Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/1/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: While Governor Murphy says the Bill of Rights is above his paygrade, thankfully we still have federal judges who understand what it means.” – Senator Testa applauding a federal judge’s blocking of a law that allowed the state to sue the gun industry


TOP STORY: Mayor Henry to Run for LD-12 Senate Seat


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


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


President Biden announced a $292M mega-grant for the Gateway program.


Governor Murphy signed legislation to incentivize the decarbonization of the concrete industry.


First Lady Tammy Murphy and the NJDHS announced an enhanced reimbursement for NJ FamilyCare maternal care.


The state’s autism rate is soaring, according to NJ Spotlight.


Senator Booker pressed Cargill Inc. on their deforestation commitments.


Rep. Sherrill introduced legislation to provide relief from the SALT deduction cap.


Rep. Norcross secured $338k for Camden city firefighters.


Rep. Smith called for a moratorium on offshore win project, according to


ICYMI: Insider NJ’s key must-read pieces; AG launched human trafficking unit; Booker, Menendez demanded title 42 decision reversal; Sherrill advocates for SALT; PSE&G lowering gas supply charges in Feb; Murphy took advantage SOS opportunity; HPAE eying NYSNA patient ratio pact


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Former Governor Whitman wants to carry her new party ‘forward’.


In LD12, Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry will mount a primary challenge to GOP incumbent Senator Thompson; the incumbent has told allies he intends to run again this year.


In LD16, GOP Clinton Councilman Traphagen announced his candidacy for Assembly. Senator Zwicker was endorsed by the Sierra Club.


Monmouth County Commissioner Licitra announced his re-election bid.


ICYMI: In LD24, Oroho won’t seek re-election, Space announced Senate candidacy; Selen held kickoff fundraiser; Ciattarelli worked the room at Bucco event; 2025 guv politics continues to dominate; in LD31, Cunningham expected retirement creates political kerfuffle; in LD39, GOP incumbents announced re-election bids; Hudson Reporter closing down; Rizzo/Morris GOP trial postponed; LD13 legislators announced re-election bids; in LD26, DeCroce launched candidacy in comeback attempt; in LD24, crowded primary heats up; in LD16, Jaffer won’t seek re-election; in Essex, all roads lead to Timberlake


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Assemblyman Bergen fired off a letter to Senate President Scutari requesting he not post a resolution designating November 22nd (the anniversary of JFK’s assassination) as ‘Kimchi Day’ in the state, noting that the state ‘would be officially celebrating a food dish instead of honoring a national hero‘.


Senator Singleton and Assemblymembers Conaway and Murphy urged residents to apply for the ANCHOR tax relief program ahead of the deadline.


Senator Bucco slammed Governor Murphy’s energy master plan as ‘extreme’, saying it could cost $1.4 trillion.


Senator Testa applauded a federal judge’s blocking of the state’s law that would allow the state to sue the gun industry.


The NJEA and NAACP called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance the SBOE nomination of Mary Bennett.


ICYMI: Here’s what happened in Trenton on Thursday; Murphy took action on bills; Oroho impending retirement, the question of who succeeds him , w/ immediate contestants being Bucco and Testa


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Read Senator Loretta Weinberg’s 2023 Women’s Power List publication.


Download and read Insider NJ’s 2023 Advance publication.


Former CD8 Rep. Sires reflects on his tenure in office and his future.


Download and read Insider NJ’s 2022 Retrospective publication (PDF).


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Bayonne, officials are calling for safety measures along a dangerous stretch of roadway, according to TAPinto.


In Brigantine, the town will hold a offshore wind meeting, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Far Hills, a ex-mayoral candidate was appointed to the council, according to NJ Hills.


In Lakewood, airport renovations will soon be ready, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Long Hill, a study found that division and instability plague the police department, according to NJ Hills.


In Mount Olive, more answers are sought before the town buys into the tax credit reward program, according to NJ Hills.


In Newark, the family of a man killed by police wants a federal probe according to NJ Monitor. The city will reap millions from the federal aid package, according to TAPinto.


In North Caldwell, Tilton was sworn-in for one year, according to NJ Hills.


In Ocean City, a BOE member suggested there’s more to come on the state’s controversial standards, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Ridgewood, the council will hear a presentation on the Schedler site plan, according to TAPinto.


In Sparta, the council heard details of the proposed $2.2M salt shed, according to TAPinto.


