Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I do believe he’s an extremist [Murphy]… I’m mainstream; he’s extreme.” – GOP gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli on Governor Murphy
The statewide cumulative COVID-19 count stands at 890,104 cases and 23,637 fatalities (and 129,459 probable cases and 2,645 probable fatalities) as of Sunday (an increase of 183 confirmed cases, 82 probable cases, and 3 lab-confirmed fatalities from the previous day). The viral transmission rate is .77. There have been 9,534,519 COVID-19 vaccinations administered (with 4,553,228 people fully vaccinated).
Governor Murphy and NJ Transit congratulated the latest locomotive engineer class.
Camden County announced a change in format for their COVID-19 reports.
A Hunterdon County Commissioner says there are no excuses for state school aid cuts, according to NJ Hills.
Middlesex County will honor Juneteenth with a series of events and celebrations.
Senator Booker reintroduced a resolution recognizing Women Veterans Appreciation Day.
Rep. Sherrill reintroduced a resolution recognizing Women Veterans Appreciation Day.
The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission highlighted their commitment to removing lead service lines.
ICYMI: Duch appointed Bergen administrator; Hicks resigning; poll shows Murphy’s clear path to re-election; Murphy’s once-skyrocketing ratings returned to pre-pandemic levels
Candace Straight, nationally known fundraiser, passed away; Straight was the founder of WISH List, a donor network for pro-choice Republican women.
Phil Rizzo thanked his supporters who voted for him in the primary, noting his ‘outsider movement’ came in second to ‘establishment candidate’ and nominee Jack Ciattarelli.
In LD22, the GOP ticket thanked primary voters for their support.
In LD34, GOP Senate candidate Scott Pollack called for parental choice in COVID-19 vaccines.
In CD3, a Mount Holly BOE member wants to challenge Rep. Kim next year, according to Politico NJ.
The Morris County GOP congratulated the nominees who won in last week’s primary.
ICYMI: Ciattarelli announced his support Hugin for NJGOP Chair; Insider NJ’s Who’s Up And Who’s Down; Insider NJ’s Primary Day 2021 War Room; atmosphere of apathy among voters; DeCroce reflects on her primary loss, attributing her defeat in contentious race to number of factors; Ciattarelli emerged victorious and set forth his general election theme, Murphy says he knows he’s in for tough battle; Trump became a relevant factor GOP primary; in LD20, Cryan defeated Holley; in battleground LD37, Johnson defeated Huttle; Middlesex v Camden for domination; Ciattarelli confident Murphy ‘one and done in 21‘
Senator Scutari proposes allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to relocate if cities ban adult use sales, according to Politico NJ.
Assemblymembers Peters and Stanfield demanded fixes to recycling delays in Burlington County.
ICYMI: Porzio welcomed Lubot and Huch to its team; Murphy signed legislation enabling end of COVID emergency; Sellinger leading US Attorney candidate (iLine post); pressure building on Murphy to drop student mask requirement; Coughlin postponed public health emergency vote; Codey’s Insider NJ interview
Senator Weinberg reflects on her nearly 30-year career in the Legislature with Steve Adubato.
The race is on: the smart money picks for Governor come 2025.
Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah is the subject of a new movie about his journey as a Muslim elected official.
In Randolph, amid outrage over changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, the BOE solved the issue by getting rid of all holidays on the calendar, and will simply note them as ‘days off’.
In Jersey City, Mayor Fulop introduced a $630M municipal budget. Councilman Solomon introduced a citywide gender-neutral bathroom ordinance. Solomon launched his re-election campaign, according to Hudson County View.
In Atlantic City, public health advocates urged Governor Murphy and local officials to save the city’s syringe access program.
In Hamilton (Mercer), the township introduced cannabusiness ordinances.
In Bedminster, marijuana ordinances were introduced, according to NJ Hills.
In Chatham Township, the mayor is resigning, according to NJ Hills.
