Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When he meets (people), the difference between him and Phil Murphy is embarrassingly different, so different it’s amazing.” – NJGOP Chairman Hugin touting Jack Ciattarelli’s campaigning skills
The statewide cumulative COVID-19 count stands at 902,280 cases and 23,857 confirmed fatalities (and 131,432 probable cases and 2,718 probable fatalities) as of Sunday (an increase of 619 confirmed cases, 191 probable cases, and 4 lab-confirmed fatalities from the previous day). The viral transmission rate is 1.4. There have been 10,732,953 COVID-19 vaccinations administered (with 5,235,282 people fully vaccinated).
Governor Murphy signed ‘Laura Wooten’s Law’ on Friday, expanded civics instruction in middle schools.
A Newton man was indicted for a stabbing that occurred on the estate of former Senator Torricelli, according to MyCentralJersey.
A former Stockton employee filed a lawsuit alleging sex and age discrimination, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
ICYMI: Murphy struck at Ciattarelli: ‘enough already‘; Bruck announced leadership team; Menendez, Booker hailed the Child Tax Credit; judiciary moved towards weed cases expungement; Gottheimer expresses confidence on infrastructure bill; Menendez urged support for Cuban protestors; Murphy hit back at critics who accused him of being ‘soft on crime’; Trump plans to sue tech companies; Sherrill’s SALT summer; Pascrell chaired higher education expansion hearing; Murphy announced Bruck as Acting AG following impending departure of Grewal
In CD3, a GOP candidate who said Rep. Kim is ‘not one of us’ doesn’t live in the district, according to Politico NJ.
In CD7, Rep. Malinowski held a town hall, addressing the controversy over his stock trading after a participant confronted him.
ICYMI: Murphy says election ‘as stark as any‘, referencing Ciattarelli’s comments on LGBT curriculum; LD2’s Brown will depart for DCA role, will create an opening at the top of the ticket; Morris’ McCourt bewailed the GOP’s response to COVID; NJEA PAC endorsed candidates; CD10’s Oakley aims to make ‘ballot design education’ campaign cornerstone; Tedesco received medical treatment after collapse; Hugin says Murphy vulnerable this year; Sweeney diving into LD8; in CD7, McCarthy special guest at Kean kickoff; Baraka’s Custis donation teases prospect of Guv showdown with Sweeney in 2025
Speaker Coughlin’s law firm hauled in $5.6M last year as it sought federal relief funds, according to Politico NJ.
Governor Murphy nominated the Hackensack River to be a Superfund site, according to the Bergen Record.
Senator Vitale says he will ‘wait and see‘ regarding legislation requiring students have a COVID-19 vaccination, according to NJ Spotlight.
Assemblywoman Lampitt expressed support for requiring masks to be worn by students at the start of the school year.
ICYMI: ABC-NJ welcomed DeLuca as Gov’t Affairs Director; Oroho radiates statewide vibe; chariot race begins to succeed Kean as GOP Leader; Supreme Court to decide on redistricting tiebreaker (iLine post)
Listen to Politically Direct Episode 143 with host Fernando Uribe and guest Nick Luciano, founder of Safe Way Out.
Read and download Insider NJ’s 2021 Insider 100: Cannabis Power List publication, written by Jay Lassiter.
In Atlantic City, Senate President Sweeney and Assemblyman Mazzeo highlighted anti-violence youth programs.
In Andover, the deputy mayor reunited with a woman who’s life he saved two years ago, according to the Daily Record.
In Bedminster, power outages and Internet problems continue, according to NJ Hills.
In Butler, the council unanimously approved allowing cannabis sales, according to NorthJersey.com.
In Camden, Councilwoman Reyes-Morton wants the state to fine Mayor Carstarphen until the budget is introduced, according to TAPinto.
In Clifton, the council censured Councilwoman Sadrakula for ‘improper’ behavior towards a city employee, according to NorthJersey.com.
In Fair Lawn, residents expressed anger over a new housing project, according to TAPinto.
