Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 11/21/2019

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for 11/21/2019:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: We all know what’s going on, there’s a certain person down south who wants to continue his reign.” – Former Governor and Senator Codey


TOP STORY: Atlantic City Altman Express: Currie v. Jones and the Currents of Party Power


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Insider NJ extends our condolences to former Senator Bernard Kenny and his family on the passing of his son, who passed away at the age of 36 yesterday.


Senate President Sweeney said that activists Sue Altman ‘planned to get arrested‘ at Monday’s dramatic Statehouse tax incentive hearing, according to Politico NJ, where Altman was removed by State Police; Sweeney said the police are under the direction of the Governor, and that the whole situation was ‘over the top’. Governor Codey, appearing at a NJLOM panel, said that the aim of the tax incentive and Brennan-Alvarez committees are to ‘embarrass the Governor‘, according to Politico NJ. At the same panel (of former Governors and three academics), former Governor Corzine made a rare appearance, giving Murphy high marks for his governorship, while the others focused on the contentious relationship between Murphy and the Senate President, and George Norcross, according to


Senator Oroho discussed the ‘Path To Progress’ plan and the state’s economy with Steve Adubato on State of Affairs (video).


Rep. Gottheimer applauded Rep. Pallone and the House Energy Committee’s advancement of legislation to stop youth vaping.


Rep. Malinowski will hold a town hall in Wharton on Saturday, according to NJ Hills.


Watch Insider NJ’s livestream of Professor Brigid Harrison in conversation with George Norcross as part of the Montclair Political Science and Law Salon Series, held yesterday.


ICYMI: The Norcross testimony:



Vote in the Insider NJ Poll: Who should Lead the Democratic State Committee?


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Essex County Freeholder Rufus Johnson is expected not to seek re-election next year.


In CD3, former GOP Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs announced her campaign to take on freshman Rep. Kim next year; in September, Gibbs had set up an exploratory committee. The group End Citizens United released a statement in support of Kim’s re-election.


In LD25, Insider NJ’s Fred Snowflack provides an update on the jockeying for Senator Bucco’s former Assembly seat, as the Morris County GOP heads to a special convention to fill the seat tonight.


With the parties in Atlantic City in full swing over the past two days, the chairs criss-crossed the events and made the rounds amid the latest backdrop of the chair battle. As expected, candidate Leroy Jones announced his running mate: Marta Harrison of Ocean County,



Joshia Sotomayor Einstein announced his candidacy for Hudson GOP Chair.


The NJDSC touted their 21-in-21 campaign strategy as having yielded ‘tremendous results’ in the election.


ICYMI: Frelinghuysen made a return; Morris GOP’s DeFilippis stepping aside; Insider NJ’s Who’s Up and Who’s Down: Week of the Recounts; Fight of the Week: King v. Mastrangelo; Testa chastised Murphy agenda; in LD2, Dems defeat GOP; Buttigieg coming to NJ; in CD11, a look at Langer’s potential GOP bid; Somerset gone blue, a victory for Schaffer and Murphy, who pointed to Somerset as key battleground; in CD1, Gustafson considering GOP bid; in CD4, Keady jumped into primary; in CD2, Dems gauge primary challenge against Van Drew after inquiry ‘no’ vote, Riley won’t challenge


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Here’s what’s on tap under the Gold Dome on Monday.


Senate President Sweeney hosted a panel on his Path To Progress plan at the League of Municipalities conference.


The NJ League of Municipalities presented their Innovation in Government Awards yesterday and inducted long-serving mayors into the Mayor’s Hall of Fame.


Garden State Equality touted the state’s Transgender Task Force report on the experiences of transgender New Jerseyans.


The NJBIA launched a employment law legal resource for its members.


The NJCPAs announced the lottery winners of 10 free CPA exam fees.


ICYMI: Sweeney and Scutari introduced a resolution for marijuana legalization referendum; Weinberg may reconvene Select Committee; O’Scanlon says marijuana should be decided by voters


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Read and download Insider NJ’s 2019 Insider 100: Power publication.


An examination of the side battles of the principals and their allies of the NJ Democratic chair fight.


Take a look at Jay Lassiter’s 2019 edition of NJ Power Couples.


Visit the Insider 100 Publications page, the Events Calendar, the Press Release page, and check out the Insider NJ Video Gallery and Insider NJ Podcast page.


