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October 6, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel
Twenty-three people were hurt when a Canadian charter bus en route to a church event in Brooklyn overturned Saturday in New Jersey. The bus, carrying 56 passengers from Toronto, overturned as the driver attempted to exit the highway, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman told The Times. The bus landed on the driver's side in a marshy area about 100 yards from the road, Grossman said. Eight people were admitted to a Paterson hospital in critical condition, said Liz Asani, a spokeswoman for St. Joseph's Healthcare System.
April 25, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
Federal prosecutors investigating September's massive and deliberate  traffic jam at the foot of the George Washington Bridge want to see the documents gathered by a state committee also probing the mess, another sign that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won't be free of the Bridgegate story anytime soon. The two Democratic legislators leading the state committee announced Friday that they would turn over all  documents related to the lane closures in Fort Lee, N.J., saying the federal subpoena “reaffirms our progress in uncovering important information about the apparent abuse of government power and threat to public safety.” The legislative investigation appeared to hit a snag of its own two weeks ago when a state judge ruled that two figures in the bridge controversy, including former Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly, didn't have to hand over their records.
January 19, 2014
Re “Christie tries to turn the page,” Jan. 15 Not that I'm a Chris Christie fan - I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop - but he has impressed me. He is a man of action. He had a crisis, acted immediately, got to the bottom of it: found the offenders, heads rolled, they were fired. He spoke, he apologized, he solved the problem. He didn't drag it on with empty promises like our president. Lying gets you everywhere; telling the truth condemns you. With President Obama at the helm, I think there is no longer a standard of right and wrong.
April 24, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A forest fire near New Jersey's Double Trouble State Park scorched more than 300 acres Thursday, damaging some homes and forcing about 40 people to evacuate on a day that officials warned would deliver the perfect conditions for such a blaze. The nearly 1 million acres of wetlands and forests that span the New Jersey Pinelands near the state's southern coast are a major fire risk between Easter and Mother's Day, when the pines tend to dry out in the sunlight. The National Weather Service warned early Thursday that the added mix of low humidity and strong gusts of up to 30 mph would “lead to a more rapid spread rate of any fires that may develop.” The strongest winds were expected in early afternoon. The weather service warned residents to avoid fires and improper disposal of smoking materials.
August 28, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
TAMPA, Fla. - New Jersey's delegation to the Republican National Convention was already primed for a big night, with Gov. Chris Christie set to deliver the keynote address Tuesday. But at just past 5:40 p.m. local time came a bonus: The Garden State's delegates were the ones that boosted Mitt Romney “over the top,” as the moment when he officially clinched the presidential nomination was called. In recent conventions such a distinction is usually reserved for a state of special significance to the nominee, either his home state, or a key battleground.
November 11, 2009 | Mark Medina
Ducks Tonight At NEW JERSEY When: 4 PDT. Where: Prudential Center; Newark, N.J. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks: 6-7-2, Devils: 11-4-0. Record vs. Devils (2008-09): 1-0-0. Update: The Ducks enter a four-game trip with a two-game winning streak. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is on the active roster for the first time since Oct. 24 when he aggravated a strained groan muscle. Giguere figures to be in the backup role behind Jonas Hiller, although Giguere told reporters he doesn't want to serve a backup role anymore.
April 10, 2000
Being born in New Jersey and living there for 12 years before our family moved to Santa Monica, I read with interest "HBO's Mobster Saga Does New Jersey Proud" (April 6). The gist seems to be that regularly seeing some local landmarks on national television has been good for the residents' self-esteem, demonstrating again the wisdom in the following stanza from Carl Sandburg's "The People, Yes": "Once a shipwrecked sailor caught hold of a stateroom door and floated for hours till friendly hands from out of the darkness threw him a rope.
April 3, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Lakers center Andrew Bynum will not play Tuesday against New Jersey because of an ankle injury, and it is uncertain whether he will play Wednesday against the Clippers.  "I know he's out tonight," Lakers Coach Mike Brown said. "We'll see tomorrow and the day after. " Bynum suffered a moderate ankle sprain during the first quarter of Sunday's game against Golden State. X-rays on his ankle were negative but he did not participate in shoot-around Tuesday. Josh McRoberts is expected to start in Bynum's place.
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An anonymous family of New Jersey atheists is asking a state judge to find that the words “under God” should be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawsuit , filed Monday, is nearly identical to one brought in Massachusetts by an unidentified family there. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court could rule in that case any day. “Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” said David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Assn.
