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In this March 19, 2020 photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker listens to a question during a news conference in Chicago. Amid an unprecedented public health crisis, the nation’s governors are trying to get what they need from the federal government – and fast. But often that means navigating the disorienting politics of dealing with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Flatter or fight? Governors seeking help must navigate Trump

Mar. 26, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At first, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to play nice. He limited criticisms of the federal government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and asked for medical supplies through official channels. But nothing came, so he went on television. The first-term Democrat blasted...

Lawmaker, teachers union agree to health benefits deal

Mar. 9, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney and the state's biggest teachers' union said Monday they've reached a deal that would overhaul workers' health benefits, resulting in $1 billion in annual savings. Only some details were available, and the agreement between Sweeney and New...

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his budget address in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Murphy unveiled a $40.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2021 on Tuesday, proposing boosting overall spending by more than 5% compared with the plan he put forward last year and once again raising marginal income tax rates on the wealthy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Murphy proposes $40.9B budget, boosting school, transit aid

Feb. 25, 2020 4:26 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday proposed a $40.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2021, boosting overall spending over last year's plan by more than 5% and including tax hikes on incomes over $1 million and higher spending on schools, transit and the public pension....

New Jersey governor to unveil his 3rd state budget

Feb. 22, 2020 10:10 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New JerseyGov. Phil Murphy is set to propose his third budget on Tuesday, setting up a possible repeat showdown with lawmakers over his so-far unsuccessful attempts to raise income taxes on the wealthy. The current fiscal year's $38.7 billion budget expires on June 30, and Murphy and...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich dabs blood from his chin during a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. Blagojevich joked that it was the first time in a long time he has shaved with a normal razor. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Trump picks pardon requests from wealthy pals and GOP donors

Feb. 19, 2020 8:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a common thread among the 11 felons who found favor with President Donald Trump this week — all who were pardoned or set free had advocates among the president’s wealthy friends and political allies. In at least some cases, including former Illinois Gov. Rod...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives to speak to supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Analysis: Sanders win ups pressure on moderates to coalesce

Feb. 12, 2020 9:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Bernie Sanders, not all victories are created equal. In 2016, Sanders carried New Hampshire by 22 points, pummeling Hillary Clinton and setting the stage for a protracted fight over the Democratic presidential nomination. On Tuesday, he won the state’s primary by less than 2...

Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, left, shakes hands with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., back left, and former Vice President Joe Biden, back right, stand on stage Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Front-runners Buttigieg and Sanders beat back debate attacks

Feb. 8, 2020 12:27 AM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential front-runners Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg beat back a barrage of attacks during a debate as rivals raised persistent questions about their ideology and experience, hoping to sow doubts about their ability to defeat President Donald Trump. Reeling from a...

Prosecute firms that lie to get tax breaks, panel recommends

Feb. 7, 2020 4:05 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lying on applications to get tax breaks in New Jersey should open companies up to prosecution, and the state should create an inspector general post to watch over the agency handing out incentives, according to a new report published Friday by a legislative committee probing the...