NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Meeting ‘Unusual,’ Ex-Health Chief Says

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Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday recalled an “unusual” meeting she had with Sen. Bob Menendez and former Senate Majority Harry Reid, according to reports.

Testifying during Menendez’s ongoing corruption trial, Sebelius said the meeting was the only time during her five years in the Obama administration that she was asked by one senator to meet another, according to the Associated Press. And she said it was the only time she was asked to discuss a Medicare “billing issue” — a problem that happened to be plaguing Menendez’s top donor, Salomon Melgen. Prosecutors allege the meeting was an official act Menendez took to benefit Melgen, the wealthy Florida eye doctor accused of bribing the senator.

Phil Murphy’s lead in the governor’s race is still in the double digits, but it’s not as big as previous polls have shown, according to a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday. Murphy, the Democratic nominee for governor, is beating Republican nominee Kim Guadagno by 14 points with five weeks to go until Election Day, the poll showed.

And Gov. Chris Christie revealed how he plans to pay for the up to $240 million in programs to combat the opioid epidemic. Christie said he found debt service savings and unspent money from several departments.

Quote of the Day: “What happened in Nevada is awful. Would adding certain specific laws have changed that outcome? I think it’s too early to answer that question.” — Kim Guadagno, weighing in on the gun control debate after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Meeting ‘Unusual,’ Ex-Health Chief Says