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Physician-Assisted Suicide Moves Ahead on Uncertain Path in NJ

New Jersey residents who are terminally ill are closer to being able to choose to end their own life with the help of a doctor.

Legislators must decide whether to keep a provision in the New Jersey Death with Dignity Act (A-3328) that would require a statewide referendum on whether to approve physician-assisted suicide.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Menendez Can’t Escape Mounting Reports

The allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez may have started with unsubstantiated stories about trysts with prostitutes, but questions about the lawmaker’s conduct have reached the point where they’re not focused on sex.

A slow drip of national news reports about the New Jersey Democrat and his ties to Florida ophthalmologist and political donor Salomon Melgen have put his office on the defensive over an assortment of issues including a port contract in the Dominican Republic and a possible intervention in a Medicare billing dispute involving the doctor.

Menendez tried to move forward with his normal agenda Thursday, holding a morning roundtable discussion with Hispanic media outlets about immigration through the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, of which he is chairman.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Chris Christie struggles with politics of his weight

After years of questions about his girth, Chris Christie seemed to settle on a strategy – leave them laughing.

The overweight New Jersey governor took to Dave Letterman’s couch, donut in hand, on Monday night, joining one of his chief late night tormenters for some jokes at his own expense.

The calculation was clear – try to turn the potential negative into a positive, a strategy used by many a politician, including Al Gore during his 2000 presidential campaign.

But Gore’s problematic trait was stiffness, not size. And by Wednesday, Christie had undercut his own strategy, saying a former White House doctor who expressed fears that his weight could be life-ending if he were president “should shut up” since she hasn’t examined him and doesn’t know his medical history.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Bishops Reject Birth Control Compromise

WASHINGTON — The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the latest White House proposal on health insurance coverage of contraceptives, saying it did not offer enough safeguards for religious hospitals, colleges and charities that objected to providing such coverage for their employees.

The bishops said they would continue fighting the federal mandate in court.

The administration said the proposal, issued last Friday, would guarantee free employee coverage of birth control “while respecting religious concerns” of organizations that objected to paying or providing for it.

The bishops said the proposal seemed to address part of their concern about the definition of religious employers who could be exempted from the requirement to offer contraceptive coverage at no charge to employees. But they said it did not go far enough and failed to answer many questions, like who would pay for birth control coverage provided to employees of certain nonprofit religious organizations.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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