Amiri Baraka. Courtesy of Glocally Newark.

Chris Christie and Bridgegate may be dominating the state and national news cycle like some kind of journalistic Godzilla, but there are other news stories in New Jersey that local media are pursuing — as well as local reaction to the Bridgegate revelations.

When former NJ poet laureate and political activist Amiri Baraka passed earlier this week, Glocally Newark was on the story as was Newark Patch.

Amiri Baraka. Courtesy of Glocally Newark.

Amiri Baraka. Courtesy of Glocally Newark.

Remember earlier this week when the big story in NJ was the frigid cold? Bernie Wagenblast did a frozen man on the street on Cranford Radio. The Alternative Press of Livingston documented how the Livingston Coat Drive shattered its old record of 760 coats and surpassed 1,000 coats — much needed given the weatherTAP Westfield chronicled how a dozen young members of a local church braved the cold to feed the homeless.

Pay per charge cell phone charging stations are beginning to appear in Hoboken. Locals are weighing in at Hoboken411 on whether it is a good idea or a bad one. While you’re powering up at a charging station, use your mobile to enter Hoboken Girl’s New Year New You sweepstakes.

And that big story from last spring about Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker? You may have missed it ,but Jessica Remo at Clark Patch had the story on Kai entering a not guilty plea this week in the murder of a Clark man.

Blogfinger in Ocean Grove (written by cardiologist Paul Goldfinger) has been doing a series of articles trying to parse Obamacare. Goldfinger is clearly not a fan but is open to having a thoughtful conversation in the comments. And he is asking around for answers.

At MyVeronaNJ.com, Virginia Citrano has been covering the planned addition of two multipurpose youth sports fields for the last five years. Citrano writes, “Last year, a vote on to fund the construction was rushed through the Town Council before the Council election because of fears that pro-fields candidates would lose. (They didn’t). Now, as the scope and cost of the work needed on the high school football field rises, a group that was formerly very much in favor of the new fields is questioning whether Verona can afford all the work.” Read about it here.

And local site were also getting in on the Christie crisis. Jersey Tomato Press’s Diane Lilli opined that she is not buying the idea that Christie was in the dark about his staff’s actions. And Fort Lee Patch (among others) is running a poll on how the scandal has affected opinions about Christie.

Finally, we’ll take you out with this video from NJ Arts News:


Our full roundup:

Amiri Baraka Newark’s Poet and Activist has passed away today Glocally Newark*
Amiri Baraka, Newark Poet and Activist, Dead at 79 Newark Patch
Baby It’s Cold Outside! Cranford Radio
Westfield Church Youth Brave the Cold to Help Homeless The Alternative Press of Westfield
Livingston Coat Drive Breaks Record The Alternative Press of Livingston
Would Hoboken Bars Benefit from CNG Mobile Charging Stations? Hoboken411
New Year, New You: The {Ultimate} Hoboken Girl Lifestyle Sweepstakes Giveaway Hoboken Girl
Accused Killer ‘Kai the Hitchhiker’ Enters Not Guilty Plea Clark-Garwood Patch
Getting Lost in the Weeds with Obamacare Blogfinger
Eagles Rethink Plans For Youth Sports Fields MyVeronaNJ.com*
The fish stinks from the head – How Can a Former Attorney General and Governor NOT Know What His Staff Is Doing? Jersey Tomato Press
‘Betrayed’ Christie Apologizes, Fires Top Aide in Wake of Lane-Closure Revelations Patch
Does GWB Traffic Scandal Change Your Image of Christie? Fort Lee Patch
New Brunswick Chief Inspector Mike Mahony Caught Driving City Vehicle With Distribution Quantity of Cocaine New Brunswick Today
Dance Diversity in NJ: Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance, NJPAC NJ Arts News

*Asterisks are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.