The jury in the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez is essentially going back to square one today as an alternate takes over for a juror who has been excused to go on vacation. Since the alternate did not participate in the deliberations last week, court rules require the jury to start over. In reality, NJ.com reports, the jury will not start with a clean slate. Alan Tuerkheimer, a Chicago-area jury consultant, said the substitution might give jurors a fresh perspective but might not change anyone’s mind. The juror who was excused, Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, said that she believes Menendez is not guilty but that she thinks the jury will not be able to reach a verdict, Politico says. Meanwhile, the New York Post writes that Democrats speaking on Sunday news programs were silent on whether Menendez should resign from the Senate if he is found guilty.
HOW A $21 MILLION STADIUM BUILT WITH TAXPAYERS’ MONEY FAILED
When the $21 million baseball stadium formerly known as Campbell’s Field opened in 2001 in struggling Camden, it was expected to revitalize the Delaware riverfront just across from Philadelphia. Now this “field of dreams” is facing the wrecking ball, and Bill Duhart of NJ.com takes a look at what went wrong.
LONG-FORGOTTEN CIVIL WAR VETERAN FINALLY GETS HIS DUE
For 135 years an unmarked grave in Paterson held the remains of Charles McMurtrie, a Union soldier whose life and accomplishments had long ago faded into history. His story had been obscured partly by family secrets. That is until his great-great-granddaughter Maureen Clary began digging into her family’s history, Abbott Koloff reports for The Record. On Saturday, a New Jersey National Guard unit honored McMurtrie at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, where his grave is now marked by a tombstone provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
N.J. PUBLIC SCHOOLS GET HIGH RANKING IN HEALTH EDUCATION
New Jersey public schools rank No. 2 in the nation for topic-focused health and physical education, The Press of Atlantic City reports. A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 97 percent of teachers and principals reported they taught required health education courses in any grade six through 12. The only state with a higher percentage was Delaware.
ICYMI: NJ TRANSIT OFFICIAL RAISED CONCERNS BEFORE HOBOKEN CRASH
NJ Transit’s vice president and general manager of rail operations, Robert Lavell, notified federal safety regulators two months before the fatal train crash in Hoboken that the agency was suffering from staffing shortages. Curtis Tate of The Record writes that the letter was sent to the Federal Railroad Administration, which was conducting a safety audit of NJ Transit, the nation's third-largest mass-transit agency.