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Gas prices continue to plummet in Central Jersey
    The price of gas in Central Jersey continues its freefall.  Here are the Central Jersey averages, followed by the AAA national average for the week ending October 10th:       Regular - Central Jersey: $2.85, down 10-cents; National:  $3.18, down 7-cents.       Mid-grade - Central Jersey:  $3.18, down 2-cents; National:  $3.39, down 7-cents.       Premium - Central Jersey:  $3.33, down 2-cents; National:  $3.56, down 4-cents.       Local averages are calculated using the prices at ten gas stations in Edison, Franklin, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and South Brunswick.  The national average is calculated by using the AAA's fuel gauge report, which can be found here.
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New Assembly member sworn in for Central Jersey's 17th District
State lawmakers welcomed Franklin Township resident and Army veteran Joseph Danielsen to their ranks on Thursday... as he succeeds Democrat Upendra Chivukula in the 17th District.  Chivukula recently became commissioner of the Board of Public Utilities.  Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto swore in Danielsen on the chamber's floor before a voting session.  With Danielsen, Democrats control 48 seats to the Republicans' 32.  A Democrat and former member of the Franklin Township Board of Fire Commissioners, Danielsen was appointed through a vote by the Democratic committee members in the district.
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Saturday emergency drill at Newark Liberty not expected to cause delays
Officials say an emergency drill at Newark Liberty International Airport tomorrow is not expected to delay flight operations.  The Port Authority says tomorrow's drill will allow airport and local emergency responders to train together.  The agency says the public might see numerous emergency vehicles and simulated smoke at the airport between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.  But again, it's only a drill.
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DEP says it still needs permission from hundreds to safeguard the Jersey Shore after Sandy
As the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, New Jersey says it has acquired 80 percent of the easements it needs to do shore protection work along the coast.  The state Department of Environmental Protection says it still needs about 400 of the legal permissions from private property owners for government to build dunes and replenish beaches on part of their land.  The October 2012 storm devastated large parts of the Ocean and Monmouth county coast.  Beach replenishment has been completed in many Monmouth County shore towns, but still needs to be done in some of the worst-hit Ocean County communities.  Governor Christie signed an order giving the state the power to do whatever is needed to acquire the easements, including seizing them through eminent domain.
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