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Repair work was being done on Mathis Bridge when span became stuck in the open position

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TOMS RIVER — The Tunney/Mathis Bridge along Rt. 37 and spanning Barnegat Bay was temporarily closed t…

Gov. Chris Christie took a swipe at oceanfront homeowners who haven’t signed easements for beach replenishment.

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Gov. Chris Christie may think the oceanfront homeowners blocking a beach replenishment project are “extraordinarily selfish,” but some Hurricane Sandy victims now see the state as the main culprit in the delay for the storm protection work.

At a Sandy-related event Wednesday in Manville, Christie took a swipe at oceanfront homeowners primarily in Ocean County who haven’t signed easements for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to start beach replenishment on the northern Ocean County peninsula from Point Pleasant Beach to Island Beach State Park.

“The only reason it’s still in the queue is because we have some extraordinarily selfish and self-centered residents in this state who believe that their view is more important than protecting the homes, the property and the lives of their neighbors,” Christie said at the Manville event.

Paul Jeffrey, president of the Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association, questioned the state’s legal strategy and said the delay

The state’s main housing recovery program came under attack because of slow progress.

STAFFORD — If Joe Karcz had gone with his gut, he’d be home by now, instead of staring at his empty lagoon-front lot in Stafford Township.

A disabled construction worker, Karcz, whose home was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, first thought he’d rehab it on his own, but then decided to get the funding through what’s become a controversial state-administered federal housing recovery program.

That program came under attack on Thursday by dozens of Sandy victims who say they – like thousands of others – are still homeless because the state has mismanaged the multi-million dollar Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation Program, one of the initiatives that promised to help them with recovery.

“It’s to the point now that it’s a joke,” said Karcz, 52, as he stood on the sandy lot that used to hold his 1,260-square-foot four-bedroom ranch. “I’ll make sure I’ll be home for Thanksgiving.”

Nearly three years after the storm, Sandy victims are trying to turn up the heat on Gov. Chris Christie who they said has turned a d

The Oak Street School in Lakewood was evacuated Thursday morning after a bomb threat was made against the school, police said.

The Oak Street School in Lakewood was evacuated Thursday morning after a bomb threat wa…

Monday is Memorial Day and there are ceremonies and parades planned throughout the state. NJNP Photo Kathleen W. Perlett 

Monday is Memorial Day. Here’s a sample of ceremonies, parades and other observances taking place.

BRICK Memorial Day Parad…

A former Lakewood police officer was arrested Sunday after he was caught about to ingest heroin in a fast food parking lot, authorities said.

A former Lakewood police officer was caught with heroin, authorities sa…

STAFFORD —Three people were airlifted to a local hospital and a fourth was injured after two cars crashed Wednesday morning on a busy road in Stafford, police said.

Stafford Patrolman Justin Pascale said Cecilia Torres, 52, of Barnegat was dri…

A Tuckerton man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to luring a 12-year-old girl at the public library, authorities said.

Mark Allan, 56, of Tuckerton, pleaded guilty to luring, authorities said. (Ocean County Jail) 

Vehicle was found submerged in Shenandoah Park


LAKEWOOD — Police are trying to determine how a car ended up in a lake at Shenandoah Park and are seeking the public’s help.

Officers responded to the…

Suspect bit Stafford cop, report says

Barnegat man was banging his head when he assaulted officer, police said

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STAFFORD — A Barnegat man bit a police officer’s hand as the officer was trying to stop the man from banging his …

Bringing back Barnegat Bay with old oyster shells

Two southern Ocean County seafood restaurants are involved in what some might call a pearl of an idea — to use their recycled oyster shells to restore a reef habitat in Barnegat Bay.

Police arrived just as the man jumped

A file photos of the Thomas A. Mathis Bridge, which links Toms River and Seaside Heights along Route 37. A man jumped to his death off the bridge this morning, according to a r…

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