News Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey news from The Associated Press - My9 New Jersey

News Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey news from The Associated Press

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Governor Chris Christie and the federal prosecutor leading a probe into the bridge traffic scandal managed to avoid each other this morning at a forum on prisoner re-entry issues. Paul Fishman left the Jersey City event before Christie arrived. Both are advocates of prisoner programs aimed at keeping convicts from returning to prison.

FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - An initial court appearance has been pushed back for a mother accused of trying to drown her three teenage children by driving a van into the Delaware River on Tuesday. Joann Smith of Florence Township remains jailed while the children are now with relatives. A bystander helped rescue the four from the partially submerged vehicle.

EDISON, N.J. (AP) - Demolition work is set to begin tomorrow on what's left of Edison's James Monroe Elementary School after it was gutted by fire last month. A school custodian has been cited for allegedly tossing an unfinished cigarette into a trash can, sparking the fire.

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) - Environmentalists today are set to release the results of the state's annual beach sweep. Last year's Clean Ocean Action collected trash from more than 60 New Jersey beaches last year, with cigarette butts and plastics making up most of the 351,000 items of trash collected.

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