Commentary: Donate an organ, save a life

Every nine minutes, though, another person is added to the waiting list. While 169 million people in the United States were registered as donors as of 2021, not everyone who registers is able to donate. In fact, only three in 1,000 people die in a way that allows for deceased organ donation. That’s why more willing […]

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Stamato: N.J. oversight could have kept university from financial peril

Bloustein Policy Fellow, and former chair of the Board of Governors of Rutgers University, Linda Stamato argues that the elimination of the state Department of Higher Education and the state Board of Higher Education has led to the current mismanagement of New Jersey City University (NJCU) in this letter to the editor of nj.com “If […]

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Gavin Rozzi Revolutionizes OPRA Requests in NJ with Website

Bloustein Adjunct Professor and RUCI Lab Research Computing Specialist Gavin Rozzi Revolutionizes OPRA Requests in New Jersey with a Website called OPRA Machine. “I tried to get basic records — copies of checks and financial records — for investigative pieces. But people gave me the run around all the time.” “Oftentimes municipalities and other governmental agencies skirt […]

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Ocean county no longer among the oldest in NJ

New affordable housing in Ocean county is attracting a younger crowd. More retirees are electing to stay in their homes rather than move to the 55+ communities that drove up the median age in the southern part of the state. Dean Emeritus James W. Hughes discusses the factors that entice different age groups to move, […]

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How strong is the US economy? Depends on which party you ask

The jobless rate is at a record low of 3.6%, but consumer prices are up 9.1% as of June 2022. Are we officially in a recession? That depends on who you ask. “It suggests, overall, the economy is weakening, it’s certainly losing steam, where there are storm clouds not only on the horizon but we’re […]

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NJ Government Records has Nearly Two-year backlog

Bloustein Professor and Local Govt. Research Center Assistant Director Marc Pfeiffer weighs in on the nearly two year backlog at https://nj.gov/grc/. “The law was written with an appreciation for the technology at the time, for the procedures at the time,” Pfeiffer said. “Over 20 years, that drove changes in how government does its business, and […]

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N.J. is increasing diversity.

New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the nation, and year after year it has only gotten more so. “The suburbs are far more diverse today than they were 25 years ago,” said James Hughes, a professor and a former dean of Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, […]

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Rutgers touts success of program for long-term unemployed in NJ

Emerging from the rubble of the Great Recession, the establishment of the New Start Career Network in 2015 provided support to more than 6,000 New Jerseyans experiencing long-term unemployment over its initial six-year period. That’s according to Carl Van Horn, Rutgers University distinguished professor and director of the school’s Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, which […]

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Hughes Speaks to the State of the U.S. Economy, Influence on Voters’ Sentiments

Economic sentiment plays a pivotal role in how Americans make their electoral choices and is one of many factors that could influence how voters cast their ballots in the 2022 midterm elections. On July 15, the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Press Center hosted a briefing series on understanding U.S. elections, “U.S. 2022 Midterm Elections: […]

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