Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/6/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: It is not asserted that I have lost my mental acuity or I’m not physically fit but simply that I am too old. No one has charged that I’ve been remiss in my duties or responsibilities. I’ve been there 365 days a year, 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, any time available to my constituents.” – Senator Thompson, facing a primary challenge, suggesting his critics are ageist


TOP STORY: Latina Leaders: Democrats have a ‘Terrible Record’ When it Comes to Recruiting Latinas


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


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


Take a look at Insider NJ’s key must-read pieces from the past week.


Governor Murphy signed legislation allowing special occasion events on preserved farmland.


Ocean County Commissioner Vicari will retire at the end of the year, according to the Asbury Park Press.


NJ American Water is investing $7.9M in water infrastructure in Union County. The county’s police chief is retiring with a full pension despite misconduct charges, according to NJ101.5.


Senator Booker introduced a package of bills to reform the US food system.


Rep. Sherrill announced her guest for the State of the Union.


Rep. Kim announced his guest for the State of Union. Kim was appointed ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Military Personnel Subcommittee.


ICYMI: Pascrell, Gottheimer take different approaches to socialism resolution


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Latina leaders say the Democratic Party has a ‘terrible record’ when it comes to recruiting Latinas to run for office.


Sources say that veteran Essex County Commissioner Rufus Johnson won’t seek re-election this year.


A Trump pardon resurrected one of the state’s most powerful Republicans, Ocean County GOP Chairman Gilmore, according to Politico NJ.


In LD11, Donlon and Peterpaul received the Democratic nomination to run for Assembly.


In LD12, Senator Thompson suggested his critics are ageist as he faces a primary challenge, according to


The Sierra Club endorsed Senators Smith, Diegnan, and Greenstein for re-election.


NJ Democrats’ voter registration edge keeps dropping in the state, according to SaveJersey.


ICYMI: Whitman carrying new party ‘Forward’


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Assemblyman Freiman named Sara Seaboldt as his new Chief of Staff.


The NJBIA announced three business executives leading three member councils.


ICYMI: Murphy took action on bills; Bucco on his way to being Senate GOP leader; 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 Flemington, Councilman Johnston was arrested and charged with possession and intent to distribute cocaine.


In West New York, Commissioner Cirillo formally launched his mayoral campaign along with his commission slate, running with the slogan ‘West New York Forward’.


In Trenton, Garden State Equality is standing firm in support of Councilwoman Williams in the face of a court challenge to her election.


In Sayreville, a team of FBI investigators is looking into every aspect of the late Councilwoman Dwumfour, who was shot and killed outside her home last week.


In Union City, Senator Stack will open his legislative office.


In Red Bank, the ‘Red Bank Ready’ slate announced their candidacies for mayor and council.


In Atlantic City, the city was awarded $200k for road safety. A car-centric developer would pay $115M for Bader Field and clean up the pollution, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Bernards, the deputy police chief post will be restored, according to NJ Hills.


in Bridgewater, the township approved health benefits for officials, according to TAPinto.


In Hackensack, an old parking lot will become the site of a cell tower, according to the Bergen Record.


In Hoboken, the city hired a public safety spokesperson, according to Hudson County View.


In Montclair, the planning board recommended changes to the Lackawanna Plaza plan, according to


In Ocean City, a man is suing the town after a collision with a police bike, according to the Courier Post.


In Paramus, a councilman was sworn-in, according to the Bergen Record.


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



Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘DeSantis 2024 would Create a Political Nightmare for Ciattarelli


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)




Objectivity in journalism is a bad thing? That’s news to me | Mulshine

Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger


  • Bob Woodward of the Washington Post shocked the news world last week when he attacked his own newspaper for its Russiagate coverage.


The real reasons Murphy flipped on charter schools | Moran

Tom Moran, Star-Ledger


  • For six years, Gov. Phil Murphy has been hostile to charter schools, blocking expansions even at the very best of them, forcing some charter families to send their kids back into failing and dangerous district schools, and leaving senior charter positions in the Department of Education vacant.


State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

Adam Goldstein, NJ Monitor


  • A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers. Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a nonprofit, has put out the document to advocates and state policymakers since 2014, as a tool to “assess and improve medical cannabis programs.”


N.J. taxpayers spend $1.2B each year on the Drug War and thousands still die | Opinion

Jason M. Williams


  • The drug overdose crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has left thousands of families grieving for loved ones lost too soon.


Amazon Fresh puts NJ expansion plans on hold

Kimberly Redmond,


  • Plans to open additional Amazon Fresh supermarkets in New Jersey are on hold as the company revaluates its grocery strategy in an effort to set itself apart from the competition. During the e-commerce giant’s quarterly earnings call Feb. 2, Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy said the company paused expansion of its Fresh supermarkets and Go convenience stores until it evaluates how to make the chains more appealing to shoppers.


Calls for police reform: Chat Box

NJ Spotlight


  • On Chat Box this week, David Cruz talks with Rev. Charles Boyer of Salvation and Social Justice about the impact of the Tyre Nichols case on New Jersey and the nation, and whether calls for police reforms are being heard. Andres Acebo, interim president at New Jersey City University, discusses his plans to address the university’s financial crisis and what those plans could mean for students and staff.


Our view: Help NJ consumers waste less food by updating labels

Press of Atlantic City


  • A bill in the state Legislature to easily reduce food waste makes so much sense you have to wonder why the change wasn’t made long ago. Updated labeling would make clearer when food is still safe to eat. That would cut down on people throwing out food because they’re worried it has spoiled to the point of possibly harming them.
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14 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/6/2023”

  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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