Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for 11/22/2019:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I am sorry Governor Codey chooses to view this important investigation through such a small and limited prism.” – Senator Weinberg on Senator Codey’s comments that the select committees aim is to embarrass the Governor
The Governor’s Office released a list of supporting statements from several mayors on his tax incentive proposal.
HUD awarded nearly $3M to housing authorities in several municipalities for affordable housing for individuals with disabilities.
Rutgers University received the 2019 Edison Patent Award for rapid test for drug resistant tuberculosis.
Senator Booker and Rep. Pascrell introduced the ‘Researching and Ending Disparities by Understanding and Creating Equity Act’.
Reps. Pascrell, Watson Coleman, Sires, and Malinowski and 100 other House members sent a letter to President Trump demanding the firing of Stephen Miller.
The Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Gottheimer, demanded a full year bipartisan spending bill to avoid a shutdown.
Rep. Gottheimer praised the state’s new lead testing database for schools.
ICYMI: The Norcross testimony:
- Norcross testified Monday (watch here).
- NJ Working Families held prebuttal press conference, Altman and others were removed from hearing room, Altman issued a statement decrying ‘thuggish tactics to suppress speech’ – Warren tweeted solidarity
- Bedlam ensued as Norcross took the mic, as he made his case for Camden’s progress and took a shot at his critics, bemoaning those ‘some [who] are against everything and for nothing’, and presented a non-controversial history of the tax incentive program
- CD4’s Keady says committee should be ‘ashamed‘ for not pressing Norcross
- Governor Murphy called Altman’s removal ‘outrageous and unacceptable‘, according to NJ.com, and AG Grewal said he will investigate her removal.
ICYMI: Watch Brigid Harrison in conversation with George Norcross; former Senator Kenny’s son passed away
In LD25, former Frelinghuysen staffer Aura Dunn prevailed on the first ballot for the Assembly seat vacated by Anthony Bucco upon his ascension to the Senate. Dunn was one of six candidates jockeying for the seat at a special Morris GOP convention last night.
The sentencing for ex-Ocean GOP Chair Gilmore is looming, according to the Asbury Park Press.
The Democratic chair battle:
- the chairs criss-crossed and made the rounds at AC events
- Jones announced Marta Harrison of Ocean County as running mate
- Golden: Anti-Christie Enablers Versus the Purveyors of Democratic Party Unity
- Currie and Schaffer bemoan Altman ejection
- Schaffer came face to face with Earp
- The Democratic Party braces for the worst
- Currie campaign ripped into Jones and allies, calling it ‘act of political aggression‘; Cryan says ‘time to accept reality and move on to the hard work of electing Democrats’
- Chairman Currie and Vice Chair Schaffer announced their candidacies
- Essex Dems Chairman Jones announced his candidacy
- Both sides apparently failed to reach a power-sharing agreement
- Earp endorsed Jones, a key blow to Murphy/Currie team, who were counting on support, and significant in short-circuiting negotiations
- Murphy decried Jones candidacy as handiwork of ‘Christie and his enablers weakening our state and our party.
- Insider NJ Poll: Who should Lead the Democratic State Committee?
ICYMI: Essex’s Johnson expected not to seek re-election; in CD3, Gibbs announced campaign; 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
Here’s what’s on tap under the Gold Dome on Monday.
Reacting to Senator Codey’s claim that goal of the tax incentive and Brennan-Alvarez select committees is to ’embarrass the Governor’, Senator Weinberg said that ‘I am sorry Governor Codey chooses to view this important investigation through such a small and limited prism‘ while defending the latter committee. Weinberg said ‘this is not a frivolous political exercise‘ and that it ‘generated concrete change’.
Senator Gopal said that Sue Altman’s removal from Monday’s hearing warrants an investigation, and applauded AG Grewal’s investigation into the removal Gopal said The State Troopers NCO issued a statement saying that the protesters were ‘willfully planned’ and ‘designed to attract as much media attention as possible’.
Jorge Santos has been named the NJEDA’s new Chief of Staff, according to ROI-NJ.
The NJBIA hired Senate GOP staffer Christopher Emigholz as their Vice President of Government Affairs.
Senate President Sweeney addressed local fiscal reform at a League panel.
