Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/8/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Americans are not entirely in agreement whether Washington needs more compromise. There is a deep-seated distrust of folks at the other end of the political spectrum. That’s not a good situation for a functioning democracy to be in. You need a critical mass of the public to feel the world won’t fall apart if the other side has the upper hand from time to time. We just don’t have that right now.” – Monmouth University polling director Patrick Murray

 

TOP STORY: Mastrangelo Wants LD-26 Senate Seat

 

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

 

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

 

Governor Murphy ordered flags to half-staff today in honor of the memory of the late Sayreville Councilwoman Dwumfour, who was shot and killed outside her home last week.

 

A Monmouth University poll finds barely 1 in 4 Americans say the state of the union is strong, down from a majority who felt that way five years ago.

 

The Murphy Administration launched a two-year pilot program for unemployed and chronically underemployed residents.

 

Civil and divorce trials are being suspended in six counties due to the judge shortage.

 

The lone dissenting vote on the NJ Transit board is now gone, according to the Bergen Record.

 

Two Bergen landmarks will be preserved, according to the Bergen Record.

 

Mercer County Executive Hughes submitted resolutions for consideration by the Commission Board.

 

Senator Booker reintroduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to 219k African-Americans who fought for the Union in the Civil War.

 

Rep. Menendez joined a CODEL to the US-Mexico border.

 

A Construction Coverage study finds New Jersey has the 2nd worst roads in the nation.

 

Centenary University named its first African-American president, according to MyCentralJersey.

 

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Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

 

The lawsuit between the Morris County GOP and Phil Rizzo resumed yesterday, with Rizzo offering testimony.

 

In LD11, the NJ LGBTQ Democrats applauded Luanne Peterpaul’s Assembly candidacy as a ‘massive step’ for LGBTQ Democrats. Republican Steve Dnistrian is gearing up to run for Senate, according to TAPinto.

 

In LD16, Hunterdon County Democrats unanimously backed Mitchelle Drulis for the Assembly seat currently held by retiring Assemblywoman Jaffer. The Hunterdon Democrats backed incumbent Senator Zwicker and Assemblyman Freiman.

 

In LD26, Morris County GOP commissioner Mastrangelo is planning to run for Senate, setting up a primary with incumbent Senator Pennacchio.

 

In LD27, Assemblywoman Jasey will retire from the Assembly at the end of the current term.

 

In LD33, North Bergen Commissioner Marenco is in gear to run for Assembly this year, crediting Senators Sacco and Stack for their leadership example, and saying he plans to concentrate on writing effective legislation and ‘hopefully pass a couple of them’.

 

ELEC reports that key county committee party organizations are flush with cash entering a state election year.

 

Lines are being drawn among Ocean County GOP factions, according to the Asbury Park Press.

 

In CD7, forecasters say the district is up for grabs in next year’s election, according to NJ.com.

 

Former Governor Christie says President Biden would still likely defeat former President Trump in a 2024 race, according to NJ.com.

 

ICYMI: Latina leaders say Dems have ‘terrible record’ on recruitment; Essex Commissioner Johnson won’t seek re-election; Whitman carrying new party ‘Forward’

 

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

 

Governor Murphy took action on legislation. The Governor signed the ‘Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights’.

 

Governor Murphy nominated George Helmy, Joe Kelley, and Elizabeth Mayor Bollwage to the Port Authority board, according to NJ.com.

 

Legal challenges are delaying Governor Murphy’s gun laws, according to NJ Spotlight.

 

Senator Turner introduced legislation to abolish the ‘county party line’, according to NJ Spotlight.

 

Senator Stack, Assemblyman Mukherji, and former Governor McGreevey will unveil a proposed ‘re-entry’ program.

 

ICYMI: Freiman named Seaboldt COS; 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; 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 Mendham Township, the GOP dropped their lawsuit challenging the election of Democrat Spirig to the committee.

 

In East Hanover, the mayor and entire council switched party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

 

In North Bergen, Mayor Sacco fielded his team of commissioners for the May election.

 

In Dunellen, Mayor Cilento and the GOP announced their council candidates.

