Federal Court Say New Jersey Can’t Legalize Sports Gambling

Federal Court Say New Jersey Can’t Legalize Sports Gambling

Governor Chris Christie’s attempts to expand legal sports betting have failed again. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that a New Jersey law that would have allowed sports betting at casinos and racetracks violates a 1992 federal law. The decision is a victory for The National Collegiate Athletic Association and…

Gusciora to Introduce Single-Payer Healthcare Legislation

Gusciora to Introduce Single-Payer Healthcare Legislation

State Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Reed Gusciora announced on Monday that he will be introducing legislation to establish a single-payer healthcare system in New Jersey. “For decades, we’ve treated healthcare as a privilege, and not a right,” said Gusciora, who represents Mercer and Hunterdon counties in the 15th District. “We’re the only industrialized nation that…

Zwicker Announces July Mobile Office Hours
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Zwicker Announces July Mobile Office Hours

New Jersey Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker announced mobile officer hours for July for constituents who can’t visit his district office in Skillman. Residents in his district, which covers Princeton, South Brunswick, and portions of Hunterdon and Somerset counties, can seek in-person assistance from legislative staff at mobile offices on the following dates: Hillsborough Office Hours Wednesday,…

Mercer County Freeholders Pass Resolution Supporting Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
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Mercer County Freeholders Pass Resolution Supporting Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders has unanimously passed a resolution urging state officials to enact legislation that would allow the Motor Vehicle Commission to issue driver licenses to New Jersey residents who do not have the documentation to meet the state’s six-point requirement. Mercer County is the sixth county to pass such a…

New Bill Would Allow 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaries in NJ

New Bill Would Allow 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaries in NJ

Legislation that would allow more young New Jersey residents to participate in elections was advanced by a New Jersey Assembly committee on Monday. The “New Voter Empowerment Act” bill ” (A-3591) would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election if they will turn 18 on or before the next general election. “Young people in…

Photos: Protest at Trump and Christie Event in Lawrence Attracts Several Hundred People
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Photos: Protest at Trump and Christie Event in Lawrence Attracts Several Hundred People

About 500 people attended a rally in Lawrenceville Thursday to protest presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit to the National Guard Armory. Protesters chanted slogans on and off for a few hours, including chants like “Dump Christie, dump Trump”, “Hate won’t make us great,” and “Choose love, not hate.” The protests were mostly peaceful. A few…

Protests Planned for Trump’s Lawrenceville Visit Thursday
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Protests Planned for Trump’s Lawrenceville Visit Thursday

A rally to protest Donald Trump’s Lawrenceville visit has been scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. Trump will be speaking at the National Guard Armory on Eggert Crossing Road at 6 p.m.. He is attending two fundraisers in the Garden State — one to help New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie erase debt from his…

Gusciora to Introduce Bill Making Third DWI a Felony

Gusciora to Introduce Bill Making Third DWI a Felony

In light of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling last week that a defendant is not entitled to a jury when facing a third or subsequent charge of driving while intoxicated, State Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) is proposing legislation that would make a third DWI a felony, with no jury trial or pre-trial intervention eligibility. The…

Governor Christie’s Ratings Hit New Low

Governor Christie’s Ratings Hit New Low

Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings have dropped to their lowest level yet, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. About 26 percent of New Jersey registered voters have a favorable opinion of Christie – down three points since February. An estimated sixty-four percent of voters are unfavorable toward the governor, up five points since February and…

Planet Princeton Announces New Feature Called Princeton Fact Check
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Planet Princeton Announces New Feature Called Princeton Fact Check

Planet Princeton is excited to announce a new feature — Princeton Fact Check. Public officials who make factual claims are accountable for their words and should be able to provide evidence to back them up. We will feature posts on our local news website that rate the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others…

Christie Proposes Freeze on Taxing Nonprofit Hospitals in NJ
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Christie Proposes Freeze on Taxing Nonprofit Hospitals in NJ

Gov. Chris Christie proposed a two-year freeze on taxing nonprofit hospitals and announced a commission to review hospital property tax exemptions in New Jersey at a press conference at a hospital in Elizabeth on Friday. The proposed moratorium would freeze litigation on the tax issue. However, a law would need to be passed by the…

Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Christie Administration’s Withholding of Public Records
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Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Christie Administration’s Withholding of Public Records

The state has paid out more than $1 million in legal fees for failed attempts to keep public records secret over the last four years, according to a review of records by the Associated Press. Data obtained by the AP through the state’s Open Public Records Act shows that the state paid out $1,076,013 to…

List of NJ Public Officials Receiving 100K-Plus Pensions Doubled Over Last Five Years
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List of NJ Public Officials Receiving 100K-Plus Pensions Doubled Over Last Five Years

The number of retired New Jersey public officials who collect more than $100,000 a year from the state pension system has more than doubled in the past five years, according to an NJ Spotlight analysis of state data. At the end of 2015, 2,296 retirees were collecting six-figure pensions from state pension plans, a 131…

Welcome Home Governor: Christie’s Approval Ratings Dip to New Low

Welcome Home Governor: Christie’s Approval Ratings Dip to New Low

Following a failed presidential campaign bid that had him spending more time out of state than in state, just 29 percent of New Jersey registered voters have a favorable opinion of Gov. Chris Christie – his lowest point to date, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. While favorable ratings have declined over the past two…

New Jersey State House Legislative Roundup
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New Jersey State House Legislative Roundup

The Governor New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took action on scores of bills on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, including four controversial tax and budget proposals: He signed a bill to end the administration’s practice of forcing developmentally disabled New Jersey residents living in out-of-state care facilities to return home against their wishes. For many years,…