Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 9/20/2021

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: We’re taking the gloves off, I’m telling you.” – Rep. Pascrell calling for SALT deductions to be reinstated


TOP STORY: Murphy Makes His Reelection Case to Latino Voters


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The statewide cumulative COVID-19 count stands at 985,599 cases and 24,424 confirmed fatalities (and 147,629 probable cases and 2,766 probable fatalities) as of Sunday (an increase of 1658 confirmed cases, 356 probable cases, and 8 lab-confirmed fatalities from the previous day). The viral transmission rate is 1.05. There have been 11,890,413 COVID-19 vaccinations administered (with 5,769,062 people fully vaccinated).


Governor Murphy signed an executive order allowing the expiration of NJDEP rulemaking deadlines that were extended due to COVID-19.


Reps. Pascrell, Gottheimer, Malinowski, and Sherrill held a press conference on Friday saying that they won’t vote for a budget reconciliation bill unless SALT deductions are included; Rep. Pascrell remarked that ‘we’re taking the gloves off, I’m telling you‘.


The NJDOH announced that COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will begin to be administered soon.


Sussex County cancelled the Harvest Festival as COVID-19 cases increase, according to


The Pride Network will hold its 13th annual awards dinner in November.


ICYMI: Murphy announced Pre-K commitment;Murphy established the ‘Wealth Disparity Task Force’; Payne confident on infrastructure bill; Murphy thinks post-mortem warranted on Ida; feds sign off on disaster relief; Malinowski says ‘make or break moment‘ for climate; Kim discusses Capitol riot; Biden lands in NJ in hard-hit Manville, as some welcomed him, others rallied against


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The Latino Action Network endorsed Governor Murphy for re-election. Making the case for his re-election to Latino voters, the Governor said the state’s treatment of the community is ‘different, its better’ while taking aim at GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli’s rhetoric, describing it as ‘demonization’.


The NEW JOBS PAC endorsed candidates in legislative races.


In LD26, Democratic Senate candidate Christine Clarke released a video contrasting her record on women’s issues with incumbent Senator Pennacchio’s.


Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Phil Rizzo has launched a PAC, according to Politico NJ.


VBMs have begun being mailed out to voters, according to NJ101.5.


ICYMI: Ciattarelli: ‘we’re dying a slow and painful death‘; NJFMBA released endorsements; NJFOP released endorsements; Ciattarelli did an end-zone dance over FOP non-endorsement; NFIB endorsements; Oliver vociferously defended handling of Ida; Dems promote gun safety measures; in CD7, Mehta eager to face Kean in primary; Ciattarelli ‘not the sacrificial lamb‘; Ciattarelli recounted storm experience; Morris and Somerset GOPS planning united front


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Assemblyman Zwicker was honored as Legislator of the Year by the Constitutional Officers Association of NJ.


GOP calls for lawmakers to return to Trenton have been met with silence, according to NJ Monitor.


The Civil Service Commission is launching virtual one-stop information sessions.


Anbaric submitted to PJM a portfolio of 19 projects to deliver offshore wind into New Jersey.


ICYMI: Murphy took action on legislation; DeCroce’s proposed constitutional amendments are a timely discussion; Insider NJ’s 2021 Insider 100: Policymakers; Schepisi spoke out on the divide between climate change and land use; Pocino resigned boards; redistricting scenario bar notes


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Listen to Politically Direct Episode 147 with host Fernando Uribe and guest Justin Musella, Parsippany council candidate.


Download and read Insider NJ’s ‘Let’s Get To Work!’: The State Of New Jersey Labor’ power list and publication.


The history of the airport, where President Biden landed, and the havoc it once created in Manville.


Will there be a ‘Biden factor‘ for the 2021 election cycle in New Jersey?


President Biden has a political history with New Jersey.


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In Trenton, the Planning Division is seeking public comment on a new land development ordinance. Interim Police Director Wilson defended himself against attacks from Councilwoman Vaughn, according to the Trentonian.


In Carteret, the Ferry Terminal received long-awaited DEP approval for dredging, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Denville, the town landed a AAA bond rating, according to NJ Hills.


In Elizabeth, Mayor Bollwage says the city can’t agree to the White House’s request to accept Afghan refugees, according to


In Fair Haven, Mayor Lucarelli resigned, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Franklin Lakes, Councilman Bonagura had resigned but hopes to return to the seat, according to the Bergen Record.


In Haledon, a public school bathroom was vandalized, according to


In Hasbrouck Heights, the council waived building fees for repairs to damage relating to Ida, according to TAPinto.


