The push for an overhaul of the U.S. tax code creates vastly different scenarios by Republicans and Democrats in disparate parts of New Jersey. In Bayville, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump described a clearer, fairer system that would encourage business and job growth and raise the quality of life for middle-class wage earners. In Newark, Governor-elect Phil Murphy and shore Congressman Frank Pallone led a chorus of critics who predicted a bonanza for New Jersey's wealthiest denizens, and a middle-class disaster.

Dueling Tax Reform Events
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A Belford man is accused of socking a teen in the face after the two were involved in a Sunday fender-bender in Holmdel. Police allege that a false move on the road by the 17-year-old infuriated William Hyer, who they say triggered the collision and socked the teen while they were exchanging informmation on the side of Route 34.

The suspect in a two-week car-burglary spree in Manchester is collared after being reported by the same onlooker, twice. Police accused Shane Bowie of threatening the caller with a knife the first time, back on October 27 - and said that he still had the blade when they brought him in November 8.

The Thursday fire that destroyed a Middletown house under construction is deemed to be arson, and a man from the same section of town is accused of lighting it. Matthew Franco was arrested Saturday, and two juveniles accused of helping him were charged today.

The true saga of four moms who rescued their daughters from sex slavery and spurred action in Congress against human traffickin is recounted today at the Ocean County Library in Toms River. The screening of "I Am Jane Doe" precedes a discussion by the New Jersey Coalition of Human

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