Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think this was the shot in the arm we needed. The truth is coming out….This is starting to connect with other unions. They understand their families, their loved ones are going to be in this healthcare system and they are not getting the appropriate care.” – AFL-CIO President Wowkenach on the RWJUH/USW nurses deal
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and United Steelworkers Nurses Local 4-200 reached a tentative deal to end the nurses strike, which has been ongoing since the beginning of August.
The state’s congressional delegation helped expel NY Rep. George Santos for Congress, with all voting in favor of removing him, the sixth time in the nation’s history a member of Congress was expelled.
Former SCOTUS Justice O’Connor passed away, according to NJ.com.
Little by little, the perpetual VBM list is shaping off-year elections, according to NJ Monitor.
PA Senator Fetterman says Senator Menendez’s allegations are ‘much more sinister‘ than expelled Rep. Santos’, according to SaveJersey.
Former Governor Whitman addressed Brookdale Community College students.
NJ and PA are duking it out on X, according to the Daily Journal.
In LD29, the Division of Elections asked a ‘forgotten’ independent candidate if they will contest the election, according to the Jersey Journal.
ELEC reported that independent and candidate spending was high this election cycle.
Irvington Mayor Vauss endorsed Tammy Murphy for Senate.
ICYMI: Senate proxy war likely; 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
The Senate Economic Growth Committee will hold a hearing on bills to promote pet and animal welfare.
ICYMI: Groups rallied at the Statehouse against CBT sunset; 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 Old Bridge, the BOE voted to ‘acknowledge’ support for the state policy governing transgender students.
In Atlantic City, AC Electric union workers reached a tentative deal to end the strike, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Clifton, the fire chief retired, according to NorthJersey.com.
In Hawthorne, former Mayor Goldberg passed away.
In Jersey City, former Mayor McCann maintains a highly spirited social media account, according to the Jersey Journal.
In Morristown, a judge dismissed the Cohome lawsuit against the town, according to Morristown Green.
In Neptune City, the first female mayor was elected, according to The Coaster.
In Newark, the city agreed to pay police academy cadets for overtime, according to NJ.com.
In Oakland, the mayor asked for an election recount, according to the Bergen Record.
In Palisades Park, the clerk filed a complaint against the mayor, according to the Bergen Record.
In Princeton, the planning board voted to approve a new master plan, according to PlanetPrinceton.
In Red Bank, becoming a ‘transit village’ could change parts of town, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Trenton, the council held an emergency meeting to deal with the departure of the clerk, according to the Trentonian.
In Union City, there are new restrictions in public parks, according to the Jersey Journal.
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:
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Editorial Board
- Chris Christie can’t admit it, but he’s too smart to think he has any chance to win the Republican nomination. His time passed in 2012, back when the adults ran the show. He might not even qualify for the next debate.
Steven Rodas, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- A $3.2 million study will help re-assess how federal engineers protect 21 miles worth of beaches at the Jersey Shore, federal officials said this week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering reinforced dunes, berm modifications, submerged artificial reefs, groins, flood walls, sand back passing and other measures for the project area.
Nyah Marshall, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- Dozens of people — including a few New Jersey mayors — slept outside in tents, on tarps and on pieces of cardboard Friday night for the annual “A Night in Cold” fundraiser for homeless people in Morris County.
Al Sullivan, TAPinto Bayonne
- Reports blaming Jamie Davis, the wife of Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, for an election snafu that left one candidate’s name off the ballot in the November general election, are just attempts to retaliate against him, he told TAPinto. As first reported by New Jersey Globe, Pablo Olivera, a perennial candidate who has run for office fourteen times, was left off the ballot for the New Jersey Senate seat in New Jersey’s 29th Legislative District, which covers Harrison and East Newark.
Nikita Biryukov, NJ Monitor
- A Superior Court judge will decide next week whether to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges provisions of a recent overhaul of New Jersey’s campaign finance law unconstitutionally targeted the state’s campaign finance regulator as part of a conspiracy to remove its longtime director. The suit, lodged in state Superior Court in Mercer County in April, targets sections of the Elections Transparency Act that allowed for a one-time change to how the governor appoints members of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Jeffrey Brindle, the longtime director who retired on Nov. 1, claims the change was engineered to force his ouster.
Tom Bergeron, roi-nj.com
- Marc Berson — lawyer, developer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, favorite son of Newark — died Saturday. He was 79. Berson is best known as the chair of the Fidelco Group, which he founded in 1981, but he will be most remembered for his impact across the state — particularly in Newark. Ray Chambers, a longtime close friend and business partner and noted philanthropist in his own right, gave Berson the highest of accolades.
Taylor Jung, NJ Spotlight
- One November morning, Noreen Rashid’s uncle woke her up at 6 a.m. crying. “I kept asking him who was dead because I knew someone was dead,” said Rashid, a Morris County resident who has family in Gaza. “And he told me ‘Ahmad and his daughters.’ And I was in so much disbelief. I was like, my grandmother was with them … is my grandma dead?’ And he kept shaking his head.”
Hannan Adely, NorthJersey.com
- Hands shot up across the room at the Montclair Library on a recent Sunday after a Quaker activist and author began his talk with this question: Do you agree that all people deserve dignity and respect?
LA Parker, The Trentonian
- When a City of Trenton employee accused fellow workers of padding time sheets with bogus overtime hours, the shrill sound of her whistle pierced walls in the capital city. Light shined on the gravy train that had allowed employees of the Bureau of Environmental Health, a division of the city’s Health & Human Services, opportunities to pad paychecks with dirty money.
Kaitlyn McCormick, Cherry Hill Courier-Post
- Are people in your community starving? Odds are, yes. The Food Bank of South Jersey reported serving about 160,000 South Jersey residents a month in 2023, a telling increase from a 112,000-person average last year. According to the food bank, more pounds of food will also be distributed in 2023 than in the last two years.
Derek Hall, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- Top New Jersey state lawmakers appear ready to abandon the large-scale liquor license reform Gov. Phil Murphy has championed all year long as thousands of brewers and restaurant owners across the state are left wondering what comes next or if they’ll even be able to stay in business.
Star-Ledger Editorial Board
- Manhattan’s congestion pricing system moved a step closer toward its launch next spring, and most New Jerseyans are smoldering over the prospect that they’ll have to lay out another $10 or $15 whenever they drive south of 60th Street during business hours.