Most service on NJ Transit's Morris & Essex Line and Gladstone Branch was suspended during the morning commute and the prospects for the afternoon commute remain up in the air.

Wind gusts as a line of thunderstorms moved across New Jersey Monday night are being blamed for toppling a catenary pole in Maplewood blocking the tracks.

"It will take some time to repair the severe damage to the catenary pole, the support for that pole and wires," NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder told New Jersey 101.5. "There is no estimated time of repairs at this time, our crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to make the needed repairs."

NJ Transit worker clears away a tree along the Morris & Essex Line 3/8/22
NJ Transit worker clears away a tree along the Morris & Essex Line 3/8/22 (NJ Transit)
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Cross honoring in effect

Morris and Essex and Gladstone tickets/passes are being cross-honored on the Raritan Valley and Montclair-Boonton rail lines, NJ Transit buses, private carrier services and PATH at 33rd Street and Hoboken.

Snyder said there are some Morris and Essex trains operating east out of Hackettstown and joining the Montclair Boonton line for service to Hoboken getting around the storm damage.

Crews work on a fallen cantenary pole in Maplewood on the Morris & Essex Line
Crews work on a fallen catenary pole in Maplewood on the Morris & Essex Line (NJ Transit)
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Fallen catenary pole on the Morris & Essex Line near Maplewood 3/8/22
Fallen catenary pole on the Morris & Essex Line near Maplewood 3/8/22 (NJ Transit)
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Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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The Ultimate Guide to New Jersey Brewpubs

From the website that gave you the "Friendliest bars" and places to watch the game, comes the ultimate guide to New Jersey brewpubs.

So what's a "brew pub"?

According to Thompson Island's Article on the differences between a craft brewery, microbrewery, brewpub & gastropub, it says:
 
"A brewpub is a hybrid between a restaurant and a brewery. It sells at least 25% of its beer on-site in combination with significant food services. At a brewpub, the beer is primarily brewed for sale inside the restaurant or bar. Where it's legally allowed, brewpubs may sell beer to go or distribute it to some offsite destinations."

New Jersey has tons of Brewpubs, some of which have been around for years and some that have just opened in the past year.

Here is a full list of the 21 brewpubs in New Jersey according to New Jersey Craft Beer: