Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/22/2024

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: In the end you mark my words: The state will never be the same. Because Ras Baraka announced that he’s running for governor in the state of New Jersey.” – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka as he launches his gubernatorial candidacy


TOP STORY: The Election Year Poor People’s Campaign Gap


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Download and read Insider NJ’s 2024 Advance publication.


Former US Attorney Paul Fishman is representing President Biden’s bother, James Biden.


The state has a large backlog of untested rape kits, according to News12.


A lawsuit alleges that state psychiatric hospitals are like prisons, according to


Cape May County officials held a roundtable to discuss 2024, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


Rep. Watson Coleman discusses the future of democracy with Steve Adubato (video).


RWJ Barnabas appointed Lynda Markoe as Chief People Officer.


ICYMI: Murphy addressed Drumthwacket confrontation; Murphy’s approval 46%; FIFA coming to MetLife; NYC unions opposing congestion pricing plan; Rutgers poll on state outlook; Kuch family suing schools


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In CD1, Republican Claire Gustafson announced her candidacy.


In CD7, Rep. Kean held a fundraiser with House Speaker Johnson, as an opposition rally gathered across the street.


Newark Mayor Baraka is charting an unabashedly progressive course as he enters the Democratic gubernatorial primary for Governor, according to Politico NJ.


Ex-Trump advisers formed a Super PAC to curb GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Bill Spadea, according to NJ Globe.


Dueling county endorsements in the Democratic Senate primary could create headaches for congressional candidates, according to NJ Globe.


ICYMI: In CD8, dueling polls; Murphy, Kim debated: takeaways and themes; Sacco cleared up intentions w/ developing JC mayoral contest as Hudson politicos key in; in CD8, Menendez released poll showing large lead; Kim’s upset win over Murphy at Monmouth convention; Murphy secured Passaic Dems backing and shows no signs bowing out; Zdan formally kicked off GOP Senate bid; challenge for Somerset GOP, Vice Chair will ‘continue my conversations‘; Pascrell maintained backing of Passaic Dems, Sumter made late play; Speziale putting out feelers


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The NJ chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign held a rally at the Statehouse.


ICYMI: The book battle exploded in Zwicker-Peterson showdown; Scutari announced Farias as Deputy Director; Turner reintroduced ‘John Lewis Voting Rights Act’, Reynolds-Jackson champions the act (video); Murphy took action on bills; Scutari announced committees; Coughlin announced committees; new era began in Senate


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Download and read Insider NJ’s 2023 Retrospective publication.


As Groundhog Day comes to New Jersey, residents have the prospect of six more years of Murphy.


The annual lobbying compliance filings are coming due.


Download and read Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter’s 2023 Women’s Power List publication.


Download and read Insider NJ’s 2023 Insider 100: Power publication.


Download and read Insider NJ’s special edition publication ranking the top 25 county chairs, Insider NJ’s Gaming, Sports, and Entertainment special edition publication, Insider NJ’s 2023 Labor publication, Insider NJ’s 2023 Insider 100: Policymakers publication, Insider NJ’s FY2024 Budget special edition publication, and Insider NJ’s Out 100: LGBT Power List, compiled by Jay Lassiter.


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Atlantic City, Councilman Shabbazz wants Housing Authority leaders held accountable for conditions, according to the Press of Atlantic City. The council will vote on sharing costs of new cops for schools, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Camden, a new attraction could be coming to the waterfront, according to Burlington County Times.


In Dover, an auditor says the town had the worst bookkeeping he’s ever seen, according to


In Edison, the town won’t create a public advocate position this year, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Harrison, a $47.3M PATH station house opened, according to NJ Biz.


In Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla expressed concerns about the proposed licensing e-bike delivery riders, according to TAPinto.


In Longport, the town accepted a donation of two vacant beach blocks, according to the Philalpdehia Inquirer.


In Monroe Township, the town hopes to stall rent hikes at trailer parks, according to Burlington County Times.


In Newark, the lack of diversity in fire department recruitment was questioned, according to TAPinto.


In Nutley, 8 have picked up petitions to run for commissioner, according to TAPinto.


