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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. 

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.