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Christie Ramps Up Halfway House Inspections After Scathing Report

Governor Chris Christie demanded stepped-up inspections of the state's halfway houses following a report that found lax oversight, escapes and widespread use of violence and drugs were common at many privately run facilities in New Jersey.

With Thirteen Days To Go, No One is Blinking

With less than two weeks left ahead of New Jersey's budget deadline, Governor Chris Christie and the Democrats, who control the state house, remain at odds over Christie's proposal for a 10 percent income tax cut.

As Reforms Take Hold, Teachers Reapply or Leave

Teachers at eight schools slated for intensive reform in Newark began learning on Friday whether they'd be keeping their positions at their current schools.

Ex-Rutgers Student Expected to Leave Jail Next Week

A New Jersey jail warden says the former Rutgers student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his roommate will likely be released from prison Tuesday after serving 20 days of a 30-day sentence.

“I don’t know if they think I’m not competent, capable—I don’t know. But what I believe is that there’s a reason I’m here. I believe that if given two more years, this school will be one of those schools that people are knocking on the doors to get into.”
— Erskine Glover, principal of Quitman Street Community School on Bracing for Reform: A Newark School Prepares to Reinvent Itself, Again

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Dems Slam Christie Over Spending in NJ Budget Battle

Governor Chris Christie’s budget proposal calls for the highest spending increase in the nation, even as state revenue projections are below initial estimates, a new analysis shows.

Yacht Hoax Cost Hundreds of Thousands More Than Initial Estimate

The New Jersey coast guard said it spent $318,000 on the hoax yacht explosion – well over authorities’ initial $88,000 estimate.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Fort Dix Plot Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal filed by five Muslim men convicted of planning to attack Fort Dix or other military bases.

Democratic Leaders Agree on NJ Budget Framework

Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly have reached agreement among themselves on a framework for next year's state budget.

Christie Tells Cabinet to Prepare for Possible Shutdown

Gov. Chris Christie is asking his cabinet members to prepare contingency plans in case he needs to shut down New Jersey's government if he can't reach an agreement on a new budget.

Court Blocks Christie on Affordable Housing

The New Jersey Supreme Court has blocked an attempt by Governor Chris Christie to eliminate the state's Council on Affordable Housing.

Rowan Goes Public With Opposition to Proposed Rutgers Merger

There's been no end to hoopla over the fact that the Rutgers University faculty opposes a proposed merger between Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University. Now it appears that the Rowan faculty does not support the restructuring either.

“It feels more natural in some ways because of these stone walls. And then what’s growing up there is so much more robust and stronger than anything that was ever growing up on the High Line. In the Embankment, you really feel like you have a forest in the middle of Jersey City.”
— Robert Hammond, the co-founder and executive director of Friends of the High Line on Using the High Line as a Model, Jersey City Bets on the Embankment

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Christie Calls Assembly Dems 'Skunks at the Party'

Gov. Chris Christie is calling Assembly Democrats "skunks at the garden party" for thwarting his income tax cut plan, but they say the GOP governor is only interested in lining the pockets of the rich.

Opposition to Online Charters Heats Up State BOE Meeting

The State Board of Education on Wednesday got an earful on the Christie administration’s push for charter schools and other so-called innovations, both pro and con, some quite public and some a bit quieter.

Muslims Taking NYPD to Court Over Surveillance Face Uphill Climb

Lawyers for the Muslim plaintiffs suing the NYPD for its covert surveillance of communities in New Jersey are basing their case on claims that legal experts say may be difficult to prove.

With Primary Over, Pascrell Focuses on November

After a hard fought race against a fellow incumbent Democrat, Congressman Bill Pascrell defeated Congressman Steve Rothman to represent New Jersey’s new 9th District. Pascrell focused his campaign on increasing voter turnout in his strong holds.

Rutgers Boards Oppose Merger Plan, Oks Talks

Rutgers University's two governing boards affirmed their intent to keep control of the Camden and Newark campuses, however, they leave open the possibility of a higher education restructuring deal with the Legislature.

NJ Muslims Sue NYPD Over Surveillance Program

Calling it a last resort, a group of Muslims from New Jersey are suing the NYPD over a surveillance program that targeted their homes and houses of worship in the Garden State. It is the first legal challenge against the NYPD for practices targeting the Muslim community.

Pascrell, Payne Jr. Win Key NJ Primaries

New Jersey voted Tuesday in the first primary since redistricting eliminated one of the state's congressional districts. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell won a hard-fought battle of incumbents, besting fellow Congressman Steve Rothman in the Democratic primary in the state's newly drawn 9th District.