Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 4/12/2024

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: Whether you like Trump or you don’t like Trump, what you want is the traditional Republican that has won in New Jersey in the past.” – Senator Bramnick asserting he can win the gubernatorial race by 10 points


TOP STORY: Guv 2025 Poll Shows Sherrill Trouncing Other Dems


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


A FDU poll finds a majority of voters reject proposed changes to OPRA.


Senator Menendez’s corruption trial was severed from his wife’s.


A NJ Transit contract to cut costs was hidden before the fare hike vote, according to the Bergen Record.


Morris County adopted its budget, according to NJ Hills.


Animosity is growing as Sussex County Commissioner Hayden faces calls to resign; Hayden says he’s ‘not f-cking going anywhere’.


ICYMI: As state wrestles with ballot decision, appeals rejected stay request, some Republicans filed lawsuit to expand ruling to GOP ballots; ballot system brought to electoral maturity; poll shows Dems support Rep. Kim; Quraishi ruled the county line unconstitutional, noting ‘magnitude of the decision‘, clarified that the ruling is ‘limited to the 2024 Democratic primary election only; Kim gets second victory of the week; leg. leaders reviewing ruling; following Murphy departure, frontrunner Kim refrained from spiking the football; Murphy Senate exit ends counterproductive feud; Menendez may pursue independent re-election; insiders assess line implications, insiders scramble to assess potential line ruling, as behind-the-scenes questions abound, legislative leaders pledged to begin a ‘public process on ballot design’; establishment chokes down potential ‘line’ ruling


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


A new poll shows Rep. Sherrill trouncing other Democrats in the 2025 gubernatorial primary.


Bergen GOP Chairman Zisa is stepping down, endorsing Jack DeLorenzo to succeed him.


The next gubernatorial race is taking shape, according to NJ Spotlight.


The LDFS endorsed Patricia Campos Medina for Senate.


The EAS Regional Carpenters endorsed Jerry Speziale for Passaic County Sheriff. The Bloomingdale police chief endorsed Chief Adamo for sheriff.


In CD2, Tim Alexander announced endorsements.


ICYMI: Ciattarelli launched guv candidacy; Bramnick has question for Ciattarelli, Spadea; Bashaw declined to participate in debate; in CD3, Conaway, Murphy battle energized; don’t count out party boss influence just yet; guv candidates clashed on business; Sherrill says people ‘excited‘ about Kim; Frelinghuysen endorsed Bramnick; in CD5, battle underway; Quraishi instructed on line lawsuit; Zdan says unity beckons for Republicans; Kim’s delicate balancing act as he forges forward w/ line suit; GOP interest in toppling Sherrill waned; Murphy-Kim had all the drama of a food fight; GOP Senate hopefuls celebrated Menendez indie candidacy; Gottheimer attacks Guinchard; Campos Medina’s defining image; Stack, Sacco unleash with renewed vigor; Baraka says ballot reform is ‘long overdue’; insiders absorbed contributions of Platkin, Fulop


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Thousands are missing out on the earned income tax credit, according to NJ Spotlight.


There’s uncertainty for nearly 140 school districts facing funding cuts, according to NJ Spotlight.


Assemblymembers Wimberly, Reynolds-Jackson, and Speight introduced legislation to prohibit the banning of books and other resources in public and school libraries.


A lawsuit was filed against the state alleging it ‘knowingly’ forced casino workers to a ‘toxic environment’ in casinos through second-hand smoke.


ICYMI: Former Essex Exec Shapiro passed away; LGBTQ businesses got a boost; Murphy appointed Chaly as HESAA ED; Fight of the Week; Coughlin pulled OPRA bill; ELEC’s top ten lobbying firms; OPRA reform advancing amid much opposition; Murphy promoted Hamilton to press secretary; McGreevey, Bramnick exchange; Bramnick says one-party rule diminishes checks and balances


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Download and read Insider NJ’s annual Irish American New Jersey leaders list in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, compiled by Tom Barrett.


