Port Authority chief to testify on lane closings
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey talking to New Jersey lawmakers this morning about the unannounced closing of George Washington Bridge access lanes that caused traffic gridlock in September.
Patrick Foye was subpoenaed to appear before the Assembly Transportation Committee today.
The special hearing this morning follows the resignation Friday of Dave Wildstein, the agency official at the center of the controversy.
Two weeks ago, Governor Chris Christie appointee Bill Baroni testified that the lanes were closed for a traffic study.
Democrats suspect a political motive. They claim the lanes were shut to punish Fort Lee's Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie's re-election, which Christie denies.
The lanes were reopened after three days because of the congestion.
Princeton to begin vaccinating for meningitis B
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Princeton University is administering the first round of a vaccine against meningitis as of today.
The Ivy League school has experienced an outbreak of type B meningococcal disease. Seven students and one student visitor have been stricken by the bacterial illness since March.
University officials say the vaccine will be made available on campus from Dec. 9 through 12, to nearly 6,000 students. The second dose will be administered in February.
The vaccine for this particular strain of meningitis is only licensed for use in Europe and Australia but not in the U.S.
The Food and Drug Administration is allowing for its limited use at Princeton.
Students living in dorms are among the various groups that The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending be given the vaccine.
2 killed in I-78 crash
(Information in the following story is from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com )
UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Two people are dead following a car crash on Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County.
State Police say the vehicle veered off the eastbound lanes and slammed into a tree Sunday night.
Sgt. Brian Polite tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the roads were icy.
Police have not released the names of the victims.
NJ WINTRY WEATHER-TRANSIT
NJ Transit cross-honoring tickets system-wide
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Transit is cross-honoring tickets system-wide in the wake of the winter storm moving out of the region this morning.
The cross-honoring is in effect until the end of the service day today.
Customers can use any NJ Transit ticket or pass on rail, light rail or bus routes, including private bus carriers.
The agency says it is trying to minimize delays and ensure full service in the wake of Sunday's wallop of winter weather.
NJ Transit officials are urging riders to check the agency's website at njtransit.com for up-to-the-minute service information.
Transit officials to discuss NJ Super Bowl plans
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Officials from the New York area's public transportation agencies are discussing their plans for the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold-weather locale.
Representatives from the MTA, New Jersey Transit, PATH and Amtrak are holding a news conference in the coming hour at the Secaucus Junction rail station.
Organizers are calling February's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium the first "public transportation" Super Bowl. They're hoping fans with tickets and those who travel to the area just to take part in the Super Bowl buzz will use trains and buses instead of driving.
NJ Transit has expanded platforms at the Secaucus station to accommodate longer trains for the big game. Officials have also previously discussed offering transit passes that will allow fans to use one ticket on different rail lines.
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Essex County exec to kick off re-election
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A powerful North Jersey Democrat who endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie is seeking a fourth term.
Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo Jr. will announce his re-election bid today.
The announcement at Essex County College comes five weeks after Christie won re-election by 22 points over Democrat Barbara Buono.
DiVincenzo was the highest profile Democrat to endorse the governor.
The three-term executive draws both a salary and a pension for his position, which is allowable because of a loophole in the pension system.
He's also come under fire for allegedly using campaign funds for trips to Puerto Rico and other personal expenses.
His candidacy for re-election has been endorsed by another political powerbroker, south Jersey's George Norcross III.
NJ BLACK BEAR HUNT
NJ bear hunt to begin with fewer permits
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's black bear hunting season is under way as of this morning.
Fewer permits have been issued this year. State fish and wildlife officials say 6,445 bear permits out of a maximum of 10,000 permits have been issued for this hunt. That's a decrease from the 6,700 permits issued last year.
The six-day hunt will take place in four designated areas in parts of Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic Bergen, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
Hunter must have permits and are limited to only one bear for the season.
State wildlife officials say it is part of a plan to control the state's black bear population, which grew to about 3,000 in the hunting area in 2012.
Animal rights groups are planning to protest.
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