Lawmakers plan investigation in NJ Transit’s ‘failures’
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers in New Jersey are launching an investigation into the state's beleaguered transit system.
Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement Tuesday...
NJ governor creates panel to probe vaping health concerns
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Calling it an urgent health hazard, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy implored Thursday residents to stop vaping and signed an order creating a task force that would address the...
Governor details $235 million from budget he placed on hold
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's administration detailed for the first time Wednesday $235 million in funding for state programs that will be frozen until savings lawmakers...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has congratulated New Jersey lawmakers for passing a budget that didn't raise taxes on the wealthy.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey's budget (all times local):
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney returned Gov. Phil Murphy's criticism over the...
NJ governor undecided on $38.7B budget that lawmakers passed
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday passed a $38.7 billion budget setting aside billions for public education and pensions and boosting New Jersey Transit funding, but without...
New Jersey unions rally against proposed benefits cuts
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Spurred on by a tweet from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, thousands of union members crowded around New Jersey's legislative annex Thursday, even spilling into the street, to...
Murphy to sign donor disclosure bill despite earlier veto
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy is backtracking on his veto of a bill calling for greater political donor disclosure and will sign the bill in response to the threat of an override,...
After false start, New Jersey sets rules for microbreweries
New Jersey issued new rules for microbreweries Tuesday, several months after an initial attempt met with resistance from brewers who said their businesses would be hurt.
Tax on wealthy, business incentives emerging as top issues
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Raising taxes on the wealthy and renewing an expiring business incentive program are emerging as top fights as New Jersey's budget deadline approaches.
NJ lawmakers advance medical cannabis, expungement bills
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation Monday expanding the state's medical marijuana program and making it easier for certain convicts to clear their...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Traditional pensions would end for many New Jersey public employees who are new hires or have less than five years' experience under proposed legislation announced Friday by...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A measure to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey fizzled out Wednesday when the state Senate president said he would instead look to voters next year and will pursue...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey's plans to ask voters to decide next year on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized (all times local):
New Jersey’s push to legalize recreational marijuana stalls
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers dealt a blow to the prospects of legal recreational marijuana use in the state Monday, when the state Senate president postponed a vote after his and the...
New Jersey governor: Push to legalize pot is short on votes
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...
New Jersey takes big step toward legalizing recreational pot
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.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's budget proposal (all times local):
New Jersey Democratic lawmakers are praising Gov. Phil Murphy's second...
NJ leaders reach agreement on cannabis sticking points
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's governor and legislative leaders reached an agreement over key sticking points in their effort to legalize recreational marijuana, though the measure is still...
NJ Assembly panel advances bill phasing in $15 minimum wage
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday advanced a bill to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.
The Democrat-controlled Assembly Labor Committee approved the measure Thursday after roughly three hours of comment from both opponents and advocates.
New Jersey governor, lawmakers make deal on $15 minimum wage
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and the Democratic leaders of the Legislature said Thursday they've reached a deal to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.
The proposal announced by Murphy, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney would raise the current rate from $8.85 to $10 by July 1, climbing by $1 a year until reaching $15 in 2024.
New Jersey Democrats scrap vote on redistricting proposal
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Top Democrats in New Jersey's Legislature scrapped a plan Monday to change the state constitution and potentially lock in their advantage in future elections.
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney canceled Monday's vote on the proposed constitutional amendment, which if approved by voters next year, would have overhauled how New Jersey draws its 40 legislative districts.
Murphy renews call for $15 minimum wage bill this year
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy is renewing his call for the Legislature to pass a $15 per hour minimum wage plan before the end of the year.
Speaking at an event Monday, the Democrat said he's ready and waiting to sign a bill once one reaches his desk.
New Jersey's minimum wage is going up a quarter per hour to $8.85 on Jan. 1, part of a mandate under the state constitution to keep pace with inflation.
Vote on marijuana could reach committee soon, leaders say
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in the Democrat-led Legislature is coming later this month, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney said.
