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Meadowlands leaders discuss new plan for area

CARLSTADT, N.J. (AP) - Business leaders from northern New Jersey are unveiling a new blueprint for the Meadowlands sports complex in the wake of increasing calls to expand casino gambling to the area.

With Atlantic City's casino market struggling, there's more talk of a casino just outside New York City. A recent poll showed residents are split, with 50 percent opposing opening casinos outside Atlantic City and 42 percent in favor.

Gov. Chris Christie has said he will give Atlantic City five years to show serious signs of improvement before he will consider asking voters to approve casinos elsewhere in the state. That clock started ticking with the February 2011 enactment of a state-administered tourism district in Atlantic City.


Trucker rescued after New Jersey Turnpike crash

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (AP) - An upstate New York truck driver who fell into a creek after his tractor-trailer crashed through a guardrail and caught fire along the New Jersey Turnpike is in critical condition.

State Police say 66-year-old Lawrence Scherf of Vails Gate, New York, was transferred to St. Barnabas Hospital, suffering from burns.

Trooper Jeff Flynn says Scherf was headed north near where the turnpike meets Interstate 80 when his tractor-trailer crashed, burst into flames and the cab dangled over the side of the overpass in Ridgefield Tuesday.

The driver fell into the creek below.

Flynn says three state troopers rescued Scherf.

He was airlifted to a hospital.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


Christie to hold latest town hall in Long Branch

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie is bringing his "No Pain, No Gain" tour back to Long Branch.

The governor will hold the latest edition of his summer town hall series at the Long Branch amphitheater Tuesday afternoon.

The governor had scheduled his first summer event at the amphitheater in July, but it was cancelled because of heavy rain.

Christie is expected to once again make the case that promised pension payments and benefits for public workers are unsustainable for the state. He's created a panel to study the issue and plans to announce an overhaul this fall.

Previous events this summer have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers. They urged Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.


Judge rejects suit over NJ's primary system

(Information in the following story is from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, )

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey can continue to use its primary system to pick political candidates.

A federal judge turned down a lawsuit led by a group of independent voters who challenged rules that only allow registered voters of a particular party to participate.

The judge cited a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings supporting the political party system.

The groups had argued the system prevents the participation of nearly half of the state's 2.6 million registered voters who are not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties.

Lawyer Harry Kresky tells The Star-Ledger of Newark his clients tried to raise the constitutional issue of whether New Jersey can fund and administer a primary system that only allows party members to participate.

Kresky says they're deciding whether to appeal.


New Jersey residents split on Christie gun veto

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey residents are split on Gov. Chris Christie's decision to veto legislation that would have reduced the number of bullets gun magazines can hold.

A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll out Tuesday finds 49 percent of Garden State residents support the veto. Another 42 percent disagree.

Still, 66 percent believe Christie should have met with parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Christie declined to.

Residents also remain deeply worried about guns, but not as worried as they used to be. Sixty-eight percent told pollsters they're "very concerned" about gun violence. That's down 9 points from immediately after the Sandy Hook shooting.

The poll of 871 New Jerseyans was conducted before the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.


NJ woman who survived Virginia tornado back home

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A woman injured by a tornado in Virginia that killed three relatives is back in New Jersey.

A tearful Jelyn Ortega says so many people have helped her.

The 21-year-old suffered a broken pelvis, broken shoulder and spine injuries when a tree crashed on a tent where her family was staying at the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort along Virginia's Eastern Shore on July 24.

Her aunt, the aunt's husband and a 13-year-old cousin were killed. More than three dozen others were injured in the twister.

The Jersey Journal reports Ortega, who came to the United States from the Philippines five months ago, remembers little about what happened.

She will not have to pay for the ambulance that brought her back to Jersey City or her rehabilitation.


Man kills self in NJ hospital

(Information in the following story is from: South Jersey Times (Woodbury, N.J.), )

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a man killed himself in a New Jersey hospital restroom after setting fire to his home.

The suicide occurred Monday afternoon inside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden.

Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin told the South Jersey Times no one was injured in the fire in Camden. Laughlin was withholding additional information about the address, the man's name and the manner of death.

The man was not a patient at the hospital.


Police: Thief masqueraded as worker, stole smokes

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) - Police say a thief masquerading as an employee walked into a southern New Jersey convenience store and walked out with several cartons of cigarettes.

Surveillance video shows the man dressed as an employee enter the Wawa store on Route 73 in Mount Laurel and go behind the counter.

Police say a second suspect stood by the door as a lookout.

The pair fled the store with $380 worth of cigarettes in a gold, older model Nissan Maxima driven by a third suspect.


His 101st birthday present? Another day at work

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) - Herman "Hy" Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won't quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job.

Goldman still shows up four days a week at light fixtures company Capitol Lighting in East Hanover. His co-workers celebrated his birthday with him on Monday.

Aside from a brief absence to serve in the U.S. Army in World War II, Goldman has worked at Capitol Lighting since 1941. The store says he was first hired to sell items and stock and clean the displays.

Co-worker Sandy Ronco says Goldman now specializes in rebuilding items that were damaged or unusable.

Goldman lives in nearby Whippany and still drives himself to work.

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