Latest New Jersey state government News

Court acts against judges for remarks in sex assault cases

Jul. 17, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

New Jersey's high court took action Wednesday against two judges who have faced criticism over their comments in cases involving sexual assault. New Jersey's Supreme Court recommended that state Superior Court Judge John Russo Jr . be removed from the bench. Russo asked a woman during a 2016 hearing if she could...

NJ enacts legislation aimed at helping 9/11 first responders

Jul. 8, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation aimed at helping first responders to the Sept. 11 attacks. The Democrat signed the bills Monday at Liberty State Park, across the Hudson River from the site of the 2001 attacks. One measure permits volunteer first responders to...

Medical marijuana may be more accessible in New Jersey

Jul. 2, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey expanded its medical marijuana program, including increasing the number of illnesses eligible for cannabis use, boosting the amount that can be dispensed and raising the number of cultivator permits, under a broad new law. Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed the Jake Honig...

The Latest: Bridge defendant's prison start date delayed

Jul. 1, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the case involving two former allies of ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie convicted in the George Washington Bridge closure scandal (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The date a former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie must report to prison for her role in the George...

The Latest: Christie says 'Bridgegate' case wasn't a crime

Jun. 28, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court agreeing to hear an appeal involving two people convicted in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he doesn't think a crime was committed in the George Washington Bridge lane closure...

NJ failing to put out required pollution reports, AP finds

Jun. 25, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's environmental regulators have failed for nearly a decade to meet a legal requirement they provide a detailed written accounting each year of enforcement actions against polluters of state waterways, the Associated Press has found. The Clean Water Enforcement Act requires...

New Jersey picks Danish firm Orsted for wind energy project

Jun. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has chosen a Danish company to build a wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes. The state Board of Public Utilities on Friday chose Orsted to build a project that would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity. The...

Lawmakers pass tax credit extension of 6 months

Jun. 20, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers passed a six-month extension of the state's expiring business tax credits despite a report this week questioning the incentive program. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate passed the extension Thursday with a June 30 expiration deadline approaching. The program...

New Jersey may let Golden Nugget casino take some NBA bets

Jun. 18, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering loosening their sports betting restrictions to allow the owner of the Golden Nugget casino to accept bets on most National Basketball Association teams. Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta owns the casino — and also owns the NBA's Houston...

US sports bets hit $9 billion a year after court ruling

Jun. 12, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — At least $9 billion has been bet —legally— on sports in the U.S. in the year since New Jersey's victory in a U.S. Supreme Court case cleared the way for other states to do it. Together with Nevada, Delaware, Mississippi, West Virginia, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania,...