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NJ Man Among the Dead in Amtrak Train Derailment

Jim Gaines of Plainsboro was one of at least seven people who were killed after an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia.

U.S. Military Bases at Heightened Security Levels

Military bases, including Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, are at the Bravo level -- the highest since the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

NJ Man Among Those Killed in Amtrak Derailment

An Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia on its way from Washington, D.C. to New York Tuesday night, killing six people.

Judge Agrees to Re-Sentence Juvenile Given 75-Year Punishment

An Essex County judge has agreed to re-sentence James Comer who was 17 when he was given a 75-year prison sentence with the possibility of parole after 68 years. His attorney argued that amounted to a life sentence, which is unconstitutional for a minor.

Officials Call for Reauthorization of Federal Highway Trust Fund

The federal Highway Trust Fund expires May 31 and New Jersey politicians say without reauthorization, state infrastructure is in jeopardy.

Lawmakers Consider Greater Penalties for Swatting

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, who is a victim of swatting, has introduced legislation that would make it a second-degree crime punishable by 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine.

Former NJ Supreme Court Justice: Cameras in SCOTUS Would Enhance Public’s Understanding

Former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero says that the ban on cameras inside the U.S. Supreme Court has been in place throughout the tenure of the court. He says that it is time to change that rule so the public can more access to the highest court.

NJ Supreme Court Hears Arguments Regarding State Pension System

State Supreme Court Justices heard arguments from the state and unions regarding the funding of New Jersey's pension system.

Lawmakers Push for New Home Fire Safety Act

After a devastating fire in Edgewater, lawmakers have approved the New Home Fire Safety Act, which would mandate all new one- and two-family dwellings to have sprinkler systems. The bill has passed both chambers and awaits the governor's signature.

Asm. Bramnick: If Christie Was Involved in Bridgegate, We Would Know By Now

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick says if Gov. Christie was a key player in the plan to close lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in 2013, the public would know about it by now since so many people have been asking questions.