Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for 9/17/2019:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When I’m in Trenton, you’re in Trenton.” – LD25 Senator Bucco on the campaign trail when he first ran for Assembly in 1995
TOP STORY: Senator Tony Bucco Has Died
Veteran LD25 Senator Tony Bucco, a towering figure in Morris County and in Trenton, passed away yesterday. Beginning his public service as an alderman in the 1970s, he was elected to the Senate in 1997 after serving in the Assembly. Mourning his loss, Governor Murphy said Bucco ‘took on issues small and large, including one of his last laws, to ensure that schoolchildren learned ways to prevent and escape sexual abuse, a bill I was proud to sign just two months ago’. Senate Minority Leader Kean called Bucco a ‘gentleman who earned trust on both sides of the aisle by being a man of his word’. Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick hailed him as ‘one of the most honorable leaders in the Legislature‘. NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt said he ‘leaves behind an enduring legacy of public service and selfless leadership’. Insider NJ report Fred Snowflack, who was a Daily Record reporter in Morris County, writes this tribute to Bucco.
Governor Murphy met with Indian Prime Minister Modi during his overseas economic trade mission trip, according to NJ.com. The Governor and Choose New Jersey announced the opening of the New Jersey India Center in Gurugram, and the creation of ‘NASCOMM Launchpad’ to enhance business partnerships between India and NJ.
Bergen County will hold a ‘High Holy Day Safety Briefing‘ with Jewish community leaders on Friday.
Senator Booker released a statement supporting the UAW strike at General Motors, saying ‘
Senator Menendez blasted President Trump’s ‘locked and loaded’ comment regarding rising tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, saying the President should consult Congress if he thinks military action is needed.
Rep. Norcross announced $3.5M in HHS funding to support South Jersey’s Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program.
Monmouth County Clerk Hanlon released a statement explaining the state’s new vote-by-mail law ahead of the November election.
ICYMI: Following debate, Booker sided with Castro; Matey sworn-in to Third Circuit; Insider NJ’s Who’s Up And Who’s Down: Week of the Suez/KKR Debacle; NDNJ released its full list of donors
In LD1, GOP Senate candidate Mike Testa and GOP leaders blasted an attack mailer against Assembly candidate Antwon McLellan.
In LD21, the Professional Firefighters of NJ endorsed incumbent Bramnick and Munoz for re-election.
In LD25, Democratic candidate Lisa Bhimani confronts a tax abatement question.
In CD7, a new PAC – Perfect Together – was formed to promote Senator Kean’s congressional bid.
In CD5, Democratic primary candidate Arati Kreibich will speak at the 2019 Impact Conference.
ICYMI: Brindle ‘disappointed‘ in Bramnick and Kean; Jani will serve as Biden’s Pacific Islander Director; following Altman-Ayscue Twitter collision, prog groups request NJTV remove him as commentator, NJTV says he’s neither paid nor a network employee; Gibbs formed CD3 exploratory committee; Bucco/Bergen slammed Dems on DLs for undocumented immigrants; Lagana joining Cleary Giaccobe Alfieri and Jacobs; Zwicker rebuked NJLCV, Freiman declines endorsement, Tittel defends Zwicker, LCV says Zwicker ‘flat out wrong‘; Gingrich backs Kean; Spevak heading to MWWPR; Schmid kicks off CD4 campaign; in Somerset, Gaburo v. Schaffer
Senate President Sweeney, Senator Andrzejczak, and Assemblymen Land and Milam will hold a press conference today on the need for funding of the Wildwood Boardwalk.
Assemblyman Rooney sent a letter to the NJBPU calling on them to extend their public comment period for the new energy master plan.
Assemblywoman Murphy helped the DRBC announce the winners of their photo contest.
The NJBIA will hold their Women Business Leaders Forum on Friday.
The Sierra Club released a statement blasting a Farmland Assessment Act tax break on NJ Transit chief Corbett’s property.
ICYMI: Murphy signed A5463; names are in the mix should Bramnick lose; Corrado wants Select Committee to reconvene; Quinn says only 2% of tax break jobs went to Camden residents (see the NJEDA memo, Murphy reacted ‘these numbers speak to what we’ve said all along’
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Getting to know the kitchen cabinet members of new Bergen County Democratic Chairman Paul Juliano.
A GOP source breaks down the shape of the NJGOP gubernatorial race ahead of 2021.
The 20 best legislative elections from the past 20 years.
Insider NJ’s 25 Municipal Chairs To Watch this November and beyond.
In Hoboken, ballot positions were drawn for the ward council races.
In Parsippany, former Mayor Mimi Letts passed away, according to the Daily Record.
In Newark, a RentCafe report finds the city’s rents are among the state’s most stable, averaging $1203/month.
In Fanwood, the Democrats launched their fall campaign, according to TAPinto.
In Edison, the BOE will appeal a lawsuit filed by the zoning board, according to MyCentralJersey. Mayor Lankey and legislative leaders will celebrate ‘National Drive Electric Week’ with a ride-and-drive event.
In Toms River, the state’s biggest solar farm could be built, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Raritan, the township may ban vaping on its properties, according to TAPinto.
In Bordentown, jury selection began in the trial of ex-Chief Nucera, according to the Burlington County Times.
In Hamilton, former GOP mayoral primary candidate Dave Henderson filed a lawsuit against Mayor Yaede’s runningmate Vincent Cappodanno, who did the same, according to the Trentonian.
In Manalapan, BOE member Tringali, who was accused of sexual assault, was released from jail, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Jersey City, the city dedicated the main public library to longtime director Priscilla Gardner.
In Barnegat, the BOE candidates will debate in October, according to TAPinto.