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In Hawthorne, longtime Ward 3 Councilman Sinning passed away, according to TAPinto.


In Pleasantville, Governor Murphy released a statement on the passing of Micah Tennant, a 10-year old who was shot during the high school football game shooting, saying ‘no child deserves to have their promising life cut short’.


In Maplewood, the Democrats selected McGehee and Dafis for mayor and deputy mayor, according to TAPinto.


In Holmdel, a candidate is seeking a recount, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Millville, a former police officer pleaded guilty to using excessive force during the arrests of two women.


In Hoboken, the city received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ policies scorecard.


In Leonia, students introduced a resolution urging students to stop vaping.


In Trenton, 16 firefighters received advanced certifications from the federal government.


In Hawthorne, Ward 2 council candidate Thomas Bushnauskas thanked residents who voted for him in the election; he lost to the GOP candidate by 9 votes.


ICYMI: In Hamilton, Martin announced transition committee co-chairs; in Lumberton, Ryan won committee seat, dealing a blow to Earlen; in Roxbury and Mt. Arlington, consolidation commission disbanded; in Hamilton, Martin announced transition chairs; in JC, BOE power crisis


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Joey Novick’s annual ‘New Jersey’s 2019 Powerlessness List


Insider NJ columnist Mary Gatta writes ‘Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to SNAP are Inhumane


Insider NJ columnist and former Senator Kevin O’Toole writes ‘Legislative Redistricting and Swimming with the Sharks


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘Phil Murphy is No Jon Corzine


Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Legalized Cannabis in the Lame Duck?‘ and ‘Puff Puff Pass (the Buck)


Insider NJ columnist Robert Hennelly writes ‘Mike Bloomberg for President: The Pros and Cons‘ and ‘Van Drew No Vote and the Sway of the Swing 20 IN 2020





Mike Pence’s Christmas tree is delivered fresh from Warren County

Steve Novak, For


  • A spruce fresh from New Jersey has been delivered to Vice President Mike Pence’s residence, where it will be part of the décor for the 2019 holiday season. The tree comes from Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm in White Township, which announced Monday’s delivery on social media.


Analysts: Murphy’s Ambitious New Goal for Offshore Wind Looks Achievable

Jon Hurdle, NJ Spotlight


  • Gov. Phil Murphy’s ambitious new plan to more than double the amount of wind energy generated off the New Jersey Shore in the next 15 years looks achievable, given clear interest from the wind industry, strong demand from the huge Northeast market, and a state administration that is serious about hitting its clean-energy goals, observers said.


NJ’s red flag law gets challenged in federal court

Michael Hill, NJTV


  • A South Jersey man who police say has a history of making anti-Semitic comments on Facebook is leading a legal challenge to New Jersey’s so-called new red flag law, alleging that state and local authorities violated his rights when, invoking the gun safety statute, they obtained a court order and seized his weapons.


Princeton School Board Approved Controversial New Communications Document Some Residents View as a Gag Order

Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton


  • The Princeton Board of Education voted recently to adopt a new communications charter that designated the school board president as the spokesman for the board, as does an already existing board policy.


Grand jury to get case of Wayne trustee charged with buying pot in Canada

Philip DeVencentis,


  • A grand jury will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed with a drug case against a Board of Education trustee and her husband. Stacey Scher, the school board’s vice president, and Marc Scher, each face up to three years in state prison on charges of possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana and conspiracy to possess the drug.


Paterson loses ruling over health benefits for 2,000 workers, retirees

Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press


  • A ruling rendered Monday by a state arbitrator may force Paterson to drop out of the state plan for public employees’ medical benefits — a program that Mayor Andre Sayegh has said would save the city as much as $20 million per year.


Could Atlantic City become model for urban transformation?

David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City


  • The slow but steady turnaround of the resort could serve as a model for other struggling urban areas.


High court orders public reprimand for Camden’s chief municipal court judge

Jim Walsh, Cherry Hill Courier-Post


  • The state Supreme Court has ordered a public reprimand for Camden’s chief municipal judge. Judge Christine Jones-Tucker was disciplined for her behavior in interacting with a municipal prosecutor and a defense attorney handling a DWI case in 2016 and 2017. The judge avoided a more severe penalty of censure that was recommended by the state’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct.
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