Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 8/19/2022

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: I hope no one here is subject to this amount of trauma. I am not resigning. My commitment is genuine.” – Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise at a council meeting saying she won’t resign and detailing vulgar threats made against her


TOP STORY: DeGise Digs in


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The Morning Intelligence Briefing will be on summer break from Tuesday August 23rd through Tuesday August 30th, and will return on Wednesday August 31st.


The statewide cumulative COVID-19 count stands at 2,255,364 cases and 31,326 confirmed fatalities (and 393,512 probable cases and 3,099 probable fatalities) as of Thursday (an increase of 2,543 confirmed cases, 750 probable cases, 15 lab-confirmed fatalities, and 5 hospital-reported fatalities from the previous day). The viral transmission rate is .89. There are 999 total hospitalizations, with 118 in intensive care units, and 180 discharges in the past day. There are 7,012,828 people fully vaccinated.


The DCA opened the public comment period and scheduled two public hearings on the Hurricane Ida Recovery Action Plan.


The NJDOL reported that the state’s unemployment rate was at 3.7% in July.


The NJ Treasury reminded residents about the back-to-school supplies sales tax holiday.


The state is getting shortchanged by the federal government on lead pipe funds, according to Burlington County Times.


The federal government says that parts of 7 counties are in ‘severe drought‘, according to the Bergen Record.


NJ traffic deaths continue to rise after a 14-year high last year, according to


Ocean County College and a union are battling over non-tenured workers and pay, according to the Asbury Park Press.


Rutgers’ football DoorDash orders topped $450k in a over 14 months, according to the Bergen Record.


Rep. Sherrill hosted USDOL Secretary Walsh and NJDOL Secretary Asaro-Angelo for a labor town hall.


Rep. Norcross hosted his annual Constituent Services Fair.


Rep. Pascrell requested the IRS detail how they will implement tax loophole enforcement.


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Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In CD3, Rep. Kim was endorsed by Giffords PAC.


In CD5, Steve Scalise endorsed GOP candidate Frank Pallotta, as the race gains national traction as Pallotta looks to unseat incumbent Rep. Gottheimer.


In CD7, Senator Kean took aim at inflation in his first campaign ad, according to SaveJersey.


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Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Governor Murphy signed legislation establishing employment protections for workers when a health care entity changes ownership.


Cost questions remain as the state released its clean energy study, according to NJ Monitor.


Senator Bramnick mourned the passing of former Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden.


Senate Republicans will hold an independent hearing next week on the state’s sex education standards.


The CIANJ and Commerce Magazine partnered to recognize women in commerce.


The NJBIA criticized the NJDOL’s late notification of the increased UI tax rates as ‘adding insult to fiscal injury’.


Anbaric urged FERC to retain competition in offshore wind transmission development.


Joe Forte was elected President of the IPMA-HR NJ chapter.


ICYMI: Murphy nominated Davenport to Waterfront Commission; ACNJ’s Zalkind will retire; Zwicker, Codey introduced legislation to prohibit LIV tournaments; Rabner temporarily assigned judges to SC; Murphy took action on bills; Legislature announced OLS leaders; Judiciary clarified juror swearing-in process; SJU advanced Platkin nomination, Doherty tangled with Platkin, who said on Brennan-Alvarez scandal ‘certainly things we would do differently


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


A treasured piece of New Jersey history, the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton has closed due to a large tree – a over 100-year old northern red oak – having fell on the building.


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Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Jersey City, Councilman Solomon reiterated his call for Councilwoman DeGise to resign. DeGise says she won’t resign, and is digging in, saying the legal process must be allowed to play out. Council President Watterman says she regrets voting for a dispensary owned by her daughter, and said she should have abstained, according to Hudson County View.


In Atlantic City, an ordinance was introduced to make gas sales illegal to illegally ridden ATVs, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Bogota, a gym owner is suing the town and police alleging his son was wrongfully arrested, according to the Bergen Record.


In Brigantine, residents have questions about offshore windmills, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Bridgewater, the council is hopeful for a school security agreement, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Cedar Grove, the town is waiting on Verona to proceed with a Joint Flood Advisory Board, according to TAPinto.


In Denville, water usage restrictions increased, according to NJ Hills.


In East Brunswick, Mayor Cohen held a town hall, according to TAPinto.


In Edison, the town remains silent on the status of the fire chief, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Fair Lawn, the town is starting a program to stop catalytic converter thefts, according to the Bergen Record.


In Florham Park, the First Aid Squad is bolstering its ranks with paid EMTs and is seeking state licensing, according to NJ Hills.


In Franklin (Sussex), the town rescinded its call for voter input on moving elections, according to NJ Herald.


In Hawthorne, BOE candidates introduced their candidacies, according to TAPinto.


In Hillsborough, an electric vehicle charging station was installed at borough hall, according to TAPinto.


In Longport, the Labor Day fireworks tradition was saved after funding was secured, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Montclair, residents are concerned with ‘deteriorating’ conditions at the pool and more parking woes, according to TAPinto.


In Morris Township, Guariglia was appointed to the committee, according to MorristownGreen.


In New Brunswick, a massive redevelopment on Jersey Avenue was approved, according to MyCentralJersey.


