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NJ POLITICIANS TAX AND SPEND! NJ INCREASING GASOLINE TAX BY 4.3 CENTS ON OCT. 1  

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Just two years after increasing the gasoline tax by 23 cents a gallon, New Jersey will raise the tax by 4.3 cents on Oct. 1, NJ.com reports. The new increase will bring the total state taxes on a gallon of gasoline to 41.4 cents. The total state taxes on diesel will be 48.4 cents. State law requires the treasurer to increase the tax rate each year to ensure that it brings in enough money to cover road and rail projects around the state.

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State Sen. Joseph Vitale wants New Jersey to conduct an investigation of the Roman Catholic Church similar to the one in Pennsylvania that resulted in the release of the names of hundreds of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse, NJ.com writes. Vitale said Thursday that Attorney General Gurbir Grewal should impanel a grand jury to investigate decades of crimes and coverups in New Jersey. Vitale said he will also renew his effort to eliminate the state's two-year statute of limitations for sex abuse cases.

JUDGE RULES THAT LEONIA ROAD CLOSURES ARE INVALID

Superior Court Judge Peter Bariso ruled Thursday that Leonia's controversial ordinance closing some roads to nonresidents during rush hour is invalid, The Record reports. Bariso said the ordinance conflicts with a state law that requires the approval of the state Department of Transportation before implementation of laws affecting state roadways. About 25 percent of Leonia's road closure are clustered around state Route 93.

CAMPBELL SOUP SELLING UNITS, CUTTING COSTS  

The Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, announced plans Thursday to sell its international and fresh food businesses and to refocus on the sale of snacks, soups and other core brands in North America, the Courier Post says. It will also step up a cost-cutting campaign. The company said the actions were needed to overcome its financial problems. In the quarter that ended in May, the company reported a loss of $457 million.

ALL THE DRAMA SURROUNDING MISS AMERICA COMPETITION 

After years of dropping ratings and decades of criticism from feminists and others, the Miss America pageant is overhauling itself with an eye toward brining the 98-year-old institution into the 21st century, Vanity Fair writes. But conflict within the organization is being played out in public and is dominating the run-up to the Sept. 9 telecast.

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