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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been deflecting criticism over the past week after he was photographed lounging on the beach amid a government shutdown that closed other public beaches. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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The site of the One Journal Square luxury apartment project stands vacant in Jersey City, N.J. Kushner Companies is giving up on a request for a tax break but says its $821 million, two-tower project is still viable. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Inventor Thomas Edison stands in his chemistry lab in West Orange, N.J., in 1904. Thomas Edison National Historical Park/National Park Service hide caption

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Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Reigned As Nation's Center Of Innovation

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President Trump heads back inside the Trump National Golf Club clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., on Nov. 20, 2016. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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New Jersey Residents Brace For Trump's Weekend Whirlwinds To Blow Their Way

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Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has been sentenced to a two-year prison term. He's seen here arriving at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Courthouse for Wednesday's hearing. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images hide caption

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Gazi Alam (left) changes the price on a sign as Leon Balagula looks on at a Sunoco station early Tuesday in Fort Lee, N.J., following a jump in the state gas tax. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Shock At The Pump: A Jump In N.J. Gas Tax Marks An End To Cheap Fuel

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In this May 8, 2014, photo, Rep. Scott Garrett attends a hearing about the international financial system in Washington, D.C. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Anti-Gay Remarks Lost A Congressman Wall Street, And Maybe His House Seat

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Ahmad Khan Rahimi spoke to an Elizabeth, N.J., court by video from his hospital bed Thursday. He entered pleas of not guilty to charges connected with Sept. 17 bombings in New Jersey and New York. KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People examine the wreckage of a New Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed into the station in Hoboken, N.J., during the morning rush hour Thursday. Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images hide caption

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Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara speaks at TED in 2016. Bret Hartman /TED hide caption

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How Can Dinosaurs Help Us Understand Our Own Species?

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Train personnel survey the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into the platform at Hoboken Terminal on Thursday. Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images hide caption

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Ghada and Osama sit on their deck in their new home in Princeton, N.J. Their family has been resettled from Syria and is being sponsored by the Nassau Presbyterian Church. Due to security concerns we are only including first names. Jake Naughton for NPR hide caption

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Then: A composite image of Donald Trump (left, clockwise), New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Tim Kaine. Getty Images and AP hide caption

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A volunteer at the the Dar-ul-Islam mosque in Elizabeth, N.J., prepares for a party to welcome refugees. More than 50 newly arrived Syrian women and children were invited to the party. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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At A New Jersey Mosque, People Of Different Faiths Welcome Syrians

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Najla cooks for Syria Day at Global Grace Café at the Reformed Church of Highland Park in New Jersey. Najla is from Syria and arrived in the U.S. 10 months ago with her husband and daughter after the United Arab Emirates canceled a residency permit, ending her job at an insurance company. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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As U.S. Politicians Shun Syrian Refugees, Religious Groups Embrace Them

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Pat Deon (right), a Pennsylvania Turnpike commissioner, and attorney Albert Mezzaroba, sit at the Puss N Boots tavern in Bucks County. Both are Republicans. In this election based on change, Mezzaroba says he doesn't understand why. "Things aren't that bad," he says. "I don't know why everybody thinks they're so terrible." Danny Hajek/NPR hide caption

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