News Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The governors of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island are forming a coalition of like-minded gun control states. The governors announced Thursday the new States for Gun Safety will work on issues such as tracing illegal guns, sharing intelligence and researching gun violence. They plan to urge other governors to join the effort at this weekend's National Governors Association meeting.

EWING, N.J. (AP) - Two New Jersey state troopers have received the 2017 Trooper of the Year awards for their actions in a terrorist attack. Detective Sgt. James Abbes and Detective Stephen Christinzio were honored Thursday for successfully deactivating two improvised explosive devices after a pipe bomb exploded along a Marine Corps race in Seaside Park in 2016. The devices were in the same trash can that exploded before the start of the race and no one was injured.

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) - Investigators are on the scene of a shooting in Asbury Park that left a 10-year-old dead and a woman wounded. The shooting occurred late Wednesday night on Ridge Avenue. There is no word on the woman's condition and no word whether police have made an arrest.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey police officer who allegedly struck a suspect who was detained in a patrol car and then tried to cover it up has been suspended without pay. Middlesex County prosecutors say Piscataway Officer Todd Ritter is charged with assault and tampering with public records. Prosecutors say Ritter was on duty when he struck a suspect, but did not say when it happened.

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