Vote on NJ bill to bar certain vaccine exemptions stalled

Top New Jersey lawmakers say a bill to end most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren failed to get enough support and was not formally given a vote. Senate President Steve Sweeney said Monday he would try again in the next legislative session, which begins Tuesday. The crowd of opponents who had encircled the Statehouse cheered and applauded so loudly that it could be heard inside the Senate chamber. New Jersey’s Health Department says there are about 14,000 students who had a religious exemption in 2018-2019. That’s 2.6% of the total number of enrolled students.