January 26, 2020
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Bridge Linking NJ Shore Towns to Close For Months of Emergency Repairs – NBC New York

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A bridge that links two towns on the New Jersey shore is expected to close for several months of emergency repairs, officials said.

The Ocean Avenue Shark River Bridge, which connects Avon-by-the-Sea and Belmar, will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians after the contract is awarded in the next two weeks, according to a statement from Monmouth County released this week.

Limited marine traffic will still be able to pass under the bridge.

The steel pinions that support the bridge where it opens and closes have deteriorated and need to be repaired, inspectors said.

The bridge is…

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A scandal in Oxford: the curious case of the stolen gospel – The Guardian

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To visit Dr Dirk Obbink at Christ Church College, Oxford, you must first be ushered by a bowler-hatted porter into the stately Tom Quad, built by Cardinal Wolsey before his spectacular downfall in 1529. Turn sharp right, climb a flight of stairs, and there, behind a door on which is pinned a notice advertising a 2007 college arts festival, you will find Obbink’s rooms. Be warned: you may knock on the door in vain. Since October, he has been suspended from duties following the biggest scandal that has ever hit, and is ever likely to hit, the University of Oxford’s classics…

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NRL auditor has final say on Latrell value – Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser

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A list of earnings of every NRL player will help the game’s salary cap auditor determine Latrell Mitchell’s market value should he accept a cut-price contract from South Sydney.

It’s understood NRL auditor Richard Gardham has final discretion to determine market value using a list of comparative players to reach his decision.

Already this summer Mitchell has been offered wildly different contract sums including more than $1 million per season from the Wests Tigers and a withdrawn contract from the Roosters worth $800,000 per year.

South Sydney’s $400,000, one-year deal makes Gardham’s…

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NJ pets in need: Jan. 6, 2020 – NJ.com

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Upcoming NJ pet events

Karma Cat and Zen Dog Rescue will sponsor a ‘Dine to Donate’ fundraiser at Arooga’s Restaurant in East Brunswick on Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Patrons who present a voucher available at the rescue organization’s website will have 15% of their check total donated by the restaurant to the care of the nonprofit shelter’s animals. The voucher is available by going to http://karmacatzendog.org/event/dine-to-donate-aroogas/ and clicking the ‘Funds for Friends Voucher’ link.

Arooga’s is located at 1031 Route 18 in East Brunswick….

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Car Carrier Truck Fire Closes Part Of 206 In Burlington County – Cinnaminson, NJ Patch

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BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ — A truck fire is causing headaches and delays on a major South Jersey highway Monday morning. The right lane of Route 206 south is closed at Exit 7 in Bordentown due to a car carrier truck that has caught fire, according to 511nj.org. The fire was first reported shortly after 6 a.m.

The truck was carrying multiple cars, according to nj.com. Multiple fire departments from Mercer and Burlington counties were on the scene. It wasn’t clear what caused the fire.

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Red Bank New Year/New Flavour Tasting Event to benefit HABcore, January 27th at Molly Pitcher – TAPinto.net

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RED BANK, NJ: The Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA) is again having a great charitable event, one of the best that Red Bank hosts: New Year, New Flavour!

This is a really fun time when Red Bank’s finest restaurants will showcase a new menu item. 

YOU get the opportunity to vote on what food item you liked best, which then be featured on that restaurant’s menu.

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Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 1/6/2020 – InsiderNJ

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Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for 1/6/2020:

 

SPONSOR MESSAGE (CHARGEVC):

Pass EV Bill to Unleash Once in Generation Opportunity

There’s agreement among business and labor, faith-based, health, and environmental groups along with auto dealers and utilities — “The time is now. Pass the EV Bill S2252/A4819.”  Why?
  • Savings: puts the state on a path to lower electric rates for everyone –savings whether or not you are an EV driver—and allows for massive savings otherwise spent on petroleum;
  • Jobs: positions New Jersey to capture the related…

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Democrats’ Intraparty Strife Dominated in 2019; Expect More of Same in a Major Election Year – NJ Spotlight

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The Assembly election, the fight for chairmanship of the Democratic State Committee and the continuing feud between Gov. Phil Murphy and state Senate President Steve Sweeney dominated New Jersey’s political landscape in 2019. But expect 2020 to be much more contentious.

