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7/30/2014
New Jersey lawmakers called into special session by Governor Thursday to deal with bail reform
     While Governor Christie gets set to criss-cross the country in support of GOP candidates, New Jersey lawmakers are being called into a special legislative session in Trenton by the Governor.  It's a rarely-used power, but Christie has invoked it as he hopes to get legislators to enact bail reform.  One measure Christie is pushing would allow judges to deny bail to the most dangerous criminals, or those who pose a flight risk or attempt to obstruct justice.  Another would set non-monetary alternatives to bail so that poor defendants who can't pay aren't stuck in jail.  Both ideas would be constitutional amednments, but they'd have to be approved by 60-percent of both houses of the legislature by Monday to make ...
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7/30/2014
Public worker unions re-tool lawsuit against Christie
     A group of public workers unions have revised their lawsuits aimed at trying to compel Governor Christie to put pay more into pension funds.  The unions are encouraged by a ruling in June that found the state does have a contractual obligation for full funding for pensions. But the judge also said the state's financial crunch was a valid reason not to make the previously planned payment in the fiscal year that ended June 30th.  The unions are hoping a judge will say the same reasoning does not hold up for the new fiscal year.  The updated complaints filed Tuesday focus on funding for fiscal 2015.  Christie says he wants to change the pension system because costs to taxpayers ...
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7/30/2014
A punch leaves a teenager charged with the death of a Hillsborough teen
     A teenager from Hillsborough is under arrest, charged with reckless manslaughter after authorities say he punched another teen in the head, causing an injury that killed him.  The suspect -- identified only by his initials S.M. -- because he's a minor, only 16-years-old -- allegedly punched 17-year-old Jared Colon Saturday afternoon in an argument.  911 was called and he was rushed to the hospital.  Two days later, Colon died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.  The suspect is being held at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center in North Brunswick.
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7/30/2014
East Brunswick police catch car burglary suspects thanks to theft victim
      Police in East Brunswick say they were able to catch two alleged car burglars, with the help of one of the victims.  It happened just before 1 am Monday, when police got a call from a woman who heard her car door slam, and saw a man and woman walking away from her vehicle.  They allegedly took her GPS unit.  The woman chased the suspects, who got in a car and fled, struck a curb, blew out a tire, and broke down on Harts Lane, after allegedly throwing two other stolen GPS units out the car's window.  Police eventually found and arrested the suspects:  40-year-old Jason Macrytzki from North Brunswick, and 23-year-old Tara Romancino of East Brunswick.  Both are ...
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7/30/2014
George Washington Bridge to get higher railings to prevent suicides
     FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) - The George Washington Bridge is getting a fence - eventually -  to help curb suicides as the number of deaths there approaches record levels.  The Port Authority says there have been 13 suicides and 40 rescues on the span so far this year, compared to 16 deaths for all of 2013.  Plans call for putting up a nine-foot fence to replace the current railing to make jumping from the bridge difficult.  Chief structural engineer Bernie Yostpile tells The Bergen Record the project will cost $37 million to $47 million and will be completed in 2022.  Until then, the Port Authority has increased patrols, improved lighting and installed security cameras.
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