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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...

Sen. Bob Menendez Applauds Passage of Immigration Bill

The Senate passed its compressive immigration bill on Thursday. The bill would offer a path to citizenship to 11 million unauthorized immigrants and provide extensive security along the Mexican border.

The bill was drafted by a bipartisan group of Senators, the so-called Group of Eight. One them, New ...

"Stronger" Than The Backlash?

Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University joins New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst to talk about a backlash to New Jersey's "Stronger Than The Storm" ad campaign. People object to everything from the governor appearing in a publicly funded tourism ad while running for re-election ...

DOMA: Christie's Veto on Gay Marriage Excludes Gay Couples in New Jersey From Federal Benefits

Gov. Chris Christie's veto on gay marriage means same-sex couples in New Jersey are now excluded from receiving 1,138 federal benefits awarded to same-sex married couples in 13 other states where gay marriage is legal.

Possible Tsunami Observed Along NJ Coast

Scientists are reviewing tsunami-like waves that were observed along the southern New Jersey coast earlier this month.

New FEMA Maps Start Hunt for Insurance

FEMA has  released updated flood maps for four counties in New Jersey which drastically decreases the size of the areas deemed to be at the highest risk of flooding, compared with a version released last winter. That means many shore residents won't have to raise the elevation of homes as ...

Lawsuit: Taxpayer Dollars for Religious Schools

The New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s decision to award more than $11 million in taxpayer funds to two religious schools.