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NJ Schools Prepare to Implement New Teacher Evaluations

New Jersey’s plans for having a statewide teacher evaluation system in place by 2013-2014 goes full throttle this year, with every school district in the state being required to start putting the key pieces in place.

Christie Defends Rosy Tax Revenue Estimate

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended his estimates of how much tax revenue the state will collect by December — but the governor’s call for a tax cut is in jeopardy because the state may be short $253 million of projections, a report released Monday found.

Angry Critics Call NJ's Blueprint for Growth Too Radical

The Christie administration’s draft strategic investment plan is touted by officials as a blueprint for spurring economic development in New Jersey, a goal seemingly embraced by many.

More Than the Shore: NJ Struggles to Capitalize on Historic Past

Given New Jersey's rich historic heritage, tourism could be more than the Jersey Shore. But even before the economic downturn, many involved with “heritage tourism” were concerned about some trends in how travelers view art and history.

Trenton Mayor Arrested in Corruption Probe

Federal agents have arrested the mayor of New Jersey's capital city as part of an ongoing corruption investigation.

A Slamming Good Time On The Jersey Shore

At the Keansburg Amusement Park in Keansburg, N.J., the "Bumper Car Psychos" have been crashing their way to fame since 1996. Every Friday night, Tom Mgerack and Keith Van Brunt cruise the track in their favorite cars, grinning from ear to ear as they slam their targets into the wall.

The Life and Death of Newark's Eighteenth Avenue School

After more than 130 years in Newark’s Central Ward, the Eighteenth Avenue School didn't open its doors to new and returning students on Thursday.

"There are a lot of misperceptions we have to deal with about this school and you are the folks we have chosen to deal with those through a long, hard process."
— Erskine Glover, principal of Quitman Street School on Special Report: Staffing Newark's Quitman Street School to Succeed

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Christie Admin Wants Tougher Penalties When Utilities Are Slow to Restore Service

The state’s four electric utilities would face stiffer penalties if they fail to quickly implement restoration plans in the event of severe storms, according to a recommendation introduced by the Christie administration. The governor wants the Legislature to move rapidly on the proposal, enacting it into law this fall.

N.J. Mayor Booker Backs Democratic Party Platform

Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., presented the Democratic Party platform this week at the convention in Charlotte, N.C. Booker tells Steve Inskeep the economy is in a much better place than it was four years ago when Barack Obama first ran for president.

NJ AG Holds First Muslim Outreach Meeting

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa met with Muslim leaders on Wednesday in Newark as part of a Muslim Outreach Committee set up in the wake of the news that the NYPD had surveilled Muslim groups in the Garden State.

Camden Mayor Fights Crime by Sacking City Police Dept

Faced with the highest crime rate in the country, Camden Mayor Dana Redd is planning to replace the city’s unionized police force at the end of the month with a “Metro Division” of the Camden County Police Department.

Horizon NJ Health Slashes Medicaid Reimbursements for Home Healthcare

A 10 percent reduction in Medicaid reimbursements from Horizon NJ Health has caused an uproar in the home health community, which fears that the cut in reimbursements will hamper agencies’ ability to handle more clients just when demand is expected to soar due to a change in how Medicaid is ...

Christie: Clint Eastwood’s Empty Chair Speech ‘Didn’t Work’

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, fresh from his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, said during an appearance on late night TV Tuesday that Clint Eastwood’s empty chair speech “didn’t work.”

Booker Ignites DNC Crowd with Liberal Red Meat

Newark Mayor Cory Booker received a long ovation and chants of “Cory, Cory” after giving a rousing presentation of the Democratic Party platform Tuesday.

NJ AG to Host 1st Meeting of Muslim Task Force

New Jersey's attorney general is hosting the first meeting of a task force he created in the wake of revelations that the NYPD was conducting surveillance of New Jersey Muslims.

Triple misery of late buses, overcrowding and tunnel traffic make for long slog

More than one in 10 NJ Transit buses leaves late from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

NJ Job Numbers Provide Sobering Backdrop to Labor Day

While New Jersey has replaced nearly all of the jobs lost during the first few months of the recession, population growth means that the state has about 60,000 more workers than jobs. This has created an employers' market and is creating a downward pressure on wages, analysts say.

In NJ, More Than 1/3 Struggle to Get By: Report

The federal poverty rate in New Jersey was officially 10 percent in 2010 but a new report commissioned by the United Way of Northern New Jersey estimates that over one-third of state's households are struggling to get by.

NJ Store Worker Fatally Shoots 2 Employees, Self at Supermarket

Authorities say the gunman in the New Jersey supermarket shooting fired at six employees, including one outside the store, before killing himself.