In Old Bridge, the BOE ditched state transgender guidance, according to SaveJersey.


In Sayreville, the town is being sued after rejecting a massive industrial park tax plan, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Spring Lake, the town is focusing on affordable housing, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Warren, the town is leaning toward a Zoom trial run, according to NJ Hills.


ICYMI: In Paterson, Cotton in gear for re-election; in Parsippany, Musella held fundraiser; in Perth Amboy, Vas announced candidacy, Gonzalez announced candidacy, Pabon endorsed Gonzalez; in Edison, Joshi raised $200k; in AC, Callaway arrested; in Annandale, the continued battle over books; in Annandale, librarian at center of controversy



Insider NJ reporter John Van Vliet writes ‘The Murder of Navalny


Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘Remembering Eddie with the Ready Smile


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘For Tammy Murphy, It’s Stay Calm and Carry On


Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Tammy Murphy’s Long Campaign Contributions History





Fox News considers advice from Atlantic City’s Callaway

Michelle Brunetti Post, Press of Atlantic City


  • The Fox News show “Jesse Watters Primetime” sent a camera crew to Craig Callaway’s speech at a Liberty & Prosperity fundraiser Saturday. The conservative channel ran a segment Monday on the Atlantic City political operative who once worked only for Democrats but began working for Republicans in 2020, and was recently charged with voter fraud.


Ponzi schemer Eliyahu ‘Eli’ Weinstein indicted in swindle involving war-torn Ukraine

Ken Serrano, Jenna Calderón, Asbury Park Press


  • Eliyahu “Eli” Weinstein, a Lakewood man who was freed from prison by former President Donald Trump after being convicted of two frauds that cost investors $230 million, was indicted Tuesday along with another Lakewood man in another fraud scheme.


Controversial police training firm files for bankruptcy, blames New Jersey investigations

Dana DiFilippo, NJ Monitor


  • Street Cop, the police training company under investigation for a controversial conference it hosted in Atlantic City in 2021, has declared bankruptcy. Owner Dennis Benigno filed the petition late last month, one day after he said the state Attorney General’s Office warned him it would seek monetary penalties as part of its probe into a Street Cop conference the state Comptroller’s Office said glorified violence, encouraged insubordination, and promoted unconstitutional policing tactics.


No fare! Free bus rides raise questions of fairness, viability.

Tim Henderson, NJ Monitor


  • Free bus rides have made life easier for Melvin Wilson, a 28-year-old Richmond resident who was on his way to his warehouse job on a recent morning. His only worry is that fares, which once ate up $60 or more of his monthly pay, might come back and go even higher, making it harder for him to afford to get to work. “It could throw a lot of people like me out of their comfort zone. I think people would lose their jobs over this, especially if it happened too fast,” said Wilson, who was waiting with other riders at a downtown transfer station on a cold, sunny day earlier this month.


Social media madness: How FDU turned bizarre elevator incident into free publicity worth millions

Tom Bergeron,


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University was the social media darling of March Madness in 2023 after its men’s basketball team produced a stunning upset of top-seeded Purdue — an event that brought billions of social media impressions and millions of eyeballs on the school. It would be impossible to match that once-in-a-lifetime moment — right? FDU nearly found a way.


NJ property-tax map: Latest changes for every town

Colleen O’Dea, John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight


  • The average New Jersey property-tax bill rose to $9,803 last year, according to the latest official data, a new record for a state already known for having some of the nation’s highest property levies.


A once-in-a-generation tour of Battleship New Jersey is going for upwards of $1,000

Henry Savage, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • For the first time in more than two decades, Camden’s famous World War II-era battleship will set sail on a historic homecoming voyage to South Philly, bringing with it an exclusive tour of the boat starting at $225. Battleship New Jersey is scheduled for $10 million dry dock maintenance at its original build site, the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where it was constructed in the 1930s and first launched in 1942. This process will expose parts of the ship typically submerged, such as the propellers and underside, making them accessible for public tours and offering a unique view of the vessel’s rarely seen features.
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29 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/22/2024”

  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

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  6. lETS NOT FORGET that during the pandemic Donald Trump sent the MERCY, a fully equipped, COVID prepared Hospital ship to save lives of victims and healthcare workers . But Murphy in his wisdom would rather send Patients back to nursing homes that were ill-equipped to treat these patients so they could die , rather than utilize a life-saving gift and be like NY governor Cuomo, another anti-Trump

  7. Gun owners don’t have to talk about guns because they know that they have to come out and vote to protect their constitutional right to bear arms. The Supreme court decision has affirmed that right and somehow our “leaders” haven’t learned how to read.

