Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 8/23/2019

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for 8/23/2019:



New Jersey’s public schools consistently rank among the top in the nation, yet the educators who help our students achieve their dreams have watched their pay checks go down for the past eight years. The unintended consequences of P.L. 2011, Ch. 78 have devastated the morale and the pocketbooks of public school employees for too long. It’s time for Trenton to #FixTheUnfairness and return respect to our public school employees. Learn more.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: If the implication is that folks in my administration didn’t tell the truth under oath — if that’s the implication — I find that offensive, unacceptable, and outrageous.” – Governor Murphy firing back at Senate President Sweeney


TOP STORY: Insider NJ’s Who’s Up and Who’s Down: Week of Silk City’s West Side Story



The Morning Intelligence Briefing will be on a summer break next week and through Labor Day and will return on Tuesday, September 3rd. Be sure to stay tuned to Insider NJ for content and updates throughout next week.  In advance, wishing all of our readers an enjoyable and Happy Labor Day!


Governor Murphy announced the first grant recipients of the state’s Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education program, and announced two workforce initiatives designed to bolster the innovation economy at an event at Montclair State University.


At the same event, and a day after huddling up with local leaders, Murphy spoke about Newark’s lead contamination crisis, saying that a state of emergency isn’t necessary as long as bottled water is being distributed, and called on the Trump administration and Congress to invest in water infrastructure, according to NJTV; earlier in the week, Assemblyman Holley had uged state of emergency be declared. Food and Water Watch said that Flint’s water crisis shows that a state takeover isn’t an option for Newark, and that any push toward privatization should be rejected. Murphy and the NJ Poison Control Center announced a hotline for residents with questions about the health effects of lead exposure.


A Monmouth University national poll finds that 59% of Americans disagree with pursuing an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, while 35% feel he should be impeached. With Trump’s approval rating at 43% and disapproval at 53%, pollster Dr. Patrick Murray said ‘Donald Trump is not a popular president by most measures, but the appetite for impeachment remains low’.


Rep. Pascrell released a statement on the ongoing fires in the Amazon Rainforest and called on Congress to explore options in combating climate change.


ICYMI: SCCC requested the removal of Scanlan; Sherrill’s most animated town hall; constituents challenge Pallone to be more ‘bold’; Malinowsi’s ‘fundamental questions



Read Insider NJ’s Who’s Up And Who’s Down: Week of Silk City’s West Side Story to see where the players stand in Jersey politics over the past week.


Take a look at Insider NJ’s list of 25 Municipal Chairs To Watch this November and beyond.


Attorney Stuart Meissner announced he’s setting up an exploratory committee to run for the GOP nomination for Senate next year to take on Senator Booker.


Amid the LD25 Twitter storms, GOP Assemblyman Bucco and running mate Bergen held a fundraiser in Randolph attended by GOP leaders and hopefuls.


A new PAC aimed at encouraging progressive millennial candidates, Millennials For NJ, held a launch event in Red Bank.


In Somerset County, GOP sheriff candidate Bill Parenti released a statement calling on Democratic candidate Darrin Russo to pay back union-time hours, citing reports by the Franklin Advocate and NJ Democratic State Committeeman Joel Shain released a statement calling on Parenti to disavow President Trump’s comments accusing Jewish Democratic voters of ‘disloyalty’.


ICYMI: GOP’s Dakin sizes up his chances in CD11; BCRO Chair Zisa demanded explanation on VBM law; 32BJ welcomed Lavarrede as political director; Gaburo called for the firing of Somerset Dems social media director, Dems say they are instituting new controls over social media accounts; Dems forced to consider Booker contingency plan; Schmid poised to enter CD4 Dem primary; LD26 Asm. Webber prepares for re-election; Dem Razzoli will run as Republican in CD12; progressives protested for Gottheimer to call for impeachment inquiry; the gun debate in LD25; Richter entered CD2 race; in Sussex, Rotondi looks to build up Dems; Booker says ‘polling-schmolling‘; Gottheimer jousts with Quick


Vote in the Insider NJ Poll: Who Would Win THIS General Election Match-up?



Sources say that a deal is unlikely to re-extend the state’s tax incentive program ahead of today’s deadline, according to NJ Biz. The Governor has said he will veto the re-extension legislation; NJ Citizen Action released a statement in support of Murphy’s veto promise.


Responding to Senate President Sweeney’s assertion that administration officials were evasive in testimony offered during the Select Committee’s hearing on the Brennan allegations (and Sweeney’s plan to introduce legislation to charge witnesses who lie during testimony) Governor Murphy said he found the implication ‘offensive, unacceptable, and outrageous’, according to NJTV.


Governor Murphy reacted to the NJDOL’s firing of Jeffrey Dye over anti-Semitic social media posts, calling Dye a ‘low-level’ employee and that he found the posts ‘incredibly offensive and completely inconsistent with my values’, according to


The Division of Gaming Enforcement announced its quarterly and year-to-date results.


Senator Weinberg said she will introduce legislation to ensure landlords cover hot and exposed radiators.


Senator Gopal released a statement in support of Planned Parenthood and Title X funding.


Senator Singleton will hold his annual Back To School Haircut event.


The NJ Primary Care Association congratulated their 20 members health centers that received funds from the HHS Department.


ICYMI: Lozano and Adubato discuss innovation; Sweeney/Coughlin at odds over angioplasty bill; Mandel stepping down from Eagleton; Weinberg wants state employees released from confidentiality agreements; Bateman swipes at Vitale over home bakes goods bill; Sweeney reiterated call for questions on budgetary freeze items


Vote in the Insider NJ Poll: Who on This List is Most Likely to Succeed Steve Sweeney as Senate Prez?