 

In Bridgewater, Mayor Moench launched his re-election campaign.

 

In Atlantic City, casinos will prohibit firearms inside. Casinos are still finding it tough to fill jobs, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

 

In Trenton, Mayor Gusciora called on Governor Murphy to return all state workers to work in-person.

 

In Livingston, Mayor Vieira gave a speech at the rally protesting anti-Semitism.

 

In North Brunswick, the train station achieved a key design milestone.

 

In Avalon, Pagliughi won’t seek re-election this year, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

 

In Bernards Township, the school diversity report will be discussed, according to NJ Hills.

 

In Buena, a council vacancy will be refilled after a challenge from the Atlantic County Democrats, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

 

In Fanwood, the council is moving to keep public officials’ personal information private, according to TAPinto.

 

In Florham Park, a police contract was inked, according to NJ Hills.

 

In Hainesport, former Mayor Wolfington passed away, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

In Hanover, Cahill and Mihalko announced their re-election campaigns, according to TAPinto.

 

In Hillsborough, residents hired a lawyer to fight a warehouse, according to MyCentralJersey.

 

In Jersey City, activists renewed their call for Councilwoman DeGise to resign, according to Hudson County View.

 

In Millville, former Mayor Shannon passed away, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

 

In Montclair, the township manager is out on leave, according to NorthJersey.com.

 

In Mount Olive, the state law agency will address the suspended school chief’s complaints, according to NJ Hills.

 

In Paterson, the police force’s racial disparity is growing, according to Paterson Press.

 

In Readington, Hunterdon County approved a grant for the purchase of a farm, according to TAPinto.

 

In Runnemede, the town is reimagining its downtown, according to the Courier Post.

 

In Ridgewood, the high school may have a later school time, according to the Bergen Record.

 

In Sayreville, the details of slain Councilwoman Dwumfour’s services were announced, according to TAPinto. The prosecutor’s office moved to block the release of records in the killing, according to MyCentralJersey.

 

In Toms River, the state will hold a public hearing on the Superfund site, according to the Asbury Park Press.

 

In Union City, the city is suing Hoboken to halt the construction of a building, according to Hudson County View.

 

In Vineland, a major avenue is getting an overhaul, according to the Daily Journal.

 

In Warren, Brezee was appointed BOE President, according to NJ Hills.

 

In Westfield, the planning board approved a controversial development, according to TAPinto.

 

ICYMI: In Flemington, Councilman Johnston arrested and charged; in West New York, Cirillo launched mayoral campaign; in Trenton, GSE stands firm in support of Williams; 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 Toms River, the state will hold a public hearing on the Superfund site, according to the Asbury Park Press.

 

In Union City, the city is suing Hoboken to halt the construction of a building, according to Hudson County View.

 

In Vineland, a major avenue is getting an overhaul, according to the Daily Journal.

 

In Warren, Brezee was appointed BOE President, according to NJ Hills.

 

In Westfield, the planning board approved a controversial development, according to TAPinto.

 

In Flemington, Councilman Johnston was arrested and charged with possession and intent to distribute cocaine.

 

In West New York, Cirillo launched mayoral campaign; in Trenton, GSE stands firm in support of Williams; 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 Andrew Leven writes ‘The Biggest Reason Why Biden Should Not Seek Re-election

 

Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘Murder, Justice, and Jersey Politics

 

In a guest column on Insider NJ, Kim DeHaarte writes ‘A Guide to Inner Peace while in NJ Politics: Part 1

 

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

 

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)

 

AROUND THE WEB:

 

 

American Dream Ferris wheel wouldn’t take cash. Now it has to pay the state

Daniel Munoz, NorthJersey.com

 

  • The operator of American Dream’s 300-foot-tall observation wheel and three other North Jersey businesses have been fined by the state for allegedly refusing to take cash payments or charging hidden fees on credit card bills. Skyviews of America, which runs the Dream Wheel at the Meadowlands mega-mall, was slapped with a $1,000 penalty for forcing customers who wanted to pay in cash to instead use a gift card from another merchant that imposed a surcharge, the state Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.

