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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 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. Legislation to set up New Jersey's recreational marijuana industry is getting fast-tracked in the Democrat-led Legislature, with Assembly and Senate committees set to take up legislation on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Haze surrounds cannabis bill as leaders discuss taxes

Nov. 12, 2020 6:58 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A haze hung over New Jersey's recreational marijuana legalization effort on Thursday as negotiations over taxes delayed required legislation. Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committees had planned to consider legislation setting up the recreational marijuana market, just over a week...

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small speaks in a church in his city on Jan. 15, 2020. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, Small proposed that Atlantic City be given a 3 to 5-year exclusive on the right to sell recreational marijuana now that voters across the state have approved its use. Small says the exclusive would compensate the city for numerous state taxes from which it gets nothing. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Atlantic City's pipe dream: 3-5 year exclusive on pot sales

Nov. 11, 2020 2:56 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — It may be just a pipe dream, but Atlantic City's mayor is ready to delve into high finance. Now that New Jersey voters have approved recreational marijuana, Mayor Marty Small wants his city to be the only place in the state where it can be sold for three to five years. Small says...

FILE- In this June 3, 2016 photo, New Jersey state Sen. Paul Sarlo speaks at a news conference in Rutherford, N.J. The New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution in 2021 permit it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

NJ eyes betting on college playoff games here and elsewhere

Oct. 21, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution next year to permit it. If voters approve a referendum that could be on the November 2021 ballot, it would remove a significant part of...

In this image taken from May 23, 2020, video released by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, Maurice Gordon, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he unbuckles his seatbelt before exiting a New Jersey State Trooper's vehicle in Bass River, N.J. Gordon was fatally shot by the state trooper. The Gordon family's attorney and more than 100 groups on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, called on lawmakers to pass police accountability legislation. (New Jersey Attorney General's Office via AP)

Advocates for Black shooting victim push police transparency

Oct. 20, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a Black man fatally shot by a New Jersey state trooper this year called Tuesday, along with more than 100 other groups, on lawmakers to pass legislation making more police records public. Attorney William Wagstaff represents the family of Maurice Gordon,...

NJ lawmakers greenlight $4.5B in debt to shore up budget

Sep. 28, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey legislative leaders on Monday gave final approval to $4.5 billion in new state debt they and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy sought to plug budget holes stemming from the virus outbreak. The four-person Select Commission on Emergency COVID-19 Borrowing unanimously approved a...