AG: NJ Police Made Nearly 25k Marijuana Possession Arrests in 2014

In light of news that New Jersey had its second-highest year for number of marijuana possession arrests in its history in 2014, New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform renewed its call for the New Jersey Legislature to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. More »

ACLU-NJ Urges Christie to Retain State's Role in Resettlement of Refugees

The ACLU-NJ sent a letter urging Governor Christie to reverse his administration's decision to terminate the State's role in resettling refugees who have fled to escape untenable conditions in their own countries. The ACLU-NJ filed public records requests with state agencies seeking details about the decision to place resettlement responsibilities solely in the hands of private organizations. More »

ACLU-NJ Defends NJ Man Ticketed For Flying Trump Flags

The ACLU of New Jersey and Eric D. Sherman, a partner with New York-based law firm Pryor Cashman, have teamed up to defend the rights of a man who was ticketed under an unconstitutional West Long Branch ordinance for flying flags supporting Donald Trump. More »

ACLU-NJ Demands Details of NJ Transit Surveillance

NEWARK - Concerned about the intrusion into New Jerseyans’ privacy, the ACLU of New Jersey has filed an Open Public Records Act request with NJ Transit seeking information about audio and video surveillance of passengers on its three light rail lines that came to light in April. The ACLU-NJ also requested copies of actual recordings of New Jerseyans’ conversations captured by NJ Transit. More »

Growing Up White in Wyckoff, the NJ Town Whose Police Chief Encouraged Racial Profiling in Email

I was fortunate to have grown up in Wyckoff, New Jersey. When I was one, my parents purchased a home with an apple tree and a pool. My mother would take me to a local farm to ride my favorite pony, Peanut. I still remember how exciting it was when a new playground was built next to the library. As soon as I learned to ride a two-wheeler, I’d ride my bike all over our little cul-de-sac. More »

Court Hears Challenge to Millions Promised By NJ Government to Divinity Schools

In the latest chapter of an ongoing battle over government sponsorship of religion, the ACLU-NJ, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the national ACLU argued today before an appeals court that New Jersey unconstitutionally granted more than $11 million to two religious institutions of higher learning. The two institutions train clergy, engage in religious instruction, and discriminate on the basis of gender or religion. The grants violate New Jersey’s constitution and civil rights law, the groups said. More

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