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For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

From a Backyard in Elizabeth, Chatham Man Shoots for the Stars

Luis Da Silva, Jr., says he got his start in a “two by four” backyard in Elizabeth, where he would spend hours with just a basketball. 

“It was a rough neighborhood and my mother didn’t want me down at the basketball courts,” Da Silva said.

In those lonely hours of dribbling and inventing basketball tricks, Da Silva learned to command the giant orange orb ...

NJSpotlight and NJTV: Perfect Together

NJ Spotlight, an online news site dedicated to covering state government and doing in-depth analysis of public policy and its aftershocks, has been acquired by WNET, the Public Broadcasting Service operator of NJTV.

Together, NJ Spotlight and NJTV, will form a multi-platform news service covering the serious business of New Jersey, which has always been a television outlier for New York and ...

City Officials Break Ground On Lead Service Line Replacement Program

March 13, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -  An eight-year program that will replace about 15,000 lead service lines for Newark homeowners started today with a bit of fanfare. 

MORE: See if your home is eligible for the program

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe stood with subcontractors in front of a North Ward home to break ground ...

Major Projects at Essex County Hall of Records Complex to Include 900-Car Parking Deck

February 19, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - New county offices, courtrooms and a 900-car parking deck will be built in Newark to expand and modernize the Essex County Hall of Records Complex. 

County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced the new $24 million parking deck will be the first in a series of new projects constructed off West Market Street.  

The county is also scheduled next month to purchase ...

In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

Why Raise Taxes and Jeopardize 87,000 Jobs in New Jersey?

March 18, 2019

Over the past two decades, the child care industry in New Jersey has invested heavily in the latest technologies and infrastructure to serve infants as young as six weeks old.

Heavily regulated by the state Department of Children and Families (DCF), this industry serving 350,000 children in the state now deploys biometric finger entry, electronic daily reports to parents, cameras and silent ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 18, 2019

TRENTON - The state is going to the dogs, which apparently have a terrific lobbyist in Trenton. Somehow, Fido, Rover and other four-legged friends have convinced lawmakers in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to support a bill that would limit the number of dogs euthanized after they attack.  NJ 101.5 reports that the legislation would only allow dogs who are ...