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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Russian soldiers and Syrian government forces gathering next to a bus during the evacuation of rebel fighters from the Army of Islam and their families from the town of Dumayr, northeast of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, April 19, 2018.
We open our pages to all voices, including those belonging to elected officials from distant states, because even they are entitled to their misconceptions. Accordingly, we allowed Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas to occupy this space Sunday, when he trolled his New Jersey counterpart in an attempt to siphon ...

US climate hawks have not had much to celebrate lately, with the Trump administration lurching backward and states finding it more difficult than expected to move forward on their own. But last week brought reason for celebration, as New Jersey, unified under Democratic rule after the 2017 ... climate change
Former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who is friends with Trump, appealed to the administration to exempt New Jersey from its proposal to lift an Obama-era ban on drilling for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic. Murphy's attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, has joined a multi-state coalition against the ...
Murphy Administration Provides $636 Million in Funding for New Jersey's Hospitals ... TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Health released the fiscal year 2019 hospital charity care and Graduate Medical Education (GME) ...
Gov. Phil Murphy has gotten into his first tussle with a governor of another state, reacting to an appeal by the governor of Texas to New Jersey residents and business leaders to relocate to the Lone Star State if they are concerned about high taxes. Murphy's wrangling with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ... Garden
(AP) — The U.S. government has asked a judge to approve an agreement with Beaverhead County to upgrade a small Montana community's drinking water system after years of finding excessive contamination and numerous monitoring failures. The Department of Justice filed the proposed agreement ... tax
After eight years of opposition from Republican Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey Democrats are moving quickly to advance six bills to strengthen New Jersey's already strict gun laws. The package includes new restrictions on bullets, background checks and magazine sizes. But an analysis of the bills by ... tax
... entities big enough to at least have a reasonable chance at being run well at reasonable cost. The responsibility for West Wildwood's wasteful fiasco is well distributed. The borough is a fitting poster child for the outdated New Jersey government structures and practices that keep residents paying far more ... tax
Not everyone is convinced-- and in fact argue that the deal Newark offered Amazon is an extension of a policy that has done little to help New Jersey longterm, they said. New Jersey's government has focused too much on luring large corporations by offering massive tax breaks, said Gordon MacInnes, ... tax
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — People in New Jersey weren't just concerned about the snow during Wednesday's nor'easter. ... Residents were urged to stay off the roads if possible as Gov. ... New Jersey State Police said they have responded to 169 crashes and helped 244 drivers since midnight. tax
The local government units would be able to tap into those funds for revenue for predetermined purposes. Rep. Josh Gottheimer and Murphy have backed the charitable fund workaround. However, legal issues and other obstacles still present challenges. WalletHub went on to rank New Jersey fifth lowest ... tax
Serving 1.1 million customers in central and northern New Jersey — including parts of Burlington County — JCP&L is the second-largest power company in the Garden State, trailing only Public Service Electric & Gas, which serves much of the South Jersey area. In a statement Saturday morning, JCP&L ... tax
LONDON (AP) — Arlene Foster, leader of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party, says there is little chance of a government being formed in Northern Ireland in the next few months. Talks to restore a power-sharing government to Northern Ireland between the DUP and the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein ... tax
Budd's home state of North Carolina received $1.41 from Washington for every $1 paid in federal taxes in 2015 -- the fourth highest return of the 50 states -- according to the State University of New York's Rockefeller Institute of Government. New Jersey received just 74 cents per $1 in federal taxes paid, ... tax

