Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 3/21/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: We are enabling the administration to weaponize ELEC against any person that might speak out. We are taking away the ability of this Legislature to ensure an impartial ELEC.” – Senator Schepisi on the ‘Elections Transparency Act’


TOP STORY: Regulatory Capture: Murphy’s Crew Targets NJ ELEC Chief


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Former President Trumps stands on the brink of arrest by his own reckoning and the prospect of being charged with violating the business records act, says veteran NJ defense attorney Joe Hayden.


One-third of nurses have quit NJ hospitals since 2019 due to burnout, according to


Beach replenishment during the summer tourist season may happen, according to the Asbury Park Press.


Rep. Kim will hold a tele-town hall for Women’s History Month.


ICYMI: Murphy announced school funding legislation; Murphy ordered flags to half-staff in honor of Rice, who passed away; Marte sworn-in as Bergen commissioner; Murphy defended CBT decision; Agr. Sec. Fisher retiring; Murphy announced SVB support package; school aid numbers show increases, cuts; Murphy at epicenter of nat. politics; Kean joining ‘Problem Solvers Caucus’


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Roselle Park Mayor Signorello discusses his primary challenge to Senator Menendez.


In CD9, Rep. Pascrell defiantly punched back at critics amid speculation about not running next year, saying ‘I’m not retiring’. Last year, Pascrell won re-election but by a closer than expected margin; he said ‘if they [voters] want to throw me out, that’s their prerogative’.


In LD3, Democrats are poised to select former Assemblyman Burzichelli to run for Senate; Burzichelli is seeking a comeback after the upset defeat in 2021. Running for Assembly are Simmons and Bailey.


In LD4, Assemblyman Moriarty will seek the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Madden; Assemblywoman Mosquera won’t seek re-election. Running for Assembly are Miller and Hutcison.


In LD8, Democratic Evesham Councilwoman Cooper will run for Senate, and Katz and Angelozzi will run for Assembly.


Trump allies in the state will hold a ‘Stand with Trump’ rally today.


ICYMI: Middlesex GOP endorsed candidates; Mercer GOP endorsed candidates; AC Dems endorsed candidates; Kean addressed Morris GOP; in LD11, GOP unveiled slate; candidates made the rounds at Gannon event; in LD3, Burzichelli will take on Durr; in LD4, Madden won’t seek re-elec; primary battle btwn Benson, Hughes resolved itself, with some significant ramifications; Middlesex Dems oxygenated; Benson blowout as Hughes withdraws; in LD24, gas tax grabs attention


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The Treasury released the detailed budget briefing book for the Governor’s FY2024 budget proposal.


The Senate passed the controversial ‘Elections Transparency Act’, according to NJ Monitor.


The Assembly Majority Office named Rhonda Schaffler as Communications Director.


The NJ Hospital Association named new members of its policy and advocacy team.


The NJBIA testified against legislation on mandating the retaining of service workers after a change in ownership or service vendor contracts.


ICYMI: Murphy promoted Brophy; Murphy took action on bills; lobbying efforts spent over $285M since 2000; PPAG top lobbying firm in 2022; Murphy made appointments to NJEDA board; Senate Ed Cmte held hearing on student mental health; ; Senate Ed Cmte advanced legislation to incorporate grief instruction; CBT impending lapse sparks debate


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Bernardsville, a new administrator will take the helm, according to TAPinto. School taxes will rise less than 2%, according to NJ Hills.


In Bridgewater, the extension of liquor sale hours was approved, according to TAPinto. The town pumped the breaks on a municipal billboard plan, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Florham Park, a $25M budget was introduced, according to NJ Hills.


In Franklin (Somerset), warehouse ordinances are being targeted by lawsuits, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Galloway, the town closed the door for now on allowing outdoor marijuana growing, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Jackson, the town is buying over 100 acres from schools to use as open space, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Jersey City, groups are seeking the reinstatement of a lawsuit to toss the redistricting map, according to the Jersey Journal.


In Madison, the BOE introduced a $57M budget, according to NJ Hills.


In Mount Olive, a second BOE member asked the state to weigh in to monitor, according to NJ Hills. A judge considered a BOE member’s hearing request, according to NJ Hills.


In North Haledon, the schools chief is retiring, according to


In Nutley, Commissioner Petracco introduced an ordinance to dissolve the rescue squad, according to TAPinto.


In Ocean City, the schools increased spending but not taxes, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Paterson, demands have intensified for scrutiny of police after body-cam footage was released of the shooting of Najee Seabrooks, according to NJ Spotlight. Councilman Velez demanded Councilman Jackson resign, according to TAPinto.


In Paramus, apartments were proposed for Bergen Town Center, according to the Bergen Record.


In Sayreville, former Councilman Bella passed away, according to TAPinto.


In Sparta, administrators are exploring options for a new school, according to NJ Herald.


In Warren, Sordillo quoted Thoreau in dispelling a residency rumor, according to NJ Hills.


