Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Tuesday:

⬛ Gunman who shot cop at Philadelphia airport arrested in NJ

Slain Philadelphia Police officer Richard Mendez
Slain Philadelphia Police officer Richard Mendez (Philadelphia police via AP)

PHILADELPHIA — A New Jersey teen was arrested early Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of Officer Richard Mendez inside a Philadelphia International Airport parking garage.

Philadelphia police said Yobranny Martinez Fernandez, 18, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and New Jersey State Police in Cherry Hill after discovering his location around 2 a.m.

⬛ You'd need to fork over this much money to get NJ out of debt


A $10 billion surplus sounds nice on the surface, but it loses its glamour once you know there's a much larger debt amount creeping behind the scenes.

In their latest report on states' finances, the think tank Truth in Accounting has ranked New Jersey dead last — again — among the 50 states.

Based upon the latest audited financial report for fiscal year 2022, New Jersey receives a financial grade of an "F" in the report.

⬛ Should NJ cops be able to smoke weed when off duty?

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Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is filing a federal lawsuit to ban cops from using cannabis, even when on their own time.

Fullop says federal law supersedes a New Jersey directive that towns cannot punish cops for weed use when off duty.

⬛ Horrific Jersey City crash leaves 3 dead, 3 injured

Vehicle involved in a crash on Paterson Plank Road in Jersey City 10/16/23
Vehicle involved in a crash on Paterson Plank Road in Jersey City 10/16/23 (Kyle Mazza/UNF NEWS)

JERSEY CITY — Three people were killed in a horrific head-on crash early Monday morning.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said a Kia sedan and a BMW SUV collided on Paterson Plank Road near Congress Street around 12:45 a.m. The driver of the Kia, identified as Dylan Weidenfeld, 26, of Jersey City, was pronounced dead at the scene.

⬛ NJ veterinarian: 6 dangerous Halloween risks for your pets

dog dressed like a bee

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s important for dog and cat parents to take as many precautions as possible to protect them. According to The American Kennel Club, calls to poison control usually increase by 12% during this holiday season.

Between candy, decorations, and costumes, there are many things around that can be potentially toxic for our four-legged furballs.

OMG! Cutest pets in New Jersey!

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History of the M&M: How each amazing color came to be

Even the colors themselves have a fascinating backstory.

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

30 'poorest' neighborhoods in NJ

These ZIP codes in New Jersey have the highest percentage of households earning less than $25,000 in annual median income. The figures are based on 5-year data by the U.S. Census American Community Survey as of 2021.

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