Gov. Phil Murphy says he feels the pain of New Jersey residents grappling with extended power outages following back-to-back nor'easters. "There's enormous frustration, particularly for the folks who never got their power back after the first storm," Murphy said during a visit Thursday to the Sussex County ... tax
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the government rather than fund the Gateway Tunnel project, according to a published report. Trump said he would veto legislation funding the government through Sept. 30 if it included money for a new tunnel linking New Jersey and ... tax
Kushner's seaside resort sits right next to the proposed pier, which places the federal government in the awkward position of helping steer a project that would benefit Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser. Once the project is complete, a former city official said it would raise property values at the ... tax
The political winds have shifted in New Jersey, and Gov. Murphy's inauguration in January has dramatically revived prospects for the state's offshore wind industry, which advocates hope could supply up to a third of the state's power by 2030. The new governor signed an executive order directing the New ... tax
Gov. Phil Murphy is urging New Jerseyans to keep off the roads and stay in their homes as a nor'easter storm continues to dump snow on the state Wednesday. "The worst ... New Jersey residents can consult the state's emergency preparedness website,, for more information. Information ... tax
"In other words, it would make an already challenging tax climate even more uncompetitive and our state less affordable," Michele Siekerka, president of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, and Tom Bracken, president of the state Chamber of Commerce, said in a joint statement. "The bottom ... tax
China's Finance Minister Xiao Jie waves as he arrives for a press conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress at the media center in Beijing, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Xiao tried Wednesday to defuse concern over the country's rising debt, saying government borrowing is below danger ... tax
WEST TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says a state of emergency will go into effect ahead of a new storm expected to hit the region. Murphy, a Democrat, said at a news conference that the declaration goes into effect Tuesday evening. Wednesday's storm comes with more than 40,000 ... tax
Let's bring everyone up to speed: It's going to snow Wednesday in the Garden State. A whole lot in some areas. As much as 18 inches could fall in parts of the state as a strong nor'easter heads straight for us; Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon, effective 8 p.m.. But when is ... tax
... in some areas of New Jersey. The snow, which could fall at a rate of two inches an hour this afternoon, could make travel hazardous or impossible, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is expected to let up late this evening. New York City public schools remain open. In New Jersey, Gov. tax
Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday declared a state of emergency as New Jersey braces for another big coastal storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in parts of the state. The state of emergency is effective at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Although the storm is not expected to be as strong as the monster nor'easter that ... tax
But far too many New Jersey students are being robbed of a quality education that reflects the cultural diversity of our state. The continued racial segregation in our state's public schools holds them back. The time has finally come for leaders across the state – from Trenton to local school boards – to make ... tax
An app that would let New Jerseyans access state government services easily, a student loan forgiveness program for tech-related careers, and high-speed internet access throughout the state are just part of the future that a gubernatorial transition committee envisions for New Jersey. The Government ... tax
Have a nice day? They did Saturday (April 14) in New Jersey, where the governor declared it "Bon Jovi Day" in honor of the state's newest Rock & Roll Hall of Famers. Gov. Phil Murphy made the declaration hours before the platinum-selling New Jersey band was to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall ...
Patients enrolled in the state's eight-year-old medical marijuana program were quick to praise the governor's announcement and said it was long overdue after years of inaction by Gov. Chris Christie, who imposed strict regulations and promised to veto any expansion of the program. “The days of making ...
20, 2018, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense group carrying a man who was wounded during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. Intense Syrian government shelling ...
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced New Jersey would join 15 other states and Puerto Rico in a new coalition of U.S. territories that ... “It's important that Governor Murphy has signed this bill and committed New Jersey to uphold the Paris Climate Accord,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the ...
"New Jersey will once again stand strong for Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights." During his two terms, Christie vetoed bills from the Democratic-controlled legislature that would have provided funding to Planned Parenthood, cutting off funds shortly after taking office in 2010. An estimated $60 ...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Hundreds of state and local government officials and police officers from across New Jersey met in Trenton to discuss marijuana legalization. The New Jersey Cannabusiness Association, which backs legalization, sponsored the event on Tuesday in Trenton. Organizers said at least ...
It is imperative that whenever anyone learns of a potential safety threat that they immediately notify the District and the East Brunswick Police Department. As a community, we all have to remain vigilant and work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ...
Hundreds of state and local government officials and police officers from across New Jersey met in Trenton to discuss marijuana legalization. Feb. 20, 2018, at 12:52 ... The New Jersey Cannabusiness Association, which backs legalization, sponsored the event on Tuesday in Trenton. Organizers said at ...
Democrats in New Jersey are moving at a lightning speed to institute one of the boldest workarounds of the new Republican tax law, potentially setting up the first tax showdown between high-cost states from coast to coast and the Trump administration. The Democrats, including freshman Gov. Phil Murphy ...
ASBURY PARK - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said "thoughts and prayers" aren't enough to end mass shootings like the one that killed 17 students and faculty at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida this week. Murphy vowed to fight back against gun violence and build a multi-pronged plan to protect ...
Gov. Phil Murphy will sign legislation restoring state funding for New Jersey's family planning and health clinics at a ceremony Wednesday, making it the first bill to become law under his administration. Murphy, a Democrat, made the announcement Monday at a tele-town hall with supporters of Planned ...
Complicating Gov. Phil Murphy's quest to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, the leader of the Legislative Black Caucus introduced legislation that would ... Rice denied that he was trying to derail Murphy's quest to create a legal marijuana market in New Jersey, although he said that doing so would flood ...
Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey Transit is returning 20 passenger rail cars to service and leasing more from Maryland to ease car shortages and ... Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson told lawmakers in Congress Thursday that the agency is considering preventing New Jersey Transit trains from using its ...
We must support Gov. Phil Murphy in creating an option of charitable donations to towns. This plan is intended to help New Jersey homeowners who rely on SALT (state and local taxes) deductions to help alleviate New Jersey residents' disproportionate federal tax burden. It is no mistake that the recent tax ...
12, 2018, as Prime Minister Theresa May and her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar are holding crunch talks at Stormont House. Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government has been suspended since January 2017, but with renewed high lefel talks both sides said Monday that progress ...
Gov. Phil Murphy entered the Trenton train station Thursday morning to hold a news conference about changes at NJ Transit. But before Murphy even touched that topic, he opened the event by ... But Murphy said the vast majority of gun crimes in New Jersey are committed with firearms from out of state.
Weeks after losing his post as speaker of the state Assembly, Vincent Prieto has landed a new, high-paying government job. Prieto was approved Thursday as president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the agency that oversees the Meadowlands. Gov. Phil Murphy, a fellow ...
An app that would let New Jerseyans access state government services easily, a student loan forgiveness program for tech-related careers, and high-speed internet access throughout the state are just part of the future that a gubernatorial transition committee envisions for New Jersey. The Government ...
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey's gun laws are getting tougher with Gov. Phil Murphy vowing to sign measures that ... Scott Bach, head of the association for Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, called the measures “well-intentioned but very misguided.” “Anybody who thinks that ...


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