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Past articles by Matt:

‘Sloppy Chris Christie’ has ‘a big mouth ... that’s all,’ Trump charges in New Hampshire speech

Former President Donald Trump, who called the former governor “sloppy Chris Christie,” also mocked him for polling around 1% in the early-voting state during a speech, The Hill and other news outlets reported. → Read More

Murphy headed to Puerto Rico for holiday weekend

Gov. Phil Murphy is scheduled to return to the state Sunday. → Read More

N.J. to be a ‘safe haven’ for trans people in search of gender-affirming health care

Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, bucked some of his GOP counterparts in states where they’ve limited trans health care for minors and adults. → Read More

N.J. state offices to open on 2-hour delay Tuesday due to nor’easter, Murphy announces

Murphy also issued a state of emergency that will go into effect at 8 p.m. in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties. → Read More

Here’s what a ‘state of emergency’ really means in N.J. as nor’easter looms

New Jersey has also issued a commercial vehicle ban starting at 8 p.m. for several major highways in northern counties. → Read More

N.J. declares state of emergency in 5 counties expecting most snow in nor’easter storm

The state of emergency will go into effect at 8 p.m., at the same time a commercial vehicle ban begins on multiple highways in New Jersey. → Read More

First Trump, now DeSantis. Christie taking shots at top Republicans leading presidential polling.

What do Trump and DeSantis have in common? Both are leading contenders for the Republican nomination for president in 2024. → Read More

N.J. lobbyists spent $95M to influence top politicians on special interests last year

ELEC says it’s a sign lobbying is returning to normal after spending went up after the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

N.J. boots bust of Woodrow Wilson from refurbished Statehouse, Murphy’s admin says

Gov. Phil Murphy removed the former president's desk from the temporary governor’s office in 2020 after Woodrow Wilson’s controversial stances on race led to a re-evaluation of his legacy. → Read More

N.J. will soon have custom license plates to honor historically Black fraternity

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity specialized plates will be available to honor the second oldest existing collegiate historically Black Greek Letter Fraternity, the governor’s office said. → Read More

N.J. Dems delay action on controversial bill critics say would gut independent election watchdog

“We’re working on amendments,” state Senate President Nicholas Scutari told reporters shortly after Monday's voting session. → Read More

Republicans want to boost N.J. school funding, require lower property taxes in exchange

The plan calls for between $1.2 billion to $2.95 billion to fully fund New Jersey’s schools. → Read More

Dozens of N.J. towns, schools dump state public worker health plan after big rate hike, records show

At least 31 letters were sent notifying the state that the towns or boards were instead opting for private insurers. → Read More

Fearing conservative Supreme Court, N.J. takes step to protect interracial marriage

New Jersey was among only nine states and the District of Columbia that never enacted laws banning interracial marriage. → Read More

Murphy makes surprise visit to Ukraine before trip to Germany for global security conference

Gov. Phil Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany, has been a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia's invasion of Ukraine a year ago. → Read More

Murphy leaves door open to state investigation into bullying after 14-year-old girl’s suicide

"We always look in the mirror after something like this,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at a public event in Newark. → Read More

N.J. expanding AP African American studies in 26 schools as Murphy slams DeSantis for blocking them

“We’re not the political ones here,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “We’ve got to tell the whole story of our country whether we like it or not, whether you like it or not.” → Read More

Killing of N.J. councilwoman likely not politically motivated, Murphy says

Gov. Phil Murphy, speaking during a radio interview, didn’t provide any additional details about Councilwoman’s Eunice Dwumfour death. → Read More

N.J. will spend another $38M on lead abatement, Murphy says. Here’s where it will go.

Gov. Phil Murphy called it a "growing crisis of lead exposure that affects far too many families." → Read More

Murphy ‘open-minded’ to new laws on police in N.J. after death of Tyre Nichols

The state’s Legislative Black Caucus will renew its efforts to advance bills. → Read More