Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 12/2/2022

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Public testimony should help guide decision-making by policymakers, but too often it’s treated like a nuisance or an afterthought.” – Senator Stanfield calling for the full resumption of in-person meetings by public bodies

 

TOP STORY: Being a Bear: to Live and Die – and Live – in New Jersey

 

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

 

See the daily COVID-19 numbers on the NJDOH’s dashboard.

 

Governor Murphy attended President Biden’s first state dinner at the White House, according to NJ.com.

 

Companies are buying more homes, reducing affordable housing options, according to the Bergen Record.

 

NJ reservoirs will need 2 feet of water by spring to be at normal levels, according to the Bergen Record.

 

Camden County bought the development rights to Stella Farms to preserve it, according to the Courier Post.

 

Hunterdon County is seeking funding for flood relief for homes in flood zones, according to TAPinto.

 

Senator Booker reintroduced a World AIDS Day resolution.

 

Rep. Norcross was one of only 8 House Democrats to oppose legislation to avoid a rail strike, according to NJ.com.

 

Rep. Sherrill launched the ‘2022 Heroes Program’.

 

Rep. Pascrell released a report on college coaching salaries.

 

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

 

In CD7, Rep. Malinowski says he’s undecided as to whether to run in 2024, but that he will ‘stay in the fight‘.

 

ICYMI: 2023 legislative battlefield contains numerous lines of intrigue; key GOP figures took stock of elections as they refashion a battle plan for 2023; in LD26, newly-minted team holding acquainting sessions; New Leaders Council-NJ announced 2023 fellows; Mastrangelo, Neibart litigation resolved; in LD24, Lonegan gaining traction; Wirths won’t seek re-election; Trump announcement boomeranged around League

 

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

 

Governor Murphy signed school security legislation.

 

Senate Minority Leader Oroho and Senator Stanfield demanded the state Board of Education resume in-person meetings.

 

Senator Durr criticized the proposed Glassboro-Camden rail line as a ‘patchwork approach’.

 

Assemblymembers Flynn and Scharfenberger introduced legislation to lower the state’s corporate business tax.

 

Assemblywoman Jaffer and Sharma condemned an anti-Muslim bias incident in Middlesex County.

 

The NJBIA opposed legislation mandating the retainment of service employees.

 

ICYMI: Essential worker hazard pay languishing; gun debate punctuated by colorful exchanges; gun proposal advanced after intense debate; unions forming coalition on health costs

 

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

 

Insider NJ’s Fred Snowflack honors the memory of former Morristown Mayor DeLaney.

 

Download and read Insider NJ’s 2022 Insider 100: Power publication.

 

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Download and read Insider NJ’s 2022 Insider 100: Millennials publication; ‘Let’s Get To Work!‘: Insider NJ’s 2022 Labor publication; Insider NJ’s special edition examination of the county political party organizations; Insider NJ’s 2022 Insider 100: Policymakers power list publication; and Insider NJ’s 2022 Insider Out 100: LGBTQ Power List publication

 

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

 

In Trenton, a judge will rule today on the at-large run-off question, according to the Trentonian. Departmental reviews are in place as the new term is set to begin in January, according to the Trentonian. Councilman Muschal doubled down on his support for South Ward council candidate Jenna Kettenberg. Police Director Wilson alleged racial and other harassment incidents by Councilwoman Vaughn, according to NJ.com.

 

In Allendale, the town sold its water utility, according to the Bergen Record.

 

In Atlantic City, CitiStat shows departments received 88 complaints in the past two weeks, with most ‘still in process’, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

 

In Brigantine, a state audit found the town lacked adequate polices on nepotism and use of vacation time, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

 

In Buena, fire centralization plans are halted due to a mass-resignation threat, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

 

In Chatham Township, a $2M bond ordinance was introduced for affordable housing construction, according to TAPinto.

 

In Dunellen, the transit village developers lined up the first commercial tenants, according to MyCentralJersey.

 

In Keyport, Republicans are taking over, according to the Asbury Park Press.

 

In Monroe, schools were closed for three days due to an internet issue by an ‘unauthorized third party’, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

In Old Bridge, over 1M square feet of warehouses is planned, according to MyCentralJersey.

 

In Paterson, there’s no decision yet on the schools superintendent, according to Paterson Press.

 

In Ridgewood, the council discussed police raises and the wastewater energy settlement, according to TAPinto.

 

In Warren, the township continued its housing rehab program for moderate-income earners, according to NJ Hills.

 

In West New York, Commissioner Cirillo declared his candidacy for mayor, setting up a showdown with outgoing Rep. Sires, according to Hudson County View.

 

ICYMI: In Paterson, the city honored retiring Clerk Gordon

 

 

Insider NJ columnist Jonathan Shutman writes ‘Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner

 

Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘After Trump’s Dinner with Nick Fuentes, would Bob Hugin still use the Words ‘Great President” to Describe Him?

 

Insider NJ reporter Fred Snowflack writes ‘Schiano’s Coaching Tenure at Rutgers

 

Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘The Christie Endgame

 

Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘League Chatter

 

Insider NJ columnist Anjali Mehrotra writes ‘‘Remember the Ladies’ – Put Abortion on the Ballot in 2023

 

Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘When Building the Base Means Empowering Community

 

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I’m suing New Jersey because I shouldn’t have to vote for a Democrat or a Republican | Opinion 

William Kibler

 

  • Every election, I’m barred from honestly expressing my views at the ballot box. The same goes for everyone else in New Jersey who, like me, isn’t an enthusiastic supporter of either the Democratic or Republican Party.

 

N.J. schools must soon produce digital maps of buildings to help police in emergencies 

Matt Arco, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

 

  • All schools in New Jersey will be required to provide police floor plans, aerial images, and other information to create digital maps of the buildings in an effort to help first responders in the event of mass shootings and other emergencies.