The ACLU-NJ announced that over 2,000 residents signed a letter to legislative leaders calling for marijuana legalization legislation during the lame duck session.
The NJLOM recognized Joseph Valenti and Sustainable New Jersey at their annual luncheon.
The American Cancer Society called for a ban on flavored tobacco products.
Read and download Insider NJ’s 2019 Insider 100: Power publication.
The next MSU Political Science and Law Salon Series conversation will be on Tuesday with Brigid Harrison and Booker strategist Mo Butler.
An examination of the side battles of the principals and their allies of the NJ Democratic chair fight.
In Jersey City, seven of the eight surviving mayors gathered in the same room for a census event.
In Paterson, BOE candidate Martinez is suing for a recount following her loss by 8 votes, according to the Paterson Times.
In Hamilton, Mercer Democrats dominate the transition team of Mayor-elect Martin, according to the Trentonian.
In Hoboken, Frank Raia’s sentencing has been delayed again, according to Hudson County View.
In Linden, former firefighters are alleging racism within the department in a lawsuit, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Fair Lawn, the town has become the latest front in the ‘police lawsuit wars’, according to the Bergen Record.
In Atlantic City, the city is unlikely to see fees and taxes returned any time soon, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In East Rutherford, the recount request in the mayoral race has been filed, according to the Bergen Record.
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
Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘Anti-Christie Enablers Versus the Purveyors of Democratic Party Unity‘
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 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‘
AROUND THE WEB:
- Earlier this week, the cruelty of George Norcross’ political machine, which is often whispered about in a hush, was laid bare for all to see. The occasion was the unelected South Jersey political boss’ appearance before a servile state Senate committee tasked with whitewashing a deepening scandal over more than $1 billion in tax breaks Norcross’ companies and friends have been awarded.
Jeff Edelstein, The Trentonian
- Attention fellow New Jerseyans: We are about to get screwed like we’ve never been screwed before by state Sen. President Steve Sweeney, the rest of the legislature, and Governor Phil Murphy. Now before you accuse me of screw-based hyperbole, I need you to understand bill S4204, introduced by Sweeney in November, and fast-tracked for passage in the coming weeks.
Joanna Gagis, NJTV
- Geena Buono Founded the Transgender Day of Remembrance, held this week in Asbury Park, to commemorate the lives lost around the world to violence because of gender identity. Emotions in the room ran high, but there was also hope. “I transitioned many years ago and I’ve also been the victim of harassment and violence and even sexual abuse,” Buono said.
John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight
- Saying New Jersey has run “out of time” to address its major fiscal problems, Senate President Steve Sweeney urged local government leaders yesterday to fully support his proposal to cut government costs by changing public-worker retirement and health care benefits.
Matt Arco and Amanda Hoover, NJ Advance Media For NJ.com
- Any hopes of marijuana being legal in the Garden State in the near future went up in smoke this week, but Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday he’ll refocus his efforts on expunging peoples’ criminal records on pot charges. “We are very seriously looking at that and talking to the legislative leadership,” Murphy said at the League of Municipalities annual convention in Atlantic City.
Eric Obernauer, NJ Herald
- Seven of the 10 Sussex County school boards that had no candidates running for one or more seats in the general election have had those spots filled by write-in votes.
David Polakiewicz, The Bernardsville News
- A politically split Borough Council, and the absence of one of its members, contributed to two ordinances being rejected by the governing body at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12. In separate 3-2 votes, the three Republican council members – Chris Schmidt, John Donahue and Diane Greenfield – rejected proposed ordinances that would have created a technology/communications advisory committee and banned public vaping.
Philip DeVencentis, NorthJersey.com
- Garret G. Sinning, a low-key politician who enjoyed a spotless record of public service for decades on the Board of Education and Borough Council, died on Wednesday. Sinning had been treated at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood since he suffered a stroke on Nov. 14, said Mayor Richard Goldberg. He was 79.
Asbury Park Press
- Different times. Different races. Starkly different outcomes. Take a hard look at the crack cocaine era of the ‘80s and the heroin epidemic today and you’ll find a racial double standard that’s been rooted in the nation’s drug laws and criminal justice system for decades.