Media Coverage

Gas prices hit all-time highs across Philadelphia, tri-state area

Gas prices across the tri-state hit another record high on Monday, just ahead of the busy summer driving season. It’s $4.64 a record gallon in Philadelphia, 14 cents above the statewide average. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware are also at all-time highs. It’s $4.50 in Pennsylvania, $4.47 in New Jersey and $4.40 in Delaware. Nationally […]

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NJ’s official ideas factory for new policies

This article by Katie Crist features the work of the New Jersey Policy Lab “Chosen through an application process of the state’s higher education institutions, the Rutgers-based research center was launched with a $1 million grant from the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and began its work in August 2021. The lab operates out of […]

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The Pros and Cons of Cybersecurity Insurance for Municipalities

In case of a breach, such coverage can be a critical backstop. Cybersecurity insurance “can provide financial, technical and legal resources in response to somebody getting into an agency’s system, shutting it down, stealing data or doing other things that could compromise the agency’s activities,” says Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University. State Tech Magazine, April 20, […]

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College enrollment has declined in NJ — a blip, or a new trend?

The number of students attending college in New Jersey is down significantly compared to fall 2019, right before the coronavirus pandemic moved in. Many colleges and universities in the Garden State experienced a dip in student-body sizes in both 2020 and 2021, but they don’t expect this to be the start of a long-term trend. Carl Van […]

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Many cities have more robust subway camera systems than NY

As a manhunt began Tuesday morning for the person who shot 10 people in a crowded Brooklyn subway car, law enforcement quickly looked to the station cameras that they hoped had caught their suspect on tape. But they were out of luck. The surveillance cameras at the 36th Street station in Sunset Park, where the incident occurred, […]

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NJ needs a Sweeney budget center at Rowan

The policy center’s advisory board, which Sweeney will chair, already includes a stellar roster of economics and fiscal policy talent, including Thomas J. Healey, senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department; Charles Steindel, former N.J. Treasury chief economist and senior vice president at the Federal […]

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Commentary: America ignores history’s lessons at its peril

In The Devil’s Disciple, General John Burgoyne, when pressed by Major Swindon’s earnest plea to know how history will record what is taking place, answers: “History, sir, will tell lies as usual.” George Bernard Shaw, that talented and prolific cynic, enjoyed amusing his readers. He understood the forces that control the narrative of history, that place constraints […]

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