Brent Johnson,

Brent Johnson

New Brunswick, NJ, United States

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Recent articles by Brent:

N.J. could have the first law in the U.S. requiring adults to wear a bike helmet

New Jersey could be the first state in the nation to require adult bicycle and scooter riders to wear helmets if a bill passes. → Read More

Murphy vows review of how he handled COVID crisis will be ‘completely independent’

Some Republicans are calling for a separate legislative investigation. → Read More

N.J. beginning Murphy’s long-promised review of how state handled COVID-19

Gov. Phil Murphy vowed early in the crisis to conduct a review on how the state responded to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Murphy, leaders haven’t done enough to boost N.J. businesses this year, survey says

The majority of New Jersey businesses surveyed in the annual poll also said New Jersey is at least somewhat unaffordable for businesses. → Read More

N.J. may soon set standards for students to learn about media and information literacy

It's now up to Gov. Phil Murphy to decide whether to sign the proposal into law. → Read More

2 lawmakers from heavily Republican N.J. district set to retire

That means there will be two open state Assembly seats in the district on next year's ballot. → Read More

N.J. offering $16M in grants to help college students with mental health

The money comes from federal coronavirus funds, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday. → Read More

N.J. political operative pleads guilty to conspiracy, tax charges

The longtime Democratic political operative is also the former chief of staff to the state Senate president. → Read More

Tough N.J. concealed carry gun proposal moves closer to law after fierce debate at Statehouse

The debate was hot, with one lawmaker caught on microphone calling another a choice name under his breath. → Read More

N.J. Republicans grappling with Trump’s influence as they aim to retake state Legislature

“For the sake of the party, we’ve got to rebrand, refocus. It can no longer be about one person, one state lawmaker said. → Read More

Gov. Murphy paid $185K in N.J. property taxes in 2021. Here’s what else we found in his tax returns.

The documents also show the Murphys’ income leapt to just under $5 million thanks to a robust year for the markets. → Read More

Diet pills, muscle-building supplements may be off limits to minors under N.J. proposal

A state Assembly committee approved the bill this past week. → Read More

Gov. Murphy’s income jumped by $4M in 2021, according to tax returns

Gov. Phil Murphy released partial tax returns and a tax summary Thursday. → Read More

Murphy says N.J. plans to make full pension payment for 3rd year in a row for public workers

In a speech Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy also said state leaders are working on plans to “modernize” the state’s “byzantine” liquor license law. → Read More

After outcry, Murphy halts plan to eliminate popular N.J. school-based mental health programs

Gov. Phil Murphy's administration had proposed creating a statewide network of counselors outside school using money that has supported about 90 programs in middle and high schools. → Read More

Majority of N.J. against county parties endorsing candidates in primary elections, poll finds

In New Jersey, county parties get to choose candidates who get preferential ballot treatment. It's known as "the county line." → Read More

Bear hunt to return in N.J. in early December after major reversal by Murphy

The first hunt is scheduled to take place from Dec. 5 through Dec. 10, despite vocal opposition from animal advocates. → Read More

5 things to know about new N.J. congressman Tom Kean Jr.

Republican Tom Kean Jr. defeated incumbent Democrat Tom Malinowski in Tuesday's midterm elections. → 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

Kean ousts Malinowski in N.J.’s hottest congressional race

The rematch between Rep. Tom Malinowski and former state Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. drew millions in outside spending by political party committees and their allies. → Read More