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Local News | Oct 31, 2006

Bush hits hard at gay marriage in final days of campaign

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) – President Bush is trying to fire up his
party by decrying gay marriage.
Campaigning for candidates in Georgia, the president pointed to
last week’s New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that said same-sex
couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Bush says activist judges have tried to redefine America by
court order for decades. The president says the New Jersey court
ruling raises doubt about the institution of marriage.
New Jersey’s court left it up to the Legislature to decide
whether to extend the rights under the structure of marriage or
something else.
Bush supports the idea of civil unions. But he ignored that as
he protrayed the New Jersey decision as the kind of thing America
should do without.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 31, 2006

50 accused of plotting murders, selling drugs in Morristown

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) – Morris County authorities say they’ve
crippled a violent drug distribution network operated by the Bloods
street gang.
Authorities yesterday announced the arrests of 47 adults and
three juveniles. Eleven suspects are reputedly members of the
Bloods.
Prosecutors say the gang members were plotting a murder, selling
drugs and engaged in violence in Morristown.
County Prosecutor Michael Rubbinaccio says “Operation Direct
Pressure” was meant to send a message that gang activity would not
be tolerated.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 31, 2006

Lawmaker pitches big tax relief plan; leaders predict modest help

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey legislators are studying how to
make the state pay a huge chunk of a homeowner’s property tax bill.
That’s according to a key New Jersey lawmaker.
Assemblyman John Burzichelli is co-chairman of a special
committee considering whether the state constitution needs to be
amended to bring property tax relief.
He cautions that nothing’s been decided and figures remain
conceptual. But he says lawmakers are mulling having the state pay
from 20 to 50 percent of the property taxes on primary homes.
Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Junior and Senate President
Richard Codey cast doubts.
Roberts predicts more “modest relief.” Codey questions how
much the state can afford.
Legislators have until November 15th to devise property tax
reform recommendations.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 30, 2006

Wind- downs trees, power lines

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s largest utility has restored
electricity to several thousand customers and the wind has
subsided.
High winds knocked down numerous trees and power lines
yesterday.
Public Service Electric and Gas says most of its outages were
centered around Lumberton, Princeton and West Orange.
In Warren County, police say a Washington Township couple was
injured when a 150-foot oak fell through their home. David and
Denise Monahan suffered head lacerations.
There were wind gusts as high as 55 miles per hour.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News, News | Oct 30, 2006

N.J. base already looking for workers with Md. ties

FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. (AP) – Fort Monmouth is recruiting workers
from Maryland.
That’s because many of the post’s military command and research
functions will move to Maryland by 2011.
Recruiters believe college students in Maryland make good job
candidates because they will be more likely to want to follow their
jobs back to Maryland.
The Army base also is seeking students with other connections to
Maryland, including New Jersey natives in Maryland schools or
students in New Jersey originally from Maryland.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)