State Sens. Brian Stack and Sandra Cunningham are planning to introduce legislation to close what they see as a loophole in New Jersey's bail practices. NJTV says the bill would allow judges to detain a defendant until trial if the prosecutor can find probable cause that the defendant committed unlawful possession of a firearm – a violation of the Graves Act.
YOU JUST PAID MORE FEDERAL TAXES THAN PEOPLE IN MOST STATES. HERE'S WHERE IT GOES.
New Jersey residents pay far more in federal taxes than the government sends back to our state. NJ.com looks at what the Garden State pays compared to the rest of the country, and tracks down exactly where your money goes.
DESPITE JOB GROWTH, NJ STILL SHY OF EMPLOYMENT LEVEL PRIOR TO GREAT RECESSION
New Jersey added 60,000 private-sector jobs last year – a banner year for job growth. But despite the improvement, NJ Spotlight says the state still has some work to do in order to reach the employment level that existed shortly before the Great Recession.
CONCERN ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE NEGATIVELY IMPACTING HEALTH
The negative effects of climate change on our health can already be seen in New Jersey, according to health experts. NJTV says all you have to do is look at the spikes in childhood asthma hospitalizations in New Jersey.
OUTRAGE OVER COMPANY BACKING OUT OF SUPERFUND CLEANUP DUE TO BANKRUPTCY
Decades after the Diamond Alkali company in Newark's Ironbound leached dioxins from Agent Orange into the Passaic River, the site has become a well-known Superfund site. Now, NJTV says the company that owns the current incarnation of Diamond Alkali is shying away from its responsibility to help clean the site by declaring bankruptcy and backing out of the cleanup process – leaving public outrage in its wake.
FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY ALMOST UNKNOWN AMONG NJ GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES
Despite the New Jersey Legislature's calls for Donald Trump to release his tax returns in the spirit of transparency, the state's own gubernatorial candidates have revealed very little about their own financial dealings. NJ Spotlight says only one candidate has officially released their 2015 tax returns – Lt. Gov. and Republican candidate Kim Guadagno.
NJ GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES SPEAK AT BANKERS EVENT
New Jersey's gubernatorial candidates met and outlined some of their priorities at a New Jersey Bankers Association conference this week. WBGO says the candidates discussed everything from Phil Murphy's proposal to create a state-owned bank to Guadagno's concerns about harmful laws if a Democrat is elected.