Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/15/2020
Report: Trump Refers To Paterson VBMs Again
According to the Paterson Times: “President Donald Trump cited widespread voter fraud in Paterson, again, to attack mail-in voting during a briefing at the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday.
“I’m very worried about mail-in voting because I think it’s subject to tremendous fraud and being rigged. You see that Paterson, New Jersey, where I believe it was 20% of the vote was fraudulent,” said Trump. “You’ll have tremendous fraud if you do these mail-in ballots.”
It’s Trump’s second public reference to Paterson, having tweeted at the end of June that ‘absentee Ballots are fine. A person has to go through a process to get and use them. Mail-In Voting, on the other hand, will lead to the most corrupt Election is USA history. Bad things happen with Mail-Ins. Just look at Special Election in Patterson, N.J. 19% of Ballots a FRAUD!’
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NJ Spotlight: Detailed Look At The Revamped Borrowing Bill
Up for a vote today, the borrowing proposal endorsed by Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Speaker Coughlin has some changes:
From NJ Spotlight: ‘The revamped bill, according to a draft obtained by NJ Spotlight, makes a series of significant changes to the original borrowing legislation that cleared the Assembly last month but stalled in the Senate. Murphy has pressed for the borrowing bill, saying it’s needed to offset the economic losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.’
Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/14/2020
Washington Post: Murphy’s June Approval Rating was at 66%
Protesters at Murphy’s House Say ‘Burn Your Mask’
Governor Phil Murphy mentioned a protest at his residence on Saturday where people shouted, “Burn your mask,” he said.
Fifty people showed up to the governor’s private home.
It’s happened with some regularity.
“I’m not sure what the thinking was behind that,” Murphy said this afternoon at the War Memorial in Trenton as part of his daily briefing. “I would remind people who think we should open everything right now that we just reported an additional 231 positive cases.
“And we still rank in the top 20 nationally in terms of residents, per capita, in the hospita, and we’re still in the top three in terms of the number of people who are passing,” the governor added.
Residents must continue to wear masks, he said, and maintain social distancing.
Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/13/2020
Murphy Announces Bonding Deal with Sweeney
Governor Phil Murphy today announced that his administration has an agreement on bonding.
The senate will move on legislation to give the Murphy Administration full authority to have the funds necessary to keep the state’s finances afloat, Murphy said.
“I want to explicitly thank the senate president and the speaker,’ Murphy said.
Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) struck out at the deal.
“We learned by press release that Democrat leaders have come to a private agreement to fast-track the largest borrowing scheme in New Jersey history and likely the largest that any state has ever issued,” said the Monmouth-based Republican. “Within the next week, they plan to give Governor Murphy the ability to borrow nearly $10 billion to cover State spending, without demanding any real attempts to achieve savings.
“This plan represents fiscal irresponsibility on a scale that is unprecedented even by Trenton standards.
“To fund spending over the next fiscal year, taxpayers will be on the hook for $10 billion of debt and potentially more than $30 billion of interest payments over the 35-year repayment period that the proposal allows. At the same time, Wall Street bankers will collect hundreds of million of dollars in fees at New Jersey’s expense.
“To saddle the next generation of New Jerseyans with potentially $40 billion of debt repayments for spending that will occur next year is beyond insane. That’s exactly why schemes like this must be approved by the public.
“Unsurprisingly, the Democrats’ partisan agreement fails to address the simple fact that this record-setting, multi-billion borrowing scheme to fund State operating expenses remains unconstitutional without voter approval.”
Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/10/2020