{FD} Secret Santa pays off nearly $50G of layaways at Walmart in New Jersey

A Secret Santa helped spread some holiday cheer for some shoppers at a Walmart in New Jersey by paying off nearly $50,000 worth of layaways at the store.

{FD} Rutgers announces punishment for professor accused of making anti-Semitic remarks

A Rutgers University professor accused of posting anti-Semitic rants on his Facebook page will lose his role as a director and will no longer be allowed to teach required classes, the school announced.

{FD} Washington’s crossing of Delaware River will have to wait

The traditional reenactment of George Washington crossing the Delaware River is still on for Christmas Day, but this Sunday’s scheduled dress rehearsal has been canceled.

{FD} ‘Obese’ squirrel caught stealing candy from New Jersey house

A big, fat squirrel in New Jersey clearly has a bit of a sweet tooth because he was caught on video ravaging a holiday treat stand in front of a woman’s home.

{FD} New Jersey pastor accused of sexually assaulting four kids

A church pastor in New Jersey has been accused of sexually assaulting children during a 16-year period.

{FD} Prep school teacher, 28, had ‘sex in the park’ with 16-year-old boy student, police say

Former Pennington School teacher Alyssia Marie Reddy was arrested on Friday, authorities say.

{FD} Squirrel responsible for damaging Christmas lights in New Jersey town

A search for vandals in a Jersey Shore town after a popular Christmas lights display was damaged came to an end Saturday when officials discovered the Grinch was actually a medium-sized rodent.

{FD} New Jersey authorities arrest 79 alleged sex offenders in sting operation

Authorities in New Jersey arrested 79 people in a nine-month-long investigation aimed at protecting children from sexual predators.

{FD} New Jersey woman stuck in septic tank rescued after 3 hours

A New Jersey who fell into a septic tank was stuck 11-feet under ground for three hours before firefighters managed to free her.

{FD} Menendez corruption and bribery case ends in mistrial: What to know

After the jury again informed the judge they could not reach a decision, a federal judge declared a mistrial in Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption and bribery trial.

{FD} Dems mum on whether Menendez should step down if convicted

Top Democrats on Sunday refused to say whether Sen. Bob Menendez should step down if he’s convicted of federal bribery charges.

{FD} Plot to kill New Jersey cop leads to 3 drug, weapons arrests, police say

An investigation of a reported plot by a Bloods gang member to kill a New Jersey police officer resulted in the arrests of three people on firearm and drug charges, authorities said Friday.

{FD} World War II veteran, 93, scores upset election win in New Jersey

A 93-year-old World War II veteran scored a surprise victory over an incumbent New Jersey mayor in Tuesday’s election.

{FD} Ex-Assad spokesman now adjunct professor at Rutgers University

A former Syrian diplomat who represented the regime of President Bashar Assad during the country’s tumultuous civil war has landed a teaching job at Rutgers University in New Jersey, sparking outrage from human rights groups.

{FD} Woman, 33, killed ‘sugar daddy’ after he ended relationship, prosecutors says

A Pennsylvania woman shot her “sugar daddy” in the face soon after he broke up with her and then faked a robbery to cover up the crime, prosecutors said Monday.

{FD} Murphy win in New Jersey boosts Dem chances of holding Menendez seat if senator is convicted

Democrat Phil Murphy’s victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial race Tuesday has bolstered his party’s chances of holding the seat currently occupied by Bob Menendez – in the event the sitting senator is convicted on corruption charges and leaves office.

{FD} Volunteer Santa Claus busted for crack pipe after traffic stop, cops say

A white-bearded volunteer Santa is facing drug charges after an overnight New Jersey traffic stop.

{FD} New Jersey governor’s race: Phil Murphy holds big lead but Kim Guadagno gaining traction

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ends his troubled tenure facing term limits, his legacy may be to hand his statehouse to a Democrat.

{FD} Chocolate-covered heroin smuggled into US airport disguised as cakes

A man has admitted smuggling chocolate-covered heroin on a flight from Guatemala to Newark Liberty International Airport, reports the AP.

{FD} Superstorm Sandy: Five years later, the job of rebuilding is far from over

Five years after Superstorm Sandy, the boardwalk and pier have been rebuilt, with new thrill rides and thousands of houses have been repaired or replaced. But the job of rebuilding is far from over.