The presidential campaign and battles for the state’s dozen seats in the U.S. House of Representatives were set to dominate even before the defection of Rep. Jeff Van Drew to the Republican Party made national headlines late last month. One of four Democrats elected in the…

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City must build mental strength: Mombaerts – Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser

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Melbourne City coach Erick Mombaerts says his team must follow the example of A-League leaders Sydney FC in improving their mental strength.

City’s big-game credentials have come under fire after losing to Melbourne Victory, then capitulating to a 10-man Sydney FC, with Friday’s clash with Western United shaping as a crucial test.

“To be competitive, it’s not enough to play good football – it’s important also to have a good attitude, intense attitude, and the mentality is so important,” Mombaerts said on Thursday.

“That is maybe the difference at the moment between Sydney FC and the others -…

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The 1,552 NJ Superintendents, Principals Earning $150K Or More – Point Pleasant, NJ Patch

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NEW JERSEY – Superintendent and principal salaries continue to rise, and making at least $150,000 a year is no longer uncommon for administrators in New Jersey. In fact, more than 1,500 superintendents and principals made $150,000 or more in 2019, even if their district had only one school.

Patch has the list of 1,552 top-earning superintendents and principals and their salaries below.

The Department of Education recently released its annual list of superintendents and principals and their salaries before the start of the 2019-20 school year. And the list of educators making $150,000 or…

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‘Coyote Ugly’ star Piper Perabo joins rally pressing N.J. to restore school aid – NJ.com

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Though 2000’s Coyote Ugly is often cited as actress Piper Perabo’s breakout film, she first stepped into the limelight a decade earlier, leading the marching band at Toms River High School North.

“When I was a freshman in high school, I wasn’t on any teams and I was kind of shy and the assistant principal noticed that I wasn’t joining anything,” said Perabo, 43, who now stars in the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie.

“And so he came up to me in the hallway and he said, ‘Hey I noticed you’re not on any teams or after-school clubs, and we need you out there,’” Perabo,…

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2 N.J. Catholic schools to close due to declining enrollment – NJ.com

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A pair of Catholic schools in Burlington County will close at the end of the school year due to declining enrollment and financial challenges, the Diocese of Trenton said.

Students and faculty from the kindergarten through 8th grade schools – Pope John Paul II Regional School in Willingboro and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Maple Shade – were officially informed of the news in meetings Tuesday, the diocese said.

Pope John Paul II Regional School opened in 2006 when Catholic schools in Burlington County were restructured. Enrollment has dipped to 113 students – far below the 220 needed…

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Jersey Shore Insider: GOP Rising Star, NJ Assemblyman, Navy SEAL Peters Endorses Gibbs for Congress – Shore News Magazine

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BURLINGTON COUNTY-One of New Jersey’s rising stars, Assemblyman Ryan Peters who also is also a Navy SEAL today endorsed former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs for Congress.  Gibbs is running against Nancy Pelosi ally Andy Kim.

“Kate Gibbs was my very first running mate, and I couldn’t have had a better introduction to politics and local public…

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Beach Haven Students Collecting Pet Supplies – By Eric Englund – The SandPaper

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By Eric Englund | Dec 10, 2019

Beach Haven, NJ — At the Beach Haven Elementary School, youngsters are not just learning academically, but also how to become good citizens. This year, the sixth-grade class’ goal is to complete at least two community projects during the academic year; the first one is underway as the students recently started a pet supply drive for the Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter in Stafford Township.

“We’re collecting toys, leashes and collars,” said Coen Markoski, who with fellow sixth-grader Jonathan Hughes is serving as captain for this…

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Off-duty N.J. correctional officer, 53-year-old man killed when pickups collided – NJ.com

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An off-duty correctional officer and a 53-year-old Wrightstown man were identified by police Tuesday as the two drivers killed when a pair of pickups collided Monday in Burlington County..

