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Murphy and Biden Discuss New Jersey Priorities

Governor Phil Murphy reported on a conversation he had with President-elect Joe Biden.
The two Democrats talked about the pandemic, the need for federal stimulus money and moving forward on infrastructure, specifically the long-delayed Gateway Tunnel project.
“The news that he has asked Anthony Fauci to stay on was a double shot of good news,” Murphy said.
Murphy wants a comprehensive stimulus package.
“More is needed. History [will] not dismiss us for going big and bold,” the governor said.
The 2020 election.

Final Nov. 3rd Record-Breaking Tally: 4,635,000

Governor Phil Murphy noted the final tally of votes in the Nov. 3rd election:

4,635,000.

That’s a record.

The former record was 3.9ish million, Murphy said.

“Not only was the record broken, it was shattered,” said the governor.

The New Jersey Statehouse and Capitol Building In Trenton

New Jersey Sees Record One-Day Increase of Over 6,000 New COVID-19 Cases

The state on Sunday reported a record one-day increase of 6,046 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday, as well as an additional 54 fatalities.

Governor Murphy tweeted that ‘these numbers speak for themselves’.

The statewide COVID-19 count stands at 368,016 cases and 15,485 fatalities (and 1,836 probable fatalities) as of Sunday; the viral transmission rate is 1.03.

 

Union County Freehlolder Angela Garretson spearheaded the call to abolish the term 'freeholder'.

Judge Tosses Police Chief Case Against Former Hillside Mayor

According to court documents obtained by RLS Media, The Honorable Superior Court Judge Alan G. Lesnewich declared that former Mayor Angela Garretson acted appropriately in choosing the Hillside Police Chief in 2017.

The full story is here.

Murphy Slams NY Young Republicans and Rep. Gaetz: ‘You Are Not Welcome In New Jersey’

Governor Murphy opened his COVID-19 briefing taking aim at the NY Young Republican Club that ‘allegedly snuck into Jersey City last night to hold a gala fundraiser after they couldn’t find a venue in their own city due to the pandemic’. Based on a photo from the event show during the briefing, there was no social distancing or masks being worn.

The Governor zeroed in on Rep. Gaetz, who was present at the event, calling him at first ‘Matt Putz’ and then quickly correcting himself, branding him as a ‘knucklehead’.  ‘What a fool’, Murphy said, saying that law enforcement is investigating.

‘He and they should be ashamed of themselves. I hope you’re watching, Matt. You are not welcome in New Jersey, and quite frankly, I don’t ever want you back in this state’.

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Murphy Stepping Down As DGA Chair

Governor Murphy is stepping down as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, as he heads into a 2021’s gubernatorial election year. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is taking the helm of the DGA.

Grisham praised Murphy, saying ‘I am honored to lead the Democratic Governors Association, and I join my fellow governors in thanking Gov. Phil Murphy for his remarkable leadership. This past year has been full of unexpected challenges, but with Gov. Murphy at the helm, the DGA successfully weathered the storm.’

She noted that the DGA looks forward to aiding Murphy in his re-election bid.

The DGA released the following statement:

America’s Democratic governors voted today to elect New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to serve as the new Chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2021. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper will serve as Vice Chair and Chair-Elect for 2021 and Chair in 2022. The vote occurred at the DGA’s Annual Meeting, which was held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Outgoing DGA Chair New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has been chosen to serve as the new DGA Finance Chair.

Gov. Lujan Grisham served as DGA Vice Chair in 2020, alongside Chair New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

“I am honored to lead the Democratic Governors Association, and I join my fellow governors in thanking Gov. Phil Murphy for his remarkable leadership,” said DGA Chair Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “This past year has been full of unexpected challenges, but with Gov. Murphy at the helm, the DGA successfully weathered the storm. The DGA re-elected incumbents in Delaware and Washington, as well as the battleground state of North Carolina, marking the sixth consecutive cycle that the DGA has successfully defended all incumbents. I look forward to continuing our record of success in 2021 by re-electing Gov. Phil Murphy and keeping Virginia blue so that Democratic governors can continue to move our country forward.”

“I am honored to take on this role and join Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in leading the DGA,” said DGA Vice Chair Gov. Roy Cooper. “This past year has reminded the nation of the critical role that Democratic governors play in keeping our nation safe and building a brighter future for all. Throughout my time in office I have worked tirelessly to expand health care access, invest in public education, and create economic opportunity across North Carolina. I am grateful for the support of the DGA in my re-election bid to give me the ability to continue this work for the next four years and look forward to working with Gov. Lujan Grisham to build on this record of success.”

