Let the Sun Shine

In a remarkable bit of timing this week, the New Jersey state Senate failed in a vote to over-ride a veto by Governor Christie of legislation that would have imposed for the first time strict legal requirements for more transparent governance at the scandal-plagued Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. More »

ACLU-NJ Disappointed in NJ Senate’s Failure to Secure Port Authority Transparency

The ACLU-NJ expressed disappointment with the New Jersey State Senate today for failing to override Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a bill to transform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) that passed the Senate unanimously. The legislation, S2181, sponsored by Senators Robert Gordon and Loretta Weinberg, would have established critical independent transparency standards for the bi-state agency, whose failures of accountability garnered national attention in the wake of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures.. More »

ACLU-NJ Sues NJ Department of Health for Denying OPRA Request on Ebola

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) filed a lawsuit in Mercer County Superior Court challenging the New Jersey Department of Health’s refusal to provide public records regarding the development and implementation of state policies and protocols about exposure to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). More »

ACLU-NJ Joins Coalition to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform will highlight the failures of New Jersey’s marijuana laws and the enormous costs of tens of thousands of arrests -- which disproportionately affect black residents -- in a campaign to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in New Jersey. More »

Civil Rights Advocates Urge NJ State Senate Committee to Severely Restrict Solitary Confinement

Members of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, a coalition of groups committed to ending solitary confinement, as currently practiced in New Jersey's jails and prisons, testified today in favor of a bill to severely restrict its use. The bill, S2588, sponsored by State Senators Peter Barnes III and Raymond Lesniak, would impose limits and safeguards that have been shown to improve both institutional and community safety. More »

ACLU-NJ Challenges State Policy Denying Legal Residents Health Care

NEWARK - The New Jersey Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in Guaman v. Velez, an immigrant rights case in which the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey submitted an amicus brief challenging the state’s discriminatory cuts to a state health insurance program for low-wage workers. The lawsuit challenges the state policy that denied participation in the state’s FamilyCare program to immigrants who have been lawful permanent residents less than five years. More »