ICYMI: In Roselle, Holley, running for mayor, announced running mates, Dems backed Shaw; in AC, Morshed charged; in Maplewood, trouble abounds; in Parsippany, Dems announced council candidates; in Berkeley, Central Regional implemented anti-bullying measures; in South Orange, Collum announced re-election; in Dover, the mayoral race crowded, Dodd announced candidacy; in East Hanover, GOP council faced public for first time since party switch



Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘Regulatory Capture: Murphy’s Crew Targets NJ ELEC Chief


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘Nondystopian: The Ciattarelli message advantage over Spadea- but not over Testa


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘In Brindle v. Murphy, Independence Is On Trial‘ and ‘ELEC Ain’t Broke; Don’t Try To Fix It


Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘NJ Medical Cannabis ID is more Accessible than Ever


Insider NJ editor Max Pizarro writes ‘Justice in the Case of Adriana Kuch





Rep. Sherrill: China is playing unfairly. It’s time to double down on a new game plan. | Opinion

Mikie Sherrill


  • New Jersey businesses are hurting as a result of the unfair practices of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and their disregard for the rules-based global economy.


Op-Ed: Polluters, not taxpayers, should pay for Passaic River cleanup

Randy George


  • As mayor of North Haledon, I’m aware of the pollution in the Passaic River, caused by numerous industrial and commercial activities over time. The lower 8.3 miles of the river are highly contaminated, and the Environmental Protection Agency has identified more than 100 companies responsible for this pollution. Now, the agency is proposing a settlement that would allow 85 of these companies to pay just $150 million without requiring them to clean up the pollution they caused.


NJ MVC is fully ready to help drivers obtain Real ID. Here’s how

Katie Sobko, Trenton Bureau


  • Although the federal deadline to upgrade to Real ID is still more than two years away, New Jersey drivers can find appointments to do so now. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has made more than 2,500 appointments available at agency locations throughout the state every weekday. More are posted every morning at 7 a.m., officials said.


Deep cuts to NJ school funding could be partially reduced

Katie Sobko, Trenton Bureau


  • Lawmakers have fast-tracked a bill that would restore two-thirds of the state aid that school districts were set to lose in the upcoming year. Schools throughout the state were collectively preparing for a loss of about $157 million. The proposed legislation would restore $102.8 million and provide a one-time payment to districts that were losing funding for the 2023-24 school year.


Ex-Jersey City BOE Pres. Thomas could take plea deal in federal embezzlement case

John Heinis, Hudson County View


  • Former Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas, also the ex-chief of the local employment agency, could take a plea deal in a case that accuses him of abusing both of his roles to embezzle money.


Business surcharge at center of tax fight

John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight


  • A tax with roots going back over a century in New Jersey is a key flashpoint this year as lawmakers begin to consider Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal of more than $53 billion. Within just the last few weeks, New Jersey’s long-standing corporation business tax has been dissected in lengthy policy reports published by some of the state’s leading think tanks and highlighted by Murphy in his annual budget message to lawmakers.


Archaeologist searches mansion property in Somers Point for clues from the past

Bill Barlow, Press of Atlantic City


  • Standing in the front yard of the Somers Mansion invites flights of imagination. On Friday morning, Richard Veit was happy to indulge the impulse, at least for a little while, envisioning the knoll upon which the structure was built three centuries ago.


School library book bans are seen as targeting LGBTQ content

Scott McFetridge, Anthony Izaguirre, Sara Cline, Associated Press


  • Teri Patrick bristles at the idea she wants to ban books about LGBTQ issues in Iowa schools, arguing her only goal is ridding schools of sexually explicit material. Sara Hayden Parris says that whatever you want to call it, it’s wrong for some parents to think a book shouldn’t be readily available to any child if it isn’t right for their own child.


N.J. gun owners criticize ‘egregious delays’ in concealed carry permit process

Sophie Nieto-Munoz, NJ Monitor


  • Gun owners rejoiced after the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down restrictive concealed carry laws, allowing them to apply for carry permits that for decades had been nearly impossible for most New Jerseyans to get. But nearly nine months after the ruling upended the gun landscape in the Garden State, Second Amendment advocates and gun owners say it’s still too difficult to carry their guns in public.


In challenge to N.J.’s new gun law, hearing brings more debate — but no decision

Dana DiFilippo, NJ Monitor


  • State attorneys defending New Jersey’s new gun law squared off in court Friday with gun-rights advocates urging a federal judge to issue an order blocking its enforcement on constitutional grounds. After a four-hour, wide-ranging hearing at the Mitchell H. Cohen U.S. Courthouse in Camden, Judge Renée Marie Bumb made no decision and set a new deadline — March 27 — for both sides to file further briefs responding to unresolved questions.


Introducing the 2023 NJBIZ Leaders in Finance honorees



  • NJBIZ is unveiling the honorees of the 2023 Leaders in Finance awards, which celebrate New Jersey’s financial executives at all levels who contribute to the success of their companies as well as their communities. A ceremony recognizing the individuals will take place from 8-10 a.m. April 25 at the Doubletree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center at 200 Atrium Drive. Tickets will be available soon on the event page.


What NJ law says about personnel records and discussions

Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton


  • New Jersey law governs what public bodies like school boards can and can’t discuss in public and can or can’t disclose when it comes to documents.


Jersey City BOE would get $33.7M back from the state with new bill backed by Murphy

John Heinis, Hudson County View


  • The Jersey City Board of Education would get $33,701,019 back from the state as part of a new school funding bill that has the backing of Gov. Phil Murphy (D).


Our view: Buena Council seating at last ends, hopefully well

Press of Atlantic City


  • How many officials does it take to fill a small-town council seat? Thirteen — a dozen to pull out the chair and one to sit in it. That’s closer to the truth than a joke, based on the process the past couple of months in Buena Borough and Atlantic County.
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15 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 3/21/2023”

  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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