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HANDLING OF SEX ASSAULT CLAIM IN NJ GOV. QUESTIONED

 

A state employee said Sunday that she was sexually assaulted in April 2017 by Albert Alvarez, a senior staffer in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration who resigned on October 2. The Associated Press reports that employee, Katie Brennan, tried for a year to get authorities to take action, but with no result. Brennan first came forward on Sunday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. She said she wants to see changes in how such allegations are handled: the legislature should pass a bill that eliminates the statute of limitations on civil suits stemming from sexual assault, and also pursue legislation to make sure sexual-assault first responders are better trained.

TWO TIGHT RACES IN NJ COULD HELP DEMS FLIP THE HOUSE

This election, two of the state's twelve House seats—the 7th and the 11th congressional districts—are key targets by Democrats who hope to flip the House in their favor. On Sunday, NewsHour Weekend said that though many Republicans are hoping the fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh has energized their base in red states, it is much less likely to help the GOP candidates in these two districts—Leonard Lance in the 7th and Jay Webber in the 11th, respectively—because more moderate voters hold the key to success.

NEW JERSEY VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TUESDAY

Tuesday is the final day to register to vote in New Jersey. On Sunday, NJ.comput together a Q & A article that answers common questions about the registration process. For example: yes, New Jersey residents can check their voter registration status online by visiting the Department of State website; but no, they cannot register to vote online. That must be done by mail or in person: addresses for election offices are available at the Division of Elections website.

STATE SUES DEPT. OF INTERIOR OVER OFFSHORE DRILLING

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has filed suit against the US Department of the Interior (DOI) for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Ars Technica reported on Sunday. The FOIA request attempted to obtain information about why the DOI exempted Florida from offshore oil drilling lease auctions, but not any other state. New Jersey is one of ten states that has opposed the Trump administration's efforts to open up their offshore areas.

NJ MINIMUM WAGE GOING UP 25 CENTS IN 2019 TO $8.85

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Friday that the state's minimum wage will be raised by a quarter on Jan. 1, the Associated Press reports. That's $8.85 an hour, but it's not enough, said Gov. Murphy, who is pushing for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Lawmakers and the administration are still working out differences over how the wage increase should apply to tipped and seasonal workers.

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