NJ Gov. Murphy conditionally vetoed a popular bill that would have lifted the requirement that hair braiders complete 1,200 hours of training at a beauty school - which costs about $17,000 - and suggested the lawmakers consider amending the bill to reduce the number of hours of training to 40 - 50 hours and to be focused on hair-braiding techniques, sanitation, and infection control.
A jury found a Lumberton man guilty of aggravated manslaughter after prosecutors argued that he and his brother bludgeoned an acquaintance with a baseball bat and buried his body in their backyard, in Lumberton, NJ. Christopher Costello, 29, faces up to 30 years in prison, while his brother, Bryan Costello was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to the same charge.
The ACLU of New Jersey is suing a dozen school districts in the state, saying they have discriminatory policies that prevent immigrant children from receiving an education. The U.S. and state constitution bars schools from requiring IDs, such as a driver's license, when enrolling children in school, because it effectively bars undocumented immigrant children from getting an education.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal immediately halted all municipal prosecutions of marijuana offenses Tuesday, effectively placing on hold thousands of cases across the state that involve possession of weed while lawmakers weigh legalization.
Rapper Juelz Santana is back in court Monday to ask a judge to allow him to move out of his mother's home, where he is on house arrest, and move in with his girlfriend. A federal judge said the rapper would have to get the anger management assessment. He was charged with bringing a loaded handgun to the Newark Liberty International Airport in March.
I cover news and people in New Jersey, focusing on cannabis issues, court rulings that have an impact on everyday life, profiles of unusual folks and the disappearance of open spaces in the Garden State.