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Thacher Brown stands at the edge of the dune behind his Bay Head, N.J., home in November. Brown, who rebuilt a dune in front of his house after Superstorm Sandy, says he opposes Gov. Chris Christie's plan to widen beaches and build dunes along the state's 127-mile coastline. Wayne Parry/AP hide caption

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Property Owners Throw Cold Water On N.J. Shore Protective Dunes Plan

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What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." This sandwich is one of many ways to eat the processed meat, a largely unsung specialty of New Jersey. via Wikimedia hide caption

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In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

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David Wildstein speaks during a hearing at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Jan. 9, 2014. He pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of conspiracy in the "Bridgegate" case. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Burden Of Proof Hurt State In N.J.-Exxon Settlement, Some Say

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Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J., is one of two refineries that are involved in the settlement. It's no longer owned by Exxon, but they are on the hook for the cleanup. Joel Rose/NPR hide caption

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Exxon Settlement Falls Short Of Damage, N.J. Democrats Say

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Diane Ruggiero-Wright is a writer and producer for shows including Veronica Mars and the new CW show iZombie. Priska Neely/NPR hide caption

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From Waitress To TV Writer: A 'Surreal, Fantastic Cinderella Story'

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The James C. Nance Memorial Bridge, which connects Purcell and Lexington, Okla., is closed for repair in March 2014. A handful of states have raised their gas taxes in part to fund transportation projects like bridge and road repairs. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

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A videoconferencing system connects court officers with St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. Chris Cooper/Courtesy of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center hide caption

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A Restraining Order Can Be Just A Videoconference Away

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Last fall's state-ordered quarantine of nurse Kaci Hickox (shown here with her boyfriend, Theodore Michael Wilbur, in late October) started at the airport in Newark, N.J., then followed her home to Fort Kent, Maine. Hickox treated Ebola patients in Africa but never had the illness. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

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Paul Smith, a single father and a longtime cook at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, is worried about losing his health benefits if the casino closes in December. Rob Szypko/NPR hide caption

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Workers Say Employers In Ailing Atlantic City Hold All The Cards

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Atlantic City, N.J., has seen four casinos close this year, and a fifth may soon follow. Officials are trying to diversify the city's economy by weaning itself from gambling, its biggest industry. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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As Casinos Fold, Stakes Are High For Atlantic City Transformation

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