Politics & Government

NJ raises fines for using phones while driving

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists who can't put down their cellphones face tougher penalties in New Jersey. Higher fines take effect Tuesday for motorists caught talking or texting on handheld devices. First-time offenders would have to pay a fine ...

NJ senate passes bill to raise age to buy smokes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey might become the first state in the nation to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21. The state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would raise the minimum age. The measure ...

Ras Baraka sworn in as Newark’s new mayor

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark has a new mayor. Former councilman Ras Baraka took the oath of office Tuesday during a ceremony in front of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Baraka is the son of the late poet, activist and author Amiri Baraka. He ...

Christie touts budget vetoes at Caldwell town hall

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his new $32.5 billion state budget on national TV and at a local town hall meeting Tuesday. Christie touted his vetoes of Democratic tax hikes and railed against public employee benefits ...

Christie withdraws judicial nominations after spat

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has withdrawn the nominations of eight people for judgeships in Essex County. His decision came Monday afternoon shortly after the state Senate judiciary committee refused to sign off on one of the nominees ...

New Jersey’s Tent City homeless encampment closes

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A homeless encampment near the Jersey shore that came to be known as Tent City has closed after the last of its 120 occupants was placed in temporary housing. Lakewood town officials and a lawyer who represented the camp's ...

Gov. Christie Vetoes Tax Hikes On Proposed Budget

Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron discusses the governor's decision to veto proposed tax hikes on the state budget with NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider.

New Jersey scores legal win in beach dune case

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — State prosecutors have scored a legal victory over a southern New Jersey couple that was seeking roughly $800,000 for an easement on their property that was needed to build a sand dune and beachfront protection project. ...

Anderson to Remain at Helm of Newark Schools, Activists Vow Ouster

Many are unhappy with Education Commissioner David Hespe's decision to renew Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson's contract.

Officials clash over beach contamination warnings

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal and state officials are clashing over standards for warning the public about water contamination at the nation's beaches. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards grants to states in the Great Lakes region ...