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Ghosts of Sneakers Past

The cover of Boston magazine's May issue is a photo of running shoes worn by people who ran the marathon. In New Jersey, shoes are drawing an emotional reaction from young people who are walking a trail of shoes that represent lives lost to gun violence.

Gov. Christie Outlines Sandy Recovery Plan

Six months after Sandy, Governor Chris Christie’s message to New Jersey residents is that more help is on the way. 

NJ 'Storm Czar' Speaks Out on Sandy Recovery

With $37 billion at his fingertips, Marc Ferzan is managing a budget of federal aid money that’s more than the entire state of New Jersey spends in an average year. He's also been operating largely behind the scenes and out of the public eye.

Will Betting on Gambling Pay Off for Atlantic City?

The Christie administration is betting on the gambling economy.

Sisters of Boston Bombing Suspects Express Sorrow

The sisters of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects say it saddens them "to see so many innocent people hurt after such a callous act."

A Spin on Eminent Domain: Newark Considers a Controversial Approach to (Maybe) Stop Banks from Foreclosing

Under eminent domain city governments have the power to take private property for the benefit of the public. Activists in New Jersey argue that preventing foreclosures is a public benefit, and they want city officials to tap into their eminent domain power to buy homes from banks that are on the ...

Christie Pushes for NJ Gun Control But Balks at Federal Law

Governor Chris Christie is proposing several bills to tighten his state's already tough gun laws. But the potential presidential contender in 2016 is leery of the push for federal reforms.

Banks Abandoning Newark Properties

Almost 43 percent of bank-owned properties in one Newark neighborhood remain vacant, even years after foreclosure, according to a new study.

Homeowners to see Sandy Relief Delay

Governor Christie says the $900 million dollars from HUD in Washington earmarked to help homeowners rebuild does have some strings attached which may mean work won't start until July.

Christie Defends Private Lottery Contract

New Jersey's Democratic Congressional delegation has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to review a Christie Administration deal to have a private firm run the state lottery.

Report: Foreclosures Cost City of Newark $56 Million

Foreclosures in Newark cost taxpayers $56 million over the last four years, according to a report by the activist group New Jersey Communities United.

Gun Debate Comes to Jersey

Both New York and Connecticut have already passed bills in response  to the Newtown shootings. Now Trenton is set to take action even though it already has the strictest gun laws in the country.

Why 41 Districts Want to Keep Separate April School Board Elections

Only 41 New Jersey districts will hold school board elections Tuesday now that most -- 501 districts -- have chosen to move their elections to November

Getting NJ Students to See Themselves as 'College Material'

The New Jersey Department of Education now tracks college enrollment numbers in its new School Performance Reports, as part of its effort to grade schools on how well they prepare students for college.

With A United GOP Behind Him, Christie Seeks to Divide Dems

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie campaigns for re-election, he leads a united Republican party. And on the campaign trail he is doing his best to fracture the state's Democrats.

NJ Panel Call For Tougher Gun Regulations, Penalties

A blue ribbon panel appointed by Governor Chris Christie after the Newtown school shooting massacre wants the state to tighten its gun regulations  and the access minors have to violent video games. The task force also wants to see increased access to mental health counseling.

Child's Death Raises Questions About NJ Gun Laws

Six-year-old Brandon Holt was fatally shot in the head Monday by a 4-year-old friend and neighbor who got hold of a rifle in his home, and the incident is calling into question a law that charges gun owners with disorderly conduct if a minor gains unsupervised access to a gun.

New Jersey's New School Performance Report Offers More Data Than Before

The New Jersey Department of Education today released its 2011-12 School Performance Report. It replaces the old School Report Card format and offers more data, including a score based on how well schools prepare students for college and careers.

For One Beach Block, Rebuild on Hold

Fielder Avenue in Ortley Beach was one of the worst hit blocks at the shore. Sandy destroyed 10 homes, and badly damaged most others. WNYC has been visiting the block and collecting the stories of residents and their struggles to rebuild.

"I don't care about the legalities and the niceties."
— Chris Christie on Christie Defends Rutgers President