New Jersey

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Lead Concerns Push Newark to Distribute Bottled Water to Residents

The EPA says residents should not drink tap water, even if it’s been filtered. The city says more tests are needed.

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New Jersey Governor Authorizes Two Laws That Expand Access to Reproductive Health

Governor Phil Murphy restored funding for Planned Parenthood and increased Medicaid eligibility for family planning services.

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New Jersey Town Settles Religious Discrimination Lawsuit With Islamic Group for $3.25 Million

Bernards Township must also approve the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge’s plan to build a mosque.

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Black NJ Politicians Condemn 'Blatant Racism' of Local Republican Mailer

“The not so subtle message is that Newark and its suburbs are all that White voters fear in a community: Black, Latino, Poor, Dangerous, and Blighted,” reads a statement cosigned by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and others.

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Racist Trolls Force Yelp to Shut Down Ahmad Khan Rahami's Family's Restaurant Page

Yelp spokesperson: “Reviews aren’t the place for rants about a business’s employment practices, political ideologies, extraordinary circumstances, or other matters that don’t address the core of the consumer experience.”

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From Seattle to Camden, Athletes of All Ages Took a Cue From Kap

Professional, collegiate and high school athletes were inspired by the 49ers quarterback’s ongoing choice to protest police violence and racism by taking a knee during the national anthem.

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Hillary Clinton is Democratic Party's Presumptive Nominee

Clinton: “Whether you supported me in this primary, or Senator Sanders, we all need to keep working toward that better, fairer, stronger America.”

DOJ Forces Overhaul of Newark's Racially Biased Police Department

The agency just reached an agreement with the city that calls for reform in 12 areas, including body-worn camera and use of force policies.

Water in 30 Newark Public Schools Tests Positive for Lead

Officials have turned off the taps at half the district’s schools.

Chris Christie Wants Flights to Cuba Banned Until Assata Shakur is Extradited

The presidential hopeful on Shakur: “I will not tolerate rewarding the Cuban government for continuing to harbor a fugitive.”

Common Addresses the Latest Flap Over "Song for Assata"

Kean University cancelled his commencement speech after protest by New Jersey State Troopers, but the artist stands by the song. 

Jersey School District Apologizes for Elementary School Ebola Panic

Two children from Rwanda–which is Ebola-free–have yet to start the school year.

Gov. Christie Celebrates Newly Signed New Jersey DREAM Act

It’s official.

New Jersey DREAM Act Moves Forward Despite Christie's Veto Threat

The bill moves to the Assembly floor next week.

For Ex-Offenders, NJ Judge Opens Door to Good Jobs

Ruling puts 16-year-old state law under fresh scrutiny

Gov. Christie Supports Tuition Equity for DREAMers, but Won't Sign Tuition Equity Bill

Critics are calling his switcheroo part of a 2016 presidential campaign calculus.

Winners and Voter Turnout for Election Day 2013

Turnout was low all around, but there were clear victories for progressive and moderate conservatives around the nation.

Why Superstorm Sandy is Still Wreaking Havoc on Poor Communities

One year later Sandy’s disproportionate impact on historically marginalized communities continues in shocking ways.

Cory Booker Wins Senate Primary Easily, Despite Criticism

Moderation seems the unavoidable tax for African-American Democratic candidates looking to win statewide offices in states like New Jersey.

Cory Booker Raises Money with Oprah, Misses NAACP Debate

Booker lands Oprah endorsement, but some of New Jersey civil rights leaders are supporting his opponents.