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Jon Runyan speaks during Ocean County Mayors' Association breakfast.
Jon Runyan speaks during Ocean County Mayors' Association breakfast. (Jason Allentoff, Townsquare Media NJ)

TOMS RIVER- Shore Congressman Jon Runyan leaps back into cyberspace, reactivating his candidate web page as he rolls out his re-election bid.  This time around will include a Foursquare page account, video, and audio that will be downloadable through i-Tunes. Runyan’s Facebook page has almost 7,800 fans.

NEWARK–  If you’re planning to travel on the train or bus today, here’s some news you should know. NJ Transit will offer full system-wide cross-honoring all day long. Bus tickets will be valid for train rides at no additional charge and vice versa. NJ Transit is also reminding customers to check for travel alerts and allow extra time getting to the station or bus stop.

FREEHOLD- Three Monmouth County bridges will undergo routine safety checks and be closed to traffic next week.  Sea Bright Bridge, between Rumson Rd. (CR 520) and Ocean Ave., will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 25, starting at 10p.m.  Shark River Bridge along Ocean Ave., between Avon and Belmar, will be closed on Thursday, Jan.26, beginning at 10p.m.  Glimmer Glass Bridge along Brielle Ave., between Brielle and Manasquan, will be closed on Friday, Jan.27, starting at 9a.m.  Officials say inspections will take no more than 3-4 hours.

NEW JERSEY– The state is reportedly getting nearly $137 million in federal assistance to help low-income residents keep warm this winter. The Obama administration announced Thursday that they’re releasing $34 million under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for New Jersey. It’s on top of nearly $103 million in funds that the state has already allocated.

EAGLESWOOD–  An attorney for a Pratt Institute professor caught with a 1970’s magazine containing pornographic images of young girls is hoping to get the charges dismissed through a pretrial intervention program. The glossy was found by firefighters battling a blaze in 76-year-old Gamal El-Zoghby’s home hidden behind wall boards with other porn magazines this week. El-Zoghby acknowledged ownership, but says he bought it decades ago and hasn’t looked at it since.



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