News stories from Ocean County and around New Jersey.

LAKEWOOD - Ocean County Freeholders are urging the legal team for the homeless tent city dwellers to drop their lawsuit. Reports say officials will not discuss the issue of homelessness with advocates who are suing them to build a shelter until the litigation is dropped. Freeholders continue to stand by the Board Of Social Services who provides solutions for those in need.

MANCHESTER - A 90-year-old Manchester man who went missing yesterday has been found safe and sound. Police confirm Rudolph Depoortere, who suffers from dementia, was found a few blocks from his home. A silver alert had been issued. He was unharmed.

SECAUCAS (AP) -- Governor Chris Christie is defending his comment that math and science teachers should be paid more than gym teachers. The remark triggered criticism from the state teachers union. Christie said yesterday he doesn't hate gym teachers but said there is no shortage of them.

TOMS RIVER - Power has been restored to all residents in Seaside Heights, Berkeley, Toms River and Pelican Island after a JCP+L transformer blew. The incident caused power problems for more than 200 customers during yesterday's downpour.

JACKSON - Ten Jackson police officers receive promotions during a ceremony this week. The promotions were awarded Monday night by Police Chief Matthew Kunz and Mayor Mike Reina in the council's chambers. Officers Wayne Olejarz, Mary Nelson And Frank Mendez were promoted to sergeants. Sergeants Steven Laskiewicz, John Decker, Thomas Hratko and Raymond Milewski were promoted to lieutenants and Lieutenants John Siedler, Ricahrd Wagner and Andrew Cheney were promoted to captains.