Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/16/2022

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: Since the law passed, it has gotten worse. We don’t see any changes. We don’t hear nothing about it” – A nursing home employee on the impact of the new minimum staffing law


TOP STORY: Insider NJ’s Who’s Up and Who’s Down: The Aftermath of May 10th


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The statewide cumulative COVID-19 count stands at 1,997,122 cases and 30,493 confirmed fatalities (and 325,082 probable cases and 3,052 probable fatalities) as of Sunday (an increase of 3,434 confirmed cases, 657 probable cases, 3 lab-confirmed fatalities, and 5 hospital-reported fatalities from the previous day). The viral transmission rate is 1.25. There are 720 total hospitalizations, with 83 in intensive care units, and 143 discharges in the past day. There are 6,849,392 people fully vaccinated.


The state will collect a whopping $51B in tax revenue this year, according to


The funeral service for the late Jack McGreevey, a veteran and father of former Governor McGreevey, will be held on May 18th, according to MyCentralJersey.


Over 70 gas stations lowered prices on Friday for ‘Self-Serve Day of Awareness’.


NJ bishops criticized Governor Murphy’s abortion proposals as a ‘direct attack on the dignity and sanctity of life’, according to


Planned Parenthood and partners organized a ‘Ban Off Our Bodies’ rally in Princeton on Saturday.


The EPA is awarding $6.5M to address contaminated sites in the state.


Morris County started its seventh year of recreational trail constructions grants program.


Senator Booker urged the USDA to address the supply shortage of infant formula.


Rep. Pascrell announced new district office leadership. Pascrell called for a new IRS chief. Pascrell urged the new Postal Board members to fire Postmaster General DeJoy.


Rep. Payne tested positive for COVID-19.


Rep. Smith is pushing legislation to bolster the US supply of infant formula.


ICYMI: Voters split on midterms; Menendez to vote against Red Reserve chair; with Roe likely overturning, Murphy announced several proposals to expand abortion access; officials led a rally opposing Roe overturn; Insider NJ’s Who’s Up And Who’s Down; Murphy, Hochul nominated Kris Kolluri as GDC CEO; Murphy says Roe overturn would be ‘enraging‘; advocates took to the streets across the state protesting Roe overturn


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Read Insider NJ’s Who’s Up And Whos’ Down to see where the players stand in Jersey politics over the past week and in the aftermath of the municipal elections.


In CD11, the NJFMBA endorsed Rep. Sherrill for re-election.


Listen to Activista Rise Up! with host Patricia Campos Medina and Latino Action Network Executive Director Dr. De La Cruz.


ICYMI: Jones made the rounds; CD11 GOP debated; pursuing re-election, Ali jeered ascension of Duarte as Dem chair; Bergen GOP intra-party political flare-up; Morris GOP threatening to sue Rizzo; Roe v. Wade a sleeping giant heading into midterms; in CD5, Schneiderman dropped out; Baraka teases guv run; county parties flush w/ cash; Mastrangelo gets assist from Giants


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Treasurer Muoio announced Shoaib Khan as the Director of the Division of Investment.


While the Legislature is still mostly comprised of white males, there’s more diversity, according to


The Senate Budget Committee will hold hearings today on revenue updates from the Treasury, OLS, and EDA.


The Assembly Budget Committee will hold a hearing today on budget funding for the DEP, DOBI, and DOS.


The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will hold a hearing on renewable energy.


The LD24 legislators slammed Governor Murphy’s halting of the bear hunt, saying his ‘recklessness’ contributed to a bear attack on a Sussex County woman.


Assemblywoman Piperno and Eulner introduced a bill package to combat rising car thefts.


Assemblyman Umba introduced legislation to spur investment in small manufacturers.


The NJ Public Charter School Association released a poll showing that voters and parents support charter schools by a 2-to-1 margin.


ICYMI: Murphy took action on legislation; Murphy to nominate Schuster as DOC Ombudsman; Schepisi expressed concern about Roe; Platkin announced leadership team; SJ legislators seek clarification from Platkin on cop weed use; Senate GOP expressed concern over cop weed use debate


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Former Senator Lesniak gives his perspective on politics on NJTV’s Chat Box.


COVID-besieged businesses are finding a new appetite for digital behaviors.


Read Insider NJ’s ‘All Politics Is Local’: May Municipal Elections Special Edition for an overview of the municipal races.


The fall of Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robison may represent the first falling domino ahead of the 2025 gubernatorial election.


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Camden, hundreds are living in a deplorable city complex where the owner was hit with over 1k violations, according to


In Chatham Township, the committee is mulling options for a former skate park, according to NJ Hills.


In Haledon, the Manchester Regional principal received tenure despite teachers’ wishes, according to


In New Providence, the council introduced a bond ordinance for capital improvements, according to TAPinto.


In Ocean City, Gillian was re-elected mayor last week, according to the Press of Atlantic City. A man admitted to distributing disparaging flyers about a councilman, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Paramus, the town is moving forward with a $1.2M library expansion, according to the Bergen Record.


In Paterson, it remains to be seen whether re-elected Mayor Sayegh will have council support for his projects, according to Paterson Press.


In Phillipsburg, officials are split over revisiting rent control, according to Lehigh Valley Live.


In Teterboro, councilmembers won re-election on Tuesday, according to TAPinto.


In Trenton, accused of violating residency rules, Councilman Santiago claims he was ‘on vacation’, according to the Trentonian. Mayor Gusciora called for a fiscal monitor amid the budget flap with the Council President, according to the Trentonian.


In Warren, Krane was reappointed administrator, according to NJ Hills.


