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MURPHY AIDE SUBJECT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

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A top administration official in Gov. Phil Murphy's inner circle resigned abruptly last week with no public explanation. On Thursday, the New York Timesreported that the aide, Albert Alvarez, had been the subject late last year of a sexual assault investigation by a county prosecutor. Alvarez’s departure and the circumstances surrounding it are roiling Trenton, with top Republicans in the Legislature calling for hearings and Democrats working to find out more about the investigation and the actions taken by the Murphy administration.

AETNA SETTLES WITH STATE OVER PATIENT PRIVACY CASE

On Thursday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that insurance giant Aetna has agreed to pay a $365,000 fine for violating the privacy of thousands of New Jersey policyholders over two separate mailings, The NY Daily News/Associated Press reports that Aetna also agreed to hire a consultant to evaluate the company's privacy practices.

NJ DEMS REGISTER 70% OF NEW VOTERS BEFORE MIDTERMS

According to U.S. Department of State voter registration data for New Jersey, in the past nine months (January to the end of September), Democrats added 71,776 new voters and Republicans added 34,205 new voters. In North Jersey, WNYC reported Thursday, the biggest rate of change was in Morris County, which is in the heart of the contested 11th Congressional District race between former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill and Republican State Assemblyman Jay Webber.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON WALKS AWAY CLEAN FROM TALC CASE

A New Brunswick jury on Thursday cleared Johnson & Johnson of liability in a case involving a woman who alleged that the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused her cancer. Reutersreported J&J is facing some 10,600 liability lawsuits across the country over its talc products, most involving claims that they caused ovarian cancer, and that the company knew of and concealed risks associated with the products.

REPORT: HOSPITAL BILLS RISING DUE TO COST OF CARE

New Jerseyans pay the fifth-highest health care costs in the country, and rising prices are to blame, according to a report released by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute on Thursday. NJ.com says the nonprofit research and advocacy organization found that hospital costs across the state rose 12 percent because the price of delivering that care soared by 38 percent.

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