Take a look at Insider NJ’s congressional sketch pad: a thumbnail guide to the developing contests.


Senator Booker’s immersion in presidential politics creates the sense of political elasticity amid the state’s static condition.


Read Insider NJ’s 2019 Insider 100: Policymakers publication.


Visit the Insider 100 Publications page, the Events Calendar, the Press Release page, and check out the Insider NJ Video Gallery and Insider NJ Podcast page.



In Bloomfield, Essex Clerk Durkin says that the BOE election will be held in November, despite the board’s resolution to move it to April.


In Newark, the National Action Network will join with Mayor Baraka, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Reverend Bartley to distribute bottled water.


In Phillipsburg, Mayor Ellis and the Democratic council candidates released a statement on the police department’s temporary re-location and the council’s claim of a ‘secret donor‘, saying ‘we now have good reason to believe that no such donor exists, and we are calling on the council to identify the donor and assure taxpayers that their money is not being squandered on a temporary quick fix’.


In Palmyra, a new park will be dedicated to the town’s first African-American police chief, according to the Burlington County Times.


In Asbury Park, protesters called on embattled BOE member Leonard to resign, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Emerson, the police department is in need of a new headquarters, according to the Bergen Record.


In Sayreville, a former high school football player filed a lawsuit over hazing, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Vernon, the council overrode Mayor Shortway’s veto of a special recreation tax ballot question, putting it before the voters this November, according to NJ Herald.


In Gloucester, two officers are facing DWI charges, according to the Courier Post.


In Parsippany, a motion was made at a council meeting to settle the lawsuits filed by former Police Captain Carifi, according to TAPinto.


In North Wildwood, the court case for the Philadelphia mayor’s daughter who was involved in a brawl has been transferred again, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


In Franklin Borough, Rep. Gottheimer announced $270k in equipment for the police department.


ICYMI: In Paterson, West Side Story captivates the city



Insider NJ columnist Al Sullivan writes ‘The Anatomy of a Cover-up?


Insider NJ columnist and former Senator Kevin O’Toole writes ‘Let’s Go to the Videotape


Insider NJ reporter Fred Snowflack writes ‘Social Media Stupidity: Do or Dye


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘Newark and the Politics of Clean Water


Insider NJ publisher John FX Graham writes ‘James Meredith, Joe Graham, and the Right Side of History






The bigot-in-chief slimes American Jews | Moran

Tom Moran, Star-Ledger


  • One in three Americans believe that Jews living here feel a deeper loyalty to Israel than to the United States. It is the most common slander against Jews, both here and abroad, according to global surveys. It’s been a central tenet of every violent burst of antisemitism in history, from the Russian pogroms to the Nazi holocaust.


Summer Reading 2019: NJ’s First Governor Invents the Job as He Reinvents Himself

NJ Spotlight


  • In the first biography of William Livingston since the 1830s, James Gigantino II paints a vivid portrait thrown into sharp relief by the tumult and threats of revolutionary New Jersey.


Man detained by police over wearing political t-shirt wants appeals court to hear his case

Terrence T. McDonald, North Jersey Record


  • A Little Falls man who was detained by a police officer inside Bergen County’s administration building in 2014 for wearing the t-shirt of the then-county executive’s political rival wants an appellate court to declare his First Amendment rights were violated.


Port Authority has not contacted ACY, DOT about airport purchase

Michelle Brunetti Post, Press of Atlantic City


  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is evaluating information on buying Atlantic City International Airport and other New Jersey aviation facilities after receiving a consultant’s proposals, a spokeswoman said Thursday.


Seton Hall class of 2023 breaks records for applicants, admissions, test scores



  • Seton Hall University reported more than 23,000 applicants for the Class of 2023, breaking a record at the Catholic institution for the fifth consecutive year. Over the last three years the number of applicants to Seton Hall has risen by about 40 percent. Of those 23,000-plus applicants, more than 1,615 freshmen are registered and set to begin classes, according to Seton Hall. That makes for the largest undergraduate class in Seton Hall history, beating last year’s record-breaking class of 2022, which enrolled 1,524 freshmen.


Atlantic City taxes, Airbnb property concerns aired at council meeting

David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City


  • Concerns and frustrations over a surprise tax increase on property owners as well as code enforcement of sober-living homes and short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods dominated discussion at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.


Springfield residents pan proposed medical marijuana farm

David Levinsky, Burlington County Times


  • The opinions from residents who spoke were overwhelmingly against the plans submitted by Bailey Farms LLC and its principal, Moorestown attorney Christopher Baxter, and several of the residents argued that the proposed state-of-the-art greenhouse and processing buildings planned for the site seemed more industrial than agriculture and that the entire operation was a poor fit for the small rural community.


Bayonne council approves 10-year, $250k lease with Port Authority to move ferry project forward

John Heinis, Hudson County View


  • The Bayonne City Council approved a leasing agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at last night’s meeting that will allow them to move forward with providing ferry service to Manhattan.


‘Loaded with Lawrences’: How a family keeps this North Wildwood motel going for 40 years and counting

Jason Nark, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • Guests are coming in hot at the Jade East Motel’s lobby, hours before the official check-in time, hoping their room is ready on this Friday morning. Workers in green shirts are moving up and down the stairs, toward the rooms like honeybees, in with cleaning supplies and out with bundles of bedsheets in both arms.


Cherry Hill Food Pantry renews search for new site after deal unravels

Sheri Berkery, Cherry Hill Courier-Post


  • The Cherry Hill Food Pantry is back in the market for a new home. Early this summer, the nonprofit announced it would lease a combination of store and warehouse space at 41 Coles Ave., the former home of the Toy Train Emporium right off Route 38.
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