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CHRISTIE-TOWN HALL

Christie's spending criticized outside town hall

SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) - A citizens' group is protesting Gov. Chris Christie's spending priorities outside a town hall meeting.

New Jersey Citizen Action says Christie uses taxpayer money to further his political career.

They brought along a life-size poster of Christie that they coined "Gov. Tax Waster."

The group criticized the Republican for spending $12 million on a special Senate election and more than $1 million on an internal investigation of a traffic jam scandal.

Christie has been holding town halls as he attempts to rebound from the scandal overshadowing his administration.

A report commissioned by the governor concluded Christie did not know about his aides' plan to cause traffic jams in Fort Lee to retaliate against the mayor.

Christie is expected to talk about budget issues at the town hall in Somerset.

SUPERSTORM-CHARITY

Suspect Sandy charity begins distributing dollars

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A Superstorm Sandy charity that was suspected of fraud has started distributing money nearly a year after a settlement with New Jersey prosecutors.

The unregistered Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation handed out $225,000 to four charitable organizations in New Jersey and one in New York.

New Jersey's attorney general says the organizations were selected based on their proposals to use the money to help Sandy victims based on how the money was solicited.

An additional $100,000 is under review for distribution in the near future.

Officials in New Jersey sued the foundation and its operators in February 2013, claiming they used donation funds for personal expenses and failed to properly register as a charity.

The state reached a settlement in June.

State officials claimed the group had raised $631,000.

EARNS-JOHNSON & JOHNSON

J&J Q1 net up 8 percent on sales jump, lower costs

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Johnson & Johnson says its first-quarter profit rose 8 percent, because of restrained costs and a big jump in prescription drug sales. The world's biggest maker of health care products easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its earnings outlook.

The maker of Tylenol, medical devices and prescription drugs said Tuesday that net income was $4.73 billion, or $1.64 per share, up from $3.5 billion, or $1.22 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding one-time items, income was $4.43 billion, or $1.54 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $1.48.

Revenue totaled $18.12 billion, up 3.5 percent. Analysts expected $18.04 billion.

The company, based in New Brunswick, N.J., raised its profit forecast for 2014 to $5.80 to $5.90 per share. In January, J&J forecast $5.75 to $5.85.

POKER TOURNAMENT SUSPENDED

Casino pays out in poker tourney with fake chips

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey casino is reimbursing players in a poker tournament that was suspended after counterfeit chips were discovered.

More than 2,100 entrants who finished outside the top 450 and played in the same room as the North Carolina man who is accused of introducing the fake chips will get $560, including a refund of their $60 entry fees from the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

The final 27 players are to share the remaining prize money, which comes to $19,323 each.

The 423 gamblers who fell outside the top 27 but in the money are not to get further payments. But those who have not been paid will be.

The settlement was ordered by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.

JEWELRY STORE BURGLARY

New Jersey jewelry store burglarized

(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )

OAKLAND, N.J. (AP) - Police say someone broke a hole in a wall to rob a jewelry store in northern New Jersey.

The heist at Alpha Jewelry in Oakland took place over the weekend.

Police Lt. Christian Eldridge tells The Record newspaper the thief gained access after breaking through the wall of an adjacent real-estate agency.

Police did not say how much jewelry was taken.

FISHING BOAT-RESCUE

Ailing man rescued from boat off Del. Coast

LEWES, Del. (AP) - The Coast Guard has rescued a man who needed medical attention from a fishing boat off Delaware.

After a crew member aboard the Mary Elizabeth alerted authorities that the 49-year-old man needed immediate medical attention on Monday morning, the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the boat about 50 miles off Lewes, Del.

Helicopter pilot Lt. Cmdr. Ian Stal says the crew's work clearing the deck helped the Coast Guard deploy a rescue swimmer, who assessed the man's medical condition. The Coast Guard says the man was hoisted aboard the helicopter and taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, N.J.

HOME DEPOT-CUSTOMER TRIBUTE

Home Depot workers honor late customer

(Information in the following story is from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, http://www.nj.com/times )

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) - Employees at a Home Depot store in New Jersey constructed a monument to a favorite customer who lost his battle to liver cancer.

Handyman William Abbott frequently shopped at the Home Depot store in Hamilton.

Workers sprang into action when they learned his niece wanted to construct a memorial using Home Depot materials in the weeks leading up to the 59-year-old's death on April 4.

The workers spelled out "WE LOVE U Bill" with nuts, ropes and other hardware on an orange background. The also donated an orange employee apron on which they wrote, "With Deep hearts From Store 0927."

Abbott's wife, Betty Sandowski, tells The Times of Trenton the tribute is beautiful. It was displayed next to Abbott's coffin during his funeral on Saturday.

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  • Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:59:53 GMT
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    The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds were expected. Reports of heavy, wet snow have come in from the Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey and New York City. The snow is not expected to accumulate for very long.
    The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds were expected. Reports of heavy, wet snow have come in from the Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey and New York City. The snow is not expected to accumulate for very long.
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    Robert De Niro says Tribeca Film Festival is his passion

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:47:46 GMT
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  • Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 01:47:07 GMT
    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments. The White House says Obama commended men's head coach Kevin Ollie and his team on their decisive championship victory and noted how he enjoyed watching them throughout the tournament. He told women's head coach Geno Auriemma how impressive it was to see the team continue to dominate women's collegiate basketball.
    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments. The White House says Obama commended men's head coach Kevin Ollie and his team on their decisive championship victory and noted how he enjoyed watching them throughout the tournament. He told women's head coach Geno Auriemma how impressive it was to see the team continue to dominate women's collegiate basketball.
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