NJ governor’s race 2021: conversations on key issues

Forward of past week’s discussion amongst Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Jack Ciattarelli, his Republican challenger, NJ Spotlight Information hosted a series of conversations about crucial troubles in the race for governor. Below are those conversations amongst members of the NJ Highlight News crew and leading voices on those people issues. And for much more on the race for governor and this year’s elections, go in this article for all of the coverage from NJ Spotlight News.

Climate adjust: An urgent difficulty that figures little in NJ governor’s election


Tom Johnson, strength/atmosphere reporter for NJ Spotlight News and Jon Hurdle, a correspondent for NJ Highlight Information, moderated the party. Taking part panelists ended up Robert Kopp, director of Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, co-director of Coastal Climate Hazard & Resilience initiative, and a lead writer of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Adjust sixth assessment report Ken Lacovara, Dean of the University of Earth & Ecosystem at Rowan University and Scott Weiner, principal with Observed Associates, a previous commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection & Power and former president of the New Jersey Board of General public Utilities.

With a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Weather Alter warning that the entire world is managing out of time to keep away from the worst effects of weather transform, the panel questioned why the issue has rarely emerged throughout this fall’s gubernatorial campaign in New Jersey.

Tackling social justice issues in NJ


Serving as moderators were NJ Highlight Information senior writer and projects editor Colleen O’Dea and Michael Hill, host of Morning Version on WNYC. Participating panelists had been Ami Kachalia, campaign strategist with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Andrea McChristian, legislation and policy director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and Monika Williams Shealey, senior vice president for diversity, fairness and inclusion at Rowan University.

The dialogue protected a broad vary of social justice concerns that impact New Jersey inhabitants.

NJ’s economic local weather and point out funds


Serving as moderators had been NJ Highlight Information business correspondent Rhonda Schaffler and NJ Spotlight News budget/finance writer John Reitmeyer. Taking part panelists were being Christopher Emigholz, vice president of government affairs, taxation and financial advancement for the New Jersey Organization & Sector Affiliation Dr. Charles Steindel, previous main economist for the New Jersey Division of Treasury and Sheila Reynertson, a senior coverage analyst with New Jersey Coverage Perspective.

The discussion delved into troubles related to the condition finances and taxes, like property taxes — a perennial worry for New Jersey citizens.

Debating the condition of overall health care — and COVID-19 — in NJ


Joining NJ Highlight News’ Well being Care Writer Lilo H. Stainton and Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan were being Dr. Shereef Elnahal, president and CEO of Newark’s University Healthcare facility and previous point out wellness commissioner Dean of the Rutgers College of Community Wellbeing Perry Halkitis, and Dr. Annette Reboli, Dean of the Cooper Professional medical Faculty of Rowan University.

The discussion touched on the state’s function to shield nursing households from the pandemic, the problems included with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and the debate about whether or not kids should put on face masks.

Murphy vs . Ciattarelli: The point out of instruction


Becoming a member of NJ Highlight News’ Founding Editor John Mooney and Correspondent Joanna Gagis were being previous point out Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, Pleasantville Superintendent Nataki Chestnut-Lee and Gaëtane Jean-Marie, dean of training at Rowan University.

The wide-ranging dialogue bundled the state’s response and responsibilities in faculties close to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trenton’s position in funding New Jersey’s public instruction procedure, and the state’s learning expectations and tests systems.