From the Statehouse to Cumberland County, from CD3 to CD5, from Hackensack to , here are the Insider NJ key must-read pieces of the past week:
It was close to bedlam as a caucus long nestled under the sturdy auspices of Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) appeared on the senate floor visibly cracked, and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) made the unprecedented move of offering hostile amendments to a renewable energy bill authored by party colleague Senator Bob Smith (D-17).
It was a big night for Joe Biden last night on an historic Super Tuesday that appears to have boiled the Democratic presidential primary contest down to Biden versus Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Watch Insider NJ Editor Max Pizarro (moderator) and Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg participate in a panel organized by the Lesniak Institute for American Leadership ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries.
In a stunning repudiation of the South Jersey Democratic Organization that backs her rival, mental health specialist Amy Kennedy today soundly defeated Montclair University Political Science Professor Brigid Harrison for the support of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee.
They spilled out of the hotel that faces the sea where Amy Kennedy had just badly beaten Brigid Harrison and suddenly created momentum around her 2nd Congressional District (CD2) candidacy.
Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett decided to suspend her campaign today and did not immediately back someone else in the CD2 contest.
First-term Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett of Egg Harbor Township just nominated Dr. Thelma Witherspoon for her 3rd District Freeholder seat.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small could be observed at a table in an antechamber adjacent to the packed main ballroom and InsiderNJ asked him what was going on.
Robert Campbell, former Mayor of Hamilton Twp., said he well knows U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2), who changed his party affiliation last year from Democrat to Republican.
Assemblyman John Armato (D-2) just swung by table 36 here at the sumptuous Seaview a Dolce Hitel and grinned.
Biden has significant street cred in South Jersey. But it’s more than that even. There are deep binding Biden ties in the 2nd.
The expungement of Cumberland County Freeholder Jack Surrency from the party line produced competing story lines about why it happened, and also set up the prospect of expedient friendships off-the-line in a 2020 batteground region of the state.
One candidate has had a few run-ins with the law; the other is seen by some as a carpetbagger. Welcome to the Republican race for Congress in the Third District.
As Ocean County Republicans began filling up the convention floor Wednesday night at the Days Hotel, Kate Gibbs paused while making her rounds to observe.
David Richter won a round tonight in what promises to be an acrimonious fight for the GOP congressional nomination in the third district (CD3).
The endorsement of David Richter over Kate Gibbs by Lee Schneider in her home county of Burlington demonstrates fracture in the BurlCo Republican Party organization that in this case inures to Richter’s advantage in a brutally intensifying primary.
GOP Senate candidate Hirsh Singh tonight snagged the endorsement of the Ocean County Republican Committee.
River Crossing Strategy Group is excited and honored to welcome Kevin P. McCabe to the River Crossing team, who joins the firm as partner and will lead a new public affairs division.
Governor Murphy said today at a health summit in Ewing that while there was a generally low risk of coronavirus infections for New Jersey residents, the administration in Trenton was working closely with their federal counterparts to ensure that measures were being taken to safeguard the health and well being of New Jerseyans.
During the public portion of a recent council meeting, a man rose to criticize Mayor Michael Soriano, suggesting it was “absurd” for the mayor to continue to blame the previous administration for township fiscal woes.
He may be known as “Jersey Joe” to some, but Joe Pennacchio likes channeling Abe Lincoln.
At a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Thursday, ranking member U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) pressed a state department official to explicate the Russian government’s role in spreading misinformation about the coronavirus and asked for her assistance in resisting what he characterized as the Trump Administration’s complicity in facilitating a culture of untruth.
While nothing is ever certain, especially in politics, if the numbers play out, Congressman Josh Gottheimer is likely safe to retain his seat in CD5.
“The answer to hatred & division is to reignite our spirit of common purpose. @JoeBiden won’t only win – he’ll show there’s more that unites us than divides us,” Booker tweeted. “He’ll restore honor to the Oval Office and tackle our most pressing challenges. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Joe.”
Veteran Republican operative Amanda Woloshen Glass has hired on to serve as the campaign manager for Rik Mehta, who has sewn up considerable Republican establishment support in his quest to win the June 2nd Republican Primary for U.S. Senate.
It was one of those political moments that are hard to forget; the removal of activist Sue Altman from a Nov. 18 legislative hearing about tax incentive grants to companies connected to political boss George Norcross.
Jack Zisa is warning Bergen County Republicans that they better play nice – at least with each other.
As it heads toward the Atantic County Convention this coming weekend, the primary for the Democratic nomination for Congress in CD2 is fast intensifying.
Former Governor Dick Codey – the Democratic senator representing New Jersey’s 27th district – said Joe Biden’s performance last night on Super Tuesday inevitably catapults him in New Jersey.
Post Super Tuesday, Bernie Sanders for President NJ Chairman Larry Hamm said he suspects the Democratic Party establishment will harden its support for conventional primary lines.
I may be one of the youngest living American combat veterans of World War II, having run away
from home at the age of 14 to cross into Canada and join the Canadian Army in early 1942.
With his we-know-where-your-children-go-to-school threat directed at two Justices of the U. S. Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer cast his lot with his party’s lunatic fringe, tacitly legitimizing mob rule as an acceptable response to political or policy differences.
New Jersey in the last hours announced its first two positive Coronavirus cases. It is almost certain there will be many more cases in the state in the weeks ahead.
Every Presidential election poses this question: Do voters want change, or do we want reassurance about the future?
The story of the 2020 primary has been that Joe Biden does well among older voters, moderates, and black voters. Bernie Sanders counts younger voters, liberals, and Latinos among his key backers.
When I’m wrong, I own up to it. But my critics harp on my wrong predictions all day long.
Most likely the morning after the Californian primary is a tough one for the hundreds of thousands of young Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren supporters.
The dust has settled on the 83rd annual New Jersey Walk to Washington Chamber of Commerce train trip where powerful political and business types schmooze and make deals.
With the spotlight on #MeToo and celebrations of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, it can be easy to overlook a problem that plagues communities across the garden state: RACISM.
- Amanda Woloshen Glass
- Amy Kennedy
- Ashley Bennett
- Atlantic City
- Atlantic City Democrats
- Bergen County GOP
- Bob Smith
- Brigid Harrison
- Burlington County GOP
- Chuck Schumer
- Cory Booker
- Cumberland County
- Cumberland County Democrats
- David Richter
- Dick Codey
- Egg Harbor Township
- Egg Harbor Township Democrats
- Hainesport GOP
- Hamilton Township
- Jack Surrency
- Jack Zisa
- Jamie Barberio
- Jeff Van Drew
- Jill Biden
- Joe Biden
- Joe Pennacchio
- John Armato
- Josh Gottheimer
- Kate Gibbs
- Kevin McCabe
- Larry Hamm
- Lee Schneider
- Marty Small
- Michael Soriano
- Ocean County GOP
- Parsippany Democrats
- Parsippany GOP
- Paul Sarlo
- Phil Murphy
- Rik Mehta
- River Crossing Strategy Group
- Robert Campbell
- Steve Sweeney
- Thelma Witherspoon
- Tony Marino
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