History: First New Jerseyan Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was administered this morning at University Hospital in Newark to frontline healthcare worker and nurse Maritza Beniquez.


Passaic GOP Chairman Murphy Appoints Conlon As New State Committeeman

Following the resignation of long-time GOP State Committeeman John Capo, Passaic County GOP Chairman Peter Murphy sent a letter to Acting NJGOP Chairwoman Pagliughi announcing his appointment of West Milford’s Matthew Conlon as Capo’s successor, with the consent of the party’s executive committee.

Conlon ran for Passaic County freeholder on the Republican ticket earlier this year.

New Jersey Formally Awards 14 Electoral Votes To Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

The state’s electoral college formally awarded its 14 votes to Democrat Joe Biden for President and Democrat Kamala Harris for Vice President this afternoon at the Statehouse in Trenton.

The vote was officially administered by the Electoral College President, and First Lady, Tammy Murphy, who made the announcements following electors’ casting of their votes.

Following the vote awarding, meeting was adjourned at around 3:30pm.

NJ Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are scheduled to speak at Senator Cory Booker's 2020 presidential campaign kickoff rally.

First Lady Tammy Murphy Elected President of NJ’s Electoral College

First Lady Tammy Murphy was affirmed as the President of the New Jersey Electoral College, which is currently meeting this afternoon to formally award the state’s electoral votes to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

The nomination was made by Matt Platkin, and approved by unanimous vote.

Essex Dems Chairman Leroy Jones was affirmed as the Secretary of the Electoral College (seconded by Brendan Gill).

Murphy made the following appointments:

Counsel: Raj Parikh

Kelvin Ganges: Sergeant-at-arms



Biden and Harris to Formally Receive NJ’s 14 Electoral Votes Today

The members of New Jersey’s Electoral College will meet today, Monday, December 14, in Trenton to formally award the state’s 14 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The meeting will be held at the New Jersey State House in the Assembly Chamber.


Lucide Kicks off Bid for Atlantic County Clerk

Mico Lucide, Chair of Atlantic County Our Revolution, has announced his campaign for Atlantic County Clerk. His platform focuses on improving election integrity and turnout through voter education and a redesign of the county ballot from what he calls “an incomplete spreadsheet” to a more traditional office-bloc style ballot design.

“Democracy is all about being a part of the conversation,” said Lucide. “For too long, the conversation has been led by people with connections to power, money, and special interests. Everyday people need to be able to lead the conversation in our county. Only when our voters have confidence in our elections can their voices truly be heard. I am not putting the blame anywhere, but we can do better. The voters deserve it.”

Lucide is a Mays Landing resident and IT professional who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Pre-Law from Stockton University. He is active in local politics and has worked on various progressive campaigns as a member of the Democratic Party. In launching his campaign for County Clerk, Lucide also announced that he is stepping down as Chair of Atlantic County Our Revolution, a position he has held since its founding.

County Clerks have statutory authority over ballot design, and the design used in most New Jersey counties unfairly favors candidates based on their ballot position. A study by Julia Sass Rubin of New Jersey Policy Perspective found that a favorable ballot position on the “county line” can offer up to a 50% swing in vote share. This gives local party chairs substantial power to influence election outcomes. In some extreme cases, such as the ballot in Mercer County, candidate placement was doubled-up with two candidates for US House in one column, resulting in overvoting, which disenfranchised voters.

Outside of significant voter turnout in 2020 resulting from statewide mail-in voting, Atlantic County has struggled to surpass 50% turnout, with some recent years dipping as low as 34%. Lucide believes this can be improved by renewing trust in the election system and increasing voter understanding of the election process. This includes leading a concerted effort among election officials to reach new voters and communities with low voter turnout, and to increase accessibility by utilizing modern resources to disseminate information.

Lucide will be running in the Democratic primary. Current incumbent Ed McGettigan has not yet formally announced his intent to run for re-election. The 2021 primary election will be held June 8th, 2021.


Murphy: First COVID-19 Vaccines To Be Administered Tuesday To Health Workers, LTC Staff and Residents

Governor Murphy announced that the first COVID-19 vaccines will be administered on Tuesday at University Hospital in Newark:


Press of AC: Woman Threatened To Kill Mayor Small

From the Press of AC: ‘A city woman was arrested Friday after confronting and threatening to kill Mayor Marty Small Sr. at City Hall, police said Saturday.’


Trentonian: Verrelli Part of Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Carpenters

From the Trentonian: ‘New Jersey Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli of Hopewell Township identifies his occupation as senior representative of the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters, but his profile description is woefully outdated.

Verrelli, a longtime carpenter bigwig, lost his full-time union job earlier this year amid the COVID-19 public health emergency. The powerful Democrat filed a lawsuit earlier this month alleging the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and affiliated unions terminated him for exposing union corruption.’

Report: Protestors, Police Clash At Bergen County Jail Amid ICE Detainee Hunger Strike

From the Bergen Record: ‘Police and protesters collided outside the Bergen County Jail on a damp and foggy Saturday evening, as detainees in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody continued a hunger strike in protest of living conditions inside the facility.’

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