The Democratic victories in fall gubernatorial elections are producing one quick change. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order directing New Jersey to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. His counterpart in Virginia has put that state on a path to becoming the first…
We were glad to read recently that a unit of the Stockton University Coastal Research Center has been gathering detailed information on New Jersey beaches for more than three decades. That’s exactly what is needed to see through the wild shifts in beach sand and show what’s really happening.
In 2016, the N.J. Business & Industry Association reported the state was losing an alarming number of residents and economic activity to outmigration.
New Jersey doesn’t have the money to fully fund its public schools, the funding formula is distorted and unfair, and each year there’s a desperate struggle to come up with tolerably acceptable state and local education budgets.
Gov. Phil Murphy would like to legalize marijuana use for pleasure, so his recent executive order to study ways to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program was no surprise.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally, seeping in minute quantities from certain rocks and geologic formations. It can slightly increase the risk of lung cancer if it accumulates within a residence or other building. And it is clear and odorless, so radon is one of those unseen me…
Federal prosecutors last week reversed course and decided not to retry Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges.
Shifting oversight of New Jersey’s 3,000 or so beekeepers from municipalities to the state in 2015 made sense, allowing consistency in regulation and making possible steps to help beekeepers straining to respond to colony collapse disorder. Hive die offs have been bad in the Garden State, wi…
Homelessness and drug addiction on their own are profoundly difficult human afflictions to address. When they’re combined, as they often are, the path to reaching and helping the person suffering from both is hard even to imagine.
South Jersey teachers have done well in the annual state Governor’s Educator of the Year program. In the past two decades, six times the state honor has gone to teachers from the southern region — including 1999 from Ocean City, 2003 and 2013 from Gloucester County, 2011 from Burlington Coun…
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew is continuing his effort to make sure South Jersey residents get the internet service they need and want. He has the right goal — broadband service at a reasonable price — but his method for achieving that goal is exactly backwards.
Revel was supposed to be a game-changer for Atlantic City when it opened in April 2012.
Casinos built during the early years of legal gambling in Atlantic City were generally designed to keep the Atlantic Ocean from distracting gamblers from the slots and table games.
Remember Commerce Bank?
There is always hope that elected leaders will act responsibly and not spend too much more than the revenue they have, and not tax so much that it hobbles the economy.
State and federal officials waited too long to aggressively combat opioid addiction. That made the crisis more destructive and required the harder work of rolling it back instead of preventing it.
Education, like much else, is changing all the time. Since it’s widely seen as the most effective path to a fuller life and better-paying work, families are always looking for programs they believe will benefit their children the most.
The competition by American cities to be selected for Amazon’s secondary headquarters already seems long and desperate, but the corporation’s announcement last week of a lengthy short list of remaining candidates may be only the halfway point in the process.
Former Gov. Chris Christie did many things to address the opioid crisis, some better than others. Top of the list were limiting opioid prescriptions, expanding the use of nalaxone to reverse overdoses and increasing treatment and facilities.
In his last hours in office a week ago today, now-former Gov. Chris Christie signed into law 108 pieces of legislation passed at or near the end of last year’s legislative session.
New Jersey residents already pay the highest property taxes in the nation, so they can’t be blamed for fearing that total control of state government by the Democratic Party might make things worse.
The rush to legalize and tax marijuana in New Jersey is on.
There is always optimism at the start of the year, Mayor Frank Gilliam said recently. He must be a naturally hopeful person, because for several years after the 2007-09 economic collapse and subsequent shrinkage of Atlantic City’s gaming industry, the challenge was to keep pessimism from spi…
Gov. Chris Christie is a polarizing figure who earned much of the contempt his enemies heaped on him. He’ll be remembered as a confrontational person who often bullied his foes and even those who simply dared to disagree with him.
As is the custom of New Jersey legislators and governors, the dribble of bills passed and signed into laws turned into a torrent as the 2017 session ended.
A Pennsylvania woman was arrested in 2013 when she told police on the Atlantic City Expressway that she was carrying a gun and had a permit to do so. That made her concealed carrying of a weapon legal in her home state, but not in New Jersey with its stricter gun controls. She faced up to fi…