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New Jersey lawmakers among opioid makers' top recipients

Pharmaceutical companies that make opioid painkillers have been active in political contributions and lobbying in New Jersey, a state where policymakers have counted curbing deaths from opioids and heroin as a priority but have not so far imposed restrictions on prescription opioids.

The state has some of the top recipients of campaign contributions from companies among legislators across the country. And the companies and their nonprofit allies have a major presence as lobbyists in Trenton.

A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that drugmakers that produce opioid painkillers and allied advocacy groups spent more than $880...