The Legislature is trying to jumpstart offshore wind farms, a move spurred by frustration with the Christie administration’s failure to adopt regulations to make it happen in New Jersey.
A bill () introduced last Thursday by the deputy speaker of the Assembly John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) proposes to have offshore wind projects financed by the state’s four electric utilities, which would recover the money from consumers -- and then some.
The legislation comes at a time when the state Board of Public Utilities has come under increasing criticism for not adopting a financing mechanism to promote offshore wind farms along the Jersey coast, a goal once strongly supported by both the Legislature and the Christie administration.» Click here for the full post
The Christie administration has faced its share of criticism -- from both sides -- for how it reviews charter schools, but for now, the process passes legal muster.
The state Supreme Court yesterday upheld that review process in the case of a proposal for a charter school in Montclair that the New Jersey Department of Education had rejected six times.
The founders of the proposed Quest Academy Charter School had appealed the third of those rejections, this one by former state Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks, as failing to meet a required “standard of review.”» Click here for the full post
A loan-forgiveness plan could help ease New Jersey’s shortage of primary care physicians while providing relief to young doctors burdened with huge medical-school debt.
A bill,, would forgive loans up to $200,000 over four years to doctors who work in or near New Jersey municipalities with a relatively high percentage of low-income residents.
The state will have a shortage of 2,800 doctors by 2020, including 1,000 fewer primary care doctors than needed,. » Click here for the full post
What’s responsible for the extreme divide between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and to a lesser extent, in Trenton? Some political observers believe part of the problem is the way we draw legislative and congressional districts. These days, it seems politicians pick their voters, not the other way around, and the result has been very few competitive contests.
What it is (in theory)
» Click here for the full post
As the Jersey Shore continues its recovery, more than a year after Sandy, much of the attention is on popular tourist destinations like Seaside Heights.
But as noted in a, residents in many less well-known coastal towns also continue to struggle
.» Click here for the full post
Out-of-staters often complain about “Jersey drivers” -- even drivers from as far away as New York and Philadelphia seem to think they’re superior. Well, it turns out, that's not the case. New Jersey fares pretty well in a recent study of the worst drivers by state.
Car Insurance Comparison.com looked at a number of objective statistics and ranked New Jersey 32nd for worst drivers. How did our neighboring states fare? Not so well, since New York rated 22 and Pennsylvania 15.
The study looked at five categories: fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled; accidents and fatalities that involved a failure to obey traffic signals and seat belt use; drunk driving statistics; tickets; and careless driving. New Jersey’s worst rating was related to careless driving followed by tickets.» Click here for the full post
The Bridge-gate scandal that forced the resignations of two of Gov. Chris Christie’s Port Authority appointees was the inevitable result of divided leadership, growing patronage, and increased gubernatorial meddling in the operations of the multibillion-dollar New York-New Jersey agency, transportation experts said yesterday.
In fact, Jameson W. Doig, who wrote the definitive history of the Port Authority, warned almost two years ago of the dangers inherent in the growing “politicization” of the bistate agency. He also cautioned against the transformation of its 12 commissioners into “obedient assistants to the governors, passively accepting patronage appointments and whatever actions fit a governor's short-term political needs.”
Doig said yesterday he was not surprised by the growing scandal that has enveloped the Port Authority, the mega-agency that oversees airports, bridges, tunnels, ports, the PATH light-rail system, and the World Trade Center in New York and New Jersey.» Click here for the full post
Six months after state officials decided against building a database that would include a record of all health insurance claims, the Legislature is gearing up to explore the issue again.
Supporters contend that it isby pulling together information about how much each health service costs, enabling policymakers to find ways to improve the quality of healthcare and providing useful information for consumers who are picking up more and more of the tab for medical costs.
Opponents contend that the usefulness of such databases in states where they exist has not been proven. And they say it would create unnecessary costs for both state government and insurers – in fact, New Jersey officials cited projected operating costs. » Click here for the full post