While there's still not agreement between lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy on the details of legalizing adult-use recreational marijuana, the concept is now closer to reality in New Jersey than ever before after the approval Monday of two legislative committees.

Two of the 26 Lakewood residents indicted in the large-scale multi-million dollar welfare fraud scandal have plead not guilty to the charges as the state continues fielding questions about an amnesty program offered to others in the township.

The holiday shopping season is well underway, but whether it's now or even as late as Christmas Eve, shopping local may be the way to go.

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