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WEDNESDAY 09.24.14
VOLUME 135
NUMBER 229
SINCE 1879
ADVICE D7
CLASSIFIED E1
COMICS D6
LOCAL A3
OBITUARIES A13
OPINION A16
SPORTS C1
TABLE D1
WEATHER C8
YOUR MONEY A12
The enterovirus outbreak surged locally with doz-
ens of children hospitalized in recent days, but it should
begin to wane in about a week, a physician said Tuesday.
About 30 children with suspected cases of enterovi-
rus D68 were hospitalized at Jersey Shore University
Medical Center in Neptune on Tuesday, said Dr. Steven
Kairys, chair of pediatrics at the medical center.
Moreover, dozens of children have been in the hospi-
tal since around Sept. 13, with some needing intensive
care, Kairys said.
But “they all improve pretty dramatically within
several days,” he said.
Enterovirus D68 can cause mild to severe respira-
tory illness. Infants, children and teenagers are most
likely to become infected with enteroviruses and be-
come ill. Those with a history of asthma appear to be at
greater risk for severe respiratory illness, according to
DISEASE OUTBREAK
Enterovirus
hospitalizes
dozens of
local kids
Illness causes respiratory problems;
most improve quickly, doctor says
TODD B. BATES @TODDBBATESAPP
See ILLNESS, Page A9
New Jerseyans are increasingly certain Gov. Chris
Christie will run for president and also concerned those
aspirations are making him a less-effective governor.
Results from a new Monmouth University/Asbury
Park Press Poll show 75 percent of residents say Chris-
tie is planning to run in 2016, up 10 percentage points
since February, and just 14 percent say he isn’t. Of those
who think he’s running, 39 percent say his travel and
planning have made him less effective as governor.
“In the past, the buzz was really a source of pride al-
Christie 2016?
Most in N.J. picture
a run for president
Christie’s future
Do you think Chris Christie is more concerned with governing the
state of New Jersey or more concerned about his own political future?
Source: Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll
2/12 12/12 9/13 1/14 2/14 4/14 6/14 9/14
56%
33%
32%
54%
35% 35%
56%
47%
42%
38%
44%
30%
61%
48%
39%
55%
Governing New Jersey
His own political future
MICHAEL SYMONS @MICHAELSYMONS_
See CHRISTIE, Page A11
PRESS ON YOUR SIDE
DESTINATION:
RELIEF
Customers scammed by a crooked
vacation club business are finally getting
some of their money back. STORY, A12
OCEAN TOWNSHIP— Police say three wedding crash-
ers who helped themselves to free food and drinks at a
Saturday wedding before knocking down a banquet hall
manager have been identified as local juveniles.
Police said the investigation would continue, but did
not say if the juveniles have been arrested. They prom-
ised more information today.
The trio of young men dressed sharply in button-
down shirts and mingled with guests of the wedding re-
ception, held Saturday at the English Manor in the Wa-
namassa neighborhood. But they did not have an invita-
tion, police said.
That did not deter the group from drinking, eating
and immersing themselves in the spirit of the occasion;
Wedding crashers
ID’d as trio of local
juveniles, police say
PHOTO COURTESY OF OCEAN TOWNSHIP POLICE
Police say three wedding crashers who helped themselves to
food and drinks at a wedding and snapped pictures of
themselves in a photo booth have been identified.
DUSTIN RACIOPPI
@DRACIOPPI
See WEDDING, Page A10
When it comes to catastrophic gas leaks because of leaky pipes, New Jersey residents
have been lucky. ¶ In the last 10 years, one person has died from a natural gas explosion in
New Jersey — in Ewing in March, an explosion caused by an excavation accident, au-
thorities said. ¶ The worst blast in recent memory, the March 1994 pipeline explosion
near the Durham Woods Apartments in Edison, killed no one but destroyed eight apart-
ment buildings, injured more than 100 and left 128 families homeless. There was evi-
KEN SERRANO @KENSERRANOAPP
USA TODAY DANGER UNDER NATION’S STREETS PAGE 1B
Aging pipes a prime concern in N.J.
See GAS, Page A11

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