The rain poured down in buckets this morning, straining storm drains and leaving coastal roads partly under sheets of water. Despite driving winds, shore electricity suppliers reported only several dozen isolated outags. Our Cinco de Mayo soaker begins to move away late this afternoon and tonight, says Townsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow, with a nice rebound for the weekend. See his extended forecast here.  


Federal Democrats call the razor-thin House passage of the revised American Health Care Act a matter of Republican partisanship, and some, including New Jersey U.S.Senator Robert Menendez, expect to amend it heavily. Two of the four votes for passage were cast by Shore Republican Tom MacArthur, who contributed extensively to revisions, and Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, who previously opposed it. The rest of New Jersey's delegation voted against the bill to start replacement of Obamacare.

The hundreds of small fish that turned up dead on the banks of the Navesink River in Monmouth County weren't victims of bad water quality, say state environmental officials, who discovered that they were attacked by much larger blues. The shore is amid a "bluefish run," in which it isn't unusual to see some as large as 16 pounds in waterways.

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