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Revel closes, Christie heads to Mexico: First News with Podcast

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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No more bets – In Atlantic City workers are finalizing the closing of Revel casino. The hotel part of Revel closed on Monday. With the casino closings, one of the biggest mass filings for unemployment begins for the thousands of casino workers being laid off from Revel, the Showboat and Trump Plaza, which will close September 16th.

Jobs for Displaced Workers – We’ve been hearing about job fairs and job training for casino workers losing their jobs. State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) says we already know these folks know how to do one job and that’s an argument for opening hotel-casinos in the Meadowlands.

Political Test – Governor Christie is off to Mexico. The governor will be there until Friday for a trade mission. Christie said Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto invited him to Mexico a year ago when the two met during an appearance in Idaho. Christie says the trip’s goal is to improve the cultural and economic ties between Mexico and New Jersey.

Road Rage at the Beach – A motorist who thought a member of Gov. Christie’s motorcade had cut him off followed the vehicle into the shore town of seaside park, but the matter was peacefully resolved.

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Staying Healthy – Back-to-school time, but the classroom is also a hot zone for germs. So, how can you prevent your children from getting the “Back-to-school plague?”

Labor Day Robbery – A gas station attendant stabbed during a robbery in Brick Township should recover from his wounds. The stabbing occurred early Monday afternoon, when a man approached the attendant and demanded money. It’s unclear if he got any money.

Fatal Holiday Shooting – A Middlesex County man is killed in a Labor Day shooting.

Average Summer – You may think this summer has been unusually cool..but that’s actually not the case. In fact, if you wanted to know exactly what a New Jersey summer should feel like, this was it.


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William Rodriguez (Toms River Police)

Behind Bars – A Toms River man who allegedly brandished a knife at a police officer is now facing criminal charges. 19-year-old William Rodriguez went to a home early Monday and tore the front screen door off its frame before fleeing. Rodriguez returned to the scene while an officer was still in the area. He was arrested after dropping the knife.

Radio Upgrade – Ocean County plans to spend nearly $23 million to upgrade its radio communications system and modernize its criminal scene investigation.




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