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BRIDGEWATER — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is showing that he's willing to withstand Republican criticism for long-term gain. Last week, the GOP governor declined to appoint a Republican to fill out the remaining 17 months of the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term. Christie scheduled a special election for October instead. And before that, Christie recently made a second appearance with President Barack Obama along the Jersey shore following Superstorm Sandy. By Ken Thomas. 1,076 words. With AP Photos and AP Video.
TOMS RIVER — Federal authorities have been issuing a sobering warning to thousands of homeowners still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy: Raise your homes above the flood plain or face soaring insurance costs. For many residents in coastal New York and New Jersey, that's an impossible choice, because they can't afford to do either. By Katie Zezima and Meghan Barr. 1,463 words. With AP Photos.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Negotiations for a union contract at the country's largest casino are hitting a snag over footwear requirements for cocktail waitresses. Some of the waitresses at Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino say they see proposed new requirements as a bid to push them out and make way for younger workers. By Michael Melia. 731 words. With AP Photos.
MEMBER EXCHANGE-SUMMER SHORE PARKING
VENTNOR — When it comes to the annual, dog-eat-dog competition that is summer street parking in shore towns, residents are asking: where do you draw the line? In several towns, it turns out, you draw it yourself. Responsibility for creating the white lines that mark off driveway entrances from parking spots — a testy issue for many residents — is vastly different from town to town. By Steven Lemongello, The Press of Atlantic City. 708 words.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION:
FATAL NEWARK SHOOTING
NEWARK — Prosecutors say an East Orange man has died after he was shot on a Newark street.
STRAY BULLET-WOMAN WOUNDED
PATERSON — Authorities say an 18-year-old Paterson woman was struck and wounded by a stray bullet as she walked along a city street with two family members and a small child.
ANNE ARUNDEL-ROAD RAGE
MILLERSVILLE, Md. — Maryland authorities say they've charged a New Jersey police officer after an alleged road rage incident in which one person was fatally shot.
COAST GUARD RESCUE
CAPE MAY — The Coast Guard came to the aid of woman injured when the sailboat she was in ran aground off southern New Jersey.
SENIOR NEGLECT CHARGE
LODI — Two northern New Jersey residents face senior neglect charges after they allegedly left an elderly woman lying on the floor of her home for as long as 15 hours.
AVON — Four people were rescued after the boat they were in got stuck on the north end of a jetty at the Shark River inlet in central New Jersey.
DUNN, N.C. — North Carolina's Highway Patrol says one person was killed after a freight train that had departed from New Jersey slammed into a pickup truck near a railroad crossing.
WRECK POND STUDY
SPRING LAKE — Federal officials have approved a $2.5-million federal study for Wreck Pond to address environmental issues, including drainage problems that have caused chronic flooding in Monmouth County.
NEWARK — Cappie Pondexter and Plenette Pierson scored 17 points each, leading the New York Liberty past Atlanta 76-67 for the Dream's first loss this season. By Vin A. Cherwoo.
NEWARK — Liberty forward Essence Carson will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION:
OCEANPORT — Boisterous took the lead in the stretch and held on to win the $200,000 Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park, beating Big Blue Kitten by 1 ¼ lengths.