1. Gov. Chris Christie that would have saved the producers of the MTV show "Jersey Shore" $420,000. The governor vetoed the state Economic Development Authority’s award of film tax credits, citing a difficult fiscal climate and a need to use tax credits to support projects that "benefit the state." Christie has been a long-time credit about the show.
2. After months of protests, contentious meetings and accusations of conflicts of interest, the state Department of Education on Friday proposed for several successful suburban school districts, approving only four of 55 applications statewide.
3. Toms River Police announced that it will have undercover police officers posing as pedestrians at certain crosswalks in town, and any motorists not making a complete stop for them will be ticketed. Hosted by the township police department for officers from across the state, the pedestrian safety enforcement workshop, or "Cops in Crosswalks," will have undercover officers at crosswalks that have a high incidence of pedestrian/motorist conflicts.
4. Customers could end up paying more for coffee or candy bars after a change in the way credit card companies assess merchants for A rule that took effect Friday puts a cap on the fees that retailers pay when customers use their debit cards. But credit card companies may end up trying to recoup the fees from retailers on even small purchases, which they may pass on to customers in turn.
5. The U.S. Department of Transportation agreed Friday to cut New Jersey's $274 million ARC tunnel debt, after an almost year-long standoff with the Christie administration over the project. The deal means state taxpayers will be responsible for only $95 million in Federal Transit Administration money that NJ Transit invested in the tunnel. The NJ Transit board is expected to vote on the project on Tuesday.