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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

September 22, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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ELECTION 2018-CONGRESS-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON — New Jersey’s die-hard Democrats are pumped up for the midterms and say they’ll win all 12 seats, picking up five House districts. The electoral map, though, shows that’s a more challenging task than Democrats are acknowledging. By Mike Catalini. SENT: About 650 words.

ELECTION 2018-STATE LEGISLATURES

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Democrats were trounced in their bids for state legislature during the tenure of former President Barack Obama, losing 968 seats in eight years. That’s a big part of the reason Republicans controlled the redistricting process that cemented GOP control of Congress. Democrats hope to reverse that this year — or at least put a big dent in the previous Republican gains. They have embarked on a coordinated and well-financed effort to win state legislative seats, although the heavy partisan gerrymandering accomplished under the Republicans could thwart many of their efforts. By David A. Lieb. SENT: About 1380 words, photos.

With:

— ELECTION 2018-STATE LEGISLATURES-GLANCE, a by-the-numbers breakdown of partisan control in state legislatures.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SOCCER CAPTAIN RETURNS

HACKENSACK — Damien Parker laid motionless on the field, waiting for an ambulance to take him away. The pain below his knee had become unbearable. The collision he suffered last year ended his season on the spot and left him frozen in the south end zone of Passaic Tech. There was simply no way to get up. “I was thinking in my head, what’s going on?” said Parker, a senior at Bergen Tech. “It was really, really scary.” Then came results at a hospital, where surgery and a long recovery process awaited. But 12 months later, he insists that the infamous moment is only the start of his story, not its end. By Sean Farrell, The North Jersey Record. SENT: About 870 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

TRENTON — Gas prices dipped in New Jersey but stayed relatively stable over the rest of the country following the flooding and destruction in the Carolinas.

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