Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Muñoz, a New Jersey native and former Trenton statehouse reporter for, shined a spotlight on the state’s crumbling unemployment system and won several awards for investigative reporting from the New Jersey Press Association. She was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her report on PetSmart's grooming practices, which was also recognized by the New York Press Club. Sophie speaks Spanish and is proud to connect to the Latinx community through her reporting. You can reach her at [email protected].

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Menendez attorney calls prosecutors’ evidence ‘deeply misleading’

By: - May 30, 2024

Sen. Bob Menendez's attorney Avi Weitzman argued Thursday that the collection of messages an FBI agent has spent much of this week testifying about includes errors and omits crucial context.

As Memorial Day weekend kicks off, Gov. Murphy touts boardwalk investments

By: - May 24, 2024

Boardwalk improvements are underway in 18 towns stretching from Cape May to Long Branch, state officials said Friday.

Rutgers president takes heat in Congress over handling of Gaza encampments

By: - May 24, 2024

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway’s testimony in front of the Republican-led House education committee came as lawmakers continue to grill university presidents over the Gaza encampments

After snafu cost Sen. Bramnick’s campaign $36K, senator seeks change in law on cash transfers

By: - May 23, 2024

Sen. Jon Bramnick's 2023 campaign lost $36,000 when money intended for a vendor was accidentally sent to the wrong person. Now he wants to make it illegal to keep money you were sent mistakenly.

Gov. Murphy should veto public records bill, say mayors of N.J.’s two biggest cities

By: - May 22, 2024

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop are two of the most prominent elected officials who oppose a bill that would revamp the state's public records law.

State unveils ‘new and innovative’ update to unemployment system

By: - May 21, 2024

The new process is a major improvement for people applying for unemployment insurance, state and federal officials told reporters Tuesday.

No-prescription birth control comes to N.J., but where remains a question

By: - May 21, 2024

New Jersey joins at least 29 other states that allow pharmacists to dispense certain contraceptives without a prescription, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Lawmakers look for new ways to regulate hemp, delta-8 products flooding New Jersey

By: - May 17, 2024

Stores that look like dispensaries are setting up shop in towns across New Jersey, putting CBD lotion, delta-8 gummies, and hemp products on their shelves without facing the same regulations and oversight as legal cannabis dispensaries. Now lawmakers are weighing whether those retailers should be required to get certain licensing and if the state’s Cannabis Regulatory […]

Altered votes on public records bill draw criticism

By: - May 16, 2024

The changed votes do not affect the bill's passage, but one critic said they are reflective of the chaotic, fast-tracked process the bill underwent.

NJ Transit will issue refunds for some tickets bought before June 1

By: - May 15, 2024

A new policy starting July 1 will put a 30-day expiration date on all tickets, a move that angered riders who buy bus and train tickets in advance.

Lawmaker wants to allow state officials to cap prices on medical marijuana

By: - May 15, 2024

Sen. Troy Singleton said capping prices could put pressure on the market and lead to lower prices for patients.

Lawmakers send bill overhauling public records law to Gov. Murphy’s desk

By: and - May 13, 2024

Critics have said the bill would gut the state's public records law and make it harder to expose public corruption.