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Apr 13, 2014

New York district attorney investigating Port Authority: media reports

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The Manhattan district attorney has issued a subpoena seeking correspondence from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration and records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey relating to several major construction projects, according to media reports.

The subpoena, issued in March, seeks a wide range of records from current and former officials from the Port Authority and Christie’s administration about a number of projects, the Wall Street Journal, citing an unidentified source, reported on its website.

Apr 5, 2014

New Jersey Governor’s aide testifies in bridge lane closures probe: report

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A key aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie testified on Friday in a far-reaching criminal investigation into the September 2013 lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, media reported.

Michael Drewniak, a longtime spokesman for the embattled moderate Republican, a possible contender for the White House in 2016, spoke for about two hours before 23 members of a federal grand jury at a U.S. courthouse in Newark, ABC News reported.

Apr 1, 2014

Two U.S. hackers admit to international cyber crime in New Jersey court

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Two American men said to belong to an international cyber crime ring admitted hacking into accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal some $15 million, New Jersey authorities said on Tuesday.

The two were part of a scheme to “cash out” bank accounts and pre-paid debit cards opened in the names of others, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in a statement.

Apr 1, 2014

Two U.S. hackers admit to international cyber crime in N.J. court

, April 1 (Reuters) – Two American men said to
belong to an international cyber crime ring admitted hacking
into accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies
in an attempt to steal some $15 million, New Jersey authorities
said on Tuesday.

The two were part of a scheme to “cash out” bank accounts
and pre-paid debit cards opened in the names of others, said
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in a statement.

Mar 27, 2014

Feds charge 21 people in Jersey Shore heroin ring bust

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Federal authorities charged 21 people with running a New Jersey heroin trafficking ring after investigators intercepted phone conversations that used coded language and were made on disposable cellphones.

Most of those charged in the drug bust on the Jersey Shore were arrested on Thursday, said U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman, who added that the operation was conducted by the FBI and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Mar 4, 2014

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ couple admit to financial fraud

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Husband-and-wife cast members of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality television show pleaded guilty on Tuesday to mail and wire fraud conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud stemming from what prosecutors said was years of hiding income and lying to obtain financial loans.

Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband, Giuseppe – or Joe – Giudice, 43, face prison sentences and fines after pleading guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas in federal court in Newark.

Feb 27, 2014

Carjacking ring that resold vehicles in West Africa busted in New Jersey

TOTOWA, NJ (Reuters) – A group of 32 men was charged on Thursday with running an international carjacking ring that stole luxury vehicles in New York and New Jersey and shipped them to West Africa for resale, state authorities said.

More than 160 cars, worth more than $8 million, have been recovered, most of them at ports in New York and New Jersey where they were set to be shipped out of the country, New Jersey acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced at a news conference at the Totowa, New Jersey, State Police station.

Feb 27, 2014

Carjacking ring that resold vehicles in West Africa busted in NJ

TOTOWA, NJ, Feb 27 (Reuters) – A group of 32 men was charged
on Thursday with running an international carjacking ring that
stole luxury vehicles in New York and New Jersey and shipped
them to West Africa for resale, state authorities said.

More than 160 cars, worth more than $8 million, have been
recovered, most of them at ports in New York and New Jersey
where they were set to be shipped out of the country, New Jersey
acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced at a news
conference at the Totowa, New Jersey, State Police station.

Feb 17, 2014

NFL’s Rice, anti-bullying advocate, arrested with fiancée after fight

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, known for his anti-bullying advocacy, was arrested over the weekend with his fiancée at a hotel-casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, after a physical altercation between the couple, police said on Sunday.

The couple’s fight early on Saturday at the Revel Casino Hotel was captured in surveillance video footage that showed Rice, 27, and his bride-to-be, Janay Palmer, 26, hitting each other with their hands, police said in a statement.

Feb 11, 2014

New Jersey traffic jam victims ask Christie to resign, if he knew

FORT LEE, New Jersey (Reuters) – Valerie Howard-Fadul recalled feeling “excruciating” pain after the anesthesia wore off, when her usual 45-minute drive home across the Hudson River after a medical eye treatment stretched into five hours in the now infamous bridge traffic jam orchestrated by aides of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Howard-Fadul, 55, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was one of the motorists ensnared in last September’s epic tie-up. She and others joined political activists on Tuesday to call for Christie’s resignation – if he played a role in the traffic fiasco.

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      "I write on and co-ordinate coverage of European consumer goods companies from London. These include food groups such as Nestle, Unilever and Danone, drinks companies like Diageo, Heineken and SABMiller, and cigarette groups British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco. I have previously worked in Milan covering Italian financial news and before that specialised on the car industry and the engineering sector, and also have some experience of commodity coverage."
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