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CHRISTIE CLEARED! CHRISTIE NOT CLEARED! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
You could get whiplash reading the headlines about the state legislative special committee's interim report on Bridgegate. NJ.com's headline Thursday night read "Christie bridge scandal report doesn't rule out governor's involvement." While the Record said the report "finds no link to Christie." NJ.com's headline has since been softened to "Christie bridge scandal report cannot determine if governor was involved." What's the truth? Well, since they're all working off a leaked report, we can't decide for ourselves until Monday, when it's officially released. WNYC, meanwhile, is focusing on a section of the report raising the possibility that Christie deleted 12 text messages.



CHRISTIE WON’T SECOND-GUESS GARNER GRAND JURY
Governor Christie says he won’t second-guess the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner, reports The Wall Street Journal. Christie joins two other 2016 hopefuls, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton, who commented on the case, although Clinton and Paul were much more candid regarding issues of race and police relations.

NEW JERSEY’S POVERTY RATE IS ON THE RISE
The poverty rate in NJ rose from 9 percent in 2007 to 11.4 percent as of last year, compared to 16 percent nationally. But those numbers can be misleading, reports NJTV. Raymond Castro of New Jersey Policy Perspective says NJ ranks 37th lowest in poverty but, due to a higher cost of living, New Jerseyans are actually “more worse off than any other state.”

CENSUS: NJ COMMUTES ARE THE WORST – AND GETTING WORSE
Most New Jersey commuters spend an average of 30 to 35 minutes each way on their way to and from work each day, with an increasing number of workers facing “mega-commutes” of up to an hour or longer, reports NJ.com. That puts NJ at the top of the list for the longest commute in the country, followed by New Yorkers who clock in at just 34 minutes.

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