Today in New Jersey’s First News:

If you have not gotten your flu shot yet this year, maybe don't bother.  The virus has mutated and this year’s vaccine will offer little, if any, protection.  Health experts are warning there could be more hospitalizations and deaths from the flu.  They are still urging people to get the current vaccine because it does protect against different flu strains, just not the seasonal variety.

On Sunday night, we get to watch one man's attempt to be eaten alive by a giant anaconda. Jersey guy Paul Rosolie did live to tell the tale and it's an amazing one.  Rosolie spoke exclusively about his ordeal to New Jersey 101.5's Dino Flammia.

After months of probing the Bridgegate scandal, Democrats leading the legislative investigation are being forced to acknowledge they have found no evidence the governor himself was involved or knew anything about politically motivated lane closures.  A 136-page interim report laid blame on former Christie aides and suggested the administration acted slowly but found no blame in the governor's office.  An investigation by the U.S. attorney is ongoing.

Burnishing his conservative credentials in advance of a possible 2016 presidential bid, governor Christie is extolling the virtues of the controversial keystone xl pipeline. Christie delivered the keynote speech in Canada at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce energy sector luncheon.

Governor Christie says he will not second guess the grand jury decision not to indict a Staten Island police officer for the death of an unarmed black man.  Speaking in Canada, Christie says unless you were on the grand jury, no one could know all of the evidence presented.

Protests took place for a second day following that grand jury decision.  In addition to New York City, protesters in Boston marched to the city's annual tree lighting ceremony in Boston common. Hundreds in Chicago blocked traffic. And in Detroit, protesters lay down on the ground in freezing temperatures for a "die-in."

Hopefully your car hasn't been running on one of the 19 motor oil products that are now banned in the garden state. Officials say the oils were sold at cheaper prices, equipped with deceptive labeling that could lead to big trouble for you and your vehicle.

In Sayreville, police say they have found no evidence the former defensive coordinator of the varsity football team gave steroids to his players.  Charlie Garcia was arrested in September with a car full of steroids.  His arrest came just days before the sexual hazing scandal broke at the school.

A Toms River mom is leading a push to get the school district to start the school day later.

A Monmouth County man faces a long prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of killing his wife with a frying pan.  47-year old Patrick Allen was hiding deep financial problems from his wife and when she confronted him in the kitchen of their soon-to-be foreclosed home. He hit her in the head with the pan then strangled what life remained.

If you're looking for a job, you may be in luck.  Employers plan to do more hiring in 2015, but there's a catch.

Despite finishing with six wins in the big ten, Rutgers could be denied a bowl game.  There are 10-bowl eligible teams and only nine slots and Rutgers could be the odd man out.  The last time a Big Ten team with six wins did not get a bowl game was 2007.

On Saturday, the town of tabernacle will once again come together to grieve.  Three siblings, 8-14 years old will be laid to rest.  The kids were killed by their mother last month.  44-year old Jeannine Lepage shot them in her bed, then killed herself.  Friends say she had deep financial problems and even warned this was going to happen.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to arrive Sunday in the U.S. For the first trip either has made to New York city. Prince William also plans to visit Washington, D.C. for the first time. Kate is expecting their second child in April, but the royals' schedule is packed with plans. They'll pay respects at the national Sept. 11 memorial and museum and take in a Cleveland Cavaliers-Brooklyn Nets game.

Merging two major state agencies and streamlining the tax system in 14 north Jersey towns could spur job creation, economic growth and property tax savings in the Meadowlands region according to the assembly's top lawmaker. The speaker is out with a new reform bill.

In Hamilton, Mercer County, health officials have ruled out a second case of hepatitis connected to a popular restaurant.  A worker at Rosa's did test positive last week.  A vaccination clinic was held last night.

The Jersey Department of Human Services has given half a million dollars in grants to Rutgers and TCNJ, to help students struggling with alcohol and substance abuse.  The program could soon be expanded to other schools.

Better than one in five fatal highway crashes in New Jersey last year were alcohol-related.  Mitchell Sklar of the  New Jersey association of chiefs of police says the main goal of the, "drive sober or get pulled over" campaign during the holidays, is prevention.

WEATHER from chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow:

TODAY... Increasing clouds. Late afternoon and evening showers. Highs 41-50

TONIGHT... Rain likely. Some freezing possible in NW NJ. Lows 35-44

TOMORROW... Periods of rain, heavy at times. Highs 47-56

SUNDAY... Morning rain and snow showers. Then sunny and breezy. Highs 43-48

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


Pick 3: 8-5-3

Straight pays $275.50. Box pays $45.50. Pair pays $27.50.

Pick 4: 5-6-2-5

Straight pays $1,980. Box pays $165.

Cash 5: 05-14-17-35-42

5 of 5 pays $0. 4 of 5 pays $717. 3 of 5 pays $17.

Pick 6: 08-12-34-36-45-47

There were no top prize winners in Thursday night's Pick 6 Lotto drawing, New Jersey Lottery officials said.

Five out of six paid $7,643 to 4 winners; four out of six paid $77 to 435 winners; three out of six paid $3 to 8,914 winners.

Monday's top prize estimate is $7,500,000 annuity.

Here are the winning numbers selected Thursday in the midday New Jersey State Lottery drawing:

Pick 3: 1-6-5

Straight pays $267.50. Box pays $44.50, Pair pays $26.50.

Pick 4: 2-4-0-2

Straight pays $2,886. Box pays $240.50.

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.