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Christie: No ‘Plan B’ to balance New Jersey budget

6-9-14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Gov, Chris Christie says he's confident that his plan to slash the state's pension contributions will receive a judge's approval, adding that he has no "Plan B" for balancing the state budget if it doesn't. State lawyers have ...

Merck to buy Idenix Pharma for $3.85 billion

6-9-14
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — Merck will spend nearly $4 billion for Idenix Pharmaceuticals with a per-share bid worth more than triple the per-share price of the hepatitis C drug developer. Merck & Co. says the Cambridge, Massachusetts, company ...

Wal-Mart after Morgan crash: Safety top priority

6-9-14
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Wal-Mart says after one of its truck drivers was accused of causing a New Jersey highway crash that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and killed one of his friends that safety is its highest priority. A spokesman ...

Spokesman: Morgan ‘more responsive’ after surgery

6-8-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A spokesman for Tracy Morgan says that he remains in critical condition after undergoing surgery on a broken leg and will remain in a New Jersey hospital for "several weeks." Lewis Kay says that Morgan was more responsive ...

Roofing company head sentenced for insurance fraud

6-7-14
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The president of a central New Jersey roofing company who admitted avoiding payment of nearly $400,000 in insurance premiums for the firm's employees is now headed to prison. Charles Kelcy Pegler Sr. of Spring Lake received a ...

Post-superstorm buyouts get boost as summer nears

6-7-14
SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is stepping up its efforts to buy homes in flood-prone areas and tear them down as the second summer after Superstorm Sandy approaches. The goal of the $300 million Blue Acres program is to create open spaces to ...

AAA Mid-Atlantic: NJ gas prices down slightly

6-7-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists are seeing slightly lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the state on Friday was $3.49, down a penny from last week. But that's still ...

Menendez, Booker tout upgrade of Brick VA facility

6-6-14
TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — A Veterans Administration outpatient clinic at the New Jersey shore could receive a major upgrade if a compromise proposal in Congress becomes law. New Jersey Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker touted the proposal during a ...

Court: Regulators erred when considering pipeline

6-6-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmentalists are hailing a federal court ruling that found fault with the way regulators handled a request to build a natural gas pipeline in New Jersey. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner granted ...

Official talks about agency’s bridge response

6-6-14
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's transportation secretary says that in retrospect, he would have preferred that his agency moved more quickly to inspect a major highway bridge that was closed because supporting columns are tilting. Transportation ...