In Wayne, a church merger will save a struggling congregation and site, according to


In Ventnor, the city will sell a mixed-use lot on Ventnor Avenue, according to Downbeach.


ICYMI: In Morris, Mancuso faces primary challenge; in Newark, Onyema ready for runoff against Kelly, Bankston welcomes showdown in runoff election; West Ward runoff, East Ward runoff, Baraka cruised to re-election in anti-climactic race, Team Baraka blanketed city in celebration, Baraka forces converged in the West; in Paterson, Sayegh secured re-election, saying ‘you cannot keep a good city down‘, Mimms, Davila secured re-election, candidates made efforts as Mendez exuded confidence, rival operatives confronted Sayegh, Sayegh’s political moment, Wimberly made council endorsements; in Bayonne, Davis secured re-election, celebrated win, Davis and Ashe-Nadrowski bumped into each other on Election Day; in Belleville, Melham cruised to re-election; in Irvington, Mayor Vauss secured re-election; candidates pounded pavement in final days; East Ward battle intensifying; in Newark, likely tiny fraction will turn out for election; in West Morris, intensifying curriculum debate



Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Dead End: A New Jersey Political Murder Mystery (that left me gobsmacked)


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘The Prime 2022 Midterm Republican Vulnerability: It’s not Anti-abortion: It’s Misogyny, Stupid!


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘Scutari Versus Murphy


Insider NJ columnist Robert Hennelly writes ‘Newark’s Up in the Air Election


Insider NJ columnist Anjali Mehrotra writes ‘Why are We so Afraid of Sex-Education?




McGreevey: Craft your life in love, not fear | A 2022 commencement essay 

Jim McGreevey


  • For your determination, work ethic, and perseverance during this time of COVID, your accomplishment represents a triumph of values. I want to pause to recognize your loved ones, your parents and family, and the university community for their support of your attaining this noteworthy goal.


Understaffed and Overwhelmed 

Susan K. Livio and Ted Sherman, NJ Advance Media for NJ.comk


  • The nursing home aide had been assigned to keep a close eye on a resident considered a serious fall risk. But when a state Department of Health surveyor knocked on the resident’s closed door at 9:18 a.m. that morning, there was no answer.


People want more accessible, transparent council meetings 

Selena Vazquez, Press of Atlantic City


  • People were upset two years ago when the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to stay inside and mostly interact with others virtually. But since then, residents have acclimated to the convenience of having everything readily accessible online, including government meetings.


The marijuana market isn’t exactly rocket science | Mulshine 

Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger


  • As I was listening to the state Senate hearing on marijuana legalization last week, I was doing a bit of research on the internet.


New Jersey lawmakers question top CRC official about cannabis prices, regulations 

Daniel Han, Politico


  • Lawmakers on Thursday questioned the top staffer of New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission about pricing, workplace impairment tests and more during a highly-anticipated legislative hearing into the state’s nascent recreational market.


No more cliffhangers: NJ rewrites how ballots are counted 

Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight


  • New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday began the task of revising how elections work, including changing the way votes are counted and results reported. The changes are meant to bring greater clarity and inspire more trust among the public six months after a close gubernatorial contest spawned conspiracy theories about the outcome.


N.J. grandmothers, great grandmothers rally for reproductive rights. ‘We won’t go back.’ 

Jackie Roman, NJ Advance Media for


  • Generations of women rallied for reproductive rights Friday at a New Jersey senior living community in a demonstration led by former New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.


Defund the police? No way, N.J. Dems say as midterms elections near.

Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media for


  • Outside the U.S. Capitol last Thursday, some two dozen members of the U.S. House touted their bipartisan bill that would earmark federal funding for smaller police departments for training and recruitment.


Here are five ways New Jersey can become more welcoming to business | Ciattarelli

Jack Ciattarelli


  • New Jersey can be an economic powerhouse, providing every resident and business exceptional opportunity to prosper. Unfortunately, two well-known crises stifle our state economy, suppress our vitality, and deprive residents of their American Dream.


NJ is the diner capital of the world: Ranking 20 that define us 

Matt Ryan, NJ1015


  • I think it goes without saying that Jersey is the diner capital of the world. Whether it’s the perfect pork roll (or Taylor Ham in North Jersey) or the delectable disco fries that make the Garden State famous, all of these diners have their own unique personality and charm. How did I narrow down the best to just 20? It wasn’t easy.


Watch the trailer for ‘Hazard NJ,’ a podcast investigating Superfund sites and climate change

Jordan Gass-Poore’, Michael Sol Warren, NJ Spotlight


  • They’re the most polluted places in the country, and no state has more than New Jersey. There are 114 toxic Superfund sites scattered across the Garden State, and that number is growing. As cleanup efforts drag on for those sites, in some cases for nearly 40 years, climate change is reshaping the ways in which their pollution may threaten people living nearby.


Inflation marches on. Here’s where NJ consumers are getting hit the hardest

Michael L. Diamond, Asbury Park Press


  • Linda Lewis stopped by ShopRite here on Thursday to pick up chicken to cook for her grandchildren that night and summoned the willpower to skip what she really wanted: cake. Lewis’ sweet tooth made the decision difficult. Her budget made it easier.


A racial justice organization has sued 30 towns in NJ. Here’s what they’re looking for

Kaitlyn Kanzler,


  • A New Jersey nonprofit set out on a mission to inform residents about racial injustice in their town — and sued 30 municipalities to do so. Rise Against Hate, founded in 2020, has filed lawsuits against 30 towns throughout the state that have denied its record requests seeking the email addresses of residents who are signed up for municipal emails.
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9 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/16/2022”

  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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