Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/16/2024

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: The state of New Jersey, the state where President Donald J. Trump has invested heavily, and we think and we know that he can win New Jersey this year.” – Senator Testa at the RNC convention


TOP STORY: Crazy Rhetoric These Days is Very Bipartisan


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The NJGOP reflected on divisive rhetoric following the Trump assassination attempt, according to


Senator Menendez’s old allies say his legacy is tainted and accomplishments have been wasted by the corruption scandal, according to NJ Spotlight. The jury asked the judge if unanimity is required to acquit on a ‘single count’, according to the Press of Atlantic City. The jury deliberated for a second day without reaching a verdict, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


The state’s 4th offshore wind solicitation received 3 bids, according to NJ Biz.


Closed NJ diners are reopening, with confidence back on the menu, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Real estate scams are skyrocketing, according to


Camden County touted a significant drop in overdose rates.


The Cape May County Zoo received $1.4M from the estate of a longtime supporter, according to Burlington County Times.


Monmouth and Ocean counties towns are under mandatory water restrictions, according to the Asbury Park Press.


Several Somerset County towns are cracking down on crime, according to MyCentralJersey.


Rep. Pascrell is in the hospital with a fever, according to NJ Herald.


At Seton Hall, a harassment investigation report appears to refute 1 claim, but could lead to others, according to ROI-NJ.


ICYMI: Trump injured in assassination attempt; Norcross pleaded not guilty; Sherrill doesn’t want President Biden to run; Menendez verdict will come soon; Murphy signed budget; courts shaping political developments; Critchley, Marino statement on Norcross


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Crazy rhetoric is very bipartisan these days.


GOP gubernatorial primary candidates Senator Bramnick and former Senate President Sweeney called for civility following the Trump shooting, according to NJ Monitor.


Former Senate President Sweeney says he doesn’t need on-the-job training and is ready on Day One to be Governor, according to NJ Globe.


ICYMI: Bramnick visited GW Bush; Jones says ‘past time we coalesce‘ around Biden; HCDO tapped Storm Wyche as ED; Ciattarelli unperturbed by Spadea; Wisniewski says Democrats should rally around Biden; Jones tells Dems ‘work harder’ and ‘worry less’ as Dems fret over optics while considering options amid serious doubts; Insider NJ Poll: Is Biden Salvageable?; Davis elected Monmouth Dems chair; Bashaw poll shows close race; Spadea’s early win; Durr participated in a FDU forum


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


LG Way appointed Corey Wolkenberg as the new NJDOS Chief of Staff.


The Sheila Oliver Civic Association will hold its inaugural Legacy Brunch.


There’s no COLA increase for retired public workers this year, according to NJ Spotlight.


Senate Minority Leader Bucco called for an independent audit of NJ Transit, according to NJ Spotlight.


Senator Gopal wants to address the impact of PMBs.


ICYMI: Murphy announced departure of Gutierrez-Scacetti; Murphy says he doesn’t think about his legacy; Murphy announced promotions


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 Wayne, debate popped up at a BOE meeting over a school test with an ISIS question.


In Atlantic City, the schools superintendent admitted to parking in a handicapped spot, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Bernards, there are traffic concerns over a plan to convert office buildings, according to MyCentralJersey. A LGBTQ banner funding claim was denounced, according to NJ Hills.


In Bridgewater, officials are concerned about stormwater costs, according to TAPinto.


In Clinton Township, an ordinance on official and employee wages was introduced, according to NJ Hills.


In Egg Harbor, the township will discuss the inclusion of Atlantic Shores, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Garfield, the city is suing over drinking water contamination, according to the Bergen Record.


In Hoboken, the council approved a bond to purchase the police mobile command center, according to Hudson County View.


In Jersey City, Tacuri was sworn-in as the first Latina tax assessor, according to TAPinto.


In Morristown, the Table of Hope soup kitchen appealed for help to stay open, according to Morristown Green.


In Neptune, a court case means the clock is ticking on a homeless camp, according to the Asbury Park Press. Alberta Lake is getting $1.25M to fix flooding, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Toms River, the mayor and animal shelter supporters face a final showdown, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In West Orange, the council will vote to issue a RFQ for a forensic audit, according to TAPinto.


ICYMI: In Parsippany, Musella kicked off mayoral campaign; in Dover, bumpy transition; in Newark, Onyema won West Ward Dem chairmanship



Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘The Wrong Questions Are Providing the Wrong Answers


In a guest column on Insider NJ, Senator Timberlake writes ‘A Call for Democratic Unity


In a guest column on Insider NJ, Newark Councilman Quintana writes ‘The Court has Transformed a President into a King


Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘This Day in History: Just Larger than Life or Big Footing the Law?