In Howell, a warehouse developer filed an appeal against the town, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Jersey City, mayoral candidate Lewis Spears discussed the circumstances surrounding a 2010 purchase of a home that was later foreclosed on, according to Hudson County View.


In Lebanon, the political signs discussion continues, according to NJ Hills.


In Marlboro, mold was discovered in the police department building, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Montville, another Altice ‘progress report’ was given, according to TAPinto.


In Newark, a municipal judge was slapped with a suspension for misogynistic comments, according to NJ Monitor.


In Paterson, the council and Housing Authority are in a dispute over a community center lease, according to Paterson Press.


In Rockaway, the township planned tax rates for cannabis businesses, according to NJ Hills.


ICYMI: In Newark, city unveiled a statue of history-making former Mayor Kenneth Gibson; in Newark, no clear alternative to Baraka, sources say Amador won’t seek re-election; in Newark, James considers the impact of the extraction of troops; in North Arlington, former Mayor Kaiser passed away; in Paterson, officials toured Ida shelter; in Penns Grove, former councilman charged w/ underreporting income; in Newark, DOJ reached settlement with schools; in Hoboken, workers rallied for benefits; in Chatham, key issue revolves around Nazis and Elie Wiesel.


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Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘Against Bridgegate Backdrop, Christie ‘Truth-telling’ Strained, at Best


Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘The Smoking Gun Regarding Ciattarelli’s Falsehoods about his Romance with the Trump Big Lie


Insider NJ columnist and ELEC Executive Director Jeffrey Brindle writes ‘Steps to Strengthen Political Parties Remain Necessary Despite Deep-seated Distrust


In a guest column on Insider NJ, Teaneck Councilman Pagan writes ‘Critical Health Care Relief for New Jersey Families





Working women face new setback as virus upends school plans

Megan Cassella, Politico


  • Working women, whose child care duties vastly expanded during the pandemic, are bracing for a new hit to their incomes and careers as the resurgent coronavirus jeopardizes plans to keep kids in school full time.


N.J. restaurants seek a new round of aid as pandemic struggles continue

Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media for


  • Ehren Ryan was one of the lucky ones. His Common Lot restaurant in Millburn was one of the 3,086 New Jersey restaurants, bars and other eating establishments receiving a total of $913.5 million through the Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund.


Eviction Q&A: A panel discussion on navigating New Jersey’s affordable housing rules

Ashley Balcerzak,


  • Being able to afford a safe, stable home impacts a family’s health, job stability, children’s education, and more. New Jersey repeatedly tops lists of one of the most expensive places to live and has a severe shortage of affordable housing options for its residents. The COVID pandemic that led to widespread business closures and unemployment made the affordability issue even worse.


Rosie O’Donnell’s N.J. mansion will be demolished for affordable housing

Matt Rooney, Save Jersey


  • This is a fun one, Save Jerseyans. We have some Rosie O’Donnell news, courtesy of the NY Post…


Spears and Fulop admin stand and trade over Huffington Post story on federal rental aid response

John Heinis, Hudson County View


  • In Jersey City, mayoral challenger Lewis Spears and incumbent Steven Fulop’s administration are standing and trading over the Huffington Post story on the city’s “slow” rental federal aid response.


Did COVID-19 concerns keep applicants away from hotel and restaurant job fair?

Brenda Flanagan, NJ Spotlight


  • Employers set up a job fair hoping the end of federal pandemic-aid payments Sept. 4 might finally send prospective hires their way. The hotel and restaurant industries have struggled to find staff, as downtowns have cautiously reopened. On Friday, some businesses even offered $500 hiring bonuses. But the Meadowlands job fair turnout — despite a big ad campaign — was “disappointing.” Some analysts think concerns over COVID-19 are the major factor keeping people from re-entering the job market.


Who’s running in the southern Ocean County general election on Nov. 2?

Press of Atlantic City


  • A guide to the Ocean County general election.


Having trouble getting your favorite bottle of tequila or bubbly? Here’s why

Esther Davidowitz,


  • Having trouble finding a bottle of high-end tequila, an expensive Champagne, or a nice New Zealand sauvignon blanc? You’re not alone. Liquor stores, bars and restaurants are all having trouble stocking their shelves with enough wines, beers and spirits, thanks to COVID-19’s devastating impact on supplies — and thanks to heatwaves and frosts that damaged crops.
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  • Sha H

    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.

    • John Fiorentino

      He;s “vacationing” at his villa in Italy, while Covid surges and the state is paralyzed by “remote work”…………translation: NO WORK

  • Sha H

    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.”

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  • Amber Si
  • Zyra Alissa

    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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