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For This Homeowner, FEMA Maps Went Wrong Way

For most people, recent changes to FEMA maps bring good news – many homeowners have been moved to less-risky zones and therefore may not have to elevate their homes or make other costly changes. But in very rare cases, the risk rating has gone the other way.


Jellies Thrive in Barnegat Bay

According to several reports, the stinging jellyfish in Barnegat Bay are worse than ever this year. New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst speaks with Mary Mann of New Jersey News Commons about the bothersome jellies - and a study underway looking into why they are now here in such abundance.


With National Backers, Advocates Make NJ Same-Sex Marriage a Priority

A number of national groups that support same-sex marriage joined advocates in New Jersey on Wednesday to launch a coalition to push for gay nuptials in the state. 

Send in the Goats

(The Associated Press)

Eleven Nubian goats from upstate New York are the first line of defense to save New Jersey's historic Fort Hancock from a poison ivy invasion.

The plants have overtaken the Sandy Hook mortar battery that defended New York Harbor during World War II.

Report says Rutgers Needs More Oversight

A report commissioned by Rutgers University recommends administrators take more control of the school's athletic department. The assessment also calls for top athletic officials to report to a senior university vice president. NPR's Joel Rose reports.

Is Booker Really More Popular Outside of Newark Than Within?

The last time Newark sent someone to the U.S. Senate, the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery had just been issued — 1863. And that could give Newark Mayor Cory Booker a boost in popularity as he runs for the U.S. Senate, says Clement Price. He is a History professor at ...

Christie Announces Grants to Elevate Flood-Prone Homes

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced a program to provide residents of flood-prone areas grants of up to $30,000 to elevate their homes to protect them from future storms. Priority will be given to homeowners who suffered the most damage from Sandy and face the greatest risk of future ...

Town by Town, Jersey Shore Rebuilds Without State Plan

Over the past 30 years, several research reports and the state’s own Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) warned that the Jersey Shore was overbuilt and that a storm like Sandy would cause widespread destruction. New Jersey Public Radio has reviewed internal DEP documents that even recommended a strategic retreat from ...

109 New Jersey Officials Lie to Get Free Lunch

A investigation by the New Jersey comptroller’s office has found that dozens of New Jersey government employees and six elected school board members have been lying for years about their salaries just to get their kids a free or reduced lunch at school.

The investigation of 15 New ...

Seeking Patience, Christie Announces Some Sandy Buyouts

The state of New Jersey has issued its first round of buyout offers for Sandy-ravaged homes in Sayreville — and Governor Chris Christie says dozens more offers are on the way.

Sandy Stress Invisible But Takes Toll

The emotional toll that Sandy is taking is not always apparent, but service providers are finding about 20 percent of the victims of the storm are experiencing significant problems.

Salary Caps and Superintendents

It's an ongoing phenomenon facing the state - school superintendents fleeing New Jersey as their contracts expire and they face a salary cap. The limits on salaries went into effect in 2011.

The latest school district to possibly face the loss of its superintendent is South Orange-Maplewood.

New Transparency for Stop-And-Frisk in Newark

Newark police have overhauled the city's stop-and-frisk policy -- making details of the program public in a move a civil liberties group says makes it one of the most transparent in the country.

Newark Police officers will now be required to record the age, gender, and race of ...

Booker's Plan to Break the Cycle of Poverty

U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Booker outlined a plan today to end child poverty in the U.S., which is estimated to cost taxpayers $500 billion a year. 

NJ: The State New Yorkers Love to Hate

When New Jersey Public Radio's Sarah Gonzalez moved to the Garden State, she found out the worst part of living there -- having to tell New Yorkers you live in there.

New Push For New Jersey to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Democrats in the New Jersey legislature are calling on Republicans to help them override Governor Christie's veto of gay marriage.

Poll: Majority Support Path to Citizenship for Immigrants

A new poll finds the majority of New Jersey voters believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country. 

according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for the New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University

Still Flood-Prone, Hoboken Braces for Rainy Week

With more heavy rains in the forecast this week, flood-prone Hoboken is on high alert.

Small Tornado Hits New Jersey

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in New Jersey on Monday morning, at 9:17 am.

The tornado touched down in Berkeley Heights, before cutting a path through New Providence and Summit.

House Jacker a Booming Business at Shore

As the Jersey shore tries to rebuild stronger to withstand future storms, there is a growing demand for companies that know how to raise a house. These companies are referred to as "h...