Politics & Government

New Jersey official: road money running out

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's transportation commissioner says there is enough money in the state's transportation trust funds to keep fixing roads as planned through June 2015. But James Simpson told lawmakers on Monday that the fund will be ...

NY senator: Congress must reform Port Authority

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing an Act of Congress to reform the scandal-ridden Port Authority that runs bridges, tunnels and airports. The Democratic senator said Monday that the New York-New Jersey agency has become a political ...

Over 1,000 NY, NJ families losing FEMA rental aid

NEW YORK (AP) — Over 1,000 families in New York and New Jersey displaced by Superstorm Sandy are losing their federal rental assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency benefit that helped them obtain temporary housing runs out on ...

New Jersey officials make deal on adoption records

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers have reached a deal to allow people adopted in New Jersey to access their birth records. As part of a compromise, birth parents of children adopted before Aug. 1, 2015 would be able to ...

Last defendant in ’09 NJ sting pleads guilty

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The final defendant in 2009's massive corruption and money laundering sting in New Jersey has pleaded guilty. Lavern Webb-Washington appeared Monday in federal court in Newark. Webb-Washington was a candidate for Jersey City ...

Crime drops with new police force in gritty Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Crime has dropped in Camden since a new police department rolled into town a year ago, but it remains far more dangerous than most cities. The New Jersey city near Philadelphia officially disbanded its police department on May ...

Port Authority pays $500,000 for unsolicited plans

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey paid $500,000 to a noted architect for bridge designs that the agency didn't request and can't use, according to a published report. Citing agency documents it obtained, The ...

Judge reduces ex-chief’s sentence in murder plot

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A state judge has reduced the prison sentence handed down to a former central New Jersey police chief who was convicted of plotting to kill his ex-wife. Philip Castagna received a 17-year state prison term for a conspiracy ...

New Jersey may see cleanup money as revenue source

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A change in New Jersey's proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year could result in a revenue windfall for the state at the expense of polluted communities. The change appears to allow the state to divert money from settlements ...

2 candidates vie to replace Booker as Newark mayor

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two candidates with deep Newark roots are vying to replace Cory Booker as mayor of New Jersey's largest city. The May 13 election is pitting Ras Baraka against Shavar Jeffries. The seat is currently held by an interim mayor. It ...