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.

Murphy

Report: Murphy To Suspend Indoor High School and Youth Sports Until January, Drop Outdoor Gathering Limit

From a NJ.com report: ‘The ban on indoor youth and high school sports in New Jersey will start Friday at 6 a.m. and last until Jan. 2, sources told NJ Advance Media’.  The Governor will also announce the dropping of the outdoor gathering limit to 25, according to the report.

Pascrell

House Republicans Introduce Resolution To Censure Pascrell For ‘Conduct That Threatens The Livelihoods of Americans’

Several House Republicans introduced a resolution seeking to censure Rep. Pascrell for conduct ‘not befitting’ of a member of Congress.  The resolution – introduced by Reps. Biggs, Davidson, Harris, Lesko, and Weber – takes aim at Pascrell’s criticism of President Trump’s election-related lawsuits, including seeking the disbarment of Rudy Guiliani and Trump lawyers.

The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, on November 20, 2020, Representative Bill Pascrell sent a letter to the State Bar of Arizona, the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, the Office of the Bar Counsel of Nevada, the State of New York Grievance Committee, and the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, to file a complaint against attorneys in each jurisdiction representing the campaign of President Donald J. Trump;

Whereas Representative Bill Pascrell’s letters accuse the attorneys of filing “frivolous lawsuits” and requests each State agency “to commence an immediate investigation of their actions and consider sanctions for their conduct up to and including revocation of their licenses to practice law in your jurisdiction.”;

Whereas President Donald J. Trump’s campaign has a legal right to sue to ensure that each legal vote is counted and to challenge any illegal votes; and

Whereas each candidate running for public office in each State has the right to pursue every legal option to ensure ballot integrity and fair elections: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That

(1) the House of Representatives censures Representative Bill Pascrell for conduct that threatens the livelihoods of American citizens in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives;

NJDOH Commissioner Persichilli Quarantining

NJDOH Commissioner Judith Persichilli is self-quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19.  A staffer in the department tested positive for the virus, according to NJ.com.

Murphy

Murphy Family Accosted at Restaurant

Ugly scene here with Governor Phil Murphy and his family.

 

The incident occurred Saturday night in Red Bank.

“I’m a big boy, I have thick skin,” Murphy said on Monday at the War Memorial. He said his wife does, too, but he put his children in another category.

“The stress levels are overwhelming,” he noted. “Too much economic hardship.” He gets it, but “…Let’s leave my family out of this.”

Murphy

NJ Surpasses 300,000 COVID-19 Cases Total

The state this weekend surpassed 300,000 COVID-19 cases total and is nearing 15,000 fatalities total since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Sunday, the total case count was 306,007 cases and the fatality count was 14,949.  The transmission rate is 1.35.

Atlantic

Atlantic County’s Celeste Fernandez Requests Recount

Celeste Fernandez, candidate for Atlantic County Freeholder-at-Large, released the following statement:

“At the moment, Freeholder Risley and I are separated by 0.1 percent. Based on this extremely close margin, I will be filing a recount to ensure that every vote is properly counted.”

Murphy

Murphy On Democratic Picks For Redistricting Commission: ‘Some Significant Step In The Right Direction’

Asked at his afternoon briefing to react to criticism that the Democratic selections for the redistricting commission lack diversity, Governor Murphy responded that ‘I’m a big believer in diversity, and I acknowledge and take the question and the point’.

Advocacy groups have decried the lack of a Latina and lack of an African-American woman among the Democratic picks.

He said he was ‘gratified’ to see NJDSC Executive Director Saily Avelenda selected as a lead staffer on the commission, which ‘represents some significant step in the right direction as it relates to diversity’.

Pivoting to the state in general, the Governor said New Jersey is the ‘most diverse state in the nation’ and said his administration has aspired to put a ‘diverse set of folks on the field every day in the history of the state’.

The Democratic picks are:

LeRoy Jones – Essex County Democratic Committee Chair

Gary Taffet – Middlesex County power broker

Steve Sweeney – Senate President

Cosmo Cirillo – West New York Commissioner

Diane Testa – Fairview Administrator

Priorities:

Protecting Sweeney, who resides in a red zone of the state;

Tweaking state Senator Joe Lagana (D-38);

Tweaking state senator Joe Cryan (D-20).

Hard to make significant incursions.

Questions?

Do they squeeze state Senator Ronald Rice (D-28)? Do they squeeze Senator Nia Gill (D-34)?

“Someone,” a source told InsiderNJ, “will draw the short straw.”

The fact that the governor did not have a pick perturbed allies who wanted Murphy to have a stronger hand.

Murphy

Murphy: NJ Could Get First Shipment Of COVID-19 Vaccine, If Approved, In Late December

Governor Murphy tweeted that ‘New Jersey could receive its first shipment of vaccines in late December. It’s expected that @pfizer will be applying to the  @US_FDA for an emergency use authorization for their new vaccine – if approved, we’d expect our first shipment of 130,000 doses to arrive around Christmas’

At his briefing this afternoon, Murphy said ‘we can begin to anticipate the arrival of a vaccine’ while urging residents to continue to get tested for the virus.

NJDOH Commissioner Persichilli said the state could have as many as 460,000 vaccine doses by early January, and that the state’s goal is to vaccinate 4.7M residents.

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