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NJ LAGS BEHIND U.S. IN VACCINE ADMINISTRATION: ONLY 25%

 
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Statewide COVID-19 vaccine distribution isn't matching the pace of other states, health officials said yesterday. Only a quarter of the state's total number of doses — about 100,000 of 400,000 — have been given out. The first round of second doses began yesterday. Two "mega sites" will open on Friday for front line health care workers. (TAPinto Camden / WHYY / ROI-NJ / Patch)

MURPHY: VAN DREW "SIDING WITH CONSPIRACY THEORISTS"


Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy targeted party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a Republican, for his plans to support Trump and continue to contest the election over alleged claims of voter fraud. He called out "the shameful, dangerous, undemocratic and unpatriotic" behavior of "congressional Republicans who are openly and unabashedly working to undermine our constitutional norms ... and to overthrow a free and fair election decided by the American people.” (NJ.com)

More:
  • Murphy targets Van Drew for ‘siding with conspiracy theorists’ (Politico)
  • Christie tells Trump it is time to 'move on' from election loss (Patch)
  • Rep. Mikie Sherrill blasts 'chilling' Trump call and GOP 'power grab' (Morristown Green)

CUOMO CONFIRMS CASE OF COVID VARIANT—NOT IN NJ YET 


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that a mutant strain of COVID has been confirmed in New York: Saratoga County. Colorado and California have confirmed cases of this strain, but it's not been confirmed in New Jersey yet. It is still unclear how this strain differs from the original, and what public health impact it might have. Dr. Anthony Fauci has said the current Pfizer vaccine will "very likely" be effective for this variant, too. (NorthJersey / Politico)

LEGISLATURE, MURPHY CLOSE TO FINAL DEAL ON CANNABIS


Gov. Phil Murphy and senior lawmakers are closing in on a cannabis deal, sources tell Politico. Voting is scheduled for the state Senate and Assembly on Jan. 11. That's when lawmakers aim to "pass a 'clean-up' bill that clarifies the penalties for underage possession of cannabis," reporters Sam Sutton and Matt Friedman write. After that, sources say Murphy will likely sign the enabling legislation, the decriminalization bill, and the underage possession bill. (Politico)

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