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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

January 29, 2019

Good evening! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TUESDAY’S TOP STORIES:

CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS

NEWARK _ A former aide to former Gov. Chris Christie faces resentencing next month for his role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. Bill Baroni is scheduled to appear in court in Newark on Feb. 26. The former Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was convicted on conspiracy, fraud and other charges in 2016. Prosecutors alleged he conspired to create traffic jams near the bridge to punish a mayor who didn’t endorse Christie, a Republican. By David Porter. SENT: SENT: About 310 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

POLICE SHOOTING-TWO WOUNDED _ Prosecutors are investigating a shooting during a police pursuit in New Jersey’s largest city in which an officer shot two men, killing one and critically wounding the other.

WINTER WEATHER-NJ _ New Jersey’s state government is closing early as officials prepare for a storm that’s expected to drop a wintry mix across the state.

MINIMUM WAGE-CONFUSION _ A New Jersey diner owner nearly spoiled a visit to an eatery by Gov. Phil Murphy and the state’s legislative leaders to tout their $15 minimum wage deal when he initially said he opposed it.

NEW JERSEY-REPUBLICAN DEFECTION _ Longtime Republican New Jersey state Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego has switched parties to become a Democrat, a move she says was made in part because the party of Ronald Reagan “no longer exists.”

FATAL HOUSE FIRE _ A fast-moving house fire in central New Jersey has left an elderly couple dead.

HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN _ A homeless man from Philadelphia who allegedly schemed with a New Jersey couple to scam GoFundMe donors out of more than $400,000 has been extradited back to New Jersey.

THREE FATAL OVERDOSES-MAN CHARGED _ A man who allegedly distributed fentanyl-laced crack cocaine that killed three people and sent numerous others to the hospital on a single day has admitted his role in the deaths.

SPORTS:

FBN-SUPER BOWL-CASHLESS

ATLANTA _ So you’re headed to the Super Bowl some year in the future, and you’re wondering how much cash you’ll need for the big game. No worries: During its sponsorship renewal with the NFL through the 2025 season, Visa envisions the first cashless Super Bowl. It won’t be this year, although 50 percent of concession stands that are available for making purchases for Sunday’s title game between the Rams and Patriots will be cashless. But it likely is coming. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 614 words, photos.

SOC--READING-MIAZGA

American defender Matt Miazga made his debut for Reading of England’s second-tier League Championship, playing the entire match in a 1-1 draw at Bolton on Tuesday night.

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