Regional Briefs – June 14, 2017

Gov. Christie Job’s Approval Falls to Historic Low

TRENTON – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reached historically low ratings in a Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Just 15 percent approve of the Republican’s performance while 81 percent disapprove. It’s the worst rating for any governor in any state in more than 20 years.

Town Raising Money to Repair Vandalized WWI Statue

BELMAR, N.J. – The town of Belmar will repair a popular World War I monument that was vandalized a decade ago, the Asbury Park Press reported. The “Spirit of the American Doughboy” dedicated in 1930 depicts an infantryman walking with a rifle and grenade.

Inmates Train Dogs as Companions for Veterans

CAMDEN, N.J. – A program training rescue dogs to help combat veterans is enlisting help from an unexpected source: the Camden County Jail, Newsworks reported. The inmates say the dogs provide them with a sense of purpose.

Flight to Italy Canceled When Fuel Leaks Onto Runway

NEWARK – A United flight bound for Venice was canceled Tuesday night after fuel gushed from its left wing as it taxied to the runway at Newark Airport, The Associated Press reported. Passengers were put up in hotels overnight and were rebooked Wednesday.

Parents Angry After Public Schools Dismiss Classes Early

JERSEY CITY – Parents were upset Tuesday when Jersey City didn’t tell them that classes would end early because the excessive heat was causing air conditioners to break down, the Jersey Journal reported. Kids were let out two hours early, something even school staff weren’t informed of.

Wallenda to Hang by Her Teeth Over Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – The wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda plans to fly 300 feet above Niagara Falls on a helicopter Thursday, hanging from the aircraft by her teeth and toes, The Associated Press reported. Erendira Wallenda is a member of the famed family whose feats have captured worldwide attention.