Murphy, left, and Trump.

Trump Lawsuit Against State’s Election Plans Dismissed

From Politico NJ: ‘A federal judge on Thursday tossed the Trump campaign’s lawsuit against New Jersey’s primarily mail-in election, ruling that most of its arguments were speculative and that the campaign failed to show how it being harmed.’


Report: Scutari Delays Hearing After COVID-19 Exposure

According to Politico NJ, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nick Scutari has delayed a cannabis hearing after COVID-19 exposure.


DeLamater is the Murphy Saturday-contact Staffer Who Tested COVID-19 Positive

Mike DeLamater is the senior Murphy staffer who tested positive for COVID-19 and was in contact with Governor Phil Murphy this past Saturday.

DeLamater is Deputy Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Murphy Administration.

In addition, this afternoon, Daniel Bryan, Senior Advisor to the Governor for Strategic Communications, tested positive for COVID-19. He took the test out of an abundance of caution and remains asymptomatic.

The contact tracing process is underway, and anyone, including members of press, believed to have exposure as defined by CDC guidelines will be notified. 


Millennials For NJ Announces Candidate Recipients of $1,000 Donations

Millennials For NJ announced the recipients of $1,000 donations from the PAC:

Rupande Mehta, NJ State Senate, LD25
Erin Delaney, Garfield Council
Mike Mangan, Manasquan Council
Ginamarie Espinoza and Eddie Freeman, Evesham Township Council
Rich DiCriscio, Northfield Council
Aisha Mahmood and John Titus, Parsippany Bd of Ed
Patrick Walsh, South Amboy Bd of Ed
Christopher Bauknight, Washington Borough Council
Dianne Bautista, Raritan Borough Council
Jenn Johnson, Middlesex Borough Council

Former NJ state Senator Ray Lesniak is scheduled to testify before Governor Phil Murphy’s NJEDA Task Force about tax incentives, weighing in on a discussion with "lots of voices, but little reason."

Lesniak to Testa: ‘If You were Running for Prez, I could Vote for You’

In their joust tonight, former state Senator Ray Lesniak checked rival Mike Testa for repeatedly going after Phil Murphy instead of Joe Biden.

Testa was playing Donald Trump and Lesniak Biden, but the Republican surrogate kept returning to his favorite statewide target.

“If you were running for president, I could vote for you,” Lesniak told the freshman state senator from Vineland.

Murphy, left, and Norcross simultaneously bow in the direction of Pelosi.

Murphy and Norcross: Perfect Together

Signaling their ongoing comfort zone in each other’s presence and up-ticking the buzz zone about a relaxed working environment despite past differences between Governor Phil Murphy and the congressman’s power broker brother, Murphy and U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1) will make a workforce development announcement tomorrow at Camden County College in Blackwood.

Saleh Fundraises In Paterson At Event Hosted By Fulop, Sayegh, Abdelaziz, Khairullah

A fundraiser held for Jersey City Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh on Monday in Paterson raised $12,000, hosted by Jersey City Mayor Fulop, Paterson Mayor Sayegh, Paterson Councilman Abdelaziz, and Prospect Park Mayor Khairullah.

Sayegh said, ‘we were proud to support an exemplary public servant like Yousef.’

Khairullah said, ‘supporting good candidate like Yousef is essential to improving our communities. Electing what people consider (politicians as usual) is no longer an option and is not in the best interest of our local communities, our state, and our nation.’

Abdelaziz said, ‘Paterson and Jersey City has many things in common, and Yousef has hit the ground running. I look forward to continue working with him on best practices that can move our cities forward.’

‘This pandemic has shown us that we need strong, compassionate, competent leaders at the helm, all working together towards coming purpose – and I have no greater role models than Mayor Andre Sayegh, Councilman Al Abdelaziz, Mayor Khairullah, and Mayor Steven Fulop,’ said Saleh. ‘I’m learning and leaning on them and their expertise and I’m humbled to have their support. I’ve always looked up to them and now I’m working alongside them to help the residents of the Heights, and Jersey City get through these difficult times.’


Live Debate Stream at 7:30 PM: Lesniak as Biden, Testa as Trump

Editor’s Note: Former state Senator Ray Lesniak will stand in for former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli as Biden. If you can’t access the debate above, please use this link here.

Golden, Smith and Luna.

Monmouth and Ocean Republicans Show Strength at the Shore

An outdoor event last night on the shore put the boots on the ground of those Republican foot soldiers and luminaries looking to carve out a way forward amid tough circumstances in two key GOP counties.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4) (pictured above with Chairman Golden Shaun Golden and GOP diehard Frank Luna) played the role of grand elder statesmen amid those up and coming others trying to straddle what’s left of the NJGOP establishment and the reelection candidacy of President Donald J. Trump.

The mood was buoyant at an event in part staged to highlight the alliance between Monmouth County GOP Chairman Golden and Ocean County GOP Chairman Frank Holman.

Naturally, 2021 rivals Doug Steinhardt (the state party chairman) and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) showed up.

They both want to be governor.

They worked the crowd.

So did Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21).


Press of AC: Upper Township Committeeman Resigns Over Sexually Suggestive FB Posts of Harris

From the Press of Atlantic City’s Michelle Brunetti: ‘Republican Committeeman Hobie Young announced his resignation Monday, under pressure for posting digitally manipulated memes to his Facebook account depicting vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris in sexually suggestive poses.’

“I have made the decision to resign,” Young said by text message, in response to questions. “I will not put the township committee or the residents through this. … I’ve apologized for a poor choice I made, and I can’t change that.”

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