Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/17/2024

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: As this investigation continues, today we are sending a clear message: No matter how connected or powerful you are, if there is evidence suggesting that you have used your position and taxpayer dollars for political retribution or gain, we will hold you accountable.” – AG Platkin on the filing of charges against two SJTA commissioners


TOP STORY: Spiller Launches Run for New Jersey Governor


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Governor Murphy established the Responsible Gaming Task Force.


After months of horse-trading, Governor Murphy signed the controversial OPRA bill, and progressives are angry, according to


The AG’s Office filed charges against two South Jersey Transportation Authority Commissioners.


The NJ Hall of Fame is set to open at the American Dream Mall, according to NJ Spotlight.


Former President Trump and Senator Menendez adopted very different demeanors at the defense tables, according to NY Times.


Unruly teen behavior is jeopardizing the future of summer festivals and carnivals, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Senator Booker decried the Supreme Court’s ruling in Garland v. Cargill.


ICYMI: Former Essex Freeholder Cavanaugh passed away; Murphy’s approval rating 46%; Gottheimer touted high-speed internet; 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


NJEA President and former Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller launched his candidacy for Governor in the Democratic primary.


Millennials For NJ announced Rebecca Schwartz as chair.


In CD10, the Payne family endorsed Councilwoman McIver in the special primary.


GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Robert Canfield proposed the elimination of Garden State Parkway tolls.


ICYMI: Insider NJ’s Who’s Up And Who’s Down; Dems welcome showdown with MAGA; GOP seething at media for blaming Trump; in CD3, Mohan won GOP primary to face off against Conaway; primary featured collisions; Kim emerged victorious; Bashaw won the GOP Senate primary, with national implications; Passaic key test for party organizations, Adamo won; Menendez prevailed; potential Menendez replacement names; Crispi wants Trump GOP loyalty pledge; Bashaw says Kim ‘not a strong candidate


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Governor Murphy announced front office promotions.


The NJDHS named two new deputy commissioners.


The Governor’s corporate transit fee to fund NJ Transit is getting murkier, according to NJ Herald.


ICYMI: Murphy nominated Hoffman for Supreme Court; NJSBA president condemned judge’s remarks; Senate passed OPRA legislation, boos and jeers greeted vote


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Download and read Insider NJ’s 2024 Insider 100: Lobbyist publication.


Former Senator Bob Gordon discusses his career and insights on current events.


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Barnegat Bay, the flag wars are erupting in SC Justice Alito’s neighborhood, according to


In Bridgewater, a police officer is suing the town, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Franklin, residents asked the town to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, according to TAPinto.


In Harrington Park, Mayor Hoelscher passed away, according to the Bergen Record.


In Jersey City, a poll shows former Governor McGreevey leading in the mayoral race, according to Hudson County View. Commissioner Vainieri hyped up O’Dea for mayor, according to Hudson County View.


In Long Hill, Hubert resigned as OEM coordinator, according to NJ Hills.


In Margate, parents will help police with rowdy teens, according to NJ101.5.


In Newark, Forbes ranked the city as the worst for renters, according to TAPinto.


In North Wildwood, the town’s fight with the state over erosion has cost taxpayers $1M, according to


In Ocean City, a Juneteenth organizer expressed disappointment with support and cited online backlash, according to the Press of Atlantic City. A church rep says he shouldn’t have to compete with musicians to preach on the boardwalk, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Phillipsburg, the town signed a deal to digitize and simplify documents, according to Lehigh Valley Live.


In Robbinsville, the budget was passed, according to TAPinto.


In Verona, a public presentation will be held on the proposed emergency services building, according to TAPinto.


In Westwood, school bullying reports dropped by half, according to the Bergen Record.


ICYMI: In Bloomfield, Mundell prevailed; in Perth Amboy, Caba prevailed; 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 Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘The Pathway to a Bashaw Upset Victory in November


Insider NJ columnist Andrew Leven writes ‘Hunter Biden – Lemon, or Lemonade?


Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘A Bright Spot Amidst a Bleak EMS Week‘ and ‘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




How to (allegedly) bribe a U.S. senator in 4 easy steps

S.P. Sullivan, NJ Advance Media for


  • U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez sat at an outdoor table at Segovia, an upscale steakhouse nestled in the marshy Meadowlands suburbs in Moonachie, talking to the guy who recently bought his wife a Mercedes. “I saved your ass twice,” Menendez boasted to the man, Jose Uribe, according to an account Uribe gave as the New Jersey senator’s federal corruption trial entered its fifth week.


The best idea in this budget showdown, and the worst. From the same guy. | Moran

Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Editorial Board


  • The big shots in Trenton have just two weeks to settle on a budget, a time of year when good ideas and bad ideas do battle, with billions of dollars at stake. It is a curiosity of this year that Speaker Craig Coughlin is giving us both. So, let’s hope he’s half-successful.


Map shows which parts of N.J. will be underwater in the future. Look up your address.

Steven Rodas, NJ Advance Media for


  • For some in New Jersey, sea level rise is never far from the mind. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides readers an interactive tool to see what future rising temperatures could mean for melting ice and by extension rising ocean levels across the Jersey Shore and further.


Exclusive: Sen. Cory Booker on Bob Menendez, IVF bill and more

David Cruz, NJ Spotlight


  • In this extended interview, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) sat down with NJ Spotlight News Senior Political Correspondent David Cruz to discuss a wide range of developments in Washington, D.C. and closer to home.


NJ attorney general charges two officials tied to Dem boss Norcross’ political feud

Matt Friedman, Politico


  • Two South Jersey Transportation Commissioners were charged Friday with blocking payments to an engineering firm whose executive refused to go along with a political request from South Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross.


How a NJ Public Schools Mom Became an Advocate for Democracy in State Politics

Pam Hersh, TAPinto Nutley


  • Tuesday, June 4, Primary Election Day in New Jersey, was a big expletive-deleted deal for Princeton resident Julia Sass Rubin, whose name appeared nowhere on any ballot. Rubin, associate dean of Academic Programs at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning, Rutgers University, invested thousands of hours in a campaign to position names on the ballot in a manner that she and the New Jersey courts agree is fairer and more democratic (small ‘d’).


‘Forever chemicals’ near Joint Base raise immediate worries

Ted Goldberg, NJ Spotlight


  • Pemberton resident Sheri Menhalo succinctly articulated the feelings of many who live near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. “Living next to the bases always makes a person feel safe,” Menhalo told NJ Spotlight News last week. “But at the same time, something like this, it’s a Catch-22, isn’t it?”
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35 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/17/2024”

  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

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  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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