Latest New Jersey state government News

NJ Governor Murphy leaving on trip to Germany, Israel

Oct. 15, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Phil Murphy is about to leave on his first overseas trip as governor of New Jersey. The freshman Democratic governor and first lady Tammy Murphy are leaving Monday for an "economic mission" in Germany and Israel. Murphy served as U.S. ambassador to Germany under Barack Obama before...

Murphy defends assault claim handling, but orders review

Oct. 15, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday defended his administration's handling of a state worker's sexual assault allegation against a man who went on to work for him. Murphy vowed to launch an investigation after Katie Brennan's allegations surfaced Sunday in the Wall Street Journal, he...

Handling of sex assault claim in state government questioned

Oct. 14, 2018 9:55 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state employee said Sunday she was sexually assaulted by a man who went on to work in Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's administration and tried for a year to get authorities to take action but with no result. Katie Brennan told The Wall Street Journal she wants to see changes...

NJ hunt culls 139 bears over 6 days, a drop from last year

Oct. 14, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A total of 139 bears were killed during the six days of New Jersey's annual black bear hunt, a steep drop — as anticipated — from last year's total following restrictions imposed by the governor. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy this year barred bear hunting on state-owned...

NJ minimum wage going up 25 cents in 2019 to $8.85

Oct. 12, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's minimum wage is going up by a quarter to $8.85 an hour Jan. 1, the Democratic Murphy administration said Friday. The state calculates whether the rate needs to be adjusted each fall by reviewing consumer price index data, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce...

Aetna, NJ settle over improperly disclosed patient info

Oct. 11, 2018 4:18 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's attorney general says insurance giant Aetna has agreed to pay a $365,000 fine for violating the privacy of thousands of policyholders in the state in two separate mailings. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says in a statement that Aetna also agreed to hire a consultant to...

Democrat, pro-Trump rival spar over diversity comment

Oct. 10, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) — A conservative Democrat and pro-Donald Trump Republican competing in a closely watched, open New Jersey House race went head to head Wednesday in a debate, clashing anew over the GOP candidate's lightning-rod comments on diversity. Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Republican...

Bill allows casino authority to collect sports betting taxes

Oct. 10, 2018 7:59 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation that shares sports betting revenue with a state casino authority. The Press of Atlantic City reports the Democrat cleared the way last week for 1.25 percent of sports betting revenue to be funneled into the Casino Reinvestment...

Audit paints bleak picture of NJ Transit, suggests fixes

Oct. 9, 2018 3:45 PM EDT

METUCHEN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's troubled transit system suffers from a lack of funding, low morale, a top-heavy management structure and little or no strategic planning, according to a lengthy audit released Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy. The report describes a litany of systemic problems plaguing New...

Battered by Sandy, New Jersey plans against sea level rise

Oct. 9, 2018 2:44 PM EDT

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is working on a plan to better protect its coast and inland waterways from the effects of sea level rise and severe storms. The state Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday it will seek input from residents, businesses and coastal sciences over the next...