The committee votes would inch forward the marijuana legislation that Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy promised during his campaign. But Sweeney and Coughlin did not commit to a final vote, leaving the timeline for one unclear.
NJ lawmakers: Cannabis legalization vote Oct. 29 unlikely
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's legislative leaders say a vote to legalize recreational marijuana they penciled in for next week now appears unlikely.
Democratic Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said Monday at an unrelated news conference in the statehouse that he does not anticipate a vote on Oct. 29.
Senate President Steve Sweeney says he thinks the legislation would come for a vote "this year," but didn't specify when.
Lawmakers set up panel to probe handling of assault charge
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers said Tuesday they're establishing a bipartisan committee to investigate Gov. Phil Murphy administration's handling of a sexual assault allegation within state government.
Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said the six-person committee would examine hiring practices, background checks and "systematic problems." Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, also a Democrat, said in a statement that the Assembly will join the committee as well.
NJ suspends new regulations on events at craft breweries
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New regulations to limit the number of events craft breweries in New Jersey can hold were put on ice Tuesday.
Just a few weeks after the state's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued rules on Sept. 21 limiting the state's roughly 90 microbreweries to 25 on-site activities a year, the office said it was suspending the regulations.
"We want to make sure that we get this right," ABC Director David Rible said in a statement.
Murphy rejects bill requiring law to end NJ-Pa. tax pact
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy rejected legislation on Monday that would have made it more difficult for him to end a tax reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania.
The Democratic governor's rejection is the latest in a two-state tax drama that goes back to GOP Gov. Chris Christie's threat to end the deal as part of budget negotiations with lawmakers.
Murphy says new Trump rule on SALT hurts New Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy says the Trump administration is punishing New Jersey for enacting a law to avoid a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions.
Murphy spokes Friday alongside Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney.
Murphy was reacting to new Treasury Department guidelines released Thursday aimed at challenging high-tax states' moves to skirt a $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions.
NJ panel calls for overhauling pensions, schools and more
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bipartisan task force formed by New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney recommended Thursday that the state overhaul its pensions and school systems among other changes to address a cost "crisis."
The Democratic lawmaker and the New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup unveiled their report Thursday at the statehouse after what they said were months of reviewing issues that long burdened the state, particularly its public worker pension and retiree benefits.
Murphy points to roughly $100M in health benefits savings
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's underfunded state worker retirement system can save up to $100 million from an audit and other cost-cutting measures, Gov. Phil Murphy's administration said on Thursday.
Murphy signs $37.4B budget hiking taxes on business, wealthy
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a $37.4 billion budget package brokered at the last minute with Democratic legislative leaders to avoid a second straight New Jersey government shutdown.
The Democratic-led Assembly and Senate passed the deal about 24 hours after Murphy, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney announced the agreement that raises taxes on the wealthy and some businesses.
New Jersey Democrats reach budget deal, avoid shutdown
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders reached a deal Saturday night on a $37.4 billion budget that hikes taxes on the wealthy and some businesses and averts the state's second consecutive government shutdown.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey's budget (all times local):
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders say they have reached a budget agreement.
Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced the deal Saturday evening, just hours ahead of a midnight deadline.
The Democratic governor says the deal avoids a government shutdown.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Budget talks disintegrated on Friday among New Jersey's all-Democratic leadership, stalling on disagreements over how much to raise taxes to pay for nearly $37 billion in spending and threatening the state's second straight shutdown.
Sweeney offers budget deal including rental, real estate tax
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers on Wednesday delivered Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy a counteroffer in budget negotiations, including a proposal to levy a sales tax on short-term rental properties along the shore.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey's budget (all times local):
New Jersey lawmakers say they will review the latest budget compromise proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy.
In a joint statement on Tuesday Democratic Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney said they will give the offer "full consideration, along with other options we are evaluating."
