Latest New Jersey state government News

Murphy hires 'Deflategate' lawyer in tax credits lawsuit

May. 23, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy hired the attorney who led the National Football League's investigation into New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to represent him in a lawsuit brought by a political powerbroker. The Democrat said Thursday he hired attorney Ted Wells in the suit...

New Jersey beach smoking ban in place for start of summer

May. 23, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Smoke 'em if you've got 'em — but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer. Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this summer under tougher new restrictions. Nonsmokers are rejoicing over the ban, which also applies to public parks. But...

Murphy appears in ad pushing lawmakers to pass tax on rich

May. 22, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy told TV viewers Wednesday that millionaires "like me" should pay more in taxes as part of his push to increase rates on people earning more than $1 million. Lawmakers are balking at the proposal, saying raising taxes isn't the answer to New Jersey's fiscal woes. The...

Norcross, firms sue Murphy over tax credit investigation

May. 21, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey's most influential unelected political leaders — and a handful of firms linked to him — is suing Gov. Phil Murphy, alleging that a task force created to probe business tax incentives was unlawfully created. George Norcross, the insurance brokerage Conner...

NJ lawmakers advance medical cannabis, expungement bills

May. 20, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation Monday expanding the state's medical marijuana program and making it easier for certain convicts to clear their records. Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committees advanced the measures, with votes in each chamber coming as early as this week....

Illness fears thwart NJ oyster colonies that would aid water

May. 16, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The fear of poachers stealing oysters from polluted waters and making consumers sick has long thwarted efforts to grow them in New Jersey and use their natural ability to filter and improve water quality. A proposed remedy could actually make matters even worse by removing state...

Feds: US Supreme Court should turn down 'Bridgegate' appeal

May. 16, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. solicitor general's office has recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court not hear the appeal of two convicted defendants in the "Bridgegate" case, nudging the four-year legal saga of New Jersey's most famous traffic jam toward a conclusion. "Further review is not warranted," the...

New Jersey will ask voters to legalize recreational pot

May. 15, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A measure to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey fizzled out Wednesday when the state Senate president said he would instead look to voters next year and will pursue separate bills to expand medical cannabis and wipe clean some criminal records. Democrat Steve Sweeney vowed...

The Latest: Murphy says he's open to medical pot expansion

May. 15, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey's plans to ask voters to decide next year on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized (all times local): 4:45 p.m. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he's open to new legislation on medical marijuana expansion and criminal records expungement after...

Woman who stole dead father's benefits gets probation term

May. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who kept collecting her father's social security, disability and pension benefits for more than 12 years after his death has been spared a prison term. Sylvia Wilkerson was instead sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation. The 68-year-old Jersey City woman also...