Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 12/12/2019

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for 12/12/2019:



Vote NO on A-4293. This bill would increase costs for any New Jersey resident who purchases home, auto, commercial, or malpractice insurance. This legislation could cost New Jersey policyholders a total of $2.8 billion more in insurance premiums. $1.2 billion of that would just be in auto insurance. Other states like Florida and West Virginia passed similar legislation, which raised rates for consumers. New Jersey residents are already burdened with some of the highest taxes and cost of living in the nation. We should take steps to protect the existing strong laws and regulations that incentivize companies to stay in the market, benefit consumers, and keep costs in check. A-4293 would foster insurance fraud, clog our court system, and increase home and auto premiums for residents. Don’t disrupt New Jersey’s insurance market at the expense of consumers.  Vote NO on A-4293.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: Our state has reached the brink of insanity.” – Senator Mike Doherty


TOP STORY: Jersey City Mayor Fulop: ‘This was a Hate Crime’


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A day after the shooting in Jersey City which took the lives of six people, including a veteran officer, Mayor Fulop held a press conference yesterday saying that an initial probe shows the shooters targeted the location, a kosher bodega, and that ‘this was a hate crime‘. At a different presser, AG Grewal declined to call it a hate crime, stressing that the shooters’ motivation was still being investigated by authorities. Grewal released new information about the shooting, including a timeline. On Friday, gun violence prevention groups will hold a vigil and rally in Jersey City.


Listen tonight at 8pm to Politically Direct Episode 75 with host Fernando Uribe and guest LD1 Senator Michael Testa.


Rep. Norcross announced $400k for research at Rowan University.


Rep. Pascrell’s SALT relief bill passed the House Ways and Means Committee.


ICYMI: McConnell holding a fundraiser w/ Christie; Murphy held DGA conference call; AAUPBHS chastised Rutgers officials; Menendez condemned re-arrest of Nigerian-American journalist


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In CD2, former GOP primary candidate and retired FBI special agent Robert Turkavage is leaving the GOP after remarks about the agency by President Trump, saying the comments were ‘very disturbing and made me realize that I cannot support this President and the Republican Party’.


In CD11, GOP primary candidate Larry Casha released a statement saying that Rep. Sherrill announced her ‘12 Days of SALT‘ only after he brought up the issue, saying she’s ‘playing follow the leader’.


Bill Robinson resigned from the NJ Democratic State Committee, according to MoreMonmouthMusings.


ICYMI: NJGOP announced Valenzuelo as new ED; Somerset Dems hired Garrity as new ED; Avelenda says NJ11th for Change ‘very ambitious’; Sulieman warns of CD2 primary potential; Hudson’s Romano not taking anything for granted; Insider NJ’s Who’s Up and Who’s Down: Week of Mike Testa’s Swearing-in; BurlCo GOP backing GOP CD candidates; in CD2, Francis seriously considering challenge to Van Drew, one of two names emerging along with Harrison, who’s mulling a challenge; Inglesino mulling Morris GOP chair


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Here’s what’s on tap under the Gold Dome today and here’s what happened in Trenton on Monday.


The Senate Select Committee on NJ Transit will hold its second hearing today.


The Assembly Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations Committee will hear testimony and vote on the constitutional amendment for marijuana legalization.


Senate President Sweeney participated in a Special Olympics Leadership panel.


Senator Pou was elected the incoming President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.


Senator Doherty blasted legislation to provide undocumented immigrants with driver’s licenses, saying the state shouldn’t ‘waste one penny’ on lawbreakers.


Assemblywoman Vainierie Huttle released a statement saying the state’s sex education program is due for an update following a report from the Thrive NJ coalition.


NJ League of Municipalities Executive Director Michael Darcy is retiring next July.


The NJ Realtors announced their 2020 leadership team.


Jersey Water Works will hold their annual conference tomorrow.


‘Fight the Freelancers’ sent a letter to legislators urging them to vote against the independent contractor misclassification bill.


NJ Working Families Executive Director Altman filed a lawsuit against the NJEDA seeking records relating to the tax incentive program; hours later she received thousands of pages, according to Politico NJ.


ICYMI: Bramnick bemoaned Dem legislative priorities; AJU passed DL bill after sparking debate, Peterson, a fierce critic, sparred w/ Mukherji and Schaer, bill will be considered by STR, Ruiz/Testa point/counterpoint; SLP heard testimony on female police recruit tests; plastic bag ban passed Assembly Budget; Coughlin outlines lame duck agenda; Labor passed ind. contractor bill; Testa sworn-in; Labor advanced the LSP bill


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Al Sullivan analyzes the League panel of former Governors.


Read and download Insider NJ’s 2019 Insider 100: Power publication.


Visit the Insider 100 Publications page, the Events Calendar, the Press Release page, and check out the Insider NJ Video Gallery and Insider NJ Podcast page.


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In Atlantic City, residents filed petitions calling for a referendum on changing the form of local government.


In Bridgewater, the planning board approved the Center for Excellence application, according to TAPinto.


In Rockaway, the court will hear three cases against the council, according to the Daily Record.


In Edison, voters rejected a $189M school referendum, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Pemberton, the town is on track to keep MUA rates steady, according to the Burlington County Times.


In Mahwa, the DEP ordered a 150-foot buffet for the wetlands, according to the Bergen Record.


