The New Jersey Statehouse. Senator Doherty's bill unfairly impacts skilled tradesmen, the writer argues.

Reitmeyer: ‘Fiscal Experts Project NJ Revenue Losses Won’t Be as Bad as Murphy’s Team Forecast’

This report today from NJ Spotlight’s John Reitmeyer:

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal experts say revenue losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic won’t be as bad as Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has been forecasting, a sign the state’s economic outlook may be improving, or at least better than many feared.

New projections issued Thursday by the Office of Legislative Services forecast a revenue gap about $500 million smaller than the estimate the Murphy administration released just last week in a proposed rebalancing of state spending.

Condolences to Hudson County Clerk Junior Maldonado

Insider iLine wishes condolences to Hudson County Clerk Junior Maldonado, whose father has died.

Minneapolis Worsens

A source on the ground in Minneapolis just told Insider iLine that protesters have occupied the police station and are lighting it on fire.

Police forced to evacuate.

“Some guys told us to get back, they’re blowing everything up.”

May the ‘War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning’ be With You – Always

The New Jersey Green Party thought they had a celebrity champion in author Chris Hedges, who ended up bailing today on his CD-12 campaign.

Well, it was fun while it lasted (a little over 24 hours).

And, just as Bogart sort of said in Casablanca, “We’ll always have War is a Force that Gives us Meaning.”

Small Kicks off His Mayoral Reelection Campaign

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small officially kicked off his July 7th reelection campaign today:

Minneapolis on Fire after Police Killing of George Floyd

Minneapolis looks like a war zone, says a friend of InsiderNJ on the ground in that midwestern city torn apartin the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd.

“People openly looting target and other stores in broad daylight with no police intervention. They were carrying shopping carts out. Police station is down the street. Buildings charred, all store windows broken, anti cop graffiti everywhere.”

britnee Timberlake

Don’t Mess with Timberlake

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Timberlake

Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake (D-36) of East Orange pounds on a heavybag.

She took up kickboxing when she became freeholder president in Essex County.

On a Zoom conference this evening with her legislative collegaues and others, she avidly demonstrated her punching prowess: lefts and rights thrown with conviction.

Newark

2020 and 1967: George Floyd and John William Smith

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) on Thursday activated the state’s National Guard to respond to the upheaval over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody, as federal and local officials said they continue to investigate, according to the Washington Post.

The crisis bears more than a passing resemblance to Governor Richard Hughes’ deployment of the National Guard to Newark in 1967, in the aftermath of stuggles following the police beating of cab driver John William Smith.

Poet-Mayor Baraka Sings the Body Electric in COVID-19 Briefing

New Jersey native Jerry Lewis had a son who formed a band called Gary and the Playboys, which really wasn’t much, and lent credence to the idea that the sons of entertainers should stay out of the business of their elder masters.

That evidently didn’t happen with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, son of the late poet Amiri Baraka, whose best stuff (not the post-911 period) is damned good.

The son’s stuff is pretty damned good too.

Mayor Baraka’s got a new bunch of poems coming out backed by jazz.

In the meantime, at the end of his COVID-19 press briefing today, the mayor recited some of his verses from a lyric he wrote for a song called “Keep the Faith.”

Here’s a sampling:

“Making the dark stone the cornerstone…painted the color of the ocean floor… we held prophets in her bosom… strangled each other on social media… making them believe the back door they’re building for thmselves is only for themselves…

“We made it here by faith…

“We made something from nothing and turned the bottom into the foundation so when we moved the whole place shook.

“We made it here by faith, yeah, we made it here by faith.

“Our ancestors’ hands held up the sky so we could stand tall, dance across time and be beautiful deliberately…”

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