Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/30/2021

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: You can draw a straight line from actions that Republicans like Assemblyman Ciattarelli took in spreading Donald Trump’s lies to the disgusting riot that took place at the Capitol that shook our nation to its core and resulted in the death of one officer and numerous other injuries, both physical and mental.” – NJDSC Chairman Jones calling on Republicans who ‘helped incite’ the January 6th riot to apologize


TOP STORY: The State of Murphy v. Ciattarelli: Refighting Old Battles in front of an Exhausted Public


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The statewide cumulative COVID-19 count stands at 905,428 cases and 23,871 confirmed fatalities (and 131,624 probable cases and 2,719 probable fatalities) as of Thursday (an increase of 1,017 confirmed cases, 391 probable cases, and 3 lab-confirmed fatalities from the previous day). The viral transmission rate is 1.5. There have been 10,808,309 COVID-19 vaccinations administered (with 5,276,579 people fully vaccinated).


Governor Murphy signed legislation to improve the state’s maternal and infant health outcomes.


Burlington County celebrated its first Fire Academy graduation since the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Senator Booker and Rep. Pascrell introduced legislation to reauthorize the Alternatives to Opioids program.


Rep. Pascrell highlighted appropriations victories for North Jersey.


NJ TRANSIT hasn’t missed a beat to improve the travel experience even though the coronavirus pandemic has impacted transit ridership across the globe (sponsored content from NJ TRANSIT)


ICYMI: Murphy, Persichilli ‘reserve the right to take more drastic action, including a statewide mask mandate’; Parkway rest areas renamed for NJ icons; Murphy took shot at anti-vaxx ‘talking heads’; Murphy signed ‘Laura Wooten’s Law’; 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


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The intensifying gubernatorial election is characterized by refighting old battles in front of an exhausted public.


NJ Republicans are struggling to find cohesion on vaccines as COVID-19 cases mount, according to Politico NJ.


In LD2, GOP Assembly candidate Claire Swift took a hard line on crime during a police forum.


In LD39, the GOP incumbents are united after a year marked by infighting, according to Politico NJ.


Jack Ciattarelli’s choice of running mate is close, and closely held, according to NJ Spotlight.


ICYMI: Jones zeroing in on Morris County; Malinowski addresses trading controversy; Murphy says election ‘as stark as any‘, referencing Ciattarelli’s comments on LGBT curriculum; LD2’s Brown will depart for DCA role, will create LD2 opening; Morris’ McCourt bewailed the GOP’s response to COVID; CD10’s Oakley aims to make ‘ballot design education’ campaign cornerstone


Vote in the Insider NJ Poll: Who Wins the 2021 Governor’s Contest?


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Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on redistricting procedure, let alone a tiebreaker, according to Politico NJ.


Assemblyman Zwicker says more charging stations would spark electric vehicle sales, according to MyCentralJersey.


ICYMI: Lampitt expressed support for masks in schools; 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)


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Insider NJ’s Christine Sloan chronicles Teaneck’s Theodora Smiley Lacey and the ongoing fight against school segregation.


Local boards of education have long been a forgotten branch of government, but are increasingly becoming a political battleground for the culture wars.


Read and download Insider NJ’s 2021 Insider 100: Cannabis Power List publication, written by Jay Lassiter.


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In Chatham Township, the GOP introduced a new candidate for the November committee race.


In Morristown, former Mayor Cresitello was ruled ineligible to run for mayor this year, as a judge ruled he’s not a resident of the town.


In Bernardsville, a settlement was reached in a tree-cutting suit, according to NJ Hills.


In Branchburg, a public safety director was appointed, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Carteret, a former mayoral candidate accused of voter fraud will get probation, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Clifton, a unity mural will come down following controversy, according to


In Eatontown, the town could approve 3 marijuana businesses, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Fair Lawn, parents asked to expand busing, even if it means paying more, according to the Bergen Record.


In Fairfield, the budget was approved with no local tax increase, according to NJ Hills.


In Glassboro, the council rejected allowing marijuana businesses, according to the Courier Post.


In Hillside, Councilwoman Hyatt announced her candidacy for mayor, according to TAPinto.


In Long Branch, a beach high-rise was approved, but neighbors want to kill it, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Montclair, a police officer is under investigation for a ‘China 19’ comment, according to


In Paramus, a family is suing the school district over allegations of racist bullying and harassment, according to the Bergen Record.


In Paterson, the city’s guaranteed income program began, according to the Paterson Press. The McKoy lawsuit challenging Councilman Mendez’s victory was dismissed, according to Paterson Times.


