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NJ Judo Fighter Crushed By Olympic Suspension

A 23-year-old judo fighter from New Jersey who was disqualified from the Olympics for pot use was distraught over his suspension, his mother told WNYC.

Christie’s National Prominence Aided by Anonymous Money

In the two years since Governor Chris Christie got elected to office, he has never stopped campaigning. Christie’s name and image are both in constant rotation in cyberspace, over the broadcast airwaves and in print. And he insists he’s got nothing to do with the group that is taking credit ...

Interactive Map: Unemployment in NJ By County

New Jersey’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly higher than the national average, but the situation is even bleaker in some counties in the state’s northern and southern ends.

Storm Data Shows Links to Global Warming: Report

Two vicious thunderstorms that slammed New Jersey in the past month are part of a trend that the northeast is experiencing due to global warming, according to a new report released by Environment New Jersey.

Soni and Phelps Win Gold Medals

Rebecca Soni of Plainsboro, New Jersey, has won a gold medal in the Women's 200m breaststroke at the Olympics on Thursday, and set another world record in the process. Michael Phelps won a gold in the men's 200m individual medley, upping his career record medal haul to a record 20.

Trooper Wins Jury Award in Whistleblower Suit

Jurors have awarded a New Jersey state trooper who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit more than $1 million.

Agency Approves Expanding Natural Gas Pipeline Through Jersey Wetlands

A much-contested natural gas pipeline expansion project in northern New Jersey cleared an important hurdle yesterday when the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission found it would have no significant impact on the environment if constructed.

Documents Detail Christie Administration's Plan for School Reform

The New Jersey Department of Education is moving forward with a reform plan for the state’s lowest performing schools by using private money from a California-based foundation.

Brownfields to Solar Farms, Christie Boosts Renewables

Governor Chris Christie was in Hackensack Tuesday to break ground on a Public Service Electric and Gas project that will convert a former brownfield site belonging to the utility into a solar farm along the Hackensack River. 

NJ Trooper in High Speed Escort of Sports Cars Surrenders

The second of two New Jersey state troopers facing criminal charges stemming from a high-speed escort of luxury cars down the Garden State Parkway this past spring has turned himself in.

NJ Ed Commish Goes His Own Way on Charter Regulations

The Christie administration is moving ahead with new regulations for charter schools, jumping ahead of the Legislature and its plans to take up the issue — and maybe a whole new law — in the fall.

The Politics of North and South: How a State Senator Saved Vineland

On paper, it was a no-brainer. The Vineland Developmental Center should be the next large institution closed as part of New Jersey’s strategy to move to community-based care for the developmentally disabled, state Human Resources Commissioner Jennifer Velez and her staff had decided.

At the Shore, Christie Pushes Tax Cuts

Governor Chris Christie is continuing his Jersey Shore stumping with a visit to Ocean City on Wednesday as part of what he's calling an "Endless Summer Tax Relief Tour." But a new poll shows his summer push for a 10 percent tax cut isn't convincing a majority of voters.

Court Rules NJ Schools Have Some Power Over Students After Hours

One of the trickier tasks for schools is deciding where they can draw the line in controlling and disciplining their students for misbehavior, even when it happens well off school grounds or outside school hours.

NJ Supreme Court Rules Judges Can Skimp on Pension Payments

New Jersey's Supreme Court says the state's judges don't have to contribute more to their pensions and health benefits, as is currently required of all other state employees.

NJ Buses Get Big Boost From Federal Funds

New Jersey made out with $76 million in federal funding for its buses — the biggest share of any state in the nation, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday.

NJ Still a Long Way from Recovery, Report Shows

The jump in New Jersey’s unemployment rate last month to 9.6 percent — the farthest the state has been above the national average in 30 years — is just the latest in a series of sobering statistics on the state’s economy and budget.

NJ Foster Care System is Improving, But Not Enough

New Jersey's child welfare system continues to get mixed results in its decade-long effort to better protect abused children.

Map | NJ Traffic Fatalities Up in 2011

After falling for three years in a row, the number of automobile fatalities in New Jersey rose in 2011, according to preliminary data from the State Police.

NJ Lawmakers Examine Oversight of Halfway Houses

The commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections defended the state’s system of halfway houses that has come under fire recently for reported rampant violence, drug use and escapes.