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Recent articles by Matt:

Murphy heads to New Orleans to take on top national Democratic role

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will serve as acting governor until Gov. Phil Murphy returns Monday afternoon. → Read More

N.J.’s vulnerable domestic workers should have a ‘bill of rights,’ lawmakers say

It would require paying domestic workers minimum wage and give them other protections. → Read More

N.J. schools must soon produce digital maps of buildings to help police in emergencies

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that mandates schools submit aerial images of schools, floor plans, entrances, and location of hazardous materials and utility shutoffs. → Read More

Chris Christie is making his move for the White House. Job one is attacking Donald Trump.

“This guy is a loser,” Christie told NJ Advance Media in a recent interview. “He can’t win. He’s won once and everything he’s done since then is lose.” → Read More

Name changes no longer open to public under N.J. order to benefit transgender residents

Murphy also announced legislation was introduced that would waive the $50 fee associated with filing for a name change. → Read More

N.J. requires large places of worship, movie theaters to submit emergency plans for active shooters

The bill was in reaction to what its sponsors called a sign of the times over the prevalence of mass shootings. → Read More

I will sue Murphy to stop looming bear hunt in N.J., former top Democrat says

Former Sen. Ray Lesniak argued for measures like bear-resistant trash cans hey says have proven to keep bears away from people in other parts of the country. → Read More

N.J. bear hunt returning soon as Murphy says he will end his ban

Gov. Phil Murphy has reversed course on a years-long promise to end the state’s annual bear hunt, clearing the way for it to resume as early as next month, he told NJ Advance Media on Thursday. → Read More

What red wave? Trump tumbling? Biden running? Our takeaways for N.J. and nation from Election 2022.

Here's a closer look at what happened in Tuesday's big elections. → Read More

Chris Christie or Phil Murphy for president? N.J. ain’t feeling it, poll shows

No. We’re good, you don’t have to do that. That’s what most New Jerseyans about Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican former Gov. Chris Christie running for president in 2024, according to a poll released Wednesday as the dust settled on Tuesday’s election. → Read More

In N.J.’s tightest House race, Kean says he’ll win, Malinowski says it’s too close to call

The 7th District race is one of the most closely watched in the country. → Read More

Murphy vows to put the brakes on N.J. car thefts with these new proposals

Gov. Phil Murphy said while there has been progress in recent months, more needs to be done, noting the brazenness of many of the thefts. → Read More

Abortion could boost turnout in N.J. midterms but may not help Democrats, poll shows

About half the state — 51% of voters — unconditionally support the right to an abortion and 37% say it should be allowed under certain circumstances, → Read More

Beware of voter misinformation texts, always look to state for correct info, N.J. top election official warns

Secretary of State Tahesha Way issued the statement after text messages went out to residents that gave potential voters wrong information about where to cast their ballots. → Read More


NJ Advance Media interviewed Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and political experts about “The Hug.” → Read More

Plan to allow cops at some N.J. polling sites passes easily despite heated debate

But it appears the law will not be in place in time for Election Day next month. → Read More

N.J. union for frontline workers sues Murphy, saying he allowed racial and gender pay gap to widen

AFSCME represents workers in state psychiatric facilities and veterans homes, along with other state agencies that required their employees to work on site during the pandemic. → Read More

Cops would be allowed at some N.J. polling stations under plan spurred by school shootings

Earlier this year, some schools in the state switched to virtual learning on election day in response to the mass shootings. → Read More

In surprise move, lawmakers nix vote on landmark N.J. temp worker rights bill

The bill was expected to be voted on and sent to Gov. Phil Murphy, who likely would have signed it into law. → Read More

Murphy to hit the road again to help fellow Democratic governor

But Gov. Phil Murphy will first head to Salt Lake City Utah on Monday night for a National Governors Association convening. → Read More