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Auto insurance is getting even more expensive for 1.2 million NJ drivers in the new year

As many as 1.2 million New Jersey drivers will begin paying more for their auto insurance in the new year under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that increased the minimum amount of liability insurance drivers need to have in the state.

Drivers affected by the controversial law can expect to pay around $125 more a year per car for insurance, according to industry officials. It goes into effect on New Year’s Day.

The new law hiked the minimum amount of liability coverage previously allowed from $15,000 to $25,000. Baked into the legislation is another increase in minimum liability coverage to $35,000 in 2026, so drivers can expect to pay even more in three years.

Industry officials said at the time the bill was debated it would affect 1.1 million drivers. But the state’s Department of Banking and Insurance, which has oversight over insurers, said there’s an estimated 1.1 million to 1.2 million vehicles with the current minimum coverage.

Overall, there are 5,970,000 private passenger vehicles insured in New Jersey, according to DOBI.

Proponents of the law argued that victims of crashes haven’t always been able to have their medical bills covered in full because of the low coverage option.

Gary LaSpisa, the vice president of the Insurance Council of New Jersey, said at the time the average settlement for accidents with injuries was $18,000. The group supported the hike on the minimum coverage based on the gap in what’s allowed and the average settlement rate in the state, but it ultimately withdrew support for the bill because of the automatic increase in 2026.

The measure was highly controversial when it was debated in Trenton in June.

New Jersey’s most powerful state lawmaker, state Senate President Nicholas Scutariintroduced more than a half-dozen bills that opponents

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GOP group endorses Nevada’s Democratic attorney general

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Thirteen Nevada Republicans announced a new coalition on Monday to endorse Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford in his re-election bid against their party’s nominee, Sigal Chattah, a right-wing candidate who bested a more moderate Republican primary contender.

The announcement of “Republicans for Ford,” first ford-for-ag-2612743/” class=””reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, signals a major shift in party support as the group is headlined by a former rival of Ford’s — former state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, along with former GOP Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian.

“Now, more than ever, it is time to put duty to the state and country above partisan politics,” said Roberson, who has sparred with Ford over funding education with marijuana tax revenue and in Carson City, when Ford was Senate Majority Leader and Roberson was Senate Minority Leader at the same time. He also called Chattah “unhinged” and a “charlatan.”

Chattah won the June Republican primary by 11 percentage points over Tisha Black, a more moderate candidate who had the backing of Nevada’s Republican establishment. A Las Vegas-based lawyer, she is one of a few right-wing GOP candidates in Nevada who won their primary races against more moderate opponents. Chattah sued Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak over pandemic restrictions on behalf of a church and has often painted Black as a Democratic sympathizer throughout the primary.

Others who have signed on to the effort include former US Rep. Jon Porter; Jodi Stephens, former Republican caucus director for the Nevada State Senate; and Herb Santos, a Nevada representative to the Republican Trial Lawyers, a group that lobbies Republican members of Congress. Five other Republicans in the group are listed as lobbyists.

“General Ford has a stellar track record of keeping Nevadans safe and protecting our rights,” Tarkanian said. “On the other hand,

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