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Gov. Phil Murphy is calling on Congress to act on abortion rights as they face their most serious challenge in nearly 50 years, reports POLITICO’s Matt Friedman and Daniel Han.

Murphy and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) blasted a “right-wing” Supreme Court that appears on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade. POLITICO published a draft opinion indicating that the high court has voted to strike down the decision.

“If this Congress won’t protect reproductive freedom, America needs to elect a Congress in November, including Tom Malinowski, that will,” Murphy said today in Lambertville at an unrelated press conference about flood control which included Malinowski. He faces a tough reelection battle in November, when his Republican opponent could be former state Sen. Tom Kean Jr., who voted against the state’s recent abortion law while supporting the practice along with certain restrictions. Kean himself is facing several primary opponents for the right to challenge Malinowski in the fall.

New Jersey passed the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act in January. While Murphy stated he is “open-minded” to beefing up abortion access, he did not commit to any new legislation and spokespeople for Senate President Nick Scutari did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a written statement released this afternoon, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said he “remained committed to protecting access.”

“As a Legislature, we will keep working to maintain confidence in a woman’s right to safe and accessible reproductive healthcare,” Coughlin said.

The draft opinion, the authenticity of which was confirmed by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts after he announced an investigation into its release, was written by New Jersey native Justice Samuel Alito.

Alito, who was born in Trenton and once served as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, has raised alarm bells”,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.nj.com/politics/2022/05/they-were-both-from-nj-but-menendez-voted-against-alito-for-supreme-court-the-issue-abortion.html”,”_id”:”00000180-8c17-d254-a3d7-8ebf9c520002″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000180-8c17-d254-a3d7-8ebf9c520003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}” target=”_blank”>has raised alarm bells about his view of Roe v. Wade before — at least for one U.S. senator, as NJ Advance Media’s Ted Sherman note


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