Chelsea Woods, 26, a senior correctional police officer who lived in Pemberton Township, and Rogaciano Zecua-Zamora died in the 6:30 a.m. crash at the intersection of Route 68 and Monmouth Road (Route 537) in Springfield, according to a State Police spokesman.

A 45-year-old Wrightstown woman who was a passenger in Zecua-Zamora’s vehicle remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Woods worked as a…

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Mission Creek Festival announces 2020 lineup – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

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Musicians Kim Gordon, Parquet Courts and (Sandy) Alex G and writers Samantha Irby, Tommy Pico and Hellen Phillips are just a few of the artists headed for Iowa City in 2020 for the 15th annual Mission Creek Festival.

Produced by Iowa City’s Englert Theatre, the festival is just four days this year, April 1 to 4. Tickets are on sale now, with early bird specials until midnight on Dec. 20. Individual tickets to select shows will become available Jan. 24.

Along with music and literature events available to ticket holders, Mission Creek will…

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Actress Piper Perabo will join her huge N.J. alma mater’s school funding protest – NJ.com

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Piper Perabo — the lead actress from the movie Coyote Ugly — is taking up the fight for funding her alma mater is facing.

Perabo, a graduate of Toms River North High School, is heading to Trenton Tuesday, along with an estimated 1,500 students, teachers, parents and community members to draw attention to a huge funding cut the regional school district is facing because of a new state aid formula.

They will rally outside the governor’s office from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

“I want to help these kids and not leave any stone unturned,” Perabo said in an email to NJ Advance Media.

Toms River…

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Jersey Shore Insider: Burlington GOP Makes Power Move in Congressional Races – Shore News Magazine

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BURLINGTON COUNTY-In most years, the Ocean County GOP and Burlington County GOP have stood together with a united front when it comes to which candidates will run for Congress.  In CD-3, all agreed on former pro-football player Jon Runyan representing Burlington County, then both sides agreed to support Tom MacArthur.  It wasn’t as cut and dry as that,…

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Taupau wants NRL success with Manly – Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser

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Manly prop Martin Taupau is the latest player to re-commit to the club, signing a two-year contract extension until the end of 2022.

The 29-year-old was off-contract at the end of next season but has extended his deal with the Sea Eagles just weeks after Trbojevic brothers Tom and Jake re-signed.

One of the premier props in the NRL, Taupau said he was eager to stay with the Sea Eagles to continue the run of success they started under coach Des Hasler in 2019.

Under Hasler’s guidance, the Sea Eagles finished sixth on the NRL ladder and made the semi-finals despite a horror injury toll.

He wants…

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Stanfield endorses Gibbs for Congress – New Jersey Globe | New Jersey Politics

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Assemblywoman-elect Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton) has endorsed Kate Gibbs for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district against freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton).

“As Burlington County Sheriff, I got to see firsthand the dedication Kate Gibbs poured into her public service role as Burlington County Freeholder Director,” said Stanfield.  “I have absolute confidence in her ability to bring that same passion to the people of the Third District and Washington, DC.  “I’ll do whatever…

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Top gun safety group endorses Kim – New Jersey Globe | New Jersey Politics

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The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has endorsed Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) for re-election to a second term in Congress.

“Andy Kim is a much needed independent voice in Washington, clearly responding to the interests of his constituents and the country,” said Brady president Kris Brown.  “It’s why he has been a strong advocate for commonsense gun violence legislation.”

Brown pointed to Kim’s votes support of enhanced background checks and his co-sponsorship of…

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Emergency Aid Award A Slap In The Face, Toms River Schools Say – Patch.com

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — Toms River Regional School District denounced the state Department of Education’s response to the district’s application for emergency funding, calling it “nothing short of a slap in the face.”

