Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/1/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: The Legislature gave kids an inch and they’ve taken mile after mile of our beaches and boardwalks.” – Senator O’Scanlon calling for fixes to curtail rowdy teens in beach towns


TOP STORY: The Real Contest: Will the Line Hold?


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Summer travel is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels, according to NJ Spotlight.


Former Governor Christie will launch a presidential bid next week, according to Politico NJ.


Child poverty in New Jersey was 15% in 2021, according to NJ Spotlight.


The NJ Historical Commission launched the Statewide Black Heritage Trail and seeks public input.


9,400 acres of a cranberry farm once owned by Jersey political boss J. Garfield DeMarco is now a hiking gem, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


The NJ Redevelopment Authority launched a affordable housing support initiative.


ICYMI: GOP voters say Trump strongest nominee, Christie fares poorly; Murphy highlighted $100M boardwalk investment; time ticks down on debt ceiling; Murphy announced staff transitions; Murphy to nominate Noriega to SC; congestion pricing rallying point; FDU poll: Murphy 44% approval


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The contested Morris County GOP primary races offer a test of the power the recently-adopted ‘county line’.


In LD11, Garden State Equality’s Action Fund endorsed Luanne Peterpaul for Assembly.


Sean Caddle’s sentencing is approaching, with little to show in regards to the expected earth-shattering implications of the case, according to Politico NJ.


Sussex County Democratic Chair Rowe won’t seek another term.


In LD24, the Chester Township council endorsed Space, Fantasia, and Inganamort, according to NJ Hills.


The Hudson County Latino Caucus endorsed Craig Guy for Hudson County executive.


The NJDSC adopted their delegate selection plan for the 2024 DNC convention.


ICYMI: In CD7, Altman announced candidacy; CWA announced endorsements; 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; in LD26, contentious GOP primary


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Senator Sarlo issued a statement of support for Supreme Court nominee Michael Noriega.


Senators O’Scanlon and Bucco called for measures to hold law-breaking teens accountable as Shore towns implement curfews to curtail vandalism, underage drinking, shoplifting, and assault.


Senator Durr slammed Democratic legislation that would impose financial penalties on schools districts that remove books from libraries.


A judge declined to block the Horizon reorganization, according to NJ Monitor.


Attorney’s say Supreme Court nominee Michael Noriega’s public defender past would be an asset on the court, according to NJ Monitor.


NJ Citizen Action held their 41st annual awards gala.


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


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


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 Parsippany, ELEC violation allegations swirl in the contested GOP council primary.


In Toms River, GOP mayoral primary candidate Ambrosio vowed to end the MCCUO ordinance.


In Roselle, a judge denied Mayor Shaw’s request to freeze challenger Holley’s campaign account.


In Atlantic City, NJ Transit launched a pilot program for train ticket purchases, according to the Press of Atlantic city.


In Bound Brook, another apartment building is going up downtown, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Carteret, a wrinkle was added to the waterfront walkway construction, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Egg Harbor, a report analyzes affordable housing and diversity in the township, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Florham Park, mayoral and council seats are on the line in the primary, according to NJ Hills.


In Hasbrouck Heights, residents raised noise complaints about a trade school, according to TAPinto.


In Hoboken, the council may finally vote on a pool ordinance, according to TAPinto.


In Montclair, the judge in the whistleblower case says ‘we have some ride ahead’, according to


In Ocean City, a emergency meeting was set to address rowdy teens, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Saddle River, a development is opposed by a neighbor, according to the Bergen Record.


In Salem, the city’s move to privatize the water-sewer system generated a ballot referendum, according to the Daily Journal.


In Wayne, middle school parents reported ‘heartbreaking’ bullying cases, according to


ICYMI: In Hanover, parental notification policy remains on hold; in Rockaway, audit found widespread violations; in Dover, Dem mayoral primary three-way race; in Montclair, Yacobellis confirmed mayoral run; in Roselle, Shaw filed ELEC complaints; in Roxbury, BOE held packed meeting as book battle becomes lightening rod; in Roselle, Holley endorsed by former mayors; in Hanover, NJEA condemned school parental notification policy



Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘LGBT In NJ Politics. Not That Great. HAPPY PRIDE!


