Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/21/2024

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: I simply cannot do my job if I get motions that need immediate attention at 1 a.m. in the morning. I don’t know if the parties are engaging in games here. If so, they should stop.” – Judge Stein scolding attorneys in the Menendez trial for filing a ‘frenzied flurry of documents’


TOP STORY: With Trump, the Glassner is Half Full


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Prosecutors are pushing on the scheme to benefit Egypt in Senator Menendez’s corruption trial, according to the Bergen Record. The trial is focused on a halal meat business, according to NJ Spotlight. Testimony was given about how a businessman saved Nadine Menendez’s home from foreclosure, according to


The state’s ‘uncommitted’ campaign will look different than PA’s, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


The Murphy Administration announced actions to allow pharmacists to provide hormonal contraceptives to patients without a prescription.


8 Jersey Shore towns filed a lawsuit to stop approvals of offshore wind, according to the Asbury Park Press.


Hunterdon County commissioners backed ‘squatting’ and property owner rights legislation, according to TAPinto.


ICYMI: Thousands gathered for Trump rally, Van Drew welcomed Trump, who said ‘we’re going to win’ NJ, will ‘shut down deadly sanctuary cities‘ made endorsement of Serrano Glassner; Fulop celebrates reservoir trail


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


‘America First’ takes center stage in the GOP Senate primary, according to NJ Hills.


The Democrats’ Senate primary battle is a three-way race, according to NJ Hills.


Dover Councilwoman Wittner endorsed Patricia Campos Medina in the Democratic Senate primary.


In CD2, Tim Alexander was endorsed by Chesilhurst Mayor Odom.


In CD7, there’s a small primary field this year, according to NJ Hills.


In CD10, Secretary of State Way instructed state judges to take another look at two petition challenges, according to Politico NJ.


In CD11, Rep. Sherrill faces a primary challenger, according to NJ Hills.


Paterson Councilman Khalique endorsed Chief Adamo for Passaic County Sheriff.


Sussex County commissioner candidates debated, according to NJ Herald.


ICYMI: Durr looks to recapture magic; in CD3, Dems debated; Crispi’s star rising; Dem Senate candidates debated; Ocean GOP backing Bashaw; Sherrill took aggressive approach to Trump rally; in CD10, contenders filed to run; CD10 names, Armstead collecting signatures; Vainieri endorsed Guy for HCDO chair; Fulop held town hall; Glassner looking to pull Bashaw into fight; as Passaic intensifies, Speziale endorsed by Fulop; Murphy addressed campus unrest; Malinowski eying chair of Hunterdon Dems; Fulop launching down-ballot effort


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Here’s what happened in Trenton on Thursday.


Lawmakers are looking for ways to regulate hemp and delta-8 products flooding the state, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


Senator Tiver introduced a veterans health care bill package.


Senator Pennacchio offered an amendment to protect parental rights.


Assemblyman DePhillips demanded an audit of NJ Transit.


The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission re-elected Al Komjathy as Chairman.


ICYMI: Senate passed OPRA legislation, boos and jeers greeted vote


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


An Insider NJ movie review of ‘Civil War’.


Veteran defense attorney Joe Hayden shared his personal recounting of the Bill Musto trial.


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Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Bernardsville, the BOE is tackling ’embarrassing’ meetings, according to NJ Hills.


In Carney’s Point, a warehouse project is underway, according to Burlington County Times.


In East Brunswick, the process has started for an ice rink, according to TAPinto.


In Hanover, a sobriety living facility failed a key zoning test, according to NJ Hills.


In Hasbrouck Heights, four ordinances were passed, according to TAPinto.


In Hillsborough, residents are facing tax increases, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Hoboken, Councilwoman Fisher raised concern about the appointment of an official’s wife to the HBA board, according to TAPinto. Mayor Bhalla is facing calls for investigations, according to Hudson County View.


In Lyndhurst, a cop is suing alleging retaliation tarnished his career, according to the Bergen Record.


In Moorestown, the town is again trying to establish a historic preservation district, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


In Morristown, concerns about rodents, trash, and parking were brought to the Housing Authority, according to Morristown Green.


In Ocean County, the Surfrider Foundation celebrated the beach access victory, according to TAPinto.


In Toms River, two synagogues were proposed, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Westfield, the council approved park improvements funding, according to TAPinto.


