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NJ NEWS COMMONS: NJ REP CASTS ONLY 1 OF 2 'NO' VOTES ON IMPEACHMENT

 

In a hyper-partisan vote to impeach President Donald Trump on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday, South Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew voted 'no.' He was part of a very small opposition, just one of two House Democratsto do so. Every Republican in the chamber joined him. The resolution passed 232 to 196. Here's how local representatives voted. (The Inquirer)

HEPATITIS A CASES ARE SURGING IN NJ, SIX ARE NOW DEAD

Kudos to Lindy Washburn for this lede, which places an important fact about this outbreak — it's preventable — right up front. "An outbreak of hepatitis A, a serious disease preventable by vaccine, has hit New Jersey hard in recent months, leaving six people dead and more than 500 sickened," she writes. There is no medication for Hep A. The CDC says that in people with typical immune systems, it will typically resolve itself with enough rest. (The Record)

AN INFLUX OF VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTES FOR ASSEMBLY RACES

NJTV has reviewed the number of vote-by-mail ballots requested this year — there has been an "unprecedented increase," Briana Vannozzi writes. 275,429 ballot requests have been filed by Democrats, 149,540 requests by Republicans, and 169,247 requests from unaffiliated voters. (NJTV News)

COULD NEWARK'S LEAD PROBLEM AFFECT INVESTMENT?

Mark Bonamo surveyed Newark residents and leaders to suss out whether the city's water safety challenges could affect the area's redevelopment efforts. The dangerous lead levels are not a new problem, but the long-term health impact has been drawing nationwide concern — even as comparisons to Flint, Michigan's crisis have frustrated Mayor Ras Baraka. "The city’s business interests so far seem to be weathering the storm," Bonamo says. (NJ Spotlight)

 

🙈 We're also keeping an eye on—

  • 19 men arrested for allegedly trying to lure children for sex (NJ.com)
  • Vape users as young as 10 turning up in emergency rooms (NJTV News)
  • Van Drew bill would protect disaster survivors from ‘clawbacks’ (WHYY)
  • Conundrum: Will clean energy cost electric utilities money? (NJ Spotlight)
  • NJ ramps up its own health care enrollment effort amid cuts (NJTV News)
  • Some American Dream rides don't have permits to operate (The Record)
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