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Trump Reportedly To Name Christie To Head Opioid Commission

There are reports President Trump plans to name Governor Chris Christie as chairman of a commission aimed at fighting the nation's opioid problem.  The move was first announced Friday by "The Washington Post," which reports Christie has been working with Trump senior advisor Jared Kushner on the issue for the past few weeks. "NJ Advance…

Long-Time South Brunswick Mayor Dies At 81

South Brunswick's mayor is dead at the age of 81.  Frank Gambatese died Saturday morning after a brief illness.  He'd been in office for 20 years, making him the longest-serving mayor in South Brunswick history.  He previously served as mayor of West Paterson, which is now known as Woodland Park.  The viewing for Gambatese will…

Hundreds Expected To Attend Pro Trump Rally In Seaside

Hundreds are expected to turn out to a President Trump rally and march on the Seaside Heights boardwalk tomorrow.  Seaside Heights police say they and other communities are going to be sending officers to make sure everything goes smoothly.  The Make America Great Again march is expected to start at Franklin Avenue on the boardwalk…

City Of Elizabeth Outlaws Using Furniture For Parking Spots

Elizabeth is banning the use of furniture to save parking spots on city streets.  City officials say any furniture placed on the street, to mark a spot as reserved, will be tossed into the trash.  Some residents have been using pieces of furniture or objects, like chairs and garbage pails, in locations where parking can…

Kal Penn To Speak At Kean Commencement

Actor Kal Penn will speak at Kean University's commencement ceremony this year.  Penn, who was born in Montclair, will speak at the ceremony on May 18th.  There's no word on whether Penn will be paid but Kean has reportedly given celebrity speakers like filmmaker Spike Lee and singer-songwriter John Legend a speaking fee of 25-thousand…

Linden Mayor Denies Assaulting Veteran Firefighter

The mayor of Linden is denying that he assaulted a firefighter at a fundraising event last week. Veteran firefighter Christopher Lukenda claims the assault happened during a fundraiser for the police department at the Amici III Ristorante on West Elizabeth Avenue Friday.  Lukenda has filed a complaint in municipal court but hasn't elaborated on what…

Middlesex County Man Sentenced In Beating Death Of Student

A Middlesex County man will serve 40 years in prison for the beating death of a former Rutgers college student.  Forty-one-year-old Timothy Puskas was convicted of the murder of 22-year-old William McCaw in January.  McCaw previously attended Rutgers but transferred to Kean University shortly before his death.  Prosecutors say McCaw was walking home from a…

Arrests Made After Bodies Found In RHONJ Star's Car

  Two Paterson men are arrested in the killings of two other men found dead in a burning car owned by "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Kim DePaola.  Twenty-six-year-old Clarence Williams and 28-year-old Gerry Thomas are in custody on a slew of charges, including felony murder.  Twenty-seven-year-old Aaron Anderson and 25-year-old Antonio Vega Junior…

Perth Amboy Police Release Sketch Of Man Found Dead

Authorities in Perth Amboy are asking the public's help in identifying a man found dead last summer. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced yesterday that a composite sketch has been released of the victim, who was discovered in the woods near Herbert Street and Riverview Drive on August 12th.  Forensic experts have determined he…

Shooting Inside Off-Duty Cop's Manville Home

Officials are investigating a shooting inside an off duty cop's home in Somerset County.  Police say one person was shot just before midnight inside the officer's house in Manville.  Police say the officer heard noises, grabbed his gun and confronted the suspect, believed to be a burglar.  There's no word at this point on the…