Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/3/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: Removing a member of Congress for inciting violence is appropriate. However, removing a member for having different viewpoints — even ones I strongly oppose — violates the entire basis of our democracy.” – Rep. Gottheimer on opposing the removal of Rep. Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee


TOP STORY: Understanding Bucco


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


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


An ‘explosion’ of artificial intelligence has arrived in Jersey Shore schools, according to the Asbury Park Press.


The NJ Department of Travel and Tourism announced programming and events for Black History Month throughout the state.


Reps. Pascrell and Gottheimer took different approaches to a House resolution condemning socialism.


Rep. Van Drew renewed his call for a moratorium on windmill construction.


Rep. Sherrill applauded the House passage of a resolution denouncing socialism.


Rep. Kim discussed the recently-formed Congressional Dads Caucus, according to NJ Spotlight.


Felician University is partnering with ‘Hunger-Free Campus’ to fight food insecurity.


Rutgers University will open a Alzheimer’s research and treatment center, according to NJ Biz.


CarePoint’s non-profit conversion was approved by the State Health Planning Board.


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


So far 14% of GOP legislators aren’t seeking re-election this year, according to SaveJersey.


A Super PAC tied to Jersey City Mayor Fulop’s expected gubernatorial run has $6.2M COH, according to Hudson County View.


The election recount in four towns will start next week, according to


ICYMI: Whitman carrying new party ‘forward’; in LD12, Henry will mount primary challenge; in LD16, Traphagen announced Assembly candidacy; Licitra announced Monmouth commissioner re-election bid; 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


Governor Murphy took action on legislation.


Senator Bucco appears to be on his way to becoming the Senate Republican leader in the next legislative term.


The state says that 17 staffing agencies fighting the temp worker bill aren’t registered to operate, according to NJ Monitor.


The Senate passed the temp worker bill on the fourth try, according to the Daily Record.


Senator Polistina released a statement on the passage of the temporary worker bill.


The NJPCSA applauded the Murphy Administration’s approval of 11 charter school expansions.


ICYMI: Legislative Black Caucus Foundation welcomed new members; Bergen fired off letter to Scutari over kimchi; 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 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 Sayreville, Councilwoman Dwumfour was shot and killed in her car outside her townhouse on Wednesday evening. Officials at every level mourned her sudden and tragic death, with former Sayreville Mayor saying she made a special impact. NJGOP Chairman Hugin expressed sorrow over the killing, praising her ‘steadfast dedication to the community’. Middlesex County GOP Chairman Bengivenga mourned her death, saying she ‘had a bright future ahead of her’. Middlesex County Commission Director Rios hailed her as a ‘dedicated public servant in our community’. Governor Murphy mourned her death, saying he was ‘stunned’ by the news. Senator Booker said her killing is a ‘terrible loss‘. Senate President Scutari and Senate Majority Leader Ruiz said they are ‘disturbed and saddened‘ by the killing, and her death is a ‘loss to us all’.


In Hopewell, Mercer County Executive Hughes proposed lowering the speed limit on Bear Tavern Road.


In Atlantic City, a Philadelphia woman credits Mayor Small with saving her life inside the Linc, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The CRDA is seeking new proposals for a grocery store, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Carteret, more apartments are coming to the arts district, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Eatontown, the town set rules for the Monmouth Mall construction, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Franklin (Sussex), a judge gave the suspended fire chief a shot at redemption, according to NJ Herald.


In Franklin Lakes, the affordable housing plan unveiling drew a crowd, according to the Bergen Record.


In Hillsborough, Committeeman Thomson won’t seek re-election, according to TAPinto.


In Hoboken, the council passed the rent control reform ordinance after fiery debate, according to Hudson County View.


In Jersey City, Councilman Solomon is seeking an audit of ‘boat payments’, according to TAPinto.


In Lakewood, the future of a banquet hall is unclear as a hearing was postponed, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Millville, the BOE is fighting claims of liability in alleged sex abuse by an ex-teacher, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Former Mayor Shannon passed away, according to the Daily Journal.


In North Haledon, the BOE says armed cops in schools aren’t going anywhere, according to


In Paramus, rules were changed after a probe of an official’s car repairs, according to the Bergen Record.


In Randolph, a watchdog group alleges a conflict of interest for a BOE member, according to NJ Hills. Walker will fill a BOE seat, according to NJ Hills.


In Seaside Heights, motel sales leave the town’s future in question, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Wayne, the school district settled a suit with an ex-substitute, according to


In Westfield, the town is moving forward with downtown redevelopment, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Woodbridge, a developer is suing the town after a Dunkin Donuts plan was rejected, according to MyCentralJersey.


