- CHRIS CHRISTIE
His handling of Hurricane Sandy boosts his standing in two polls.
- HOURLY WORKERS
A Senate panel advances a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $8.50 from $7.25.
- NEXT OF KIN
New Jersey launches an emergency-contacts registry to help locate families of motor vehicle crash victims.
- TOLL-ROAD DRIVERS
A bill advancing in the state Senate would require E-Z Pass prices to be displayed.
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- BEST BUY
A state appeals court reinstates a personal injury suit, saying it’s unclear whether a shopper misused a shelf by stepping on it before falling.
- JOHN BENCIVENGO
The Hamilton mayor is convicted in federal court of taking bribes in return for helping deliver a contract with the school district.
- NEW JERSEY COFFERS
The federal government recommends that the state pay back $50 million in inappropriately claimed Medicaid payments.