In Freehold, boro residents want the homeless removed from their neighborhood, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Green Brook, the township created a fitness court for residents to use for free, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Jersey City, the city is looking to suspend the controversial ‘garbage tax’, according to the Jersey Journal. BOE Trustee Roman won’t seek re-election this year, according to the Jersey Journal. Mayor Fulop and his council slate have $1.8M COH heading into the election, according to Hudson County View.
In Lebanon, the township is preparing to opt-out of allowing cannabis sales, according to NJ Hills.
In Linden, police have a strategy for dealing with the increase in mental health calls, according to MyCentralJersey.
In North Caldwell, the council banned cannabis sales, according to NJ Hills.
In Nutley, four residents filed petitions to run for BOE, according to TAPinto.
In Phillipsburg, the council approved cannabis sales at the Apothecarium, but no place else, according to Lehigh Valley Live.
In Randolph, the opt-out of cannabis sales has drawn a rebuke, according to NJ Hills.
In Readington, the council will return to live meetings in August, according to NJ Hills.
In Tewksbury, a proposed zoning ordinance aims to help historic districts retain their charm, according to NJ Hills.
In Watchung, the council ethics probe was ‘inconclusive‘, according to NJ Hills.
In Warren, the township introduced an overnight parking ban ordinance, according to NJ Hills.
In Westfield, an affordable senior housing facility is disputing the town’s claim that it owes $2M for PILOT fees, according to TAPinto.
ICYMI: In Atlantic City, council voted to end needle exchange program; in Trenton, Gusciora gearing up to run for re-election; in Newark, city welcomed home Army Lt. Colonel Erica Clark-Muhammad; in Belleville, Melham endorsed Ciattarelli, expressed disappointment with Murphy; in Edison, Bhagia re-elected Dem chairman; in Jersey City, Spears launched mayoral campaign; in Newark, Kelly kicked off candidacy in West Ward amid crowded field, w/ Onyema and former Councilman James running; in Bayonne, political entanglements volatile mayoral race
Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘Delta Surge Prompts Calls to Reinstate Mask Mandates‘
Insider NJ columnist and ELEC Executive Director Jeffrey Brindle writes ‘Recent Supreme Court Case Limiting Disclosure by Charitable Donors Should Have Little Impact on Campaign Finance Law‘
Insider NJ reporter Fred Snowflack writes ‘The Politics of Rebates‘
AROUND THE WEB:
Brenda Flanagan, NJ Spotlight
- Bergen County’s Health Care Center will shut down in December, sending many patients scrambling for another home. It will be the fourth New Jersey nursing home to close so far this year, a trend that worries the state’s long-term care ombudsman, who says the quality of patient care could suffer if additional public, nonprofit facilities like Bergen get squeezed out and replaced by for-profit chains run by investors.
Matt Rooney, Save Jersey
- The next time a Leftist friends tells you “they aren’t teaching critical race theory in grade schools,” Save Jerseyans? Point them to the “social justice” curriculum over in Lawrence Township, New Jersey.
Alfred Lubrano, Philadelphia Inquirer
- Life in New Jersey is harder than it seems. Just to survive in Camden County, a family of four — two adults, one preschooler, and one school-age child — had to take in as much as $72,000 annually to meet basic needs in 2019.
New Jersey Hills
- The grades K-12 school district does not teach critical race theory.
Hannan Adely, NorthJersey.com
- Israeli leaders are asking states including New Jersey to sanction Ben & Jerry’s and its Englewood Cliffs-based parent company after the ice cream maker announced this week that it would no longer do business in occupied Palestinian territory.
William Westhoven, Morristown Daily Record
- A volunteer search-and-rescue organization will scale the jagged “Graffiti Cliffs” in Rockaway Township to remove a large “MAGA” tag and “other offensive marks” visible throughout the region surrounding the Wildcat Ridge preserve. The group, which also volunteers to take on difficult trail-maintenance projects, will leave a large painted U.S. flag in the same area untouched.
Tom Bergeron, roi-nj.com
- Politicians have a knack for being vaguely grandiose — it’s a way to promise the world without providing key details, like cost or a timeline.
LA Parker, The Trentonian
- Death almost always delivers sadness. The passing of Paul Sollami is no different although when one examines his accomplishments in ninety years on Earth, celebration should follow. Sollami passed away on July 15 although his birthday resonates as special.