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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

January 5, 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_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS

TRENTON _ A one-time associate of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is backing off his efforts to appeal his convictions in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case. NJ.com reported Saturday that Bill Baroni’s lawyers have filed legal papers with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. They seek to have his case returned to U.S. District Court “as promptly as possible” so a new sentence can be imposed and he can begin serving that sentence. Sent: 135 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.

MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS FIRINGS

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS _ A raucous, nearly five-hour meeting, punctuated by a police response and multiple firings, started off the new year for a Borough Council that has been riven by political tensions for months. By the end of Thursday morning’s meeting, the council had severed ties with the borough attorney and borough administrator, along with other professionals. By Katie Sobko of The Record. SENT: 883 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ TODDLER’S REMAINS FOUND _ Authorities have identified a toddler whose remains were found in a trash-strewn alleyway nearly three months ago.

_ FATAL HAMMER BEATING _ A man who used a hammer to fatally beat his sleeping girlfriend at her southern New Jersey home is now facing up to 40 years in state prison.

_ NJ TRANSIT RAIL CHIEF _ A former acting president of the Long Island Rail Road has been appointed to lead New Jersey Transit’s rail operations.

_ GAS PRICES _ Motorists continue to see lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

SPORTS:

FBN--EAGLES-BEARS PREVIEW

LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ Not long after he was hired, Matt Nagy watched the Super Bowl with his wife at a bar near the Chicago Bears’ practice facility. His good friend Doug Pederson was coaching the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. The place was just about empty. He even had to ask for the game to be turned on. “It was awesome,” he recalled. Nagy hopes things don’t go so well for his pal when the NFC North champion Bears host the Eagles on Sunday in a wild-card game packed with storylines. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 898 words, photos.

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