Latest New Jersey state government News

New Jersey governor: Push to legalize pot is short on votes

Mar. 21, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Days ahead of a planned vote in the Legislature that would make New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday that the measure is short of the votes needed to pass. The Democrat spoke Thursday during a news conference alongside more than a...

Convicted bridge case defendant joins Supreme Court appeal

Mar. 15, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A convicted appointee of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has joined his co-defendant's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bill Baroni filed a notice Friday. Baroni and former Christie aide Bridget Kelly were convicted in 2016 in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, an...

Ex-state official says he was falsely accused of sex assault

Mar. 12, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey government official told a legislative hearing Tuesday that he has been "falsely accused" of sexual assault by another state worker. Albert Alvarez was chief of staff at the state Schools Development Authority until October when a newspaper published an account from...

New Jersey takes big step toward legalizing recreational pot

Mar. 12, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders said Tuesday they've agreed on legislation to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The Democratic trio, including Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney, announced the agreement in a statement...

New Jersey protects 749 miles of waterways from pollution

Mar. 4, 2019 2:23 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is adding 749 miles (1,205 kilometers) of rivers and streams to its inventory of waterways that have a high level of protection from pollution and development. The state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday identified waterways flowing through 67 municipalities...

High court declines New Jersey preservation grants case

Mar. 4, 2019 11:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three conservative Supreme Court justices say barring synagogues, temples, churches and mosques from programs that award money for preservation work is discrimination. The statement from Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, came as the court declined...

Resentencing set for former Christie aide in bridge scandal

Feb. 28, 2019 12:15 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A onetime aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be resentenced next month for her role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. A judge set sentencing this week for March 29 for Bridget Kelly. Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Christie, was sentenced...

State: School's 'football flu' policy can be challenged

Feb. 28, 2019 10:15 AM EST

BURLINGTON CITY, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey school employee has won a round in a dispute over using a sick day during last year's Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory parade. The state Public Employment Relations Commission has ruled the worker's union can challenge a decision to deny him sick...

Defecating superintendent upset over release of his picture

Feb. 26, 2019 5:20 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former school superintendent who made headlines after he was charged with defecating on another high school's track has asked New Jersey's attorney general to investigate whether police acted unlawfully when they took his mug shot and released it to the media. In a letter to Attorney...

The Latest: State reviewing defecating school chief's claim

Feb. 26, 2019 5:14 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on allegations against a local police department by a former school superintendent who admitted relieving himself in public (all times local): 5:15 p.m. New Jersey's attorney general's office is reviewing claims by a former school superintendent that police acted unlawfully...