Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Hundreds of years of regulations, to try to get it done in a few weeks [is] gonna be tough.” – Senate President Scutari on Governor Murphy’s brewery restriction bill veto suggestions
The state launched a jobs website for home health and disabilities aides, according to the Bergen Record.
The Port Authority has a $176M plan to speed up the state supply chain, according to the Bergen Record.
Details of NYC’s congestion pricing plan were revealed, according to NJ.com.
An appeals court says Holtec didn’t mislead the NJEDA to get millions in tax credits, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hudson County Executive-elect Craig Guy announced his full transition team.
Senator Booker applauded the advancement of District Court nominee Judge Kiehl.
Marshall Spevak was named interim CEO of the Battleship NJ Museum and Memorial, according to ROI-NJ.
The NJEA/NEA endorsed five incumbent congressmembers in next year’s elections.
Senator Polistina urged ELEC to launch an investigation into hidden money groups.
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
Groups opposed to the CBT surcharge sunset rallied at the Statehouse yesterday.
Assemblyman-elect Venezia announced Jordan Stewart as his Chief of Staff.
Senator Schepisi called for the establishment of the Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission.
The casino smoking ban bill is on hold, according to the Bergen Record.
ICYMI: CBT debate heating up; 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 Bayonne, the ex-BA sued the city over an unfullfilled OPRA request, according to Hudson County View.
In Carteret, apartments could replace a warehouse, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Edison, the council voted down salary maximums increases, according to TAPinto.
In Jersey City, the council voted down a budget transfer, according to Hudson County View.
In Lakewood, a court set a deadline for a state fix to school funding, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Margate, the city is painting bike lanes green, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Metuchen, the town is eyeing another property for its planned downtown arts district, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Roxbury, union workers urged officials to back the Hercules warehouse project, according to NJ Hills.
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 columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘An Apology to Casino Workers (and patrons) we Harmed‘
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:
Star-Ledger Editorial Board
- Twenty-four states permit their citizens to grow marijuana at home for medical purposes – including the liberal sanctuaries of South Dakota and Utah — and 11 of those 24 allow home cultivation even for recreational use.
Manahil Ahmad, NorthJersey.com
- A former server at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was sexually harassed by a supervisor, and then tricked into signing an illegal non-disclosure agreement by an attorney for former President Donald Trump’s lawyer. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in New Jersey’s Middlesex County Superior Court, does not name Trump as a defendant.
Matthew Fazelpoor, NJBIZ
- During a historic groundbreaking Thursday morning in North Bergen, officials and stakeholders marked the start of work on the Hudson Tunnel Project here on the New Jersey side. The event was held at a construction site on Tonnelle Avenue, with this key phase of the early work focused on the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge and Utility Relocation Project. The Nov. 30 ceremony followed one held earlier this month to mark the start of work on the New York side of the Hudson River that pertains to the Hudson Yards Concrete Casing — an essential rail right-of-way preservation project that clears the way for the project’s full construction.
Daniel Ulloa, Hudson County View
- The Jersey City Council withdrew a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza after a raucous and lengthy public comment portion that saw some audience members removed at a five-and-a-half hour meeting last night.
- Jill Stein is in – again. She’s running for president, like in 2016, as the Green Party candidate. Joe Manchin is toying with a centrist run as an independent, maybe under “No Labels.” No Labels denies it’s a political party, though it acts like one – warts and all! Organized as a 501c4 social welfare group, its backers are hidden from view under Internal Revenue Service regulations. Who are the donors to the $70 million fund that No Labels claims to be raising for its 2024 campaign? Few are identified, making it the current example of a “dark money” political party in America.
Briana Vannozzi, NJ Spotlight
- Known as a strong advocate for commuters, former state Sen. Bob Gordon is stepping down from his position on New Jersey Transit’s board of directors when his term expires next week, the third person to leave the board this year. “With the expiration of my term, I think this is a good time to leave,” Gordon said in an interview with NJ Spotlight News.
LA Parker, The Trentonian
- Guilty pleas by two Trenton lead inspectors should end more than a year of lies, misrepresentation, and deception. Michael Ingram, 71 of Trenton, and William Kreiss, 40, of Yardley, Pa., each pleaded guilty in Trenton federal court to one count of conspiracy to embezzle, steal, and obtain more than $5,000 in funds from the city of Trenton, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Chris Jordan, Asbury Park Press
- The Turf Club in Asbury Park just got a big Boss donation. Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa have donated $100,000 to the restoration of the club, located on Springwood Avenue in the West Side of the city. The Asbury Park African-American Music Project, aka Asbury-AMP, is restoring the venue where city greats like Lenny Welch, the Broadways, and a pre-E Street Band Clarence Clemons performed.