Ciattarelli and McAuliffe Winners in Gubernatorial Primaries
In The States
Ciattarelli and McAuliffe Winners in Gubernatorial Primaries
2021-06-09 18:19:03
by Brock Blasdell

Jack Ciattarelli, a moderate Republican from New Jersey, and Terry McAuliffe, an establishment Democrat from Virginia, both had strong victories in last night's gubernatorial primaries against their respective party’s political competition. Now in the last stretch of a race to... Read More

New Jersey, Virginia to Hold Statewide Primaries Tuesday
Elections
New Jersey, Virginia to Hold Statewide Primaries Tuesday
2021-06-05 16:15:34
by TWN Staff

New Jersey and Virginia will both hold statewide primaries on June 8.  New Jersey will hold primaries for governor, state Senate, and state House. Virginia will hold Democratic primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general.  In addition, both parties... Read More

Biden, Harris and Others to Promote Relief Plan's Benefits
White House
Biden, Harris and Others to Promote Relief Plan's Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the sales push begin. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses are opening an ambitious, cross-country tour this week to highlight the benefits of his $1.9 trillion plan to defeat the coronavirus and... Read More

Immigrant Mother’s Love of US Fueled Kim Effort to Set Things Right After Capitol Riot
Congress
Immigrant Mother’s Love of US Fueled Kim Effort to Set Things Right After Capitol Riot
2021-02-04 19:42:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Even a month removed from the event, Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., still talks of the foreboding surrounding Jan. 6 with a sense of urgency. "You knew something was going to happen," he told The Well News recently. "I... Read More

Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
State News
Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
2021-01-22 21:03:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau estimates show 16 states saw population declines last year as the nation experienced its slowest overall growth since the Great Depression, a new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis shows. According to the analysis, which first appeared... Read More

Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
State News
Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
2021-01-07 21:10:36
by Sara Wilkerson

TRENTON, N.J. -- Recently, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy passed a historic $14 billion legislation package that will benefit small businesses, local economies and more as the Garden State ushers in economic recovery and growth for years to come. The... Read More

N.J. Lawmakers OK bills to Create Legal Marijuana Industry, Stop Weed Arrests
State News
N.J. Lawmakers OK bills to Create Legal Marijuana Industry, Stop Weed Arrests

New Jersey legislators approved three bills Thursday that radically change how the state approaches drug use involving marijuana. The state’s Senate and Assembly voted first to create a new and legal marijuana industry from scratch and called for new regulations... Read More

Gov. Murphy Announces $161 Million in Grants for NJ Municipalities
State News
Gov. Murphy Announces $161 Million in Grants for NJ Municipalities
2020-11-23 18:36:30
by Sara Wilkerson

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation will be awarding $161.25 million in municipal aid grants to advance road, bridge, safety, and quality-of-life improvements. Over 540 cities and towns throughout the state will... Read More

New Jersey Governor Extends Election-Related Deadlines
State News
New Jersey Governor Extends Election-Related Deadlines
2020-11-20 15:44:10
by Dan McCue

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Thursday night, extending the deadline by which counties must certify the results of the 2020 election. The immediate effect of the order relates to two counties, Ocean and... Read More

NJ-02: Jeff Van Drew (R)
House Watch
NJ-02: Jeff Van Drew (R)
2020-10-30 23:14:16
by TWN Staff

About Van Drew: Van Drew was a small business owner in Atlantic County, where he practiced dentistry for more than 35 years. He lives in Cape May County, where he is a life member of the Ocean View Fire Company.... Read More

NJ-02: Amy Kennedy (D)
House Watch
NJ-02: Amy Kennedy (D)
2020-10-30 23:13:36
by TWN Staff

About Kennedy: Amy Kennedy is the education director of The Kennedy Forum. An educator by training, she has more than a decade of experience working in public schools in New Jersey.  She serves on the boards of Mental Health America,... Read More

Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
Congress
Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
2020-10-30 16:01:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., discussed the continuously growing need to renew the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for a second round and urged both Congress and the administration to continue bipartisan negotiations... Read More

Cannabis, No Longer So Divisive, Draws More Conservative Support
State News
Cannabis, No Longer So Divisive, Draws More Conservative Support

As Americans head to the polls more divided than ever on social and economic issues, there's one thing they're actually coming together on: cannabis. Much has been made of whether a victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, or a potential liberal... Read More

National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
Media
National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
2020-10-22 18:03:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The BCC microphone used by CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow during his historic broadcast from war-torn London during World War II is taking up temporary residence at the National Press Club this fall. Casey Murrow, the legendary journalist's... Read More

Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
State News
Gottheimer, Malinowski Urge FBI to Counter ‘Proud Boys’ Presence in New Jersey
2020-10-14 17:48:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Tom Malinowski are urging the FBI to step up the federal response to the Proud Boys, a white supremacist group they say has increased its activity in New Jersey. According to a recent report... Read More

