Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/2/2023

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: This is a game changer for New Jersey’s seniors. We are now in the business of reducing taxes and making the state a more affordable place for people to live, work and retire.” – Senate President Scutari introducing the StayNJ proposal in the Senate


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A wildfire is burning through 3,100 acres in the Pinelands, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


A report finds that state’s residents with disabilities are in ‘crisis‘, according to the Bergen Record.


NJ Transit is taking another shot at filling the vacant customer advocate position, according to


Former AUSA Richard Solano is rejoining Gibbons to lead the firm’s White Collar and Investigative practice.


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


ELEC reports that contested legislative seats has led to a surge in independent expenditures.


In LD11, GOP Senate candidate Steve Dnistrian announced his support for the Senate GOP’s ‘GiveItBack’ plan.


In LD24, public education has become a focal point in the Assembly GOP primary.


In LD26, Parsippany Mayor Barberio and several GOP councilmembers endorsed Tom Mastrangelo in the GOP Senate primary.


Latina Civic PAC endorsed the candidacies of Latina leaders in several races.


Local GOP Senate and Assembly primaries are getting ugly, according to the Daily Record.


ICYMI: Morris GOP primary offers test of the ‘line’; 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


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Senate President Scutari introduced the StayNJ property tax relief for seniors proposal, first unveiled by Speaker Coughlin last week.


Property tax breaks for seniors are still in the budget mix, according to NJ Spotlight.


Senator Connors and Assemblymembers Gove and Rumpf introduced legislation to create a fund for volunteer fire companies.


Senator Schepisi introduced legislation to honor fentanyl poisoning victims and raise awareness.


Assemblymembers Scharfenberger and Flynn introduced legislation mandating heavy oversight of sonar testing to prevent whale deaths.


NJ Policy Perspective announced a new vice president and policy director.


The Brewers Guild of NJ highlighted a poll showing public support for removing restrictions on breweries.


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


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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?


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In Flemington, Hunterdon County GOP Chair Plumer called for the resignation of Councilman Johnston.


In Bernards Township, White will seek re-election to the BOE, according to NJ Hills.


In Burlington, the city ended the waterfront condemnation under a legal settlement, according to Burlington County Times.


In Cherry Hill, the zoning board rejected a proposal to construct a senior living complex, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


In Dover, mayoral hopefuls sparred over overcrowding and redevelopment, according to the Daily Record.


In East Newark, a rare all-female mayoral primary showdown is taking place, according to the Jersey Journal.


In Long Branch, a deal with a developer was signed for new apartments at the transit village, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Mantua, a lawsuit alleges a cop shot 13 rounds in seconds, according to Burlington County Times.


In Middle Township, the new police chief was sworn-in, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Nutley, commissioners voted to ban vape and smoke shops, according to TAPinto.


In Paterson, a proposed amendment to increase public comment time failed to pass and sparked debate, according to TAPinto.


In Plainfield, three legal weed stores were approved, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Pompton Lakes, incumbents are no longer running on the same side, according to


In Red Bank, the budget was approved, according to TAPinto.


In Rutherford, a claim of racism stalled the town’s plan to honor a poet, according to the Bergen Record.


In Saddle River, a court ruled on a lawsuit to halt a housing project, according to the Bergen Record.


In Stafford, Clerk Martin is retiring, according to TApinto.


In Wayne, the town is paying to lock-down the site of an infamous ‘pop-up party’, according to


In Woodbury Heights, the town is in a court fight over a retail cannabis variance, according to the Courier Post.


ICYMI: In Parsippany, ELEC violation allegations swirl; 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



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In a guest column on Insider NJ, Marc Gaswirth writes ‘Proposed Solutions to the Teacher Shortage: Numerous but Tepid and Unresponsive to Underlying Structural Problems


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’




A crash course on Chris Christie ahead of his presidential run (in case you forgot)

Julia Terruso, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to announce his entrance into the 2024 presidential GOP primary on Tuesday. The last time he was prominently in the public eye was seven years ago, when he ended his 2016 campaign after a poor finish in the New Hampshire primary.


Does Christie have a chance at becoming president this time?

Dennis Malloy, NJ1015


  • Our former governor, Chris Christie, appears to be running for president again. According to the report from Reuters News, he will be making his announcement Tuesday in New Hampshire. Christie, perhaps the most transactional figure in American politics, has no chance of becoming president.


Consumer groups can’t stop N.J. from letting Horizon operate like a for-profit company, court says

Susan K. Livio, NJ Advance Media for


  • An appeals court has sided with the Murphy administration by upholding a decision that allowed the state’s largest health insurance carrier — the not-for-profit Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey — to operate more like a for-profit company.


Leading figures in New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community

ROI-NJ Staff


  • The push for equality by the LGBTQ+ community seemingly is being challenged everywhere. We’re not sure why.


NJSPBA President weighs in on cops, kids, and curfews

Steve Trevelise, NJ1015


  • More and more New Jersey towns are adopting curfews for kids under 18. Some New Jersey malls are requiring adult supervision. You might as well call this “the summer of supervision.” As hard as it is getting kids to leave their video games and get out of the house, New Jersey has now taken the fun out of their summer.


Decarbonization ambitions ignite debate over mining, permitting

Robert Zullo, NJ Monitor


  • The decarbonized, electrified future envisioned by the Biden administration, state governments, automakers, utility companies and corporate sustainability goals depends to a huge degree on minerals and metals.


A triumph for transparency in Montclair | Editorial

Star-Ledger Editorial Board


  • If you live in Montclair, you are paying for the expensive legal defense of your township and its municipal manager, who are accused of harassment and retaliatory action by the Chief Financial Officer after she blew the whistle on the alleged fraud and corruption.


Family of murdered councilwoman relieved at breakthrough in case

Ted Goldberg, NJ Spotlight


  • Authorities have arrested a man and charged him with murdering Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour. John Wisniewski, the attorney for the family of the slain councilwoman, said, the family has “been praying that there is some breakthrough in this case, and their prayers were answered.”


Summer is here. These are some of the characters you might meet at the Jersey Shore.

Stephanie Farr, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • As Shore season returns, the people you are sure to see at the seashore are getting ready to return, too (say that 10 times fast). Here in Ocean City, N.J., they’ll be couples trying to take the perfect selfie; kids with oversize stuffed animals valiantly won at boardwalk games; and decked out New Yorkers completely oblivious to the flip-flop dress code.


What Chris Christie has said about his presidential competitors Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis

Emma Ferschweiler,


  • Chris Christie is going against the likes of leading GOP presidential nominees Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis in the 2024 Republican run. The former New Jersey governor’s views on both opponents has been a mixed bag, from devoted support to deprecating scrutiny. His relationship with Trump is an especially tumultuous affair.
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