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Court Battles Rage Over Beach Closure to Honor God

Ocean Grove Camp claims religious freedom in alleged violation of NJ access law

(Newser) - A Christian group that has closed its beaches on Sunday mornings for generations is relenting temporarily, allowing beachgoers onto the sand while it fights a court case with New Jersey over whose rules are paramount, per the AP . The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Methodist group that established a...

Slot Machine Told Her She Won $2.5M. Casino Said No

Lawyer says he will file legal complaints against Bally's in Atlantic City

(Newser) - During a trip to Bally's Casino in Atlantic City at the end of February, Roney Beal says she'd put hundreds of dollars into a Wheel of Fortune slot machine when it suddenly "went off, says, 'you're a winner' and gold coins popped out." The...

Amid Trial, Senator Reveals Wife's Cancer Diagnosis

Bob Menendez says he and Nadine are going public because of constant questions

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez said Thursday that his wife has breast cancer and will require a mastectomy, a revelation made just as the presentation of evidence began at his New York bribery trial . The New Jersey Democrat said he was revealing his wife's health crisis at her request after repeated...

Louisiana, You're No. 1 (But You May Not Like Why)

State earns the dubious honor of having the most aggressive drivers, per ConsumerAffairs

(Newser) - "What the heck is making Montana drivers so unnecessarily angry?" That's the question posed by Jalopnik after viewing ConsumerAffairs' latest ranking of states where drivers are, shall we say, a little hot behind the wheel. Montana comes in third on that list, which ConsumerAffairs culled by looking at...

Her Kidneys, Heart Were Failing. A Novel Approach Saved Her

Lisa Pisano is first to get heart pump then organ transplant—in her case, from a pig

(Newser) - "We're in a new universe in transplantation," Dr. Robert Montgomery of the transplant institute at NYU Langone Health said Wednesday. He announced that a New Jersey woman is the second living person to receive a gene-edited pig kidney, mere weeks after the first . Lisa Pisano, 54, of...

Jersey Rabbi Who Had His Wife Killed Dies in Prison

Fred Neulander was serving a life sentence

(Newser) - While he was the senior rabbi of a New Jersey synagogue in 1994, Fred Neulander's wife, Carol, was beaten to death with a lead pipe inside their home at age 52 by assailants who entered while she was on the phone with one of the couple's three grown...

In 'Diner Capital of the World,' 150 Have Shut Down

NPR digs into what happened to some of New Jersey's favorite diners

(Newser) - If all-night diners aren't one of the first images that come to mind when you envision New Jersey, then you're probably not a local. "I'm sure people in other states love their diners, too," Michael Gabriele, who wrote The History of Diners in New Jersey,...

Dead Whale in New Jersey Had Fractured Skull

Blunt force trauma is the cause of death, though the cause of it isn't clear

(Newser) - A post-mortem examination of a whale that washed ashore on New Jersey's Long Beach Island found that the animal had sustained numerous blunt force injuries including a fractured skull and vertebrae, per the AP . The Marine Mammal Stranding Center on Friday released observations from a necropsy done on the...

Senator's Wife Seeks to Delay Trial Over Medical Issue
Menendez Trial to Proceed
Without His Wife

Menendez Trial to Proceed Without His Wife

Nadine Menendez, also facing bribery charges, will be tried separately because of health issue

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey will go to trial as scheduled on May 6 over bribery charges, but his wife will not be tried with him. Citing an undisclosed medical issue involving Nadine Menendez that will require surgery, the judge in the case has ordered separate trials, reports NBC...

New Jersey Maple Syrup: You Got a Problem With That?

Looking at you, Vermont

(Newser) - Welcome to New Jersey, known around the world for Tony Soprano, Turnpike tolls, and ... maple syrup? If a university in the state's south has its way, the sticky sweet brown stuff you put on your pancakes might one day come from New Jersey. It's part of an effort...

A Surprise Move in New Jersey Senate Race

Tammy Murphy ends her bid before Democratic primary

(Newser) - Tammy Murphy, wife of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, has dropped out of the race for the Senate seat currently held by Bob Menendez. Menendez, who is facing federal corruption charges, has confirmed he won't run in this year's Democratic primary, though he said he could still run...

An Independent Run Has Advantages for Menendez
Menendez Might Run Anyway

Menendez Might Run Anyway

Indicted senator confirms he won't run in primary, but could still run as an independent later

(Newser) - Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on Thursday confirmed he won't run in the Democratic primary in June, but he continued to leave open the possibility of running for reelection as an "independent Democrat," the AP reports. "The present accusations I am facing, of which I am innocent...

Across 2 States, a Carjacking Killing Spree

Andre Gordon Jr., 26, is in custody, accused of murdering 3 family members in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A man faces murder charges in Pennsylvania and carjacking and weapons charges in New Jersey after allegedly killing three family members, carjacking vehicles in both states, and evading law enforcement for hours as police mobilized, authorities said Sunday. Andre Gordon Jr., 26, is charged in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with three...

Menendez, Wife Plead Not Guilty
Menendez, Wife Back in Court

Menendez, Wife Back in Court

Senator from New Jersey pleads not guilty to new obstruction of justice charges

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife pleaded not guilty on Monday to new obstruction of justice charges in a New York court. The new charges were in a rewritten indictment returned last week against the Democrat in Manhattan federal court. "Once again, not guilty your honor," Menendez responded...

Report: Sen. Menendez Won't Seek Another Term

Poll finds 75% of NJ voters believe Democrat is probably guilty of corruption

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez has so far defied calls to resign amid corruption and obstruction of justice allegations, but his days in politics could be numbered. The New York Post , citing a source close to the 70-year-old New Jersey Democrat, reports that Menendez won't be running for a fourth term....

Artifact From Famed Final Sopranos Scene Sells for $82K

It was time for Holsten's in Bloomfield, NJ, to renovate, so famed diner booth went up for auction

(Newser) - The final scene of The Sopranos capped off one of the most polarizing series finales ever , and now, the diner booth where the title family enjoyed their last meal (perhaps ever) has found a new home. The piece of TV history from Holsten's, a diner/ice cream parlor in Bloomfield,...

Ladies, These States May Be Worth Looking Into

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list of best states for women; Oklahoma comes in last

(Newser) - What better way to mark Women's History Month than to tag the places in the US where women have the best chances at career opportunities and a better standard of living? WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using more than two dozen metrics in two main categories to create...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, West Virginia brings up the rear

(Newser) - If your mantra is "surround yourself with people smarter than you are," some US states may be a better bet than others, per WalletHub , which looked at the data to see which states offer more in the way of education. The site examined 18 metrics in two main...

Son of Slain NJ Imam Arrested
Son of Slain NJ Imam Arrested

Son of Slain NJ Imam Arrested

Though it's not yet officially clear whether the arrest is linked to his father's murder

(Newser) - The son of the imam fatally shot outside his New Jersey mosque on January 3 was arrested Friday on a firearms charge. Abdush K. Sharif, 36, was arrested at a Newark residence along with Kevin Rogers, 46, and Dashawn Kitchen, 49, who were also at the home and also taken...

After Memo on 'Very Difficult Time,' a Sheriff's Tragic Death

Richard Berdnik, sheriff in Jersey's Passaic County, dies in apparent suicide in restaurant

(Newser) - Condolences are pouring in for a New Jersey sheriff who apparently committed suicide Tuesday while dining at a Clifton restaurant. Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik was having lunch at Toros around 3:30pm when he visited a basement bathroom, where he was later found dead of what sources say was...

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