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Christie Defends Renovation Project At Statehouse

Governor Christie is brushing off lawsuits filed in an effort to stop renovation of the statehouse in Trenton. Christie says financing was done properly and people who are suing are running for governor or trying to score political points.  The state recently approved bonding on the same day it sold 300-million-dollars in bonds for work…

Budget Shortfall Delays Property Tax Relief For Elderly, Disabled

Some property owners in New Jersey will have to wait several more months to get some tax relief.  The Christie administration announced on Tuesday that it will delay payments on a property tax relief program as part of a plan to close a 527-million-dollar budget shortfall.  Officials say payments in the Homestead Benefit program will…

Air Quality Alert Issued For All NJ Counties

An air quality alert is being issued for all 21 New Jersey counties.  This, as May's first big blast of heat and humidity arrives today. Temperatures are expected to reach 90 in Trenton and 89 in Newark and could smash records.  The Department of Environmental Protection says expect air quality to approach or even exceed…

Lawmakers Sue To Block Renovation Of Statehouse

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking a court to block the 300-million-dollar renovation of the historic Statehouse.  The lawsuit was filed Monday by State Senators Ray Lesniak, Christopher Bateman and Mike Doherty.  Bateman and Dougherty are Republicans, Lesniak is a Democrat.  They say the spending plan should have been approved by the state Legislature.…

Union Co. Files Challenge To New Charter School

Education officials in Union County are asking the state to stop the opening of a charter school.  Officials in the town of Linden allege that the school's application contains fraudulent information about the level of community support and involvement in the school.  The Union Arts and Science Charter School is scheduled to open in September…

NJ Lawmaker Unveils Bill To Legalize Marijuana

  A state lawmaker has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, despite vocal opposition from Governor Christie.  Senator Nicholas Scutari unveiled the bill at a news conference in the state capital Monday afternoon.  He said he is laying the groundwork to pass the law as soon as Gov. Christie leaves office.  The bill…

NTSB Investigators Taking Over Probe Into Deadly Teterboro Plane Crash

NTSB investigators are arriving later today to take over the probe into that deadly North Jersey plane crash.  A Learjet 35, bound from Philadelphia to Teterboro Airport, crashed in Carlstadt yesterday afternoon as it was coming in for a landing.  The pilot and co-pilot were killed but, miraculously, no one on the ground was hurt.…

Falling Tree Kills Passaic Man At Mother's Day Barbecue

  A Passaic man is dead after a heavy tree limb came crashing down during a Mother's Day backyard barbecue. It happened at around 4:30 yesterday afternoon when lightning struck a tree on Paulison Avenue during a flash storm. A 28-year-old man, a young father, was killed. Six other people were hurt, suffering mild to…

Hoboken Terminal Has Reopened Following Deadly 2016 Crash

Parts of Hoboken Terminal damaged in last September's deadly train derailment are open again.  The wall that was blocking the Concourse has finally been taken down, so commuters no longer have to snake through the waiting room to get to PATH trains.  Track 6, one of two tracks closed for repairs, is also up and…

Neptune City Man To Be Arraigned In Murder Of Sarah Stern

A Neptune City man is being arraigned today in the murder of Sarah Stern.  Liam McAtasney is charged with strangling the 19-year-old last December and then dumping her body from a bridge into the Shark River in Belmar.  His friend, Peston Taylor, will testify against McAtasney after pleading guilty to helping him hide and then…