NJ health officials unveil Medicaid overhaul

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey health officials are pushing to tighten the eligibility requirements for new Medicaid enrollees as part of Gov. Chris Christie’s effort to save $300 million. The proposal would deny coverage to new adult enrollees who earn more than $5,317 per year for a family of three — about one-fifth of the current income requirement.

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New Jersey residents skeptical of new beach access regulations

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – New Jersey residents and environmental groups sparred with mayors and business groups Monday over how much control towns should have over public access to beaches. Under new proposed rules, municipalities would be asked to create their own plans for where, when and how to allow public access.

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Gov. Christie: Union’s labor complaint a ‘good sign’

PRINCETON, N.J. — The unfair labor practice claim filed against Gov. Chris Christie by the state’s largest public workers union is a sign that contract negotiations are going well, Christie said Friday. “I know I’m doing well because they’ve already sued me once,” the Republican governor told a public forum.

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Billionaire Pickens says Obama lacks energy plan

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens faulted President Barack Obama on Friday, saying the president has failed to develop the energy plan he promised Americans as a presidential candidate in 2008.

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Adoptees may get access to records, birth parents

TRENTON – Adult adoptees in New Jersey who want to find their biological parents are hoping that a three-decade battle in the Legislature over giving them access to their birth records will end with a stroke of Gov. Chris Christie’s pen.

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Factory closure draws scrutiny of NJ’s business climate

BORDENTOWN, N.J. – The sense of good will Ocean Spray Cranberries has built up over 70 years in Bordentown has quickly dried up as the community reacts to news that the company will close the plant and move its operations to Pennsylvania. Bordentown, with almost 4,000 residents, will lose about $1 million in tax revenues and utility contributions.

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Tech-savvy 23-year-old will run N.J. town

Alex Torpey, 23, plans to solve fiscal and security problems in the northern New Jersey community where he’s been elected village president using the same tools he used to win election: social media, new technology and strategic marketing.

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Casualties of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan mourned while nation celebrates bin Laden’s demise

TRENTON, N.J. – Families and friends of U.S. troops recently killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan face a swirl of emotions as they bury their dead while the nation marks the killing of the terrorist mastermind of Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Palestinian pride on display at historic home soccer match

AL-RAM, West Bank – The Palestinian national soccer team lost to Thailand in an Olympic qualifying match deep in symbolism: it’s the first time the Palestinians have hosted a competitive match at the international level, and for excited fans in this conflict-ridden area, it marks an important step in their struggle for independence.

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White House Campaign Stop: Israel

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For Republicans considering taking the presidential plunge, a conspicuous jaunt to the Jewish state boosts foreign policy credentials and appeals to the conservative base in one fell swoop.

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