A presidential visit, Christie’s celebration and abandoned Sandy homes: First News Monday
Today in New Jersey’s First News:
President Obama will be in New Jersey today. He will land at Fort Dix this afternoon to thank the troops and their families for their service and sacrifice. The joint base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst is the only tri-service base in the nation and is home to more than 38-thousand service members and their families.
- President Obama should reconsider phasing out aircraft / NJ.com
- President Obama to thank troops at joint base McGuire Dix Lakehurst / NBC Philly
Governor Christie will join the president today, meeting air force one when it lands this afternoon. Last night, Christie was in Philadelphia, sitting in the owners box with the Cowboy's Jerry Jones. Christie is a die hard cowboys fan and was seen rooting hard for Dallas to comeback and beat the eagles. Twitter exploded last night with a mix of support from Cowboys nation and some pretty nasty tweets from eagles fans, most of which we can’t say on the radio.
- Social media erupts after Governor Christie celebrates Cowboys win / NJ1015.com
- Photo of Gov. Christie sitting next to Jerry Jones / NJ.com
- Chris Christie and Jerry Jones and an awkward high five / CBS Sports
- Ed Rendell trash talks Chris Christie's Cowboys loyalty / CNN.com
- Chris Christie sits in owner's box with Jerry Jones / Cowboys blog
Christie will be here tonight, taking your calls on Ask the Governor.
More than 2 years after sandy thousands of homes in areas hard hit by the Superstorm remain badly damaged and abandoned. A state program is now moving forward to deal with the situation.
- Program helps NJ towns demolish abandoned homes / NJ1015.com
Five people have now escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman is holding an unknown number of hostages. Two people inside the cafe were seen earlier holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith. About six hours after the hostage crisis began Monday, three men were seen running from a fire exit at the Lindt chocolate cafe. Shortly afterward, two women, believed to be employees, sprinted from the building.
- 5 people flee Sydney hostage-crisis building / NJ1015.com
- Sydney gunman reportedly demands ISIS flag as some hostages escape /CNN
The Jersey economy continues it's slow, steady recovery, but tens of thousands of people who would like to be fully employed remain stuck in part time positions. The experts tell us it's a trend that may here to stay.
- Is trend toward part-time work the new normal? / NJ1015.com
A reporter finally got through to Bill Cosby but Cosby didn't say much. New York Post reporter Stacy Brown writes Cosby did not address any of the rape allegations against him and cautioned him to write his stories with a neutral mind. Then abruptly hung up saying -- quote – “they don’t want him talking to the media.”
- Bill Cosby breaks silence on the media, his wife / NJ1015.com
- Upbeat Cosby expects ‘black media’ to stay neutral / New York Post Page Six
You may soon be able to carry proof of auto insurance on your smartphone or tablet. Lawmakers are set to approve a bill that would authorize electronic insurance cards. Currently, only the paper cards are accepted. The bill also specifically states that just because you show your phone as proof of insurance, it does not mean you consent to a police search of your device.
- Bill OKs electronic proof of auto insurance / NJ1015.com
The governor and lawmakers continue scrambling to find ways to save Atlantic City. Meanwhile legislators are arguing amongst themselves about allowing casinos in North Jersey.
- Casino debate continues in New Jersey / NJ1015.com
A bizarre traffic incident happened in Wall. A boat blocked traffic on the parkway Sunday afternoon. The boat dropped off a trailer and it took a while to get it dragged to the side of the road.
New Jersey is one of 18 states in line for federal funding devoted solely to preschool.
- NJ wins federal grant for preschool expansion / NJ1015.com
This year's bear hunt saw hunters kill 267-animals. That's 16 more than last year but still less than half of the total kill just a few years ago. The black bear population has been dropping but the number of aggressive bear reports is still on the rise.
- Officials: 267 bears killed in New Jersey hunt/ NJ1015.com
- N.J. bear hunt tally at 267 as policy debate continues / The Record
Retailers and consumers are gearing up for super Saturday, the last Saturday before Christmas which could actually surpass black Friday this year as the biggest shopping day of the year.
- Retailers gearing up for Super Saturday / NJ1015.com
That was an earthquake in Monmouth County this weekend. It was small, only 1.9 and most didn't notice, but some did. It was centered about 17-miles southeast of Trenton.
- Small earthquake recorded in Central Jersey / NJ1015.com
- Earthquake Hits New Jersey, Lasts About A Minute / Holmdel-Hazlet Patch
It's the most wonderful time of the year for catching germs from your co-workers. Viruses can spread like wildfire at the office.
- Beware of germs at the workplace / NJ1015.com
The charity that raised millions for those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing will stop accepting online donations on Monday. One fund Boston has distributed nearly $80 million in donations to the families of the three people killed and more than 260 wounded in the attack.
- One Fund winds down operation after giving out $80m / Boston Globe
If a new bill becomes law, cyber harassment would be added to the state's domestic violence law. That means victims would be able to get temporary or permanent restraining orders against their tormenters.
In trade trips to Mexico and Canada, Governor Christie has been an enthusiastic supporter of the keystone pipeline. But he is still silent on the pilgrim pipeline, which would run through seven new jersey counties. Leading republicans in the legislature and many local mayors have already voiced opposition, but Christie's office says they will have nothing to say until all the proper permits are filed.
- On this pipeline, Christie has no comment / The Record
What's so great about the garden state? Each Monday, we are profiling some of the individuals and groups that make the garden state such a great place to live. A local charity provides a safe haven and programs for kids around Mercer County.
WEATHER from chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow:
TODAY... Sun and clouds. Highs 41-47
TONIGHT... Increasing clouds. Lows 29-35
TOMORROW... Mostly cloudy. Afternoon and evening rain showers. Highs 43-52
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