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BRIDGETON—Accused serial killer Robert Zarinsky, of Linden, died at South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton on Friday, Nov. 28 — exactly 50 years after the murder of Rahway Police Officer Charles Bernoskie.

Zarinsky, 68, was serving a life sentence for the 1969 murder of an Atlantic Highlands woman and he was soon to be tried in the 1968 homicide of a 13-year-old girl who had been beaten, strangled and raped for another killing a year earlier.

In 1975, Zarinsky was convicted of killing Rosemary Calandriello, who was last seen with him on Aug. 25, 1969. The case made history when he was convicted of killing the teen, though her body was never found.

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RAHWAY—On Friday, members of the Policeman’s Benevolent Association Local 31 dedicated a memorial to Rahway Police Officer Charles Bernoskie at the site where he was killed 50 years ago.

The monument on the corner of West Milton and St. Georges avenues, where the Miller Pontiac car dealership once stood, is the latest effort to hail Bernoskie, the seventh Rahway police officer killed in the line of duty.

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Voice of the People by James J. DevineIf there is a hell, accused serial killer Robert Zarinsky is burning there right now.

Zarinsky died at South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton on Friday, Nov. 28, 50 years to the day after he shot and killed Rahway Police Officer Charles Bernoskie.

Zarinsky, 68, was serving a life sentence for the 1969 murder of an Atlantic Highlands woman and was soon to be tried in the 1968 homicide of a 13-year-old girl who had been beaten, strangled and raped for another killing a year earlier. Authorities in three counties suspect Zarinsky in the murders of several other young women during the 1960s and 1970s.

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spending-moneySTATE—New Jersey motorists will pay more to travel along the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway as toll increases long sought by Gov. Jon Corzine have finally taken effect.

The cost of an average 22-mile Turnpike trip will go up to $1.70 from $1.25. One-way tolls on the Parkway will go to 50 cents from 35 cents.

The governor originally wanted to sell off the toll roads in a complicated scheme that would have brought in up to $40 billion in cash, created new state debt to fund transportation projects and paid off some older bond notes.

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Steve Lonegan

Steve Lonegan

EDISON – At a Monday afternoon press conference attended by approximately 60 supporters and members of the press, conservative Republican and anti-tax advocate Steve Lonegan announced that he would run for governor next year.

 

Lonegan is determined to slash the size of government – and government spending—by 20 percent through layoffs, eliminating programs and “devolving government from Trenton to local municipalities.”

“New Jersey was built on that fundamental belief – the belief is individual freedom, defending liberty and letting every individual fulfill their potential,” Lonegan said.  “Over the last decades, we’ve seen that philosophy undermined—undermined by a growth of government that has accelerated the entitlement state and reliance not on opportunity, but on government handouts.”

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Mayor Jun Choi

Mayor Jun Choi

EDISON – Council President Robert Diehl and Councilwoman Antonia Ricigliano have both expressed interest in running for Mayor next year, and Councilman Anthony Massaro is considering his options.

The 2009 election season could get very interesting, since Mayor Jun Choi has indicated that he will seek re-election whether or not he gets the support of the local Democratic Party.

To be the Democratic Party’s nominee, a candidate has to win the majority vote of the 156 Township Committee members, who vote using a secret ballot. Any registered Democrat can screen before the party and letters of intent are due before the screening process starts in March.

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rep-buttonUNION COUNTY—Assemblyman Jon Bramnick says Republicans in New Jersey should not campaign on family values, but several conservatives groups are calling the lawmaker’s statements “divisive and offensive.”

Bramnick made strategy comments after declaring that he favors out-going U.S. Attorney Chris Christie as the GOP nominee in next year’s governor’s race.

“When we try to preach moral values or social values we’re going to be perceived as intolerant,” said Bramnick, founder of the moderate New Republican Policy Committee.

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