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U.S. Rep. Chris Smith discusses International Megan's Law. He's joined by Richard Kanka, Jeremy Kanka and former state Sen. Peter Inverso. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith discusses International Megan's Law. He's joined by Richard Kanka, Jeremy Kanka and former state Sen. Peter Inverso. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Next step for Megan’s Law: Passport stamps marking sex offenders

The 1994 murder of a 7-year-old New Jersey girl by a repeat sex offender that prompted Megan’s Law has now gone international.

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Gov.-elect Phil Murphy greets people before addressing the New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy greets people before addressing the New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Murphy: NJ ‘poised to be the comeback story of this nation’

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy stuck to familiar themes from the campaign while speaking to the League of Municipalities. He didn't address interest arbitration.

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Guests Arrive For White House State Dinner For UK Prime Minister Cameron
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Proposal would make sex-harassment settlements public in NJ

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg says workplace sexual misconduct persists in part because nondisclosure agreements keep bad behavior secret.

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Attorney General Christopher Porrino announces the SAFE STOP campaign at Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Attorney General Christopher Porrino announces the SAFE STOP campaign at Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Know how to behave in a traffic stop and stay safe, NJ says

Coming soon to a TV or movie screen near you: Ads produced by the state of giving the public tips on how to behave if pulled over.

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American High School in Newark
American High School in Newark (Google Street View)
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NJ schools among the most segregated — and getting worse, report says

A new study finds school segregation in New Jersey isn’t getting much better for black students – and has gotten notably more severe for Hispanic ones.

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Bill Clinton Campaigns With Democratic NJ Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy
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Gov.-elect Murphy appoints mostly minorities, women to lead transition

Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy names the members of the policy committees that will provide reports summarizing key issues and what to do about them.

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SPCA officers listen to testimony at a Senate hearing in Trenton. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
SPCA officers listen to testimony at a Senate hearing in Trenton. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Push underway to shift animal welfare from SPCA to counties

Sen. Ray Lesniak says legislation giving counties responsibility for enforcing animal cruelty laws will be ready in a week and pass by January.

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Assembly Speaker-elect Craig Coughlin (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Speaker-elect Craig Coughlin (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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New Assembly speaker: No word on pot, but yes on gun control

Assembly Democrats made official Monday what had been apparent since early summer: Craig Coughlin of Woodbridge will become speaker in January.

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The flag at half-staff over the Statehouse in Trenton
The flag at half-staff over the Statehouse in Trenton (Governor's Office)
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Lame start for lame-duck legislative session in Trenton

Post-election legislative sessions start more slowly when a new governor is elected. But so far, there's not even a schedule.

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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ GOP leader: Ditch tax hike & we’ll meet halfway on minimum wage

A GOP leader says Republicans could back a minimum wage hike — if it's scaled back, paired with a middle-class tax cut and Democrats abandoning tax hikes.

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