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NJ Train Crash Victim Had Just Dropped Off Daughter

Gov. Christie says it's too early to speculate about cause

(Newser) - The only person killed in Thursday's horrific New Jersey Transit train crash has been identified as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old lawyer who dropped her 18-month-old daughter off at day care before rushing to the train station where she died. "It's incredibly sad that this child... More »

1 Dead, About 100 Injured in New Jersey Train Crash

It smashes into Hoboken station at rush hour

(Newser) - A commuter train plowed into the bustling Hoboken rail station during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others, some critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete... More »

That Bomb-Filled Bag Turned Homeless NJ Man's Life Around

GoFundMe campaign raised more than $20K

(Newser) - A backpack full of pipe bombs intended to cause terror and carnage ended up turning a homeless man's life around instead. Lee Parker and his friend Ivan White alerted police after they found the backpack in a garbage can in Elizabeth, NJ, Sunday night. Authorities say the bomb was... More »

Bomb Suspect's Family Eatery Targeted on Yelp

Family complained about anti-Muslim bias years ago

(Newser) - The adage "There's no such thing as bad publicity" probably doesn't ring true for the owners of First American Fried Chicken: The Elizabeth, NJ, restaurant is owned by the family of alleged bomber Ahmad Rahami , and Vice reports that its Yelp page is being spammed with negative... More »

Prosecutors: We'll Prove Christie Knew About Bridgegate

Trial into New Jersey political scandal starts

(Newser) - Remember Bridgegate ? The New Jersey political scandal in which Chris Christie's administration is accused of snarling traffic on the George Washington Bridge to punish a rival mayor is making headlines again as the trial of two Christie allies begins. And if prosecutors are correct in their opening statements,... More »

NJ Men Made Off With Backpack, Then Found Bomb Inside

Devices could have 'killed and maimed many, many people'

(Newser) - A bomb squad robot was destroyed and another had its arm blown off when one of five bombs found in a backpack near a New Jersey train station blew up early Monday . The FBI says the other four devices found will be encased in blastproof material and taken to the... More »

Mayor: 5 Devices Found at NJ Train Station

One exploded while robot tried to disarm it

(Newser) - A New Jersey mayor says one of five devices found in a backpack near a train station has exploded while a bomb squad robot was attempting to disarm it. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said that the device exploded shortly after 12:30am Monday, the AP reports. The FBI is leading... More »

Pipe Bomb Explodes Near Fundraiser for Sailors, Marines

The Semper Five charity race in New Jersey was canceled

(Newser) - Authorities say a pipe bomb exploded in a Jersey Shore town shortly before thousands of runners were due to take part in a charity 5K race to benefit marines and sailors. No injuries were reported in the blast in Seaside Park, which occurred around 9:30am Saturday, according to the... More »

NJ GOP Candidate Reportedly Calls for Journalist's Rape

Mike Krawitz claims his account was hacked

(Newser) - A Republican running for office in New Jersey allegedly told a Daily Beast journalist he hoped she'd be raped. After she shared a story about Donald Trump's ex-wife, Marla Maples, reporter Olivia Nuzzi says Mike Krawitz sent her threatening messages reading , "I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today.... More »

Cops: Man Hasn't Paid Bridge Toll in 6 Years

Levert Caldwell allegedly owes more than $20,000 in tolls and fees

(Newser) - A New Jersey man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making a mockery of the entire principle of bridge tolls. USA Today reports police pulled over 42-year-old Levert Caldwell after they say he didn't pay the toll at the state's Outerbridge Crossing. They discovered Caldwell had more than $20,... More »

Man Held at 9 Nazi Camps Dies

His life mission was to speak about Nazi atrocities

(Newser) - During his imprisonment at nine separate concentration camps, including Auschwitz, Abraham Peck expected death to come at any moment. Instead, he lived a full life that came to an end last Thursday at age 91 due to kidney failure, reports the New Jersey Record . The last Jewish survivor from the... More »

As Baby's Eyes Rolled Back, Man Broke Hot Car's Window

Police say the move saved a life

(Newser) - Police in New Jersey say a passerby who grabbed a sledgehammer and smashed a car's window saved the life of the infant inside. The drama unfolded in a Kohl's parking lot in Asbury Park on Monday when Steve Eckel, 53, and Sarah Mazzone, 30—strangers to each other—... More »

Woman Filmed Child Sex Assault and Sold the Footage

Pamela Dziminski gets 25 years in prison

(Newser) - A woman who videotaped herself sexually assaulting a 4-year-old relative and then sold the footage is headed to prison, the AP reports. Pamela Dziminski received a 25-year sentence Friday. The 30-year-old New Jersey woman had pleaded guilty last year to aggravated sexual assault after authorities discovered the videos online. More »

A Fugitive Is Missing in New Jersey's Sewers

Officials hope he got away

(Newser) - This is one fugitive who authorities hope managed to get away. Keith Jean fled into the sewer system in Newark, NJ, two weeks ago after swimming across the Passaic River to get away from police, and there's been no sign of him since either inside or outside the sewer... More »

Former Aide: Christie 'Flat Out Lied' in Bridge Case

Christie calls that claim 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie texted to a colleague during a news conference about the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal that Christie "flat out lied" about the involvement of his senior staff and campaign manager, according to a new court filing. The AP reports a transcript of... More »

Lesbians Sue NJ Over Fertility Treatment Mandate

Only women who've proven infertility via '2 years of unprotected intercourse' covered

(Newser) - When Erin and Marianne Krupa decided they wanted to start a family five years ago, they moved from North Carolina to New Jersey in search of a less conservative environment. Little did they know they were about to hit upon a state insurance mandate from 2001 that they say specifically... More »

NJ Weighs Big Fines for Distracted Drivers (but Coffee Is Likely Safe)

Bill generates a lot of attention

(Newser) - A New Jersey lawmaker wants to slap stiff fines on motorists guilty of distracted driving, which his bill defines as "any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle." A story at NJ.com... More »

Man's Wife, Girlfriend Place Rival Obituaries

NJ man leaves many loved ones behind

(Newser) - Leroy "Blast" Black is gone but definitely not forgotten: The New Jersey man was remembered in double the traditional number of obituaries when his wife and his girlfriend placed rival obituaries here and here in the Press of Atlantic City. There were two notices for the 55-year-old fiberglass technician... More »

Jail Finds Drugs Stashed in Kids' Drawings

NJ inmate's girlfriend arrested

(Newser) - A woman is accused of using children's drawings to smuggle prescription drugs to her boyfriend in a New Jersey jail. Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano says staff noticed something strange about mail addressed to inmate Michael Gill on June 15, the AP reports. A K-9 unit was called and... More »

Trump Taj Mahal Is Shutting Down

Striking workers blame owner Carl Icahn

(Newser) - The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is closing down for good—two years after Donald Trump sued to get his name off the casino because its "appalling condition" was wrecking his brand. The casino is now owned by billionaire Carl Icahn and operated by his Tropicana Entertainment company,... More »

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