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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this morning signed a bill outlawing the use of tanning beds by minors—with a partial exemption for 17-year-olds accompanied by their parents. The legislation emerged after last year's "Tan Mom" incident in which a mother tried to bring her 5-year-old daughter into the tanning booth. "Governmental regulation of the private sector should always be carefully scrutinized, and sparingly adopted," Christie said in a statement. "The new restrictions imposed by this bill followed a single but breathlessly reported incident of a parent bringing a minor child into a tanning facility." [New York Daily News]
Pedro Quezada, the 44 year-old Passaic man who won the $338 million Powerball last weekend, owes $29,000 in child support payments, the Bergen Record reports. Ironically, it looks like he can't receive his winnings until after the child support has been paid. Though according to the Record report, it looks like the state might just pay the tab for him, before handing Quezada his riches. Either way, he'll have some other funds coming his way: Wednesday, he put his bodega, Apple Deli & Grocery, up for sale. [Bergen Record]
AP reports that Prince Harry—the naughtier, more-0ften naked brother—will visit New Jersey soon to tour areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. He'll also raise money for veterans' charities, as well as participate in a polo competition. The visit is in May, which means Jersey residents have more than a month to practice curtsying and making sure they don't look Prince Harry directly in the eye, or else he'll have their heads cut off. That's how the monarchy works, right?
And we have a winner! Another winner, that is. Sunday, a dude claimed claimed he had bought the winning Powerball ticket (jackpot: $338 million, 4th-largest ever) at a "country store" in Bordentown. Turns out he was confused, lying, or forgot what town he lived in. The real ticket, we learned today, was claimed at a liquor store in Passaic. Just one problem: that guy won't come forward and claim his ticket. Maybe he thinks he lives in Bordentown. Oh, the humanity. [Star-Ledger]
"Desperate times" is the thinking here. Chris Christie has decided to placing Camden's school district--the worst performing in New Jersey--under state control, like Newark, Paterson, and Jersey City before it. It seems like precisely the sort of brash ed reform move Christie's gotten attention for in the past three years, but this is in fact his first schools takeover. Camden is also in the process of replacing its police force with a county-wide squad. Camden, which receives 86% of its schools budget from the state, better get used to taking orders from Trenton. As the Newark example shows, even if
Newsworks reports:This is no joke: The annual clown convention that has called New Jersey home for nearly a quarter of a century is taking its red noses, floppy shoes and baggy pants to Pennsylvania.Finances forced Clownfest to move from Seaside Heights to Lancaster, Pa., during the third weekend in September.Organizer Vincent "Vappo the Clown" Pagliano tells The Star-Ledger of Newark people are "pinging" him in the head. But he says the move dramatically cuts expenses.Seems like there's definitely a movie to be made, sometime around 1989, about a hardbitten New Jersey clown who takes refuge among the good Amish people of Lancaster—something
From pulling off a mini-buddy film to joining forces in support of school vouchers, Chris Christie and Cory Booker are yin and yang in the nation's favorite bipartisan political bromance. Even by running for U.S. Senate in 2014, rather than against Christie for governor this year, it seemed he was avoiding confrontation with his friend. Goodbye to all that, now. Booker's new BFF is Christie's challenger Barbara Buono, with whom he spent the day yesterday, yukking it up like old pals.Bantering about prom dates and Jersey diners, and lobbing a few attacks against Christie, Buono and Booker spent more than
The late January death of New Hope bartender Sarah Majoras has been ruled an accidental drowning, likely due to intoxication. Majoras, a bartender, went missing after returning home from the bar she worked at, before being found four days later in the frozen D&R Canal. Initially, the case looked suspicious, as the death closely mirrored one that occurred twelve years earlier. But this case appears pretty open-and-closed, according to a medical examiner. [NBC 10]
You may have heard the recent announcement that the Miss America Pageant is returning to Atlantic City in September after a seven-year affair with Las Vegas. You probably also heard an accompanying “Meh” from almost everyone.
The Star-Ledger reports:Wessie Hardy, who lived on West Broad Street, was outside doing her daily chores, her family claims, when a train derailed over the Jefferson Street Bridge about a mile away, sending four tanker cars into the Mantua Creek and releasing thousands of pounds of vinyl chloride into the atmosphere...The 77-year-old woman had some underlying medical problems due to her age, according to Messa, but the family claims she began experiencing chest pains, difficulty breathing and burning and irritated eyes shortly after the cloud of vinyl chloride passed by her. She was taken to Underwood-Memorial Hospital and died three days