Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What bothers me is if there’s 12 kids sitting on the street corner and six are drinking beer and six are smoking marijuana, the second a police officer rolls up, the six kids drinking a beer are going to get a summons and a fine and the six kids smoking the joint are going to be told to go home. What the hell are we doing?” – Senate Minority Leader Bucco on legislation to create new penalties for underage alcohol possession
A new study tells us how rich the state is, according to the Bergen Record.
The state extended Medicaid palliative care for the poor and elderly, according to NJ Spotlight.
The MTA is proceeding with congestion pricing, as the state’s lawsuit awaits, according to NJ Spotlight.
The state is seeing a major spike in gun permits amid the Middle East war, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Women’s groups and elected leaders condemned acts of rape as a weapon of war by Hamas.
MWW will pay $2M to resolve claims of improper Paycheck Protection Program filing, according to NJ Biz.
ICYMI: RWJ, nurses reached tentative deal; NJ delegation helped expel Santos; 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
Assemblyman Conaway entered the US Senate Democratic Senate primary, joining First Lady Tammy Murphy and Rep. Kim in the battle for the seat currently held by embattled Senator Menendez, according to NJ Globe.
ICYMI: Testa chided Tammy Murphy; Fulop can’t separate Menendez from father, Menendez punched back; 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
The AG is reviewing Gurbir Grewal’s handling of the Menendez allegations, according to NJ Spotlight.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved 11 new judges, according to NJ Monitor.
Lawmakers are seeking more voting machine protections and more flexible primaries, according to the Bergen Record.
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
Rep. Sherrill gives an exclusive interview to Julie Briggs.
Heavyweights Leonard Lance and Ray Lesniak go head-to-head on the Julie Briggs Show.
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In Paterson, a grand jury criminally charged a police officer.
In Asbury Park, a new city manager was named by the mayor and council.
In Atlantic City, the ACMUA will hold a town hall on landfill odor concerns, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Bridgewater, a developer suing the town proposed warehouses on Route 22, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Far Hills, the harassment trial of a councilman-elect was postponed, according to NJ Hills.
In Hoboken, the council voted down changes to the tree maintenance ordinance, according to Hudson County View.
In Longport, professional appointments were made, according to Downbeach.
In Paterson, a new anti-tax BOE trustee faces a tax lien, according to Paterson Press.
In Seaside Heights, the town is considering closing a school and merging with Toms River, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Teaneck, former Senator Weinberg was honored by the town Democrats, according to the Bergen Record.
In Wayne, cops were sued for negligence, according to NorthJersey.com.
In Wildwood Crest, additional time is needed for pool renovations, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
ICYMI: In Trenton, disconnect between Statehouse and city; in Old Bridge, the BOE voted to ‘acknowledge’ support for transgender policy; 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 Carl Golden writes ‘It’s Hold ‘Em Or Fold ‘Em Time For Christie‘
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 ‘Kissinger at 100: His Complex Historical Legacy. May He Rest in Peace‘
Insider NJ columnist Anjali Mehrotra writes ‘Lose the Double Standard‘
AROUND THE WEB:
Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press
- On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, George Elliott Jr. was a 23-year-old Army private learning how to master state-of-the-art radar equipment in Hawaii. He and fellow private Joseph Lockard were supposed to close the station at 7 a.m. sharp — the newfangled technology was only being used on a limited basis at the time — but they lingered a bit longer to familiarize themselves with the system. “It was then that I saw the blip,” Elliott, a longtime Long Branch resident, told the Asbury Park Press in 1970, “and didn’t know what to make of it.”
Tom Bergeron, roi-nj.com
- They talked about how the state has great spots for both urban and suburban shots — not to mention the Shore and the Pine Barrens. They talked about the tax credits, which may be bigger (and last longer) than any other state. And they discussed the multitude of brick-and-mortar studios that are in the works.
Jen Ursillo, NJ1015
- Where in the U.S. can you find the strongest Christmas vibes? Photo book brand, Mixbook polled 3,000 families to craft a list of the 75 most “Christmassy” towns in the country, and two New Jersey towns made the list.
James M. O’Neill, NorthJersey.com
- Angry about having to pay an extra $15 to enter Manhattan below 60th Street? Do you support the city’s congestion pricing toll designed to reduce Manhattan traffic, improve air quality and raise $1 billion a year for the MTA? The public will get its chance to weigh in on the plan approved Wednesday by the MTA board.
Jenna Calderón, Asbury Park Press
- Four long-time female police officers with the New Jersey State Police are suing the department and leading officials, claiming they have been discriminated against because of their gender, according to the suit.
David M. Zimmer, NorthJersey.com
- Five North Jersey school boards are seeking voter support and taxpayer funding for construction projects ahead of a Dec. 12 special election. Three elections are set for Morris County, with the other two coming in Passaic and Bergen counties. Each is requesting permission to bond for multi-million construction projects that mainly seek to renovate existing and aging facilities.
Bill Spadea, NJ1015
- The common sense tour didn’t stop at Election Day in 2023. Actually, we’re stepping it up. One of the great things about the Garden State is that with odd-year legislative and gubernatorial elections, there’s a significant election every year. So the countdown for 2024 is on. The presidential election season is in full swing with the Iowa Caucuses coming up fast on Jan. 15, just five weeks away. That event will be followed by the New Hampshire primary, essentially the best and perhaps last opportunity for the non-Trump field to make a stand and separate from the crowd.
Matt Rooney, Save Jersey
- I didn’t bother watching Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate, Save Jerseyans. Would you watch a race when the gold medal was already awarded in another heat? Of course not! Boring. But Trump’s absence notwithstanding, it appears Chris Christie aka Fatty McThunderbiscuits had another exceptionally rough night. Specifically, moderator Megyn Kelly decided to confront Christie over the futility of his second quixotic presidential quest, and she contrasted Trump’s great polling with Christie’s own abysmal numbers to make her point.
John Heinis, Hudson County View
- In his Newark bribery case being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, former Hoboken Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia has been granted his fourth continuance of 2023.
LA Parker, The Trentonian
- During his final days, Chopper, our family cat, experienced a deterioration of bodily and emotional functions — he would pee right in front of us. Love allows for such behaviors, even when exhibited by aging felines and relatives. However, these feelings and allowances do not extend to Trenton politicians and employees awash in corruption.
Michael L. Diamond, Asbury Park Press
- Michael Riley, a columnist and editorial writer for the Asbury Park Press who wrote about virtue and vice through his lens as a pastor, died on Monday of heart failure. He was 65. Riley built a legion of fans with a humorous, accessible writing style, using lessons from the Bible, literature and popular culture, to explain the joys and pains of every day life.