Today in New Jersey’s First News:

An ex-Marine's suicide ended a violent rampage that left his ex-wife and five of her relatives dead a week after he lost a bitter custody battle.  Bradley stone was found dead in the woods.  He had stabbed himself to death following the shootings of his ex wife and her family in three homes in suburban Philly.

Most Jersey residents don't want a hike in the gas tax to save the transportation trust fund but state leaders appear to be backed into a corner and are expected to soon announce an increase.

Chris Christie has other worries as he considers a run for president.  Jeb Bush announcing he will actively explore a run could be very bad news for the governor.  Check out this morning's Political Bytes.  That's part of the exclusive content at this morning.

Spoiler alert:  NBC's the voice last night.  Barnegat Light's Matt McAndrew had a shot, but the Jersey guy came in second, to Craig Wayne Boyd.  Still, McAndrew did the Garden State proud and had consistently been getting the most YouTube views.  Ahead of last night's show, Matt also had the number one song on i-Tunes.

The Sayreville High Athletic Director has been suspended by the school board amid the sexual hazing scandal.  He joins Head Coach George Najar.  Four assistant coaches have all been reinstated.  No coaches have been charged but there have been reports they knew what was going on in the locker room and failed to report it.

There is less bullying in school.  A state report shows our schools investigated almost 20-thousand cases but found only 65-hundred were legitimate.  Both of those numbers are down from the previous year.

How would you like to carry your driver’s license on your smartphone? It may happen sooner than you think.

We now know how the state plans to spend its third, and most likely last, round of federal sandy aid. Nearly 502 million is headed our way.

The former band director of a south Jersey high school is admitting he sexually assaulted a student.  27-year old Jason Koenig resigned as band director of the Hammonton High School Marching Band days before he was arrested and now faces five years in prison.

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be overwhelming and stressful, but it doesn't have to be.

Marcus Hubbard has a severe spinal condition and cannot use his arms.  Still, the Salem County man remains jailed this morning on a gun possession charge.  Hubbard was in a car with three other men when they were stopped in Trenton and police found the gun and a bottle of pills.  Since no one claimed responsibility for them, all four were arrested.

Perth Amboy's police chief is facing charges this morning that he told a city mechanic to work on two of his cars when he was supposed to be repairing police vehicles.  53-year old Benjamin Ruiz is charged with theft and is suspended without pay.

A new FDU-public mind national poll shows democrats expect and want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. On the GOP side early frontrunner governor Chris Christie doesn't win or place, but he does show,

The third largest theatre chain has pulled plans to show the Seth Rogan comedy "The Intervew" after a threat of violence from the same group that hacked Sony entertainment.  The group dumped thousands more private emails but also warned people to stay away from any theatre showing the Seth Rogan comedy about killing North Korea's dictator.  Homeland Security is investigating.

Smartphones and other devices can be a pain in the neck, literally. The problem has a nickname, "text neck," which you and your kids may have already fallen victim to.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign a massive tax package the will allow banks, retailers, commuters and teachers to keep their temporary tax breaks for another year. Taxpayers will be able to claim the breaks in their 2014 tax returns, but beyond this year, their fate will once again be uncertain. Congressional estimates say the package would add nearly $42 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

A new economic forecast underscores once again how New Jersey has been dragging behind the nation in recovering from the great recession.

The current CEO of the Taj Mahal is asking billionaire Carl Ichan to keep the casino open into 2015 while the court battle over union health and pension benefits plays out.  Ichan has not responded to the letter, which says he is the last hope for three thousand workers out of a job if the casino closes on Saturday.

The assembly budget committee boss wants to end revenue fights by creating a three-person panel that will agree on a consensus revenue estimate. The advisory board will be made up of the treasurer, one legislator and one outside expert.

WEATHER from chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow:

TODAY... Morning fog and drizzle. Then partly to mostly cloudy skies with a brisk wind. Highs 47-52

TONIGHT... Scattered clouds. Breezy. Lows 31-35

TOMORROW... Partly sunny and breezy. Highs 42-45

To view Dan’s extended 5-day forecast, click HERE.


Pick 3: 2-1-6

Straight pays $189.50. Box pays $31.50. Pair pays $18.50.

Pick 4: 1-3-8-1

Straight pays $2,348. Box pays $195.50.

Cash 5: 09-21-32-34-40

5 of 5 pays $0. 4 of 5 pays $605. 3 of 5 pays $17.

Here are the winning numbers selected Tuesday In the midday New Jersey State Lottery drawing:

Pick 3: 7-4-0

Straight pays $184. Box pays $30.50, Pair pays $18.

Pick 4: 7-1-3-8

Straight pays $3,254. Box pays $135.50.

New Jersey’s First News, hosted by Eric Scott, written and produced by Matthew White and Patrick Lavery. Digital support, with additional links, by Dan Alexander.