being blamed for damage to infrastructure in the aftermath of Sandy - - from the subway lines in Manhattan, to the Seaside boardwalk in New Jersey. WNYC's Janet Babin reports, property owners there were warned that equipment submerged in salt water should be ...

NJ Boardwalk Fire Caused By Faulty Wiring

The boardwalk fire that destroyed more than 50 businesses along the Jersey Shore was caused accidentally by wiring affected by Sandy, authorities said Tuesday.