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After Sandy, NJ's Homeless Population at Greater Risk

Monday, November 05, 2012

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy as it roared through New Jersey last week was impossible to miss: multimillion-dollar homes collapsed like a house of cards, boats berthed on NJ Transit train tracks, much of the Jersey shore reduced to rubble. But the massive storm also did its share of silent — though no less traumatic — damage.

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New Jersey News

Unemployment Rate Rises for Fifth Straight Month

Friday, September 21, 2012

With New Jersey’s unemployment rate rising to a new 35-year high of 9.9 percent, the Christie administration yesterday took aim at the methodology used to determine the rate, saying there is clearly something awry with the nationwide household survey used to come up with the numbers.

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New Jersey News

Cerf & Co. Deliver 'State of the Schools' Address

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It’s becoming an annual “State of the Schools” address, with the New Jersey's education commissioner and top lieutenants exhaustively outline the administration’s plans and priorities for the coming year.

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New Jersey News

Senate Committee Takes Up More Than a Dozen Bills for Alternative-Fueled Vehicles

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Jersey has one of the most ambitious clean energy programs in the nation, but some have criticized the state for not doing enough to promote the development of electric vehicles and other alternative-fueled cars.

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Transportation Nation

Interactive Map: NJ Traffic Fatalities Up in 2011

Friday, July 20, 2012

Click for interactive version at NJ Spotlight

NJ Spotlight reports:

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.

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State police reports show that, typically, alcohol was involved in 3 of 10 fatal accidents. Driver distractions and speeding are also factors in a significant number of deadly crashes.

By far, most of those killed in accidents are drivers. Last year, 362 or almost 6 of every 10 fatalities were drivers. The second-highest rate of casualties was for pedestrians -- 143 of those killed. Another 105 were vehicle passengers and 17 were cyclists.

Click the image above to go to the interactive map from NJ Spotlight, and read the full article with more detailed numbers.

Newark tops the state with 27 fatal accidents. For a deeper look at what causes pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey, consider this TN report focused on Newark that explores walking while poor in New Jersey and how neighborhood income plays a role in predicting where it's more dangerous to perambulate on city streets.

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New Jersey News

Harris Defeat Underscores Political Impasse Over NJ Supreme Court

Friday, June 01, 2012

Republican Governor Chris Christie and Senate Democratic leaders are locked in a constitutional battle over the political balance and future independence of the New Jersey Supreme Court — one that threatens to leave the once-proud high court two justices short all the way through next year’s gubernatorial election.

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New Jersey News

Facebook Fund Releases Wish List for Newark Public Schools, Charters

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Foundation for Newark’s Future, the fund created from Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark public schools, will soon commit approximately $15 million to the city’s charter schools -- nearly doubling its overall outlay so far.

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New Jersey News

Prominent Lawmaker Seeks to Slow Down NJ's Virtual Charters

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

As students continue to sign up for New Jersey’s first experiments with online charter schools, one leading legislator is asking the state to slow down.

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New Jersey News

Interactive Map: Waste and Recycling in NJ

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Jerseyans are recycling less of their waste than they did in the mid-1990s, data from the state Department of Environmental Protection show.

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New Jersey News

Foreclosures Still Climbing For NJ Commercial Properties

Monday, April 09, 2012

Alongside pronouncements that the state’s business outlook is brightening, foreclosures of non-residential properties have been increasing in New Jersey.

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New Jersey News

Lautenberg Calls for Investigation Into Rutgers-Rowan Merger

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg on Monday sent a letter to the federal education secretary asking him to review the proposed merger of Rutgers' Camden campus with Rowan University because it could wind up costing students more.

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New Jersey News

NJ Given Chance to Move Beyond No Child Left Behind

Friday, February 10, 2012

With the Obama administration Thursday waiving New Jersey from No Child Left Behind, the state was in effect given the green light for its own plan for how public schools will be monitored, assisted, and in the case of those that don’t improve, overhauled and potentially shut down.

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New Jersey News

Interactive Map: Private School Enrollment in NJ

Friday, February 03, 2012

Private vs. public school? With an average tuition of about $20,000, that's the million dollar question for parents considering the extra cost. What’s been their answer? This map shows the percentage of kids attending private schools across New Jersey.

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New Jersey News

Net Property Taxes Up 20 Percent Under Christie

Monday, January 30, 2012

Property taxes are eating up a larger share of family income under Governor Chris Christie than under previous governors, primarily due to a sharp reduction in direct property tax relief over the past two years. In fact, net property taxes are 20 percent higher under Christie than they were when Democrat Jon Corzine left office two years ago.

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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

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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