New Jersey has three dozen municipalities with populations of at least 50,000. Collectively last year, they accounted for about 70 percent of the state's homicides and robberies and about half of all burglaries.
A single North Jersey county counted three baby deaths in less than two days, adding to a longer death toll of Essex County infants and newborns who may have died because of improper sleeping conditions.
Maplewood officials have suspended the police chief and requested that he immediately resign after recordings were released showing police being ordered to push black township youth into a neighboring city.
Over the past 10 years, New Jersey has seen an improvement in infant mortality rates, putting it third in the nation in that category. Despite the improvements overall, the latest data shows that black children born in the state are more than twice as likely to die in infancy than white children.