NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A deal may soon be in place to fill the vacancies left by the sudden closing of the Tangerine Grill and Kaati Zone in the Asian food court at 375 George Street.

Morton Herman, who manages the property on behalf of the Jacobs family, said he hopes a deal to acquire new tenants for 6,400 square foot retail space very soon.

“We have a lot of interest, including a couple of national franchises,” Herman said, adding that he hopes the original vision for using the space as a food court can be revived.

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TRENTON, NJ—The New Jersey State Assembly's Transportation Committee held a hearing to investigate transportation problems associated with the state's first-ever Super Bowl on Monday,  but nobody from NJTransit or the National Football League bothered to show up.

NFL and NJT had assumed that there would be up to 15,000 train riders headed to the Super Bowl.  Instead, the Meadowlands rail link was deluged with 33,000.  Meanwhile, hundreds of empty buses stood on standby miles away, and went unused.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight, the city's powerful Planning Board will decide whether or not two small homes on Mine Street will be replaced with a 57-unit apartment complex that homeowners say will stick out like a sore thumb on their quaint block.

Over time, the block has become overrun with Rutgers student rental properties, but the street is one of the few that have retained its 20th-century character with a mix of two-story homes, fraternities, sororities, and Rutgers offices.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Jersey Spotlight, a statewide online news service, has named the 15 most corrupt politicians of all-time and New Brunswick's controversial former mayor John Lynch Jr. made the list.

Coming in at number five, Lynch was "once one of the most powerful men in New Jersey politics," according to Spotlight's Collen O'Dea.

Lynch, who followed in his father's footsteps by being elected both Mayor and State Senator, was a controversial figure in New Brunswick's redevelopment efforts.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University President Bob Barchi issued a statement to the university community on Friday defending the selection of Condoleezza Rice as the 2014 commencement speaker.

"Whatever your personal feelings or political views about our commencement speaker, there can be no doubt that Condoleezza Rice is one of the most influential intellectual and political figures of the last 50 years," Barchi wrote.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A Middlesex County-based good government organization is hosting a statewide environmental conference on the fourth floor of Rutgers University's Alexander Library tonight at 6pm.

"Hear from leading experts who are working on the front lines to address environmental issues and implement solutions," reads an announcement of the event on the Citizens Campaign website.

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