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Gov. Chris Christie
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Christie Apologizes for Bridgegate, Fires Key Aide: ‘She Lied’ [VIDEO]

Gov. Chris Christie, saying he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by the first major political scandal of his career, apologized to the public Thursday and fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, "because she lied" about the September closings of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

Emails from Kelly, leaked Wednesday, showed she participated in the closings, as political retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee.

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Governor Christie
Governor's Office, Tim Larsen
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Will Bridgegate Hurt Christie? [POLL/AUDIO]

Gov. Chris Christie maintains he had no previous knowledge of the controversial Fort Lee lane closures, despite the release of documents that would suggest otherwise, but "Bridgegate" is still likely a step backward for the man who may try to become the next President of the United States.

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Peter Dazeley, Getty Images
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Student-Athletes May Be Randomly Tested for Steroid Use [AUDIO]

Sports and steroids are almost synonymous these days and that's why New Jersey is looking to crack down on steroid use among young student athletes.

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Dogs at Park
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Should NJ Seize Pets from Animal Cruelty Offenders? [AUDIO]

Two summers ago we learned of a heartbreaking story involving Moose, a chocolate Labrador retriever from Delran who died in a hot car after allegedly being kidnapped. On Thursday, a state Senate committee is scheduled to vote on a bill that honors Moose, and cracks down on animal cruelty offenders by making it illegal for them to ever own a pet.

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Asm. Lou Greenwald, Asm. Declan O'Scanlon
Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D) and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R) on a property tax panel at Monmouth University (Townsquare Media)
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NJ Shared Services Bill Could Die Monday [AUDIO]

Any bill that doesn't pass both houses of the New Jersey Legislature by this coming Monday will die and have to be reintroduced when the new legislature takes over Tuesday. One such bill that appears to be in jeopardy is a measure that would force towns to share services where it makes sense, or risk losing state aid equal to the amount that would have been saved.

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Taxes
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NJ Budget Battle Set to Begin [AUDIO]

Next month in his state budget address, Gov. Chris Christie will lay out his ideas for how the state will spend your tax dollars.

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Pregnant Woman
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Protecting Pregnant Women on the Job [AUDIO]

New Jersey's legislature has given final approval to a bill that bars workplace discrimination against pregnant women.

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Lisa's Light Foundation Facebook Page
Lisa's Light Foundation Facebook Page
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Advocates to Lobby for Lisa’s Law Signing [AUDIO]

Advocates calling for the electronic monitoring of repeat domestic violence offenders will be gathering in Trenton this Wednesday and they want as many people as possible to join them.

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Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie (Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
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Chris Christie and the Politics of a Tax Cut [AUDIO]

By and large, New Jersey Democrats have worked well with Gov. Chris Christie since he took office, but many insiders believe they'll be less likely to play ball with the governor in his second term. One pundit says even if Democrats decide not to bend to Christie's will, it might not hurt the governor's presidential aspirations very much.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) (YouTube)
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Sweeney Calls Economy Top Issue for 2014 [AUDIO]

What will or should be the most pressing issue for New Jersey in 2014? The top lawmaker in the legislature said this year should be all about job creation and economic growth.

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