Law & Public Safety

Christie withdraws judicial nominations after spat

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has withdrawn the nominations of eight people for judgeships in Essex County. His decision came Monday afternoon shortly after the state Senate judiciary committee refused to sign off on one of the nominees ...

New Jersey’s Tent City homeless encampment closes

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A homeless encampment near the Jersey shore that came to be known as Tent City has closed after the last of its 120 occupants was placed in temporary housing. Lakewood town officials and a lawyer who represented the camp's ...

Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of taxi driver

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A Camden man has admitted that he fatally shot a cab driver during a botched robbery last summer. Burlington County prosecutors say 23-year-old Carey Coleman Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated manslaughter in the ...

New Jersey scores legal win in beach dune case

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — State prosecutors have scored a legal victory over a southern New Jersey couple that was seeking roughly $800,000 for an easement on their property that was needed to build a sand dune and beachfront protection project. ...

Great White Shark Numbers Have Increased

According to a new NOAA report, the number of great white sharks has been on the rise since the 1990s.

Teenager pleads guilty in fatal Camden shooting

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a southern New Jersey teenager has pleaded guilty in a fatal shooting Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo says 17-year-old McQuan Walker of Camden pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated manslaughter. The ...

Newark church next to home where 6 died is robbed

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The pastor of a Newark church that is next-door to a home where a family of six died in a fire earlier this month says his church has been robbed. The Rev. James Johnson, who runs Tree of Life Ministries, says he showed up for ...

Teacher admits inappropriate online chat with teen

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey teacher has admitted having an inappropriate online conversation with a 14-year-old male student. Middlesex County prosecutors announced Monday that 33-year-old Cara Conroy of South Brunswick ...

Robber gets life sentence under ’3 strikes’ law

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man with a long criminal record has been sentenced to life in prison for armed robbery. Ocean County prosecutors say 46-year-old Antonio Jones of Lakewood received the term under the state's "Three ...

New Jersey hotel settles Sandy price gouging claim

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State authorities say a northern New Jersey hotel will pay $110,000 to resolve claims that the business gouged dozens of customers following Superstorm Sandy. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced the settlement with ...