“The state’s letter is an offensive response to our plea,” the district said in letter to the Toms River school community on Monday that was distributed to media outlets. The letter is a response to receiving an award of $854,634 in emergency aid, less than a fifth of the $4.4 million the district had sought for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Springfield crash kills two Burlington County residents, seriously injures another – Courier Post

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SPRINGFIELD TWP. – Two Ford pickup trucks collided Monday morning, killing both drivers and leaving a passenger with serious injuries. 

A Ford F-350 was traveling south on Route 68 at 6:27 a.m. when it collided with a Ford F-150 going east on County Road 537, also called Monmouth Road, in Springfield Township, said Trooper Alejandro Goez of the New Jersey State Police. 

The F-150 went off the road and struck a tree, while the driver of the F-350 was ejected after her truck overturned, Goez said. 

The F-150 driver, Rogaciano Zecua-Zamora, 53, of Wrightstown…

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Harris, Thybulle lead 76ers past Raptors – Sports – Burlington County Times

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PHILADELPHIA — Tobias Harris scored 26 points and rookie Matisse Thybulle had a career-high 20 points, including a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their 12th straight home victory, 110-104 over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

Ben Simmons had 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists a day after scoring a career-high 34 points while hitting his second career 3-pointer as the Sixers remained unbeaten at home this season.

Kyle Lowry, playing in his second game after missing 11 in a row due to a broken left thumb, scored 26 points, and…

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School Aid Cuts Spark Call For Rally: Around Toms River – Patch.com

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — As talk of possible cuts to afterschool sports and activities continue to get attention in Toms River, parents announced they are heading to Trenton to get the attention of Gov. Phil Murphy over the issue.

Word of the rally came as the district continued to ask for the formula used to define Toms River Regional School District’s local fair share of the burden for financing its schools.

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Toms River Schools’ Parents Plan Another Rally In Trenton

TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Toms River community again is heading to Trenton to…

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Alerts issued for two eastern Vic blazes – Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser

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Residents in parts of Victoria’s East Gippsland region have been told to take shelter indoors because it’s too late to flee the threat of bushfire.

Alerts were issued on Monday for the towns of Holstons, Reedy Flat and Ensay North, about 350km east of Melbourne.

The centres lay in the path of a bushfire burning in a northwesterly direction.

After a hot day when temperatures peaked in the high 30Cs, ongoing unstable weather conditions were forecast to continue through the night.

Eleven out-of-control fires continued to burn across the region, including two which have prompted watch and act…

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Test Scores Are In For Every NJ School: Find Your State Ranking – Point Pleasant, NJ Patch

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NEW JERSEY – The state assessment test scores for 2018-19 are in, revealing how students performed on the renamed version of the controversial PARCC exams (see rankings and scores below).

And the first year of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments show much of what the PARCC has determined before: Many students are not yet meeting grade-level expectations in English and math.

Patch put together the rankings, from top to bottom, for each grade terms of their scores (high school math was broken into Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II).

Patch also put together the lists of districts…

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The blue wave skips New Jersey as Democrats lose legislative seats – The Philadelphia Inquirer
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The blue wave skips New Jersey as Democrats lose legislative seats – The Philadelphia Inquirer

It seems the blue wave missed New Jersey. Republicans fared better than expected Tuesday night in an election where all 80 seats in the General Assembly were at stake, plus one in the state Senate. This was one of the few election contests nationwide that didn’t go well for Democrats. They won’t lose their control of the Assembly, having held a 54-26 majority going into election night. But experts predict Republicans will add two to four seats when the new legislative session begins next year. The lone Senate seat on the ballot flipped from Democratic to Republican. “It’s a great starting-off point,” Douglas Steinhardt, New Jersey GOP chairman, said Wednesday. “It should make Republicans hungry for 2020 and 2021."
Van Drew one of 2 Dems to vote against impeachment rules – Burlington County Times
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Van Drew one of 2 Dems to vote against impeachment rules – Burlington County Times

Reps. Andy Kim, D-3 of Moorestown, and Donald Norcross, D-1 of Camden, voted with the Democratic majority in support of the inquiry and Rep. Chris Smith, R-4 of Hamilton, who is the lone Republican remaining in the delegation, voted against the measure. His opposition wasn’t exactly a surprise, but New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew is now on record as being one of only two Democrats in the U.S. House to vote against the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
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False albacore landed with striped bass – Asbury Park Press

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What’s biting at the Jersey Shore: fall striped bass run
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The false albacore are still inshore, or at least they were. A few were taken by party boat fishermen who were primarily targeting striped bass.

