Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 10/15/2019

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for 10/15/2019:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: This is a situation, given the communication I’ve witnessed, where part of the party is trying to force this change, and of course, it’s related to the unfortunate dysfunction between the north and south. It is somewhat of a trial balloon.” – CD12 Rep. Watson Coleman on the NJ Democratic Party chair fight


TOP STORY: On the Ground in LD8: Peters, Stanfield Counter-attack Dem Gun Mail with Strike at Norcross


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Governor Murphy announced the restoration of off-peak one-seat rides on the Raritan Valley Line, calling it a ‘long time coming’. Rep. Malinowski noted the need for Gateway Tunnel funding, while Murphy swiped at predecessor Christie’s decision to cancel the ARC Tunnel, saying ‘we’re still digging out of that decision’. Senate Minority Leader Kean said ‘it’s often seemed like an uphill battle, but we never gave up’.


A Monmouth University national poll finds Americans are divided on core values, with a significant partisan shift since 2016.


Senator Booker met with subcontracted airport workers at Newark Airport and pledged his support for their efforts to unionize.


A formal complaint was filed with the IRS over the flying of a Trump campaign flag at the Sussex County Firemen’s Association Parade, according to NJ Herald.


ICYMI: Insider NJ’s key pieces; Who’s Up And Who’s Down; Alongi departing NJTV; FDU: Murphy has 45% approval


Vote in the Insider NJ Poll: Who Will Win the Democratic State Chair’s Tilt?


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Weighing on the Democratic Party chair tilt, Rep. Watson Coleman – a former state chair – says that its important Governor Murphy is able ‘to have his choice‘ for chair and that the governorship ‘represents unification of the whole party’ and ‘when we show dysfunction, we show vulnerability’. The Congresswoman says that Murphy ‘has a responsibility to talk to committee members and make his case for Chairman Currie, and remind them about how and why he has done a good job, and show how people are welcome in our party’.


Firing back at Rep. Van Drew’s labeling him a ‘hoity-toity Princetonian‘, CD2 GOP primary candidate David Richter said he grew up in South Jersey and that ‘if he wants to have a debate about who has deeper roots in South Jersey, I am glad to have it’.


In CD7, both Rep. Malinowski and GOP primary candidate Senator Kean were on-hand for the Raritan Valley Line announcement yesterday as they prepare for a potential match-up in 2020.


In LD25, Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick says that Assemblyman Bucco will win re-election in November to the Assembly seat, as he seeks the vacant Senate seat that was held by his late father.


Former GOP Governor Christie Todd Whitman compared President Trump to Hitler, tweeting ‘Hitler has nothing on Trump’, according to the Bergen Record.


The NJSPBA endorsed Darrin Russo for Somerset County sheriff. The Russo-Marano campaign released two video ads for their campaign.


Atlantic County Freeholder candidate Nick Politi committed to centralized emergency dispatching for the county if elected.


ICYMI: LD1 intensifies as race heads into final weeks; LD8 candidates campaign, GOP takes direct aim at Norcross; LAN endorsements; Marks and Pappas blast Bramnick firm; activists demand resignation Norcross from Cooper; Sussex freeholders opt against removing Scanlan; Dems blast Bucco’s gov’t contracts; Fortgang presser at Webber’s door; Morris Dems hope for 45k votes; Wiz hitting campaign trail; Murphy wants to ‘kick some ass‘ on E-Day


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Read Governor Murphy’s full keynote address to the Florida Democratic Party.


Governor Murphy defended spending $1M on a larger satellite office in Newark, saying ‘its our biggest community’ and ‘God willing, going to turn out to be a really smart thing for the state’, according to


The NJ Historical Commission and Crossroads of the American Revolution announced a logo contest for the 250th anniversary of the United States.


Drew University announced the fall lineup for their forum series.


