An item from a local shop signals to parking enforcement not to ticket. Credit: Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton

Local Media Cover Parking, Pot and Pugnacious Pols

It was a big week for the little guy in New Jersey news.

First, Krystal Knapp of Planet Princeton has been following up on the story of local parking “irregularities” that she broke two weeks ago. Knapp spent months looking for evidence to support rumors that some local merchants and employees were getting to park at meters for free in exchange for free food or goods to local enforcement officers. Patience paid off: Knapp snapped pictures (as seen here), the town investigated, one enforcement officer was fired and another has been demoted following the “meter-gate” scandal.

At Montclair State, an enterprising student chased down the heckler at Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate, getting the scoop on her identity and message. While other media members kept their eyes and ears on the alliterative duo of Chris Christie and Barbara Buono, freshman Nick Marchese ran after the heckler and discovered that she was third-party candidate Diane Sare. Marchese called back to Montclair State’s radio station, WMSC, and did an on-air interview with Sare and student news anchor Kaitlyn Schoeffel.

Elsewhere, Jerry DeMarco at Cliffview Pilot has the story on reggae legend Peter Tosh’s son who happens to be caught up in a major pot bust.

In Clark, Jessica Remo of Patch reports that a Clark parent is taking on the school district over school nurse shortages, which she discovered after her son was recently diagnosed with diabetes.

Newark Now has an interview with third-party gubernatorial candidate William Araujo.

And Climate Central asks, “What Happened to the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season?”

Our full roundup of the best in local New Jersey reporting this week:

Second Princeton Parking Enforcement Attendant Moved to New Job After Meter-Gate Scandal Planet Princeton
Princeton Meter Attendants Selectively Enforce Parking Rules, Giving Some Businesses a Pass on Tickets Planet Princeton
Who Was That Heckler? Third-Party Candidate Diane Sare (AUDIO) WMSC/NJ News Commons*

Blogfinger photo appears in international magazine Blogfinger*
Bergen Judge Refuses to lift bail for son of reggae great Peter Tosh in massive pot bust Cliffview Pilot
Wish Comes True For Activist Arrested Last Night as Governor gets Behind NJ DREAM Act New Brunswick Today
Exclusive Interview with NJ Gubernatorial Candidate William Araujo talks about Marriage Equality Newark Now
Celebrities, fans Converge in Westfield for Scary Good Time at Monster Mash Mayhem TAP Westfield
Cherry Hill Man Fired Gun After Fight with Wife, Police Say Cherry Hill Patch
Questions of Process, Communication Confuse West Deptford Police Chief Promotion West Deptford Patch
Planned Route 35 Bike Lane Raises Safety Concerns Toms River Patch
Clark School Nurse Shortage is Unacceptable, Mom of Diabetic Son Says Clark Patch
Mamarama: Postpartum Mood Disorders and New Jersey Jersey City Independent
What Happened to the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season? Climate Central*

The Moxie Exchange “A Woman’s Movement” Comes to Livingston Livingston TAP
Taking it to the street: Morristown studying ‘parklets’ for downtown Morristown Green*

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

NJ News Commons intern Andrew Guadagnino contributed to this report.