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Legislative Rundown: Last-Minute Bills Passed by NJ Lawmakers

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Governor Chris Christie will offer a eulogy Tuesday instead of his State of the State Address after his friend and political mentor, Assemblyman Alex DeCroce died at the Capitol early this morning as the two-year legislative session was coming to a close.

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Christie Remembers Late Assemblyman in Emotional Address

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie remembered a friend instead of delivering his State of the State address as a new legislative session begins on a somber note Tuesday.

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Last Day of NJ's Legislative Session Sees a Flurry of Action

Monday, January 09, 2012

On the last day of New Jersey's legislative session, several bills were wound their way through the halls in Trenton.

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NJ Democrats Name Gay Marriage Bill as Top Priority

Monday, January 09, 2012

Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly say sending the governor a gay marriage bill will be a top priority in the new legislative session.

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Final Day for NJ Legislative Session

Monday, January 09, 2012

Several pieces of legislation are expected to pass, including a bill that would allow for-profit companies to build and operate new public schools in the state's three largest cities, and another that would ease water quality standards for new developments and online wine sales.

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NJ Democrat Blocks Obama Nominee to Federal Appeals Court

Friday, January 06, 2012

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is taking issue with speculation voiced Friday that he is blocking the appointment of a popular judge to the federal appeals court because of a personal vendetta.

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NJ Senator Takes Rare Step to Block Obama’s Judicial Nomination

Friday, January 06, 2012

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez has remained mum on why he is blocking the appointment of a popular judge backed by President Barack Obama to the federal appeals court – the first time a Democrat has held up an Obama judicial nomination.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey's New Tolls

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Mike Frassinelli, transportation reporter for the Star-Ledger, discusses the new toll hikes that took place on January 1st on New Jersey's roads. Garden State drivers: How are the tolls affecting you? Are your driving habits already changing?

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NJ Education Group Asks Feds to Delay Decision on No Child Left Behind

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

A prominent education organization in New Jersey is criticizing the state's application for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

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Features

Actors Get into Character in Shakespeare Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol'

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is concluding its 49th season with "A Christmas Carol," staged with a few twists. The company's version was adapted for the stage by British playwright Neil Bartlett, who uses only exact words and passages from the Charles Dickens novel for his treatment.

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Tiebreaker Picks GOP Map for NJ House Seats

Friday, December 23, 2011

A tie-breaking member of New Jersey's redistricting committee voted for a new congressional map favoring Republicans on Friday.

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Vote on NJ Redistricting Expected Friday

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The redrawing of New Jersey's congressional districts is expected to be decided Friday with a tie-breaking vote coming from the one non-partisan member of the commission.

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Court Upholds Decision to Keep NJ Hebrew Charter School Open

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A New Jersey state court upheld a decision Wednesday to allow a Hebrew immersion charter school to stay open in East Brunswick in what amounts to a legal victory for supporters of charter schools across the state, where multiple suburban districts are fighting similar proposals.

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Congressional Redistricting Commission in NJ May Focus on 5th and 9th Districts

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Jersey's Congressional Redistricting Commission will wrap up its new map before Christmas, and it's beginning to look like Congressmen Steve Rothman (D-9) and Scott Garrett (R-5) will be the two getting coal in their stockings.

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Essex County Freeholders Approve Immigration Detention Contract

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A controversial contract to house illegal immigrant detainees in a privately run facility was unanimously approved by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Wednesday night.

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A Walking Tour: Newark Broad Street

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This time of year, the sidewalks are crammed with holiday shoppers along Fifth Avenue. But there was a time, not so long ago, when Newark's main street was a marquee shopping boulevard. Bits of the city's storied shopping past are still etched on the buildings — a reminder of what once was, and what, some people hope, the city can be again.

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Q&A | After the NJ Hunt: Top Bear Expert Weighs in on What the State Has Learned

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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New Jersey gets a lot of attention for its annual bear hunt, which wrapped up last week with 464 kills. But that's just one of the ways the state's wildlife officials are managing the bear population year round. Bears have turned up in every county in the state, including a few blocks from the George Washington Bridge — and there are an estimated 3,200 bears in Northwestern Jersey alone.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sick Days in New Jersey

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Brigid Callahan Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, explains the negotiation over payouts for unused sick time for public employees in New Jersey and what the purpose of sick leave is. 

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NJ Reveals Which Charters Made the First Cut

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

With every detail of its process under scrutiny, the Christie administration said yesterday that 17 of 42 applications for new charter schools in the state have made the first cut in the latest review, while the remainder have been eliminated, at least for now.

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Remains of NJ Soldier Dumped in Landfill

Friday, December 09, 2011

Gari-Lynn Smith was instructed not to open the casket that held the remains of her husband, Sergeant First Class Scott Smith, who was killed in 2006 by a roadside bomb in Iraq, so she ordered an autopsy report to get closure.

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