Regional Briefs – July 9, 2017

New Bill Would Allow Public to Rent Christie Beach House

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s trip to the beach is inspiring new legislation. Democrats in the Assembly on Friday proposed allowing the public to rent the house on Island Beach State Park that is now reserved for the governor. It would also bar the governor from using the home during a shutdown.

NYC Mayoral Candidate’s Car Stolen — As He Talks Crime

QUEENS – Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese’s car was stolen Saturday — just as he was on a campaign stop talking to cops about crime, the New York Post reported. “I thought it was kind of strange, really ironic that I just finished talking about crime and I was a victim of crime,” said Albanese, whose jacket was inside the car.

NJ Senate to Consider Bill To Pay Furloughed Workers

TRENTON – New Jersey’s Senate will meet this Thursday to ensure state employees don’t lose pay during last week’s government shutdown, The Associated Press reported. The funding is already in the budget so it won’t cost any additional money.

Troopers Issued Over 10,000 Tickets on Holiday Weekend

ALBANY – State police issued 10,435 tickets during their annual 96-hour Fourth of July crackdown on drunk driving. There were 240 arrests, and three people were killed in crashes.

Flights at JFK Briefly Slowed Down by Turtles

QUEENS – Some flights at Kennedy Airport were briefly delayed Friday afternoon, but not by passengers or equipment malfunctions. It was turtles, The Associated Press reported. About 40 diamondback terrapins crawled out of Jamaica Bay and onto the airfield, leaving planes “stuck in queue.”