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New Jersey environmental commissioner retiring in January

Dec. 1, 2020 10:01 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J (AP) — New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe will be retiring in the new year, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. Murphy said McCabe will be retiring Jan. 15, and a successor has not yet been named. She took the reins at the DEP early in Murphy's tenure,...

COVID-19 spike leads Murphy to pause indoor youth sports

Nov. 30, 2020 2:32 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — All indoor youth sports in New Jersey will be suspended starting Saturday because of the climbing COVID-19 caseload, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. Murphy said the pause would begin at 6 a.m. and go until Jan. 2. It covers all youth sports, but excludes college and professional...

Top court to review order to open police disciplinary files

Nov. 26, 2020 9:12 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court will decide if state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal can order the release of police disciplinary files dating back 20 years. The decision came in an order issued Wednesday by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. It comes a few weeks after a state appellate court...

New Jersey governor signs bill requiring police body cameras

Nov. 24, 2020 2:13 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — All police officers on patrol across New Jersey will be required to wear body cameras under legislation advanced following the summer's Black Lives Matter protests and signed into law Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. Murphy signed the bill from his office in Newark during an...

New Jersey expands artificial reefs with concrete forms

Nov. 23, 2020 11:11 AM EST

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has expanded its offshore artificial reef program by dumping concrete forms into the ocean off Manasquan. The material came from a shipping terminal in northern New Jersey and was no longer needed. The state has numerous man-made reefs off its coast consisting of...

FILE- In this March 25, 2019, file photo, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, center, speaks to reporters in Trenton, N.J. A New Jersey Assembly voting session that had been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, that was to include a measure setting up the new recreational marijuana market has been canceled, Coughlin said Friday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NJ voting session canceled amid cannabis bill disagreements

Nov. 20, 2020 9:56 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Assembly voting session that had been scheduled for Monday and was to include a measure setting up the new recreational marijuana market has been canceled, Speaker Craig Coughlin said Friday. Coughlin, a Democrat, said it was clear the legislation wouldn't get final...

FILE- In this July 20, 2020 file photo, news media is set up in front of the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in North Brunswick, N.J. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill into law on Friday, Nov. 20 that protects the personal information of judges and other law enforcement personnel from being publicly available. The law is named after Daniel Anderl, the son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas who was slain at the family's home by a disgruntled attorney who had targeted Salas and other judges. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Bill to protect judges' personal information becomes law

Nov. 20, 2020 4:26 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge whose son was slain at their home by an attorney who had stalked her invoked his memory Friday at the signing of a New Jersey law aimed at protecting judges' personal information from being publicly accessible. “With today’s bill signing, I believe,...

Murphy signs order giving counties more time to count votes

Nov. 20, 2020 2:36 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday said he signed an executive order delaying when counties must certify the results from the Nov. 3 election. The state's 21 counties must certify results by Friday under current law, but Murphy's order pushes the deadline to Wednesday. Murphy, a...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, Heather Randazzo, a grow employee at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary, trims leaves off marijuana plants in the company's grow house in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation to establish a new recreational marijuana marketplace, which voters overwhelmingly approved on the ballot earlier in the month, but differed in key details. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NJ cannabis bill advances, but lawmakers differ on details

Nov. 19, 2020 6:55 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation setting up a new recreational marijuana marketplace, which voters overwhelmingly approved on the ballot this month, but differed on key details. The Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget Committee passed legislation on...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, file photo, New York Giants players watch their teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team in East Rutherford, N.J. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a measure expanding charitable groups' ability to sell raffle tickets online based around sporting events after lawmakers addressed his concerns that the original bill was too close to internet gambling. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Murphy signs expanded stadium raffle bill amid coronavirus

Nov. 18, 2020 6:06 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a measure Wednesday expanding charitable groups’ ability to sell raffle tickets online based around sporting events after lawmakers addressed his concerns that the original bill was too close to internet gambling. The Democratic governor...