Here are the top news stories out of New Jersey for Wednesday:

President Joe Biden during the CNN debate. (AP Photo/Canva/Townsquare Media Illustration)

President Joe Biden during the CNN debate. (AP Photo/Canva/Townsquare Media Illustration)

A prominent Democratic lawmaker from New Jersey has joined the growing chorus of calls for her party’s incumbent representative to step down with elections just months away.

U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., 11th District, became the first congresswoman from the Garden State and the seventh in the country to say that President Joe Biden should end his re-election campaign in favor of another Democratic candidate.

She joins a small but growing group of Democrats across the country who have openly expressed their desire for the 81-year-old Biden to withdraw from the presidential race after his poor performance during last month’s CNN debate.

Tea Time Hill Wildfire (NJ Department of Environmental Protection)

Tea Time Hill Wildfire (NJ Department of Environmental Protection)

TABERNACLE — As firefighters wrap up their battle against New Jersey’s largest wildfire of the year, officials worry conditions could develop into a new one.

The Tea Time Hill wildfire burned through 4,300 acres of Wharton State Forest in Burlington County in four days. As of Monday evening, the fire was 90 percent contained, the state Forest Fire Service said.

Officials said fireworks set off on the night of July 4 sparked the massive blaze. But it was dry conditions caused by recent heat waves that allowed the fire to grow into the largest wildfire of 2024, Assistant State Fire Marshal Shawn Judy said.

SUV after running over man in South Brunswick 7/8/24

SUV after running over man in South Brunswick 7/8/24 (South Brunswick Police)

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — A man was injured Monday morning when an SUV ran over him during a domestic dispute.

According to city police, the 46-year-old man punched the hood of his 37-year-old girlfriend’s SUV and sat in front of the car in the driveway on Harvey Road around 7:30 a.m. Her girlfriend tried to get away with several children.

When the woman got out of the car, which was in the driveway, to urge him to move it, it rolled over him. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

The man suffered a broken hip, three broken ribs and a head injury, police said. The identities of the man and woman have not been released.

Aedes albopictus mosquito, map of cases in NJ

Aedes albopictus mosquito (CDC), map of cases in NJ (NJ Department of Health)

The CDC warned of a record increase in dengue virus infections worldwide, including 42 in New Jersey in people who contracted the virus while traveling.

Dengue (pronounced DEHN’-gay) is a virus spread by mosquito bites. Global cases are expected to reach a record 9.7 million in 2024, twice as many cases as in all of 2023.

Those infected do not get sick, but some experience headaches, fever, and flu-like symptoms such as nausea and vomiting that usually last up to a week. Severe cases can cause severe bleeding, shock, and death.

(Richard Obuch/Google Maps/Canva)

(Richard Obuch/Google Maps/Canva)

ELIZABETH — The state Commission on Judicial Conduct has accused a municipal judge of inappropriately touching three women after they became intoxicated with liquor during an annual party.

Richard Obuch, an attorney and municipal judge in Elizabeth since 2002, was asked to leave the Dec. 14, 2023, party because of his embarrassing behavior, according to a complaint filed last week.

The complaint also alleges that Obuch posted photos with porn stars and made comments about women’s bodies on his social media pages. He failed to remove the posts even after the advisory committee ordered him to do so.

New Jersey teachers and educators caught in sex crime arrests

The following people were arrested and charged in 2021 and several years earlier. Some were convicted and given prison sentences.

Others accepted a probationary plea deal and some cases were still pending.

Gallery Credit: Erin Vogt

Mosquitoes in NJ and what colors make them bite you the most

And then there are the colors that help to repel them.

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

Income a Family of 4 Needs in Each County in New Jersey

Here’s what MIT’s Living Wage Calculator says a couple with two kids in each New Jersey county needs to make ends meet.

Gallery Credit: MIT Living Wage Calculator

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