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NATIONAL
February 3, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday insisted he never knew that his aides had intentionally fouled up traffic approaches to the George Washington Bridge until after the lanes had been reopened - though he admitted he might have heard about traffic snarls while they were happening and not paid any attention. Answering questions during his monthly radio call-in show from Trenton, Christie also said that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from his office, as part of investigations into possible abuses of power by his administration.
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NATIONAL
February 1, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. - With a hot sun bearing down, Gov. Chris Christie grasped a ceremonial shovel and dug into a patch of dirt where a new park would bloom in a blighted area of Newark. To his right, holding another shovel, was Bill Baroni, then Christie's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - and now a central player in the George Washington Bridge scandal that has enveloped the New Jersey governor and his aides. Baroni was delivering a $9-million boost from his agency's coffers to buy land for the park.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani, Maeve Reston and Mark Z. Barabak
A former close aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said through his attorney that the governor knew about the closures of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, disputing Christie's assertion that he only learned about the traffic mess later. A lawyer for David Wildstein, who engineered the lane closures while working as a Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a letter that the closures came "at the Christie administration's order.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK - When her team, the Seattle Seahawks, made it to the Super Bowl, Mabel Chan knew she was going to travel to the East Coast to cheer them to victory. "It's the Super Bowl! In New York City!" she said recently, standing in a crowded New York street a few feet from where fellow tourists screamed as they slid down a giant toboggan slide that had been erected earlier in the week. It's not a statement that would exactly warm the cockles of the hearts of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker or the state's other politicians.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
This is how it works in that Asgardian realm where major sports franchises reside: Alternate = money. Hey, rainbow bridges aren't cheap. So the Dodgers have announced they will sometimes wear alternate road jerseys that have “Dodgers” in script across their chests. Sometimes, they'll go with “Los Angeles.” Ugh, I'm old school on this one, preferring the Dodgers -- and every other major league team -- proudly wear the name of their home city on road jerseys. Maybe they're concerned people will mistake them for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By David Ng
When soprano Renée Fleming takes to MetLife  Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she will sing to music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live orchestral performance. The New Jersey Symphony confirmed Wednesday that it will provide a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that will play as Fleming performs before the game. The soprano also will be joined by a 32-voice group from military choruses and choirs, according to a Wednesday report in the New York Times.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. -- A new joint investigations committee began its work Monday, seeking to unravel the mystery of who gave the order for the now-notorious traffic jam in September in the lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge. The new joint committee reissued the 20 subpoenas that another Assembly panel issued earlier this month, many to top officials in the office of Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Democrats in the state Senate and Assembly had started separate investigations before deciding to combine their efforts.
SPORTS
January 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Here's the headline from a January story from The Star-Ledger in New Jersey : Tranferring 'epidemic' sweeping across New Jersey high school basketball landscape. Like California, New Jersey has a 30-day sitout period that is pretty much being ignored as a penalty, leading to top players switching schools.  "Transferring has just gone rampant," St. Mary's of Elizabeth coach Anthony Colletti told the newspaper. "I'll be honest, when basketball season's over I'm on edge because I worry about who I'm going to lose.
SPORTS
January 24, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
OK, all you fashionistas, listen up. The Dodgers' influence on style knows no bounds. Or eras or sports. The Dodgers are about to unintentionally enter the NBA's sudden fascination with the retro look via the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets plan to wear an alternate jersey based on the look of the old Brooklyn Dodgers' road uniform. And the thing of it is, it actually looks pretty good: Are you ready for Brooklyn Blue Nights? Check out our alternate home jersey & get yours here: http://t.co/1FZrW6rcY3 pic.twitter.com/v0rNHZ5RoK - Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
There were babies everywhere: crying, crawling, pooping. Framed Bible citations and photos of Jesus lined the walls. And no one was using a cellphone. This is what Vanessa Hudgens saw in 2011 when she arrived at New Jersey's Several Sources shelter, a safe haven for young pregnant women and new mothers without homes. And it made her very uncomfortable. "The first thing I did," the actress later recalled, "was run up to my room, call my mom and go, 'What on earth am I doing here?
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