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A NEW SYMBOL

The controversy over whether to honor Howard Stern with a plaque has been laid to rest.

The black-and-silver plaque proclaiming a "Howard Stern Rest Stop" was put up Tuesday along Interstate 295. It has a caricature of the shock jock peeking from an outhouse, and is attached to a brick wall at the far entrance, facing the woods.

Gov. Christie Whitman promised Stern his own rest stop in exchange for his endorsement in 1993. The promise drew the ire of some feminist groups, which say Stern demeans women.

There was no comment Tuesday from either the governor, who's in Florida, or Stern. In the past, he's expressed his on-air glee over the plan.

"This is something," said Stern's agent, Don Buchwald. "I have a couple of clients who have plaques on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but this is the first client to have a symbol on a bathroom."

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