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LEGISLATURE TO LOOK INTO PEDIATRIC VIRAL OUBREAK

The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee will hold a hearing on the viral outbreak that has so far claimed the lives of ten children at the Wanaque Center in Haskell. Committee chair Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex wants to schedule the hearing within the next Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 15.20.47 two weeks. He has voiced concerns over the long wait before parents were notified, as well as how long it took for the state to visit the Wanaque Center after it first learned there were sick children. Vitale said the Legislature may need to take regulatory action. The virus has only a mild effect on healthy people, and separate strain was found at another long-term pediatric care center in Vorhees. (NJ.com)

 

GOV. MURPHY PAID MORE THAN $300K IN PROPERTY TAXES

Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife paid more than $300,000 in property taxes on their riverfront estate in Middletown last year, according to filings made available to reporters Thursday. New Jerseyans pay the highest property taxes in the nation: last year, the average property tax bill was $8,690. (Bloomberg)

MURPHY SIGNS LAW TO HELP BOOKER RUN FOR PRESIDENT

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Thursday that won't force Sen. Cory Booker, a fellow Democrat, to choose between a presidential campaign or another run for the Senate. He'll be able to run for both at the same time. Current law doesn't prevent anyone from doing so, but the new law "clarifies" that the prohibition on holding more than one state elective office does not apply to running for Congress and the White House simultaneously. (NJ Advance Media)

MOODY'S UPGRADES ATLANTIC CITY'S CREDIT RATING

Moody's announced Thursday that Atlantic City's credit rating has improved four spots, from the third-lowest rating (Caa3) to the positive-outlook rating (B2). The new rating means the city is a high credit risk, and the city’s credit is speculative, Moody's said. The positive outlook means Moody's could upgrade the city's rating again in the next 12 to 24 months. (Press of Atlantic City)

TWO MORE MEASLES CASES CONFIRMED NEAR LAKEWOOD

The state health department said Thursday that it is monitoring an outbreak of measles, with two new reported cases. Officials said these people developed symptoms after being exposed to another person who acquired measles while traveling internationally. The two people may have exposed others to the disease while they were in Lakewood between Oct. 25-30. (Associated Press)

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