In Tewksbury, the town is considering a short-term rental ordinance, according to NJ Hills.


In Warren, non-union salaries were hiked, according to NJ Hills.


In Washington Township, DPW, fire, and police made their cases for budget funds, according to NJ Hills. A judge froze the ambulance ordinance after Heath Village sued, according to NJ Hills.


In Westfield, the battle lines are drawn over the downtown redevelopment plan, according to MyCentralJersey.


ICYMI: In WNY, three-way mayoral race gets underway, Menendez endorsed Sires; in Fair Lawn, officials doing their best to put best spin on Nabisco end; in Dover, Correa convinced he can unite with Blackmon amid potential rematch with Dodd; in WNY, Roque announced Alvarez as commissioner candidate; in WNY, Sires rolled out slate, kicked off run; in Dunellen, Cilento will seek re-election; in JC, DeGise pleaded guilty stemming from hit-and-run w/ cyclist last summer; in Wayne, council withdrew full-time mayor proposal; in Mendham, ongoing election dispute; in WNY, Sires launched mayoral bid



Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘The Perils of COVID Fog-Forgetting‘ and ‘Every Peasant Needs an iPhone


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘Of Documents, Deception And Dominos


Insider NJ columnist Andrew Leven writes ‘Trump and Lt. Colonel L.B. Hillsinger – A Contrast in Courage


Insider NJ legal analyst and veteran defense attorney Joseph Hayden writes ‘All Outward Signs Point to a Prosecution of Trump and his Cohorts


Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Making (more) Room for Cannabis Companies (that exploit us)





Biden touts Gateway Tunnel funding. Did he just plunge into campaign mode? | Stile

Charles Stile,


  • Amid the pageantry of President Joe Biden’s visit to New York to tout the Gateway Hudson River tunnel project, Senate Majority Chuck Schumer laid bare the raw, political purpose of the trip. “Get on the Joe Biden Express now, because we are not stopping,” Schumer said, deploying just one of many tired train cliches that peppered remarks at Tuesday’s event in a Manhattan rail yard.


North Bergen students forced to withdraw from global competition over cross-dressing law

Sammy Gibbons,


  • Two North Bergen High School students and their teacher flew to Abu Dhabi earlier this month with two giant wings and a cascading gown in tow. CJ King, one of the students, was prepared to show off the handmade outfit on the Junk Kouture World Final runway. Their outfit, titled “The Nightingale,” had landed them a finalist spot in the world’s largest youth fashion competition that showcases attire made from 100% recycled materials.


A sports economist explains why ticket prices will remain Super high | Mulshine

Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger


  • On Sunday, I interviewed a guy who should have been called as a witness in the recent US Senate hearings on ticket prices.


Back off! Private condo owners don’t own the waterfront. We all do. | Editorial

Star-Ledger Editorial Board


  • For years, a luxury development known as Admiral’s Walk, which bills itself as having “Edgewater’s only private waterfront walkway,” has been blocking off about 900 feet of Hudson River frontage for its own exclusive use.


Union Committeewoman Receives Haitian American Elected Officials Award

Kathy Cyran, TAPinto Union


  • Union Committeewoman Michele Delisfort was a recipient of a National Haitian American Elected Officials (NHAEON) Excellence Award at the organization’s Leadership Retreat Gala last weekend in Weehawken as part of its ongoing efforts to connect and engage people on issues affecting the Haitian American community in the United States.


Replica Revolutionary War cannon in Morristown to be restored thanks to donors’ generosity

Brett Friedensohn, NJ Hills


  • The replica Revolutionary War cannon at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Lafayette Avenue will be restored after more than 50 area residents have collectively donated to the fundraiser which has passed its $10,000 goal.


From disguised sources to courageous patients: My 30 years on the health care beat

Lindy Washburn,


  • Many years ago, I walked into The Record’s newsroom on River Street in Hackensack to try out for a job. I was young, two years into my journalism career and newly arrived from the Associated Press bureau in Honolulu. I got the job.


Toms River Animal Shelter seeks supplies for rescued rabbits

Jean Mikle, Asbury Park Press


  • The township’s animal shelter is seeking more small cages to house rabbits rescued over the weekend from a Harrison Road home on Cattus Island. Twenty-two rabbits were removed from the backyard and a shed on the property, according to police. The rabbits were taken to the animal shelter, located next to the police department on Oak Avenue.
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14 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/1/2023”

  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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