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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

April 4, 2019

Good afternoon! 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’s 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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TOP STORIES:

SEX ASSAULT VICTIM-JUDGE’S COMMENT

TRENTON _ An ethics committee has recommended a three-month, unpaid suspension for a New Jersey judge who told a woman she could “close your legs” to prevent a sexual assault. The committee released its recommendation to the state Supreme Court Wednesday in the case of Superior Court Judge John Russo, who sits on the bench in Ocean County in southern New Jersey. He has been on administrative leave since 2017. SENT: 330 words.

OFFSHORE DRILLING-GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ A Republican congressman who for years has touted the potential benefits of expanded oil drilling off the U.S. East Coast is now asking the Trump administration to exclude his home state of Georgia from its offshore energy plans. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter’s district includes the 100-mile (160-kilometer) Georgia coast. In a letter Wednesday to acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, Carter reiterated his support for drilling but said his constituents have made it clear they oppose any oil exploration off Georgia’s barrier islands and salt marshes. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 604 words, photos,

TRUMP-MAR-A-LAGO

PALM BEACH, Fla. _ Questions are being revived about security at President Donald Trump’s private clubs after the arrest of a Chinese woman who sought to enter Mar-a-Lago carrying computer malware and other electronic gear. A U.S. official tells The Associated Press that authorities are investigating whether the woman was part of a larger effort to gain access to Trump and do potential harm, combing through her devices and treating the case as a “credible threat.” By Jonathan Lemire, Colleen Long and Terry Spencer. SENT: 1,274 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ DOCTOR-SKI RAGE _ A doctor accused of attacking a 12-year-old boy in a “ski rage” incident at a northern New Jersey resort has been convicted of child endangerment and other counts.

_ BRUSH FIRE-MILITARY BASE _ A brush fire that has burned thousands of acres on a southern New Jersey military base is still burning.

_ POT-SNIFFING DOGS _ New Jersey has halted training state police dogs to sniff out pot.

_ BLUEFISH HARVEST _ Federal fishing regulators say catch quotas and regulations for Atlantic bluefish will be about the same this year as they were in 2018.

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