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Pesticide-Free Zone

It's the latest suburban showdown. Barista Kids recently reported on the growing divide between neighbors who spray their lawns with pesticides... and those who do not. Debbie Galant with New Jersey News Commons speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about a new program to encourage pesticide-free lawns in ...

In Newark, Gunshot Detection System Falls Short of Booker's Claims

Mayor Cory Booker touts the gunshot detection technology he brought in to combat gun violence. But, the impact of the technology has been, at best, modest.

Buy-Out Dilemma: To Rebuild or Pull Up Stakes

For many homeowners and businesses recovering from Sandy, the mantra has been to rebuild stronger. But some New Jersey residents have concluded that their best option is not to rebuild at all.

Fight Over New Jersey Train Derailment Enters Courtroom Phase

The fight over a southern New Jersey train derailment and chemical spill last year is heading to the courtroom.

First-responders are filing a lawsuit Wednesday claiming Conrail was negligent in the aftermath of the derailment and chemical spill. They say Conrail was ordering its workers to get away from ...

Booker Appears to Have an Unbeatable Lead

Cory Booker continues to dominate the field, less than a week before the primary vote in New Jersey's U.S. Senate race to fill the seat of the late Frank Lautenberg.

A new Quinnipiac poll puts Booker at the top of the Democratic field with 54% of likely primary ...

A Debate With Full Attendance

The first debate with all four Democratic candidates vying for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey featured a lot of agreement on foreign policy issues but different ideas on how to fund education.

Watch: NJ Senate Democratic Debate

On Monday night, NJTV aired a debate of Democratic Senate hopefuls from the DuMont Television Center at Montclair State. Candidates Booker, Holt, Oliver and Pallone all attended. NJ Today host Mike Schneider and Record editorial page editor Alfred Doblin moderated.


Senate Candidates Set to Debate Tonight

All four Democratic rivals for the Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg will debate this evening at Montclair State University. This will mark the first time that frontrunner Cory Booker will be involved, after skipping earlier forums.

Special Election Will Cost NJ Taxpayers - But How Much?

Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to reimburse counties for the additional costs of holding two special elections to fill a Senate seat in New Jersey. But taxpayers are still footing the bill.

Booker Criticized for Skipping NAACP Forum

Newark Mayor and Senate hopeful Cory Booker is facing criticism for skipping an NAACP forum for Democratic candidates in his own city last night.  He attended a campaign fundraiser in Jersey City with Oprah Winfrey instead.

Booker also missed a candidates debate last weekend.

Business Slow at the Beach

It's standard practice around this time of year. As we head into the home stretch of the summer beach season, it's expected that shops and restaurants along the Jersey shore will grumble about the weather and its impact on their bottom line. But this year, obviously, is very different.

Republican U.S. Senate Hopefuls Struggle to Differentiate Themselves

New Jersey hasn't sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate in more than three decades. In a News 12 debate between the Republican candidates Wednesday night, the two in the running had a hard time distinguishing themselves from each other.

Christie's Concerns Over Expanding Medical Marijuana to Children

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is concerned about medical marijuana ending up in the hands of people it is not intended for if he approves a plan passed by the legislature to expand the program to children with certain debilitating illnesses. He says the bill is currently on ...

Christie, in the Limelight Again, Signals His Presidential Hopes

Governor Chris Christie is taking on Republican Rand Paul while still casting himself as a conservative.

Christie has been working on his national profile for more than a year now, but this time he's engaging in 2016 national primary politics while running for re-election in his own state.

Two Days Left for Homeowners Affected by Sandy to Apply for Grants

The deadline for Sandy victims in New Jersey to apply for the Homeowner Resettlement Program is this Thursday, and Gov. Chris Christie said there is still money to distribute.

Hear Why 3 of the 4 Democratic Senate Hopefuls Want Your Vote

U.S. Senate hopefuls Rush Holt, Frank Pallone and Sheila Oliver wrapped up their debate over the weekend with statements about why they should get your vote. Hear what they each had to say.

Sans Booker, Democratic Candidates Participate in First NJ Senate Debate

U.S. Senate hopefuls Rush Holt , Frank Pallone and Sheila Oliver took turns noting Booker's absence during the first formal debate to fill the late Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat in New Jersey.

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.