“We’re proud of the work we accomplished over the past year at the Democratic Governors Association and I am honored to continue to build on this record of success as DGA Finance Chair,” said outgoing DGA Chair and incoming Finance Chair Gov. Phil Murphy. “With smart and strategic investments, the DGA was able to successfully re-elect all our incumbents and hit record fundraising levels that set the DGA up for success in years to come, all in the face of an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. Our strong roster of Democratic governors in swing states paved the way for President-elect Biden’s historic win and ensured a fair and complete count in the key states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with Gov. Lujan Grisham and Gov. Cooper to help the DGA extend our success into the 2021 and 2022 cycles.”

BACKGROUND

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made history as the first Democratic Latina elected to serve as governor of a U.S. state and the first Democratic woman elected as Governor of New Mexico. As a 12th-generation New Mexican, she has been laser-focused on expanding opportunities for every New Mexican. In 2019, she oversaw one of the most productive legislative sessions in the state’s history, including legislation that raised the minimum wage for the first time in a decade so working families can put food on the table. New Mexico under Gov. Lujan Grisham’s leadership is offering public and private employees options for paid family leave for the first time. New Mexico has become a national leader in renewable transition efforts, and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has received national praise for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and her early rollout of widespread free testing, including to vulnerable populations.

Prior to running for governor, Gov. Lujan Grisham served as a member of Congress for the 1st Congressional District from 2013 until 2018 and as a longtime state Cabinet secretary at both the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-term Services and Department of Health.

Gov. Roy Cooper made history in 2016 when he became the first challenger since 1850 to defeat a sitting North Carolina Governor, and was re-elected in 2020. Gov. Cooper has spent nearly three decades in public service, including 16 years as Attorney General, protecting families, keeping communities safe, and working to create jobs and improve schools.

As governor of North Carolina, Gov. Cooper has announced tens of thousands of new jobs across the state, worked to fight workplace discrimination, and launched a Clean Energy Plan to create good-paying jobs, increase the use of renewable energy, and fight climate change. From his first day in office, Gov. Cooper has fought for better teacher pay and funding for classrooms, expanded pre-kindergarten programs, and re-established the Teaching Fellows Program to recruit and support highly qualified teachers in North Carolina. Gov. Cooper worked across party lines to combat the opioid crisis in the state and continues to fight tirelessly for Medicaid expansion.

Gov. Cooper served in both the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate prior to being elected as Attorney General in 2000.

Addiego

Addiego Running for Reelection

Confirmed: state Senator Dawn Addiego (D-8) is running for reelection in 2021.

Paterson BOE Member Teague Gearing Up For At-Large Council Run in ’22

Paterson BOE Commissioner Corey Teague is looking ahead to 2022 and gearing up to run for an at-large council seat.

Teague said that ‘since 2018, Paterson residents have been calling on me to run for a seat on the city’s legislative body. I have served this city in the capacity of an activist for 20 years. This is my second term as a member of the city’s school board of which I have served and continue to serve the needs of our children. As a member of the city council I’ll be able to widen the base of residents I currently serve in my current capacity. Again, after much thought and consideration I feel it is time to run for a seat on the city council as a representative of the people I serve every day. Community service is a lifelong calling for me. Being an elected official is merely an extension of that calling.’

2022 will be a big year for Paterson, during which the mayoralty and three at-large council seats are up for grabs.

Currently, the three at-large seats are held by Lilissa Mimms (currently the Council VP), Flavio Rivera *(currently the Council Prez), and Maritza Davila.

Mayor Sayegh faces a possible rematch from 2018 opponent Alex Mendez, who is likely to run again, according to Paterson Times. Mendez gave up his at-large seat to run for mayor, and ran for the Ward 3 seat this year, beating veteran incumbent Bill McKoy by nine votes and was sworn-in last week.  That race is headed for a mid-December recount.

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Politico NJ: Spiller Making Rounds For Biden’s Education Secretary Job

From Politico NJ: ‘Sean Spiller, vice president of the New Jersey Education Association has given the state’s congressional delegation a heads up that he’s interested in the position of U.S. Secretary of Education under a Joe Biden administration according to six sources.’

Mendez and McKoy.

Report: Judge Orders Recount In Paterson’s Ward 3

From a Paterson Times report by Jay Rahman: ‘Passaic County assignment judge Ernest Caposela ordered a recount in the hotly contested 3rd Ward race on Monday morning. Recount is scheduled to take place on December 15 at the Passaic County Community College auditorium. McKoy had wanted the recount completed in November. New Jersey deputy attorney general Eric Reid argued a recount couldn’t be completed before mid-December because of the required election audits.’

Mendez has a nine-vote lead over McKoy.

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