ICYMI: Cryan appointed to NJ Transit Committee; Schepisi discusses GOP, re-election; activists protested at Coughlin’s office; progressives stormed NJEDA mtg; Swetsky new NJEA executive director; Murphy wants lawmakers to pass vaping restrictions


Vote in Insider NJ Poll: Who’ll Win the LD8 Contest Among THESE Candidates?


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Senate President Sweeney and former Assemblyman Ciattarelli stand on opposite sides of the LD1 special Senate race, each giving their assessment of their party’s candidate.


Ahead of the legislative elections, vortexing the Murphy-Norcross political theaters across the state.


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In Westampton, photos of mayoral candidate Karl Eversmeyer in blackface as part of a Kanye West Halloween costume spurred ourtrage in the town, as former Mayor Change called on him to drop out of the race. Eversmeyer said that he has ‘no intention of dropping out‘ and that ‘I’m not the least racist person in the world, but close’, adding that opponent incumbent Mayor Wisniewski ‘hasn’t put up a sign or walked a step in the neighborhood’. The Burlington County GOP pulled their support from Eversmeyer; LD8 Assemblyman Peters and runningmate Stanfield likewise rescinded their support, while chiding their Democratic challengers’ ‘selective outrage’ (LaPlaca and Natale had called on the GOP to pull their support). Eversmeyer responded, saying ‘does this mean that I can stop putting out their signs??’


In Kearny, activists demanded the state investigate temp agency hiring practices.


In Manville, a sexual harassment charge lands in the middle of the mayoral race.


In Paterson, Mayor Sayegh secured approval of his budget after removing salary increases for his administration, according to Paterson Times. The council gave preliminary approval to a $10M borrowing plan, according to Paterson Times.


In Phillipsburg, Mayor Ellis’ trial on harassment charges has been delayed beyond Election Day, according to Lehigh Valley Live.


In Fanwood, the police department took ‘corrective action’ following a political social media post by an officer questioning a council candidate’s qualifications, according to TAPinto.


In Hamilton, Mayor Yaede backed out of a League of Women Voters debate with challenger Jeff Martin, according to the Trentonian. The Teachers Association endorsed Martin for mayor and Papero and Phillips for council, according to TAPinto.


In Jersey City, the council gave initial approval to potential pay hikes for the mayor, council, and directors, according to Hudson County View.


In Bayonne, the BOE candidates debated, according to TAPinto. Hudson GOP Sheriff candidate Adela Rohena endorsed Peter Franco for Ward 1 council.


In Atlantic City, proponents of a change in local government form say the city’s ‘best days are ahead‘, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Highland Park, the ‘P is for Palestine’ event is facing potential legal action, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Westfield, Councilman LoGrippo applauded the restoration of the Raritan Valley Line off-peak one-seat service.


ICYMI: In Hamilton, Martin says it ‘will be a close race’; in Bridgewater, Brookner says Moench enabled overdevelopment; in Perth Amboy, Diaz jousted w/ council members; in AC, Small sworn-in following Gilliam implosion, who pleaded guilty and resigned; in Franklin, local race’s implications; in NB, Sacco held ball; in Irvington, Vick seeks North Ward seat


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Insider NJ columnist Mary Gatta writes ‘Legislating Away the Injustice of Surprise Medical Bills


Insider NJ columnist Al Sullivan writes ‘Where have all the Hoboken Reformers Gone?


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘Murphy Staggers into another Millionaire’s Tax Rundown with Plucky Sweeney





Lesniak asks: Will the pipeline of jobs moving from Brooklyn to N.J. be reopened?

Raymond Lesniak


  • “Over the past five years, four Brooklyn-based companies have relocated to New Jersey, but, with the expiration of our tax incentives, that pipeline has been shut down. Will it be reopened by Gov. (Phil) Murphy and the Legislature?” asks former New Jersey Sen. Raymond Lesniak, father of New Jersey’s tax incentives program.Most recently, Mesorah Publications Inc., the largest Jewish publishing company in the world, moved its operations and 100 employees with an average yearly wage of $50,000 and health benefits from Brooklyn to Rahway.