ICYMI: In White, warehouse five-year fight over; in Paterson, Mendez declared victory; Velez won; Abdelaziz won; in Montclair, Baskerville won mayoralty; in Orange, Mayor Warren secured re-election; in Irvington, Vauss’ allies swept; guide to municipal elections; in Annandale, ongoing book battle; in New Brunswick, freedom of press case may go to state SC; in Roxbury, BOE decision to rescind transgender protections



Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘Afghani Family Who Helped U.S. Uplifted by FDU’s Global Reach‘ and ‘Wildwood Proves Trump Maga Fever Still Raging‘ and ‘Gaza’s Fate Looms Large in NJ Dems June Primary Debate


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘‘Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game!?’


Insider NJ columnist former Senator Bernard Kenny writes ‘America 2024: A Matter of Life and Death





Actually, Sen. Menendez, what you did does indeed sound pretty corrupt

Terrence T. McDonald, NJ Monitor


  • When Sen. Bob Menendez’s lawyers finally began arguing his case to a jury last week, they did their best to make his conduct sound innocuous.Their problem is New Jersey politicians have so normalized their often-egregious behavior, they don’t appear to recognize when they’re describing corrupt acts. The Overton Window on unethical conduct in the Garden State hasn’t been shifted; it’s been smashed into pieces.


NJ Decides 2024 congressional voters’ guide

NJ Spotlight


  • This year, NJ Spotlight News presents a comprehensive look at the primary races for one New Jersey seat in the U.S. Senate and all 12 House seats. Four Republicans and three Democrats are vying for New Jersey’s vacant Senate seat, while 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats seek House nominations.


A sensible stopgap on school funding | Editorial

Star-Ledger Editorial Board


  • Gov. Phil Murphy’s historic boost in funding for New Jersey public schools is welcome news, and so is restoring a fairer system, as we shift aid from historically overfunded districts to underfunded ones.


NJ property-tax relief: Is there a better way?

John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight


  • Citing average property-tax bills that now top $9,800 statewide, lawmakers are questioning whether New Jersey homeowners would get more relief from state property-tax rebate programs if they appeared as direct credits on local tax bills. That way, popular annual relief benefits that now total as much as $1,750 under the Anchor program could directly reduce a homeowner’s property-tax bill instead of coming much later as a check in the mail or a direct deposit into each recipient’s bank account.


Pennsauken man charged over fatal crash on Route 130; state plans improvements

Jim Walsh, Cherry Hill Courier-Post


  • An accident on this town’s deadliest highway has resulted in criminal charges against a local man. Gage Patton, 20, was allegedly speeding when his vehicle rear-ended a tractor trailer on the 9000 block of Route 130 on April 16, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.


Iran’s president, foreign minister and others found dead at helicopter crash site

The Associated Press


  • Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and the country’s foreign minister were found dead Monday hours after their helicopter crashed in fog, leaving the Islamic Republic without two key leaders as extraordinary tensions grip the wider Middle East.


New Jersey is among the meanest states to Artificial Intelligence

Kylie Moore, NJ1015


  • We all have mixed feeling about the rise of AI, but New Jerseyans can come together on one thing: we will not spare AI of our attitude. A study was done recently by Preply to figure out which states are the nicest and which are the meanest to their AI devices (Alexa, Siri, automated phone reps, phone Face ID) and spoiler alert: New Jersey is rude. I’ll wait for you to take pick your jaw up off the floor.


Case against former South Jersey gym owner Ian Smith dismissed

Matt Rooney, Save Jersey


  • Former Atilis Gym co-owner and U.S. House candidate Ian Smith says the state’s Covid-19 era case against him has been dropped.


Fulop talks 2% cap on tuition hikes, expanding universal pre-K, in N.J. education plan

Daniel Ulloa, Hudson County View


  • Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop hosted a Town Hall this morning to discuss his education plan, which includes a two percent annual cap on college tuition hikes and expanding universal pre-K, his fifth white paper since he announced a bid for governor in April 2023.


FBI agents pay a visit to 55th Street in West New York, details remain scarce

John Heinis, Hudson County View


  • FBI agents paid a visit to 55th Street in West New York today, though details of the law enforcement action remain scarce at this time.


The State We’re In: Saving money, helping the climate, aiding justice

Alison Mitchell, New Jersey Conservation Foundation


  • Interested in saving money on home energy bills? How about helping to fight climate change by reducing your carbon footprint? Or ensuring that the New Jersey communities most affected by environmental pollution get justice and help?


Home sweet homes and TLC for new HomeFront residents in Hopewell

LA Parker, The Trentonian


  • Interested in saving money on home energy bills? How about helping to fight climate change by reducing your carbon footprint? Or ensuring that the New Jersey communities most affected by environmental pollution get justice and help?


