A 51-year-old woman from Warren County, NJ, died in May at a hospital after experiencing fever and headaches. Now we know why. The cause of death was a rare disease called the Powassan Virus, caused by a bite from an infected tick.
This is sad, just because when things end, it is sad. The last hotel in Trenton, New Jersey, which has been vacant since Marriot left the building in June, was sold to a broadcasting company today for $6 million.
Tonight, Riverside Township in Burlington County will consider an ordinance to ban baggy/saggy jeans, following Wildwood’s lead. To this latest chapter in what we’ll call the broken belt buckles theory of law enforcement, we add only this: Watch out for self-aggrandizing mayors looking to grandstand politically. Oh, and let’s make sure the trend doesn’t go too far in the other direction either.
Moderate Republican congressman Jon Runyan won’t run for reelection in 2014, leaving New Jersey’s third district (BurlCo, Ocean County) wide open. The 40-year-old Runyan (of course) said he is leaving to spend more time with his family, which includes a teenage son who plays football at St. Joe’s Prep. The real reason, many suspect, is that he’s sick of the hard-liners in his own caucus.
In August, NJ governor Chris Christie signed legislation banning “gay conversion therapy” for use on minors. Now parents in the state are challenging the ban in federal court.
The New Jersey man who shot and killed a TSA worker Friday at LAX will be charged with murder and committing violence at an international airport. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was shot in the face during the incident, but survived.
Chris Christie is going to be re-elected as New Jersey’s governor this week, but forget that. Now’s the time to start focusing on his presidential prospects.
Because unless and until he says “no” to the prospect, the possibility of a GOP run is going to influence everything Christie does and how it’s seen. New Jersey isn’t just the place he governs. It’ll be his stage.