Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Munoz is a reporter for the New Jersey Monitor, a sibling site of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

N.J. lawsuit challenges law that shields home addresses of judges, law enforcement

By: - July 13, 2023

The law is is unconstitutional when applied to journalists seeking to report on public officials, the litigation argues.

PFAS are nicknamed "forever chemicals" because they do not break down naturally, so they've seeped into our water and soil. (Getty Images)

N.J. activists, business leaders testify on plan to regulate ‘forever chemicals’

By: - June 9, 2023

During a nearly two hour hearing Thursday on so-called forever chemicals, environmental activists applauded a bill that would regulate the substances while business leaders questioned how feasible regulations would be.

N.J. state senator waters down plan to ban non-flushable wipes

By: - May 15, 2023

Requiring a 'do not flush' label is a common sense approach that will benefit both industries and consumers, the bill's sponsor said.

Hemp Social, which has several locations in Hudson County, sells CBD and delta-8 derived products. (Sophie Nieto-Muñoz | New Jersey Monitor)

In New Jersey, with cannabis stores slow to open, worries over delta-8 sales grow

By: - April 24, 2023

Critics say illicit, inferior products threaten the legal recreational market.

Transgender Flag held in the sky.

N.J. Gov. Murphy declares Garden State a ‘safe haven’ for transgender, nonbinary people

By: - April 5, 2023

New Jersey is estimated to be home to more than 30K transgender and nonbinary residents, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA.

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

In New Jersey, bill would track deadly car crashes caused by cannabis impairment

By: - April 3, 2023

Experts say exploring a link between marijuana use and car crashes may not be easy.

High cost of legal cannabis in New Jersey irks customers

By: - January 12, 2023

Garden State officials concede that prices are high, but say that will change as more dispensaries open.

N.J. implements new rules targeting power plants

By: - January 4, 2023

The rules require new power plants to keep their hourly carbon dioxide emissions below 860 megawatts per hour, ban the sale of certain fuel oil, and limit applications of fossil fuel generating units.

The new regulation is part of the Murphy administration's push to expand access to abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court's Dodd decision. (Dana DiFilippo | New Jersey Monitor).

N.J. Gov. Murphy’s admin proposes abortion coverage mandate in some health plans

By: - November 30, 2022

New Jersey would be the eighth state to require abortion coverage in private health insurance plans.