Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for 12/12/2019:
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Our state has reached the brink of insanity.” – Senator Mike Doherty
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.
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’.
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
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.
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
Al Sullivan analyzes the League panel of former Governors.
Read and download Insider NJ’s 2019 Insider 100: Power publication.
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
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‘
AROUND THE WEB:
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Best, lehighvalleylive.com 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.
David Hutter, njbiz.com
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
Steve Strunsky, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- 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.
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.