Insider NJ legal analyst Joe Hayden breaks down the legal issues of the day on the Julie Frees Show.


Leonard Lance discusses former President Trump on the Julie Briggs Show.


Beware the Ides of March: New Jersey and Rome.


Former Senator and Governor Richard J. Codey shares this thoughts on this year’s presidential race.


Download and read Insider NJ’s 2024 Advance and Insider NJ’s 2024 African-American List


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Atlantic City, ex-Sheriff Scheffler was tapped to lead the CRDA, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Atlantic Highlands, a judge may force six voters to reveal their mayoral votes, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Collingswood, investigations were launched into alleged racist acts at the high school, according to NJ Spotlight.


In Edison, the public advocate position was voted down, according to TAPinto.


In Flemington, the Liberty Village tax exemption will net $22M, according to MyCentralJersey. A former councilman was indicted in the alleged theft of $1,000 from the local Democratic club, according to


In Glassboro, townhomes will be built, according to the Courier Post.


In Hillsborough, a deal was sealed to purchase 20 acres, according to TAPinto.


In Holmdel, the budget was introduced, according to TAPinto.


In Newark, a BOE forum offered differing narratives, according to TAPinto.


In Paterson, the council withdrew its proposal to restrict food handouts, according to TAPinto.


In Perth Amboy, a waterfront toxic site is undergoing a $10M renovation, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Ridgewood, the budget was introduced, according to TAPinto.


In South Brunswick, schools are bracing for significant staff losses, according to MyCentralJersey.


In South Orange, the budget was approved, according to TAPinto.


In Sparta, the planning board is dealing with a ‘conflict’ as mega warehouse hearings start, according to TAPinto.


In Toms River, the town has spent nearly $1.3M on sand for Ortley Beach since 2021, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Totowa, the budget was introduced, according to TAPinto.


In Upper Township, an official suggested the community center needs replacing, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Wildwood, a tram car has a polite message, according to Burlington County Times.


ICYMI: In Jefferson, AFP, Jersey 1st held an event; in Hoboken, Dems endorsed Kim and Bhalla, Chair Hodes resigned; in Trenton, officials hoping for Starbucks change of heart



In a guest column on Insider NJ, CD3 Democratic primary candidate Sarah Schoengood writes ‘Time for a Comprehensive Political Reform: The Unwanted Gatekeepers of New Jersey


Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘Accountability Required for NJ and MD Port Workplace Deaths


In a guest column on Insider NJ, Griselda Camacho writes ‘We Need Latina Representation in New Jersey


In a guest column on Insider NJ, Bertin Lefkovic writes ‘A Progressive’s Defense of the Party Line Ballot


Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Tammy Murphy Dismisses Concern of her GOP Backstory: “I have a lot of friends in the LGBTQIA+ community”‘ and ‘Diving into Andy Kim’s BurlCo Drubbing of Tammy Murphy





NJ’s GOP is a broken-down old car — that could blow a chance at a US Senate seat | Kelly

Mike Kelly,


  • It’s hardly a secret that Donald Trump has overhauled the national Republican Party in his MAGA image. His daughter-in-law, Lara, even runs the main Republican office despite her lack of political experience. But what about all those smaller Republican chapters at the statewide or countywide or even local levels? Their job is to elect Republicans to all manner of offices that don’t command the attention of the presidency, from state legislatures to Congress to county legislatures and even town council seats?

Viewing ballot redesign through the lens of voting rights | Opinion

Brendan Gill


  • In 2019, while I was serving as president of the Essex County Board of Commissioners, the issue of foreign interference in our elections and election security was a major concern. A coalition of community leaders, activists and election and voting machine experts presented us with the work they had done researching the vulnerability of electronic, paperless voting machines to external tampering.

When lawmakers abdicate their responsibility, it’s time to go to court | Editorial

Star-Ledger Editorial Board


  • Atlantic City casino workers went to court this week to protect their health and their lives, and any rational person should be able to appreciate why this is a compulsory step.