In New Providence, the council approved a National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, according to TAPinto.


In Ocean City, affordable housing units are being planned, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Paterson, Councilman Mendez is claiming ‘selective prosecution’ as he attempts to have VBM fraud charges dismissed, according to Paterson Times.


In Plainfield, the city signed an agreement with the rescue squads of Dunellen and Piscataway, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Princeton, the town is seeking input on food waste collection, according to TAPinto.


In Readington, a public safety director was appointed, according to NJ Hills.


In South Orange, Trustee Zuckermann is stepping down from his position to start a new chapter in Asbury Park, according to Village Green NJ.


In Stafford, the council voted to award a contract for animal control services, according to TAPinto.


In Watchung, a BOE member was deemed ineligible to serve, according to NJ Hills.


In West Caldwell, the mayor says infrastructure repairs may take a decade, according to TAPinto.


In Wenonah, the town was named one of the hottest zipcodes in the country, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


In Ventnor, police are cracking down on impaired driving, according to Downbeach.


ICYMI: In AC, Small and Levinson aim to strengthen relations; in Paterson, poet laureate’s poetry reinforced by city; in Morris Township, GOP ready to rebound



Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘Biden’s Climate action: Just in Time or Too Little Too Late?


Insider NJ columnist Andrew Leven writes ‘A Vital Aspect of Mar-a-Lago That Is Being Missed, and Matters


Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘The Raid – and its Aftermath


Insider NJ legal analyst Joe Hayden writes ‘Attorney General Garland Just Jumped out of the Airplane: There is Only One Direction to Go and There Is No Turning Back


Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Amy DeGise’s Hit-and-Run Parts the Curtains on Hudson Co Machine Politics




Energy costs may drop, but at what price? 

Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight


  • A long-awaited study suggests moving to clean energy could end up cutting energy costs to consumers and businesses, but it fails to include crucial and steep costs that would be incurred to achieve that goal.


Ireland could be Donald Trump’s passport to freedom | Mulshine 

Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger


  • The big news in Ireland this week was Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a visit to his golf club in the seaside town of Doonbeg, which had been planned for Aug. 27. There was no clear link between that and the dispute over the FBI’s recent seizure of Trump’s passports. But the Irish media made a connection anyway.


For many New Jersey residents, water bills will increase on Sept. 1 

Andrew Maykuth, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • New Jersey regulators have approved a water and sewer rate increase for New Jersey American Water, about half the amount the utility initially requested. A typical residential water bill will increase $2.92 a month, or 4.7%, on Sept. 1.


Rep. Norcross: Why we need an American-made economy | Opinion 

Donald Norcross


  • “American made” isn’t just a slogan. Behind these words are millions of good-paying jobs for hardworking families. I have been saying for years that the best social program is a good-paying job. For generations, a simple idea has defined the American Dream: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America. Today, too many working families feel that dream slipping away. But we can bring that dream back into focus with an American-made agenda.


AJ Meerwald engineer Ken Haney talks about South Jersey’s bayshore and wetlands 

Phaedra Trethan, Cherry Hill Courier-Post


  • AJ Meerwald engineer Ken Haney talks about why the wetlands along South Jersey’s bayshore are important for the ecosystem and environment.


How much schools are funded by local taxes in each NJ town 

Michael Symons, NJ1015


  • Between increases in overall state aid to schools and an infusion of federal funds to respond to the effects of the pandemic, New Jersey schools relied on local property taxes for less than half of their spending in the 2020-21 school year.


NJ experts say see-through backpacks may do more harm than good 

Dino Flammia, NJ1015


  • An ethics expert and a gun violence researcher out of Rutgers-Camden suggest a new district-wide policy in South River is short sighted and likely an ineffective way to keep students safe. Requiring that all backpacks be see-through may be less expensive than hiring security or installing metal detectors, they say, but could the move be doing more harm than good?


Rutgers maintaining mask, vaccine polices to start fall semester 

Eric Conklin, Press of Atlantic City


  • Students returning to Rutgers University in the coming weeks should make sure to pack a mask and their COVID-19 vaccine information as the university plans to open the school year maintaining several of its pandemic policies.


Look! Up in the sky! It’s … politics — Matters of Fact 

Jim Beckerman,


  • Calling all platforms! Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, print, radio, and cable TV — all were on fire with the news of the FBI’s momentous raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound on August 8. And the messaging was lively. At both the red and blue ends of the spectrum.


2 Garden State Parkway rest stops shutting down until spring 

Dino Flammia, NJ1015


  • Two service areas along the Garden State Parkway are out of commission for at least nine months, starting this week. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has announced that no food, gasoline and restrooms would be available as of Aug. 17 at the Vauxhall and Brookdale South service areas, which will be demolished and replaced with new facilities.


Greater Egg district voters to consider $21 million improvement project 

Christopher Doyle, Press of Atlantic City


  • State aid could jumpstart new projects at Greater Egg Harbor Regional schools if a new plan is approved by district voters. Voters in the district, which oversees high schools in Galloway and Hamilton townships and Egg Harbor City, will be asked in October to vote on a bond referendum to appropriate funds for a $21 million project to improve facilities at all three of its schools.
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9 responses to “Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 8/19/2022”

  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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