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NJ MAY MAKE IT TOUGHER FOR KIDS TO SKIP VACCINES FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS

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A bill being considered in the state Assembly would force New Jersey parents to explain exactly how required vaccinations for their children interfere with their religion, NJ.com reports. Under current law, parents can opt-out of required vaccines simply by writing a letter that says the drugs "interfere with the free exercise" of their religious rights. 

MONMOUTH PARK IN LIMBO AS SCOTUS AGAIN DELAYS SPORTS BETTING OPINION


After a seven-year legal battle with New Jersey, Monmouth Park has to wait even longer now in its fight to legalize sports betting at racetracks and casinos in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday again failed to deliver an opinion in its case. The next possible date for a decision is April 17; the park is set to open May 5, the Asbury Park Press reports.

WORKERS ALLEGEDLY STIFFED OUT OF MONEY AT 15 HOULIHAN'S IN NJ WILL SHARE $5M
The U.S. Department of Labor this week announced an agreement in which the owner of 15 Houlihan's restaurants in New Jersey will pay out $5 million in back wages and damages to 1,000 workers, NJ.com reports. The settlement was reached after two lawsuits were filed against the owner, one in New Jersey and one in New York. 

ELECTION 2018: ‘EVERY SINGLE HOUSE SEAT IN NEW JERSEY IN PLAY’ 
As of Monday's filing deadline, more than 50 candidates had filed to run in the June primaries for congressional seats in New Jersey, NJ101.5 reports. The station quoted a pollster from Monmouth University who said this could mean that nearly every House seat in the state could be up for grabs to some extent. A total of 27 Democrats and 24 Republican filed to run.  

NOW BOB MENENDEZ HAS A DEMOCRAT CHALLENGING HIM IN PRIMARY
And speaking of that filing deadline yesterday, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez picked up a primary challenger, community newspaper publisher Lisa McCormick. NJ.com reports that McCormick previously announced a campaign for the 2017 governor's race but never ran.  

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