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Governor closes state lands to bear hunting

Aug. 20, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday ordered the closure of state lands to black bear hunting this year. The first-year Democratic governor announced the decision with an executive order, but stopped short of unilaterally ending the hunt altogether saying he doesn't have the...

NJ Transit, Murphy seek rule change to end engineer shortage

Aug. 16, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy began to take steps Thursday to address an engineer shortage at the state's transportation agency that has been developing for years but has only recently attracted sustained attention due to dozens of train cancellations. Murphy directed lawmakers to...

Government transparency bill would mandate regular updates

Aug. 14, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker is pushing for legislation to require greater transparency in state government. Republican state Sen. Joe Pennacchio said Tuesday he's pushing for legislation in response to an Associated Press report that showed state agency performance reports previously...

Plans to overhaul NJ's government face murky path ahead

Aug. 11, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Senate president is pushing a raft of cost-saving proposals to rescue the state from potential fiscal ruin, but the bipartisan recommendations face an uncertain future in the Legislature and with Gov. Phil Murphy. Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, unveiled the...

NJ enacts law requiring recess for students in grades K-5

Aug. 10, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Young students in New Jersey schools are now guaranteed at least 20 minutes a day of recess. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a measure Friday that requires students in kindergarten through fifth grade to get the break from classwork each day. Lawmakers say recess allows younger...

Day after Murphy remarks, more commuter trains cancelled

Aug. 10, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Another morning commute has meant more commuter trains cancelled. New Jersey Transit cancelled at least six trains Friday morning due to equipment issues. Another train became disabled in Metuchen, delaying trains up and down the Northeast Corridor line. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said...

Murphy: Rail commuters entitled to anger over cancellations

Aug. 9, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Note to New Jersey's beleaguered rail commuters: Gov. Phil Murphy feels your pain and grants you your ire. There just isn't a whole lot he can do about it immediately. Murphy returned from vacation and met Thursday with New Jersey Transit officials as the state's rail system continues...

NJ panel calls for overhauling pensions, schools and more

Aug. 9, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bipartisan task force formed by New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney recommended Thursday that the state overhaul its pensions and school systems among other changes to address a cost "crisis." The Democratic lawmaker and the New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup...

Court sides with lawmakers 1st test of legislative review

Aug. 8, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled in favor of lawmakers and a labor union in the state's first test of constitutional authority granting the Legislature the power to review an administration's regulations. The court ruled Wednesday in a case dating back to Republican Gov. Chris...

NJ Transit: Cancellations to ease, but 'rough fall' ahead

Aug. 7, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A spate of recent train cancellations plaguing New Jersey Transit commuters is expected to ease before long, but a top official warned Tuesday that disruptions may continue through the end of the year as crews work to install a federally mandated emergency braking system. Dozens of...