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
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.
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
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
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.
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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‘
AROUND THE WEB:
Charles Stile, NorthJersey.com
- 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.
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.
Katie Sobko, NorthJersey.com
- 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.
Mary Ann Koruth, NorthJersey.com
- 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 StopAntisemitism.org tweeted a cartoon related to the Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza that allegedly was posted on the professor’s Facebook page.
Mary Ann Koruth, NorthJersey.com
- 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.
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”.
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.
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.