Small NJ city at center of corruption probe as ex-lawmaker charged

“Elected officials should really watch who are they are appointing to positions, where they can appoint political patronage jobs. They really need to know who they are appointing because when it goes bad it brings down a lot of people,” said Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director at the Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University. “It affects […]

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Murphy Administration announces return to full local control to Newark School District

Three years ago, the State Board determined that Newark Public Schools had made sustained progress in all five functional areas, and in 2018 the Department collaborated with the district to implement a two-year transition plan to local control. The Department enlisted an independent entity, the Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University, to establish […]

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The “Hot Mess” of New Jersey’s election ballots

New Jersey is holding its first statewide vote-by-mail primary on July 7th.  Even though COVID-19 has made 2020 a difficult and unusual election year all over the country,  the Garden State has its own unique problems that predate the pandemic. A coalition of activists, election lawyers, researchers, and public policy experts say the state has […]

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Let’s go beyond the conflict and talk

Linda Stamato and Sandy Jaffe, co-directors of the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, offer their opinions as to why the May incident in Central Park, when a white woman ignited a race firestorm across the country after footage of her encounter with a black man went viral, should serve as an opening for conflict […]

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Can Progressives Change New Jersey?

Frustrated with the stalemate in Washington, many progressives have set their sights on the 15 states where Democrats control both houses of the legislature and the governorship. New Jersey is one of those 15: Democrats have virtually veto-proof legislative majorities, Gov. Philip D. Murphy is a self-described progressive, and the 14-member congressional delegation has only […]

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Pandemic Travel Patterns Hint at Our Urban Future

Especially for people of color, the enforcement of new public health requirements on transit systems and other spaces presents an additional safety risk. For two weeks in March, Black people accounted for 35 of 40 NYPD arrests for breaking “social distancing” rules in Brooklyn. And a history of disproportionate and excessive policing of Black communities sheds […]

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Amid Skepticism, Minnesota Banks Respond to Calls for Change

Racial disparities in Minnesota were getting more focus before the police killing of George Floyd. Black entrepreneurs hope the increased awareness raised by national and worldwide protests will turn the heads of larger banks so communities of color will see more investment….. Unlike home loans, where the financial system also has a history of discrimination, […]

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