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Christie writes piece praising Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Governor Chris Christie is singing the praises of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2014.

Both Christie and Walker are considering 2016 presidential runs, making Christie's endorsement of Walker all the more interesting. But it's also not unprecedented. Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association and has previously spoken highly of Walker as he faces re-election this fall.

Christie's three paragraph item on Walker cites his fight over collective bargaining and his successful defeat of a recall election in 2012 as signs of Walker's leadership.

Walker is pictured leaning against a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with the state Capitol in the background.

In 2011, Walker wrote a piece for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan when he made the list.


Evesham town hall reopens after suspicious package

EVESHAM, N.J. (AP) - Evesham's municipal complex has reopened after the State Police bomb squad detonated a suspicious package addressed to the town's judge.

Police say the package, which was found in the lobby area around 5:40 a.m. Thursday, had wires protruding from it and appeared to be a bomb.

Police say the bomb squad blew it up and determined it was not an explosive.

The municipal complex, including the Municipal Court, reopened by 10:15 a.m.


Overhead wire troubles slowed NJ Transit trains

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Transit trains are back on schedule after commuters faced delays into and out of New York City for about three hours.

NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. says problems with Amtrak's overhead wires just outside of New York's Penn Station cut off power to 12 tracks Thursday morning. One train was stopped and brought back to the station.

Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley line trains were up to 45 minutes late heading into and leaving New York City between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Midtown Direct trains resumed service into New York after being diverted for about 90 minutes to Hoboken.

Buses and PATH honored NJ Transit rail tickets.


Indiana man faces gun charge at NJ airport

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Police say an Indiana man tried to board a flight for Chicago with an assault weapon at New Jersey's Newark airport.

Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says Southwest Airlines notified officers as 23-year-old Adam Urbana tried to go through security in Terminal A on Thursday night. He had told the airline about the gun.

Pentangelo says the Valparaiso, Indiana, resident told officers he had purchased the weapon, which was in a soft case, and 70 rounds of ammunition, for recreational purposes.

Police arrested Urbana after they said he failed to produce the required legal documents.

He's held on $50,000 bail, charged with unlawful possession of an assault firearm and large-capacity ammunition magazines.


NJ, Pa. lawmakers proposing bridge agency changes

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Lawmakers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania are proposing changes to the Delaware River Port Authority, which runs four bridges connecting the two states in the Philadelphia area.

The plans are to be announced at a news conference Thursday morning.

At the behest of the governors of both state, the DRPA has already made major changes in the last several years, including ceasing to spend toll money on economic development projects unrelated to transportation.

Authorities such as the DRPA have received greater scrutiny since revelations that an official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was involved in the politically motivated shutdown of lanes near the George Washington Bridge last year.


Crews battle woodlands fire in south NJ

(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), )

DOWNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - State Forest Fire Service crews are working to contain a forest fire in the Bevans Wildlife Management Area in southern New Jersey.

The fire began yesterday afternoon. Fueled by strong winds, it is estimated to consume at least 1,500 acres. It comes as the state deals with a second day of red flag warnings for fire danger.

Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Hanja tells The Press of Atlantic City the fire was 55 percent contained as of 8 a.m. Thursday and is expected to burn itself out.

The fire has not threatened any homes and no injuries have been reported.

Firefighters say the fire apparently began on the north side of Ackley Road in Downe Township and eventually crossed to the south side.


Fire at Carlstadt Post Office

CARLSTADT, N.J. (AP) - Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a fire that broke out above the Carlstadt Post Office.

The post office is on the ground floor and an electrical supply store is on the top floor.

Fire Chief Rob Popejoy tells WNBC-TV the flames broke out near the roof of the building on First Street around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Firefighters say the top floor sustained heavy fire damage and the post office had water damage.

Popejoy says one firefighter was taken to the hospital after he fell from the roof. A second was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Popejoy says work was being done on the roof on Wednesday, but it's not clear what caused the fire.


Ex prosecutor, NJ professor to head NYC rent board

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed a law professor and former federal prosecutor to head the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.

The mayor's office said Thursday that Rachel Godsil specializes in housing, land use and social justice issues.

The Rent Guidelines Board determines annual rent adjustments for some one million rent-stabilized apartments throughout the city

Godsil is a professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, N.J.

She is a former prosecutor for the Southern District of New York.

Godsil also had represented the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on environmental justice issues.


NJ cop who accidentally shot self to return to job

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (AP) - Officials say a Flemington police officer who apparently shot himself by accident plans to return to work next week.

The Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office says Detective Sgt. William Svard sustained a minor leg injury when his duty weapon apparently discharged accidentally last Thursday. Svard was sitting in a police vehicle in a parking lot in Raritan Township at the time.

Officials are still investigating the incident.


Atlantic City mayor beats elephant at Monopoly

(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), )

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - No one puts Atlantic City's mayor in the corner when it comes to playing Monopoly. Not even a circus elephant.

Mayor Don Guardian beat Duchess in an abbreviated game Wednesday to promote the return of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to Boardwalk Hall. Guardian even dressed the part of Mr. Monopoly with hat and cane.

The board game features Atlantic City street names.

Duchess threw her game piece on the ground after losing. But the mayor offered her bread baked specially for her.

The mayor tells The Press of Atlantic City he wanted to take the bread home, but was convinced otherwise by the size of his opponent.

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