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5 States With Highest, Lowest Property Taxes

From New Jersey to Hawaii

(Newser) - You could likely tick off many, many differences between Hawaii and New Jersey, but 24/7 WallSt has identified perhaps the wonkiest of them all: property taxes. The site crunched the numbers on what people pay in each state as a percentage of home value and found that Jersey residents pay... More »

Twin Sisters Give Birth to Daughters 6 Minutes Apart

Neither sister was even due until Friday

(Newser) - Twin sisters at the same hospital in New Jersey gave birth just six minutes apart on Monday, the AP reports. Stephanie Edginton and Nicole Montgomery delivered their daughters Cora and Louisa six minutes apart at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees. Edginton says she and her sister were both due to deliver... More »

Man Who Killed Friend Over Super Bowl Bet Gets Life in Prison

'They cheated my team'

(Newser) - A 31-year-old New Jersey man who killed his "longtime friend" after losing a Super Bowl bet in 2013 was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, the New York Daily News reports. Eddie Roberson bet his friend Talif Crowley $700 that the San Francisco 49ers would beat the Baltimore... More »

Something Just Shook New Jersey for an Hour

Experts say sonic booms, and the Navy took responsibility

(Newser) - New Jersey was shaking more than the crowd at a Bruce Springsteen concert Thursday afternoon, ABC News reports. Tremors—initially believed to be an earthquake—shook houses from southern Jersey to Long Island starting around 1:30pm local time. "It almost sounded like an airplane was coming and then... More »

GoFundMe Campaign Is Buying Christie Lots of Mops

'Mop up mess' in NJ after blizzard you abandoned: college grad to governor

(Newser) - "I don't know what you expect me to do," Chris Christie joked when dinged on the campaign trail for skipping off to New Hampshire to campaign as New Jersey reeled in the aftermath of last week's mega-blizzard. "Do you want me to go down there... More »

Man Accused of Killing Ex Sues NYC Subway

Cops say he tried to kill himself, but he blames MTA

(Newser) - A man who was hit by a NYC subway train last October and lost both feet is suing the New York City Transit Authority—which may sound reasonable, except for the fact that prosecutors say he threw himself on the tracks in a suicide bid after stabbing a New Jersey... More »

Court Nixes $2M Award for Man in Fender-Bender

New trial ordered over 2009 accident

(Newser) - A $2 million award has been tossed out in the case of a man who sued following a fender-bender in central New Jersey. reports a state appeals court on Wednesday called it a "clear miscarriage of justice" and ordered a new trial. Joseph Berkowitz was rear-ended in... More »

EMS Officer Dies After Responding to Daughter's Car Crash

Eskil 'Scott' Danielson, 49, tended to her at scene, later suffered heart attack

(Newser) - Tragedy in New Jersey: An emergency responder died suddenly after tending to a car crash involving his own daughter, the Express-Times reports. Eskil "Scott" Danielson, 49, was serving in an EMS unit when it responded to a crash scene between Andover Borough and Byram Township. Officials say Danielson helped... More »

For 20 Minutes, Eatery Staff Thought They Won $900M

Dishwasher quit, valet told man to get his own car

(Newser) - Bet it was hard to come down from this high: Workers at a New Jersey restaurant thought they'd hit the jackpot—literally—when they accidentally matched the numbers on their ticket for Saturday's $900 million Powerball draw with the winning numbers from last Wednesday's drawing. A video... More »

Dinosaurs' Last Moments Found—Behind a Lowe's?

Weirdly, this quarry is open to the public

(Newser) - Amateur enthusiasts and kids on field trips have been flocking to a New Jersey quarry pit for years to dig up some of its many prehistoric fossils. Incredibly, this pit may also be the only known dinosaur graveyard dating back to their destruction 66 million years ago, the New York ... More »

Irony Alert: Fight Erupts at Anti-Violence Rally

'Disheartening,' says mayor of Newark

(Newser) - An anti-violence demonstration in Newark, New Jersey, devolved into a physical altercation between two activists. The small crowd began arguing on the steps of Newark City Hall on Wednesday about the city's attempts to curb violence, reports . The demonstration was organized by two anti-violence groups. They say... More »

Couple Turns Truck Into Makeshift Birthing Suite

'It's an absolute miracle'

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman delivered her baby "without doctors, nurses, or an epidural" in the front seat of a Ford pickup early Tuesday morning, WABC-TV reports. It probably wasn't part of her birth plan. When Keshia Melchoirre unexpectedly went into labor—the baby wasn't due for more... More »

NJ Cop Says Sex on Duty Shouldn't Have Led to Firing

Fernando Sanchez lost his job, wants it back

(Newser) - "I honestly don't think so." That's the no-so-honest answer a former New Jersey police officer gave to Union County prosecutors who asked him if he had sex in his police car while on the job. Fernando Sanchez ultimately reversed that line and admitted to having sex... More »

Convenience Store Executive Works 40th Straight Xmas

If his employees work, then he does, too

(Newser) - A New Jersey convenience store executive has fulfilled his Christmas tradition of working in one of the company's stores for the 40th consecutive year. QuickChek Senior Vice President Mike Murphy worked Friday at a store in Mount Arlington. Murphy says he's always felt he should work the holiday... More »

Man Finds Lost Wedding Ring at Bottom of the Ocean

He had to sift through thousands of mussels to find it

(Newser) - A New Jersey man has been reunited with the wedding ring that fell off his finger and sank to the bottom of the ocean while he was fishing. The Asbury Park Press reports that Jay Bradford's ring fell in the water off Long Branch while he was pulling an... More »

'Panicking' Girl Calls 911 Over Elf on the Shelf

Isabelle LaPeruta thought she had ruined Christmas

(Newser) - 'Tis the season for adorable emergencies. NBC New York reports a 7-year-old New Jersey girl called 911 after unintentionally disturbing her family's Elf on the Shelf. And as any Elf on the Shelf owner knows, Elves on the Shelf only have one rule: "Please do not touch... More »

As Boy Scout Leader Enters Cave, Bear Grabs His Foot

Christopher Petronino struck bear with rock hammer, then assumed the fetal position

(Newser) - Since the time he was a much younger man, Christopher Petronino has been exploring a cave at Split Rock Reservoir in Rockaway Township, NJ. On Sunday, the 50-year-old Boy Scout troop leader decided to show the cave he first entered some three decades ago to his son and the two... More »

Ex-Wife Sends 'Bum' Checks for 'Adult Child Support'

Who says divorce has to be civil?

(Newser) - Love might be a battlefield, but divorce for one New Jersey couple adds a definite element of playground free-for-all: As the Daily Record reports, Francis and Diane Wagner divorced in July 2014, with the latter agreeing to pay the "nonworking" former $186.04 a week for six years in... More »

Driver in Jersey Was 'Looking for Jersey,' Gets Busted

Police say her BAC was 3 times the legal limit

(Newser) - When in New Jersey, don't tell the cops you're "looking for New Jersey." That was apparently Karol Andino's big mistake after getting out of her car near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel and telling police officers just that. Sensing perhaps that alcohol might be... More »

City Councilwoman Quits Over the Word 'Christmas'

Charlene Storey walks out on Roselle Park's city council

(Newser) - A city councilwoman quit her job on Thursday over the word "Christmas"—then made an apparent deal to return to work, the Star-Ledger reports. Charlene Storey, a councilwoman in Roselle Park, NJ, resigned after council voted 4-2 to change the name of its tree-lighting ceremony from "A... More »

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