Credit: Deborah Gaines

Beautiful weather and golden sunshine poured down on hundreds of couples across New Jersey yesterday as same-sex marriage became legal. Small media outlets and large alike were on hand to record — in Maplewood, everyone from The Alternative Press to News 12 New Jersey crowded the steps of Town Hall to get the story. Throughout the state, Patch reported marriage license applications and ceremonies. According to The Record, however, it was not easy-going throughout the state as confusion reigned in many towns.

Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca raises the gay pride flag at Maplewood Town Hall, Oct. 21, 2013. Credit: David Lackey/The Alternative Press of Maplewood

Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca raises the gay pride flag at Maplewood Town Hall, Oct. 21, 2013. Credit: David Lackey/The Alternative Press of Maplewood

Meanwhile, elections are coming to New Jersey — again. And it’s not just Chris Christie versus Barbara Buono. Throughout the state, senators and assembly members are up for re-election. PolitckerNJ covers Republican attempts to oust Democrats in South Jersey — despite a lack of campaigning by the governor. And NJ Spotlight covers an ethics issue in the first district that could unseat a Democratic assemblyman. NJ Spotlight also recently produced one of its handy-dandy maps to show fundraising in all 40 NJ legislative districts.

The story of the male Jets fan who punched a female Patriots fan on Sunday keeps growing. Once identified, it turns out that the puncher did time for stabbing a 17-year-old to death 20 years ago. Now, his parents are saying the 38-year-old was merely defending himself in punching the female fan.

And we welcome a new member to the NJ local news ecosystem: The Alternative Press of East Orange. Report long and prosper!

Our full roundup:

Maplewood’s First Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony Performed TAP Maplewood
Maplewood holds group wedding as same-sex couples get hitched across New Jersey News 12 New Jersey
Cherry Hill Holds First Same-Sex Marriages Cherry Hill Patch
Toms River Gets 6 Same-Sex Marriage Applications Toms River Patch
Same-sex marriage requests met with confusion, frustration in some N.J. towns The Record
Asm. Bramnick Says Christie Is Smart to Drop Appeal NJTV*

Christie walking a fine line on gay marriage NewsWorks*
For Christie, gay marriage over as an issue – maybe Philadelphia Inquirer
Welcome to South Jersey: Kean sees opportunity where Dems delight in bipartisanship with Christie (with video) PolitickerNJ
Possible Ethics Issue Clouds Forecast for Democrats in 1st Legislative District NJ Spotlight*

NJ Candidates, Political PACs Break the Bank, Breaking Records for Spending NJ Spotlight*
Buono attacks Christie on urban record as governor’s Democratic endorsements pile up Star-Ledger/NJ.com*
NY Daily News identifies Jets fan who punched woman as stabbing death ex-con Cliffview PIlot*
Kurt Paschke, Jets fan who allegedly punched female Patriots supporter, did time for stab slay NY Daily News
Andrews’ legal bills still rising Courier-Post

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

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