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Low staffing and an obsolete computer system are creating a backlog for some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.
Since New Jersey expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, its efforts to enroll thousands of low-income residents have been hampered by low staffing and antiquated technology.
The governors of New Jersey and New York late Saturday vetoed legislation passed unanimously by each state's legislature to overhaul the operations of the Port Authority, and instead endorsed their own plan to revamp the troubled bistate agency.
The governors of New Jersey and New York late Saturday vetoed legislation passed unanimously by each state’s legislature to overhaul the operations of the Port Authority, and instead endorsed their own plan to revamp the troubled bistate agency.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The governors of New York and New Jersey jointly vetoed legislation Saturday aimed at overhauling the Port Authority and proposed instead a series of reforms they said would go further in bringing accountability to the agency.
Even as Gov. Christie has slammed the state Supreme Court as too "activist," his administration's inability to establish new affordable-housing rules has raised the prospect that the high court will intervene next year.
David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a close ally of Gov. Christie, has dropped a lawsuit that sought to block a state ethics probe into alleged conflicts of interest between his role in a public office and the private business interests of his law firm.
Paulsboro Mayor W. Jeffery Hamilton is facing a number of charges from an alleged drunken driving incident, including refusal to submit breath samples.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Shenida Griffith knows all too well what it's like to have to choose between taking care of a sick kid and holding down a job.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - More than 130 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employees have more than doubled their base salaries this year by working so much overtime in the first nine months of 2014, according to a newspaper analysis that found that 13 police officers will make more than the agency's executive director.
TRENTON - Legislation allowing physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients who request it was advanced Monday by a state Senate committee.
Low staffing and an obsolete computer system are creating a backlog for some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.
Since New Jersey expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, its efforts to enroll thousands of low-income residents have been hampered by low staffing and antiquated technology.
The governors of New Jersey and New York late Saturday vetoed legislation passed unanimously by each state's legislature to overhaul the operations of the Port Authority, and instead endorsed their own plan to revamp the troubled bistate agency.
The governors of New Jersey and New York late Saturday vetoed legislation passed unanimously by each state’s legislature to overhaul the operations of the Port Authority, and instead endorsed their own plan to revamp the troubled bistate agency.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The governors of New York and New Jersey jointly vetoed legislation Saturday aimed at overhauling the Port Authority and proposed instead a series of reforms they said would go further in bringing accountability to the agency.
Even as Gov. Christie has slammed the state Supreme Court as too "activist," his administration's inability to establish new affordable-housing rules has raised the prospect that the high court will intervene next year.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - When a constituent approached Cuba-born Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto this week to explain why she agreed with the White House's decision to reverse the government's policy toward the communist nation, he held up his hands and told her why he thought she was wrong.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Whether it was Sony's decision to cancel the release of a movie in the face of hackers' threats, Cuba's refusal to extradite a woman found guilty of killing a state trooper or pot laws that appear to be in conflict, Gov. Chris Christie repeatedly pointed his finger at one person Monday night: President Barack Obama.
Gov. Christie slammed President Obama’s leadership repeatedly during an hourlong interview Monday on statewide television, taking aim at the president’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba as well as his response to Sony’s withdrawal of a film following hacker threats.
One year after the Mount Holly Gardens housing-discrimination case was settled, the township has missed a deadline to rebuild the decimated, mostly Latino and African American neighborhood.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s announcement today that he will "actively explore" a 2016 presidential bid unleashed a wave of speculation about how his action might affect other Republicans – Gov. Christie included.