In Edison, the city is trying to block a warehouse near a residential neighborhood, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Egg Harbor City, the tax rate will remain stable, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Englewood Cliffs, the town is seeking to take developer land through eminent domain, according to the Bergen Record.
In Flemington, the town will consider allowing marijuana businesses, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Franklin (Sussex), the town banned marijuana businesses to keep its options open, according to NJ Herald.
In Hackensack, the city will try to stop the reinstatement of fired cops, according to the Bergen Record.
In Lambertville, Michael Menche launched an independent mayoral campaign, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Long Hill, residents spoke out in support of the emergency management coordinator amid proposed changes, according to NJ Hills.
In Middle Township, neighbors expressed concern about late-night goings-on at the MLK Center, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Newark, local advocates are requesting the county investigate polling issue reports, according to TAPinto.
In Palisades Park, the town settled a lawsuit with a cop accused of forgery, according to the Bergen Record.
In Scotch Plains, the town ended talks with a developer for a ‘new downtown, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Trenton, Kologi returned as the city attorney, according to the Trentonian.
ICYMI: In Trenton, Coley terminated; in Camden, Carstarphen won mayoral primary; in Edison, Joshi won handily over Bhagia, Lankey, who lost Dem backing, filed to run for re-election as an independent, Brescher also filed to run as independent; in Morristown, incumbent Mayor Dougherty defeated challenger; in Plainfield, Mapp declared victory; Oliver says ‘ultimate goal‘ is local control in Camden
Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes’Flag Day 2021: For Both Parties, It’s Trump 2.0, Divide and Prosper‘ and ‘Ciattarelli’s Twin Peak Climb‘ and ‘Walt Whitman’s Camden 2021‘
In a guest column on Insider NJ, Councilwoman Reyes-Morton writes ‘A Camden Awakening‘
Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘The Numbers Confirm: Ciattarelli Faces a Landslide Defeat‘
Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Pride Month & Why We Still March‘
Insider NJ reporter Fred Snowflack writes ‘The Judge’s Bizarre Ruling in the O’Donnell Case‘
In a guest column on Insider NJ, Bertin Lefkovic writes ‘The Rise and Fall of Bibi Netanyahu (and Maybe Steve Sweeney)‘
AROUND THE WEB:
Charles Stile, NorthJersey.com
- Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti — a Bayonne Democrat and a self-professed government geek who can recall gazing with wonder at the curtains and levers on the voting machines of his youth — recently explained to me why his five-year stint in the Legislature was coming to an abrupt end.
Ted Sherman and Brent Johnson, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- It took a long time for Gov. Phil Murphy to decide to shut down the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, New Jersey’s troubled women’s prison. But once a scathing report into the continuing sexual violence at the century-old complex was released, the decision came quickly.
Matt Rooney, Save Jersey
- The runner-up in this year’s NJGOP gubernatorial primary is already signaling a willingness to challenge the nominee. On Friday, Hudson County Pastor Phil Rizzo criticized Jack Ciatterelli’s decision to back former U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin to lead the NJGOP. The party’s nominee is traditionally granted his choice for NJGOP chair.
Kurt Bresswein, For lehighvalleylive.com
- Warren County officials this week disputed New Jersey’s vaccine numbers, with state figures trailing federal statistics by 26% for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Amy S. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer
- It is a lucky town that recaptures an old movie theater left to crumble. In Ventnor, a Jersey Shore town just below Atlantic City, they’ve now done it twice.
Vernon Ogrodneck, Press of Atlantic City
- Atlantic City has a long history of tainted and manipulated elections. It could be the poster child for efforts to ensure that voting in America is secure and adheres to the nation’s founding principle of government representatives chosen by its people.
Cheryl Makin, MyCentralJersey.com
- Hunterdon County Vocational School District has been selected by Gov. Phil Murphy to receive a $15 million grant to expand career and technical educational programs, as part of the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act.
Erik Larsen, Wochit
- Bradley D. Billhimer delivers the keynote address at the 32nd annual awards reception for the 200 Club of Ocean County on Friday, June 11, 2021.