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New Jersey Lottery game card (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ lawmakers taking closer look at approving lottery-to-pensions deal

Less than two weeks remain before the date Gov. Chris Christie hopes the Legislature approves a complicated transaction involving the pension funds and lottery.

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NJ lawmakers striking out in bid to learn Statehouse project details

There’s still scarce detail available about a nearly $300 million Statehouse renovation project due to start within weeks, unless lawsuits knock it off course.

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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2016 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Trenton, N.J. Vice President-elect Mike Pence will lead President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, replacing Christie. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2016 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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NJ hoping to raise $200M from stepped-up tax enforcement

The state is counting on stepped-up enforcement and better responsiveness from its Division of Taxation to bring in an extra $200 million for the budget.

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State Treasurer Ford Scudder details a plan to contribute the New Jersey Lottery to the state pension funds. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
State Treasurer Ford Scudder details a plan to contribute the New Jersey Lottery to the state pension funds. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ details latest plan for paying for retirement: Hit up the lottery

State Treasurer Ford Scudder details plan to boost the value of public-worker pension funds by handing it the New Jersey Lottery for three decades.

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(Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
(Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ’s $300M Statehouse renovation may actually cost taxpayers $500M

Statehouse renovation, which will cost around $500 million to repay including interest, will not require direct approval by the Legislature or voters.

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A view of the Statehouse in Trenton on Feb. 16, 2017. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
(Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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That $300 million Statehouse renovation? Full-speed ahead, with no clear direction

Lawmakers seeking details about the Statehouse renovations slated to start this summer got precious few in their initial budget hearings with the state treasurer.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $262 Million
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Will programs take hit if pension funds take over NJ Lottery?

Lawmakers seem willing to act on Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to prop up pension funds by handing over the NJ Lottery to them, though they’re anxious for more details.

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Assembly Budget Committee holds a hearing looking at state revenues for the 2018 budget. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Budget Committee holds a hearing looking at state revenues for the 2018 budget. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Will you be audited? NJ Treasury boosts enforcement to collect more taxes

The number of state Treasury Department auditors is down nearly 30 percent over eight years – but that's about to change.

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Poster boards showing deteriorating conditions of the Statehouse are displayed at a legislative hearing on Jan. 12, 2017. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NI)
Poster boards showing deteriorating conditions of the Statehouse are displayed at a legislative hearing on Jan. 12, 2017. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NI)
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NJ lawmakers push back on Christie’s $300M plan for Statehouse renovation

The state treasurer says it would be a waste of money to limit the Statehouse project to essential repairs. A senator says he'll go to court if the plan isn't changed.

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NJEA headquarters (Kevin McArdle, NJ101.5 news)
NJEA headquarters (Kevin McArdle, NJ101.5 news)
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Teachers union getting in the way of Christie’s budget plan to cut health costs

Gov. Chris Christie’s intention to save a quarter-billion dollars through changes to the health plans for public workers and retirees has hit a major snag.

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