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#METOO ACTIVIST DETAILS MISOGYNY IN MURPHY CAMPAIGN

 

Julie Roginsky sat down with Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran to share her experience working on Gov. Phil Murphy's gubernatorial campaign. A political strategist, Roginsky sued Fox News over a sexual harassment complaint against Roger Ailes. She alleges that the workplace environment during Murphy's bid for governor — led by campaign manager Brendan Gills — was "toxic." She says she was called the c-word. The governor's office was also the focus of a legislative committee investigation fueled by Katie Brennan's sexual assault allegation. Former Murphy administration staffer Al Alvarez is suingBrennan, who said he raped her after a campaign event in 2017. He claims the allegation has damaged his reputation. Roginsky says more women haven't come forward publicly because they fear retaliation. (Politico / Star-Ledger)

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BACKS NJ COUNTIES: ICE LAWSUITS

On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department supported two New Jersey counties — Cape May and Ocean County — in a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. The issue is the state's Immigrant Trust Directive, which bans local police officers from working on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to which the Trump administration argues violates the federal Immigration and Nationality Act. "At a time when we need to be building bridges with our immigrant communities, the federal government is working to push them further into the shadows," Grewal said. (NorthJersey.com)

NJ WILL NOW SCREEN INFANTS FOR GENETIC DISORDER

Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that will require infants born in our state to be tested for spinal muscular atrophy — a potentially fatal disorder that causes severe muscle weakness — as soon as this summer. According to an advocacy group, nine children in New Jersey are born with it every year. The move supports a 2018 recommendation by former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Sixteen state currently screen newborns for the disorder, and several others are piloting programs. (WHYY)

MENINGITIS VACCINE REQUIRED FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Seventeen cases of meningococcal disease were reported on college campuses in New Jersey between 2013 and 2019 — and now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy this month, it might become more rare. Under the new law, college students must get vaccinated against bacterial meningitis in order to enroll in school. Spread by casual contact, the infection causes flu-like symptoms and can escalate quickly — it's life-threatening. (NJ Spotlight)

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