News Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey officially put Chris Christie in the rear-view mirror when he left office this year, but Gov. Phil Murphy's new budget puts the change in administration in starker focus. Gone is opposition to higher taxes, public-sector unions and increased spending. The Democratic Murphy unveiled his $37.4 billion budget on Tuesday, offering a contrast with his Republican predecessor.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Brendan Byrne always had a soft spot for New Jersey's Hudson County, and now the late governor's ashes reside at a saloon there _ at least temporarily. Fans of Byrne congregated Friday at Healy's Tavern in Jersey City for a ceremony led by another former governor, Jim McGreevey. Byrne used to joke that he wanted his ashes placed in Hudson County, known for its history of political shenanigans, so he could stay active in politics.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The perils facing commuters as a tug of war over funding a multibillion-dollar rail project continues were evident as a bridge malfunctioned, suspending train service for hours in and out of New York. The Portal Bridge just outside Newark became stuck around 4:20 a.m. Friday after maintenance. A new bridge is part of the first phase of the Gateway project, along with a new rail tunnel into New York. Officials have been at loggerheads with the Trump administration over the $13 billion project.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A former New Jersey police officer who paid bribes to get off-duty work he didn't perform has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Michael O'Leary previously pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and was facing up to five years in prison. reports U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez imposed the 18-month sentence Friday in Newark federal court.

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