Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 11/28/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: While it’s clear businesses are still struggling with inflation and the increased costs of running their operations, it does appear that last year represented a low water mark that we’re hopefully crawling out from.” – NJBIA President Siekerka


TOP STORY: Sherrill Awards Certificates to Pathways to Apprenticeship Grads


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The family of the late LG Oliver announced the launch of the Sheila Y. Oliver Civic Association.


Bob Gordon will depart from the NJ Transit Board, according to the Cergen Record.


A study finds that Cape May and Cumberland Counties lack abortion services, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


The Ocean County sheriff is in Israel for a ‘homeland security mission’, according to the Asbury Park Press.


Somerset County home prices dropped, according to MyCentralJersey.


Rep. Sherrill joined with union officials to highlight the latest graduates of the Pathways To Apprenticeships New Jersey program.


Rep. Kean introduced the ‘AI Labeling Act of 2023’, according to TAPinto.


ICYMI: Murphy, DEP announced adoption of Clean Cars II; residents unaware/undecided about Murphy, Kim Senate candidacies; Dems held onto majorities; General Election special edition


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The question of a ceasefire in Gaza draws a contrast between Senate candidates Tammy Murphy and Rep. Kim, according to NJ Monitor.


In LD14, Assemblyman Benson’s seat will remain vacant for eight days, according to NJ Globe.


In LD30, incoming Democratic Assemblyman Schnall could push for school choice and vouchers, according to the Asbury Park Press.


ICYMI: Dem leaders coalescing around Tammy Murphy; Schaffer lays out Murphy support; Tammy Murphy launches Senate candidacy; in CD9, the crux amid war; Republicans huddle in AC; Senate pressing question centers First Lady; Codey threw support to Murphy; Who’s Up And Who’s Down post-election; parental rights issue lost big


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Governor Murphy took action on legislation.


Governor Murphy vetoed liquor license reform legislation, according to the Bergen Record.


Big legislative changes means new committee chairs, according to NJ Globe.


The UTCA applauded Bob Gordon for his tenure on the NJ Transit board following his announcement that he will depart.


The NJBIA released its annual Business Outlook survey.


A new law would allow teaching candidates to skip the basic skills exam, according to NJ Monitor.


Lawmakers are weighing a slew of warehouse bills, according to NJ Spotlight.


Legislation is pushing same-day voter registration, according to NJ Spotlight.


Advocates sounded off on OPRA changes, according to NJ Spotlight.


ICYMI: Murphy took action on bills; Blum will serve as Collazos Gill COS; Scutari reaffirmed as Senate Pez; Bucco reaffirmed as Minority Leader; Coughlin reaffirmed as Speaker; DiMaio reaffirmed as Minority Leader


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Heavyweights Leonard Lance and Ray Lesniak go head-to-head on the Julie Briggs Show.


Sixty years after the assassination of JFK, gun violence plagues the nation, and is on the increase in the years following the COVID pandemic.


Download and read Insider NJ’s 2023 Insider 100: Power publication.


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Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Atlantic City, the Ward 2 council contest continues, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Caldwell, an ordinance was introduced to update the master plan, according to NJ Hills.


In Carteret, a court reinstated a police retaliation and unlawful arrest lawsuit, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Edison, a Metuchen woman is suing the mayor over a ‘negligent and careless’ crash, according to MyCentraJersey.


In Jersey City, the fate of lawsuits contesting the city’s ward map is in the hands of an appeals court, according to the Jersey Journal. The Carpenters endorsed McGreevey for mayor, according to Hudson County View.


In Lebanon, new members were appointed to boards, according to NJ Hills.


In Montgomery, a developer is targeting a long-dormant property, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Mount Laurel, departments completed the move into the new municipal building, according to TAPinto.


In Ocean City, Schaffer conceded a narrow loss in the BOE race, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Readington, residents will have to hire their own garbage man next year, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Warren, the committee will consider three to fill a vacancy, according to TAPinto.


ICYMI: In JC, O’Dea kicked off candidacy, McGreevey launched candidacy as mayoral battle begins, could lead to HCDO war; in Parsippany, Hernandez appears headed to win; in Clark, mayor charged; in Bayonne, city grappling w/ gentrification



Insider NJ legal analyst Joe Hayden writes ‘Which Criminal Case Poses the Most Political Danger to Donald Trump?


