Governor-Elect Names Lieutenant Governor-Elect Sheila Oliver as NJ Department of Community Affairs Commissioner

Governor-Elect Names Lieutenant Governor-Elect Sheila Oliver as NJ Department of Community Affairs Commissioner

Governor-elect Phil Murphy announced Thursday that he has chosen Lieutenant Governor-elect Sheila Oliver to serve as commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. This is the first appointment in his administration. “From the beginning, I made it clear that I chose Sheila as my running mate to be my partner in Trenton, not just an…

Pair of bills would strengthen public’s right to know in NJ

Pair of bills would strengthen public’s right to know in NJ

Long-awaited legislation to strengthen and modernize the state’s Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act to increase government transparency is being considered by the New Jersey Legislature. Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), has been pushing for reform for several years and has been blocked at the committee level. But in August, the Senate Budget…

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Live statewide election results: Race for Governor, NJ Legislative districts, public questions

If you would like live updates for the results in the New Jersey governor’s race, the state legislative races, and the two public questions, the maps below will be updated throughout the night thanks tou our partners at NJ Spotlight and the NJ News Commons. Planet Princeton will also be posting local results and school board election…

New Jersey voters to consider two public questions Tuesday on library funding and pollution settlements
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New Jersey voters to consider two public questions Tuesday on library funding and pollution settlements

New Jersey voters will weigh in on two important ballot questions in the general election this Tuesday. The first public question authorizes the state to borrow $125 million for grants to public libraries for capital projects. The second question asks voters to consider a constitutional amendment that would force the state to use pollution settlements…

Candidate database aims to boost ‘good government’ and voter turnout in New Jersey
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Candidate database aims to boost ‘good government’ and voter turnout in New Jersey

Voter turnout has been historically low in New Jersey in recent years and hit its lowest level in 2015, when only 20.8 percent of registered voters showed up to the polls. But a  grassroots group called the Good Government Coalition of New Jersey (GGCNJ), hopes to change that  by making candidate information more accessible to citizens. …

Watch the candidates for NJ lieutenant governor debate live tonight on Planet Princeton
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Watch the candidates for NJ lieutenant governor debate live tonight on Planet Princeton

Planet Princeton is proud to be a partner in the New Jersey Voting Block project along with more than two dozen news organizations across the state. Tonight at 8 p.m., you can watch the embed of the debate between the candidates for NJ lieutenant governor live via this post, thanks to our partners at NJTV….

Guadagno promises property tax reform at Rider University visit
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Guadagno promises property tax reform at Rider University visit

Property taxes are the most urgent issue facing New Jersey, Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said during an Oct. 12 address at Rider University. Guadagno has based her campaign platform on making the state more affordable. New Jersey’s 2.35 percent property tax rate is the highest in the country, followed by…

NJ State House Spotlight: Critics say state nursing board problems could hurt hospitals, patients

NJ State House Spotlight: Critics say state nursing board problems could hurt hospitals, patients

After nearly eight years of working shorthanded, the New Jersey Board of Nursing finally has a full slate of members. Vacancies on the board that regulates nursing in the state were filled by Gov. Chris Christie just a week before an Oct. 5 legislative hearing where advocates for nurses complained that the administration had neglected…

Murphy vows to support ban on .50 caliber weapons if elected NJ governor
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Murphy vows to support ban on .50 caliber weapons if elected NJ governor

Democrat Phil Murphy pledged today that if he is elected governor of New Jersey, he will sign legislation that would ban .50 caliber weapons. Gov. Chris Christie campaigned for stronger gun laws, and after the 2012 Sandy Hook gun massacre he proposed banning .50-caliber rifles. But he then vetoed the billt he following year because, arguing…

Murphy wants to make community college free for students in New Jersey
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Murphy wants to make community college free for students in New Jersey

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy announced today that he would would attempt to make community college free in New Jersey if he is elected in November. Murphy said new high school graduates and older students looking for new skills or new careers should be able to attend community college and not pay tuition. He said…

Photos: Bill Bradley visits Princeton to endorse Phil Murphy for governor
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Photos: Bill Bradley visits Princeton to endorse Phil Murphy for governor

Former United States Senator Bill Bradley visited Tigerlabs on Nassau Street in downtown Princeton Monday morning to endorse Democrat Phil Murphy for governor. Bradley, a three-term Democratic senator who ran unsuccessfully for the party’s nomination fr president in 2000, is a Princeton University alumnus. He was the NCAA men’s basketball player of the year in…

Senator Turner warns consumers to be wary of price spikes at gas stations
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Senator Turner warns consumers to be wary of price spikes at gas stations

Senator Shirley Turner (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) has called on Governor Chris Christie and Attorney General Christopher Porrino to protect New Jersey consumers against price gouging at the gas pump. Gas prices in New Jersey have spiked since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana last week, causing catastrophic flooding and the closure of refineries and the pipeline that…

State Assembly approves legislation for extended contraceptives coverage

State Assembly approves legislation for extended contraceptives coverage

The New Jersey Assembly has approved legislation requiring insurance companies to cover the costs for dispensing a supply of up to six months of contraceptives at a time. Today the Assembly voted 60-2-6 to pass bill A2297 after Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto of the original legislation, which called for 12 months of…

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy names lieutenant governor pick

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy names lieutenant governor pick

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has New Jersey Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver of East Orange as his running mate and lieutenant governor pick. If the Democrats win in November, Oliver would become the first African-American in state history to become first in the line of succession to the governorship, and the highest-ever elected African-American woman in…

Christie declares state of emergency, shuts down NJ government

Christie declares state of emergency, shuts down NJ government

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency just after midnight on Saturday and shut down the government because legislators failed to pass a budget by the annual deadline. Christie issued an order that closes government offices and services that are deemed non-essential. State parks, recreation areas, forests, camping areas, historic sites and state-run…

Opposition to Christie’s Horizon Blue Cross insurance bill grows

Opposition to Christie’s Horizon Blue Cross insurance bill grows

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to use reserve funds from the state’s largest insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, to pay for other state programs. Opponents of his proposal say the move would amount to a tax on Horizon policy holders. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy released a statement yesterday opposing the…

Ciattarelli, other state legislators want Trump to reimburse NJ for visits

Ciattarelli, other state legislators want Trump to reimburse NJ for visits

Republican Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli has joined a group of New Jersey legislators seeking reimbursement for President Donald Trump’s frequent visits to the Garden State. He and other legislators are sponsors of a resolution urging the federal government to compensate municipalities, counties and the state for police overtime and administrative assistance each time the president travels to…