Murphy says he cannot sign legislators’ $36.5B budget
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday he cannot sign the Legislature's $36.5 billion budget because it relies on what he calls unsustainable revenue.
It was the first time the Democratic governor said he had reviewed the Democratic-led Legislature's spending blueprint since lawmakers sent it to him on Thursday, and just days ahead of a Saturday deadline to keep state government funded.
NJ Democrats fight over taxes as budget deadline nears
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — WRITETHRU
An all-Democrat skirmish over which taxes to raise has New Jersey flirting with a government shutdown.
Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin have so far failed to find agreement on how to fund state government ahead of the June 30 deadline.
Sweeney and Coughlin sent Murphy a $36.5 billion spending plan that he has threatened to veto over how the measure proposes financing government.
Budget talks falter as Gov. Murphy, lawmakers skirmish
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democratic-led state government on Thursday lurched toward uncertainty and a looming budget deadline as talks between Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers devolved into finger-pointing and name-calling.
Murphy said fellow Democrats appeared to be fighting for Chris Christie's legacy in budget talks, suggested they were dealing with "alt facts" and called their $36.5 billion budget a "ticking time bomb."
Murphy warns boosted school aid plan rests on new revenues
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday warned that a plan worked out with lawmakers to boost school aid hinges on a budget deal that has "sustainable" revenues, ratcheting up rhetoric just a day before fellow Democrats are set to vote on their own spending plan.
Top lawmaker at odds with NJ governor over budget
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A top New Jersey lawmaker said Friday he will advance a budget that substitutes Gov. Phil Murphy's proposed income and sales tax increases for a surcharge on businesses while adding millions of dollars more in other spending.
Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said he would unveil his budget to lawmakers on Monday with a committee vote expected Tuesday and a final vote on Thursday.
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the start of legal sports betting in New Jersey (all times local):
A Philadelphia basketball legend is betting on Philadelphia's football team to repeat as champs.
Julius Erving, better known to Philadelphia 76ers fans as "Dr. J," marked the start of legal sports betting in New Jersey by putting $5 on the Philadelphia Eagles to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
NJ legislation would legalize marijuana, expand medical pot
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Recreational marijuana would be legalized and the medical cannabis program would be expanded under new legislation unveiled Friday in New Jersey.
The state is moving toward legalizing the drug under Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who while on the campaign trail promised to authorize recreational cannabis, but the Legislature has not moved on the issue beyond hearings and introducing legislation.
Prospects for 2nd straight shutdown grow in New Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The chance that New Jersey's state government could shut down for the second straight year appears to be growing as Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders wrangle over taxes and Murphy's proposed $37.4 billion budget.
Lawmaker wants states to reject sports bet ‘integrity fee’
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A top New Jersey lawmaker is urging all 50 states to reject so-called "integrity fee" payments to professional sports leagues in any sports betting legislation they enact.
Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney said Wednesday it is "extortion" for the leagues to demand money in return for hosting honest games after the U.S. Supreme Court last week allowed states to legalize sports betting following a legal fight led by New Jersey.
Murphy de-escalates race-tinged issue with Senate president
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday he wasn't suggesting Senate President Steve Sweeney was a racist for holding up confirmation votes on two Cabinet nominees who are black.
Governor praises lawmakers for advancing gun control bills
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's governor praised lawmakers on Monday for advancing gun control measures, including legislation to prohibit the purchase of firearms parts used to make untraceable weapons, or so-called ghost guns.
NJ’s top Democrats’ clash escalates over race-infused issue
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney are both Democrats, but their disagreements, most recently a race-infused clash over confirming Cabinet officers, hint at trouble between two key figures responsible for enacting New Jersey's roughly $37 billion budget.
Legislatures passes $300M-a-year rescue of nuclear industry
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democrat-led Legislature on Thursday passed a $300-million-a-year financial bailout for the state's nuclear industry, one that could raise the bills of utility ratepayers by $41 a year if approved by Gov. Phil Murphy.