The state government shutdown and Beachgate combine to bring Governor Chris Christie's approval rating to 15 percent in today's Monmouth University survey - not quite in single digits, but matching the all-time low recorded in late June by the Quinnipiac University survey. Poll Director Patrick Murray said the Governor's approval rating among Republicans was 30 percent.

Christie Sand Sculpture at Seaside Heights
(Photo courtesy Dave Bobal)

An Asbury Park drug network leader faces 12 years in prison for admitting his role in pushing heroin through Ocean, Monmouth, and other New Jersey counties. Robert Britt is the 22nd,and last, defendant to accept penalty in the probe of the Britt-Young Drug Trafficking Organization.

A Saturday swim at Barnegat Bathing Beach turns tragic, as the body of a 74-year-old Waretown man is pulled from the surf. Police said that beeachside CPR efforts on Anastasio Papavasiliou failed. Other swimmers told police that he seemed to be in no difficulty when he entered the water.

The home contractor accused of absconding with more than $1,000,000 paid to him by Superstorm survivors for repairs he never completed is ordered to remain in the Ocean County Jail until court proceedings. Jamie Lynn Lawson was extradited from South Carolina.

The past several rain-free days mean green lights for swimming along Ocean County's beaches, lakes and rivers. A thunderstorm looms as a possibility. If it develops, it could mean storm water runoff and changes in bacteria levels. See Townsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow's July 10 Shore Report here.

Barnegat Lighthouse first alerted mariners to dangers after dark 160 years ago. The land around it, though, has been a state park for the past six decades. Today, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection hosted a series of events to mark the 60th anniversary of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, including a trail hike, lighthouse climb, and re-dedication of the bust of Old Barney's architect - George Meade, who later led the Union forces in the Civil War.

Once one of the most powerful men in New Jersey law enforcement, former Assistant Attorney General Terry Merced is embroiled in his biggest struggle - for his life. Merced, a victim of final-stage renal failure, needs a kidney. See how he is navigating the rough terrain, and learn about organ donation, through Vin Ebenau's three-part series.

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