The catches occurred Wednesday, still on the northern coastline above Shark River Inlet, where most of the boats have focused since the start of the bass run.

Captain Dave Riback, Queen Mary, said the bass hit early morning, but the bite stopped. He said the fish were visible on the surface, too, but just not hitting. As far as the bass fishing goes, he…

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Burlington County GOP still outspending Democrats, but margin much less – Burlington County Times

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As of Sept. 30, the GOP reported raising $287,740 and spending $326,185. The party also had $15,029 in available cash. Meanwhile Democrats reported raising $99,570 and spending $166,822 as of Sept. 30 and it possessed another $14,286 in available cash.

Election Day is next week and political campaigns are now in overdrive.

But in dollars and cents, fundraising and spending by Burlington County’s two major political parties is down considerably compared to this time last year, according to campaign finance reports to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.

The decline can…

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Former Toms River teacher charged with sexually assaulting teen in 2007 – Asbury Park Press

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Violent crime declined steadily from 2007 to 2017.
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TOMS RIVER – A former Toms River teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a teen in the township 12 years ago, authorities said.

Shawn C. Lee, 47, was arrested and charged Friday after a month-long investigation, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Township Police Chief Mitch Little said in a statement.

Mike Kenny, school district spokesman, said Lee has not been employed by the district since September 2013. Kenny had no other immediate information on Lee.

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Democrats aim to pick up seats in District 8, Republicans say not so fast – NJTV News

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The 8th Legislative District has long been a Republican stronghold, but early this year, its state senator, Dawn Addiego, switched parties and became a Democrat. One of the two Republican Assembly members, Joe Howarth, flirted with joining her and ended up running in the primary as a Trump Republican and losing.

That’s when Republicans turned to 18-year Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield to become their other candidate.

“I wasn’t planning on it. I retired as Burlington County sheriff in May of this year and my intention was actually [to] stay home and babysit my great…

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‘A misguided and catastrophic blow to nat’l security interests’ – Plattsburgh Press Republican

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PLATTSBURGH — In a joint statement, North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and four House Democrats called President Donald Trump’s decision to allow Turkey to move forward with a long-planned military operation into northern Syria as U.S. troops withdraw from the area “a misguided and catastrophic blow to our national security interests.”

Stefanik, Congresswomen Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, and Congressmen Jason Crow of Colorado and Andy Kim of New Jersey collectively sit on the House Armed…

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No Decision Yet On New Veterans Clinic Site, VA Officials Say – Toms River, NJ Patch

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — Officials in Brick and Toms River who have been waiting and hoping to hear a decision on where a new veterans clinic will be built will have to wait longer: the Veterans Administration has not made a decision.

A report last week that the VA had awarded the new clinic to Brick Township “is not accurate,” the Veterans Administration public affairs office said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

“The VA is still evaluating bids and has not awarded a lease,” the emailed statement said.

In August, U.S. Rep. Andy Kim visited the James J. Howard Outpatient Clinic in Brick,…

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Tipster knows whose car hit and killed Lakewood boy, lawyer says – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

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LAKEWOOD — A school district lawyer says he’s gotten a tip that could help police find the person who hit a father and teen son, killing the 15-year-old,

Jesus Lopez-Ramirez, 37 and his 15-year-old son Jesus Lopez-Grande were walking along Oak Street on Friday around 9 p.m. when they were struck by a dark-colored 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which was recovered by Lakewood police in a Toms River driveway on Sunday afternoon, police have said.

Lopez-Ramierz suffered an elbow injury. The teen was badly hurt and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

In video of a press conference…

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