Stacey Barchenger, North Jersey News

Stacey Barchenger

North Jersey News

Trenton, NJ, United States

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Recent articles by Stacey:

NJ senator who was fired and investigated by Linden council wants to limit investigations

Sen. Nicholas Scutari, a former Linden prosecutor and focus of scrutiny over his alleged poor work attendance, is targeting municipal probes. → Read More

Gov. Murphy signs 3-month 'cuts and uncertainty' budget into law

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed a 3-month budget into law, ensuring the state will continue to operate but with reduced services. → Read More

Here's what's in and what's out of NJ $7.7B spending plan reflecting 'crisis conditions'

Recognizing massive tax revenue shortfalls, the budget before New Jersey lawmakers cuts more than $4 billion from state departments and services. → Read More

Guidelines for reopening NJ schools: What parents should know for the fall

Here's what parents and students should know about schools reopening for the 2020-2021 school year. → Read More

NJ schools reopening in fall with students back in classrooms. Here are the guidelines

New Jersey school districts must allow for in-person learning as they reopen in the fall, but must take measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. → Read More

NJ says 1,854 additional residents likely died of coronavirus after review of death records

New Jersey's count of COVID-19 related deaths jumped by 1,854 on Thursday after officials completed a review of death certificates. → Read More

Plan to cut NJ anti-bias training, racial equality programs are 'tone deaf,' advocates say

Black advocates decry Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to cut African American education programs and anti-bias training in the wake of George Floyd's death. → Read More

NJ playgrounds, amusement parks and water parks can reopen July 2

Cooped-up kids rejoice! New Jersey's playgrounds and amusement parks can reopen on July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday during a coronavirus update. → Read More

NJ may halt project to replace lead water pipes, blaming the economic hit from coronavirus

New Jersey's fits-and-starts approach to replacing lead-tainted pipes that can poison children is on hold again because of the coronavirus. → Read More

Murphy administration cites 'terrorism' concerns to keep NJ coronavirus weak points secret

Murphy aides say telling the public about protective gear supplies during the pandemic could create a risk of sabotage. → Read More

Reopening NJ: How do you socially distance at a bus stop? Challenges facing schools in the fall

New Jersey school leaders, eyeing a fall reopening of classrooms, face these challenges and questions brought on by the coronavirus. → Read More

NJ Supreme Court: Give prisoners more say in going home amid coronavirus crisis

The NJ Supreme Court ruled Friday it could not send more prisoners home amid coronavirus, and inmates deserve more say in the process set by Gov. Phil Murphy. → Read More

NJ public health emergency extended again, but you can still plan to get a haircut

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday extended the public health emergency, which continues his expanded powers but doesn't change reopening dates. → Read More

Could it happen here? NJ may review neck restraints by cops after George Floyd death

While police recruits in the Garden State are trained not to use neck and chokeholds, the rules on such restraints aren't explicit. Some are pushing to change that. → Read More

NJ bill would erase law hiding coronavirus records from public

A bill introduced in Trenton would remove a portion of state law Gov. Phil Murphy's administration says keeps secret all documents related to coronavirus. → Read More

NJ Supreme Court should send more prisoners home because of coronavirus, advocates argue

New Jersey's highest court could intervene in Gov. Murphy's order to release state inmates, leading to more releases and more transparency. → Read More

NJ reopening: Testing is up, hospitalizations are down. When will phase 2 of reopening begin?

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says more information is coming soon about reopening plans, but whether there will be details in his plan isn't certain. → Read More

Want to know what NJ is doing to fight coronavirus? State refuses to release records

Officials say a line of the public health emergency law exempts them from disclosing many records that would illuminate their coronavirus response. → Read More

NJ primary election will be held mostly by mail, Gov. Murphy says

New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy said July's primary election will be held mostly by mail, but with a smaller number of in-person polling places open. → Read More

NJ beaches can reopen for Memorial Day, Gov. Murphy says

New Jersey's beaches can reopen by Memorial Day but with rules in place that will require beachgoers to spread out their umbrellas and chairs more than usual. → Read More