Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: Two-Thirds of New Jerseyans Feel State Moving at Right Pace to Reopen

Sixty-six percent of New Jerseyans feel the state is moving to lift restrictions and reopen businesses at just the right pace, according to this morning’s Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Another 19% feel it is happening too quickly, while 16% say too slowly.

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Irvington VBM Numbers on Pace with Usual May 12th Eletions, Says Vauss

Leader of Team Irvington Strong, Mayor Tony Vauss this morning told InsiderNJ the numbers to date in his town’s all-vote-by-mail (VBM) election are “pretty much on pace for other municipal elections.”

There is a rescheduled school board election today in Irvington, in addition to the usual May 12th nonpartisan contest.

“Voter participation is steady,” said Vauss. “I am very confident we got the message out there. But there are so many different factors this time.”

 

The scene tonight in Teaneck.

Teaneck’s Bumping VBM Numbers Nearing 9K

Teaneck’s numbers were bumping this week as the town heads to the end, at the close of business day today, of an historic all-vote-by-mail (VBM) May 12th election.

Read the FULL InsiderNJ story HERE.

Anti-Semitism Incidents at Highest Level Ever in NJ

According to new data released by ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today, antisemitic incidents rose 73% in New Jersey in 2019, reaching 345 total incidents – the most ever recorded in the state and the second-highest number recorded in any state across the country last year.

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Bramnick Holds Conference Call with Reporters Tuesday

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will hold a teleconference call with reporters “about holding legislative hearings on reopening the state using a rational and reasonable approach.”

Small Makes Late Push with Web Ad Urging ‘No’ Vote in Atlantic City

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small used a web ad to urge voters to oppose the Atlantic City referendum question:

Mendez Uses Mimms’ 2016 Words Against McKoy in 2020 Paterson 3rd Ward Race

At-Large Paterson Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms ran against 3rd Ward Councilman Bill McKoy in 2016. The Paterson Times chronicled her kickoff thus:

“Mr. Bill McKoy you are officially stamped expired,” roared Mimms inside a room packed with approximately 200 supporters at the Bonfire Mofongo House as the projector screen behind her switched to a picture of the incumbent councilman with the word “expired” in red letters stamped on his image. “When something is expired that means it’s time to be taken off the shelf. It’s time to be taken out of the seat.”

A lot’s changed in four years. Having lost that 3rd Ward race, Mimms won an at-large seat in 2018.

That same year, At-Large Councilman Alex Mendez gave up his seat to run an unsucccessful campaign for mayor.

Mimms this year backs the reelection of old rival McKoy.

But the comebacking Mendez is intent on reminding 3rd Ward voters how she felt about the councilman in 2016.

Challenging McKoy for his 3rd Ward seat, the former citywide councilman is using Mimms’ words against her endorsed candidate in a video circulated by his allies.

“They’re using it as a low blow,” McKoy told InsiderNJ. “She’s since apologized. I beat her four years ago. I beat Mendez in 2012, and I will beat him again.

“It’s a sharp knife,” the councilman added of the video. “The voters rejected her. I beat her soundly. We’ve since sat down and that’s irrelvant now.”

He noted how his own rivalry with Mayor Andre Sayegh changed after the 2018 election when he became an ally of the man who defeated him the mayor’s race, who now backs his reelection against Mendez.

Politics, in fact, changes things.

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