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MENENDEZ AND HUGIN CLASH IN ONLY SENATE RACE DEBATE

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Sparks flew as Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican rival Bob Hugin clashed in their first and only Senate race debate on Wednesday. The candidates did agree on a few issues, including the need for immigration reform and funding for the state’s infrastructure. The debate was televised statewide on NJTV and is available on NJTV's website. Experts say the race is tighter than expected despite a Democratic registration advantage. (CBS New York)

WANAQUE SAYS IT ACTED TO STOP ADENOVIRUS OUTBREAK

The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation said Wednesday it took “immediate and comprehensive” action to prevent the spread of a severe viral outbreak that resulted in the deaths of seven young patients this month. Eleven other patients are recovering. State health commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said it’s always difficult to know exactly when an actual outbreak begins, though it's clear that all of the infections occurred in the facility’s respiratory (ventilator) unit. Gov. Phil Murphy said a widespread public health crisis is unlikely because the affected patients were particularly at risk: all of the patients were children or young people with weakened immune systems. (Associated Press)

TWO YEARS ON, STILL NO TOXIC PFAS CLEANUP AT MDL BASE

Almost two years after the U.S. Air Force published data showing dangerously high levels of the toxic PFAS chemical family on the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (MDL) military base, it still hasn't started cleaning up the polluted groundwater. The chemicals are subject to monitoring and cleanup as part of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Superfund process under the “CERCLA” law. A spokesman for the joint base said that the Air Force is taking a "comprehensive approach" to identify and respond to the toxic PFAS levels, which have been found at more than 100 other military bases nationwide due to their long-standing use of fire-fighting foam that contains the chemicals. (NJ Spotlight)

GOP CANDIDATE RECEIVES LETTER THREATENING HIS FAMILY

Congressional candidate Jay Webber received a threatening letter that mentioned his children and urged him to drop out of the state’s 11th District race, his campaign said Wednesday. Webber, a five-term Republican assemblyman, is running against Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a former federal prosecutor. The letter was sent to the candidate’s place of business, his campaign said. Law enforcement officials are investigating. (Politico)

NJ ASSEMBLY BILL OFFERS SUPPORT FOR ORGAN DONORS

Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Monday to support a Democratic-led bill that would expand the state's temporary disability law to ensure employees are covered if they are completely unable to work after organ or bone marrow donation surgery. The measure would also provide specific job protections for these workers. (NJ Spotlight)

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