Dramatic swings in state aid to schools should abate in future years, education chief says

Nikita Biryukov, NJ Monitor


  • New Jersey’s top education official told lawmakers Wednesday that schools will no longer experience dramatic shifts in state aid under the state’s school funding formula, though he warned that other factors could continue to affect aid levels.

Trenton needs to do better with transparency and crime reporting

LA Parker. The Trentonian


  • The philosophical question about a tree falling in the forest attracted this inquiry in the City of Trenton. If a 13-year-old girl arrived at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with an undetermined amount of gunshot wounds and police do not report the incident publicly, did it really happen?

Do rising NJ home values mean you need to increase your insurance? It’s complicated

Daniel Munoz,


  • Picture this. It’s 2015 and you bought a house in New Jersey for $300,000. You naturally get homeowners insurance to cover the replacement cost in the event of a disaster. Now it’s nearly 10 years later, and that same home is worth over $503,000 — so a 67% increase in home value.

COVID killed 200 at N.J. veterans homes, exposing failures. Here’s how state is responding.

Susan K. Livio, NJ Advance Media for


  • Widely criticized for failing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that killed 200 inside the state’s three nursing homes for veterans, the Murphy administration on Wednesday outlined its plans to spend millions of dollars in improvements and create a new agency focused on veterans’ health.

Former gov had chance to fix education, why is he only concerned now? | Opinion

DeJon Morris


  • The following is addressed to former Gov. Jim McGreevey, a candidate for Jersey City mayor in the 2025 election, whose op-ed “Jersey City needs task force to fix dysfunctional BOE, school district” was posted on on April 10.

80 is now the new minimum on the NJ GSP

Mike Brant, NJ1015


  • And no, New Jersey’s speed limit was not raised above 65 M.P.H. Things are constantly changing on New Jersey’s roadways. Doesn’t matter where you turn, there’s always something new going on. The New Jersey Turnpike is one great example. Think of the last time you drove on that freeway (err, not free) and didn’t see any road work going on.

Big names, big businesses gather for inaugural NJ AI Summit

Matthew Fazelpoor, NJBIZ


  • The inaugural NJ AI Summit at Princeton University offered a glimpse into the future in the Garden State – both for the capabilities of the emerging sector and the potential economic and societal impact artificial intelligence will have on life in New Jersey and more broadly. Hosted by Princeton in partnership with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and Gov. Phil Murphy’s Office – the April 11 event launched efforts outlined over the past few months such as the establishment of an AI Hub at Princeton, an AI Task Force and AI Moonshot.
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31 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 4/12/2024”

  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.

  4. Neurosurgery is a complex and demanding medical specialty that requires an exceptional level of skill and experience. Dr. Shiau is undoubtedly one of the best neurosurgeons in New Jersey, and patients in Jersey City, Maplewood, Holmdel, Paramus, and Bergen County can rest assured that they are receiving the best possible care under his expertise. Neurosurgeon nj

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  6. lETS NOT FORGET that during the pandemic Donald Trump sent the MERCY, a fully equipped, COVID prepared Hospital ship to save lives of victims and healthcare workers . But Murphy in his wisdom would rather send Patients back to nursing homes that were ill-equipped to treat these patients so they could die , rather than utilize a life-saving gift and be like NY governor Cuomo, another anti-Trump

  7. Gun owners don’t have to talk about guns because they know that they have to come out and vote to protect their constitutional right to bear arms. The Supreme court decision has affirmed that right and somehow our “leaders” haven’t learned how to read.

  8. NJ is one of the most corrupt and racist places to live. There’s “0” accountability for the criminal acts, corruption, and unfair treatment of the people of this state. It starts with our governor who cares less for truth and honesty. Continue to ruin the lives of the citizens of this state.