Polls: Amy Kennedy Leading Jeff Van Drew In Closely Watched South Jersey Congressional Race
2020 Elections
Polls: Amy Kennedy Leading Jeff Van Drew In Closely Watched South Jersey Congressional Race

Democrat Amy Kennedy is holding a narrow lead in her campaign to unseat New Jersey Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew, according to a new poll, a sign of the party-switching congressman’s vulnerability in a competitive South Jersey district. The Monmouth... Read More

DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
Political News
DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
2020-08-27 21:01:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is seeking data from the governors of four states that issued orders "which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents." Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the... Read More

A Kennedy Emerges as Upset Winner in NJ Congressional District to Face Jeff Van Drew
2020 Elections
A Kennedy Emerges as Upset Winner in NJ Congressional District to Face Jeff Van Drew

A member of the storied Kennedy political family emerged as the presumptive Democratic nominee in a South Jersey congressional district late Tuesday, defying expectations that it would take days before results were clear in the state’s primary election while officials... Read More

Virus Concerns Grow — As Do Crowds Flocking to Jersey Shore
Health
Virus Concerns Grow — As Do Crowds Flocking to Jersey Shore

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that's making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds that... Read More

Local Governments Tested by Challenges on Multiple Fronts
Cities
Local Governments Tested by Challenges on Multiple Fronts
2020-06-08 13:32:41
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The year 2020 will no doubt be remembered as the year when crisis and turmoil took center stage not just in the U.S., but around the world. From a global pandemic, to upheavals in the economy to social... Read More

Unanimous Supreme Court Tosses Out 'Bridgegate' Convictions
Supreme Court
Unanimous Supreme Court Tosses Out 'Bridgegate' Convictions
2020-05-07 17:48:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court tossed out the convictions of two people involved in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal Thursday, concluding their prosecution was a case of prosecutorial overreach. "The question presented is whether the defendants committed property fraud," said Justice... Read More

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Other States Struggle to Avoid Repeat of Wisconsin Election Fiasco
2020 Elections
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Other States Struggle to Avoid Repeat of Wisconsin Election Fiasco

PHILADELPHIA — With the coronavirus still spreading, Montgomery County poll workers are already calling in to beg off their shifts. The county is buying two more scanners to count mail-in ballots — at $25,000 apiece — and may need even... Read More

New Jersey Moves Primary Election to July 7
2020 Elections
New Jersey Moves Primary Election to July 7
2020-04-09 17:52:44
by Dan McCue

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Wednesday that will move the state's primary from June 2 to July 7. As he signed the order, Murphy said he was doing so to avoid scenes like those that played... Read More

Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
Energy
Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
2020-03-30 20:28:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm that contracted for a delivery of oil was obligated to provide “safe berth” for the vessel carrying it. The underlying... Read More

New Jersey Declared White Supremacists a Major Threat. Here’s Why That’s Groundbreaking
State News
New Jersey Declared White Supremacists a Major Threat. Here’s Why That’s Groundbreaking

PHILADELPHIA — New Jersey says white supremacist extremism is one of the state’s greatest terrorism threats — higher than al-Qaida and the Islamic State — and in doing so has positioned itself as a national leader in countering domestic terrorism... Read More

Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Health
Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Philadelphia federal judge’s decision last year to block new Trump administration rules that would have let almost any employer deny female workers no-cost birth control coverage by citing religious and moral objections. In... Read More

Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast
Health
Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast

Republicans aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for Jeff Van Drew. The New Jersey Democratic congressman may have hoped his defection to the GOP would ease his path to reelection in a conservative-leaning district. His political prospects as a... Read More

New Jersey Wants to Give Planned Parenthood, Others $9 Million After Trump Abortion ‘Gag Rule’
State News
New Jersey Wants to Give Planned Parenthood, Others $9 Million After Trump Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

Lawmakers in New Jersey voted overwhelmingly Monday to provide more than $9 million to organizations like Planned Parenthood, which said they had to turn down federal money after President Donald Trump instituted a so-called “gag rule” forbidding them from making... Read More

Control of State Houses, Legislatures and Fate of Ballot Initiatives to Be Decided Tuesday
Elections
Control of State Houses, Legislatures and Fate of Ballot Initiatives to Be Decided Tuesday
2019-11-01 17:06:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, November 5, voters in two states will cast their vote for governor, while in four states, the makeup of the legislature will be determined -- noteworthy all on their own because they will have a significant... Read More

Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
State News
Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
2019-10-18 21:07:24
by Dan McCue

The governors of five northeastern states came together for a summit on Thursday to discuss the outlines of a joint regional approach to cannabis and vaping policies. "This issue is complicated, controversial and consequential. It is probably one of the... Read More

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