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NJ Unemployment Holds Steady at 9 Percent

New Jersey's unemployment rate in February was unchanged from the month before at 9 percent, according to data released Thursday.

Rutgers Webcam Defendant 'Sorry About Tyler'

The former Rutgers University student convicted last week in the webcam spying case that ended in his gay roommate's suicide said in an interview that he was insensitive but not biased.

Christie Faces Hurdle in Remaking NJ Supreme Court

Governor Chris Christie faces a major hurdle in remaking the New Jersey Supreme Court Thursday when the majority Democrat Senate Judiciary Committee will vet his nominees for two open seats on the seven-member court.

Map | NJ Has Fastest Growing Commuter Counties

Manhattan is the top work destination in the country for so-called extreme commuting – work trips that are more than 90 minutes each way. And the fastest growing commuter counties are in Northern New Jersey.

Christie's Supreme Court Nominees Set to Face Senate Committee

New Jersey Democrats say they will rigorously question Governor Chris Christie's two nominees to the state supreme court on Thursday.

Christie Details $1M College Scholarship Program

Gov. Chris Christie has announced a college scholarship program for economically disadvantaged high-school students.

Last year, $1.3 million in independent money from groups exempt from disclosure was spent on legislative races compared with roughly $165,000 in 2007, according to Joe Donahue, deputy director with New Jersey's bi-partisan election Law Enforcement Commission.

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Grading State Corruption: New Jersey Scores Best?

In a new report that grades every state by transparency and corruption, New York ranks 36th and New Jersey is ranked as the least-corrupt state in the nation. WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Bob Hennelly discuss the findings, the (somewhat flawed) methodology, and what's important when ...

With Guilty Verdict, Deportation is Possibility for Ravi

Now that Dharun Ravi has been convicted of 15 charges related to his use of a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, he may also face possible deportation proceedings.

LaHood Makes Pitch for Transportation Bill in NJ: 'America Is One Big Pothole'

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a full-throated cry for Congress to pass the Senate's version of the federal surface transportation bill during a stop at the Hoboken train station Monday.

Lawmakers Unsure Higher Ed Merger Needs Their OK

A legislative panel hearing testimony on a proposal to reorganize New Jersey's higher education system isn't sure the merger plan requires their approval.

NJ Tops Nation for Ethics: Report

New Jersey has done the best job of any state in the nation in enacting anti-corruption laws designed to insure both transparency and public accountability, according to a study done by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity.

Days After Verdict, Rutgers Students Weigh In

Rutgers University students returning from spring break Sunday had mixed reactions to the conviction of former student Dharun Ravi, who was found guilty last week of invasion of privacy and bias intimidating for using a webcam to spy on his roommate who committed suicide days later. He now faces up ...

Rutgers Students Return with Ravi Case Decided

As spring break ends, students will return to Rutgers University on Sunday — two days after a verdict in the trial of Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers student who was accused of spying on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi's sexual encounter. Ravi was found guilty on all 15 criminal charges, ...

Payne Jr. to Seek Father's Congressional Seat

Donald Payne Jr. has decided to seek his late father's congressional seat representing the 10th District.

“I don’t think the question is, ‘Why should they do it to Ravi?’ I think the more appropriate question is ‘Why aren’t they doing it more often in instances where the victim doesn’t take his own life?’”
— Louis Raveson, a professor of criminal law at Rutgers School of Law on Webcam Case Conviction Game Changer for Hate Crime Prosecution

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"It's home life to us; especially New Jersey and Milltown, we never thought to leave, even to another town. It's a very small town, but like a big family; very supportive."

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Ex-Rutgers Student Convicted of Invasion of Privacy, Bias Intimidation

A former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life has been convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in a case that exploded into the headlines when the victim of the snooping committed suicide.

 

Webcam Spying Case Triggers Questions Over Effectiveness of Hate Crime Laws

The trial of Dharun Ravi and why he used a webcam to spy on his gay roommate has generated headlines and raised questions about the line between obnoxiousness and criminal behavior. It’s also brought to the forefront the issue of hate crime statues, and whether they are an effective way ...

NJ Legislature Passes Anti-Road Rage Bill

Legislation to toughen road rage penalties has unanimously passed both chambers of New Jersey's Legislature and now heads to Gov. Christie for consideration.