ICYMI: In Atlantic City, Small announced Perskie as adviser; in Linden, judge dismissed Roman complaint against Armstead; in Linden, Cosby writes ‘Plantation Politics’; in Bridgewater, Pappas will serve as administrator; in Hoboken, Raia sentenced to 3-months


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Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘The Hunter Biden Controversy Will Not Damage Joe Biden‘ and ‘The LeRoy Jones Endorsement is a Game Clincher for Phil Murphy


Insider NJ columnist Robert Hennelly writes ‘Part 2: The Cons of A Bloomberg Candidacy


In a guest column on Insider NJ, South Orange Village President Sheena Collum writes ‘A Letter to Steve Sweeney


In a guest column on Insider NJ, Louis Maggazu writes ‘Mayor Chuck Chiarello and His Miracle on Route 40


In a guest column on Insider NJ, Christian Barranco writes ‘Making NJ Affordable Shouldn’t Mean Cutting Wages For Skilled Tradesmen


Insider NJ columnist and ELEC ED Jeffrey Brindle writes ‘Alaska Case No Threat to New Jersey’s Contribution Limits


Insider NJ reporter Fred Snowflack writes ‘Peterson’s Play to Immigration Passion





Jersey City Shooting Was ‘A Targeted Attack On The Jewish Kosher Deli’

Colin Dwyer, NPR


  • The shootings that left at least three civilians and one police officer dead Tuesday in Jersey City, N.J., was a targeted attack, according to local authorities. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop explained Wednesday that the pair of shooters, who were also killed, had clearly singled out the kosher market on which they opened fire.


Hudson County Jews reeling from Tuesday’s shooting at kosher market

Teri West, The Jersey Journal


  • As a small Kosher grocery store in a nearby neighborhood came under fire, Rabbi Baruch Lepkivker was receiving messages from around the world. Ultra-Orthodox and Hassidic communities in Hudson County are small, but they have global connections, he said.


Remembering Det. Joseph Seals; dedicated cop, father and North Arlington resident

Joanna Gagis, NJTV


  • Thirty-nine year old Det. Joseph Seals is one of six people who died in the aftermath of an hours-long standoff in Jersey City on Tuesday. He was a husband and a father of five kids — the oldest around 15 years old, the youngest just a baby. He served on the Jersey City police force for 17 years and was promoted to detective two years ago.


Voters Overwhelmingly Defeat Tuesday’s Long Beach Island District School Referendum

Pat Sharkey, TAPinto Stafford-LBI


  • A referendum that could have resulted in the closure of one of the two schools in the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District was defeated in a referendum on Tuesday. Voters overwhelmingly rejected the referendum 72% to 28%. The total amount of eligible voters who went to the polls was 1,714 out of 6,013 eligible voters. 1,276 citizens voted against the LBI School (Ship Bottom) improvements while 476 voted for it.


Jaindl offers to cut White Township warehouse project in half, amid resident opposition

John Best, contributor


  • When David Jaindl announced plans earlier this year to build 6 million square feet of warehouses and industrial facilities in Warren County, many local residents expressed concerns about the impact the development would have on the mainly rural area. Now, the Lehigh Valley developer says he is willing to cut that number in half.


NJ Transit approves $500M bond request for trains, buses

David Hutter,


  • New Jersey Transit trustees at a board meeting on Wednesday approved authorizing the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to seek the issuance of $500 million in bonds to buy trains and buses. The bonds should expire in 28 years. Rider advocacy organization Lackawanna Coalition communications director Sally Jane Gellert voiced her concerns regarding the $500 million in bonds.


Resignation to Outrage, Districts React to Word from Trenton on School Aid

Briana Vannozzi, NJTV


  • Officials and advocates in school districts across New Jersey reacted to news that the state Department of Education had approved just $15 million of a requested $362 million in additional state aid with a mixture of resignation and outrage. More than 30 districts had requested the so-called emergency aid, and state officials late last week announced that just 13 will share in the $15 million, with Paterson getting the largest amount — $5 million of the $24 million it has requested.


Three black police officers get $160,000 after claiming racial discrimination at Paterson police force

Jayed Rahman, Paterson Times


  • Municipal officials agreed to pay $160,000 on Tuesday night to settle a racial discrimination case brought against the city by three African-American police officers. Police officers Karen Rayfield, Tamiko Griffin, and Kelly Cary Pacelli accused the Paterson Police Department of “racial discrimination” in the lawsuit filed in 2017. All three women will equally divide the settlement amount, officials said.


At Township Meeting, Springfield Mayor Dubois Recounts Personal Connection to Shooting in Jersey City

Matthew Kass, TAPinto


  • The news just keeps getting better, Save Jerseyans! Which means bad news for Impeachment obsessed Democrats. The BLS just announced on Friday that the economy has added a massive 266,000 jobs in November, drastically exceeding expectations by over 100,000 jobs. Manufacturing jobs are up as well and General Motors is investing $175 million dollars in a new plant in Ohio. The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5% which is a 50-year low!


‘Coyote Ugly’ star Piper Perabo joins rally pressing N.J. to restore school aid

Steve Strunsky, NJ Advance Media for


  • Though 2000’s Coyote Ugly is often cited as actress Piper Perabo’s breakout film, she first stepped into the limelight a decade earlier, leading the marching band at Toms River High School North. “When I was a freshman in high school, I wasn’t on any teams and I was kind of shy and the assistant principal noticed that I wasn’t joining anything,” said Perabo, 43, who now stars in the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie.


NJ legal weed is back in Trenton. Here’s what’s next for marijuana legalization.

Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press


  • After months of hiatus, the push to legalize marijuana in New Jersey is back on. It’s been nearly two years of will-they-or-won’t-they debate, with a legal weed bill coming only a few votes short in March. But those votes never came. After months of politicking by legislative leaders, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, and bill sponsor Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, introduced a ballot measure that would leave the decision of marijuana legalization up to New Jersey voters.
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