News Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey news from The Associated Press -

News Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey news from The Associated Press

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Public worker and first responders' unions are taking Governor Chris Christie to task over his choice of Long Beach Township for a town hall forum this afternoon as Christie presses for pension system changes. They note the forum is being held near a playground built by volunteer first responders and teachers.

HO-HO-KUS, N.J. (AP) - Governor Chris Christie is among the mourners paying their respects this morning to a Waldwick police officer struck and killed last week during a traffic detail. A funeral service for Christopher Goodell is being held at a Ho-Ho-Kus church.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The Justice Department is set to lay out its findings in a three-year probe of alleged misconduct in Newark's police department. The probe followed a complaint by civil liberties advocates alleging rampant misconduct and lax internal oversight.

JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) - Animal control officers and a reptile expert have set traps in Lake Hopatcong (hoh-PAHT'-kahng), hoping to capture a large snake reported near the lake. The reptile expert tells The (Newton) New Jersey Herald he cornered a 16-foot snake last week but it was able to slither between his legs.

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