  9. How about those unintended consequences.
    New Jersey mandating that all cars being sold by 2035 be electric is telling us what we can or cannot buy with our own money. There will always be gasoline powered vehicles because of the power produced by internal combustion compared to the power produced by batteries; which is to say the more power the bigger the battery to the point of rediculousness. My thought is that if the state wants fewer gas powered vehicles on the road it should create a mass transit electric powered system that would emphasize convenience for commuters and everyday shoppers. Of course that would mean vehicles weighing tons more because of the size of batteries and that creates a whole other question of where to dispose of them (also for elelectric car batteries), since they are composed of highly toxic materials that can’t be burnt or buried. These are unintended consequences no- one is willing to grapple with until its too late. I think by 2035 th he electric car fantasy will go the same way the offshore wind farm has gone.

    Stephen Brickman
    206 Stonehenge Dr
    Phillipsburg,NJ 08865

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  10. The military serving in the Middle East represents every state in the Union. Those are our sons and daughters, Moms and Dads and yet we are very little to protect them, or REALLY retaliate when they’re attacked. Governor Murphy is the Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, and past chair of the National Governors Association and yet you never hear him mention about any requests either organization makes to Biden to be more aggressive about protecting our kids in harms way. It’s as though it doesn’t seem to matter to them. No wonder we look so weak to the rest of the world.

  11. Teaneck property taxes pays for the school budget. Teaneck High School students walk out. Is a Hamas military shuffle march property tax bill included?

  12. I’m a conservative and I do believe life begins at conception but the problem is that each mother is responsible for that life and it is in the realm of her mental and physical health that she will either bring it to term or abort it. This should not be a political decision and should not be be dictated by thousand of strangers. The Supreme Court turned it over to the states but it still remains personal for the mother and her family.
    I don’t think it should be an “agenda item” for any political party. A state medical society may want to impose a time frame within which an abortion can occur but even that may be subject to the mother’s doctor’s discretion.
    I say just quit discussing it and leave it up to the mother a father.

  13. Voting should be based on understanding what’s actually happening and knowing who would make life safer and more livable. The only way to do that is to get both sides of the information remembering there are always two sides to a story. Mainstream media in my area includes the Star Ledger and the Easton Express. If you look at the bylines of the opinions you will find writers from the Washington Post and Bloomberg, both notoriously on the left. Even the political cartoons are a dead giveaway. CNN and CNBC are also left leaning. So what are the options for getting opinions and news from the right? Fortunately cable news has Fox, which is near center, and Newsmax, and NewsNation which are full right. Watching these even just occasionally will show a much broader picture and give the reader more information with which to make an informed voting decision. And remember you DONT have to vote party if you feel there’s a wiser choice.

  14. The governor signed off on having Narcan available in all schools grades 9 through 12. But what about the idea
    of having Narcan available in ALL SCHOOLS in New Jersey?

  15. How’s his for an idea? Uncover the identities of the un-elected advisors to Pres. Biden, and publish their names. That way there is actually someone to blame when we lose valuable lives from unanswered attacks by terrorist organizations. We know Biden isn’t making these decisions on his own. My guess is that these advisors will quit the team rather than take the heat for poor decisions, revealing a big weakness in this administration. It might lead to improvements to the decision-making process.

  16. Note to Concealed Carry permit holders: make sure you subscribe to one of the insurance companies that specialize in CCP, ie: US LAW SHIELD. If you ever have to fire your weapon , that has to be the first phone call you make. The second is 911, the third is your family. With so many new permit holders there will probably be an increase in discharges until word gets out that it’s actually unsafe for criminals to be in New Jersey and crime will take a nosedive.
    Now unless you have a conviction in your background you can get that CCP and really defend yourself and your family. And more women are applying which is great for family defense. The stats that record gun violence will have to be re-organized into guns used for crime and guns used to prevent crime. A lot of get-always here because sometimes just brandishing a firearm is enough to stop a crime. But it should be reported anyway..

  17. The liability limits for taxi cabs are extreme starting July 1. It was a plan in place through the insurance banking committee and it was abruptly changed with an amendment. The guys are barely making a living today and you’ve increased their insurance. What’s fair is fair and this is not it was an incremental increase, which was fair, and was removed by the governor please refer back to the original plan

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