In Randolph, embattled BOE incumbents are being challenged in the November election, according to the Daily Record.


In Raritan, the township tweaked fire permit fees, according to TAPinto.


In Rockaway, the council ratified actions after public accessibility questions, according to NJ Hills.


In Roseland, the council prohibited cannabis sales, according to TAPinto.


In Trenton, Mayor Gusciora’s handyman was killed in a ‘domestic dispute’, the city’s 13th murder this year, according to the Trentonian.


In Washington Township, the school district expects a new superintendent by mid-August, according to NJ Hills.


ICYMI: In Camden, Reyes-Morton wants salary suspension for mayor until budget is signed; Randolph Columbus Day decision sparked implications that will linger; in Paterson, Murphy endorsed Sayegh for re-election; in Parsippany, Musella says Dems ‘don’t have Trump to hide behind‘; in AC, 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


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Insider NJ reporter Fred Snowflack writes ‘A Little Something on Masks and Politics


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘The New Jersey Republican Political Stockholm Syndrome – and Jack Ciattarelli


Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘COVID Dashboard Blinking Red as Murphy Advises Indoor Masking‘ and ‘Delta Surge Prompts Calls to Reinstate Mask Mandates


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘Ciattarelli Sinks into Ideological Quicksand – Again


Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘A Safer Fix in Atlantic City (Part 2)‘ and ‘A Safer Fix in Atlantic City




History against Murphy as he seeks second term

Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor


  • Despite New Jersey’s stature as a Democratic stronghold, governors belonging to the party haven’t won re-election since Gov. Brendan Byrne secured a second term in 1977. That fact has taken a central role in Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli’s messaging on the campaign trail, where he frequently urges voters to make Gov. Phil Murphy “one and done in ’21.”


Ciattarelli’s choice of running mate close, and closely held

David Cruz, NJ Spotlight


  • The Republican Party’s candidate for governor, Jack Ciattarelli, is a former state assemblyman who developed a reputation as a moderate. But he has recently veered to the right. How will that affect his choice of his second-in-command?


NJ has passed out only a fraction of rent relief that it received from federal government

Ashley Balcerzak,


  • While hundreds of thousands of New Jersey families are behind on rent and some of their landlords face financial jeopardy, the state, county and municipalities have distributed only about 25% of rent relief they have been awarded from the federal government.


Colleges hope to rebound from pandemic enrollment slump with in-person classes, activities

Claire Lowe, Press of Atlantic City


  • With coronavirus-related restrictions eased, colleges across the nation are eager to welcome students back to campus in the fall and are hopeful they can make up for lost enrollment from the previous year.


Renamed GSP rest stops? We have some more *ahem* colorful suggestions

Charles Stile,


  • Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week that the state’s Turnpike Authority plans to rename the Garden State Parkway rest stops after a series of New Jersey-bred celebrities. But the Murphy announcement prompted this thought: why stop with Parkway rest stops? There are dozens of public facilities — some existing, some that could be built through the creative use of state budget pork — that should be linked with some the state’s colorful, complicated and corrupt figures.


NJ Transit board member among 3 charged in scam targeting employees, prosecutor says

Noah Cohen, NJ Advance Media for


  • An NJ Transit conductor and board member, his wife and her nephew, who also works for the agency, were charged in a nearly $900,000 insurance fraud scheme, prosecutors said Thursday.


Teen Take: Pride month may be over, but there’s still work to be done to protect LGBTQ rights

Madison Russell, Pennsbury High School


  • Pride month is over. With COVID hesitation still present, some traditions could not be held as many wished they could be. Yet that did not keep some events from happening, such as the Doylestown pride festival, as well as information sessions and drag brunches.


South Jersey Muslim leader connects communities and builds bridges

Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • A word common to Arabic, Persian and Urdu — three of the languages Muqqadas Ejaz speaks in addition to English — aptly describes her mission. The word is muhsen, and it means “doing good.”


NJ health care unions say yes to COVID vaccines, but call mandating them a step too far

Lindy Washburn,


  • A growing number of New Jersey health care systems and long-term care companies have told their employees — more than 100,000 so far this week — to get COVID vaccines or risk losing their jobs. But labor unions that represent thousands of their workers oppose the mandates.


NRC says Oyster Creek had safety violations, armorer who falsified records

Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press


  • The defunct Oyster Creek nuclear power plant had “apparent violations” during a recent security inspection and employed an armorer who falsified weapons records, according to two new reports from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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    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.

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