February 27, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Already fierce competitors, Nevada and New Jersey are preparing to open a second front in their fight for gambling dollars, this time in the virtual world of online gaming. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law legalizing Internet betting, following Nevada , which approved its version last week and hopes to be online for poker within months. Tiny Delaware is also in the hunt for online riches and could be taking bets by this fall. All three states will be offering online gaming, especially poker, to those living or visiting within their borders.
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An anonymous family of New Jersey atheists is asking a state judge to find that the words “under God” should be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawsuit , filed Monday, is nearly identical to one brought in Massachusetts by an unidentified family there. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court could rule in that case any day. “Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” said David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Assn.
April 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles' suspension, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least it's not spiders. The recall affects Mazda Tributes from the 2001-04 model year, and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension called the lower control arm. In some cases, the corrosion can cause the piece to separate, causing the loss of steering, the NHTSA said.
April 14, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - The East River has never been as beautiful or famous as the Hudson, so it was especially stinging when Macy's moved its spectacular July 4 fireworks show from the eastern waterway to its western rival, like a prom date jilting a mousy sister for her elegant sibling. But five years after a snub that raised howls of protest from Queens to the state capital, the East River is back with a bang - or a few thousands bangs. On Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Macy's announced that on this July 4, the fireworks display reputed to be the nation's largest will return to the East River.
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
As if New Yorkers needed another reason to pinch their noses at New Jersey. A wildfire in New Jersey's Wharton State Forest sent a cloud of smoke rolling over New York City on Monday morning, putting the sunrise into a haze and causing many residents to worry there was a fire in their neighborhoods. The pungent smell of burning grass and brush is familiar to Angelenos during fire season, but it's a little more unusual for New Yorkers, who found themselves under an air quality alert until at least until Monday evening.
March 31, 2014 | By David Ng
After a two-year stay, Marilyn Monroe is saying farewell to Palm Springs. "Forever Marilyn," the three-story-tall sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, will be dismantled this week so that the leggy tourist attraction can be shipped to its next location, the Grounds for Sculpture in central New Jersey. But there is already talk of bringing the blond bombshell back to Palm Springs -- permanently. Some local leaders believe the artwork embodies the city's glamorous history, and they want to purchase it. "We are determined to bring Marilyn back to us 'forever.'  It is where she belongs," said  Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, a local tourism organization that helped to pay for the sculpture's visit.
March 28, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that the chairman of the authority that controls the George Washington Bridge has resigned, and Christie vowed to reform the agency in the wake of the scandal over a politically-motivated traffic jam. Attorney David Samson, a close ally of Christie and a fixture in New Jersey politics for decades, submitted his resignation effective immediately, Christie announced as he met reporters at the State House...
March 5, 2012 | By Shan Li
More than two dozen people were charged in a $325-million counterfeit ring to import knockoffs from China and Taiwan through a port in New Jersey, authorities said. Using undercover agents and wiretaps, federal law enforcement agencies uncovered "two elaborate schemes" to elude border security and transport counterfeit apparel, accessories, cigarettes and illegal drugs into the Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, the U.S. district attorney's office in New Jersey said in a statement.
February 19, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
New Jersey legislators investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal are going to court to try to shake loose documents from two key figures in the case. Bridget Anne Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie, and Bill Stepien, the man who ran Christie's campaigns, are refusing to comply with subpoenas seeking copies of emails and other records in the months before the scandal. Their lawyers say turning over the records would violate their 5th Amendment rights.
March 27, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Well, as they say in Jersey, “Chris Christie didn't do nuthin'!” On Thursday, the New Jersey governor's handpicked legal team cleared him of any wrongdoing in "Bridgegate" - the four-day traffic tie-up in Fort Lee, N.J., in September. The governor played no part in orchestrating the traffic nightmare, the report (which cost New Jersey taxpayers about $1 million) said. Instead, it faulted two Christie loyalists who basically, it found, went rogue. PHOTO ESSAY: Chris Christie, President Obama and the 'ignorance is bliss' dodge It also said that one of those rogues, David Wildstein, insisted that he had told Christie about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge while they were happening.
March 27, 2014
Marc Duvoisin grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in humanities, and broke into the newspaper business at The (Bergen) Record in Hackensack, N.J.  His next stop was the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he reported on the New Jersey suburbs, Philadelphia City Hall and organized labor, among other things. During four years as the paper's Middle East correspondent, based in Cairo, he covered the Iran-Iraq war, the U.S. bombing of Libya and the first Palestinian uprising.  He joined the Los Angeles Times in 2001 as an assistant managing editor.
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