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Christie: It's 'Ridiculous' to Limit Campaign Donations

You can't take money out of politics, says governor

(Newser) - Money and politics are inseparable, so unlimited donations might as well be allowed—given that donors are transparent, said Chris Christie at a town-hall meeting yesterday. Asked about the Supreme Court's recent decision on campaign cash, the governor called it "ridiculous" to set limits. "I think it... More »

Teen Who Sued Parents: I Got $56K Scholarship

Rachel Canning headed to Western New England University

(Newser) - New Jersey's Rachel Canning made headlines in early March with her ultimately fruitless attempt to sue her parents for college tuition (she dropped the suit shortly thereafter). According to a Sunday post on her Facebook account, she may not have needed to go to so much trouble. "Decision... More »

Report Ordered by Christie Clears Him

Governor says he doesn't recall being informed of lane closings

(Newser) - In the for-what-it's-worth department, an internal report commissioned by the Chris Christie administration has cleared the governor of wrongdoing in the big bridge scandal, reports Reuters . "What we found was Gov. Christie had no involvement in the decision to close these lanes, and no prior knowledge of it,... More »

Jersey Official Steals $460K ... in Quarters

But Thomas Rica now has to pay it all back or go to jail

(Newser) - Last year, the public works inspector in Ridgewood, NJ, got caught stealing $500 in quarters from the room where the village dumped all its parking-meter coins. To say that's not the half of it doesn't even come close. The investigation that sprang from Thomas Rica's arrest revealed... More »

Jersey Teen Drops Suit Against Her Parents

Rachel Canning has been home for a week now

(Newser) - One of the strangest lawsuits of the year so far is no more. The New Jersey 18-year-old who moved out of her parents' home and then sued them for financial support has dropped her suit, reports the Star-Ledger . A judge today agreed to the dismissal after deciding that Rachel Canning... More »

Judge: Mom Can Ban Dad From Delivery Room

NJ judge cites woman's right to privacy

(Newser) - A first-of-its-kind ruling is not likely to win much favor with fathers. A woman may ban her baby's daddy from the delivery room during birth, a New Jersey judge decided in a November court hearing as a mother gave her arguments ... while in labor. "The intensity was at... More »

CPAC Crowd Gives Christie Standing Ovation

Governor gets a little love from conservatives at convention

(Newser) - Chris Christie got back in the national spotlight in a way he prefers today—as a featured speaker at the annual CPAC convention for conservatives. The New Jersey governor took particular aim at the media ("We've got to stop letting the media define who we are and what... More »

Judge to Teen Suing Parents for Tuition: Not So Fast

NJ court sees no emergency, worries about precedent

(Newser) - A New Jersey high school senior who's suing her parents for financial support , including college tuition, hit a setback yesterday: A judge in Morristown rejected an emergency order that would have meant more than $600 each week for honor student Rachel Canning, the Star-Ledger reports. Judge Peter Bogaard argued... More »

18-Year-Old Sues Mom, Dad for College Money

Rachel Canning says she was kicked out, parents owe her financial support

(Newser) - A New Jersey 18-year-old who's been living with her best friend's family is suing her parents for tuition, both for her private high school and her future college. Rachel Canning says her parents kicked her out of the house; she's seeking a court ruling holding that she'... More »

Christie Aides Wanted to Punish a Rabbi, Too

They joked about a traffic jam near his house

(Newser) - A big batch of emails among current and former Chris Christie aides is out, and while no bombshells appear to be in the mix, one exchange in particular is getting a lot of attention. Weeks before bridgegate , Christie's then deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly , joked with former... More »

Cop Injured in Pet Store Fire Rescue

Volunteers helped get all the animals out safely

(Newser) - A New Jersey police officer is being treated for smoke inhalation after a selfless effort to rescue birds, gerbils, dogs, cats, and a chinchilla from a burning pet store. No animals were injured thanks to the rescue effort by police officers, firefighters, and volunteers, the Star-Ledger reports. "It was... More »

NJ to Wyoming: Butt Out of Our Gun Laws

Star-Ledger slams legal meddling with concealed-carry law

(Newser) - New Jersey's biggest newspaper isn't happy about Wyoming's attempt to meddle in its gun laws. It seems Wyoming is leading a coalition of 19 states supporting a man's Supreme Court challenge to New Jersey's concealed-carry law, and the Star-Ledger think the least populated state in... More »

New Jersey Can't Get Salt Thanks to ... the US Flag?

Law bans vessel carrying salt from traveling without one

(Newser) - In a season of seemingly endless snow, New Jersey towns are running out of rock salt—and 40,000 tons of the stuff is supposed to be on its way. Trouble is, the shipment is stuck in Maine because the vessel that would carry it doesn't have an American... More »

Couple Die Hours Apart, Unaware of Other's Death

Olympia and Michael DeNittis had been married for 67 years

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple that was married for 67 years died just a day apart even though each didn't know of the other's death, Huffington Post reports. Olympia DeNittis, 95, died last Sunday in Edison, NJ, after a bout with pneumonia, the Asbury Park Press reports. Michael DeNittis,... More »

Newspaper: 'We Blew It' With Christie Endorsement

Star-Ledger editor explains how tough endorsements can be

(Newser) - So endorsing Chris Christie for governor wasn't the best idea after all. "We blew this one," writes Tim Moran, editorial page editor at the New Jersey Star-Ledger . To be fair, the editorial board didn't think Christie's team "was crazy enough to put people’s... More »

Medics Aid Fans in Crammed Public Transit

But NJ transit officials deny witness testimonies

(Newser) - A massive crush of passengers heading to Super Bowl XLVIII overwhelmed the New Jersey transit system today and caused several passengers to pass out, Gawker reports. "We got off there and it was like sardines in a can," a 28-year-old Pittsburgh resident tells the Star-Ledger of the crowd... More »

Port Official: Christie Lied, Knew About Lane Closings

Governor reiterates that he knew nothing in advance

(Newser) - Chris Christie's bridge scandal may have just gotten a lot bigger: One of the key figures in the mess now insists that the New Jersey governor knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, reports the New York Times . In a newly released... More »

Feds Subpoena Christie Campaign Over Bridge Scandal

US Attorney homes in on Bridgegate

(Newser) - The Christie for Governor reelection campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee are both staring down the barrel of subpoenas from the US Attorney's office, demanding documents related to September's now-infamous George Washington Bridge lane closings, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. The subpoenas come on top of... More »

Carl Lewis: Chris Christie Retaliated Against Me, Too

'I felt like he was trying to intimidate me, absolutely,' Olympic legend says

(Newser) - Add Carl Lewis to the list of people piling on Chris Christie. The Olympic legend today revived his allegations that Christie's administration abruptly ditched a plan to name him New Jersey's "youth fitness ambassador" as soon as Lewis announced that he'd be running for state Senate... More »

Super Bowl Ticket Prices Are Pretty Nuts

And even billionaires are expected to ride the bus

(Newser) - Hoping to attend Super Bowl XLVIII? No problem: All you need is around $2,700 bucks (for the worst possible seat, mind you) and the patience to navigate public transit (as driving/parking will be a nightmare). In case you're rich, the NFL's official used-ticket marketplace is selling front-row,... More »

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