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New Jersey sets new goal for electric cars, offers incentive

Jan. 17, 2020 6:05 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey set lofty new goals Friday as Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill boosting the number of electric vehicles in the state over the next five to 15 years and establishing an incentive of as much as $5,000 for people who buy them. The legislation is being hailed by...

NJ passes laws to preserve 'Obamacare' amid court fight

Jan. 17, 2020 11:02 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Barring health insurance that excludes coverage for pre-existing conditions and letting children stay on their parents' plans until 26 would be preserved under a slate of new laws New Jersey enacted this week, even if the Affordable Care Act is struck down in court. Democratic Gov....

Murphy task force finds shaky process for tax break awards

Jan. 16, 2020 5:20 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The tests used by a New Jersey agency responsible for awarding millions of dollars in tax breaks to businesses had deficiencies that may have lead to improperly awarded incentives, a task force said Thursday. The task force set up last year by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy issued its...

Judge avoids suspension for improper jailing of woman

Jan. 16, 2020 4:47 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge whose ethics were called into question after he jailed a woman he accused of being disrespectful in court will avoid being suspended from the bench. New Jersey's Supreme Court issued a public censure Thursday of Newark Municipal Court Judge Marvin Adames. A state panel on...

NJ expands terrorism law in response to kosher market attack

Jan. 15, 2020 8:43 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Wednesday expanding the definition of terrorism under state law in response to last month's fatal attack on a kosher market in Jersey City. Murphy said the new law will make it clear that New Jersey is committed to the...

FILE - This combination of March 29, 2017 file photos shows Bridget Kelly, left, and Bill Baroni leaving federal court after sentencing in Newark, N.J. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to throw out the convictions of the two former aides to former Republican Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey's 'Bridgegate' case. Baroni and Kelly have argued their actions may have unethical but weren't criminal. The court's decision, expected this spring, could have a far-reaching impact on how public corruption investigations are handled. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Christie takes in 'Bridgegate' arguments at US Supreme Court

Jan. 14, 2020 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Allies-turned-adversaries sat uncomfortably close to one another in the gallery at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear arguments in New Jersey's “Bridgegate” case. Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie was among the spectators as the high court heard arguments on...

NJ starts new legislative session with Democrats in control

Jan. 14, 2020 4:46 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Legislature began a new two-year session on Tuesday. The Assembly and Senate kicked off the new session with ceremonies in Trenton that saw lawmakers take their oaths of office. Democrats still retain control in both chambers after November's election. But Republicans...

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, center, speaks at the State of the State address in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Murphy, a Democrat, delivered his second State of the State speech Tuesday before a joint session of the Democrat-led Legislature, sketching his agenda for the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Murphy seeks more transparency, but says 'mission' unchanged

Jan. 14, 2020 4:33 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Arriving at the halfway mark of his first term, New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his second State of the State address Tuesday, defending progressive policies he's pursued and promising again to raise taxes on the rich. He also called on lawmakers to respond to...

FILE - This combination of March 29, 2017 file photos shows Bridget Kelly, left, and Bill Baroni leaving federal court after sentencing in Newark, N.J. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to throw out the convictions of the two former aides to former Republican Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey's 'Bridgegate' case. Baroni and Kelly have argued their actions may have unethical but weren't criminal. The court's decision, expected this spring, could have a far-reaching impact on how public corruption investigations are handled. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

High court skeptical of New Jersey 'Bridgegate' convictions

Jan. 14, 2020 3:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed broadly skeptical Tuesday of the convictions of two people involved in New Jersey's “Bridgegate” scandal where officials created a massive traffic jam to punish a mayor who refused to endorse then-governor Chris Christie's reelection. The justices...

New Jersey passes ban on flavored vaping products

Jan. 13, 2020 9:29 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers on Monday passed legislation to prohibit flavored vaping products, sending the measure to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's desk. The Democrat-led Senate passed the bill 22-15, with the Democratic-controlled Assembly voting 53-11 with eight lawmakers not voting on the...