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Police hire raises criticism in New Mexico's largest city

Oct. 19, 2018 8:43 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque mayor's hiring of a New Jersey law enforcement veteran accused of excessive force in a more than decade-old lawsuit was met Friday with strong criticism among New Mexico police reform advocates. The announcement a day earlier of Leonard Nerbetski's appointment as a...

Lawmakers set up panel to probe handling of assault charge

Oct. 16, 2018 10:52 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers said Tuesday they're establishing a bipartisan committee to investigate Gov. Phil Murphy administration's handling of a sexual assault allegation within state government. Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said the six-person committee would examine hiring...

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...

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...

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...

Correction: Convicted Councilman-State Job story

Oct. 5, 2018 9:45 AM EDT

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — In a story Sept. 29 about New Jersey's hiring of a former municipal official who had been convicted of taking bribes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the city where he served. Marcellus Jackson was a city councilman in Passaic, not Paramus. A corrected version of the story is...

More than 500 lawsuits against acne drug maker are dismissed

Oct. 3, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The maker of an acne drug that caused some patients to develop a gastrointestinal disease provided adequate warnings about the drug's side effects, New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in dismissing more than 500 lawsuits against the company. Plaintiffs have claimed that...

83-year-old lawmaker: I was groped, kissed as a young teen

Sep. 28, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An 83-year-old New Jersey state senator revealed Friday that she was groped and forcibly kissed by a visitor in her home when she was just a girl. Sen. Loretta Weinberg said she never told anyone about it until now. "I posted because this is how women and girls have been treated for...

NFL defends lawsuit alleging Super Bowl ticket violations

Sep. 27, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

The National Football League defended itself Thursday against charges that its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl violated New Jersey's consumer fraud law, in arguments before the state Supreme Court that reached a granular level with disputes over words in the statute including "the" and "those." The...