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NJ Transit eyes rapid-bus system

To reduce traffic congestion and ease commutes from South Jersey to Philadelphia, transit planners want a $46 million "bus rapid transit" system on the heavily traveled corridor that includes Routes 55 and 42, and I-676. The proposed NJ Transit system would allow
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Winners and losers under Christie's school budget

The first details are out about Gov. Christie's trumpeted increase in state aid for public schools next year, showing a much more complicated picture that means big increases for some schools and sharp cuts for others. In all, 95 districts would get less, from a cut of 13 percent down…
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Red knot shorebird designated endangered species in N.J.

Wildlife officials said that the new status, a change from threatened, did not add protections. However, it is formal recognition that despite years of efforts to help the bird, its numbers continue to decline. The red knot population on the bay is about 15,000, down from nearly 100,000 two decades…
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Online sales-tax bill is introduced

A sales-tax exemption measure designed to encourage major online retailers to locate in New Jersey has been introduced in the Legislature.The bill would help alleviate disparities between online retailers, who are not required to collect New Jersey's 7 percent sales tax unless they have a physical presence in the state,…
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Christie not doing enough to ease property tax burden on N.J. residents

In response to the governor's budget proposal Tuesday, Democrats, who control the Senate and Assembly, say the governor should forgo the income-tax cut and redirect that revenue to offset New Jerseyans' property taxes, a plan they say is fairer.
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A blue oasis in a sea of red and yellow

High property taxes consistently rank as one of NJ voters' biggest concerns. A color coded, interactive map shows property tax changes from 2009-2011 during the first two years of Gov. Chris Christie’s tenure. Data includes the total tax levy, total tax rate, average home value, property tax bill on that…
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Poll: Most in N.J. oppose merger of Rowan and Rutgers-Camden

More than half of New Jersey’s registered voters disapprove of a proposed merger of Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Tuesday. According to the poll, 57 percent of 914 adults interviewed by phone between Feb. 9 and 11 oppose the plan. Twenty-two percent support a merger…
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Garden State Company Converts Biomass into 'Green Gasoline'

Primus Green Energy hopes to break ground next year on commercial plant. It may only amount to a drop in the bucket for a nation as thirsty for oil as the United States, but a Hillsborough company is betting it can convert wood pellets and other biomass into a renewable…
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N.J. Senate passes same-sex marriage bill

Legislation that would let gay couples marry in New Jersey was passed Monday by the state Senate but would need to add three supporters to overcome Gov. Chris Christie’s promised veto. The Senate passed the bill, 24-16, adding 10 supporters since the bill failed 14-20 in January 2010. If the…
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Wired MD: NJ Plugs Into Funding to Digitize Patient Records

New Jersey announced a milestone Thursday in the long journey to convert the state’s hospitals and physicians to electronic medical records: Nearly $40 million in federal incentive funds is flowing this week from Medicaid to the first 70 healthcare providers in New Jersey to go digital. Over the next decade,…
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More Andrews trips in question

Rep. Rob Andrews used political contributions to make multiple trips to Los Angeles that coincided with recording sessions there for his teenaged daughter, campaign records show. A Washington-based watchdog group on Wednesday renewed its call for an independent audit of Andrews’ campaign spending. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) said…
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