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Family Flees Dream Home, and Its Creepy 'Watcher'

Lawsuit claims previous owners hid letter from 'the Watcher'

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple says the $1.3 million dream home they bought in Westfield a year ago came with six bedrooms, a sprawling lawn for their three kids, and a creepy stalker, who the owners say began sending threatening letters three days after they took possession. The letters, signed... More »

Sources: Chris Christie Set to Announce 2016 Bid

But poll numbers might be a big worry

(Newser) - Chris Christie is getting ready to leap into the already crowded pool of the GOP's 2016 hopefuls, insiders say. Sources tell Politico that the NJ governor is in the final stages of preparation and plans to finally confirm the long-rumored bid with an announcement next week. Christie has been... More »

Harvard-Bound Valedictorian: I Was Banned From Graduation

Devan Solanki says guidance counselor thought he threatened her

(Newser) - Devan Solanki planned to give the valedictorian address to his graduating class at New Jersey's Lodi High School before entering the halls of Harvard this fall. But the top student with a 4.3 GPA isn't allowed to speak, reports NJ.com . In fact, he can't attend... More »

Teen Crushed by Falling Stone Slab

Police say countertop company was closed at the time

(Newser) - Authorities say a teenager was killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him outside a southern New Jersey business that makes countertops. Ocean County prosecutors say the 17-year-old was found at about 6:40am yesterday at Stone N' Counters South LLC in Berkeley Township. The business... More »

New Jersey Wants to Stop Dead People From Driving

Proposed legislation forbids driver's licenses for the dead

(Newser) - Zombie apocalypse preppers in New Jersey can rest a little bit easier. A bill moving through the legislature there would prevent driver’s licenses and other DMV documents from being issued to dead people. A March 2015 audit of its Motor Vehicle Commission found that driving documents were released to... More »

NJ Shore Mayor: We're Full, Stay Out

Belmar, NJ, has 'reached its capacity'

(Newser) - The mayor of a central New Jersey town is barring nonresidents from entering the community via a major highway—but it's just a temporary prohibition. Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty announced the decision in a Twitter post around 3pm today. He says traffic into the town from Route 35 is... More »

Clues About Missing NJ Boy Surface 24 Years Later

Mark Himebaugh was last seen in 1991 leaving his house in Middle Township

(Newser) - Maureen Himebaugh has kept the same phone number for 24 years in the hopes that her now adult missing son might remember it and try to contact her. Mark Himebaugh was last seen at the age of 11 in 1991 leaving his family's house in Middle Township, NJ, reports... More »

Cops Shot Tear Gas at NJ Concertgoers: Officials

People reportedly upset they couldn't get into MetLife Stadium's Hot 97 Summer Jam

(Newser) - New Jersey State Police blocking gates outside of a major hip-hop concert at MetLife Stadium had bottles thrown at them by angry people in the crowd who were trying to get inside—some without tickets—and they later used tear gas to try to disperse them, according to officials. Crowds... More »

Ex-Official: Christie Illegally Blabbed About Grand Jury

David Wildstein gives sworn statement saying NJ governor divulged secret info

(Newser) - Chris Christie's decision to run for president may have to wait as he deals with a new legal distraction. A sworn statement by David Wildstein, the ex-Port Authority official accused of shutting down lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013, not only seems to show that Wildstein regularly... More »

Judge's Clerk: Mourn Deer, Not Cops

NJ woman now out of a job

(Newser) - New Jersey judge's clerk Leslie Anderson thinks the death of a deer is more tragic than the death of a state trooper—and if she had kept that opinion to herself, she might still have a job. Instead, she posted comments on Facebook, including on New Jersey News 12'... More »

7 Nurses Indicted in Broken Finger Gone Horribly Wrong

If gangrene, amputation don't sound like good results, NJ agrees with you

(Newser) - Seven former New Jersey nurses have been charged with criminal neglect in the case of a woman who needed her hand amputated after a broken finger wasn't treated properly. An indictment issued last month said seven Vineland Developmental Center nurses failed to aid the "physical or mental health"... More »

Cops: Thief Swiped $2.8K Bottle of Cognac

NJ suspect apparently knows his booze

(Newser) - Police in central New Jersey are seeking a thief who apparently appreciates the finer things in life. Linden police say a shoplifter stole a bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac, valued at $2,849, from Pied Piper Liquors on May 16th. Police say the store's owner reviewed surveillance... More »

Woman Whose DirecTV Faltered During Flight Sues for $5M

United Airlines didn't tell Cary David $8 service doesn't work over water: lawsuit

(Newser) - On Feb. 21, Cary David paid $7.99, settled back into her seat on a four-hour United Airlines flight from Puerto Rico to Newark, NJ, and got ready to watch some DirecTV programming to pass the time. Except that DirecTV and WiFi services don't work outside the continental US... More »

Guy's 'Gasoline Cake' Stunt Lights Up His Kitchen

Which brings to mind the line, 'do not try this at home'

(Newser) - Want to know how to light up a cake brighter than it would be for a centenarian's birthday? A northern New Jersey man lit his kitchen table on fire by adding lighter fluid and gasoline to a birthday cake recipe so he could post a video of the fiery... More »

NJ Man, 100, Could Be Oldest US Murderer

Prosecutor says he killed sleeping wife, then himself

(Newser) - A century-old New Jersey man ended his long life in a horrific fashion on Sunday, killing his sleeping wife with an ax before taking his own life, according to a prosecutor in Bergen County, NJ. The bodies of Elmwood Park residents Michael Juskin and his wife Rosalia, 88, were found... More »

Senator Bob Menendez Indicted in Corruption Case

New Jersey Democrat may be arraigned tomorrow

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor. A federal grand jury today indicted the New Jersey Democrat on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. Prosecutors had been investigating whether Menendez improperly advocated for the... More »

Old Video Captures Married Couple Together—as Kids

New Jersey pair visited same amusement park in 1988

(Newser) - Today.com is throwing around words like "destiny," "serendipity," and "fate," and this at least qualifies as a crazy coincidence. An old VHS home video shows a married New Jersey couple in the same frame while they visited an amusement park as kids... More »

Jahi McMath Suit Tells Brutal Tale of Surgery Gone Wrong

Mother was pushed to donate McMath's organs while she prayed

(Newser) - As Jahi McMath , declared brain-dead in 2013, remains hooked up to machines in New Jersey, her family is filing suit against the Oakland hospital where her surgery for sleep apnea went terribly wrong, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The suit against UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and surgeon... More »

Cops: Teen Nearly Died of Booze at Teacher's House

NJ woman charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - A teacher in New Jersey might not be a teacher much longer after a teen got so drunk at her house he nearly died, reports NJ.com . Tracey Harding, 50, has been suspended from her first-grade teaching job in Edison and charged with child endangerment. It seems that one of... More »

Cops: Guy Attempted an Icy DUI Coverup

Bryan Byers and pal charged after cops say they tried to create black ice

(Newser) - New Jersey police say a man poured water on a freezing road to try to fool officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice. Twenty-year-old Bryan Byers, of Sparta, was arrested Saturday and charged with drunken driving and other offenses. Authorities say he hit a... More »

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