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
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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 NJ.com.
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
In CD1, Republican Claire Gustafson announced her candidacy.
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
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
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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.
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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 NorthJersey.com.
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‘
AROUND THE WEB:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Bergeron, roi-nj.com
- 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.
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.
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.