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Stender stepping down amid allegations
A Central Jersey lawmaker will not seek re-election as questions mount over her husband's use of a charity involving a home damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Assemblywoman Linda Stender has announced she would step down when her term ends in January. Her announcement came an hour after her running mate, Union County Democratic chairman Assemblyman Jerry Green, said he would not support her. The Democrat has been in office since 2002 and was recently hired for $90,000 a year by the Union County Improvement Authority. Questions have been raised about Stender's husband using a nonprofit to demolish a Sandy-damaged home he owned in Manasquan.
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A new type of liquor license in Jersey?
A new bill introduced by South Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli could enable restaurants around the state to sell alcohol with a new type of liquor license. The bill, which Burzichelli considers "common sense," would let restaurants serve alcohol to patrons at their tables, provided they do not operate a bar on the premises. The licenses would limit service to the lunch or dinner table, and establishments interested in using them would be required to have a full-sized commercial kitchen. Burzichelli says that, "When people want to set up restaurants, not having a liquor license can put them at a disadvantage."
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3000 people get good news..and bad news from Kean University
About 3,000 students recently learned they had been accepted to Kean University -- except they really hadn't. The Union school erroneously sent the emails of congratulations. Some even went to students who hadn't applied to the school. Kean quickly sent out another email less than 30 minutes later declaring the initial correspondence had been "sent in error."
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NJ Transit could hike fares, cut service, in efforts to close budget gap
New Jersey Transit bus and rail riders may face higher fares for the first time in five years.  The mass transit agency is looking for ways to close an $80 million budget gap.  Spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says fare and service adjustments are on the table. The agency is developing options to meet its operating needs that include escalating employee health premiums and other costs.  NJ Transit commuters saw fares rise by 25 percent five years ago when the agency needed to close a $300 million budget gap.
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