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SENATE RIVALS HUGIN AND MENENDEZ GIVE FINAL PITCHES

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On the eve of America's closely watched midterm elections — polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. today — Republican challenger Bob Hugin and his Democratic opponent, Sen. Robert Menendez, stuck to the major themes of their campaigns. Monday started with a new Quinnipiac University poll showing Menendez with a lead of 15 percentage points over Hugin: 55 percent to 40 percent, a 7-point jump from a few weeks ago. A poll spokesperson said backlash against Trump is a key reason why. (NJ Advance Media)

VOTERS TO SETTLE 12 HOUSE RACES, MANY CONTENTIOUS

The state has 12 House seats: currently, seven are Democrats, and five are Republicans. Surveys show Democrats could pick up seats in two contests where Republican incumbents are retiring. In the northern 11th District, Democrat Mikie Sherrill has a big fundraising advantage over Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber. In the southern 2nd District, Democratic Sen. Jeff Van Drew is leading in surveys against pro-Trump Republican Seth Grossman. In the 3rd District, Republican Tom MacArthur faces political newcomer Andy Kim. In the 7th District, Republican Rep. Leonard Lance is matched against Democrat Tom Malinowski. There are also a handful of special legislative races, but most voters will not be electing state officeholders. (Associated Press)

COURT FAULTS DEP IN CHANGES TO RADON RULES

A state appeals court has faulted the Department of Environmental Protection for improperly revising rules on how it oversees companies that test for radon in homes. The court decision found the department handed over its regulatory functions to the companies it was responsible for overseeing. (NJ Spotlight)

PALISADES NURSES RATIFY NEW CONTRACT WITH MERIDIAN

After more than six months of negotiations, nurses at Palisades Medical Center have ratified a new three-year contract with Hackensack Meridian Health. It provides salary increases for nearly 900 members and the addition of 28 nurses and staff at the North Bergen hospital, union officials said Monday. About 2,500 employees are affected by the outcome. (North Jersey Record)

WHITE SUPREMACIST FLIERS POSTED AT WILLIAM PATERSON

"It's Okay to Be White" fliers were posted on the William Paterson University campus last week. On Monday, Inside Higher Ed reported that similar posters have appeared in Vermont, Colorado, Delaware, and North Carolina. They were recently linked to a white supremacist group and posts on the Internet forum 4chan, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Campus officials removed the fliers after they were discovered Thursday. (NJ Advance Media)

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