  8. NJ is one of the most corrupt and racist places to live. There’s “0” accountability for the criminal acts, corruption, and unfair treatment of the people of this state. It starts with our governor who cares less for truth and honesty. Continue to ruin the lives of the citizens of this state.

  9. How about those unintended consequences.
    New Jersey mandating that all cars being sold by 2035 be electric is telling us what we can or cannot buy with our own money. There will always be gasoline powered vehicles because of the power produced by internal combustion compared to the power produced by batteries; which is to say the more power the bigger the battery to the point of rediculousness. My thought is that if the state wants fewer gas powered vehicles on the road it should create a mass transit electric powered system that would emphasize convenience for commuters and everyday shoppers. Of course that would mean vehicles weighing tons more because of the size of batteries and that creates a whole other question of where to dispose of them (also for elelectric car batteries), since they are composed of highly toxic materials that can’t be burnt or buried. These are unintended consequences no- one is willing to grapple with until its too late. I think by 2035 th he electric car fantasy will go the same way the offshore wind farm has gone.

    Stephen Brickman
    206 Stonehenge Dr
    Phillipsburg,NJ 08865

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  10. The military serving in the Middle East represents every state in the Union. Those are our sons and daughters, Moms and Dads and yet we are very little to protect them, or REALLY retaliate when they’re attacked. Governor Murphy is the Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, and past chair of the National Governors Association and yet you never hear him mention about any requests either organization makes to Biden to be more aggressive about protecting our kids in harms way. It’s as though it doesn’t seem to matter to them. No wonder we look so weak to the rest of the world.

  11. Teaneck property taxes pays for the school budget. Teaneck High School students walk out. Is a Hamas military shuffle march property tax bill included?

  12. I’m a conservative and I do believe life begins at conception but the problem is that each mother is responsible for that life and it is in the realm of her mental and physical health that she will either bring it to term or abort it. This should not be a political decision and should not be be dictated by thousand of strangers. The Supreme Court turned it over to the states but it still remains personal for the mother and her family.
    I don’t think it should be an “agenda item” for any political party. A state medical society may want to impose a time frame within which an abortion can occur but even that may be subject to the mother’s doctor’s discretion.
    I say just quit discussing it and leave it up to the mother a father.

  13. Voting should be based on understanding what’s actually happening and knowing who would make life safer and more livable. The only way to do that is to get both sides of the information remembering there are always two sides to a story. Mainstream media in my area includes the Star Ledger and the Easton Express. If you look at the bylines of the opinions you will find writers from the Washington Post and Bloomberg, both notoriously on the left. Even the political cartoons are a dead giveaway. CNN and CNBC are also left leaning. So what are the options for getting opinions and news from the right? Fortunately cable news has Fox, which is near center, and Newsmax, and NewsNation which are full right. Watching these even just occasionally will show a much broader picture and give the reader more information with which to make an informed voting decision. And remember you DONT have to vote party if you feel there’s a wiser choice.

  14. The governor signed off on having Narcan available in all schools grades 9 through 12. But what about the idea
    of having Narcan available in ALL SCHOOLS in New Jersey?

  15. How’s his for an idea? Uncover the identities of the un-elected advisors to Pres. Biden, and publish their names. That way there is actually someone to blame when we lose valuable lives from unanswered attacks by terrorist organizations. We know Biden isn’t making these decisions on his own. My guess is that these advisors will quit the team rather than take the heat for poor decisions, revealing a big weakness in this administration. It might lead to improvements to the decision-making process.

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