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September 29, 2015


The computer networks at Rutgers University were attacked once again and forced offline, apparently by the same anonymous person who crippled the university's systems several times earlier this year. New Brunswick Today says the attacks came after university officials reassured the campus community that the school had spent nearly $3 million on cybersecurity upgrades in the wake of the previous attacks. 
 
STUDY: SEA LEVEL RISE INCREASING MAJOR STORMS OFF NEW JERSEY

A new study that spans the last 1,000 years has found the risk of flooding along the New York and New Jersey coasts has increased greatly since the industrial revolution, and major storms that used to occur every 500 years could soon happen every 25 years or so. The Record says the study – conducted by Penn State, Rutgers, Princeton, Tufts, and MIT – found that flood heights have risen by nearly 4 feet since the year 850, largely because of sea level rise. 

JUDGE REFUSES TO THROW OUT MENENDEZ INDICTMENT, BUT TOSSES SOME BRIBERY CHARGES
A US District Court judge on Monday ruled that there was enough evidence to show that Sen. Bob Menendez's actions on behalf of Dr. Salomon Melgen were not legislative in nature, and he should stand trial for them. NJ.com says the judge did throw out charges that Melgen's $40,000 donation to a Menendez legal defense fund were bribes. The trial, originally scheduled for October, may not get underway until 2016 to give each side time to appeal the rulings.

SOURCES: UNITED LOBBYIST, NOW CHRISTIE CABINET MEMBER, TRIED TO STOP BRIDGEGATE PROBE
Three sources from the Legislature and Port Authority who are close to the GWB investigation say that Christie's Transportation Commissioner, Jamie Fox, tried to influence Democrats in the Legislature to back off from its investigation of the mysterious lane closures in the fall of 2013. WNYC says it was unclear on whose behalf Fox did this lobbying, although he dined regularly with his friend, David Samson, the former Port Authority chairman and Christie confidante who is now ensnared in the so-called Chairman's Flight scandal.

CHRISTIE CONTRADICTS HIS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER ON 'CRISIS'
Governor Christie on Monday called the crisis in the NJ Transportation Trust Fund a "media-created crisis," but that's not what his own transportation commission is saying. Politico New Jersey says Jamie Fox declared the TTF to be in crisis as early as October 2014. This is the final year of the last five-year authorization of the fund.


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