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Christie Talks AC, Minimum Wage, Pensions to South Jersey Chamber

Gov. Christie gave a speech to the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce where he discussed Atlantic City's financial situation, the danger of raising the minimum wage and the spiraling costs of public pensions.

Newark Mayor, Governor Blame Each Other for School Trouble

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka blames Gov. Christie and state management for the $72 million budget hole facing the city's school district and a proposed 10.3 percent school tax increase. Christie says the schools are failing despite getting hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers.

Dispute Over Affordable Housing Obligations

Municipalities have hired a consulting firm to fight the Fair Share Housing Center on affordable housing obligations.

Addiction Crisis Affects Growing Number of NJ Kids

Nearly a third of all child abuse and neglect investigations in New Jersey revealed caregiver’s substance use. Nearly two-thirds of kids in foster care were removed from their homes at least partly for that reason.

Christie Announces Agreement with NY to Share Prescription Drug Data

Gov. Christie was at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center to announce an expansion of the Prescription Monitoring Program to include data from New York state. The program is meant to reduce rates of addiction.

Bill Would Repeal State’s Ability to Take Over School Districts

Lawmakers introduced a bill to repeal the state Department of Education’s power to take over local districts, and return local control within one year to all four state-run districts: Jersey City, Paterson, Newark and Camden.

Legislative Black Caucus Hearings Help Formulate Policy

Eighteen of New Jersey’s 120 state lawmakers are African-American. They make up the Legislative Black Caucus. The caucus, the NAACP and other organizations held three simultaneous hearings to help formulate policy, set spending priorities and seek parity.

Democrats Plan to Roll Back Christie’s Gun Law Changes

Sen. Weinberg and Assemblyman Greenwald said they plan to try to reverse Gov. Christie's executive order loosening New Jersey's gun laws, particularly the part that makes it easier to qualify for a firearm carry permit.

Massive Rally Shows Union Support for Striking Verizon Workers; Management Unimpressed

Union members from around New Jersey and politicians gathered at the State House to rally against Verizon. The company hasn't scheduled any talks since workers went on strike two weeks ago.

Christie Visits Addiction Hotline Center

Gov. Christie toured Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care center in Piscataway where he talked about the importance of offering services to those affected by addiction.