Advocates want to quickly expand a program that offers an alternative to the longstanding practice of bringing people to hospital emergency rooms when they are experiencing a mental-health crisis.Read more
THE SUPER Bowl brought an estimated 400,000 people into the North Jersey region, yet few did little more than attend the game before crossing the Hudson River back into New York.Read more
Investigators want to know whether Port Authority requests to increase tolls were purposely inflated so motorists would accept a more modest increase. And legislators investigating Port Authority operations are asking — how much did Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo know about the alleged scheme?Read more
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The George Washington Bridge is now smack-dab in the middle of another scandal, and it has sparked a call for independent oversight of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.Read more
LONG HILL — Gov. Chris Christie today defended his decision to move ahead with closing two institutions for people with developmental disabilities, saying he "cannot allow a vocal minority to stop progress.”Read more
By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
Pardon the insensitive pun, but smoking is a dying habit. Experts now predict Americans will eradicate cigarette smoking by 2050.
New Jersey banned indoor smoking, in places such as bars and restaurants, in 2006. Outdoor spaces are the next logical frontier. Given our growing awareness of smoking’s health risks, and its shrinking popularity among people of all ages, the outdoor smoking ban is a step whose time has arrived.Read more
By Matt Friedman, The Star-Ledger
TRENTON — Lighting up in a park or on the beach would land an offender a big fine under a measure to be considered today by a state Assembly panel.
The Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee plans to take up a bill (A1080) that would apply the state’s law against smoking in indoor public places like restaurants to all public parks and beaches.
"I think it's time that we continue to pass legislation in the interest of good public health," said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), a sponsor. "It reduces litter and reduces fire hazards in those areas. And the exposure to second hand smoke."Read more
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Steve Kornacki and Bob Ingle discuss Chris Christie’s relationship with Democrats in New Jersey in light of the “Bridgegate” scandal and Christie switching up his messaging.
Rep. Michael Grimm and Valerie Huttle join Chris Matthews to discuss the New Jersey Governor’s leadership and his 2016 potential.