 

Passaic wants to fill former industrial sites with produce farms — the vertical kind 

Matt Fagan, NorthJersey.com

 

  • Vertical farming may be the next big thing as the nascent industry continues to gain traction in the Garden State with the latest roots being planted in Passaic. The City of Passaic is not what comes to mind when discussing the future of farming in Passaic County, but Mayor Hector Lora thinks otherwise.

 

Will NJ Legislature try to slow loss of farms for warehouses? 

Michael Symons, NJ1015

 

  • State lawmakers are developing a bill to address the loss of farms to warehouse development, though it appears unlikely to advance quickly and its ambition isn’t yet clear. The Assembly agriculture committee heard testimony on the topic for approximately two hours Wednesday, and despite the panel’s focus on farms, chairman Assemblyman Roy Freiman said his intention is to find a way for agriculture to collaborate with warehouses and a need for growth.

 

Delaware Water Gap national park plan’s ‘discussion’ within N.J. Sierra Club encourages foes 

Steve Novak, For lehighvalleylive.com

 

  • The New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club is one of the main drivers of a proposal to turn the federal lands of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area into a full-fledged national park.

 

Our view: Anti-business NJ could be a far better place 

Press of Atlantic City

  • The nonprofit, nonpartisan Tax Foundation should consider retiring the title New Jersey has owned for more than a decade and a half — Worst Business Tax Climate in the Nation. Other tax-and-spend states have lost hope of achieving this dishonor. Even California, which New Jersey’s leftist Democrats relentlessly imitate, only manages an 8.84% tax on its businesses, well under the 11.5% they must pay here.

 

Delivery of NJ Transit’s next 7 electric buses delayed – again 

Larry Higgs, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

 

  • NJ Transit’s first battery-electric bus will have to roll through the streets of Camden alone after officials said seven additional such buses that would have joined it for real world testing won’t be delivered until 2023.

 

‘Gut punch:’ Local mayors worried over 20 percent spike in healthcare costs 

Claudia Ceva, NJ Hills

 

  • A major spike in state health insurance premiums will take effect next year and towns across New Jersey are already bracing for the impact. Municipalities in Morris County are not immune. The mayors of Chatham Township, Chatham, Madison, Morris Township, Morristown and Morris Plains, all located in the southeast portion of the county, gathered on the steps of the Morris Township Municipal Building the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 29, for a press conference to discuss the significance of the proposed 20 percent increase to the State Health Benefit Program at the local level.

 

Skyrocketing state health plan insurance costs worries towns, school boards 

Mike Condon, NJ Hills

 

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco, R-Morris, has spent a lot of time this past week trying to explain to town officials and school boards why insurance benefits- for employees enrolled in the state health insurance program- may rise by 23 percent. Not all towns and school districts are enrolled, but Roxbury Township is.

 

N.J.’s vulnerable domestic workers should have a ‘bill of rights,’ lawmakers say 

Matt Arco, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

 

  • New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation Thursday that would give tens of thousands of domestic workers in the state the same protections as other employees.

 

NJ court affirms: You don’t have to be driving for a DWI bust 

Michael Symons, NJ1015

  • A state appeals court has affirmed, yet again, that somebody doesn’t have to be driving to be convicted of driving while intoxicated. The latest case comes out of Passaic County, where Anthony Damico had been arrested in 2019 after police found him asleep in the driver’s seat of his Ford Ranger, slouched toward the truck’s passenger seat, with the truck’s engine running and its brake lights and turn signal on.

 

Van Drew invokes “Chinese Nightmare” amid widespread unrest 

Matt Rooney, Save Jersey

 

  • Widespread unrest continued to disrupt Chinese life this week, and U.S. lawmakers weighed in including New Jersey’s Jeff Van Drew (R, NJ-02). “When Benjamin Franklin wrote that ‘those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety’ little did he know how those hallowed words would echo through the halls of time,” said Congressman Van Drew.

 

Jersey City’s Sudhan Thomas get 4th continuance of 2022 in federal embezzlement cast 

John Heinis, Hudson County View

 

  • Jersey City’s Sudhan Thomas, a former board of education president and acting director for the now defunct local employment and training program, received his fourth continuance of the year today in his federal embezzlement case.

 

Former Superfund site in Mount Olive is now a solar farm 

Raven Santana, NJ Spotlight

 

  • The former Combe Landfill North Superfund site in Mount Olive is gaining a second life as a solar farm. It once contained industrial waste, sewage, sludge and chemicals. The 102-acre property operated as a landfill from 1966 to 1981.

 

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum to close in Atlantic City 

Wayne Parry, Associated Press

 

  • Believe it or not, an iconic part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk is closing soon. The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum said Thursday it will close Dec. 31 after more than 26 years of tempting Boardwalk strollers with oddities including shrunken heads, mutant animals and models of unbelievably tall or small humans.

 

N.J. could become first state to enact media literacy curriculum for K-12 students 

Melanie Burney, Philadelphia Inquirer

  • New Jersey lawmakers want to help students at every grade level learn how to figure out fact vs. fiction. The state could become the first in the country to require public schools to teach media literacy to K-12 students to combat misinformation. A bipartisan bill approved last month by the Legislature would take effect immediately if signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.
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12 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 12/2/2022”

  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

  3. What I — and most of the women I know who are passionate about cosmetics —like about make up isn’t that the right gloss can make your lips poutier or that false lashes can make your eyes more doe-like. Rather, it’s how women can communicate messages and express ourselves through makeup. Certainly it’s not our single factor of communication, but it’s one of many forms of expression that allow us to showcase our individual styles.

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