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Christie Signs Bill Creating 20 New Judgeships

1-9-17
The impetus for the creation of new judgeships is the bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1 in New Jersey.

Jersey City Lab Tests Concrete for Port Authority Projects

1-9-17
The Port Authority Materials Engineering Unit lab in Jersey City puts concrete to the test to ensure it's safe to use for bridges, tunnels and airport runways.

Bill Would Create Tiny House Pilot Program for Homeless

1-6-17
A bill making its way through the state Senate would create three tiny house pilot programs in New Jersey to house the homeless as prices continue to keep housing unaffordable to so many.

Menendez Skeptical of Secretary of State Nominee, Other Trump Choices

1-6-17
Sen. Bob Menendez criticized President-elect Donald Trump for choosing Rex Tillerson for secretary of state and publicly questioning the intelligence community. He also called Russia an adversary of the U.S.

Hiccups Amid Implementation of Bail Reform

1-5-17
In Essex County, pretrial detention hearings were supposed to begin at 9 a.m. Instead, proceedings began at 3 p.m. and not one had an actual hearing where prosecutors were to present clear and convincing evidence that each defendant was a risk for coming back to court or a risk to commit another crime if released.

Bayonne Water Rates Spike After Privatization

1-5-17
Instead of trying to upgrade the crumbling water infrastructure on its own, Bayonne forged a 40-year partnership contract with $150 million in up-front financing from the private Wall Street equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Since then, rates have increased.

Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Back in the Mix

1-5-17
Three opponents of criminal justice reform legislation are no longer on the Senate Judiciary Committee, so the chairman says moving it forward is on the agenda.

Port Authority Board Approves 10-Year Capital Plan

1-5-17
Highlights of the proposed capital plan include $3.5 billion over 10 years for a new bus terminal, $2.7 billion for the new Gateway Trans-Hudson Rail Tunnel project and more than $1.5 billion each for two new rail links to Newark Airport from Manhattan and to LaGuardia from Queens.

Christie Signs Bill to Help Small Businesses Get Surety Bond

1-4-17
Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill making it easier for small businesses to get a surety bond through the state Economic Development Authority. The bond is usually needed if a small business wants to bid on a public contract.

Obama, Pence Try to Persuade Congress on Affordable Care Act

1-4-17
Vice President-elect Mike Pence rallied Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act while President Obama told Democrats to hold the line.