New Jersey’s Republicans are celebrating.
The state’s minority party was on track to pick up four seats in the Assembly and appeared to hold three battleground districts, according to preliminary results from Tuesday’s election. Republicans flipped two South Jersey districts that were being closely watched, dealing a blow to Democrats, who will still retain a majority in the Legislature’s lower house.
Lawmakers have put most of a lengthy to-do list on hold for months, and with Tuesday's election now behind them, they'll head back to Trenton, where there's no shortage of challenging topics to tackle.
Legalizing marijuana and curbing vaping. Banning plastic bags. Removing lead that is tainting drinking water. Finding common ground on tax incentives. Granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.
All bills must be approved before the session ends in January; if not, lawmakers must start the process all over again.