Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/19/2024

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: I love my brothers. I believe in the rule of law and they will have the opportunity to defend themselves during their day in court.” – Rep. Norcross in a statement following the indictments of his brothers George and Philip Norcross


TOP STORY: Murphy’s Seismic OPRA Bellyflop


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Senator Menendez’s corruption trial resumed, according to NJ Monitor. A Menendez aide testified about the gamesmanship around the selection of US Attorney Sellinger, according to Politico NJ.


Governor Murphy expressed support for President Biden’s executive order granting work permits for undocumented spouses of US citizens.


George Norcross’s lawyers attacked the credibility of the indictment against him, according to Politico NJ.


Former Camden Mayor Redd says the Norcross indictment doesn’t reflect current practices, according to the Burlington County Times.


Former Morris County Freeholder Romaine, the last Democrat to have served on the board, passed away.


Hackensack Meridian and Aetna reached an agreement ensuring in-network coverage for patients.


ICYMI: AG’s Office unveiled racketeering charges against Norcross; 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


The NJEA endorsed Sean Spiller, who launched his gubernatorial candidacy earlier this week.


Rep. Kim and Curtis Bashaw are preparing for the November Senate showdown, according to NJ Spotlight.


In CD2, Tim Alexander conceded the Democratic primary, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


With Norcross in the crosshairs, the state’s political old guard is dying, according to the Bergen Record.


Two ‘outsiders’ on opposite ends of the spectrum entered the gubernatorial race, according to NJ Monitor.


Hudson County Executive Guy was named the new HCDO chair, according to Hudson County View.


Santos ousted Mortimer as Union County GOP Chair, according to SaveJersey.


ICYMI: Spadea launched his candidacy; path could be made more difficult w/ Durr in race; 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


Governor Murphy established a advisory committee to advance LGBTQIA+ youth equity and inclusion in schools.


The state’s opaque budget-making practices could be overhauled, according to Nj Spotlight.


Senator Timberlake addressed the Norcross indictment.


The NJRHA announced Amanda Stone as interim president.


ICYMI: Murphy says he doesn’t think about his legacy; 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


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


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Atlantic City, bike riders expressed frustration with boardwalk hours enforcement, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Councilman Zia testified that he lives apart from his wife, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Belmar, seniors face an uncertain future as local housing preferences may be removed, according to TAPinto.


In Bergenfield, a school employee alleged retaliation after a discrimination complaint, according to the Bergen Record.


In Camden, the school district settled a sex abuse suit, according to Burlington County Times.


In Carteret, major ferry terminal work will begin, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Chatham, a new rolling property assessment method will be voted upon, according to NJ Hills.


In Clinton, a fire truck was purchased, according to NJ Hills. A developer is suing the town over a project, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Elizabeth, the city has a new NJ Transit train station, according to


In Hawthorne, school budget cuts were reversed, according to the Bergen Record.


In Long Hill, a 1.68% tax levy increase was introduced, according to NJ Hills.


In New Brunswick, the city is the first in the state to set up a stormwater utility, according to NJ Spotlight.


In Seaside Heights, the carousel is ready to ride again after five years, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Tabernacle, the old town hall survival odds improved, according to Burlington County Times.


In Tewksbury, the committee adopted a animal control ordinance, according to NJ Hills.


In Warren, residents’ critical comments ensued verbal sparring, according to NJ Hills.


In Washington, the $19M budget was approved, according to NJ Hills.


In Woolwich, the state ruled that a student suspended for a year must be allowed to return, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


ICYMI In Newark, Onyema won West Ward Dem chairmanship; 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





The Norcross indictment revives questions on Sheridan killings | Moran

Tom Moran, Star-Ledger


  • For Mark Sheridan, an attorney whose father and mother were killed in their Somerset County home in a homicide that remains unresolved after nearly a decade, Monday’s indictment of the political boss George Norcross tore open old wounds.


The Hudson Tunnel dig commences: A Q&A with Gateway CEO Kris Kolluri

Dave D’Alessandro


  • After years of delays and political headwinds, the Gateway Tunnel is now on a glide path to the construction phase, thanks to another massive federal grant for the $16 billion portal under the Hudson.


Why Gov. Murphy should ban smartphones in schools | Opinion

Kara Alaimo, Jen Libby and James Barrood


  • On Monday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for Congress to mandate that social media companies carry warning labels about their possible negative effects on young people. As part of this, he said that schools should “ensure that classroom learning and social time are phone-free experiences.”


Air tags may end another longtime political ‘tradition’ in New Jersey | Quigley

Joan Quigley, For The Jersey Journal


  • Another long-time political tradition is soon going to bite the dust, if it hasn’t already. And this one’s a bit more unsavory than losing the party line. It probably wasn’t effective anyway and it is officially a misdemeanor in New Jersey, but it sure kept a lot of political workers busy during decades of campaigns.


The chilling case of a former Rutgers professor is featured in new Netflix doc

Jenna Intersimone,


  • Anna Stubblefield was a Rutgers University-Newark philosophy professor with a concentration in ethics when, while working with a nonverbal Black man with cerebral palsy, said that the two fell in love and had consensual sex. Or did they?


Inside the ‘wild’ charges against Dem power broker George Norcross

Nikita Biryukov, NJ Monitor


  • The indictment unveiled Monday that accuses insurance executive and Democratic power broker George Norcross III of overseeing a criminal enterprise is replete with accusations of threats, intimidation, and political corruption that go on for 111 pages.


These few NJ Democrats speak out after George Norcross indictment

Erin Vogt, NJ1015


  • In the wake of a 13-count indictment against South Jersey party boss George Norcross, public reaction from the leaders of his political party has been limited. Norcross, whose influence and money have played an integral part in New Jersey political races and multi-million-dollar policy decisions for decades, moved to Florida full-time in 2020, as Palm Beach Daily News reported.


N.J. city school superintendent ticketed for using handicapped parking space at a Home Depot

Eric Conklin, NJ Advance Media for


  • The superintendent of Atlantic City public schools was issued a summons accusing her of using a handicapped parking space in a Home Depot in late May while using a family member’s placard. La’Quetta Small, who is also the wife of the city’s mayor, Marty Small Sr., got the ticket at the Home Depot in Absecon, according to court records.


Ex-Jersey City official Sudhan Thomas gets 2-month sentence for embezzlement

John Heinis, Hudson County View


  • Former Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas, who also served as the acting executive director of the now defunct Jersey City Employment and Training Program, received a two-month prison sentence yesterday for embezzlement and fraud.


N.J. Turnpike Authority using eminent domain to acquire Bayonne’s Marist land for $31.1M

John Heinis, Hudson County View


  • The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is using eminent domain to acquire the former Marist High School land for $31,100,000, court documents of the proceedings show.


Mary Arnold-Frazier, the first Black woman to serve as assistant superintendent for the Camden City School District, has died at 90

Gary Miles, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • Mary Arnold-Frazier, 90, of Philadelphia, retired teacher and innovative school principal, the first Black woman to serve as assistant superintendent and special assistant to the superintendent for the Camden City School District, former adjunct college professor, celebrated mentor, and volunteer, died Saturday, June 8, of age-associated complications at her home.
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35 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/19/2024”

  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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