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 I'm Eric Scott. Welcome to First News Plus, with exclusive and extended versions of the top New Jersey stories featured in our 5 to 6 a.m. weekday broadcast and more.          
Gov. Chris Chritie and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
Gov. Chris Chritie and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (Ronald Martinez, Getty Images)
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Do you care that Christie accepted gifts from Cowboys owner?

When Gov. Chris Christie accepted private jet flights and luxury box tickets from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones it sparked a min-controversy. He was bashed by more than a few Democrats, columnists took him to task and ethics complaints were filed. The latest Quinnipiac University poll revealed that New Jersey residents don't really care.

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Route 1 in West Windsor
Route 1 in West Windsor (Eric Johnson, Townsqaure Media NJ)
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New Jersey travel ban lifted statewide Tuesday

New Jersey's travel ban has been lifted statewide as of 7:30 a.m. The decision came after officials re-evaluated conditions in light of the lower-than-expected volume of snow.  But motorists are still being advised to stay off the roads unless their travel is essential.

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Steve Trevelise's sons make a snowman
Steve Trevelise's sons make a snowman (Steve Trevelise, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Show us your snowstorm pictures

Send us your pictures of New Jersey's Blizzard of 2015!

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Route 9 at Lanes Mills Road in Howell
Route 9 at Lanes Mills Road in Howell (John Napoli @MonmouthWeather via Twitter)
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How did the blizzard forecasts go so wrong?

How did the much-predicted "historic winter storm" of 2015 become the "blizzard that wasn't" for New Jersey? Mainly by tracking 50 miles further to the east than forecasters expected.

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Instagram being demonstrated on an iPhone
Instagram being demonstrated on an iPhone (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)
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Facebook: Internal glitch caused hour-long global outage

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide.

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(KatarzynaBialasiewicz, ThinkStock)
(KatarzynaBialasiewicz, ThinkStock)
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New Jersey to count homeless

There were 13,900 homeless men, women and children counted in New Jersey in 2014. This week, NJ Counts will take to the streets again for its statewide point-in-time count of the homeless. Organizations, agencies and others are working together to conduct the counts, which are being coordinated by Monarch Housing Associates.

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A series of NJ traffic cameras from the peak of the storm, around 2 AM Tuesday. (NJDOT, NJ Turnpike Authority)
A series of NJ traffic cameras from the peak of the storm, around 2 AM Tuesday. (NJDOT, NJ Turnpike Authority)
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‘Blizzard of 2015?’ Not so much after all

Light snow and a brisk wind will continue for most of Tuesday before quieter and colder weather arrives for the rest of the week.

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(zest_marina, ThinkStock)
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Avoiding injury while shoveling

Once the snow stops falling, homeowners must set about the task of getting rid of it. Like most things, there's a right and a wrong way to do it to keep from getting hurt.

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NJ parents sound off on standardized tests

In poll results released Monday, Garden State parents made clear their displeasure with standardized tests like the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam.

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Predicted NJ snow amounts compare to historic storms

Winter events like this come along every 10 or 20 years in the Garden State.

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