Latest New Jersey state government News

Budget talks falter as Gov. Murphy, lawmakers skirmish

Jun. 21, 2018 10:35 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democratic-led state government on Thursday lurched toward uncertainty and a looming budget deadline as talks between Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers devolved into finger-pointing and name-calling. Murphy said fellow Democrats appeared to be fighting for Chris Christie's...

The Latest: Lawmakers pass $36.5B budget despite veto threat

Jun. 21, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey's budget (all times local): 9:10 p.m. New Jersey's Legislature passed a $36.5 billion budget, despite Gov. Phil Murphy threats to reject it. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate sent the spending plan to Murphy's desk on Thursday. The budget advanced amid a...

4 charged with theft for bogus Superstorm Sandy aid claims

Jun. 21, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Four more people have been charged in New Jersey with filing fraudulent applications for Superstorm Sandy relief. The new cases announced Wednesday by the state Attorney General's office brings the total number of people charged statewide to 116. Officials say all those false claims...

Ex-Air Force captain sentenced to 5 years in child sex case

Jun. 20, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Air Force captain from New Jersey has been sentenced by a Delaware judge to five years in prison for sexual solicitation of a child. Thirty-four-year-old Donald Beckwith of Browns Mills, New Jersey, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in February to one count of...

Murphy warns boosted school aid plan rests on new revenues

Jun. 20, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday warned that a plan worked out with lawmakers to boost school aid hinges on a budget deal that has "sustainable" revenues, ratcheting up rhetoric just a day before fellow Democrats are set to vote on their own spending plan. Murphy, a Democrat,...

Lawmakers advance $36.5B budget, including business tax hike

Jun. 19, 2018 7:36 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers advanced a $36.5 billion budget on Tuesday that includes boosted school aid and a hike in the state's business tax rate. The Assembly and Senate budget committees approved the measures, the same day Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy warned he would veto any measure that...

NJ governor blocks state resources' use in border policy

Jun. 19, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order barring state resources from being used to carry out a federal policy of separating children from their parents after illegal border crossings. Murphy on Tuesday called the practice "inhumane and cruel" and said earlier there...

Report calls corrupt pawn shops 'cash machines' for addicts

Jun. 19, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A report from a state watchdog says lax oversight has allowed corrupt pawn shops, scrap yards and secondhand stores in New Jersey to serve as "cash machines" for addicts looking to swap stolen goods for drug money. The report released Tuesday by the State Commission of Investigation...

Bog turtle becomes New Jersey's state reptile

Jun. 19, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has an official state reptile. The governor on Monday signed legislation designating the title to the bog turtle. Two years ago, Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told his students that New Jersey didn't have a state reptile. So, they decided to...

New Jersey considers honoring chef Bourdain with food trail

Jun. 19, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is considering honoring celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a food trail. The famed cook, writer and host of the CNN series "Parts Unknown" killed himself nearly two weeks ago in a luxury hotel in France. The 61-year-old was born in New York, but grew up in the New Jersey...