Latest New Jersey state government News

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...

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...

Governor signs bill easing limit on sex abuse lawsuits

May. 13, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Monday to ease restrictions on when childhood sexual abuse victims can seek damages in court, an action that comes after a wave of details last year about the abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church. Murphy said in a statement that he recognized...

New Jersey gets official state microbe: Streptomyces griseus

May. 10, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A microorganism that played a role in treating tuberculosis is now officially recognized as New Jersey's state microbe. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday giving the distinction to Streptomyces (strep-toh-MY'-seez) griseus (GREE'-say-us). The microbe was discovered in New Jersey...

Tourism spending in New Jersey hit $44.7 billion in 2018

May. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's beaches, casinos, forests and cities attracted tourists who spent nearly $45 billion in 2018. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said tourism spending in New Jersey has increased for nine years in a row. Speaking at a tourism conference Thursday in Trenton, Murphy said the...

Sessions, Christie say US not facing 'constitutional crisis'

May. 8, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie say a move by U.S. House Democrats to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt does not create a "constitutional crisis," as one key Democratic lawmaker said. Sessions and Christie spoke about special...

NY, NJ sue IRS for info on nonprofit-donor disclosure shift

May. 7, 2019 5:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York and New Jersey want to know how the Internal Revenue Service decided to stop requiring donor information from certain nonprofit organizations — among them big political spenders. New York Attorney General Letitia James and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a...

Lawyers name more accused New Jersey predator priests

May. 6, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys for a man seeking to force New Jersey's five Roman Catholic dioceses to release their complete clergy abuse records issued their own list Monday of more than 300 priests accused of child sexual abuse. More than 100 of the names released by attorney Jeff Anderson Monday were...