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Jan. 17, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

Another candidate to replace Christie. His Republican lieutenant governor's loyalty to the boss could come at a cost. Christie skipped the announcement to spend the day boosting his drug addiction crisis agenda, likely the hallmark of his two terms in office. The Port Authority released big budget capital build-outs. Did a desperately needed new bus terminal make the cut? How to secure the state from terror attacks. Homeland Security says in this era of lone wolf terrorists, citizens are key. And there are families making enough to rise above the poverty line who still can't afford food and shelter. How does this happen?

Bill Would Create Tiny House Pilot Program for Homeless

A bill making its way through the state Senate would create three tiny house pilot programs in New Jersey to house the homeless as prices continue to keep housing unaffordable to so many.

Dec. 29, 2016: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

The poor can't be kept in jail for failing to make bail. Reformers applaud the changes. But some counties and companies claim it won't pay. Voice-activated technology linked to the cloud can control your internet of things. But can it also virtually spy on you? A former NFL player throws a Hail Mary pass to get the league's ban on medicinal marijuana lifted. Can pot treat pain as well as addictive opioids? Treating needy neighbors with food and shelter and resources can fuel the soul but break the bank. Who will suffer if the money runs out? And look who's bucking Congress' attempt to ban transmitting from the House chambers via social networks? A Jersey girl.

St. James Food Program Fights Off Financial Woes, Continues Providing Services

The agency runs on a tight $600,000 a year budget. There's not a lot of wiggle room when programs cost almost $25,000 a month to run. And since 2008, the number of clients at St. James Social Services has almost tripled.

Stories of Thanks From Those in Recovery

Eva's Village in Paterson helps clients beat back addictions and find jobs. On Thanksgiving, volunteers and legislators help serve hundreds of meals to those in need.

HUD Homeless Count Comes Up Short

Homelessness is down 12 percent over the last year in New Jersey, according to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development.

Nov. 18, 2016: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

More programs and services have helped homeless families get a place to call home. What the state's doing right and what more can be done? What do urban entrepreneurs need to open shops and hire workers? A dream and a team. You'll meet the group with the goods. The search for biological parents. Adults adopted as children can soon find out where they came from to better understand who they are. New life for an old fort. The new "Battle of Monmouth" has ended with the Army selling the main post for a multi-use development. And curtain up on a 125-year-old Princeton tradition involving not science prodigies, but F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jimmy Stewart's virtual progeny.

Debate Over Minimum Wage Goes On

Although Gov. Christie vetoed a minimum wage increase this year, lawmakers, business leaders and worker advocates are still debating increasing the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour.

What Life is Like for a Low Wage Worker

Nancy Vazquez works as a skycap at Newark Airport. She says it's difficult to survive on her low wages in New Jersey.

Oct. 11, 2016: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

States won back the right to implement school reform their own way. But who gets to decide in New Jersey? A hate crime mars a congressional campaign here. What does it say about who we are? The fight for $15. While businesses eye the bottom line, minimum wage workers are fighting a losing battle. The Trump Taj Mahal was dead and buried yesterday. Today? A different outlook entirely. And a look at how a Latina immigrant with no education, job or the right tools to make it here has made it big.

Anti-Poverty Network of NJ’s Executive Director Grew Up Living in Poverty

The New Executive Director of APN, Renee Koubiadi, grew up in Camden living in poverty.

July 11, 2016: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

With hundreds of road repairs screeching to a stop the senate president says he and Christie can solve the Transportation Trust Fund crisis. But Christie's not here. Christie's stump with Trump could be an audition. Is he in the top three contending to become the presumptive nominees vice presidential pick? People take to the streets of Newark protesting the violence that continues to mar America. Why is the state siphoning off money phone customers pay for 9-1-1-system upgrades? Who knew that a scorching summer could keep airplanes from being cleared for takeoff? And how many Jersey athletes are going for Rio gold? Lots.

Fighting to End Homelessness in New Jersey

The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey held its fourth community development spotlight where it talked about how to rid the state of homelessness.

In Newark, Small Strides Toward More, Affordable Housing

Displaced tenants in Newark are struggling to find affordable housing units as rents continue to rise and incentivizing private developers to build more housing becomes more difficult.