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GROSSMAN: VAN DREW SHOWS TRUE COLORS OPPOSING CONFIRMING KAVANAUGH TO SUPREME COURT

SEN. BOOKER MAKES FINAL ATTEMPT TO BLOCK KAVANAUGH

Taking to Twitter, Senator Cory Booker has made a plea to his 4.1 million followers in Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 15.20.47an effort to derail Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, NJ.com reports. On Thursday, Booker issued a statement with the other Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, questioning the thoroughness of the FBI investigation. The story features video of Booker walking out of the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in protest last Friday, and his call to action to flood the Senate with calls on Twitter.

NJ BOARD OF EDUCATION PROPOSES FEWER STATE TESTS

The state's Board of Education has halved Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to reduce the number of standardized tests required in high school, the Press of Atlantic City reports. On Wednesday, the Board approved amendments that would require high schools to administer a total of four standardized tests in the ninth and tenth grades. The new proposal, backed by Gov. Murphy, has reduced that number to two. On Thursday, the state's largest teaching union (the New Jersey Education Association) said it would continue to analyze the changes.

ADVOCATES CHEER TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS RULING

Advocates and immigrants in New Jersey expressed cautious optimism Thursday about a federal judge's ruling to block the Trump administration from taking away Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from more than 320,000 immigrants nationwide, the North Jersey Record reports. TPS protects immigrants from ten designated countries — many of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades — from deportation. As of 2017, nearly 20,000 people who have TPS were living in New Jersey when they applied for the program.

GOV. MURPHY PASSES AC AIRPORT GROWTH ZONE LAW

A new one-mile “growth zone” will be established around Atlantic City International Airport, thanks to a measure passed by Gov. Phil Murphy. The Associated Press (with some heavy lifting by The Press of Atlantic City) reports that the law creates state tax incentives in an attempt to draw business to the area’s aviation district. The incentives will expire in July 2019.

HURRICANE FLORENCE WASHED 'JELLYFISH' TO NJ SHORES

A tropical, jellyfish-like creature was recently discovered along the beach in Brigantine, and the Asbury Park Press reported Thursday that Hurricane Florence is probably to blame. A biology professor at Montclair State University sourced the so-called 'jellyfish' (not one animal, but a colony of several lifeforms) to Florence, but said they wouldn't last long in Jersey's cold waters.

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