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FILE- In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his 2021 budget address at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ.  Murphy says he and fellow Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to raise income taxes on millionaires, Thursday, Sept. 17,  while also giving about 800,000 families a $500 tax rebate.. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)

Murphy, lawmakers agree to tax rich, offer $500 rebates

Sep. 17, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents earning more than $1 million a year will face higher income taxes, and about 800,000 lower- and middle-income families will get a tax rebate of up to $500 under a deal Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders announced Thursday. Murphy, a Democrat, announced the...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his 2021 budget address at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, Gov. Murphy announced that New Jersey residents are able to register to vote online. The state Division of Elections launched its first ever online registration on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)

New Jersey governor presses lawmakers to enact 'baby bonds'

Sep. 9, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday called on lawmakers to pass a measure putting $1,000 aside for every baby born in New Jersey, beginning in January. The first-term Democratic governor appeared alongside Paterson's mayor, Andre Sayegh, state lawmakers, clerics and others, including first...

People arrive to a local dinner for breakfast on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Hoboken, N.J.  Tape measures will join tapas as social distancing becomes essential to the ambiance at New Jersey restaurants preparing for the limited resumption Friday of indoor dining. Gov. Phil Murphy gave the go-ahead on Monday for indoor dining not to exceed 25% of capacity. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Murphy says smoking inside casinos won't be allowed

Sep. 4, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Smoking inside Atlantic City's casinos won't be allowed after all as restaurants reopened Friday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said. Murphy, a Democrat, announced the about-face during a COVID-19 news conference in Trenton. “We’ve looked closely at the science and agree...

1st Black woman sworn in as justice on New Jersey high court

Sep. 2, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first Black woman to sit on New Jersey’s Supreme Court has been sworn in. Fabiana Pierre-Louis took the oath of office Tuesday during a private ceremony in Trenton. She had been confirmed by the state senate on Thursday. Pierre-Louis, 39, had been nominated by Gov. Phil...

4 charged in deaths of 2 men killed in botched home robbery

Aug. 31, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Four people have been charged in the shooting deaths of two men who were killed during a botched robbery in their southern New Jersey home earlier this month. Devon Conover and Abdelgadi Hassan, both 19-year-old Trenton residents, and Daniel Hall, 23, of Teaneck, are each charged...

FILE - This June 5, 2020 file photo shows Fabiana Pierre-Louis, who was nominated to the New Jersey Supreme Court by Gov. Phil Murphy, speaking in Trenton, N.J. The nomination of Pierre-Louis, the first Black woman to sit on New Jersey's Supreme Court, was confirmed Thursday, Aug, 27, 2020, by the state Senate. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, Pool, File)

1st Black woman confirmed to be justice on NJ high court

Aug. 27, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The nomination of the first Black woman to sit on New Jersey's Supreme Court was confirmed Thursday by the state Senate. Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a 39-year-old attorney in private practice and a former federal prosecutor, was nominated by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in June to succeed...

NJ state worker killed in 'random' shooting in Trenton

Aug. 24, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state worker was fatally shot Friday on the steps of her Trenton home in a “random act” of gun violence, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Murphy, a Democrat, said Monday Vernetta McCray worked for the Department of Children and Families for a decade. He called the...

Court upholds law approving $10B in debt, but places limits

Aug. 12, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Calling it an “unprecedented" ruling, New Jersey's Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld a law authorizing the governor to borrow nearly $10 billion to close budget gaps opened by the coronavirus outbreak. The ruling is a victory for Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and the...

Gunfire kills 2 men, both 18, in NJ capital city

Aug. 9, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say gunfire claimed the lives of two 18-year-olds in New Jersey’s capital city over the weekend. The Mercer County prosecutor's office says William Irrizarry and Julius Vargas were gunned down at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday in South Trenton. No arrests were immediately...

2 protesters charged with trying to set police car on fire

Aug. 6, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two men who took part in protests against racial injustice in Trenton after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have been charged with trying to set a police vehicle on fire. A federal criminal complaint released Thursday charged 20-year-old Killian Melecio of Columbus and...