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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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WNYC News

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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WNYC News

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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WNYC News

NJ Lawmaker Calls for Port Authority Probe

Friday, December 02, 2011

A New Jersey lawmaker is calling on Governor Chris Christie's office to investigate how the Port Authority handled recent bridge and tunnel tolls and PATH fare hikes.

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NJ National Guard Commander Resigns Over Sex Scandal

Friday, December 02, 2011

The commander of New Jersey's National Guard is resigning after being caught having a physical relationship with a woman who worked for him, state officials said.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tent City, New Jersey

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Reverend Steve Brigham discusses the state of Tent City, which he founded outside of Lakewood, N.J. The county does not provide shelter for the homeless. Brigham's attorney from Lowenstein and Sandler, Jeff Wild, joins the conversation.

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Transportation Nation

New Jersey Adds GPS to Snowplows

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Last year was a brutal winter in the Northeast. The record snowfalls left New York's Mayor smarting from criticism that the city was unprepared. After an early and costly snowfall already this winter city and state agencies around the region are getting ready for a smoother go around this time. One move in particular, is that New Jersey announced Wednesday that it plans to add GPS devices 0nto 700 snow clearing vehicles to better manage the fleet when the white stuff comes.

"Last year the storms were just relentless," Joe Dee of the New Jersey state Department of Transportation tells Transportation Nation. "It was just constantly sending out the trucks, sending out the private contractors."

Last year NJ spent $48 million on removing snow. $10 million is budgeted for this year. To make that process more efficient, eventually the N.J. DOT will tag 3,300 agency vehicles and mobile equipment units for year round fleet management.

The DOT says real time information about roadway conditions and progress crews are making will make their work more efficient.

“We are excited about this new technology and anticipate that it will improve the teamwork among our crews, supervisors and managers that is so essential to a successful snow-fighting operation,” N.J. DOT Commissioner James Simpson said.  “Storms are dynamic events, and GPS adds another layer of communication that will enable us to quickly adapt our plans to conditions that can change rapidly.”

Additional information on road conditions will also come from about 180 sensors at nearly 40 locations around the state. The sensors, installed after last winter provide data including temperature, wind speed, and whether pavement is wet or dry to help storm mangers decide when to take anti-icing or snow clearing measures.

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WNYC News

Ex-NJ Governor Kean Criticizes Christie Over Climate Change

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Former New Jersey Republican Governor Thomas Kean is such a believer in climate change that he is calling on informed citizens to "confront those who don't believe in the science of it for the ignorant people that they are."

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WNYC News

Number of NJ Residents Receiving Food Stamps Doubles

Monday, November 28, 2011

The number of New Jersey residents receiving food stamps has doubled in the last four years despite the state’s standing as No. 2 wealthiest in the nation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey and the Citizens Campaign

Monday, November 28, 2011

Harry Pozycki, chairman of The Citizens Campaign, and Alysia Welch-Chester, citizen leader and Mercer County Chair, explain how The Citizens Campaign provides non-elected New Jersey residents the tools to participate in government.

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WNYC News

NJ Given $5M Grant for Sustainable Projects

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Jersey has received a $5 million federal grant to create sustainable projects that promote more public transit, green jobs and less reliance on car transportation in low-income and under-served communities.

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WNYC News

NJ Could Take Hit by Dropping Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Study

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Jersey could be losing jobs and other economic benefits by pulling out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, according to a new study.

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Xanadu Re-Do Looks to Expand Footprint in NJ

Monday, November 14, 2011

Supporters of the American Dream Meadowlands project – formerly known as Xanadu – will plead their case this week for the filling of five acres of wetlands to permit the expansion of the stalled project’s footprint to more than three million square feet.

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WNYC News

With Election Behind Them, Democrats Face a Tough Road Ahead in Trenton

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A day after New Jersey voters rejected all of the challengers Governor Chris Christie backed in pricey TV ad buys, the governor said the results were “no big shocker." Meanwhile, Democrats said the election was proof of "Christie fatigue" and a desire for "results over rancor." And although Democrats managed to hold key seats, the party has a tough road ahead.

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WNYC News

Mapping NJ 2011 Election Results

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Up-to-the minute election returns from across New Jersey.

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WNYC News

Full Coverage: New Jersey Election Night 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Thousands of New Jersey residents are headed to the polls Tuesday — with all state legislative positions and hundreds of county and local offices up for election. There is also a referendum on legalizing sports betting. Tonight, WNYC will bring you results from across the region, but we're putting a special focus on the races and issues in New Jersey.

Starting at 8 p.m, LISTEN to our live coverage of Election Night 2011 and join us for a LIVE CHAT.

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WNYC News

NJ Voters Head to the Polls, Approve Sports Betting

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

New Jersey residents headed to the polls and approved a referendum on legalizing sports betting. All state legislative positions and hundreds of county and local offices were also up for election in the state.

Check out live New Jersey Results and New York Results.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey Election

Monday, November 07, 2011

Lee Keough, managing editor at NJSpotlight.com, previews tomorrow's statewide election in New Jersey.

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WNYC News

Battle for Bergen: New Jersey District Could Be Bellwether for 2012 and Beyond

Monday, November 07, 2011

Though light turnout is predicted when New Jersey voters head to the polls Tuesday, the battle over who wins Bergen County could be the most watched contest in the state – with implications for 2012 political landscape and beyond.

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WNYC News

A Tale of Two Towns: Princetons Mull a Merger

Monday, November 07, 2011

The residents of both Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, N.J., have an important question to answer on Election Day: to be or not to be.

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