Your I-94 is what controls your legal status in the US. You can let your visa expire while in the US, as long as your I-94 is still valid. You will need a new J1 visa, only if you are seeking to travel outside the US and then re-enter. The question is: are you going to travel outside the US between 10/30/2015 and 12/31/2015? When you say "should I apply for a new visa" do you mean extend your J1 or apply for another classification? There are many variables depending on your answer. So I recommend that you talk to an attorney.
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Agree with the previous answer. Normally a J visa is good for the length of the J program plus 30 days. So a more concise answer depends on the length of your J program and your travel plans. Consult with your program sponsor as to the likelihood of a program extension.
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