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Young Boy Lets It All Out During New Stepmom's Vows

The 4-year-old just 'lost it'

(Newser) - He made quite the bridal party entrance in a Darth Vader mask as the Star Wars theme song rang out, but 4-year-old Gage Newville is getting national attention for what happened before his dad's wedding reception. As new stepmom Emily Leehan, a senior airman, read special vows to her... More »

3rd US State Just Raised Smoking Age to 21

New Jersey joins Hawaii and California

(Newser) - Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Friday that made New Jersey the third state to raise its smoking age to 21, the AP reports. Hawaii and California are the only other states where the smoking age is 21. On Friday, Christie cited the strain on the health care system caused... More »

Bridgegate Mastermind Sentenced

David Wildstein avoids prison

(Newser) - A former ally to Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to him, the AP reports. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark sentenced David Wildstein to three... More »

Christie Gets an Earful During Radio Audition

He slammed 'Communist' constituent

(Newser) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried out for a new role in sports radio Monday—and got an earful from more than one person unhappy with the way he's doing his current job. Christie, who was filling in for New York radio legend Mike Francesa, was slammed by a... More »

Skydiver Makes Unexpected Landing in New Jersey

Rescue crews had to help skydiver out of tree

(Newser) - Rescue crews in New Jersey freed a skydiver who got stuck in a tree and was dangling 70 feet above the ground, the AP reports. Emergency crews in Gloucester County got a call around 5pm Tuesday saying the skydiver had crashed into the trees in Monroe Township. Per NJ.com... More »

5 Best, Worst States to Launch a Business

North Dakota is tops; New Jersey ranks lowest

(Newser) - "Location, location, location" has become a mantra in real estate, but it's also applicable if you're thinking of starting up your own business. WalletHub takes a close look at the business environment, business costs, and access to resources in all 50 states, diving deep into 20 various... More »

New Jersey Reopens Beaches for 4th of July

Chris Christie will have to share the beach

(Newser) - A budget deal has been reached in New Jersey, meaning state beaches will be open to people other than Gov. Chris Christie and his family in time for the Fourth of July holiday. Christie—who was strongly criticized for sunning himself on a beach closed to the public as part... More »

Photographer Explains His Beach Scoop on Christie

'I wondered, what are the chances?'

(Newser) - Chris Christie has an enterprising news photographer to blame for his latest PR mess . At NJ.com , Andrew Mills explains how he got images of the governor lounging on a beach he had closed to state residents because of a budget impasse. Mills didn't know for sure that Christie... More »

Chris Christie Spotted on Beach He Closed to Public

He claimed he didn't get any sun

(Newser) - With state-run parks and beaches in New Jersey closed over the holiday because of a government shutdown ordered by Gov. Chris Christie, there was nobody on Island Beach State Park on Sunday—apart from the governor and his family. NJ Advance Media took aerial photos of Christie, his wife, and... More »

Happy Fourth! NJ Shutdown Closes Parks, Beaches

State lawmakers at impasse over restructuring largest health insurer

(Newser) - As the Fourth of July holiday gets underway, the state of New Jersey closed its doors—along with its tourist attractions including Liberty State Park, state-run beaches, historic sites, rec areas, and all 40 state parks, as a budget throwdown gave way to a government shutdown. Writing at the Star ... More »

College Hits Back at 'Lynched' Professor

Essex County College: Lisa Durden's remarks on Fox News made students fearful

(Newser) - A professor in New Jersey is repeating claims that she was "publicly lynched" by Essex County College after defending a Black Lives Matter event in a Fox News interview, reports the Washington Post . The school, meanwhile, is speaking out. In a statement , President Anthony Munroe says Essex County College... More »

Senior Brings the Sass to Her Yearbook Quote

'I'm sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?'

(Newser) - Senior yearbook quotes are by and large boring inspirational sayings gleaned from a quick Google search. But Tori DiPaolo, a senior at West Milford High School in New Jersey, wanted to make a point: That what she (and all the other girls) at her school were asked to wear for... More »

Professor Says Fox News Comments Got Her Sacked

'They did this to humiliate me'

(Newser) - An adjunct professor in New Jersey says she was suspended by the administration because of an appearance on Fox News, the Star-Ledger reports. Lisa Durden was scheduled to teach courses on speech and popular culture at Essex County College in the fall but was informed June 8 she had been... More »

Christie Struggles as Governorship Comes to an End

His 15% approval rating is among the lowest in history

(Newser) - Gov. Chris Christie has worked to improve his image this year, dedicating himself to the state and nation's opioid epidemic and opening up again to New Jersey's press corps. It hasn't worked. The AP reports his approval rating is among the lowest in history for any governor... More »

Cops: Guy Fled Accident—With Fire Hydrant

He was not difficult to find

(Newser) - New Jersey authorities say a driver fled the scene of an accident with a fire hydrant stuck to his car and then tossed it in the trash. Parsippany police say the motorist drove off after his car struck the hydrant and a mailbox Tuesday. Police followed a trail of water... More »

Watch Out for That Hole: Woman on Phone Tumbles

She's hospitalized in serious condition

(Newser) - "I thought texting and driving was a bad thing. Now it's texting and walking," a New Jersey bystander tells NBC New York after he watched a woman tumble head first into a gaping hole in the sidewalk on Thursday. The 67-year-old woman was staring at her phone... More »

This Is the Coolest Small Town in America

Bruce Springsteen made Asbury Park, NJ, famous

(Newser) - Not a big fan of crowds? You might want to check out one of Budget Travel's "coolest" small towns this summer. With suggestions from readers, the site has created a list of small towns that shine through their "cultural and ethnic diversity," beaches, cuisine, "creative... More »

New Ruling Decade After Man's Death Following Violent Arrest

Coroner says 20-year-old Brett Katzenmoyer's death is homicide

(Newser) - Ten years after Brett Katzenmoyer died following a "violent struggle" with New Jersey police, a county coroner has classified the 20-year-old's death as a homicide, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Katzenmoyer was drinking beer with friends outside an OAR concert in 2007 in Camden when a woman told police... More »

Trooper Allegedly Tried to Get a Date, Got Arrested Instead

Eric Richardson accused of lying about 'harassing' stops

(Newser) - A New Jersey state trooper is accused of repeatedly pulling over women in order to pressure them into a date. Sound familiar? That's because another NJ state trooper was accused last year of doing the very same thing , though in a different part of the state. In this case,... More »

False Nuclear Emergency Warning Issued in New Jersey

Not something you want to see while trying to watch TV

(Newser) - Residents in two New Jersey counties were watching television Tuesday night only to suddenly be warned of an emergency at the nation's second-largest nuclear generating facility. The warning, sent out via the state's emergency broadcast system, was a false alarm, albeit one that was—in the words of... More »

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