Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 12/9/2022

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: They’re the only two branches that can figure this out, and they’re not getting the job done.” – State Bar Association President Jeralyn Lawrence on the ongoing judicial vacancy crisis


TOP STORY: The Best Route for Paul DeGroot


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


With over 14,000 vehicles stolen in the state this year, officials are pushing for tougher penalties, according to


NJ offshore wind projects are facing pushback, according to the Asbury Park Press.


Burlington County urged residents to get flu* and COVID-19 vaccinations. (Yesterday’s MIB erroneously wrote ‘fly’ instead of ‘flu’)


Morris County officials bid farewell to outgoing Commissioner DeFillippo, according to TAPinto.


Ocean County increased funding for senior services, according to TAPinto.


Senator Booker introduced the ‘Family Farmer and Rancher Tax Fairness Act’.


Rep. Smith’s ‘Kyle Mullen Naval Safety Enhancements Act’ was included in the 2023 NDAA.


Rep. Sherrill touted the inclusion of the ‘Daniel Anderle Judicial Security and Privacy Act’ in the 2023 NDAA.


Rep. Pascrell’s flood prevention projects were advanced by the House.


Several of Rep. Norcross’s provisions were included in the 2023 NDAA.


Capital Health and St. Francis Hospital received approvals for a transition.


Community Options advocated to Senator Menendez for international children with disabilities.


Saul Ewing LLP elected two partners to their executive committee.


ICYMI: Platkin announced actions on abortion access; Payne center stage


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Rumors are reverberating in Morris GOP circles that former CD11 GOP candidate Paul DeGroot may possibly seek state or county office in next year’s elections.


Former Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer won’t run for Mercer County executive next year, instead backing Assemblyman Benson, according to the Trentonian.


ICYMI: Cruz took aim at gun legislation; in CD11, Sherrill new reality of House; Morris GOP, Rizzo court case postponed; Baraka signals willingness to get involved in LD31 amid speculation Cunningham won’t run; Malinowski undecided on ’24 run; 2023 legislative battlefield contains numerous lines of intrigue; key GOP figures refashion battle plan for ’23; in LD26, newly-minted team holding acquainting sessions; Mastrangelo, Neibart litigation resolved; in LD24, Lonegan gaining traction


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Governor Murphy appointed members to the task force on public school staff shortages.


The Murphy Administration announced $8M for the green jobs sector.


A coalition of local government groups are requesting $350M from the state to offset health insurance premium increases for public workers, according to Politico NJ.


Clean Water Action urged Governor Murphy to fast track the proposed dirty truck rule.


The NJBIA criticized service worker legislation as removing employers’ rights to make personnel decisions.


NJ Citizen Action celebrated its 40th anniversary.


ICYMI: Murphy will appoint Meyers as CSC Acting Chair; Murphy announced Sciortino as Senior Advisor; essential worker hazard pay languishing; gun debate punctuated by colorful exchanges; gun proposal advanced after intense debate; unions forming coalition on health costs


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Two of the state’s political dynasties appear to be on different paths.


New Jerseyans honored the legacy of former Senator Ronald Rice, with leaders from all corners of the state paying tribute to the long-serving legislator, who retired earlier this year.


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


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In Absecon, a proposed woods subdivision is causing controversy, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Asbury Park, residents say the conditions at public housing are ‘embarrassing‘, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Bayonne, the Housing Authority will get a new home, according to TAPinto.


In Belmar, the mayor and council are seeking to reappropriate $700k for marina improvements, according to TAPinto.


In Colts Neck, a farm will be replaced with townhouses and affordable apartments, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Edison, a county park will close indefinitely, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Elizabeth, the Housing Authority awarded $1.5M to establish the YouthBuild program.


In Hoboken, the council approved a $10k contract for a former judge to review the rent control law, according to Hudson County View.


In Holmdel, the planning board approved a developer-paid study of the Nokia site, according to TAPinto.


In Jersey City, Mayor Fulop announced the creation of the first City Hall park.


In Lakewood, the committee will consider an ordinance to allow banquet halls in schools, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Little Falls, a school referendum was returned to voters, according to


In Millburn, the committee is discussing renovating town hall, according to TAPinto.


In Millville, a new committee member was sworn-in, according to the Daily Journal.


In North Haledon, a redevelopment study for Belmont Ave was approved, according to


In North Wildwood, the state went to court to stop dune work, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Nutley, the police chief is under investigation following a YouTube livestream, according to TAPinto.


In Paterson, missing records cut a schools retiree’s pension, according to Paterson Press. The council is considering a change to the noise complaint law, according to TAPinto.


In Saddle Brook, voters will decide on a school referendum, according to the Bergen Record.


In Sparta, the council decided to wait on a $2.275M salt shed in a split vote, according to TAPinto.


In Somerville, the state reduced the speed limit on Route 28, according to MyCentralJersey.


In West Milford, the school district is being restructured, according to


In Westfield, a developer says a project comes with traffic benefits, but residents aren’t so sure, according to TAPinto.


ICYMI: In Paterson, the city honored retiring Clerk Gordon



Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Notable Milestones on the Road to Gay Marriage Equality in New Jersey


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘Biden has Definitely Decided to Seek Reelection – and Harris now has a Stake in Georgia Senate Outcome


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘New Jersey’s Blueprint for Congressional Leadership Havoc


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




The Supreme Court considers a MAGA plan to wreck the 2024 election. | Moran 

Tom Moran, Star-Ledger


  • From this week’s news, signs of democracy in distress: In Germany, police arrested a cabal of crazies, led by a right-wing prince and sympathetic to QAnon, who were planning to overthrow the elected government and kill the chancellor.