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘Michael Corleone, Hyman Roth, Tammy Murphy, and Andy Kim


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘A Memory of Nov. 22, 1963


Insider NJ columnist Anjali Mehrotra writes ‘Lose the Double Standard




Dark money disclosures in NJ elections are a ‘work in progress.’ Will they work? | Stile

Charles Stile,


  • In some ways, Monday will be an important milestone in the long, uphill challenge to get a glimpse into the dark money groups that have come to dominate New Jersey elections. “Independent expenditure” organizations that have flooded campaigns in recent years — without facing limits on fundraising or spending — will be required to disclose donations of $7,500 or more in their spending on the Nov. 7 election.


Murphy whistles past NJ Transit’s graveyard | Editorial

Star-Ledger Editorial Board


  • New Jersey Transit, which moves 630,000 bus and rail riders every day, could soon plunge into a death spiral. This is not hyperbole, this is math. If the people responsible for crafting the budget cannot find a way to fill NJ Transit’s $119 million deficit for fiscal 2025 and its $918 million shortfall for FY-2026, the agency will enter a doom cycle of service cuts, revenue slumps, and fare hikes — which would repeat itself until the system is essentially crippled.


NJ students could soon be learning more about growing Garden State community of Sikhs

Katie Sobko,


  • A resolution seeking to add the study of Sikhism to social studies curricula across New Jersey cleared the state Senate Education Committee on Monday morning. The resolution urges the State Board of Education to require school districts to incorporate instruction of Sikhism into existing social studies curricula and the state Commission on Asian American Heritage to coordinate with local school officials to develop relevant course material.


Posts on Ramapo College professor’s Facebook page about Israel-Hamas war called antisemitic

Mary Ann Koruth,


  • Social media posts by a Ramapo College professor who teaches digital filmmaking have set off a firestorm on X, formerly Twitter, after a group called tweeted a cartoon related to the Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza that allegedly was posted on the professor’s Facebook page.


When Tammy Murphy pushed to include climate change in K-12 standards, some balked

Mary Ann Koruth,


  • A green logo with a hand cradling leaves sparked heated argument among State Board of Education members recently as they readopted key revisions to New Jersey’s K-12 math and English standards.


Time to teach patriotism, not pronouns, in New Jersey schools (Opinion)

Bill Spadea, NJ1015


  • Another Monday, another story about radical groups grooming children for their extreme ideology. This time it’s a group in Princeton that has managed to direct the school district to teach a very narrow version of what I call “alphabet soup”.


Barnes & Noble books return date for Roxbury store, part of big makeover at Ledgewood mall

William Westhoven, Morristown Daily Record


  • Three years after abandoning the troubled Ledgewood mall, Barnes & Noble is preparing to begin a new chapter at the Roxbury shopping center. Construction is underway for a new 14,000-square-foot location for the popular bookseller at what is now called the Shops at Ledgewood Commons. The company is targeting a Jan. 17 opening at the site along Route 10, according Barnes & Noble Senior Director of Store Planning and Design Janine Flanigan.


Salmonella outbreak includes New Jersey; 99 people infected in country and two dead

Juan Carlos Castillo, Asbury Park Press


  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall on cantaloupe and pineapple in several states, including New Jersey, amid a salmonella outbreak that has infected at least 99 people. Two have died because of the bacterial infection. The contaminated fruits were sold by Aldi, a grocery store chain with 61 shops in New Jersey.
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22 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 11/28/2023”

  1. Murphy celebrates “a full week of declining numbers” then says “status quo of lockdown will remain until new cases and fatalities decrease.” So, which of Murphy’s statements is accurate? He said 2 opposite things in a single paragraph of speaking.

    • He;s “vacationing” at his villa in Italy, while Covid surges and the state is paralyzed by “remote work”…………translation: NO WORK

  2. That is what happens in practicality when they are “suspending their disbelief” (HR Clinton) in real numbers and going on predictive models to make decisions. And then after doing that, they vote with “feelings.”

    • lmao imagine supporting lockdowns after the largest mass death event in american history and calling that a feeling driven conclusion? maga chuds never fail to disappoint

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  6. lETS NOT FORGET that during the pandemic Donald Trump sent the MERCY, a fully equipped, COVID prepared Hospital ship to save lives of victims and healthcare workers . But Murphy in his wisdom would rather send Patients back to nursing homes that were ill-equipped to treat these patients so they could die , rather than utilize a life-saving gift and be like NY governor Cuomo, another anti-Trump

  7. Gun owners don’t have to talk about guns because they know that they have to come out and vote to protect their constitutional right to bear arms. The Supreme court decision has affirmed that right and somehow our “leaders” haven’t learned how to read.

  8. NJ is one of the most corrupt and racist places to live. There’s “0” accountability for the criminal acts, corruption, and unfair treatment of the people of this state. It starts with our governor who cares less for truth and honesty. Continue to ruin the lives of the citizens of this state.

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