Latest New Jersey state government News

NJ trooper won't face charges in Black motorist's 2020 death

May. 17, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

A state grand jury has declined to file criminal charges against a white New Jersey state trooper who fatally shot a Black motorist during a traffic stop on the Garden State Parkway two years ago, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday. Maurice Gordon's death occurred two...

Once public housing, Newark site to get $125M film studio

May. 17, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former site of one of Newark’s oldest public housing complexes is getting a $125 million makeover, becoming a TV and film production studio. Anchored by global entertainment provider Lionsgate, the 12-acre facility replaces the Seth Boyden homes in the...

Americans bet $125B on sports in 4 years since legalization

May. 13, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Americans have bet more than $125 billion on sports with legal gambling outlets in the four years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for all 50 states to offer it. On Saturday's anniversary of the decision in a case brought by New Jersey,...

NJ looks to expand abortion access

May. 11, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey would expand abortion access and require insurance companies to pay for the procedure under legislation proposed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday. Murphy vowed state agencies also won't cooperate with other states that might try to...

Assata Shakur accomplice gets parole in trooper's 1973 death

May. 10, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

A split New Jersey Supreme Court granted parole Tuesday to a former militant convicted in the 1973 death of a New Jersey state trooper, in a case that has resonated for decades and been a thorny issue in U.S.-Cuba relations. Sundiata Acoli is in his mid-80s, and several parole bids...

Atlantic City dealers' union backs casino smoking ban

Apr. 28, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A union representing Atlantic City casino dealers is calling on New Jersey lawmakers to prohibit smoking in the resort’s casinos. The United Auto Workers wrote earlier this week to state legislators asking them to hold hearings on a bill that would...

Orsted will use NJ Wind Port to build offshore wind farm

Apr. 28, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Orsted, the Danish wind power developer, signed an agreement Thursday with New Jersey officials to use a state-financed manufacturing port to build the components of the state's first offshore wind farm. Gov. Phil Murphy announced the agreement during an...

'Amazing': Cannabis sales in New Jersey bring excited buyers

Apr. 21, 2022 22:30 PM EDT

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Michael Barrows wore his Grateful Dead T-shirt and Jerry Garcia face mask for opening day of recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey on Thursday, one of dozens of people who lined up before dawn to join the celebratory scene. “It’s pretty amazing,...

New Jersey spending $21M on projects to fight climate change

Apr. 21, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is spending $21 million on projects to help fight climate change, including purchasing electric trucks for some municipalities and handing out grants for projects to restore salt marshes, sea grass beds, forests and other areas. The state...

Power plan paused by NJ governor in minority area is back

Apr. 20, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey sewage treatment plant in a predominantly minority neighborhood is pressing forward with its plan to build a gas-fired power plant, three months after the state's governor paused the proposal to make sure it does not overly burden the already polluted community. ...