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N.J. Supreme Court rules 'gap years' in affordable housing obligations count

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that towns must factor in the so-called “gap years” from 1999 through 2015 when calculating their affordable housing obligations.

This ruling marks a victory for the Fair Share Housing Center, which had won the first trial over the obligations, but saw that ruling reversed in favor of the New Jersey League of Municipalities in an appellate court.

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Major Building Projects at NJ Colleges to Benefit from $34M Allocation

Assemblyman says ‘it’s money well-spent’ as supporters hope up-to-date facilities will keep our third-level institutions competitive with those in other states

It’s been more than four years since voters authorized a major bond issue to help pay for new buildings and renovations at New Jersey colleges and universities. Now, lawmakers are taking steps to allocate $34 million, which represents the remaining dollars that have yet to be spent from that bond issue.

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Christie signs executive order declaring opioid addiction a public health crisis

NEWARK – In front of a small group of recovering addicts, Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order on Tuesday declaring the opioid addiction problem in New Jersey a public health crisis.

The event, which was held at Integrity House – an substance abuse recovery home on South Street in Newark – took place less than an hour after Lt. Gov. Kim Guagdano announced her candidacy to succeed him as governor.

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Struggling in NJ — 52 percent of all workers earn less than $20 an hour

Meet ALICE.

Actually, her name is Charlene. But the North Jersey woman represents hundreds of thousands of Garden State residents considered “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” in a just-released report from United Way.

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37 percent of people in N.J. are among the working poor, study says

Charlene O'Brien doesn't want help.

The 38-year-old single mother of two has built her life on being a strong, independent woman. The Hardyston divorcee has a full-time job training educators, which she balances with raising her 7 and 10 year-old boys, the latter of which has special needs. In her spare time she runs and designs grueling obstacle courses, the kind that make even the biggest fitness buff think twice.

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26 apps and websites favored by child predators — Are your kids using them?

They pose an increasing threat in New Jersey and across the nation.

Cyber predators are constantly looking for new ways to contact and exploit children — and most parents don’t even have any idea this is happening.

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This lone N.J. Republican voted to delay Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON -- Just nine House Republicans dissented from the party line Friday and opposed a budget resolution designed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

And only one is from New Jersey: Rep. Tom MacArthur.

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Editorial: Age matters when sentencing juveniles

We’re glad to see the courts are affirming a longstanding belief that children and adults are not the same. The New Jersey Supreme Court last week overturned lengthy sentences for two juveniles, saying that sentencing teenagers to the “practical equivalent of life without parole” violates the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

The court’s unanimous decision followed, but expanded, standards set forth in 2012 by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling could reduce sentences of many offenders who committed crimes as juveniles and should prompt the Legislature to review guidelines for punishing youths.

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New tankers could help prevent Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from closing

WASHINGTON -- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is receiving a new fleet of Air Force tankers, making it more likely to be protected against any future round of military base closings.

The Air Force on Thursday selected the joint base's 305th Air Mobility Wing to house 24 KC-46 tankers, which should arrive from 2020 to 2023.

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N.J. Supreme Court issues 'significant' ruling on sentencing youths

TRENTON -- In what legal experts are calling an important decision, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday to overhaul the way New Jersey judges sentence juveniles convicted in violent crimes that could keep them in prison until they are elderly or dead.

The state's highest court ruled 7-0 that judges must consider a number of factors -- including age, family environment, and peer pressure -- before issuing lengthy sentences to youths in serious cases.

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