This is how Paterson government and police will focus on public safety in 2023 | Sayegh 

Andre Sayegh


  • Two weekends ago, Paterson detectives arrested four individuals and seized four guns within 24 hours. Last week, an 18-year-old was taken into custody after being found to be in possession of a high capacity 9mm semi-automatic pistol. This year, our Paterson Police Department has seized 187 illegal weapons. Last year, we seized 221 guns and, in 2020, our officers confiscated 200 guns. With several weeks left in December, we are on pace to remove 200 illegal guns from our streets for the third consecutive year.


Camden addiction clinic to pay millions in settlement over alleged kickback scheme 

Aubrey Whelan, The Philadelphia Inquirer


  • A Camden addiction clinic has agreed to pay the federal government $3.15 million in civil and criminal penalties to settle a federal case alleging it made money illegally through a kickback scheme with another company providing methadone medication for its patients.


Saying hate hurts health, Rutgers School of Public Health takes stand against Twitter 

Tom Bergeron,


  • Dr. Perry Halkitis, the dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, has as many qualifiers about the group’s decision to stop using Twitter as a pharma company has on its latest product.


COVID cases climbed in Pa. and N.J. in the wake of Thanksgiving 

Jason Laughlin, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • The Philadelphia region has seen increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the two weeks after Thanksgiving, local and national health data showed. The increase tracks with trends seen after holiday gatherings earlier in the pandemic, but at a far smaller scale. Nationally, cases increased 28% and hospitalizations 29% over the past two weeks. But in total numbers, far fewer people are suffering from COVID than in the early December timeframe in prior years.


Webinar to address school avoidance, refusal and phobia 

My Central Jersey


  • The Somerset County Office of Youth Services has scheduled a “School Phobia” Zoom webinar for education professionals from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 16 to help with declining student attendance. The free webinar will be presented by Ira Hays, director of program development at GenPsych.


Talking freedom of the press with Henry Miller | Mulshine 

Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger


  • There’s an old saying that goes, “Freedom of the press only matters if you own a press.” That may have been true in the days of newspapers. But now everyone carries a little press around in their pocket. Who’s going to decide what gets published?


Report says criminal justice reform weathered pandemic 

Nikita Biryukov, NJ Monitor


  • New Jersey’s jail population remained above pre-pandemic levels in 2021 despite declining slightly from the prior year, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the state Judiciary that says trials slowed drastically amid the COVID-19 crisis even as courts continued to make quick decisions about bail.


On the 3rd anniversary of the antisemitic attack in Jersey City, let’s take care of those left behind | Opinion 

Avi Weiss

  • Three years ago, on Dec. 10, 2019, the kosher grocery store in Jersey City was attacked by antisemites seeking to murder Jews. Their primary target was a Jewish religious elementary school that up to 100 children attended. Unable to gain entrance, they attacked a nearby kosher grocery market, correctly assuming its clientele was primarily Jewish.


Voters to decide $44M referendum for Hanover Park, Whippany Park schools this Tuesday 

NJ Hills


  • Local voters will go to the polls this Tuesday, Dec. 13 to decide the fate of a $44.3 million bond referendum for building improvements at Hanover Park High School and Whippany Park High School. Polls will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. across Florham Park, East Hanover and Hanover Township for the Hanover Park Regional High School district vote.


Learning loss toll in NJ: Test scores show a 7-year setback 

Michael Symons, NJ1015


  • Test scores on New Jersey’s standardized assessments slipped back to their levels from seven years ago on the exams given this past spring, the first since the COVID pandemic hit in 2020. Compared with 2019, the most recent available because tests were skipped in 2020 and 2021, the percentage of students who met or exceeded expectations on the NJSLA plunged by 8.7% for English, down to 48.9%, and by 10.1% for math, down to 34.6%, among comparable populations of students.


On Latina Equal Pay Day, a call to self-empower to close the gap 

Tom Bergeron,


  • The severity of the pay gap that impacts women in the workplace — especially women of color — is astounding. Numerous national studies indicate the gap is anywhere between 45-55% for Latinas, depending on how you classify various workers.


There are only two interesting takeaways from Christie’s niece’s airplane meltdown 

Matt Rooney, Save Jersey


  • What does Chris Christie have to do with his niece’s apparent Level 10 meltdown on a Thanksgiving morning flight? Nothing. They’re related. That’s the whole story. There’s no real Christie-specific tie-in where, for example, evidence surfaces that the ex-governor used his influence to help her in some way. He’s not her father, obviously, so whatever went wrong with her upbringing (assuming something did) isn’t his fault.


Two North Jersey men who ran Parsippany lab indicted in alleged COVID-19 kickback scheme 

Dustin Racioppi,

  • A pair of North Jersey men were indicted Wednesday in an alleged COVID-19 testing kickback scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Four people in total were involved in the alleged scheme tied to a testing lab in Parsippany called Metpath Laboratories, the office said. Court documents claim Abid Syed, of East Hanover, and Tariq Din, of Saddle River, operated the lab and paid kickbacks to “marketers” for testing referrals.


Our view: Green bias in investments could worsen NJ pension problem 

Press of Atlantic City


  • The signaling of climate virtue by the Murphy administration and the Legislature already are going to cost the people and businesses of New Jersey plenty. They’re on the hook for massive subsidies and energy mandates that will cost much without delivering a meaningful effect on global warming.
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12 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 12/9/2022”

  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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