Politics & Government

Christie signs sex offender bill into law

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has become the 46th state to enact a law toughening penalties for sex offenders who prey on children. Gov. Chris Christie signed the law known as the "Jessica Lunsford Act," which imposes mandatory 25-year terms ...

Comic Larry Storch named Fort Lee mayor for day

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — The northern New Jersey town that experienced traffic jams when approach lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed has called in the cavalry. Fort Lee named "F Troop" actor Larry Storch mayor for a day on ...

Lawmakers look at changing Rutgers board makeup

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Senate's Higher Education Committee has advanced a proposal that would let the governor and lawmakers select more members of Rutgers University's governing board. The full Senate will vote on the plan next week. It would ...

Mississippi Senate race tops Tuesday’s 8 primaries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Strange twists in Mississippi's Senate Republican race are grabbing the most attention in Tuesday's primary elections in eight states. Sen. Thad Cochran seeks a seventh six-year term. He faces tea party-backed state Sen. Chris ...

Ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell passed on doomed jet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz invited him on the doomed flight that crashed, killing seven. Rendell says Katz tried to persuade him Friday to attend an event at historian ...

A look at US Senate candidate David Goldberg

NAME: Brian Goldberg AGE: 41 GREW UP: Freehold FAMILY: Two daughters, ages 7 and 9 RESIDENCE: West Orange POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Member of the Republican committee in Essex County since 2004, has been on the West Orange budget advisory committee and ...

4 longshots face off in New Jersey Senate primary

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — None of the four men running in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate is raising much money or has ever been elected to public office before. The winner of Tuesday's election will be a longshot when he faces incumbent U.S. ...

NV governor opposes plan to allow election betting

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval has come out against a proposal to make Nevada the first state to permit betting on federal elections. The Republican governor described himself as "more of a traditionalist" when it comes to betting. ...

2 officers acquitted in police shooting case

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Two Bergen County Police officers have been acquitted on charges that they lied to investigators and removed evidence from the scene of a 2010 police shooting. A county jury returned its verdict Friday in the case involving ...

Christie pushes back on staff raise report

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pushing back on a report that says he's given big pay raises to staffers responsible for helping craft his image. Christie defended his staff payroll during a trip to Tennessee on Friday. He criticized the report as ...