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New Jersey governor race tests Murphy's progressive politics

Oct. 23, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Paid sick leave. Taxpayer-funded community college. A phased-in $15 minimum wage. New Jersey has taken a decidedly liberal shift under first-term Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, increasing income taxes on the wealthy, expanding voting rights and...

Where Murphy, Ciattarelli stand on issues in NJ gov race

Oct. 23, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters have already begun casting mail-in ballots and on Saturday began heading to the polls for early in-person voting for the first time ever. The governor's race is at the top of the ballot, with Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy seeking...

NJ to require state contractors to get shots or tests

Oct. 20, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday ordered that all new state contracts include language requiring workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo regular testing. Murphy, a Democrat seeking reelection this year, said the order will be...

NJ hits vax or test deadline for school, state workers

Oct. 18, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey state workers and school employees faced a Monday deadline of getting vaccinated or undergoing regular COVID-19 testing. Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said Monday he didn't have data to show vaccination rates in schools or state...

Jill Biden travels to Virginia, New Jersey to help Democrats

Oct. 15, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden campaigned Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey, saying "this election will set a course for a year from now” during her first political trip of her husband's presidency. Biden spoke at an early...

Guard charged with sex assault of inmate at women's prison

Oct. 13, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A male corrections officer at New Jersey's long-troubled and only women's prison has been charged with sexually assaulting an inmate and official misconduct, the state's top law enforcement official said Wednesday. Senior corrections officer Tyrell...

If rival elected, it'll be bleak, Murphy, Ciattarelli say

Oct. 12, 2021 22:24 PM EDT

GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's two major-party candidates for governor sketched sharply different visions for where they want to carry the state of more than 9 million people in their final debate Tuesday. New Jersey will veer away from public-sector investments in...

Anti-vaccine chiropractors rising force of misinformation

Oct. 08, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The flashy postcard, covered with images of syringes, beckoned people to attend Vax-Con ’21 to learn “the uncensored truth” about COVID-19 vaccines. Participants traveled from around the country to a Wisconsin Dells resort for a sold-out...

NJ blocks arrests, citations as markers for police promotion

Oct. 07, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey police departments cannot consider the number of arrests made or citations handed out as criteria of an officer's performance for promotion under a new law signed Thursday. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the legislation more than...

Fishers, green coalition: Beach widening at NJ Shore a waste

Oct. 07, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

DEAL, N.J. (AP) — A coalition of environmental and fishing groups says New Jersey should drop a plan to double the amount of money it spends on beach replenishment, asserting that money could be better spent on more effective ways to protect the state from climate change. ...