Caleb McGillvary—better known as Kai the Hitchhiker.  Photo Credit: Clark- Garwood Patch

From a traffic stop that yielded $3 million in cocaine in West Orange to the murder indictment in Clark of the man known as Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker, New Jersey proves once again that local news is never dull.

They’re having fun with data at Patch. Recently, the network of local sites brought you the 10 safest/most dangerous small towns in New Jersey and the 10 school districts with the highest paid teachers. This week, the big data story is the 20 most dangerous roads in New Jersey, yielding dicy curves from northern Bergen County down to Gloucester and Camden counties.

Route 139U, at Pulaski Skyway Terminus (Jersey City), the most dangerous road in New Jersey.

Route 139U, at Pulaski Skyway Terminus (Jersey City), the most dangerous road in New Jersey. Credit: Wikipedia

In Oceanport, John Bennett is taking on the job of acting borough administrator. It s a far cry from his former posts as State Senator, Senate Co-President and Acting Governor. Monmouth County Musings reports that Bennett’s career as an elected official ended when he lost his reelection bid to the Senate to Ellen Karcher in 2003 after the Asbury Park Press gave extensive coverage to a billing error on Bennett’s part as Marlboro Township attorney.

Ocean City's John Bennet.  Photo credit: Rhoda Chodosh

Oceanport’s John Bennet. Credit: Rhoda Chodosh

And we will end with a happy story: Ever since marriage equality became the law of the land in October, local sites have been reporting joyous news as couples around the state unite. This week, Morristown Green shares video of the first same-sex wedding in Morristown.

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty officiates his first same-sex wedding, of Bob Parker, left, and Jorge “Geo” Marques. Credit: Kevin Coughlin

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty officiates his first same-sex wedding, of Bob Parker, left, and Jorge “Geo” Marques. Credit: Kevin Coughlin

Our full roundup:

John Bennett Takes Oceanport Job More Monmouth Musings

Supporting the Troops, One Box at a Time Midland Park Press

Rutger’s Post Sandy Report Controversy New Brunswick Today

‘A lifetime event': First same-sex marriage in Morristown Town Hall Morristown Green

Video: A Historic day in historic Morristown, as Town Hall hosts its first gay wedding Morristown Green

LHS Achieves National Honor Roll with More Students Excelling in AP Classes TAP Livingston

Dr. Sun To Purchase New Monitor for St. Barnabas NICU from 

West Orange Police Traffic Stop Yields $3.1 Million in Cocaine TAP West Orange

Westfield Board of Education Discusses Standardized Test Scores and Policies TAP Westfield
Morris Avenue One of Most Dangerous Roads in NJ, Data Shows Springfield Patch
‘Kai the Hitchhiker’ indicted on first-degree murder charges in Clark killing Elizabeth Inside Out
Kai the Hitchhiker Indicted on Murder Charge Clark Patch
Collingswood Resident Develops Scheduling App For Caregivers, Parents, Others Collingswood Patch

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