Politics & Government

Bill would ban smoking at parks, limit at beaches

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Chris Christie a bill that would put new limitations on smoking in New Jersey's outdoor public spaces. The state's Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to ban smoking at state, county and municipal ...

Judges: Retirees have right to pension increases

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that retired public workers have a right to cost-of-living increases in their pensions. But in an opinion Thursday, a three-judge panel leaves it to a lower court judge to decide ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing: June 26, 2014

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

New Jersey lawmakers approve budget as veto looms

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Both houses of New Jersey's legislature have approved a $34.1 billion state budget that raises some major taxes but makes a full previously agreed-upon payment to pension funds for public employees. Republican Gov. Chris ...

Judge Rules Christie Can Cut $900M from Pension Payment

Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that Gov. Christie can cut $900 million from this year's payment into the state pension plans.

Christie Chides Lawmakers, Hints at Tougher Pension Reforms Ahead

Gov. Christie was in Haddon Heights for a town hall meeting when he mocked the legislature for their answer to the budget issue - a tax hike.

Sen. Weinberg Says Judge Ruled on Fiscal Year ’14

Sen. Loretta Weinberg says that the judge ruled pension payment cuts for fiscal year 2014 can occur, but has yet to decide on the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1.

Supreme Court Ruling Doesn’t Stop Effort to Get Sports Betting in NJ

Despite the Supreme Court's refusal to legalize sports betting in New Jersey, Sen. Lesniak has introduced a bill that would allow the practice only at racetracks and casinos.

S&P Director: NJ Has Lower Than Average Funded Pension Plan

S&P Managing Director of Public Finance Ratings Robin Prunty says New Jersey isn't at the bottom of the list, but it has a lower than average funded pension system.

NJ’s 2nd largest city replaces police chief

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The police chief of New Jersey's second largest city is being removed from the post after less than a year. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says Police Chief Robert Cowan will return to his civil service position as deputy ...