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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 »

Chris Christie Faces New Criminal Investigation

Former prosecutor says he was fired unfairly

(Newser) - Chris Christie's administration is under investigation yet again, this time for allegedly quashing indictments against three of his political supporters, ABC News reports. A couple years back in New Jersey, former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn claimed he was fired for objecting when Christie officials canned indictments against... More »

Christie Travels Like a Rock Star —on Others' Dime

Luxury trips paid for by Adelson, Jerry Jones, King Abdullah

(Newser) - Chris Christie has built a reputation as a regular guy opposed to excessive government spending—but the New York Times reports that his own travels often "indulged a taste that runs more toward Champagne at the Four Seasons," adding that "he has also quietly let others pay... More »

After Couple's Story, NJ May Ban Adult Incest

State legislator to propose legislation to make it illegal

(Newser) - Remember the story about an 18-year-old girl who reunited—really reunited—with her long-lost father and agreed to marry him ? So does New Jersey state lawmaker Mary Pat Angelini. After learning that the couple planned to move to New Jersey because the state has no laws on the books... More »

Newspaper Carrier Notices Light Left On, Saves Life

85-year-old resident lying on floor for days saved by an alert Douglas MacRae

(Newser) - Something didn't seem right to Douglas MacRae. The New Jersey newspaper carrier, who had only seen 85-year-old Olive Blaison once in the eight years he had delivered the New Jersey Herald to her, was concerned at the papers piling up outside her Sparta home, the lack of footprints in... More »

What Not to Tell Police in the Wee Hours of Jan. 1

Daniel Pratts allegedly explained that everyone drives drunk

(Newser) - Shortly after the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, a police officer in Vineland, NJ, says he saw Daniel Pratts greet 2015 by speeding through a stop sign and almost slamming into the car in front of him (which turned out to be a police K-9 unit), the Daily Journal ... More »

Principal Loses Post Over Misspelled Sign

Typos were up for a week in New Jersey

(Newser) - After a typo-ridden sign outside a public school became a thing on social media, the principal was reassigned to a different school—as a vice principal, reports CBS Local . The offending sign mentioned "Dicember" and a "progress reepor" at Public School 20 in Paterson, NJ. It was up... More »

Most Frequent NJ Lottery Winners: Lottery Retailers

Half of prolific winners are ticket sellers or relatives

(Newser) - Unless New Jersey lottery retailers are either incredibly lucky or are spending a mind-boggling amount of money on lottery tickets, something pretty fishy is going on, the Asbury Park Press reports. A Press investigation found that half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners in the New Jersey Lottery since 2009—... More »

Woman Cooking Sees Deer Run in Her Bathroom

She calls 911 as deer smashes things up

(Newser) - Police say a deer burst through the front doors of a New Jersey home, darted through the residence and ransacked the master bathroom. Galloway police received a 911 call at around 3:30pm yesterday from a woman reporting that a deer ran through her house while she was putting sweet... More »

Indian-Americans Face String of Home Invasions

NJ victims describe having hands and legs duct-taped

(Newser) - Since Oct. 20, a single New Jersey county has seen at least five home invasions targeting Indian-Americans, the New York Times reports. Most occurred in late October, when many families celebrate Diwali—a holiday that frequently involves gold jewelry. The latest Middlesex County incident, however, occurred on Saturday. "They... More »

Student Killed by Bear Took Pictures of It First

Darsh Patel lost shoe, told friends to go ahead

(Newser) - A Rutgers University student took five photos of a black bear that killed him soon afterward, and police yesterday released the images. They show the bear at a distance of about 100 feet from Darsh Patel , who took the pictures with his phone in the Apshawa Preserve in New Jersey.... More »

NJ College Buys $219K Table, Doesn't Get the Fuss

Kean University happens to be a state school

(Newser) - New Jersey's Kean University has a big new conference table. It seats 23. And it happened to cost $219,000. And that has one lawmaker up in arms over the purchase, which was made from a company in China, where Kean recently opened a branch campus that is being... More »

Cops: Goose Hunter Shot Himself Dead

NJ man was hunting with father

(Newser) - A man out hunting Canada geese with his father appears to have accidentally shot himself dead, according to police in West Windsor, NJ. Police say the 45-year-old man was in a hunting blind with his father in a wooded area of property they owned when he was shot in the... More »

Woman's Dog Peed All Over Lane Bryant: Cops

And reportedly ruined $2K worth of clothes

(Newser) - Fourteen dresses and 11 pairs of pants are now off the shelves (we're assuming) at a Lane Bryant in Toms River, NJ, after a woman entered the store on Monday and reportedly allowed her dog to freely answer nature's call wherever it saw fit. Police are now on... More »

'Tiger Lady' Murder Case Gets Second Life

Police release new sketches of woman found by New Jersey interstate

(Newser) - Police are hoping that new sketches of a woman known only as "Tiger Lady" will help solve a cold case that has gone unsolved for 23 years, the Star-Ledger reports. The woman's partly decomposed body was discovered beside I-80 in Knowlton Township, NJ, on Oct. 26, 1991, stripped... More »

Parents Must Pay Tuition for Estranged Daughter, 21

Michael Ricci, Maura McGarvey are appealing NJ judge's decision

(Newser) - New Jersey's Caitlyn Ricci appeared to take inspiration from Rachel Canning when she sued her parents for college tuition earlier this year—but Ricci won. The 21-year-old hasn't spoken to her divorced parents, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey, since February 2013, when she moved out of her mother'... More »

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