Bloustein COVID-19 News & Media

NJ ballot design gives huge advantage to party-backed candidates, paper finds

When Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise ran for a fifth term in 2019, he had every advantage over his sole primary challenger, Patricia Waiters. DeGise, a Democrat, had higher name recognition, tens of thousands more in campaign dollars and endorsements from every Hudson politician. He also had the county line, as political observers have dubbed […]

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Study: NJ’s Primary Ballot Favored Insider Candidates

Insider candidates and the politically connected benefited from the layout of New Jersey’s primary ballot in July, according to a new study released Thursday. New Jersey is the only state in the country that allows each county to design its ballot to give preference to candidates with a party endorsement. “The advantage provided by the county line, […]

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A pandemic demands improved hospital and public health data integration

Since the beginning of the pandemic, hospitals, and public health organizations across the United States have struggled to keep up with systemic disruptions related to COVID-19. Governmental regulations related to the pandemic have been changing as quickly as our understanding of the disease itself. Due to the long-term projected impact of the pandemic, healthcare systems […]

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Government officials not acting fiduciarily responsible

Prior to the pandemic in mid-March, NAIOP NJ had planned to convene several experts to examine New Jersey’s fiscal challenges, controlling costs at the local level and pension and benefits reform. In the subsequent four months, our national GDP has plunged 33 percent and New Jersey’s unemployment rate is a startling 16.6 percent, as budgeted […]

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Organization lines offer significant advantage in primaries, study shows

“The county line also increases voter confusion, contributing to overvotes and undervotes. The impact of the county line appeared to be greatest in races that did not involve an incumbent,” said Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, conducted the study. “Candidates […]

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White Docs on the Short End of One Racial Disparity

In an accompanying commentary, Joel C. Cantor, ScD, and Dawne M. Mouzon, PhD, both of Rutgers University, were skeptical of the results, suggesting that the Stanford group perhaps didn’t dig deep enough. “Prior work has shown that primary care physicians experience more burnout than specialists and that physicians of minority racial/ethnic groups are more likely […]

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