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Governor Murphy is hoping to become the first Democrat to be re-elected governor in New Jersey since 1977. But his Republican challenger, Jack Ciattarelli, is gaining momentum. Matthew Hale is an associate professor of political science at Seton Hall University. He talks about the state of the gubernatorial race -- and what he'll be watching.…
 
Yellow cab drivers have been protesting outside City Hall for over a month now. They want the city to do more to reduce debt for medallion owners. Now, some have gone on a hunger strike. Many drivers took out loans when taxi medallions were worth nearly a million dollars. Now, the medallion market has collapsed — and many drivers can’t make monthly…
 
In recent years, social justice advocates have been calling on museums to use our current political and cultural moment to reevaluate their roles in their communities. And now, in that spirit, the Newark Museum of Art in New Jersey is hosting several Zoom programs this week as a series called "The Moral Pandemic: A Racial and Gender Equity Summit."…
 
Starting this week, residents in some parts of New York and New Jersey who are used to 7-digit dialing for local calls have to start using area codes. The transition is to prepare for a big change to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline next summer. WNYC’s Katherine Fung reports. See additional details on Gothamist.…
 
Former President Barack Obama was in Newark on Saturday to stump for Governor Phil Murphy's reelection and kick off New Jersey's in-person early voting period. This year marks the first time the state will offer in-person early voting, which runs through October 31st. "You can't be tired. Go out there!" Obama told a crowd gathered at Weequahic Park…
 
Now that we can return to the theater, so many shows are opening — or reopening — all at once that it can be hard to keep track of what is out there and what's worth seeing. WNYC’s Culture editor Jennifer Vanasco talked to Weekend Edition host David Furst about two shows she liked that opened recently: "Thoughts of a Colored Man" on Broadway and "P…
 
After launching in parts of Harlem this summer, New York City is planning to expand a pilot program that enables 911 to dispatch teams that are led by social workers to mental health calls instead of the NYPD. The B-HEARD program will cover all of Harlem by early November before expanding into the Bronx. But new data released Friday suggests that e…
 
New York City’s drinking water may regularly be compared to champagne, but for the next few months, it might contain earthy and musty notes instead of its usual, pristine bouquet. But WNYC's Danny Lewis reports there is no reason to be alarmed—the funky flavor, while unpleasant to some, is harmless. The city's Department of Environmental Protection…
 
It's been more than a month since New York City students returned to the classroom, and for many, reunions with friends and the return to routine has been a joyful relief. But educators said many are also struggling. Some schools are reporting a spike in confrontations, as the city rolls out enhanced supports for mental health.…
 
Two police officers who were caught on camera Tuesday forcibly ejecting a subway passenger who asked them to wear a mask, will be disciplined. This comes as the MTA is trying to increase mask use on mass transit. The Chairman of the MTA says these officers, and the many others who have been spotted in the subway system without masks, are underminin…
 
Newark's police department will no longer release mugshots of people arrested for minor offenses like prostitution or harassment. Public Safety Director Brian O'Hara said mugshots remain in the public domain even when someone is cleared of wrongdoing, and that risks public shaming. "Some folks can get a hold of it, it can go viral and get completel…
 
The centerpiece of Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to fight climate change is a wind turbine factory and shipping terminal in south Jersey. But just 30 miles away, a port for fracked gas is proposed, and that has angered climate change activists. “This is a huge issue not just for this fall, but for ongoing,” said Doug O'Malley, director of Environment New…
 
One of New Jersey's largest health care providers has fired more than 100 employees for failing to take all their COVID-19 vaccines. RWJ Barnabas Health, which operates 11 hospitals across the state, gave its more than 35,000 workers until last week to get fully vaccinated. A spokeswoman said 99.7% of employees complied but 118 people were fired. R…
 
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