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Christie's bully pulpit sparks ethics complaint

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Governor Chris Christie has been slapped with an ethics complaint after he endorsed a local beach pavilion-building project.

Vincent Ehmann of Belmar says he believes it was improper for the governor to take sides on his town's referendum during a town-hall style meeting Christie held on Wednesday.

The $7 million bond question is on Belmar's ballot for a special election scheduled for Aug. 19.

Ehmann says he believes it crossed the line for Christie to make a political endorsement during a government-funded event.

At his town halls, which include question-and-answer sessions with citizens, Christie gives his positions on a variety of issues.

His office did not immediately respond to questions about the complaint, which Ehmann said he filed Thursday with the State Ethics Commission.


Man shot on NJ Transit train platform

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Three suspects are in custody after a shooting on the New Jersey Transit train platform in Elizabeth.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says a man was shot in the leg during a robbery just before 5 a.m. Friday.

Snyder says he was taken to a hospital with a wound that is not believed to be life-threatening.

Snyder says the suspects are two males and a female. Their names have not been released.

Snyder says the platform remains open and the shooting is not affecting rail service.


Suspect in 2012 Camden killing due in court

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A man wanted in a 2012 killing in Camden is due in court.

Tino Cruz faces arraignment Friday after he was arrested last month at a friend's home in Jacksonville, Florida.

The 32-year-old is charged with murder in the 2012 death of 55-year-old Georgianna Jedrzejewski. She was stabbed to death on a street in Camden.

The recently formed Camden County Police cold case unit found witnesses who described Cruz as the suspect.


Woman falls to death from Newark housing project

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Police are trying to determine what led a woman to fall to her death from a 10th floor window at a Newark housing project.

Police found the 35-year-old on the ground outside the Stephen Crane project on Thursday.

Police have not released the woman's name.

News 12 New Jersey reports the Newark robbery squad is investigating.


Blood, dead chickens found in NJ cemetery

(Information in the following story is from: Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, N.J.) , )

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - Police are trying to determine if a bloody scene at a New Jersey cemetery is tied to a religious or gang-related ceremony.

Six bloody machetes, six dead chickens and one injured bird were found along with blood on tombstones in Rosehill Cemetery in Linden.

Police Lt. Jeff Clark tells the Home News Tribune the evidence was recovered in Sections 38 and 50.

Clark says cemetery workers said the blood can be washed off the tombstones.


New Jersey returns $125M to residents

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey returned a record $125.1 million in unclaimed property and funds to residents during the last fiscal year.

The Unclaimed Property Administration says 70,762 people submitted claims during the 2014 fiscal year. That's up from nearly 62,000 in fiscal year 2013 when $107.5 million was paid out.

This year's claims included $1.3 million to a Hudson County family for an estate, $424,000 to an Ocean County man for bank checks and $377,000 received by a Bergen County woman mostly for health care policy benefits and bank accounts.

State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff says by securing the funds, residents can reclaim what is rightfully theirs.


NJ National Guard unit to deploy to Persian Gulf

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - More citizen soldiers will be leaving New Jersey for the Middle East.

Nearly 170 troops will depart the National Guard armory in Jersey City on Saturday for duty in the Persian Gulf.

Members of Alpha Company, 2-113th Infantry Battalion come from 15 of New Jersey's 21 counties. Most live in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic and Union counties.

The company will provide security for a U.S. Navy facility in Bahrain during its one-year deployment.

The soldiers have deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Iraq since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


NJ Hall of Fame announces new inductees

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - A late actor best known for portraying a New Jersey mobster and a former governor remembered for raising taxes are among the newest members of New Jersey's Hall of Fame.

James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos", former Governor Jim Florio, basketball's Patrick Ewing and NBC news anchor Brian Williams were among the 12 selected by voters out of 50 nominees who have ties to New Jersey.

Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, The Shirelles, author Dorothy Parker and chef Alice Waters are also among the class of 2014.

Since 2008, 80 people with ties to New Jersey have been inducted into the web-based hall. They include Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Toni Morrison, Buzz Aldrin and Yogi Berra.

The induction ceremony is slated for Nov. 13 in Asbury Park.


Police: Man abandoned car in driveway

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Brick Township police have found a man who abandoned his car in a stranger's driveway and walked into the woods.

A resident on Gardenia Drive on Wednesday called police after seeing the man leave the car in the driveway.

On Thursday, police contacted the owner of the vehicle who said he had given the car to 60-year-old John Kosarowich of Manasquan one week earlier.

Officers found Kosarowich unharmed at a residence in Jackson.

There's no word why he left the car where he did.

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