The outcome of Clark NJ committee races could be key to any challenge to Union County Democratic Committee Chairman Nick Scutari, a source told Insider NJ.

Report: Marijuana Deal Crumbles

From NJ.com:

Just as it seemed Gov. Phil Murphy’s office and the Legislature had come to an agreement that would end a years-long struggle to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, opposition from lawmakers has derailed the effort in another bizarre twist in the saga, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Biden

Trump Not Attending Biden Inauguration

President Trump tweeted this morning that he won’t be attending President-elect Biden’s inauguration on January 20th:

Governor Phil Murphy formally entered the Legislative District 17 race in support of Assemblymen Joe Egan and Joe Danielsen, a pair of incumbent Democrats.

Danielsen Condemns ‘Lawless Act by Terrorists’

Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17), a U.S. Army veteran, issued the following statement regarding the Trump-incited mob storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday:

“As the chairman of the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee, as well as a former member of our armed services, I took an oath to preserve and protect our nation and its Constitution. The actions yesterday in our nation’s capital was a lawless and a seditious act by terrorists who defiled the sanctity of our halls of democracy.  For too long, too many ignored the warning signs and the failure therefore must be a shared blame.  Words in fact matter and lies do have consequences.  I call on our citizens to pray for our nation’s healing and to respect the rule of law.  Without these values, we lessen ourselves, our nation and our democratic principles.”

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28).

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo on Wednesday’s Washington D.C. Mess

“The main mission of the Trump followers in my opinion was to destroy the original ballots of the electors. Thankfully a staff member thought quickly and  secured them. Imagine if they got their hands on them. Last ditch effort to blow up  the election.”

Armstead

Armstead Not Ruling out 2021 Run Against Scutari

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said he is mulling over whether to run against longtime foe state Senator Nick Scutari (D-22) this year.

“Yes, running against Nick is something I have been giving much thought to and have not ruled it out,” Armstead said on Thursday in a legislative election year.

Carl Golden, senior contributing analyst with the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, argues that despite continual mass shooting incidents in the U.S., gun rights absolutists will win Congress once more, and either no or purely cosmetic action will take place.

Rep. Kim Aids Officers In Capitol Clean-Up

CD3 Rep. Andy Kim assisted police officers in cleaning up the Capitol following yesterday’s storming by protesters:

LD3 Assemblyman John Burzichelli

Appropriations Committee Holds Early Voting Bill

The Assembly Appropriations Committee this morning will not hear A-4830, the early voting bill, as originally scheduled, Chairman Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) announced at the hearing.

and the Republican Party

Facebook Blocking Trump’s Accounts ‘Indefinitely’

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be blocked ‘indefinitely’, and for at least the next two weeks:

The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 7, 2021

Kennedy and Van Drew.

Kennedy Critical of Van Drew after Day of Capitol Hell

In my campaign, the main critique I offered of my opponent was that he used his time in Congress to promote his career and to curry favor with the President and special interest campaign contributors instead of doing the hard work to help people here in South Jersey who are hurting. But Jeff won the election and so my earnest hope was that he would take the message from the more than 180,000 people in his district who chose not to vote for him, and shift his focus to healing our nation and working across the aisle to get families and small businesses help now.

Sadly, he has chosen to engage in more political theater instead of doing what he promised the people of South Jersey he would do — roll up his sleeves and get things done. What’s even worse is that he is choosing to throw his lot in with a fringe group who refuse to concede that Joe Biden is the President elect even when Trump’s staunchest supporters like Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham acknowledge the process has run its course.

Woman shot dead inside the Capitol Building.

The New York Post has the story here.

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