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Newark Reels From Weekend of Violence; Baraka Calls Situation an ‘Emergency’

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a press conference that the recent spike in violence throughout the city will be treated as a state of emergency.

Lawmakers seek measure to limit election spending

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers want to amend the U.S. Constitution to rein in the influence of money in politics. The state Senate is expected to vote Monday on a resolution that would petition Congress to hold a constitutional ...

Lawmakers concerned about falling lottery revenue

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers worry falling income from the state's recently privatized lottery could affect state agencies after a report showed revenue projections are down. The state Treasurer's review from last month shows lottery revenue down ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing: Dec. 1, 2014

Jaffe Communications gives its take on the news in New Jersey.

New Jersey Senate votes to expand early voting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's state Senate has approved expanding early voting opportunities, even though Gov. Chris Christie previously vetoed a similar measure. The measure passed Monday would require each county to have several polling ...

GOP fundraiser: Christie sand dune plan ‘stupid’

BAY HEAD, N.J. (AP) — Plenty of oceanfront homeowners at the Jersey shore are unhappy with GOP Gov. Chris Christie's plan to widen beaches and build protective sand dunes along the state's entire 127-mile coastline. Among them is Lawrence Bathgate, ...

Lawyer vows fight over police chief suspension

HALEDON, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer for a suspended northern New Jersey police chief is vowing to fight the sanction and is predicting "a war." Attorney Stuart Alterman represents Haledon Police Chief Louis Mercuro, who was suspended this week because of ...

Supreme Court to hear former dispatcher’s suit

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit by a former police dispatcher who claims she was discriminated against because she refused to work the midnight shift. Patricia Del Vecchio worked for the Bridgewater Township ...

Asw. Pinkin, Schepisi Discuss Women in Government

Assemblywomen Nancy Pinkin and Holly Schepisi talk about women's participation in elected office in New Jersey. They were honored by the League of Municipalities with the Outstanding Woman in Government Award.

State police ID woman killed in Route 287 crash

WANAQUE, N.J. (AP) — State police have released the name of a woman killed in Thanksgiving Day crash on a northern New Jersey highway. They say 43-year-old Jennifer Pechko, of Kinnelon, was backing up her convertible on the shoulder or Route 287 ...