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MURPHY'S TAX RETURN SHOWS INCOME UP 48% IN 2017

On Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy gave a glimpse of his 2017 tax returns, showing that Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 15.20.47his income climbed by about 48 percent to $6.8 million in 2017. Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive who invested $22.5 million in his campaign for governor last year, released two pages from his 1040 form as well as a summary of income and taxes paid going back to 2010. He criticized President Donald Trump, who did not release his taxes during his presidential campaign in 2016, despite not publicizing all his own returns from 2017. His office says news reporters may view his full 2017 returns this week. (Associated Press)

 

MENENDEZ AND HUGIN BLAST TRUMP'S BIRTHRIGHT PLAN

Sen. Bob Menendez and his Republican challenger Bob Hugin came out in opposition of President Trump's plan to end birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. They agree that Trump should scrap his potential executive order ending birthright citizenship for the offspring of non-citizens. Menendez, who has served in the Senate since 2006, leads Hugin in public opinion polls by anywhere from 5 to 9 percentage points. However, the Senate race was recently moved to a "tossup" by the Cook Political Report. (Jersey Journal)

JUDGE DENIES POLICE CHIEF'S LAWSUIT TO HALT ELECTION

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler’s lawsuit that sought to stop the upcoming Bergen County sheriff election due to alleged bias from the county clerk’s office. Judge Robert C. Wilson’s ruling stated that Kugler has not shown evidence of "irreparable injury" caused by John Hogan, the county clerk, whom he accused of putting an unnecessary gap between candidate names on the ballot mailed to residents. It was unclear on Tuesday whether Kugler, an independent candidate for sheriff, planned to resubmit an order before the court. (The Record)

SURPRISE INSPECTION AT WANAQUE REVEALS PROBLEMS

The has state released a new inspection report of the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, where nine children died in a severe viral outbreak. Though the report details deficiencies in hand-washing and infection control, Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal has raised questions over whether the standards set by the Centers Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for care of patients in settings like Wanaque need review. Health officials note that CMS is already moving to require long-term care facilities to have an "infection preventionist" on-site, responsible for infection prevention control programs. That mandate begins in November 2019. (NJ Advance Media)

LAWSUIT: MEDICAID FRAUD CASES CAN'T BE PROSECUTED

Hundreds of Medicaid fraud cases stemming from a 2017 crackdown in Lakewood cannot be prosecuted because the files detailing those investigations are trapped in encrypted files on a state computer, a former employee claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. In the lawsuit, Andrew Poulos Jr., who ran a controversial Medicaid fraud amnesty program for the Office of the State Comptroller last year, alleges that many cases were left on the table. The amnesty program was offered in late 2017 after high-profile raids led to the arrest of 26 Lakewood residents on charges they under-reported their incomes to qualify for Medicaid, food stamps and housing benefits. (Asbury Park Press)

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