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘The Best Democratic Alternative: A Kamala Harris – Josh Shapiro ticket


Insider NJ editor Max Pizarro writes ‘Stand up with President Biden and NATO Against Trump’s Evil Threat




‘Better than this:’ Elected officials decry Trump assassination attempt

PC Robinson, NJ Hills


  • Mayors and other local elected officials on both sides of the aisle in the Observer-Tribune readership area decried the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump as he spoke during a rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13.


Yikes! 1 in 5 New Jerseyans turn to booze before big decisions

Kylie Moore, NJ101


  • We have plenty of reasons to be stressed in New Jersey, and finances are definitely one of the bigger issues. Yeah, I’m looking at you, tolls and property taxes. A recent survey was put out by Card Rates that highlighted the number of New Jerseyans who turn to alcohol when making some of their bigger financial decisions.


Parkinson succeeds Vogt on Hudson County Schools of Technology board

John Heinis, Hudson County View


  • West New York Revenue and Finance Commissioner Adam Parkinson, also a principal at Public School No. 5, was named to the volunteer Hudson County Schools of Technology board on Thursday, succeeding Julietta Vog


Walpack Inn for sale by family that has owned it for 75 years

Kyle Morel, Newton New Jersey Herald


  • The Walpack Inn, a staple of Sussex County’s oldest and least populated municipality, is up for sale after 75 years under the same ownership. The Heigis family announced the news on Facebook Friday, saying they were taking their “first steps toward retirement” with the planned sale. The restaurant has been in the family since 1949.


Rep. Kim: At this time of distrust and division, we turn to Lincoln | Opinion

Andy Kim


  • When President Lincoln was shot, he wore a coat embroidered with the phrase, “One Country, One Destiny.” I’ve turned to those four words to help me process this moment.


Here’s what’s next for the controversial N.J. Turnpike widening project

Larry Higgs, NJ Advance Media for


  • The final public forum about a controversial $6.2 billion project to replace the almost 70-year-old Newark Bay Bridge with twin spans has been held. What happens next with the project? Opponents, including several members of the Jersey City Council, said they want the Turnpike Authority to hold community meetings in neighborhood most affected by the project.


Presenting the 2024 People to Watch in Health Care



  • Even long-time NJBIZ readers might be wondering what it is they are reading in these pages this week. It’s a fair question, especially since the feature is relatively new. So, here’s an explanation. These “watch” lists attempt to identify individuals who contribute greatly to the success of their organizations – and, in the case of health care, to the well-being of the state – but have yet to earn wide recognition for their efforts. T


NJ corporate tax revenue funding millions in Central Jersey parks projects. Here’s where

Ethan Mannello,


  • Counties and towns in Central Jersey will be getting their share of more than $100 million of corporate tax revenue to acquire and improve open space and park projects. The bill appropriating the funds to the state Department of Environmental Protection was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 10 after it passed both houses of the Legislature on June 28.
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40 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/16/2024”

  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

    Sent from my iPhone

  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.

  22. Could you please fix your “bay blood spots “ typo. It sounds like a horror movie. Although “baby blood spots” isn’t much better. Maybe there’s a clearer and less distressing turn of phrase for all of our sensitive readers, lol. Please and thank you.

  23. Reclassifying marihuana from CI to any other category will involve Pharmacy because by law only a Pharmacist with a DEA license can purchase or sell any drug with a CII to CV
    Classification. (CI is exempt because it’s heroine or any other drug with no medical purpose). This is a National problem because it is all under the DEA. And since marihuana is a hallucinogen among other things it requires control. The whole weed issue has put the cart before the horse and really requires reining in to have it conform
    to the legal requirements. (Sorry Mr. Weedman). And recreational use will get the biggest hit because it will require a prescription
    for medicinal use, but that cuts out the recreational aspect. Maybe in the future Pharmacists may be able to prescribe it but not yet. And how many physicians and Nurse Practitioners will want to be involved in the weed industry, I wonder? Lots of questions and few answers so far.

  24. Changing the regulations to allow Optometrists to perform surgery is foolhardy and dangerous. Their training is doing vision tests and prescribing the correct glasses to improve vision. Only an MD in ophthalmology should be the one to do eye surgery.
    That’s like asking the fellow filling your gas tank to fix a ball joint suspension.
    This is not the answer to a shortage of ophthalmologists

  25. Can’t seem to access the Steinberg column on Sam Alito, Sr. on your website. Suggestions?

  26. Stop complaining about taxes ,our schools , our crime, ,after all folks we keep voting in the same Democrat party politicians each time .

    For instance who would think that every Democrat who represents us in congress would vote for men playing in woman sports ,but they did , ask yourself are you the kind of a person who would kill ( sorry to use that word kill but hard not to since the law is that is a human being and if the mother is murdered it’s a double homicide ) a baby up to the moment of birth sorry to tell you that is the law in New Jersey.

    So stop complaining your part of the problem.

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