Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/30/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: There is no appetite to move this bill, because they want to bribe the senior voting bloc months before we all appear on the ballot. Given that Governor Murphy doesn’t have a horse in this race, StayNJ may not even materialize.” – GOP Assemblyman Bergen criticizing Speaker Coughlin’s StayNJ proposal


TOP STORY: It Ain’t Dover till it’s Dover


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Download and read Insider NJ’s ‘Addressing Youth Mental Health In New Jersey‘ special edition publication.


The NJDEP declared that the Jersey Shore an state lakes are ready for the summer season.


Governor Murphy highlighted a proposed $100M investment in the state’s boardwalks.


AG Platkin and NJDOE Commissioner Allen-McMillan released a resource guide for addressing bias in K-12 schools.


The Murphy Administration advanced the Liberty State Park revitalization plan.


The DOJ is investigating Senator Menendez over whether he received a car, a DC apartment, an other ‘gifts’ from a NJ business, according to NBC 4.


The state is seeing a rise in antibiotic-resistant infections, according to NJ Spotlight.


ICYMI: Time ticks down on debt ceiling; Murphy announced executive staff transitions; Murphy to nominate Noriega to Supreme Court; FDU poll: residents overwhelmingly support climate change education; congestion pricing rallying point for NJ officials; FDU poll: Murphy 44% approval rating; Sherrill rallied with Moms Demand Action


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In LD3, Senator Durr was a GOP sensation two years ago; now his ex-running mate is running against him, according to


In LD24, Space, Fantasia, and Inganamort were endorsed by LD25 Senator Bucco and Assemblymembers Dunn and Bergen, according to NJ Hills.


In LD27, Senator Codey, Assemblyman McKeon, and Alixon Collazos-Gill were endorsed by Rep. Payne.


In LD28, Senator Burgess, Assemblywoman Tucker, and Garnet Hall were endorsed by Rep. Payne.


Senate President Scutari and Senator Stack teamed up to bolster Union County Democrats ahead of the primary, according to Hudson County View.


Hudson County Executive candidate Craig Guy was endorsed by the NJSPBA.


ICYMI: Fulop surfaced in AC; in LD25, Clarke fundraising on book ban controversy; in LD26, Bergen and DeCroce collided over debate proposal; Jones held fundraiser; Spadea making rounds, endorsements; in LD26, contentious GOP primary


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Governor Murphy took action on legislation.


Speaker Coughlin’s senior property tax bill is fueling sudden drama and shutdown talk, according to


Assemblyman Bergen said that seniors and veterans can’t count on Democrats for property tax relief.


NJ Policy Perspective criticized Speaker Coughlin’s StayNJ proposal as falling short of helping seniors with the lowest incomes.


ICYMI: Coughlin unveiled StayNJ proposal; Murphy threatens veto of budget; Assemblywoman Yustein sworn-in; legislative leaders gently nudged Murphy closer to lame duck; friendly sparks flew between Senators Smith and Bramnick; Murphy will tap Arlene Quinones Perez for Racing Commission; Coughlin preparing to announce senior property tax plan; parents rallied for parental rights; nurses rallied


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


As Senator Menendez faces another federal probe, a potential downfall would send tremors through the state’s political world.


There are bigger consequences of what went down in the municipal elections in Hudson County.


Former Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel discusses the state’s tick population explosion.


As George Norcross announces his departure from Jersey politics, who will emerge as the next leader in South Jersey?


Download and read Insider NJ’s municipal elections special edition publication.


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Rockaway, a state audit found widespread violations of employee paid leave payouts, unused vacation time, and not properly obtaining health insurance.


In Dover, the Democratic primary features a three-way race between incumbent Mayor Blackman, Alderman Correa, and former Mayor Dodd.


In Montclair, Councilor Yacobellis confirmed his intention to run for mayor next year.


In Roselle, Mayor Shaw filed a ELEC complaints against former Assemblyman Holley, James Devine, and Lisa McCormick. Senator Stack headed to Roselle to aid Mayor Shaw for GOTV, according to Hudson County View.


In Bernards, culture wars are still burning in the schools, according to NJ Hills.


In Jersey City, former Governor McGreevey is being encouraged to run for mayor in 2025, according to the Jersey Journal.


