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THE STATE SENATE RACE IS STILL A DOG FIGHT, POLL SAYS

The state Senate race between Democratic incumbent Robert Menendez and Republican challenger Bob Hugin is a "statistical dead heat," according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 15.20.47poll released Wednesday. NJ.com says that Menendez has work to do in winning over members of his own party, though he held a five-point lead over Hugin among the state's registered voters and a six-point lead among likely voters. About one-in-five Democrats are undecided.

STATE LAGS BEHIND IN PATIENT CARE, REPORT SAYS

Patients aren't getting enough care to prevent illnesses and bigger bills down the road, according to a report analyzed by the Asbury Park Press. Produced by the Catalyst for Payment Reform (an organization that represents employers that are seeking to lower their health care costs), the report found gaps in patient care across the state, including fewer vaccinations, more C-section deliveries, and a tougher time controlling patients' high blood pressure.

NJ SUPREME COURT DROPS 500 SUITS AGAINST ACCUTANE

On Wednesday, the state's Supreme Court dismissed more than 500 lawsuitsagainst the company that manufactures Accutane, an acne drug. The plaintiffs claimed that the drug caused some patients to develop a gastrointestinal disease. In a 6-0 ruling with one justice not participating, the Court found that the company provided adequate warnings about the drug’s side effects.

RUTGERS REVISES POLICY AFTER NJ.COM INVESTIGATION

Following an investigation by NJ Advance Media, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has decided that sexual harassment claims will no longer be bound by a two-year statute of limitations. Barchi announced the decision on Wednesday, NJ.com reports. Gov. Phil Murphy previously said that a two-year limit on harassment complaints "doesn't sound like it's right."

FUTURE OF LEGAL POT IN NEW JERSEY NO LONGER HAZY

New Jersey could pass a law legalizing recreational marijuana by the end of this month, according to the Wednesday broadcast of WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show. The half-hour program features predictions from lawmakers like State Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-22nd), who sponsored the bill. In addition, reporters from NJBiz and WNYC discuss potential implications for the state.

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