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Trenton Zeroes In on Utilities

A State Senate panel used a public hearing to press the state's power utilities on the long outages that followed the unprecedented damage wrought by Sandy. The state senators on the Budget and appropriations Committee also questioned them about a lack of communication between the utilities and local officials in ...

Shifting NJ School Board Ballots to November Leaves Financing, Controversy Behind

Moving New Jersey’s school board elections to November was expected to raise the stakes of these historically sleepy races, but at least in this first year, the money didn’t live up to expectations.

NJ's Sandy Power Complaint Tally In

Jersey Central Power and Light  logged the most consumer complaints of the state's power companies in the aftermath of Sandy, according to statistics complied by New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities.

Living On Food Stamps: Newark Mayor Cory Booker Takes Up Challenge

The Democratic politician has taken up a challenge to live on $30 worth of food for a week. That's about what the average food stamps recipient in his state receives. It's part of a c...

Smart Grid, Meters, No Magic Bullet for Damage Done by Major Storms

In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, some policymakers and legislators say the state needs to create a smarter power grid, making the system more resilient and quicker to recover from major storms.

In Bergen County, Problems Stemming From Sandy Surface During Panel

Many of the problems encountered in the aftermath of Sandy in the badly hit areas of Bergen County were explored Monday by the New Jersey Senate  Budget and Appropriations Committee.

JCPL Files for Rate Hike

Jersey Central Power and Light  is asking  regulators for a rate increase to cover costs from storm damage that pre-dates Sandy.

JCP&L Rate Hike Request Doesn't Cover Costs Piled On by Sandy

When Jersey Central Power & Light filed a rate increase request late Friday, it was modest by utility standards. It seeks only a $31.5 million increase, a proposal that would boost monthly bills for most residents by 1.4 percent.

Gov. Christie Re-Election Bid In N.J. Heads Up 2013 Election Calendar

Two gubernatorial contests — in New Jersey and Virginia — plus mayoral races in New York and Los Angeles head up the 2013 election calendar. Plus: Time to get rid of the Iowa straw po...

NJ's First Medical Dispensary OK'd to Open, But Remains Closed

New Jersey's first medical marijuana dispensary cleared all of its legal hurdles weeks ago and has permission to begin business, according to officials.  

Sweeney Wields ‘Big Stick’ as Senate Passes Shared-Services Bill

Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) yesterday scored yet another bipartisan legislative victory when the Senate passed his controversial bill that would force municipalities to share services or face a loss of state aid.

Renaissance Schools Get Board’s Go-Ahead in Camden

A proposal to build up to five new “renaissance schools” in Camden under the fledgling Urban Hope Act passed a key hurdle early yesterday morning as the Camden school board gave the go-ahead to the controversial plan.

Christie Names 'Storm Czar' for New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has appointed Marc Ferzan, who formerly worked at the state attorney general’s office and at PriceWaterhouse Coopers, to oversee the state’s recovery and rebuilding efforts from Sandy.

NJ's Damage From Sandy Nearly $37B

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Wednesday that his state needs $36.8 billion in federal aid for Sandy recovery — that includes $7.4 billion in mitigation projects.

As Christie Starts Re-Election Bid, Democrats Weigh Run

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has already rolled out his bid for re-election, months before the filing deadline. It’s giving Democrats months to decide if they want to face off against the popular governor in 2013.

PATH Officials: Several More Weeks Before Hoboken Service Is Back

Path train service in and out of Hoboken, New Jersey, remains suspended leaving commuters with options like pricier ferry trips or longer bus rides to get into Manhattan. Nearly a month after Sandy, Port Authority officials who operate the PATH Train system brought reporters down into a tunnel below Hoboken ...

Officials Tackle Daunting Task of Rebuilding NJ Coastal Towns

As state officials began a series of hearings to map out how New Jersey plans to rebuild the coast, which is the heart of a $38 billion tourism industry, more questions than answe...

Christie Wants Congress to Act Quickly on Sandy Recovery

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Monday that his goal is to secure multi-billion dollar federal aid for Sandy recovery from Washington during Congress's lame duck session.

Christie Files Papers to Run for Second Term

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced he will seek re-election to a second term.

In Rebuilding NJ’s Beaches, Debate Brews Over Replacing Sand

New Jersey beaches are, on average, 30 to 40 feet narrower after Sandy, according to a recent study. Nearly $700 million dollars has been spent replacing sand on the state's beaches, ...