In Morristown, the council discussed vacant properties on the Green, according to NJ Hills. Two Democrats are vying for Ward 3 council in the primary, according to Morristown Green.


In Upper, ATVs, dirtbikes, and exploding targets are part of the discussion, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


ICYMI: In Roxbury, the BOE held a packed meeting; in Roselle, Holley endorsed by former mayors; in Hanover, NJEA condemned school parental notification policy; in Paterson, Eastside Don Bosco went head-to-head at historic and reborn Hinchliffe; in Roxbury, book legal battle is lightening rod for candidates; in Fair Lawn, residents banded together to snuff out Nabisco implosion; in WNY, Sires thanked Stack as driving force behind his victory; Sires clinched victory as Cirillo concedes, both hit the streets in the final hours of the race; in North Bergen, Sacco romped to victory



Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘SCOTUS Rewrites Clean Water Act and Murphy Drags His Feet‘ and ‘On the Hunt for Press Row


Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Culture Wars Flare on School Boards over Trans Issues, Book Bans




Murphy’s temper tantrum, and the makings of a budget deal | Moran

Tom Moran, Star-Ledger


  • Drive along Upper Mountain Road in the lovely township of Montclair, and you will see one sprawling mansion after another, their manicured lawns as big as a local park, most with outsized windows to take in the sparkling view of Manhattan.


Much of Camden’s downtown was demolished for ‘urban renewal.’ Now, a push to make it a place for people again.

Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • The Camden Youth Jazz Collective was playing hot licks under a spring blue sky. People beneath umbrellas at bistro tables tucked into fried fish from a food truck operated by Corinne’s Place, the city’s homegrown, James Beard award-winning soul food restaurant.


Liberty State Park: The good guys finally won | Editorial

Star-Ledger Editorial Board


  • The ultimate vision of a pristine urban oasis – protected from garish development, political dithering, and billionaire hubris – took a giant step closer to reality last week, when a massive plan to revitalize Liberty State Park was announced by the Department of Environmental Protection.


Ex-con murdered woman on NJ estate of former US senator

Sergio Bichao, NJ1015


  • A career criminal could be back behind bars permanently after a Hunterdon County jury last week convicted him of murdering a woman at a drug-fueled party in 2020. Brandon E. Petersen, 33, of Newton, faces at least 30 years to life when he is sentenced in July.


Coughlin’s tax plan for seniors puts him at odds with governor

David Cruz, NJ Spotlight


  • As state lawmakers hammer out the final details of a state budget, a new proposal by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has provoked pushback from Gov. Phil Murphy. Under Coughlin’s plan, called Stay NJ, “Every senior, 65 or older, with regard to their primary residence, would be eligible to receive a 50% off their property taxes. It’s a straightforward simple plan,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex).


Pausing on the way to the Jersey Shore

Tom Gralish, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • Frequent travelers appreciate rest stops – not just for the rest rooms, but also as a place to take breaks to eat, walk the dog, get coffee of just their stretch legs. Read More >> We evaluate the essentials at four Jersey stops.


Legal battle over beach replenishment in North Wildwood

Ted Goldberg, NJ Spotlight


  • North Wildwood remains locked in a legal battle with the state over how best to replenish its beachfront after storms. North Wildwood has some very narrow beaches, making it prone to erosion, and township officials say typical replenishment strategies won’t work.


Mental health crisis in New Jersey: Workforce pressures

NJ Spotlight


  • Powerful societal factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, rapid integration of technology into daily life and polarized political sentiment have contributed to mental health challenges for a great many people from all walks of life in New Jersey and elsewhere.


Are NJ beaches prepared for hurricane season? Officials say yes, but vulnerabilities remain

Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press


  • In the more than 10 years since Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, state officials are confident their beaches are well-nourished with sand and beachfront communities are well protected. However, New Jersey officials say a number of inland bay communities remain vulnerable.


Murphy wants $100M in pandemic aid spent on Jersey Shore boardwalks. Who gets first dibs?

David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press


  • Gov. Phil Murphy stepped out onto a sunny Asbury Park boardwalk on Thursday morning, kicking off the Memorial Day holiday weekend and touting a $100 million fund to revitalize and refurbish the state’s boardwalks. “First of all, boardwalks are the lifeblood, particularly in warm weather, of a town like Asbury Park,” Murphy said during a stop at The Break Restaurant.
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