TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Lawyers for a New Jersey legislative panel investigating a political payback scandal involving Governor Chris Christie's office says the governor's two-time campaign manager should not be allowed to use a blanket objection to avoid turning over subpoenaed documents. The lawyers say Bill Stepien is trying to "have it both ways" by arguing that the subpoena is too broad when it asks for records of conversations with certain people and too narrow when it asks that he self-select documents related to September's traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge.
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A judge in New Jersey has sentenced two men for operating a bogus 9/11 charity in which they sold T-shirts with the logos of the New York City police and fire departments out of a custom-painted pickup truck. The judge ordered 67-year-old Mark Niemczyk (NIHM'-chek) of Tinton Falls to serve five years of probation. And 42-year-old Thomas Scalgione of Manahawkin was sentenced to six months in county jail for violating parole and one year of probation.
WALLINGTON, N.J. (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters are paying final respects to one of their own who died in the line of duty in a northern New Jersey town. Services are taking place for Gregory Barnas in Wallington today. The 57-year-old died after he fell from the roof while working to put out a fire at a restaurant last Friday.
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - The veteran stage, film and TV performer best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s re-creation of "The Honeymooners" has died. Sheila MacRae was 92. MacRae's granddaughter, Allison Mullavey, told The Associated Press yesterday that the actress died Thursday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.
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