Latest New Jersey state government News

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...

NYC commuters are spared a nightmare as road project starts

Aug. 20, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) — The first day of a long-term road project expected to bring epic traffic jams for commuters to and from New York failed to live up to the hype Monday, giving them at least some hope that the predictions of "carmageddon" were overstated. Cars streamed along Route 495 toward the...

The Latest: On day 1 of huge road project, drivers get break

Aug. 20, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the first full day of lane closures on the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The first day of a major road project that was expected to bring epic traffic jams for New York commuters has failed to live up to the hype. Monday is the first full...

Woman fights for fair housing for more than 50 years

Aug. 20, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law in 1968, Lee Porter, who had been battling housing discrimination in Bergen County for years, thought she would have to return to her career as a licensed X-ray technician. Instead, Porter, now 91, is still...

Police: 73-year-old woman killed in turnpike crash

Aug. 20, 2018 1:51 AM EDT

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey State Police say a 73-year-old woman died in a crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV. Nilda Ortiz, of Roselle, was killed Sunday morning along a stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike near Linden. Police say Ortiz was driving southbound on the turnpike when she stopped and...

New Jersey governor tours areas hit by flooding

Aug. 17, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

BRICK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents hit hard by flooding caused by recent rainstorms have brought their grievances directly to Gov. Phil Murphy. Murphy toured areas of Brick on Friday, just days after more than 100 homes there were evacuated when close to 8 inches of rain fell. Many of the affected...

2 more West Nile virus cases confirmed in New Jersey

Aug. 17, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials have confirmed two more human cases of the West Nile virus. The state Department of Health says a 76-year-old Essex County man and an 80-year-old Hudson County woman were both recently diagnosed with the illness. A 74-year-old Hunterdon County man had tested...

Fire department adopts dog it saved from base of waterfall

Aug. 17, 2018 1:27 AM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey fire department plans to adopt the dog it rescued from the base of a waterfall. The Record reports Paterson Fire Capt. Scott Parkin rappelled from a bridge with help from his crew to rescue the dog from the bottom of Great Falls on Sunday. Authorities believe the young...

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...

Murphy signs law setting up science, innovation commission

Aug. 15, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a measure establishing a state innovation commission. Murphy signed the legislation creating the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology Wednesday at the Biotechnology Development Center in North Brunswick. The...