Three people familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media that Athletic Director Julie Hermann and head football coach Kyle Flood have been fired. Rutgers University President Robert Barchi confirmed the decision in a letter to the Rutgers community on Sunday. Another unnamed source says the main reason for Hermann's ouster was her oversight of the football program.
CHRIS CHRISTIE SEES NEW ENERGY AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWSPAPER'S SUPPORT
Governor Christie seems to have some pep in his step this week after one of New Hampshire's most widely read newspapers, the Union Leader of Manchester, endorsed Christie as "the one candidate who has the range and type of experience the nation desperately needs." The Record says Christie's poll numbers are still in the single digits, however, and he remains in seventh among the other Republican candidates.
NJ STEERS CLEAR OF NEW INITIATIVE TO REDUCE TRANSPORTATION POLLUTION
Another initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation activities in the northeast is gaining momentum among five states and District of Columbia – but not in New Jersey. NJ Spotlight says New Jersey is actually a party to the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) but, along with six other states, has declined to participate in the latest initiative announced last week.
NOT AGAIN: HOBOKEN RESIDENTS FACE ANOTHER WATER MAIN BREAK
Hoboken residents have another water main break to deal with this week. NJ.com says the break occurred late last night, a week after another break left much of the city without water pressure and caused flooding and traffic issues throughout the holiday. Repairs to the current break should be finished by Monday afternoon.
SAVE THE DATE: Come tell us your story about Atlantic City. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Free Press will be bringing together community members, journalists, media makers, activists, and others at the Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City to brainstorm about the future of local journalism and its role in the community. Click here for more information and click here to RSVP.
SAVE THE DATE: ProPublica and NJ Spark are hosting ProPublica Live: In Conversation with Jason Leopold at 6pm on Dec. 7 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Join us for a conversation with VICE News investigative reporter Jason Leopold about his use of Freedom of Information Act requests in his reporting on national security, civil liberties, and other issues. The discussion will be moderated by ProPublica's assistant managing editor, Eric Umanksy, and will include tips on how journalists, environmentalists, researchers and others can use FOIA to uncover public information.
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: We've extended the deadline for submissions to our statewide undergraduate reporting contest, which boasts a grand price of $650. We will now be accepting submissions until April 1, 2016. The best submissions will be included and published as part of our Dirty Little Secrets project with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
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