It was a busy news week in New Jersey, but here is a recap of what you may have missed in Ocean County, Monmouth County, and elsewhere across the Garden State.

Certainly, the Covid-19 metrics across New Jersey have calmed down a tad after the omicron variant surged right on through the holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year on top of increased demand for tests just about everywhere led to a rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths per day.

What happens next depends on how many people become infected, how many people are vaccinated and bolstered (something that continues to be strongly encouraged by state and health officials), and what safety precautions and measures are taken and enacted.

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You can check your local, county health department's website for information on where to get Covid-19 tests, vaccines, and boosters.

Outside of Covid-19 in the news, a Toms River armed robbery, a fatal car accident in Lakewood, Governor Phil Murphy is inaugurated into a second term as New Jersey Governor, of the 150 bills that were put on the governor's desk on Tuesday morning many were signed into law and created a busy week at the statehouse alone and some of the new laws created quite the conversation.

For any ongoing investigations you see below, contact the appropriate law enforcement agency with any tips, information, or video that you may have regarding the specific incident to help police solve the investigation and depending on what happened, make an arrest.

Here are the top news stories of the week heading into the weekend ahead.

Top News Stories Of The Week

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