Opponents of the American Health Care Act raise their voices outside Representative Tom MacArthur's (R-3) office in downtown Toms River, demanding his 'no' vote when it returns from the Senate to the House. MacArthur wrote several amendments to the Obamacare replacement. Protestors cite Congressional Budget Office projections of some 22,000,000 Americans losing health insurance coverage in the next decade, breaking it out to about 400,000 in New Jersey.

American Health Care Act protest, downtown Toms River (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media)
American Health Care Act protest, downtown Toms River (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media)

The former Asbury Park police officer who lit out for parts unknown during his trial in Freehold is found in North Carolina. Keith German is accused of collaborating with gang leaders in the city in return for help in stalking a woman.

A Toms River sports doctor is sentenced to a year and a day in prison for taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Lakewood compound pharmacist for referrals. Dr. James Morales pleaded guilty to the charge, and also admitted altering medical records to secure insurance reimbursements.

Six more arrests in Lakewood for alleged scamming of government aid brings the total to 14 since Monday. Seven couples are accused of lying about their household income to get Medicaid benefits, food stamps and even Sandy aid.

The three-alarm fire that ripped through the longstanding Richard's Sub World in Bayville is under investigation. Police said that no one was in the building when flames erupted Tuesday. Two firefighters needed medical help.

Long Beach Island once again becomes a pedestrian safety model for the Garden State. The Safe Streets initiative by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority begins today in Surf City - featuring a specialized High Intensity Activated Crosswalk on Long Beach Boulevard.

Meanwhile, several miles north in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey Attorney General Chris Porrino, along with state and Ocean County Consumer Affairs staffers, launch the annual Safe NJ campaign with inspections of boardwalk games, rides and shops for health, safety and quality standards.

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