AdvertisementGet the newsNJ marijuana legalization: State goes ‘back door’Steve Sweeney and others have expressed full confidence that recreational marijuana will pass in New Jersey. Not if we can help it.Is tax relief on horizon in NJ?Make drug firms pay for alleged price fixingWatchdog NJLettersColumnsPoliticsNation NowNJ should seek congestion pricing deal The Gov. Murphy administration needs to sit down and do the hard negotiating with Gov. Cuomo’s people on congrestion pricing in midtown Manhattan. NJ’s best school rankings? Time for reassessment: Editorial Monmouth and Ocean counties' educators need to take an in-depth look at what they can be doing to prepare students for life beyond high school. NJ marijuana legalization: Medical marijuana could move on without recreational legal weed NJ should give citizens ample opportunity to register their feelings at public hearings and to have their concerns addressed on the state's website. Stop dumbing down, dividing us: Editorial The cable networks should pick one issue a week. Devote an hour of program a night to debating and discussing it. NJ medical marijuana: Better than Ibuprofen? Medical weed has been used to relieve symptoms for certain conditions. But NJ Gov. Phil Murphy may have overreached on the latest medical pot bill, Mueller report paints troubling picture: Editorial More answers must be made available for all Americans to judge for themselves whether collusion or obstruction occurred. SDA head finally getting a critical look Why on earth is Lizette Delgado-Polanco still in charge at NJ's Schools Development Authority? 7 more reasons to stop legal weed in NJ Once again, forces opposed to legalized recreational marijuana in NJ will have to organize prior to another attempted vote. Cory Booker hops on the reparation bandwagon Democrats pushing reparation gives Donald Trump another piece of red meat with which to portray them as radicals out of step with most Americans. Editorial: How to relieve middle class pain The Asbury Park Press will be focusing on ways to make life in New Jersey better and more affordable for the middle class. End charter schools exploitation: Editorial Gov. Phil Murphy and the Legislature must improve the transparency and oversight of private entities that own and operate NJ's charter schools. NJ gas tax: When more is less (revenue) New Jersey's last vestige of a relatively low tax -- the gasoline tax -- is forever gone. Make pot crime expungement fit crime: Editorial If you want to stop legal weed, you will have to keep the pressure on NJ legislators — with phone calls, emails and research. Assisted suicide NJ:: State allows it NJ's Aid in Dying bill provides patients and families with options that can be pursued with dignity and compassion. NJ marijuana legalization: Top 10 reasons to oppose it In advance of possible votes on legalization of recreational pot in NJ, we make our closing argument for the most important reasons for rejecting it NJ marijuana legalization: Stop recreational weed New Jersey seems to be fast-tracking the legalization of recreational marijuana. This is a bad idea for the Garden State. NJ marijuana legalization editorial: Don’t rush without getting answers first The best approach to NJ marijuana legalization is one that is cautious, comprehensive and fact-based. It should learn from other states' missteps. First, check state’s school aid math: Editorial The nj school funding formula instituted last year created winners and losers. Some districts in the two Shore counties were among those hit hardest. Let the paring to NJ budget begin: Editorial Gov. Phil Murphy's budget proposal was just that: a proposal. It's unlikely it will end up looking much like what he presented today, Frightful portrait of a president: Editorial Michael Cohen presents frightful portrait of President Trump Don’t require release of tax returns: Editorial If there is any effort to require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns it should be done at the federal level. Act to rid NJ of bad cops: Editorial Until NJ makes the safety of residents and integrity of police officers a priority, rogue cops will continue to put the public at risk. Now let’s fix the immigration system: Editorial Now that the issue of the border wall is mostly behind Congress, it can begin to fix more substantial problems with our immigration system. Taxes drag down Murphy poll numbers: Editorial Gov. Murphy's poll numbers should be a wake-up call that his progressive policies may not only stall his agenda but shorten his political career. Water infrastructure bill not a ‘rain tax’ New Jersey's so-called rain tax is actually a serious, badly needed plan to rebuild the state's water infrastructure. Further reforms needed to address rogue cops: Editorial But more must be done in NJ to hold bad police officers accountable, something Gov. Murphy, AG Grewel and state legislators have been reluctant to do. Murphy recall bid not entirely futile: Bergmann The goal of the effort to oust NJ Gov. Phil Murphy should not be just to recall him, but to slow him down. Exodus from New Jersey continues: Editorial Hopefully, there are enough responsible adults in NJ's Statehouse chambers to begin a new tradition - fiscal responsibility. Will Belmar lawsuit sink or swim? Editorial The odds of three veteran lifeguards winning their age discrimination lawsuit against Belmar, should it ever go to trial, are virtually nil. Mediocre report card for Murphy : Editorial If Phil Murphy received the grades in high school that we gave him in his first year as NJ governor, he never would have been admitted to Harvard. 5 red cards for sports complex: Editorial There are at least five good reasons the Jackson NJ Planning Board should reject the application for a 200-acre, Trophy Park sports complexbo Heed climate change warnings: Editorial The latest federal report on climate change strongly underscores what we already know. We’re in trouble. Asbury, iStar must find common ground: EditorialHospital safety checkups are healthy: Editorial The latest Leapfrog healthy safety survey is welcome news. But NJ hospital administrators and staff must be careful to guard against backsliding. Our election picks: Here’s who the Asbury Park Press has endorsed An abbreviated recap of our endorsements for candidates in New Jersey's congressional and freeholder races. Kim in 3rd Congressional District: Endorsement Congressman Tom MacArthur's views are extreme for his district. Andy Kim is a far better choice to represent NJ's 3rd district and the nation. Re-elect Pallone in 6th District: Endorsement Rep. Frank Pallone of NJ's 6th Congressional District deserves to be returned to Washington. Re-elect Smith in 4th District: Endorsement We have disagreed with Chris Smith on some issues, but we have never questioned his integrity. He is the best choice for the 4th District. Opioid crisis in NJ growing worse: Editorial Six years after the deadly opioid crisis took hold in NJ, and despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent to stop its spread, it has gotten worse Support Aid in Dying bill: Editorial The Aid in Dying Bill provides patients and families with some peace of mind that when the end is near and the suffering is great. Pot shot at legal marijuana: Editorial It may be too late to change NJ legislators’ minds about legalizing recreational pot, but here is our last-ditch effort to change some minds. ‘Vaping’ poses threat to youth: Editorial Vaping products may be flavorful, but they are not candy; they are harmful, and they are especially harmful to children. Time to drain N.J. swamp again: Editorial New Jersey has long had a well-deserved reputation for corruption. There is no reason to believe it has become any less corrupt in recent days. PARCC testing still here, but defanged: Editorial Done right, the transition period during the two years it is being fully eliminated in NJ could yield a better way of assessing students.