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘The Christie Presidential Campaign may Play a Decisive Role


Insider NJ columnist Anjali Mehrotra writes ‘Book Bans: the Latest Version of ‘Build the wall’


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





7 reasons NJ’s Christie would be a better president than Trump (Opinion)

Jeff Deminski, NJ1015


  • According to a story from NJ Advance Media, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be announcing he’s running for president within two weeks. With low poll numbers, it will be regarded by many as a joke. I don’t know if he’ll mount an effective campaign this time compared to 2016 when he dropped out of the race after placing 6th in New Hampshire. But I do know this. He would be a far better president than Donald Trump.


Slain councilwoman’s running mate baffled after figure from her past is charged with murder

Camille Furst, NJ Advance Media for


  • A Sayreville borough council member who described himself as a close friend of Eunice Dwumfour said he is left with more questions after prosecutors announced an arrest in her killing Tuesday.


Bridging the Gap. Partnership Between City of Bayonne, New Jersey Transit Eyed for Repair of Key Crossing

Al Sullivan, TAPinto Bayonne


  • Desperately needed repairs to the 34th Street Bridge will likely be done as a joint project between the City of Bayonne and NJ Transit, local officials said recently.


NJ college fires planner, issues refunds for graduation disaster

Dan Alexander, NJ1015


  • The Stevens Institute of Technology will refund every graduate $250 following the snafus of their commencement ceremonies. After a ceremony for the school’s 2,800 graduates at the Prudential Center in Newark featuring an address from Gov. Phil Murphy, the commencement moved to two smaller venues, NJPAC and Newark Symphony Hall, where the university’s seven colleges held name-reading ceremonies for graduates and undergraduates.


Is the cigarette tax in New Jersey too low? What smokers pay

David Matthau, NJ1015


  • Back in 2020, there was a plan to increase New Jersey’s cigarette tax, but it was put on hold when the COVID health emergency began. Now there is renewed discussion about raising the cigarette tax in the Garden State. Bill Sherman, the managing director of advocacy for the American Cancer Society said the tax should be increased for a very simple reason.


NJ highway agencies to perform evacuation exercises Thursday morning

Eric Conklin, Press of Atlantic City


  • Drivers should expect to see more state, police and emergency vehicles on shore routes Thursday morning as they practice hurricane evacuation exercises, the South Jersey Transportation Authority said Wednesday.


N.J.’s largest weed company used political connections for a fast fix

Jelani Gibson, NJ Advance Media for


  • After New Jersey’s largest weed supplier, Curaleaf, was banned by state regulators from selling recreational cannabis in April, the company enlisted a former New Jersey attorney general to fight the order.


Sign N.J. bill to bust boom-box nuisance cars | Editorial

South Jersey Times Editorial Board


  • Just in time for “Fast X” to start sputtering out at the box office, Gov. Phil Murphy gets his own chance to sign on for a spot in outlaw vehicle history. No, Murphy won’t be co-starring (or feuding) with Vin Diesel anytime soon. But the governor can put his imprint on legislation to deal with boisterous “boom cars” and the irritatingly noisy “boom parties” they inspire.


Watchdog sues Newark, Jersey City landlords over housing discrimination claims

Dana DiFilippo, NJ Monitor


  • A housing watchdog group has sued 26 landlords and brokers in Newark and Jersey City, alleging they illegally refuse to lease apartments to people who use government-subsidized vouchers to pay rent. The Housing Rights Initiative, a New York City-based nonprofit, filed a complaint in state Superior Court Wednesday asking a judge to declare the landlords, brokers, and companies that employ them in violation of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination. That law prohibits discrimination based on source of income.


5 questions for three candidates for Sussex County commissioner

Bruce A. Scruton, New Jersey Herald


  • Sussex County government is headed by a five-member Board of Commissioners who approve the annual budget, set county policy on a wide range of subjects and appoint the county administrator to carry out that policy.


Eagles and ospreys are resurgent. Here’s the darker side of NJ’s bird story

Caitlin Brannigan


  • Birders have celebrated a recent resurgence in New Jersey’s population of such iconic species as bald eagles, ospreys and peregrine falcons. But overall bird populations continue to decline, for a variety of reasons.
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17 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/1/2023”

  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

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