Christie Crosses Christians

After signing a bill that bans gay conversion therapy for minors in the Garden State, Gov. Christie has entered rare territory for a Republican who holds conservative views on social issues  — he has provoked a Christian group to sue the state.

Trending now on TMZ, yes, it’s the Real Housewives. Can Christie just sign a bill already banning Teresa Giudice and friends from New Jersey? This time, the housewife (and husband) are allegedly shouting obscenities at a beach tag inspector because they don’t want to pay $5 for access to Ship Bottom.

In more serious reporting, NJ News Commons’ podcast this week focused the Obama administration’s tough stance on whistleblowers and the journalists who have aided them. Read some opinion pieces on this trend here and here.

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has New Jersey reverberations. Read about a Newark rabbi who spoke before King on; and find out more about one Montclair family’s connection to the march on Baristanet. The Record andNewsWorks also have stories.

Good news came in the form of checks for Newark’s most highly rated teachers yesterday:

Meanwhile, if you’re having a hard time accessing your New Jersey news on The New York Times webpage (they’ve been hacked), try this URL:

Our full roundup:

The News in Jersey — 8/27/2013: Obama and the Future of Investigative Journalism NJ News Commons*
The Accelerating Assault on Journalism FAIR
As a Democrat, I am disgusted with President Obama The Guardian
Dubious Christian “Counseling” Organizations Sue New Jersey Over Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Village Voice
In March on Washington, a Newark rabbi’s words resonated with all: Opinion Star-Ledger/*
50 Years Later, Retracing the March on Washington Baristanet
N.J. Pastor says younger generations appreciate, but don’t honor, Civil Rights struggle NewsWorks*
More than 300 sites to ring bells today to commemorate MLK ‘I Have a Dream’ speech The Record
Buono Holds Luncheon Focused on Women’s Issues in Irvington NJ Today/NJTV*
Sending texts to drivers could draw penalties Philadelphia Inquirer
Security a top priority as Atlantic City prepares for Miss America’s return Press of Atlantic City
Highlands Home Collapses While Being Lifted More Monmouth Musings*
Newark Teachers Get $1.3 Million in Performance-Based Bonus Checks 

*Stories are available for repost through our Story Exchange.

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