Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/20/2024

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Everyone is quiet because they don’t know how deep the tentacles are going to go on this one.” – Patricia Campos-Medina on the muted response from NJ politicians on the Norcross indictment


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Governor Murphy launched a historic clemency initiative.


A Feed America study finds that food insecurity is up 22% in the state.


NJ Transit and Amtrak are planning summer repairs, according to the Bergen Record.


Governments in the state are giving away free air conditioners, according to NJ101.5.


South Jersey frustration over boom car parties is confronting the new Philly mayor, according to Burlington County Times.


Indicted South Jersey power broker George Norcross has close ties to the South Jersey health care system, according to NJ Spotlight.


Here are key takeaways from the Norcross indictment, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Surprise recordings are at the heart of the case, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


The Norcross indictment is muting Senator Booker’s usual moral certainty, according to Politico NJ.


Heavier trucks could be coming to the state’s roads and bridges, according to


Sussex County is getting its first dedicated pickleball center, according to NJ Herald.


Labor attorney Richard Loccke, who secured higher salaries for NJ police, passed away, according to the Bergen Record.


The Foundation for Local News Inc. is launching with the aim to improve the local news ecosystem in the state, according to TAPinto.


Former Morris County Freeholder Romaine passed away; 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


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Ocean County GOP Chairman Gilmore is backing Bill Spadea in the GOP gubernatorial primary.


Turmoil is rocking the state’s Democratic political bosses ahead of the general election, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


GOP Senate candidate Curtis Bashaw accepted a debate invitation.


GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Robert Canfield released his gun law reform plan.


Matthew Higgins was unanimously elected Burlington County Democratic Chair.


Somerset County GOP Chair Howes lost re-election to Vice Chair DiFrancesco, according to SaveJersey.


ICYMI: NJEA endorsed Spiller; 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


The Assembly Education Committee advanced the ‘Freedom to Read Act’.


Senator Testa urged legislation to ensure transparency on NJ Transit property disposals.


Assemblyman Sauickie demanded answers about Newark schools’ $50k end-of-year bash.


The ABC-NJ’s Apprenticeship Education and Training Fund received a grant of $75k from the Truist Foundation.


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


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


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In Montclair, Brendan Gill was re-elected Democratic chair.


In Atlantic City, Councilman Zia was arrested, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Berkeley, the longtime administrator passed away, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Camden, an illegal dump site, a blight for decades, was removed, according to Burlington County Times. Mayor Carstarphen says that the Norcross indictment doesn’t reflect current practices, according to the Daily Journal (note: yesterday’s MIB incorrectly attributed the statement to former Mayor Redd). The Norcross indictment puts a spotlight on tax incentives in the city, according ot NJ Spotlight.


In Clinton Township, an ordinance was introuced to consolidate Route 21 zoning, according to NJ Hills.


In Flemington, Councilman Johnston pleaded guilty to drug charges, according to NJ101.5.


In Long Hill, the BOE is mulling school lunch program options, according to NJ Hills.


In Morris Plains, residents are concerned about a potential McDonald’s, according to NJ Hills.


In Morristown, a business is set to be the first to be denied a cannabis licensee renewal, according to NJ Hills.


In Ocean City, a church says it wants no special treatment on the Boardwalk, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Paterson, the city unveiled solar-powered trash compactors, according to Paterson Press.


In Roselle Park, a settled lawsuit is leading to a sewer bill price hike, according to TAPinto.


In Seaside Heights, the town is hosting its first Pride celebration, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Washington, Varela is joining Holt to challenge two GOP incumbents, according to NJ Hills. The two is $2.4M richer after a land sale, according to NJ Hills.


In Wayne, the BOE was forced to seek new bids for school repairs, according to


In Westfield, the BOE discussed a new curriculum model, according to UC Hawk.


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 ‘I knew Sam Alito, Sr. – a Vivid Contrast to his Son


Insider NJ columnist Andrew Leven writes ‘Navigating the Hurricane


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




Sneak peek: NJ Hall of Fame’s new permanent home (photos)


  • The New Jersey Hall of Fame drew some big names to unveil its new home at American Dream in East Rutherford. Joined by Gov. Phil Murphy, fellow elected officials and inductee Tommy James, NJ Hall of Fame officials gave guests an exclusive pre-opening tour of the $20 million Entertainment and Learning Center June 18.


Health care costs are out of control. Here’s how N.J. must respond | Opinion

Joseph Cryan and Verlina Reynolds-Jackson


  • New Jerseyans are getting crushed by the growing burden of unchecked healthcare spending. More than four in five residents report being worried about affording healthcare in the future. Per capita personal health spending in the state has grown by 4.9% on average each year from 1991 to 2020, significantly surpassing average annual income growth in the same period, 3.59%.


