New Jersey Monthly’s 10 Must-Reads of 2016

Didn't have time to read our best stories of 2016? We've compiled them here just for you.

Read on for some of our best reporting from the past year on issues impacting New Jerseyans, including our state’s dismal dental care gap and high schools that are making a difference for our inner-city youth.

1. The Last Nest: Saving Our Bald Eagle Population

Photo courtesy of K. Clark

Photo courtesy of K. Clark

January 2016: Against all odds, wildlife experts have helped New Jersey’s bald eagles rebound from a single pair to a thriving population. By Jim Wright

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2. Exclusive: Inside Bridgegate

Gov. Chris Christie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images Platt/Getty Images

February 2016: In this exclusive excerpt from Matt Katz’s new book, American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption, learn about the shock waves that rippled through Christie’s inner circle as the news spread. By Matt Katz

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3. Women Who Brew, Changing the Face of Beer

Backward Flag co-founder Torie Fisher.

Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

March 2016: A growing number of determined, multitasking females are making their mark on the traditionally male-dominated beer scene. By Tara Nurin

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4. Boomtown: The Rise of Jersey City

The Jersey City skyline will undergo significant changes in the coming years.

Photo by Jennifer S. Altman

July 2016: Jersey City’s resurgence delights some, but worries others. We take a tour with Steven Fulop, a mayor committed to keeping his city gritty. By Kevin Coyne

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5. Left Behind: New Jersey’s Dental-Care Gap

Karen Hankerson, 13, takes a selfie with Dr. Nicole McGrath at her private practice in Montclair. Photo by Andy Foster

Photo by Andy Foster

July 2016: Despite the efforts of pro bono dentists, oral health is a struggle for low-income families and others in need throughout New Jersey. By Joanna Buffum

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6. Endangered Zone: How Can Jersey’s Imperiled Species Survive?

Photo credit: Steve Greer

Photo credit: Steve Greer

July 2016: Across New Jersey, more than 80 species—from birds to bobcats—are imperiled by loss of habitat and other man-made threats. Wildlife advocates and state agencies are rushing to their rescue, but funds are limited. By Breanne McCarthy

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7. Urban Success Stories

A business law class. at Elizabeth High School.

Photo by Christopher Lane

September 2016: These exceptional high schools provide a road map for teaching inner-city kids. By Leslie Garisto Pfaff

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8. The Fragile Generation: Food Allergies On the Rise

Illustration by Ellen Weinstein

Illustration by Ellen Weinstein

September 2016: The increase in life-threatening food allergies among children has changed the public school experience. By Joanna Buffum

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9. Veterans Remember the Best Years of Their Lives

Photo by Dave Moser

Photo by Dave Moser

November 2016: At the Veterans Home in Vineland, old soldiers enjoy companionship and shared memories, some painful, some sweet. By Kevin Coyne

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10. A Night in Trauma

Photo by Fred R. Conrad

Photo by Fred R. Conrad

November 2016: Gunshot wound? Blow to the head? Crushed hand? There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself in one of New Jersey’s three Level I trauma centers. By Leslie Garisto Pfaff

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