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COAH releases $14M in affordable housing money

TRENTON — The Council on Affordable Housing has released the first $14 million in frozen affordable housing trust fund money that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration previously threatened to seize.

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Opinion: Damping fires of Ferguson -- Let's finally have an honest conversation about race

I watched with deep sorrow and despair as the events unfolded in Ferguson, Mo., over the last couple of weeks in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. This episode has raised a firestorm of legal and racial issues, which brings with it both rational and inflammatory commentary and behavior from those on differing sides of this tragic American saga.

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Sweeney makes a pitch for state to fix bridges and roads

State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D., Gloucester), campaigning to highlight the urgency of fixing New Jersey's infrastructure, appeared at the decaying Centerton Road Bridge in Mount Laurel on Friday and invoked concerns about cars falling into rivers.

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Sweeney bridge tour comes to Burlington County

MOUNT LAUREL — New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s statewide tour of deficient bridges continued Friday with a stop at the Centerton Road bridge, which was described as the worst of over a dozen structurally deficient spans in Burlington County.

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Major reforms will impact New Jersey's public schools this year

It's not easy to list the top issues affecting New Jersey students, educators and taxpayers as the school year begins. There are just so many to choose from.

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Alimony reform bill awaits Christie signing

As a marital law attorney for three decades, Tom Jenkins thought he figured out the unwritten rules of thumb for awarding alimony.

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Report on domestic violence monitoring still not finished

The lack of progress on the issue is frustrating advocates and lawmakers who contend the technology exists to both monitor offenders and notify victims if they come within certain proximity. They want the technology deployed to protect domestic violence victims.

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Opinion: N.J. alimony reform bill is a first step, not an endpoint

Former Assemblywoman Joan Quigley’s guest opinion “Coming up with changes to New Jersey’s alimony reform was like going through a divorce” (Aug. 12, nj.com) portrays reformers as bitter, disgruntled and complaining that the bill does not lift our individual alimony burdens. The reality is that, as a grassroots organization, not an established trade association, we advocated for reforms to benefit the general public as well as our alimony-paying members. During the course of our nearly three years of public advocacy, we received a first-rate education about the legislative process and the art of the politically possible. Let it be clear that we fully endorse the bill awaiting the governor’s signature and urge him to sign without delay, but only as a first step toward modernizing New Jersey’s socially obsolete family laws.

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3,800 backpacks to be donated in Willingboro

Free backpacks will be distributed Thursday to any local student in need.

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Sweeney agrees to Camden school bill without retirement incentives

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he will accept Gov. Christie's changes to a bill intended to expedite development of privately run public "Renaissance" schools in Camden.

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