Monmouth Conservation Foundation welcomes Denholtz and Dirscherl to its board

ROI-NJ Staff


  • Monmouth Conservation Foundation on Tuesday announced it appointed Steven Denholtz of Denholtz Properties and Dan Dirscherl, managing director in the Ares Management Credit Group, to its board.


So are we going to talk about John Sheridan?

Matt Rooney, Save Jersey


  • This week’s bombshell South Jersey corruption indictment will take awhile to unpack, Save Jerseyans, but let’s face it: veteran New Jersey political watchers are laser-focused on one eerily familiar facet of the bombshell 13-count indictment…


Op-Ed: NJ needs to do more to stop underage tobacco sales

Cristine Delnevo, Mary Hrywna, Kevin Schroth


  • On May 31, we recognized World No Tobacco Day, and this year it focused on urging governments to shield young people from predatory tobacco marketing tactics. The Rutgers Institute for Nicotine and Tobacco Studies has a call to action for New Jersey lawmakers: Based on our research, New Jersey is failing its young people — and we need to bolster regulation and enforcement.


Up close and personal with the Wildwood Seasquatch

Amy S. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • The Wildwood Seasquatch is explaining itself. “I’m on a much lower plane than these historic mascots,” he says, with unexpected humility, referring to Philly’s legendary hierarchy of undefinable mascots: Gritty, the Phanatic, and, maybe even, Swoop.


Today is Juneteenth, but the state of New Jersey will also celebrate Friday. Here’s why

Amanda Wallace,


  • This year marks the third year that New Jersey will celebrate Juneteenth as an official state holiday. However, while Juneteenth technically combines the words June and nineteenth, the state of New Jersey will be celebrating the holiday on Friday, the 21st. Here is everything you need to know about Juneteenth in New Jersey.


Jose Uribe’s sentencing set for Oct. 29; Fred Daibes bank fraud trial also scheduled

Kristie Cattafi, Katie Sobko,


  • The star witness in Sen. Bob Menendez’s federal corruption trial has a new sentencing date after entering a guilty plea to seven charges and agreeing to cooperate with federal prosecutors. Jose Uribe, one of the three businessmen who was originally indicted with Menendez and his wife, faced a delayed sentencing due to the postponement of Nadine Arslanian Menendez’s court case.


Governor Murphy Betting the Farm, Wind Farms, on our Shore-line

Jim Lonergan, TAPinto Summit


  • The Sea Girt governing body introduced and approved Resolution R-126-2024 at the June 12th council meeting opposing the instillation of wind turbines and the planned transmission lines that will run from the ocean and through Sea Girt, Manasquan, Wall Township, and Howell. In response, Gold Coast will run a multipart series over the next three weeks. We will move from today’s broad overview to specific components of offshore wind energy’s impact.


Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad: Yes, N.J. has one — and it’s used more often than you’d think

Ray Zardetto, ROI-NJ


  • Imagine starting to dig a hole in your backyard when your shovel clangs against something just a few feet below the surface. You take a closer look and, hard as it is to believe, you have uncovered a dirt-caked artillery shell.


Man charged with stealing over $150k from Union City homeowners association

John Heinis, Hudson County View


  • A man was charged with stealing over $150,000 from a Union City homeowners association when serving as the board president between 2017 and 2023, authorities said.


Real ID vs Driver’s License: Gearing up for your next trip

 Joe Mason, Asbury Park Press


  • So, you’re planning a trip and wondering if your driver’s license will cut the mustard? Buckle up, because we’re about to navigate the world of REAL ID and standard driver’s licenses.


Norcross indictment puts spotlight on Camden tax incentives

David Cruz, NJ Spotlight


  • When state Attorney General Matt Platkin this week announced a 13-count indictment against South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross, there in the front row was Norcross himself, refusing to move.


NJ state Fair Meadowlands returns to MetLife. Here’s what you need to know

Lucas Frau,


  • The New Jersey state fair is returning to MetLife with their assortment of rides, fun games and variety of food on Thursday and will operate until July 7. The State Fair Meadowlands is open everyday of the week except for June 25 as MetLife Stadium is set to host a Copa America game that Tuesday. Tickets for the fair are available for purchase on their website.


The Norcross Indictment: Fear, Tyranny, and… Crickets?

Dan Cirucci, Save Jersey


  • I went looking for reactions to the Norcross indictment — reactions from prominent New Jersey politicos, particularly Democrats. And I found, well . . . . . almost nothing! Yes, a few far left progressives had something to say as well as a couple of would-be governors who court the party’s progressive wing. But, beyond that it was mostly crickets.
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35 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/20/2024”

  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.

  4. Neurosurgery is a complex and demanding medical specialty that requires an exceptional level of skill and experience. Dr. Shiau is undoubtedly one of the best neurosurgeons in New Jersey, and patients in Jersey City, Maplewood, Holmdel, Paramus, and Bergen County can rest assured that they are receiving the best possible care under his expertise. Neurosurgeon nj

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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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