Latest New Jersey state government News

Murphy, Ciattarelli clash in NJ gov race's 1st debate

Sep. 28, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican Jack Ciattarelli sparred in an at-times testy and raucous debate Tuesday in the first of two meetings in this year's campaign for governor. Murphy, a first-term Democrat, and Ciattarelli, a...

Murphy signs bill aimed at increasing diversity among police

Sep. 28, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will aim to increase racial diversity among law enforcement officers under new legislation Gov. Phil Murphy signed Tuesday. The bill passed the Democrat-led Legislature with no opposition in June. The measure requires the state's Civil...

Appeals court OKs Newark's vaccine mandate for city workers

Sep. 28, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court has upheld Newark’s vaccine mandate for city employees. Mayor Ras Baraka issued the executive order last month requiring that employees show proof of full vaccination within 30 days or face discipline up to termination....

NJ offers cash to get workers training, small biz jobs

Sep. 27, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is offering a $500 incentive to unemployed people who go back to work at businesses with 100 or fewer employees and receive job training, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. The incentive, dubbed the Return and Earn Program, will be financed...

New Jersey weighs expanding flood buyback program after Ida

Sep. 24, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Liz Sawyer called Manville, New Jersey, home for more than two decades when Ida became the latest storm to send flood waters crashing into her house. For her and her family it will — she hopes — be the last time. “Let us get out of here,”...

AG: Officer indicted on charges of firing Taser at ATV rider

Sep. 21, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey grand jury indicted a police officer on misconduct, assault and tampering-with-public record charges stemming from an incident last summer in which he allegedly fired his Taser at a man operating an all-terrain vehicle, the state attorney general's office...

NJ day care workers will have to get vaccine or be tested

Sep. 20, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Workers at New Jersey child care centers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular weekly testing, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. Murphy, a Democrat running for reelection this year, said he was signing an executive order Monday. ...

Murphy says NJ to help resettle about 500 Afghans

Sep. 20, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will host about 500 Afghan evacuees, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst served as an arrival point for “many thousands" of Afghans who left their homeland as the United States withdrew its...

Mail-in ballots going out in campaign for NJ governor

Sep. 17, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first ballots in this year's contest for governor must start to go out to voters by Saturday. The return of the ballots will kick off voting in the Nov. 2 race between Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican former Assembly member Jack...

Murphy promises expansion to universal pre-K in New Jersey

Sep. 16, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

PALISADES PARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will institute universal pre-kindergarten across the state for all 3- and 4-year-olds, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday. Murphy, a Democrat running for reelection this year, has increased state funding for pre-K since he took office...