Most Popular New Jersey Stories of 2014

As the year comes to a close, take a look back at the top 10 New Jersey stories that made headlines in 2014.

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Some of the top New Jersey stories of the year included Chris Christie under fire, the deadly New Jersey Turnpike crash that left comedian Tracy Morgan injured, the Ray Rice domestic assault case, and many more.
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Christie's Roller Coaster Ride

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Gov. Chris Christie could still be primed for a presidential run even though an email appeared to show one of his closest aides telling a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official to shut down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political retribution.

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Atlantic City's Constant Casino Closures

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Atlantic City saw its casino industry implode, the result of ever-increasing competition in the saturated northeastern U.S. casino market. It began the year with 12 casinos but will end it with eight.

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Ray Rice's Bad Year

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Former Rutgers and Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice was arrested in Atlantic City along with his then-fiance in February, after an incident that his attorney described as "little more than a misunderstanding."

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Sayreville Football Hazing Scandal

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It started with a canceled football game and then a canceled season, and mushroomed into a scandal that engulfed a middle-class town where the high school team's success had helped take some of the sting out of devastating flooding from Superstorm Sandy two years earlier.

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Tracy Morgan Involved in Major Crash

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nA Wal-Mart tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a limousine van carrying Morgan and several others on the New Jersey Turnpike on the way back from a Delaware performance in June.

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"Real Housewives" Stars Sentenced to Prison

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Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice were convicted of fraud charges and sentenced to jail. Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison, while Joe was sentenced to more than three years.

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Teen Sues Parents for Financial Support

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High school senior Rachel Canning sued her parents for child support and college costs after she moved out. A judge denied her claims and she moved back in with her parents.

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Nurse Fights Ebola Quarantines

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At the height of the Ebola scare in the U.S. in November, New Jersey forcibly quarantined a Doctors Without Borders nurse at a hospital in Newark. Kaci Hickox came out swinging against Christie and was soon released to her home in Maine.

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Rebuilding 2 Years after Superstorm Sandy

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Recovery continued as shore towns marked <a href="http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/ the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, while federal officials worked to address concerns from homeowners still struggling to rebuild.

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Rutgers Student Killed by Bear

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Rutgers student Darsh Patel, 22, was mauled to death by a bear while hiking with friends in northwest New Jersey. His death was the first known bear mauling in state history. Hunters killed 267 bears in December's annual hunt.

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Deadly New Jersey Explosion

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A gas leak and explosion destroyed at least 10 houses and damaged dozens of others at a Ewing town house development in March, killing a woman and injuring seven workers.

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