Unions, Christie clashing again over pensions
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has not yet said how he plans to cut the costs of pensions for public workers.
But their unions are already pushing back against the governor.
Unions for police and firefighters have been criticizing Christie's selection of a venue for his town-hall meeting scheduled for Tuesday. It's being held near a playground built by volunteering police, firefighters and teachers in honor of a teacher killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.
Their complaint is that Christie is targeting public workers' benefits with a tour of events he's calling "No Pain, No Gain."
Union officials say they will fight any proposal Christie makes to reduce pension benefits and will also file a lawsuit in a bid to force him to make full pension contributions.
POLICE OFFICER-FATAL ACCIDENT
Funeral set for NJ police officer killed in crash
HO-HO-KUS, N.J. (AP) - Hundreds of police officers are expected to pay their respects to a northern New Jersey police officer who died in the line of duty.
Gov. Chris Christie will join mourners at St. Luke's Church in Ho-Ho-Kus Tuesday for Waldwick Officer Christopher Goodell's funeral.
Authorities say the 32-year-old was checking for speeders on Route 17 when a tractor-trailer crashed into his unmarked patrol car that was parked in the shoulder on Thursday.
The five-year veteran of the police force was recently engaged and was a Marine Corps veteran.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, 28-year-old Ryon Cumberbatch of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide on Monday.
NEWARK POLICE INVESTIGATION
Feds to announce results of Newark police probe
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is set to announce its findings in a three-year investigation into alleged misconduct in Newark's police department.
The probe was initiated in May 2011 and came months after New Jersey's American Civil Liberties Union chapter filed a complaint alleging rampant misconduct and lax internal oversight.
Among the allegations were that police routinely used excessive force and mishandled citizen complaints. The ACLU claimed that out of more than 200 complaints filed with the department's internal affairs division from 2008 to 2009, only one was deemed credible.
If Newark is subject to court-enforced monitoring, it will join other cities to do so in recent years including Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Seattle.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has scheduled a noon news conference Tuesday to discuss the investigation.
2 suspects wanted in Atlantic City casino heist
(Information in the following story is from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com )
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Police are seeking two masked suspects who robbed an Atlantic City casino at gunpoint and made off with more than $180,000.
The heist occurred Monday morning at Caesars Atlantic City.
A law enforcement flier obtained by The Press of Atlantic City says the suspects fled in a car with two plastic cash boxes containing more than $180,000 in cash.
Police are not releasing any details.
The newspaper says the State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is handling the investigation. That's a sign the crime happened in the casino as opposed to the hotel.
Former New Jersey congressman remembered
(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )
WAYNE, N.J. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Robert Roe of New Jersey was remembered as a tireless public servant.
About 100 people turned out in Wayne for the Democrat's funeral on Monday. The 90-year-old died last Tuesday.
Roe served 23 years in Congress, chairing the Public Works and Transportation Committee before he retired in 1992.
Former Rep. Frank Guarini, who served with Roe, tells The Record newspaper Roe's greatest legacy was always there for the people.
CIT Group buying OneWest Bank in $3.4B deal
NEW YORK (AP) - CIT Group is buying regional bank OneWest Bank in a $3.4 billion cash-and-stock deal.
OneWest, whose parent company is IMB Holdco LLC, runs 73 retail branches in southern California. The bank is privately owned.
IMB shareholders will receive $2 billion in cash and 31.3 million CIT Group shares that are currently valued at $1.4 billion.
When the transaction closes, CIT Group Inc.'s banking subsidiary CIT Bank will merge with OneWest Bank under the CIT Bank sign.
John Thain will still serve as Chairman and CEO of CIT Group, based in Livingston, New Jersey. The company's board will increase from 13, to 15 directors.
The deal is expected to add 20 percent to CIT Group's 2016 earnings per share.
The boards of both companies have approved the sale.
Jersey shore restaurant demolished
(Information in the following story is from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com )
SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) - Workers have demolished a Jersey shore restaurant that fell victim to Superstorm Sandy and the winter.
Machines tore through the Rum Runner in Sea Bright on Monday.
The restaurant opened in 1987 along the Shrewsbury River in Sea Bright.
The restaurant flooded and lost its dock during Sandy in 2012. Then this winter caused a pipe in the fire suppression system to burst, soaking everything inside.
Owner Tim McLoone tells the Asbury Park Press he met his wife in the building. McLoone says he plans to build a new Rum Rummer on the same spot.
SNAKE LAKE HUNT
Hunt is on for snake in New Jersey lake
(Information in the following story is from: The New Jersey Herald (Newton, N.J.), http://www.njherald.com )
JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) - Traps have been set for a large snake that animal control officers and a private reptile expert say they have been hunting for in New Jersey's Lake Hopatcong (hoh-PAHT'-cong).
The New Jersey Herald reports the state Department of Environmental Protection placed traps in the lake in northwest New Jersey on Friday. Spokesman Lawrence Ragonese says there have not been any confirmed sightings of the snake, which has been reported to be either a boa constrictor or anaconda.
Ragonese says the DEP's search isn't connected to the private search led by Gerald Andrejcak. The reptile expert said last week that he cornered a 16-foot anaconda before it slithered between his legs.
Lake Hopatcong is in northwest New Jersey, about 30 miles west of Newark.
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