Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Thursday:

⬛ Lightning strikes public worker at Woodbridge, NJ soccer field
Woodbridge public works employee Eric Baumgartner was struck by lightning on June 14, 2023 but survived thanks to the efforts of Officer Robert "RJ" McPartland.

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⬛ Temporary roadway will get traffic around I-95 collapse
Work begins Thursday on the temporary roadway but a timetable for its completion was not given by officials.

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⬛ Police warning NJ residents about 'driveway seal' scam
Scammers are driving around Woodbridge in construction trucks trying to sell faulty products to make a homeowner's driveway look pristine, according to police.

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⬛ 3 suspects on dirt bikes cause damage to school grounds in NJ
Old Bridge Police are looking for three suspects who allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage to school grounds athletic equipment.

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⬛ New Jersey school rules for transgender students explained
Are NJ schools really banned from telling parents if their child changes gender identity? Eric Scott explains the rules Gov. Phil Murphy's administration says schools now have to follow

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