Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/18/2024

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: We just listened for about a half-hour of Mr. Platkin basically sending a personal message to George Norcross. Now I’m sending a personal message to Matt Platkin: Buckle up.” – Norcross attorney Michael Critchley


TOP STORY: George Norcross Charged in Racketeering Case


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In a year already packed with political bombshells, the AG’s Office unveiled racketeering charges against South Jersey power broker George Norcross III (read in indictment here). At the press conference announcing the indictment, Norcross stared down AG Platkin, blistering him afterwards, according to Politico NJ. Several other high-powered figures are being charged as well, including Norcross’ brother, Philip Norcross, lawyer Bill Tambussi, and former Camden Mayor Dana Redd.


The Rutgers union called on Tambussi from resign from the Board of Governors following the indictment.


Insurance rates could rise as hurricane season ramps up, according to NJ101.5.


Commuters could soon pay $6 to cross the four Delaware River bridges, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Bergen County received $3M to fight opioids, according to the Bergen Record.


The state is planning a women’s prison in Burlington County, according to the Burlington County Times. Burlington County officials requested the Philly mayor crack down on boom car parties.


Senator Booker introduced the ‘NO SHT Act’.


Genova Burns LLC welcomed three summer associates from Rutgers.


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


Media personality and Trump supporter Bill Spadea launched his candidacy in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Touting his conservative credentials, Spadea’s path to the nomination could be made more difficult with the presence of former Senator Ed Durr in the race, while Senator Bramnick and former Assemblyman Ciattarelli occupy the more moderate wings of the primary.


Bergen County voters will find dozens of independents on the ballot, according to the Bergen Record.


Gubernatorial candidate Jersey City Mayor Fulop applauded the Norcross indictment as a ‘good day for the future’ of the state, according to Hudson County View.


In CD7, Sue Altman lauded the indictment of George Norcross as a ‘new day’ for NJ politics.


In CD10, the SEIU endorsed Councilwoman McIver in the special primary.


Wingate defeated Vigilante for Gloucester GOP chair, according to NJ Globe.


ICYMI: Spiller launched his candidacy for guv; Millennials For NJ announced Rebecca Schwartz as chair; 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


On the heels of signing the controversial OPRA bill, Governor Murphy says he doesn’t think about his legacy, as he faces anger from advocates over the weakening of public access.


Senate leadership introduced legislation to further protect reproductive freedom and health equity.


A plan for tax credits for private school tuition was scrapped, according to NJ Spotlight.


As spending grows, budget challenges loom, according to NJ Spotlight.


The transit property pitch kicked off the final weeks of the budget, according to NJ Spotlight.


Business organizations expressed support for advanced recycling technology.


The NJ Institute of Social Justice released the ‘From Shackles To Scholarships’ report.


ICYMI: Murphy announced promotions; 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 Newark, Chigozie Onyema won the chairmanship of the West Ward Democrats.


In Beach Haven, the Holiday Snack Bar dispute was resolved, according to TAPinto.


In Chatham Borough, there’s a five-way race for two council seats, according to TAPinto.


In Eatontown, a lawsuit is taking on a Little League coach and the town over 1989 sex abuse, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Essex Fells, the water rate was increased, according to NJ Hills.


In Flemington, the town received a park grant despite not remembering applying for it, according to TAPinto.


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


In Jersey City, a McGreevey campaign mailer raised questions, according to


In Lakewood, a state program could help revitalize businesses, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Newark, immigrant advocates are alarmed at the prospect of a new jail, according to NJ Monitor.


In Ocean City, banning boardwalk masks was rejected, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Passaic, the city envisions an extensive bike path system, according to


In Peapack-Gladstone, geese returned as activists face a threat, according to NJ Hills.


In Upper Freehold, claims of bias and a danger to birds and history aim to stop two warehouses, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Warren, schools will close for the general election, according to NJ Hills.


In Wildwood, Senior Week is still a money-maker for businesses, whether they like the tradition or not, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. A former mayor was hired as an efficiency expert, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


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




Op-Ed: NJ farmworkers need protection from heat

Edgar Aquino-Huerta, NJ Spotlight


  • I started working on farms at just 13 years old, navigating the backroads of South Jersey to pick crops, to weed and to plant, earning $7.25 an hour. Over the years, as temperatures climbed, we used bandanas to shield ourselves from the sun and protect ourselves so we wouldn’t inhale chemicals that lingered in the air after application to the crops. The heat intensified the chemicals, making them even more potent under our makeshift protective coverings.


Ending the ‘code of silence’ on prison abuse | Editorial

Star-Ledger Editorial Board


  • The worst Phil Murphy scandal is his neglect of Edna Mahan, the state’s only prison for women. The feds in 2020 issued a report saying sexual assault by guards and prison staff was “severe and prevalent” throughout the prison, and he did virtually nothing – standing with his prisons chief even as the Senate passed a unanimous, bipartisan resolution demanding that Marcus Hicks resign.


ROI-NJ presents the ROI Influencers: Banking 2024

ROI-NJ Staff


  • Capital. Financing. Growth. The top banking leaders in New Jersey. Whether you’re a large corporation planning to expand or a startup seeking initial funding, New Jersey offers a wealth of financial resources.


Questions policymakers must ask (and answer) about ‘Corporate Transit Tax’

Michele Siekerka, NJBIA


  • As the budget deadline draws closer, let’s be clear that a vote for a new tax on business is a vote against affordability and competitiveness for New Jersey. The New Jersey Business & Industry Association just released an infographic detailing 40 reasons why the governor’s proposed $1 billion “Corporate Transit Tax” will have impacts not just for New Jersey’s largest job creators, but also for the workers, customers and small businesses that rely on those companies.


This Somerset County hunting preserve hidden gem traces its history back four generations

Jenna Intersimone,


  • You’ve driven down Lamington Road in Bedminster countless times, passing Trump National Golf Club and Clarence Dillon Public Library. You’ve also passed a dirt road brimming with four-generation-old farming and hunting history, starting with Clarence Dillon, the father of former U.S. Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon.


Who is George Norcross? A look at the indicted South Jersey power broker

Thomas Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • South Jersey Democratic boss George E. Norcross III has never been elected to anything, but he’s salted dozens of municipal governments with loyalists of his political organization and amassed influence in the back rooms of Trenton and the marbled halls of Washington. Governors, would-be governors, and U.S. senators have sought his advice and favor. Presidents know him and return his calls.


Feds want a decision in N.J. lawsuit to block $15 congestion pricing fee to enter Lower Manhattan

Larry Higgs, NJ Advance Media for


  • With the June 30 start of New York’s congestion pricing plan on hold, federal officials told a judge that a ruling is still needed in New Jersey’s lawsuit to block the proposal to charge $15 to drive into lower Manhattan.


Great party? Of course. But, beyond festivities was key World Cup networking opportunity

Tom Bergeron,


  • Sure, it was a great party — with great food and drinks, great music and a great atmosphere. Anyone who has been to an event sponsored by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey or the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce knows to expect that.
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35 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/18/2024”

  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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