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Newark Teachers Vote 'Yes' on Precedent-Setting Contract

After a year of negotiations and three weeks of sometimes-brutal internal debate, Newark public school teachers and other staff ratified a historic labor agreement yesterday that will reshape pay and many rules for New Jersey’s largest school district.

Hoboken Mayor Says Lack of Insurance Means 'Thousands' Will Be Homeless

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said Wednesday that she estimates thousands of residents are going to be homeless because of the lack of flood insurance coverage.

Transit Tracker: NJTransit Montclair-Boonton Line

UPDATE 6 p.m.: New Jersey Transit train service has been restored on the Montclair-Boonton line. Starting Wednesday morning at 6 a.m., New Jersey Transit will run two trains per hour on the Montclair-Boonton line. One train to New York Penn Station, and one train to Hoboken Terminal. In the ...

Concerns Grow Over Flooding From an NJ River That’s Also a Superfund Site

The Passaic River in New Jersey isn’t one of those waterways with its source in a pristine mountain lake.

Storm Costs Won't Necessarily Spell Budget Disaster

Hurricane Sandy shut down much of New Jersey’s economy for a week to 10 days and wreaked havoc on Shore towns that are the backbone of summer tourism.

Grab and Go Visits Start to Storm-Damaged NJ Homes

Residents of some of the Jersey shore communities that were hardest hit by Sandy are being escorted back onto the barrier islands to briefly retrieve belongings before leaving again.

NJ Schools May Face Influx of Students Displaced by Storm

It’s only a trickle so far, with most New Jersey schools just beginning to reopen this week, but Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath will likely mean a sizable number of children displaced not just from their homes but from their schools.

With Power Still Out, NJ Pols Feel the Heat

With better weather predicted over the next few days,  utility crews throughout the region are expected to pick  up the pace of power restoration. But outages will persist into next week and it is local officials who are feeling the heat

Moody's Maintains NJ Utility Credit Ratings, Despite Soaring Restoration Costs

The worst storm ever to hit New Jersey has caused enormous headaches for its two biggest electric utilities, as well as millions of their customers, but will not result in lower credit ratings, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

After Delays, NJ Weighs Health Care Options

President Obama's re-election means that his signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, will be fully implemented over the next two years. The Christie administration had put off taking some of the required steps, instead waiting to see how the election played out.

After 9 Days Without Power, NJ Residents Fume Over Utility's Response

Nine days after Sandy slammed into New Jersey, more than 360,000 residences and businesses in the state still have no power — and half of them are customers of Jersey Central Power and Light.

NJ Voters Turn Out, Despite Obstacles and Irregularities

Despite personal hardships, shifting polling sites, frustration and anger over electronic and provisional ballots, and confusion and miscommunication regarding new voting rules, New Jerseyans made on thing clear on Tuesday: they wanted to exercise their right to vote.

NJ Gas Distribution Network Faces Challenges After Sandy

Getting gas for cars and generators continues to pose challenges for residents in many parts of the New Jersey, a week after Sandy.

NJ Transit Ridership Up Despite Long Waits

New Jersey Transit is running trains on a damaged rail network, on reduced schedules, through stations with limited or even no electricity. And ridership is up 15 percent above normal.

Jersey Shore Storm Survivors Face Uncertain Future

Some 100 evacuees from towns like Seaside Heights are now staying at a Red Cross shelter on the New Jersey mainland. They don't know where they will live, or what they will do, or what tomorrow will bring.

NJ's Aging Infrastructure No Match for Superstorm

Even before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the state, New Jersey faced mind-boggling upgrade costs to modernize its aging infrastructure: from drinking water facilities, to mass transit, to structurally deficient bridges — among other pressing projects.

Live Updates | Tracking the #NJVote

NJ Commons is hosting a live updating blog to help NJ voters report problems at the polls after Hurricane Sandy. To participate, Tweet using the hashtag #NJVote

With Power Still Out, NJ Comes Up With New Voting Plan

Large areas of New Jersey are still without power a week after Sandy. It has helped complicate voting for many residents hoping to cast a ballot on Tuesday’s election. N.J. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has been spearheading efforts to make sure victims of Sandy can vote.

Utilities Restore Power After Sandy, but Ratepayers Will Pick Up the Bill

When the state’s utilities are finished restoring power to millions of customers in the wake of Sandy, the final bill will be passed on to ratepayers, who already face more than a quarter of billion dollars in increases from last year's two powerful storms.

After Sandy, NJ's Homeless Population at Greater Risk

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy as it roared through New Jersey last week was impossible to miss: multimillion-dollar homes collapsed like a house of cards, boats berthed on NJ Transit train tracks, much of the Jersey shore reduced to rubble. But the massive storm also did its share of ...