Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 12/1/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

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


TOP STORY: Lawmakers Absent from Rally to Tax Big Corporations


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


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


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.


ICYMI: Murphy reiterates agreement to sunset CBT; Murphy, DEP announced adoption of Clean Cars II; residents unaware/undecided about Murphy, Kim Senate candidacies; Dems held onto majorities


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Six months ahead of the US Senate primary, the Democratic field appears to be set, with a proxy war likely between the establishment and opponents of the ‘county line’ system.


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


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


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


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.


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Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Hoboken, Assemblywoman Chaparro endorsed Ward 1 council candidate Paul Presinzano. The Ward 1 candidates debated, according to TAPinto.


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




Jail for growing weed? You must be high | Editorial

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.


Former Trump National server says she was sexually harassed in new lawsuit

Manahil Ahmad,


  • 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.


Hudson Tunnel Project begins construction in NJ

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.


Jersey City Council withdraws Gaza ceasefire resolution after raucous public comment

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.


Op-Ed: Third party candidates, Democracy reform and the 2024 election

David Goodman


  • 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.


Gordon stepping down from NJ Transit board

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.


Trenton ‘wacky’ whistleblower right about time sheet fraud allegations

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.


Bruce Springsteen donates $100,000 to restoration of historic Turf Club in Asbury Park

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.
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25 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 12/1/2023”

  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.

  9. How about those unintended consequences.
    New Jersey mandating that all cars being sold by 2035 be electric is telling us what we can or cannot buy with our own money. There will always be gasoline powered vehicles because of the power produced by internal combustion compared to the power produced by batteries; which is to say the more power the bigger the battery to the point of rediculousness. My thought is that if the state wants fewer gas powered vehicles on the road it should create a mass transit electric powered system that would emphasize convenience for commuters and everyday shoppers. Of course that would mean vehicles weighing tons more because of the size of batteries and that creates a whole other question of where to dispose of them (also for elelectric car batteries), since they are composed of highly toxic materials that can’t be burnt or buried. These are unintended consequences no- one is willing to grapple with until its too late. I think by 2035 th he electric car fantasy will go the same way the offshore wind farm has gone.

    Stephen Brickman
    206 Stonehenge Dr
    Phillipsburg,NJ 08865

    Sent from my iPhone

  10. The military serving in the Middle East represents every state in the Union. Those are our sons and daughters, Moms and Dads and yet we are very little to protect them, or REALLY retaliate when they’re attacked. Governor Murphy is the Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, and past chair of the National Governors Association and yet you never hear him mention about any requests either organization makes to Biden to be more aggressive about protecting our kids in harms way. It’s as though it doesn’t seem to matter to them. No wonder we look so weak to the rest of the world.

  11. Teaneck property taxes pays for the school budget. Teaneck High School students walk out. Is a Hamas military shuffle march property tax bill included?

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