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Local Beat: Farmingdale Mourns Passing of Longtime Mayor

Thursday Mar 31, 2016  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

The borough of Farmingdale, NJ is mourning the loss of Mayor John P. “Jay” Morgan, who died earlier this week after serving his community for 13 years. The Howell Times says Morgan had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

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Local Beat: The Montclarion Takes Home Newspaper Contest Wins

Thursday Mar 24, 2016  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

Montclair State’s campus newspaper, The Montclarion, took home three awards from the 2015-2016 NJ Collegiate Newspaper Contest. The competition is hosted by the New Jersey Press Foundation in order to reward exceptional media from student newspapers in the state.

Christie and the Terrible Week
Chris Christie and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Wednesday Mar 02, 2016  |  0 comments


A lot has happened to Governor Christie since he endorsed Donald Trump for president over the weekend. He’s been humiliated on video, condemned by his former finance co-chair Meg Whitman, and lambasted for his disastrous TV interview on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.

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Local Beat: Bipartisan Opposition Stands United Against PennEast Pipeline

Thursday Oct 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. Since we took off last week to go to the LION Conference in Chicago, we decided to pack this week’s Local Beat with twice the content. Enjoy!

Congressional representatives, state senators, and members of the NJ Assembly joined local officials, conservation groups, and residents in Hopewell Township to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the NJ DEP to deny PennEast’s application to construct a proposed 18-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Mary Galioto of MercerMe says residents and landowners have been pointing out inconsistencies and innaccuracies in PennEast’s proposal for more than a year.

Its Official
It’s Official: A Play-By-Play of the Christie Campaign Announcement

Tuesday Jun 30, 2015  |  0 comments

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#Bridgegate Returns: Wildstein’s Guilty Plea

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JFK to Christie

Friday Nov 22, 2013  |  0 comments

New Jersey media mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.

The Record has been providing month-long coverage, while and WBGO today recount Kennedy’s visit to Newark. Diane Lilli of Jersey Tomato Press remembers the moment she heard the news — at her Catholic school in Rhode Island. South Jersey residents recall the moment in The Press of Atlantic City.

Meanwhile, Matt Katz discusses how Chris Chritie’s installation as the head of the Republican Governors Association marks the beginning of his run for President in 2016. The Inquirer notes that Christie is “the talk” of the conference.

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What Coattails?

Wednesday Nov 20, 2013  |  0 comments

NJTV political correspondent Michael Aron reports that there is finally a result in the closely contested race for assembly in Atlantic County: Democratic challenger Vincent Mazzeo has defeated the Republican incumbent John Amodeo by 40 votes — negating the one assembly seat that Republicans thought they had picked up on the coattails of Gov. Christie’s landslide victory.

It’s not known yet if Amodeo will challenge. Two days ago, Amodeo expressed disappointment to’s Darryl Isherwood that certain provisional ballots were not struck down. Micklow
Christie Supreme

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013  |  0 comments

More good news for Chris Christie: The governor finally had a state Supreme Court nominee approved, as Faustino Fernandez-Vina received a 38-0 vote from the state Senate. Slightly less happily, Christie’s at the center of a recent Onion cartoon. Also, the Senate failed to override Christie’s veto of a bill banning gestation crates for pigs.

Meanwhile, Christie’s predecessor Jon Corzine received less positive news as the firm he heads, MF Global, was ordered to pay over $1.2 billion in restitution to customers by a federal judge.

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Bruce Almighty

Monday Nov 18, 2013  |  0 comments

Listening to Bruce Springsteen is a religious experience for many. Perhaps that’s why Rutgers will be offering a one-credit course examining the theology behind the Boss’s songs. NPR reported it, and New Brunswick Today picked up the story.

Meanwhile at Rutgers, Athletic Director Julie Hermann is amidst another controversy — this time involving accusations of bullying by a football player against the team’s defensive coordinator.

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A Bridge Closure Too Far?

Friday Nov 15, 2013  |  1 comment

From bridges to pig cages, Gov. Christie steals the spotlight yet again.

Sarah Gonzalez of NJPR followed up on Star-Ledger reporting about suspicious lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September that blocked up traffic for hours into Fort Lee. Steve Strunsky of the Star-Ledger reported that Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich has questioned whether the closures were “punitive” due to the fact that he did not endorse the governor for reelection. Gonzalez reports that Port Authority officials backed away from previous claims about a traffic study during a meeting on Wednesday. To be continued.

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