 

Centenary president says he’s departing with university on stronger footing

William Westhoven, NorthJersey.com

 

  • Centenary University’s outgoing president feels like he’s leaving the school in a stronger position than when he started. When Bruce Murphy took over in January 2020, the liberal arts school in Hackettstown had endured almost a decade of enrollment declines.

 

Retired Long Beach cop charged with theft from Ocean County PBA conference, prosecutor says

Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press

 

  • A 44-year-old recently retired municipal police officer has been charged with stealing at least $47,000 from the regional PBA conference where he served as its treasurer, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced Monday.

 

Old man Biden’s remarkable two-year run | Moran

Tom Moran, Star-Ledger

 

  • Unemployment stands at 3.4 percent, the lowest rate in more than half a century, and inflation over the last six months has been tamed, running at just 2 percent.

 

Democrats’ plan to reschedule the New Hampshire primary will never fly with Republicans | Mulshine

Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger

 

  • It was just one small gaffe among many in President Biden’s speech to the Democratic Party faithful in Philadelphia, but that made it even worse.

 

Sayreville survives trauma because ‘it’s the people’s community’

Mike Deak, MyCentralJersey.com

 

  • Sayreville has always been livin’ on a prayer. When hometown hero Jon Bon Jovi wrote his most popular song more than three decades ago, he was lamenting the slow fade of a bedrock-solid, blue-collar, close-knit community where neighbors proudly displayed American flags, there was never a shortage of volunteers for the fire department and rescue squad and folks were happy to pay $3.50 for a spaghetti dinner in the church cafeteria to support the Our Lady of Victories CYO.

 

Here’s what you need to know about this month’s fire district elections

Carol Comegno, Cherry Hill Courier-Post

 

  • Fire districts in four Burlington County municipalities will ask voters to approve their budgets this month, with two seeking permission to allow the hiring of more firefighters or emergency medical personnel.

 

Why lawmakers want how-to manual for aspiring NJ entrepreneurs

John Reitmeyer, Briana Vannozzi, NJ Spotlight

 

  • Starting a new business can be a daunting process. But in a state like New Jersey, entrepreneurs say it can be especially formidable, with layers of government and regulations to navigate, not to mention higher costs due to inflation.

 

Ewing historian’s sleuthing leads to rediscovery of historic mural of Washington cross the Delaware River

Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton

 

  • A mural depicting George Washington’s troops crossing the Delaware River languished in a dusty basement for 50 year until Ewing historian Pat Millen read about it while she was doing research for a book. With the help of a local, the painting was rediscovered, and will have a new home in Mercer County.

 

No eye contact, please! Study cites public harm to Seeing Eye dog teams

The Seeing Eye in Morris Township

 

  • In a study published in the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 89 percent of Seeing Eye dog handlers had experienced people interfering with the work of their dogs by talking to or enticing them through deliberate, prolonged eye contact. Seeing Eye dog handlers who were surveyed commented that while talking to or petting their dogs without permission, members of the public made statements such as, “I know I’m not supposed to, but I can’t help myself.”

 

NJIT unveils new graduate programs in AI

Linda Lindner, ROI-NJ

 

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology‘s Department of Data Science is launching two new graduate programs in artificial intelligence during the 2023 academic year, according to a Tuesday announcement. The Newark-based school’s Ying Wu College of Computing said the new programs come in support of the increasing demand for qualified AI engineers and analysts to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making in the digital world of the future.

 

Federal judge denies U.S. Capitol rioter from Sussex County a new sentence

Lori Comstock, New Jersey Herald

 

  • A federal judge last week denied a “meritless” request for a new sentence filed by a Sussex County man and former gym owner serving a 41-month prison term for assaulting a police officer during the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

 

New Jersey American Water customers may notice a change this month

Mike Deak, MyCentralJersey.com

 

  • If your water tastes a little funny later this month, don’t worry. New Jersey American Water announced that as part of its annual maintenance program, the water treatment process at its Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road Water Treatment plants will change from a chloramine residual to free chlorine residual.
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14 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/8/2023”

  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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