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FIRST NEWS PLUS for Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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

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Budget Signed, Taxes Lined Out – As promised Governor Christie (R) has vetoed a “Millionaires” tax hike and a tax increase on corporations and he’s slashed the fiscal year 2015 pension payment by almost $1.6 billion. Democrats passed the tax hikes to ensure the full payment and they’re disappointed Christie took out his veto pen.

Latia Harris following her surrender to police
Latia Harris following her surrender to Salem police (6 ABC)

Beating Suspect Surrenders – The suspect in last week’s savage beating in Salem, 25 year old Latia Harris has turned herself into police. This after she was seen on tape heinously beating up another woman as the victim’s 2 year old son looked on in horror, attempting to help his mother. Harris is charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats; her bail is set at $35,000.

Search Called Off – The Coast Guard called off the search for a 14 year old boy who went missing off an Ocean City beach after searching for 20 hours. The teen was reported missing after being swept out by an undercurrent while he swam with friends early Sunday evening.

Bridgegate Summer – Yesterday on New Jersey 101.5, Senate President Steve Sweeney told host Eric Scott that he thinks it’s time for the Bridgegate committee to draw some conclusions and move on. Assemblyman John Wisniewski co-chairs the panel and says questions remain and plans to hear testimony throughout the month of July .Next up from the Christie staff to testify is his next Chief Of Staff Regina Egea, who was subpoened to appear on July 8th in front of the panel.

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Poll Numbers Stabilize – Following a post-Bridgegate nose dive Governor Christie’s poll numbers have leveled off with 50-percent of Jerseyans saying they approve of the job he’s doing. The latest Monmouth University-Asbury Park Press poll also shows a lot of people don’t think Christie has come clean about the scandal.

Lakewood's Tent City before its closure
Lakewood’s Tent City before its closure (The Lakewood Scoop)

Postponed Vote – State lawmakers have postponed a vote on delaying the use of new standardized tests as part of their teachers’ and principals’ evaluations. State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D) says he’s giving Governor Chris Christie a chance to make a similar but more modest move by executive order.

Lakewood’s Tent City Closes – The homeless encampment shut down after the final occupants were placed in temporary housing. The former residents have been provided 12 months of housing as part of a court-sanction agreement between them and town officials.

Closing Casinos – How many casinos need to close before Atlantic City can post some pleasant numbers? The city could go from 12 casinos at the start of this year to 9 casinos by the end of summer…and experts say that still may not be enough.


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