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State Wrap: Obama Monkey Statue, River Drownings, Breastfeeding Porn

Other top stories include gold medals for multiple New Jersey Olympians and Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan over Gov. Chris Christie for his VP nominee.

Ex-Councilman Denies Race Behind Obama Monkey Statue

A former councilman and police officer who owns a local storage business placed a monkey statue dressed in an anti-Obama t-shirt in front of his Cedar Grove business on Tuesday. He removed the statue after receiving complaints.

Two New Brunswick boys who vanished Sunday night, were found dead Monday afternoon in the Raritan River. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death for both boys — Francisco Pereira-Rodas, 10, and Devine Nicholas, 11, — an accidental drowning 

A Fair Lawn mother is suing the producer of an instructional breastfeeding video she appeared in with her infant daughter after the video was posted to YouTube and spliced into a pornographic film by a third party.

Following months of rumors that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might be tapped as the GOP vice presidential nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney instead .

N.J. Olympics News

U.S. Judoka and Westfield native Nicholas Delpopolo, who placed seventh in his division at the London Olympics, was expelled from the Olympic games after testing positive for marijuana.

Jordan Burroughs, a Sicklerville resident and Winslow Township High School graduate, won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling Friday.

The U.S. Women's Soccer team—including Point Pleasant Borough High School graduate Christie Rampone, East Brunswick's Heather O'Reilly, Basking Ridge's Tobin Heath, and Delran's Carli Lloyd—won gold on Thursday in an Olympic rematch of last year's World Cup final with Japan.

A 43-year-old competitor in the Ironman U.S. Championship in New York and New Jersey died Saturday after being pulled from the Hudson River in the morning after experiencing signs of distress.

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Monday that transforms the existing New Jersey public school teacher tenure system, tying it to a teacher’s performance in the classroom rather than simply how long an educator has been in the profession.

State Assemblyman Robert Schroeder owes millions of dollars and may be facing sanctions from the federal government, according to multiple media reports. Schroeder was  last week. 

The Bergen County Freeholders took the first steps Friday in disbanding the county’s police force and merging it with the sheriff’s office in a move that could be met with litigation from the county administration.  

Nine New Jersey residents have been charged in an alleged $40 million mortgage fraud, which, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, used "straw buyers" and fake documents to make illegal profits from condos at the Jersey Shore, as well as at resort destinations in Georgia and South Carolina.

A bouncer at  in West Orange was shot and killed Monday while attempting to break up a fight between patrons in the parking lot, authorities said.

An Orange man, who is still at large, .

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