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Video shows final moments as police shoot Black man

Sep. 22, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

A video released by New Jersey’s attorney general’s office Tuesday shows a police officer abruptly shooting a Black man in the doorway of an Asbury Park home after trying to convince him over the course of a long standoff to drop a knife. The attorney general is investigating the Aug. 21 shooting,...

New Jersey lawmakers advance budget hiking taxes on wealthy

Sep. 22, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a $32.7 billion budget that hikes income taxes on millionaires and businesses. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate budget committees advanced the spending plan, with Republicans voting no. Votes are expected in both chambers on Thursday. The...

Another guilty plea in bust of New Jersey heroin ring

Sep. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Another person arrested in a 2018 federal takedown of a heroin distribution ring that operated in central New Jersey pleaded guilty Tuesday. The U.S. attorney’s office said Daniel McHugh of Sayreville admitted to conspiracy and possession with attempt to distribute cocaine,...

FILE- A photo, date not known, provided by the Amy Kennedy for Congress campaign shows candidate Amy Kennedy in Brigantine, N.J. In perhaps the highest-profile race is in New Jersey, Kennedy faces incumbent Jeff Van for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that Van Drew won as a Democrat in 2018. (Amy Kennedy for Congress via AP)

House races feature party-switcher Van Drew, Dems on defense

Sep. 19, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The presidential contest in New Jersey doesn't look competitive, with Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by double digits, but a handful of the state's dozen House districts are shaping up as competitive. New Jersey voters will be electing representatives in all 12 U.S. House districts in...

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)

New Jersey law seeks to stem pollution in minority areas

Sep. 18, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Friday a measure giving state regulators power to deny development permits to businesses whose operations pollute predominantly Black and other minority communities. Murphy, a Democrat, cast the legislation in sweeping terms, calling it historic and...

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...

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, fellow Democratic leaders agree to increase income taxes on millionaires

Sep. 17, 2020 10:31 AM EDT
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, fellow Democratic leaders agree to increase income taxes on millionaires.
FILE- In this March 25, 2020 file photo, residents from St. Joseph's Senior Home are helped on to buses in Woodbridge, N.J. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law four bills aimed at improving nursing home care after the COVID-19 outbreak devastated long-term care center residents and, at times, overwhelmed facilities. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NJ enacts 4 laws aimed at nursing homes after virus response

Sep. 16, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed into law four bills aimed at improving nursing home care after the COVID-19 outbreak devastated long-term care center residents and, at times, overwhelmed facilities. Murphy, a Democrat, said Wednesday that residents and staff at the...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2012, file photo, the unoccupied house made famous by the cast of MTV is shown in Jersey Seaside Heights, N.J. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that the YouTube stars who rented out the

Murphy criticizes YouTube stars for 'Jersey Shore' gathering

Sep. 16, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that YouTube stars who rented out the “Jersey Shore” house Monday should “be taken to task” after an estimated 1,000 people showed up, many flouting COVID-19 social distancing rules. Murphy, a Democrat, called 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, NJ. Almost three-fifths of people who respond to New Jersey's COVID-19 contact tracers are refusing to cooperate, Murphy said Friday, Sept. 11.  Overall, 82% of people getting initial calls from tracers answer them. He said 59% refuse cooperation, which he called

Murphy: Many refusing to cooperate with contact tracers

Sep. 11, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Almost three-fifths of people who respond to New Jersey's COVID-19 contact tracers are refusing to cooperate, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday. Murphy called on people to cooperate with the state's roughly 1,800 contact tracers, whose ranks he built up with the aim of...