ICYMI: In Prospect Park, Khairullah stopped and questioned at JFK; in Paterson, following Jackson anti-Semitic remark, Currie called for a censure; in Edison, Shah will run for mayor , Lankey suffers resounding defeat on water proposal; in Lambertville, Fahl and Turner celebrate completion of Rt 29 safety project; in Jersey City, FairerNJ PAC released first ad
Insider NJ columnist Robert Hennelly writes ‘Notre Dame and Gov. Whitman’s Lingering 9/11 Legacy‘
Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘Remember When Howard Cosell Made East Rutherford, New Jersey Famous?‘ and ‘Post-Debate: What Will the Democratic Message Be: Return to Normalcy (Biden) or Social Revolution (Warren and Sanders)?‘
In a guest column on Insider NJ, former Senator Bernie Kenny writes ‘The Curious Story of the Captured Confederate Battle Flags‘
Insider NJ columnist Al Sullivan writes ‘Stretching the Rules on Campaign Finance Reform‘
AROUND THE WEB:
Sabre Bee, Anthony Diaz and Veronica Quinoñes
- For betraying our trust and endangering our precious children, city officials should pay a heavy price. They should be dismissed as public servants and thrown into prison for their crimes against humanity. Mayor Ras Baraka lied to us all.
Tom Bergeron, ROI-NJ.com
- As we approached our second annual ROI Influencers list of the most impactful People of Color in New Jersey, it became clear that we still haven’t answered the biggest question from our first: Should we even do such a list? Is singling out people of color for their influence and accomplishments somehow defeating a goal of so many ethnic minorities: to be seen in the same light as everyone else — and not for their ethnicity?
Neptune City Councilman Andrew Wardell
- The rules, policies, and procedures of good-governance have almost all been thrown to the wayside in Neptune City under the current majority. An alarming trend which started January 1st as policies have been created without cooperation, special committees formed without proper resolutions, the intentionally keeping of information from other elected officials, and threatening of borough employees.
The Trentonian Staff
- It feels really strange that in 2019 this needs to be written, but yes, it is offensive to use anti-Semitic slurs. And yes, “Jew her down” is casual anti-Semitism. Many Jewish people asked in general aren’t extremely offended by the phrase, but likely none will say that the phrase is okay to use.
Carl Golden, NJ Spotlight
- Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is 20 months old, and neither the governor nor his staff has yet figured out how to deal with the Legislature.
Jeff Edelstein, The Trentonian
- So Trenton Council president Kathy McBride said “Jew her down” in a closed door executive session, something we heard about and then confirmed thanks to The Trentonian’s crack investigative unit (Hi Isaac!). The Trentonian even has a recording of the statement in question.
Charles Stile, North Jersey Record
- Gov. Phil Murphy says he is “thrilled” that the list of donors to his “dark money” political advocacy group has finally been released to the public. “I’ve been asking for a while that they release the names,” Murphy said last Thursday, suggesting that he, Phil Murphy, perhaps the most powerful governor in the nation, is somehow powerless to order his closest advisers to carry out a fairly routine task.
John Heinis, Hudson County View
- A female employee of the Jersey City Department of Public Safety, specifically working for parking enforcement, alleges in a Hudson County Superior Court lawsuit that her boss threatened to kill her, called her a b**** and groped her as part of ongoing harassment.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- For proponents of legalizing marijuana for personal use in New Jersey, their new theme song may be, “You can’t always get what you want.” After failing to win approval of legislation earlier this year, advocates said they would settle for less than they would prefer, with the hope that they can make changes to the law later.
Christian Hetrick, Philadelphia Inquirer
- Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino can now accept bets on NBA games, except for those involving the Houston Rockets, the team owned by the casino’s owner. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law Friday allowing casinos whose owners also own sports teams to accept bets on games — as long as that team isn’t playing in the game. Previously, the state’s sports betting law banned casinos from taking wagers on any games involving the leagues in which the teams played.
David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City
- In a page right out of the state’s playbook for revitalizing Atlantic City, officials at the annual Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development emphasized the importance of engaging the community on key projects.
Jim Walsh, Cherry Hill Courier-Post
- A federal jury on Monday acquitted a Camden County police officer who was accused of using excessive force during a Fairview arrest in February 2018. But the officer, Nicholas Romantino, faces an internal affairs investigation and a likely civil suit in connection with an alleged assault on Camden resident Edward Minguela. The acquittal came after the second trial for Romantino, who was cleared in June on a related charge of falsifying records.
Tom Bergeron, ROI-NJ.com
- Jose Lozano, the CEO of Choose New Jersey — the organization responsible for planning international economic trips for Gov. Phil Murphy — couldn’t hold back his excitement about the seven-day, six-city tour to India, which started Monday. “I think it’s unprecedented,” he told ROI-NJ before he and a group of nearly three dozen state officials, private sector leaders, legislators and university officials left on the 15-hour flight to New Delhi. “Officials in India said they have never seen a mission trip this big.” The numbers, Lozano said, tell it all.
Art Gallagher, More Monmouth Musings
- The dirty filthy Democrat PAC that is protecting its investment in LD 11 Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey woke Michael Amoroso out of his summer slumber. The Freehold Board of Education President who is one of the GOP candidates challenging the General Majority PAC’s obedient legislators is fighting mad about the deceptive mailer the Dems sent out last week accusing Amoroso of raising taxes 22% this year.
Linda Lindner, njbiz.com
- Unibet, a new sports betting platform that just went live in New Jersey, announced it has inked a significant, multi-year sponsorship deal with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Additionally, Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur – who spent 21 years defending the Devils’ goal and earned the most career wins in the sport – has been named Unibet’s Brand Ambassador to magnify Unibet’s presence in the New Jersey market.