Ruiz Insists on ‘Uniform Practices’ as State Stages Reopening

In a meeting today of Senate “Fiscal Strategies,” Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-29) stressed the need for uniform practices as the state examines a process by which to reopen amidthe COVID-19 crisis.

“If we wait for a vaccine, we are going to compound the suffering,”  said Barry Ostrowsky, president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health.

Robert Garrett, president and CEO of Hackensack University Health, said reopening measures may include adjustments, such as “patients [being] called in from their car.

Ruiz applauded the comment, stressing the need for every day practices.

“We need a uniform approach,” said the Newark-based senator. “We hear about opening, but there isn’t a uniform approach. I hope to see direction.”

Report: Gym Attempts To Re-Open, Police Block Entrance, Supporters Line Up

In Bellmawr, a gym defied the Governor’s executive orders this morning and planned to reopen, as police blocked the entrance and supporters lined up outside, according to NJ101.5.

The gym co-owners posted the following on Facebook:

“People lined up outside the Atilis Gym in the Browning Square shopping plaza before dawn Monday, holding pro-Trump signs and American flags in support of the decision to open, according to tweets by Fox 29’s Steve Keeley.”


Source: Murphy to Go with Hybrid ‘Devil in the Details’ July 7th Primary Election

Governor Phil Murphy will opt for in-person provisional voting for July 7th primary elections – no machines, which will supplement vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots.

In other words, a hybrid.

The state will also examine consolidating polling locations.

“I’m hearing ballots to all R and D, applications to unaffiliateds. Drop off centers, but no polling places per se. The devil will be in the details,” a source added.

For more, please go HERE.

Marty Small

Marty Small Lands the Line in Atlantic City Mayor’s Race

Mayor Marty Small today landed the line in the Atlantic City mayor’s race.

Despite not getting line, a challenger Pamela Thomas-Fields source said she remains in the race to win.

All day, sources kicked around tidbits of information, including a party examination of the potential for an open primary for mayor. But that option faded late in the day as Small won the support of the county party organization. For more on this developing story, including AC Chairman Mike Suleiman’s full letter, please go HERE.

In Paterson, No Time for Endzone Dances

Paterson Third Ward Councilman Bill McKoy shrugged off the preliminary tallies (above) floating around ahead of a May 19th vote-count resumption in Passiac County. Totals of 964 votes show him down to challenger Alex Mendez, but those votes represent but a third of the roughly 3,000 votes cast in his ward. “I suspect these numbers will change drastically,” McKoy told InsiderNJ. “Those numbers are without context.” Context in this case is a word that in and of itself requires context, against the backdrop of an ongoing investigation into allegations of citywide voter fraud. Passaic Board of Elections Commission Chairman John Currie said 15K votes remain to be tallied in Paterson, and a total of 17K including results from Passaic and Totowa. labor intensive at least. For more, please see this Paterson Times story HERE.

AC Flashpoint: Thomas-Fields Reacts to Armato and Mazzeo Support for Small

“I am not surprised by the endorsement of the two Assemblyman for our incumbent, interim mayor,” said Atlantic City mayoral candiate Pam Thomas-Fields. “The unfortunate reality is they are financed by the same forces that attempted to hijack our local government. Their silence on the change of government referendum and complete lack of support for the No Vote speaks volumes on their complacency with the status quo.

Atlantic City deserves positive foundational change from unbought and unbossed leadership. This hollow endorsement only serves to connect my opponent to the corruption and back door deals that have plagued this city for decades. I am committed to a campaign of bold leadership and positive foundational change as an independent voice for the residents of Atlantic City. The status quo has got to go!”

Belleville Update

The results of a final vote count in Belleville’s competitive Ward One (Councilwoman Marie Strumolo-Burke versus Carmine Mattia) won’t be known until late Friday.

That goes for the results in other towns still up in the air in Essex.

Paterson Mayhem: The Jonathan Dienst Report

Numerous residents are now complaining that they never received or sent in a vote-by-mail ballot — even though Passaic County Board of Election records show a ballot in their name was mailed in, accorrding to THIS NBC REPORT.

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