MLK Day: Newark historian remembers Dr. King | Opinion

Published: Jan. 17, 2022

 

Junius Williams faced Klan members on horses and police with batons when he attempted to march with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Montgomery during a week of protests to secure voting rights for Black people from March 21 to March 25, 1965.

The SNCC protestors were held back until Dr. Martin Luther King showed up. A path cleared, and led by Dr. King they marched — for a block — and made a U-turn right back to the barricaded area they started from.

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How This University Hospital Worker Got His Start at a Newark-based Career Program

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N.J. to get $1.1B for bridges under Biden infrastructure law. Here’s what it means.

Published: Jan. 16, 2022

New funding under President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law will give New Jersey $1.1 billion over the next five years to tackle its hundreds of deficient bridges.

The total amount, which breaks down to $229.4 million annually, is about what the state currently spends every year on bridges, and is over and above the $6.8 billion in federal funds allocated to New Jersey for roads and bridges over the next five years under the legislation.

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Test Taker Beware: NJ Attorney General Issues Warnings Over Price Gouging of At-Home COVID Tests

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Wallace Clarifies His Redistricting Reasoning

By Fred Snowflack | January 13, 2022

Insider NJ

John Wallace earned instant condemnation last month from Republicans after he picked the Democrats’ congressional map.

It wasn’t only because as chair of the state’s redistricting commission, he went with the Democrats. It was how he did it.

At the group’s ultimate Dec. 22 meeting, the former justice of the state Supreme Court said simply that he picked the Dems’ map because the Republican map was selected – by someone else – 10 years ago. So it was the Democrats’ turn this year.

Such reasoning was certainly a head-scratcher.

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Opposition mounts to $4.7B plan to widen the highway to the Holland Tunnel

Published: Jan. 13, 2022

Jersey City officials and a coalition of Hudson County bike groups have opposed the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s plans to widen the Hudson County extension through Bayonne and Jersey City to the Holland Tunnel and replace the aging Newark Bay bridge.

The opposition is based on concerns the project won’t alleviate congestion and would create more traffic and air pollution from vehicles cutting through Bayonne and Jersey City neighborhoods when traffic backs up on the extension.

Bike advocates have a powerful ally, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who had a letter sent on the city’s behalf, asking the Turnpike Authority to consider alternatives to widening because of concerns that the project would adversely affect the city’s residents.

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Murphy’s victory was powered by New Jersey’s wealthiest and best-educated towns

By Joey FoxJanuary 13 2022

New Jersey Globe

 

Glen Ridge. Mountain Lakes. Tenafly. Millburn.

Once upon a time, the wealthy, well-educated towns of New Jersey were the state’s Republican bedrock, providing huge margins that launched moderate Republicans into statewide office. With Democratic support concentrated in lower-income and nonwhite households, the largely white residents of the state’s wealthy suburbia seemed impenetrably Republican.

But many of those towns started becoming bluer in recent decades, a shift that was only accentuated by the rise of former President Donald Trump, who was anathema to many suburbanites both in New Jersey and around the country. And an analysis of New Jersey’s 2021 gubernatorial election shows that, even with Trump’s presidency (or at least his first term) in the rearview mirror, those changes may be here to stay.

The state’s 15 wealthiest and best-educated municipalities – defined here as having a median household income and bachelor’s degree attainment rate within the top 25 statewide – voted for Murphy by a 16-point margin, and the governor won 10 of 15 in total.

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Unemployment numbers tell different story from Murphy’s

JOHN REITMEYER, BUDGET/FINANCE WRITER | JANUARY 13, 2022 

NJ Spotlight News

Gov. Phil Murphy delivering his 2022 State of the State address, which was released on Jan. 11

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New Jersey’s unemployment rate has consistently trailed the national average during the coronavirus pandemic, and the state’s job-recovery rate also lagged the nation’s as of late last year.

Yet Gov. Phil Murphy was far more sanguine when speaking about the current condition of the state economy during his State of the State address earlier this week.

In fact, Murphy — a Democrat about to begin a second term after narrowly winning reelection last year — largely ignored the latest figures from the federal government that indicate New Jersey is still among the states with the highest unemployment rates in the country.

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NJ gets new COVID-19 emergency

LILO H. STAINTON, HEALTH CARE WRITER | JANUARY 12, 2022 

NJ Spotlight News

Gov. Phil Murphy prepares to deliver his 2022 State of the State address.

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Gov. Phil Murphy reinstated New Jersey’s public health emergency Tuesday, empowering state officials to continue the current COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs, permit hospitals ongoing flexibility to address staffing challenges and require everyone to still wear masks in schools and child care facilities.

Murphy called the public health emergency a “necessary step” given the recent growth in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, a message he shared with the broader public in his prerecorded State of the State address which was broadcast at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The new action does not require universal vaccine mandates or passports, institute new lockdowns or impose additional restrictions on businesses or gatherings, Murphy said in a video message accompanying the announcement to the media Tuesday afternoon.

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Murphy to renominate N.J. Supreme Court pick while Republicans worry about court’s makeup

Published: Jan. 11, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday he will renominate civil rights attorney Rachel Wainer Apter to fill a vacancy on the New Jersey Supreme Court after the state Senate did not confirm the selection in the two-year legislative term that expired earlier in the day.

Murphy had the choice to either renominate Wainer Apter, a fellow Democrat, or choose someone else to succeed retired Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, an independent, as a new state Legislature was sworn in Tuesday.

The governor said he has “only grown more confident” in Wainer Apter’s “character and the integrity she will bring as a future justice” since he first nominated her in March of last year.

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