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NJ NEWS COMMONS: MISTRAIL MOTION FAILS, DEFENSE RESTS IN MENENDEZ CASE


After seven and a half weeks of testimony, the defense in the Menendez trial rested on Monday, bringing the case one step closer to the finish line. NJTV says the day began with Judge William Walls denying a defense motion for a mistrial after the defense argued that the judge was biased against them. Jurors are expected to return on Wednesday to hear closing arguments before the case goes to the jury later this week or early next week.

GUADAGNO TO TAKE BUS TOUR ACROSS NJ AS ELECTION NEARS


New Jersey will go to the polls next week to choose a new governor, and it's not looking good for Republican candidate Kim Guadagno. In an attempt to erase her double-digit deficit in the polls, NJ.com says Guadagno will spend the final few days of her campaign on a bus tour around the state.

GOVERNOR’S RACE 2017: CANDIDATES PLEDGE TO FIX NJ'S TRANSPORTATION WOES
Both of the major candidates for governor -- Guadagno and Democract Phil Murphy -- believe New Jersey's transportation issues should be a top priority for the next administration, but they diverge significantly when it comes to their plans on how to address them. NJ Spotlight looks at each of the two candidate's positions on transportation and infrastructure issues in the Garden State.

NEW JERSEY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM ANNOUNCES LATER START TO GIVE KIDS MORE SLEEP
The City of Burlington Public Schools has announced changes to next year's start and dismissal times in an attempt to give kids more time to sleep before school. NBC New York says the district will only push start times back by 20 minutes, but the district believes the changes will allow students to get more rest and improve learning outcomes. 

NORTH JERSEY OWES $276 MILLION IN RETIREMENT PAYOUTS
Six-figure payouts for retiring police and firefighters are common and legal in New Jersey, but they make taxpayers and public officials cringe because they divert resources and millions of dollars from other priorities. And without comprehensive statewide retirement payout reform, The Record says towns are left to their own devices to find individual solutions. 

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