NJ voter registration: Oct. 15 is your last chance to register to vote in New Jersey

David M. Zimmer, North Jersey Record


  • New Jersey residents who plan to vote in next month’s general election have until Tuesday to register. Offices in all 21 counties will be open until 9 p.m. to accommodate prospective registrants and guide them through the process.


Is Murphy itching to face Christie in the next race for N.J. governor?

Brent Johnson, NJ Advance Media for


  • Christie vs. Murphy governor in 2021? No, former Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t said he’s wishing for a comeback as New Jersey’s chief executive, which would require him to challenge current Gov. Phil Murphy in two years.


Booker will look to break from the pack in fourth Democratic debate

David Cruz, NJTV


  • NJTV News Senior Correspondent David Cruz is on the Booker Beat in Ohio, as Cory Booker prepares for what will be the largest presidential primary debate in recorded American political history, with a dozen candidates sharing the stage.


In Newark, Cultures Clash Over Whose Day is Columbus Day

Mark A. Bonamo, TAPinto Newark


  • Not long ago, Christopher Columbus was honored in Newark with a parade along the North Ward’s Bloomfield Avenue that drew many Italian-Americans. The parade ended in 2000 and now, Columbus has been relegated to the dust bin of history, at least in Newark. Through an 2017 executive order that received little attention at the time, Mayor Ras Baraka recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Newark on the second Monday of October.


Burlington County’s 8th District race is NJ’s most competitive this year

David Levinsky, Burlington County Times


  • During the last two elections, Democrats in Burlington County have managed to flip a Republican-held seat in Congress and take control of the county’s Freeholder board, a governing body that had remained in GOP hands for over 40 years. Now they’ve set their sights on the 8th District’s two Assembly seats as prime pickups to add to their party’s already considerable 54-26 seat majority in the Legislature’s lower chamber.


Dems, GOP candidates split on school funding, immigration in Assembly District 11

Dan Radel, Asbury Park Press


  • The candidates for New Jersey Assembly District 11 are divided on several key issues including immigration, school funding, the millionaire’s tax and recreational marijuana. The Republicans are trying to win back the district that it lost in 2015 when Democrats Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling unseated Republican assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande.


Voters to decide future of Airbnb, short-term rentals in Jersey City

Briana Vannozzi, NJTV


  • Jersey City resident Anand Jagadeesan rents out an Airbnb that sits above his family home. With its location and large layout, he makes upwards of $35,000 in a good year. He says he relies on that supplemental income for his family. “I have a son who is in school that I fund entirely. And my second son has a disability and we take care of him by providing many of the therapies and additional activities that are not necessarily covered by insurance,” said Jagadeesan.


Stockton Poll: New Jersey residents say climate change is major problem



  • Two-thirds of New Jersey residents believe climate change is a crisis and almost three-quarters believe it is affecting New Jersey, according to a Stockton University poll released Monday. The telephone poll of 807 adult New Jersey residents, conducted Sept. 18-29, by the Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton, shows 67 percent believe climate change is a crisis or major problem. A larger group, 73 percent, believe it is already affecting New Jersey.


In Paterson, lead in the city’s water is a game of ‘Russian roulette.’ Here’s why

Patricia Alex, Paterson Press


  • Concern is growing in Paterson over dangerous lead levels in drinking water that don’t approach other high-profile cases — like Flint and Newark — but may be harder to remediate because of a peculiar feature of the city’s distribution system and the inattention of state and local officials.


Wind, waves cause some beach erosion at New Jersey shore

Wayne Parry, Associated Press


  • The high tides and strong winds that lashed the New Jersey shore over the weekend took a piece of it with them. Conditions that pummeled the beaches from Thursday through Sunday morning caused beach erosion that varied in severity along the coast.
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