N.J.’s judiciary is an effective system. The Legislature must not hijack it | Opinion

Robert F. Williams


  • Senate President Nick Scutari recently announced a fast-tracked proposal to remake, by constitutional amendment, New Jersey’s intermediate court, which is known as the Appellate Division of the Superior Court.


Joyce Kilmer’s Youth in Government Program Gives Eighth Graders up Close Look at Local Government in Action

Dawn Miller,


  • At the May 13 meeting of the Milltown Borough Council, 11 Joyce Kilmer eighth graders got a firsthand look at local government in action. The students were a part of Joyce Kilmer’s Youth in Government program. “The Youth in Government program gives our civics students exposure to the role of local government in Milltown,” Christopher Dombroski said. “Our students interact and visit the Board of Education, Police Department, Fire Department and Borough Council. These experiences enrich their understanding of local governance and hopefully inspire an interest in serving their community.”


State Lawmakers Pushing to Extinguish Vaping, Smoking in Teens

TAPinto Staff


  • A group of measures recently received the approval of the Assembly Health Committee that would push to stop teens from smoking and vaping as usage of these products is on the rise among young people. “It’s well documented that smoking and vaping can cause devastating and irrevocable damage,” said Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee (D-Burlington). “Far too many of our youth use tobacco and vaping products and that, quite simply, has to stop. The bills we advanced today are all designed to aid us in our fight to curb underage usage of these products.”


Murphy gives New Jersey local governments green light to raise taxes

Center Square


  • Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a package of bills that will allow cities and towns to consider overrides of a local property tax cap to offset proposed funding cuts to some school districts. A key provision of the Democratic-led proposal would allow school districts to exceed the state’s 2% cap on property tax levy hikes by leveraging portions unused in previous budget cycles.


No need to rush through Corporate Transit Fee proposal with many negative economic consequences

Tom Bracken, N.J. Chamber of Commerce


  • There has been a lot of discussion about the proposed 2.5% Corporate Transit Fee on New Jersey’s largest employers and we at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, along with many of our trade association colleagues, are totally against it and would like to see it eliminated. Everyone agrees New Jersey Transit needs to get its fiscal house in order; however, the employer community stands firm that the CTF will never be a viable solution. Thanks to NJ Transit’s increased funding sources, policymakers can instead spend the next year doing a deep dive into the agency’s true financial position and needs — and not rush through a proposal during budget season with many negative economic consequences.
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35 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/21/2024”

  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.

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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

    Sent from my iPhone

  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

  18. Iowa gets it right. What better school security is there than trained, armed teachers with concealed carry permits. You wonder what parents and local government officials when they oppose this idea. Apparently they would rather wait for some demented individual, either a student or maybe an ex student pulls out a handgun of his backpack , or a long gun out of a duffel and starts firing do they can call it in and wait for help to show up. This move would save many lives and I would heartily endorse this idea nationwide. Of course I’m just an average gun owner who believes that our kids are our most valuable asset and need real protection.

  19. The problem with the Line is that there is no vetting process. Whoever pays the most and/or is specifically unqualified and therefore relegated to the status of puppet is who the county bosses support and threaten the committee members to support. My opponent said on-air that he will do whatever they tell him. What kind of leadership is that. I have 8-10 organizations endorsing me to his zero. I have served many statewide for almost 4 years while he has never helped anyone but himself. No-brainer who is qualified, and they know it. That’s why they are getting nasty and vile while I continue to take the high road.

  20. With the mainstream media touting the current president and suddenly discovers he’s been lying to us all about how supportive he is of Israel when it is reported he is receiving BIG donations from Soros and Rockefellers , both proven anti-American donors, to become pro Palestinian and Pro Hamas and Anti Israel by holding up ammunition shipments to Israel. And solidly answering the question of why he never goes directly against Iran. Is the MSM party to this also. How can the general public now know who and what to trust. They warn us how terrible a trump administration will be as if they have totally forgotten how good we had it under Trump. All I can say is put on your big boy pants and tell us how it really is.

  21. Studies show that recreational cannabis is responsible a 10% increase in motor vehicle accident deaths. These studies show that cannabis impairs driving ability and driving while high is common among regular users. Since cannabis is still an illegal drug, insurance companies are within their rights to deny coverage in for an accident ruled a DUI due to cannabis. However a state that approved its recreational use should be held accountable for any and all the consequences of that DUI. States are more interested in the money they make but they should accept the responsibility for having approved the use of recreational cannabis.

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