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Matt Arco

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Recent articles by Matt:

Small progress made in solving N.J. judicial vacancy crisis, but critics warn things will get worse

The added number of judges will do little — if anything — to address the crisis, critics say. → 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

Newark latest N.J. city to dump state public worker health plan amid huge rate hikes

Newark’s plan with its private insurer, Aetna, goes into effect at the beginning of February. → Read More

N.J. city dumps state public worker health plan after all towns slammed with huge rate hikes

Trenton’s city council decided late last week to switch to Aetna to insure its roughly 2,000 public workers in a move its mayor says will save taxpayers $4.3 million a year. → Read More

Murphy is one of America’s most left-leaning governors. So why are N.J. progressives unhappy?

Gov. Phil Murphy's recent State of the State speech rubbed some longtime supporters the wrong way. → Read More

Murphy heading to California to talk youth mental health, meet with TV and movie execs

Gov. Phil Murphy is slated to leave Sunday afternoon and return to New Jersey on Friday. → Read More

Murphy says N.J. public colleges need tougher laws to make sure they don’t waste money

The trio of bills first need to pass the state's Democratic-controlled Legislature before they land on Murphy's desk. → Read More

N.J. judge retirement age could rise to fight ‘catastrophic’ court vacancies. Not all like the idea.

Judges are required to retire once they hit 70 years old. Legislation has been introduced that would hike the mandatory retirement to 75. → Read More

N.J. residents less optimistic about hopes for full racial equity, poll shows

A majority — 59% — of New Jersey adults say the amount of racial and ethnic diversity in the Garden State adds to the quality of life here. → Read More

Most N.J. residents approve of Murphy‘s performance but don’t know what he’s done, poll shows

Only three in 10 of people in the state said Gov. Phil Murphy achieved any major accomplishment during his years as governor, according to the poll. → Read More

READ: Full text of Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2023 State of the State address

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday delivered his fifth State of the State address, and the second of his second term. It was also the first time since the coronavirus pandemic that he gave it in person inside the Statehouse in Trenton. Here’s the full prepared text of the governor’s speech: → Read More

Murphy vows help on N.J. property taxes, car thefts, Shore businesses in State of the State speech

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday delivered his fifth State of the State address in Trenton. → Read More