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Tower of Power coming to Keswick Theatre Oct. 20

WILL SEXUAL ASSAULT SCANDAL DELAY LEGAL POT VOTE?

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Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday he's optimistic his marijuana bill won't be delayed by the state Legislature's investigation into his team's handling of a sexual assault allegation, NJ.com reports. On Sunday, Katie Brennan, chief of staff of the state's Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, publicly accused Albert Alvarez of sexually assaulting her while they worked on Murphy's campaign in April 2017. None of the state's top lawmakers have said publicly that the vote will be delayed but NJ.com says lawmakers privately believe it's possible the work required to launch the investigation could push back the marijuana bill's progress. One target date has been a vote on Oct. 29.

GOP'S LANCE, DEMOCRAT MALINOWSKI SPAR IN DEBATE

In an "at-times testy" debate broadcast on NJTV on Wednesday, Republican Rep. Leonard Lance called his Democratic challenger Tom Malinowski a “carpetbagger”, and Malinowski fired back by accusing the five-term incumbent as being a "failed check" on President Donald Trump, the Associated Pressreports. The debate was the candidates' latest clash in the race for the tightly contested 7th District, which experts say could flip in the Nov. 6 election. Democrats have identified Lance’s seat as among the most vulnerable.

EMERGENCY PLAN LOOSENED FOR CLOSED NUCLEAR PLANT

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Wednesday that it has approved Exelon’s request to reduce emergency planning at the Oyster Creek nuclear plant, the Press of Atlantic City reports. The plant closed in September after Exelon decided against building cooling towers to meet environmental standards set by the state's Department of Environmental Protection. The company must wait until Sept. 17, 2019 — a year after the plant shut down completely — to implement the changes, said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.

MURPHY CONFIDENT NJ TO BE OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY HUB

At a round table in Berlin on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy emphasized that offshore wind energy is crucial for creating an innovation economy. He believes it's an area where New Jersey can gain ground, ROI-NJ says. The site's managing editor is one of two New Jersey-based reporters following Murphy and filing stories during his nine-day trip to Germany and Israel. In the race to capturing offshore wind, Massachusetts is ahead of New Jersey right now, Murphy admitted, but he said "we have everything at our disposal to catch up."

LAWMAKERS PUSH TO LOCK IN PHARMACY BENEFIT SAVINGS

State lawmakers are warning that delays in reaching a new pharmacy benefit services deal could imperil millions of dollars in ongoing taxpayer savings, NJ Spotlight reported Wednesday. They are pushing administration officials to quickly rebid a $6.7 billion, three-year contract with OptumRx/United Health that a state court tossed out earlier this year. Supporters argue that the state stands to lose millions each week if a new contract isn’t in place by mid-January 2019. An Assembly panel is slated to vote on a companion bill later this week.

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