Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Thursday:

⬛ Legal battle unfolds over AI-created fake nude images of NJ teen

Google maps/Townsquare Media illustration
Google maps/Townsquare Media illustration

WESTFIELD — The family of a teen girl victimized by fake nude images made public is suing the family of a teen boy accused of creating the photos — using Artificial Intelligence — and then sharing them.

The federal lawsuit was filed in late January after Westfield Police confirmed that no criminal charges would be filed in the case.

"Jane Doe" and her family are seeking $150,000 in damages for each fake image that was created and shared, reported.

⬛ Murphy sticks it to commuters - Twice

Toll sign, Gov. Phil Murphy
Toll sign (NJ Turnpike Authority), Gov. Phil Murphy (Rich Hundley III/ Governors Office).

Whether you ride New Jersey Transit or travel the Turnpike or Parkway, you will be paying more.

Despite a billion dollar tax hike to fund New Jersey transit, Murphy says 15% fare hikes are still needed.

Murphy has also signed off on toll hikes for the Turnpike and Parkway. They go into effect tomorrow.

⬛ After huge brawl at NJ youth wrestling match, 4 adults arrested

NJ wrestling adult brawl at Phillipsburg High School (Whwa via Youtube)
NJ wrestling adult brawl at Phillipsburg High School (Whwa via Youtube)

LOPATCONG — Four adults are facing charges, one of them aggravated assault, after an investigation into a 20-person brawl at a youth wrestling tournament in Warren County last month.

Montague resident, 47-year-old Jennifer Takach has been charged with aggravated assault.

Video shows her kicking a man in the head and neck as he was lying on the gym floor, according to Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer.

⬛ NJ mother, son could go free in 1990s double 'murder' cold case

Asbury Park Press
Asbury Park Press

FREEHOLD BOROUGH — Despite recommendations from prosecutors, a Monmouth County judge says he plans to not give prison time to a mother and son who had been charged with two murders in the 1990s.

Dolores Morgan, 70, and her son Ted Connors, 51, pleaded guilty to two counts each of hindering last week. Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Chris Swendeman confirmed the pleas, which were first reported by the Asbury Park Press.

⬛ NJ-to-Pa. bridge, a 'bane' to drivers for years, may get replaced


The wheels have begun turning on a process that may result in the full replacement of a 119-year-old bridge that's been infuriating drivers for decades.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced on Wednesday that it's looking for a consulting team to conduct a review of the Washington Crossing Bridge, which connects Mercer County with Pennsylvania.

New Jersey's St. Patrick's Day Parades 2024 (by date)

It's the marching of the green as St. Patrick's Day parades step off all over New Jersey. Dates are subject to change without notice.

Gallery Credit: Dan Alexander

LOOK: New Jersey's poorest, toll-free parkway you didn't know about

An expanded theory into how NJ's Poor Man's Parkway came to be

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

2024 Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge raises $2.75M

More than 8,000 people got freezin' for a reason on Saturday, Feb. 24 for the annual Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge, which raises millions of dollars for Special Olympics New Jersey.

Gallery Credit: Andrew Miller/For New Jersey 101.5


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