ICYM: Legalized marijuana eventful for local govt; 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)





Phil Murphy’s footprints are all over this gas-guzzler gaffe | Mulshine

Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger


  • After that story broke about the Murphy administration using federal COVID funds to buy eight Chevy Suburbans, I got a call from Jeff Tittel.


Bloomfield synagogue defendant had map of government sites, investigators find

Nicholas Katzban,


  • The Clifton man accused of attempting to set fire to a Bloomfield synagogue was ordered to remain in federal custody Thursday, as Judge Edward S. Kiel and law enforcement officials described him as a potential risk to the public’s safety.


Atlantic City forum spotlights safety concerns at houses of worship

Selena Vazquez, Press of Atlantic City


  • In light of recent attacks on a New Jersey church and synagogue, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office hosted a public forum Wednesday to shed light on ways religious groups can protect their congregations. The forum, held at Stockton University’s City Campus, drew more than 40 people, including members of law enforcement and religious and community organizations.


E-ZPass will have to check customer accounts before issuing violations under new N.J. law

Larry Higgs, NJ Advance Media for


  • A phrase often growled by E-ZPass users who get a violation notice in the mail — “Why didn’t they check my (expletive) E-ZPass account” — is now state law.


Were you overpaid in NJ unemployment benefits? Here’s what to do

Katie Sobko, Trenton Bureau


  • Think that once you get through to unemployment and get approved for benefits the hassle is over? For some, that’s just the start. More than 76,000 people were notified last year that their benefits had been overpaid and they would be required to return the money to the state, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.


FBI investigating Santos over donations for NJ man’s service dog

Dan Alexander, NJ1015


  • The FBI is investigating an allegation by a New Jersey Navy veteran that U.S. Rep. George Santos withheld donations to a GoFundMe to help his dying service dog. Richard Osthoff, who was homeless and living in a tent in Howell in 2016, told Patch that Santos’ Friends of Pets United charity created a GoFundMe page to help his dog Sapphire who had developed a large tumor and needed life-saving surgery.


Noncompete. Nonsolicit. Nonstarters? Proposed work-rule changes are likely to be challenged

Tom Bergeron,


  • Dan Barnes, the highly regarded employment lawyer at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi in Roseland, sums up the recently proposed rules by the Federal Trade Commission that would ban the use of noncompete clauses in the workplace this way: “This is huge,” he said. “This is certainly the biggest thing that I can think of that’s happened in this area in a very long time. It’s putting a severe limitation on the power of employers to limit the movement of employees. So, this is a very big deal.


Packaging Product Stewardship Act aims to reduce plastic waste in NJ

Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight


  • New Jersey lawmakers have banned single-use plastic bags. They’ve mandated more recycled content in plastics. Now, a prominent legislator wants to reduce the use of single-use plastic packaging by at least 25% by 2032.


South Jersey towns awarded federal infrastructure funds

Eric Conklin, Press of Atlantic City


  • Atlantic City, Cape May and Vineland will split about $20.4 million in federal funds for traffic safety improvements. That sum is a fraction of about $800 million U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced Wednesday as part of his department’s new Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program.


The most influential N.J. man that you’ve never heard of: A Q&A with David Sciarra

Tom Moran, Star-Ledger


  • David Sciarra, a hall-of-fame lawyer who has spent a quarter century winning Supreme Court cases on educational equity as head of the non-profit Education Law Center, is stepping down at age 70. His many lawsuits have forced the state to honor the promise embedded in its Constitution, to ensure a good education for all students, rich and poor.


Initial rulings on New Jersey gun law should worry gun control advocates

Terrence T. McDonald, NJ Monitor


  • I’m not particularly anti-gun. I don’t own one and I’ve never fired one. But I don’t begrudge people who use them for hunting, and I get why some people would want a handgun for personal protection. Still, color me nervous about the fate of our state’s new gun law, which a federal judge has poked a bunch of holes in at the request of gun rights advocates.


Buffalo Soldiers: Paterson men of honor remembered for rescue in Cuba 125 years ago

David M. Zimmer,


  • Paterson natives and Buffalo Soldiers William Thompkins and George Wanton waded through rifle and artillery fire and each came away with a Congressional Medal of Honor. The two African American soldiers were part of the U.S. Army’s 10th Cavalry, and, in 1898, were sent into the Spanish-American War aboard a chartered merchant vessel headed toward Cuba.


Our view: Spencer’s expansion a vote of confidence in area, NJ

Press of Atlantic City


  • New Jersey has been home to many national corporations over the decades, and many have left for states where the tax and regulatory burden isn’t so heavy. Can’t blame them, since New Jersey is also a top state for people to leave these days.


Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry announces primary challenge to Sen. Sam Thompson

Susan Loyer,


  • A fierce primary battle is shaping up for the Republican nomination for a state Senate seat in the 12th District after Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry announced he will challenge longtime incumbent Sam Thompson.
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14 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/3/2023”

  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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