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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

March 24, 2019

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’s New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TRENTON _ Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. By Mike Catalini. SENT: About 600 words.

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DOVER, N.J. _ New 7th Congressional District Democrat Rep. Tom Malinowski has faced the press before, but never the kind he submitted to Wednesday. “Do you kiss your girlfriend?” one preschool “journalist” asked during his visit to the Head Start Community Program. Malinowski smiled and paused before answering. “Why yes, I do.” Malinowski arrived in the morning to meet with administrators of the nonprofit agency on Thompson Avenue. Founded in 1965, Head Start partners with families to provide comprehensive support for child development and school readiness. The fun part of the visit was speaking with the children, who were prepared with notebooks, cameras and a play microphone to speak to “Congressman Tom” as part of a series of “Community Helpers” interviews. William Westhoven, The (Morristown Daily Record. SENT: About 650 words.

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