Today in Jersey
March 14, 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who is absolutely not being held hostage by Donald Trump, is apparently shirking state responsibilities to support his pal on the campaign trail.

On Monday, Christie skipped out on a state trooper's funeral, the Star-Ledger reports. Instead, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno was set to attend. Meanwhile, Christie was interviewing Trump (and nodding along politely) in North Carolina. Watch that talk below. Julie Kliegman

April 1, 2015

Every so often you find one of those Wikipedia labors of love. Today's version (and no, it isn't a prank) is this article on Action Park, a famously dangerous amusement park in New Jersey. Written with great skill and attention to detail, as well as extensive sourcing per Wikipedia standards, it's a classic Jersey story. A few excerpts:

-The sleds were a large factor in the injuries. A stick that was supposed to control speed led, in practice, to just two options on the infrequently maintained vehicles: extremely slow, and a speed described by one former employee as "death awaits".

-The karts were meant to be driven around a small loop track at a speed of about 20 mph (32 km/h) set by the governor devices on them. However, park employees knew how to circumvent the governors by wedging tennis balls into them, and they were known to do so for park-goers. As a result, an otherwise standard small-engine car ride became a chance to play bumper cars at 50 mph (80 km/h), and many injuries resulted from head-on collisions.

-[The waterslide had] a complete vertical loop of the kind more commonly associated with roller coasters. Employees have reported they were offered hundred-dollar bills to test it. Tom Fergus, who described himself as "one of the idiots" who took the offer, said "$100 did not buy enough booze to drown out that memory." [Wikipedia]

Treat yourself today and read the whole thing. Ryan Cooper

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