TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An unemployed New Jersey man who won last Friday’s $273 million Mega Millions jackpot said he wants to reward the mystery person who returned the tickets to a store where he’d left them a day earlier. Mike Weirsky said at a news conference with lottery officials Thursday that he bought the tickets last Thursday at a Quick Check store in Phillipsburg, near the Pennsylvania border, and forgot them there because he was more focused on his cellphone. Someone found them and gave them to the store to hold. When Weirsky returned on Friday, he verified the tickets were his and store employees returned them. Lottery officials said Thursday that if the person who found the tickets had held onto them and signed them, they could have claimed the jackpot. ‘‘I’m looking for the guy that handed them in, I want to thank him,’’ Weirsky said. ‘‘I’m going to give him something, but I’m going to keep that … [Read more...] about A N.J. man bought a $237 million winning ticket. He initially forgot it at the store.
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New Jersey state representative Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th, issued an open letter Monday, calling for supermarket chains to pull the National Enquirer from shelves. Pascrell addressed the letter to the CEOs of five supermarket giants: Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Publix, and Food Lion. He called the Enquirer, a 93-year-old tabloid, a “purveyor of fabricated news” and noted the paper might also be involved in illegal extortion, blackmail, and other crimes, alluding to the tabloid’s recent public run-in with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Earlier this month, Bezos alleged the Enquirer tried to blackmail and extort him with text messages and compromising photos from Bezos’s reported affair.“Just as none of you would sell a contaminated food product,” Pascrell wrote in his letter, “I know you would never dispense other agents of sickness to the tens of millions of customers who walk through your aisles every day. Misinformation makes our society sick and the … [Read more...] about N.J. lawmaker calls for supermarkets to take National Enquirer off shelves
Congress An undocumented employee who was recently fired from President Donald Trump’s golf club in New Jersey will attend the State of the Union address next week. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J) invited Victorina Morales, who worked at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., as her guest for the president’s address to Congress on Tuesday, the congresswoman's office announced on Wednesday. The Washington Post first reported the invitation.Story Continued Below Morales, who was born in Guatemala but has been in the United States for nearly 20 years, recently spoke out about her undocumented status and was fired shortly after. Watson Coleman in a statement said that Trump justified shutting the government down “by demonizing immigrants as the scourge of the country and the root of our nation’s crime and insecurity.“ She added that Trump‘s company, which is now run by his children, “relied extensively on the hard work of undocumented … [Read more...] about N.J. lawmaker invites undocumented worker fired by Trump Organization to State of the Union
The alleged $1,000 Girl Scout cookie theft at a New Jersey mall, which received widespread social media attention last week, didn’t actually happen, according to police. Roughly $500 in cash, along with checks, went missing after Girl Scout Troop 80062 had set up shop inside the Woodbridge Center Mall in North Jersey on Jan. 18, selling cookies and raising money for a trip to Georgia. Troop leader Jessica Medina told the New York Post at the time that a thief accompanied by an older woman had snatched an envelope with the troop’s money, and made off with it. She also posted her account to Facebook, and the post was shared more than 1,400 times. Medina has since deleted the Facebook post.The Bridgewater Courier News reports that on Wednesday police said an exhaustive investigation revealed the money was possibly thrown in the trash as the troop was cleaning up its table in the mall. Police reviewed security footage from the mall and interviewed the man and woman … [Read more...] about Alleged $1,000 Girl Scout cookie theft at N.J. mall didn’t actually happen
A 22-year-old New Jersey native is facing charges for allegedly eating a woman’s pet fish and then sending her a photo of its “remains” more than two years ago. Maxwell Taffin had been visiting his friend at Louisiana State University in October 2016, according to WAFB, for an LSU vs. Ole Miss football game on Oct. 21 of that year. The following day, Taffin told his friend’s girlfriend to look in the fish tank in her room. When the girlfriend looked in the tank, her pet fish was missing. Later, she received a text message from Taffin saying he’d found the fish, accompanied by a photo of feces in a toilet. LSU Police Department officers reportedly spoke with Taffin by phone two days later, and Taffin allegedly admitted to eating the fish when the girlfriend stepped out of her room. He didn’t admit to sending the photo. Taffin was told to visit the LSU Police Department to receive a criminal summons, but he refused. On Tuesday, according to KVKI, he … [Read more...] about N.J. man who allegedly ate pet fish arrested after more than two years on run