Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The name they picked was stupid. First Brook? First Brook – that’s their name, huh?” – North Haledon Mayor Randy George on the fed’s changing of the name of Squaw Brook
TOP STORY: Christie Goes after Sherrill
See the daily COVID-19 numbers on the NJDOH’s dashboard.
Governor Murphy signed an executive order increasing the state’s offshore wind goal by 50% by 2040.
Governor Murphy sent state aid to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Fiona.
The NJDOL announced $6.5M in apprenticeship grants.
Some schools are getting creative with sex education curriculum, according to the Bergen Record.
The state is stalling on distributing relief to residents struggling with water bills, according to NJ Monitor.
Camden County Commissioners approved $1.1M in grants for recreational and historic enhancement projects.
Raymond Santiago was nominated by Governor Murphy to be Monmouth County prosecutor.
Somerset County unveiled the ‘nation’s first’ preservation plan of its kind, according to MyCentralJersey.
Rep. Norcross urged the DOD to ensure fair treatment of teachers on overseas military bases.
The South Jersey Transportation Authority approved a $159.3M contract for an all-electronic toll system on the Atlantic City Expressway, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
ICYMI: Schools have never been more controversial; Rutgers poll finds NJ residents split on sex ed in lower grades; min wage will increase January 1st; Menendez, Pascrell make the case for school funding; State Health Benefits Commission voted in favor of hiking public worker contributions, Administration and state workers unions reached deal but local, county workers still slated to be hit with increase; unions rallied at the Statehouse, urging offset of increase
Craig Guy formally kicked off his candidacy for Hudson County Executive to succeed retiring Executive DeGise in next year’s election.
The NJDSC announced its annual convention in the beginning of October.
In CD5, Rep. Gottheimer has $14M compared to Frank Pallotta’s $64k, according to the Bergen Record.
In CD6, GOP candidate Sue Kiley is emphasizing inflation in her campaign to unseat veteran Rep. Pallone, according to NJ Spotlight.
In CD11, former Governor Christie blistered Rep. Sherrill’s background in the US Attorney’s Office, suggesting her role was superfluous and used solely to lay a political foundation to run for office; saying he can sense when people want to run for Governor, Christie said ‘believe me, that’s what she’s up to‘.
ICYMI: Malinowski chided Kean; McCabe aided Tedesco; Healey returned to roots in ad; Gottheimer doubled down on abortion support; BurlCo Dems raised $300k; Fulop guest of honor at millennials dinner; in CD11, DeGroot doesn’t support nationwide abortion ban; NJLCV announced endorsements; Passaic Sheriff Berdnik went on offense; Essex GOP’s Kramer challenging DiVincenzo
Governor Murphy took action on legislation.
Senators Cruz-Perez, Beach, and Singleton introduced legislation to allow the impoundment of ‘boom cars’.
Senator Cryan says he will work to pass the Governor’s recommendations for the ‘Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights’.
Senator Durr introduced the ‘Child Protection And Anti-Mutilation Act’ which would ban sex change surgery for minors.
Senator Singleton introduced legislation to expand the penalties for the illegal sale of firearms.
Assemblyman Torrissi introduced a resolution to use budget surplus funds to offset local property tax increases.
Assemblymembers Flynn and Scharfenberger demanded an end to ‘intimidation tactics’ against school districts that don’t implement the state’s sex ed standards.
The NJEA lauded Governor Murphy’s CV of edTPA legislation.
Author Peter Zablocki chronicles presidential visits in New Jersey in a forthcoming new book.
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Download and read Insider NJ’s 2022 Insider 100: Policymakers power list publication and Insider NJ’s 2022 Insider Out 100: LGBTQ Power List publication, by Jay Lassiter.
In Newark, Mayor Baraka criticized health care premium increases for public workers, saying it will hurt the city.
In Trenton, the AFL-CIO endorsed Taiwanda Terry-Wilson for council.
In Pompton Lakes, Passaic County Commissioner Gallo endorsed Council President Polidori for re-election.
In Atlantic City, questions are being raised about the fairness of a real estate auction, according to the Press of Atlantic City. The city banned gas stations from fueling ATVs, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In Barnegat, BOE candidates will participate in a forum, according to TAPinto.
In Bernardsville, Dempsey will step down as schools superintendent, according to NJ Hills.
In Keyport, the new owner of senior affordable housing could double rents, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Middle, the township is seeking opinions for the downtown courthouse renovations, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Montclair, Mayor Spiller says conference meetings with the council won’t be televised, according to TAPinto. Councilman Yacobellis blasted the shared services fire agreement with Glen Ridge, according to BaristaNet.
In Morris, the township is suing Morris Plains for $141k in Parsippany sewer fees, according to the Daily Record.
In New Brunswick, an investigation found no evidence of harassment or discrimination in the DPW, according to TAPinto.
In North Haledon, the feds removed a derogatory word from a brook’s name, according to NorthJersey.com.
In Princeton, officials responded to pedestrian concerns, according to TAPinto.
In Roseland, the council approved a $6M bond ordinance, according to NJ Hills.
In Roxbury, former Fire Chief Poissant passed away, according to NJ Hills.
In Toms River, the decision to have school on Columbus Day has caused an uproar, according to NJ Spotlight.
In Westfield, Lord & Taylor is at the center of a major redevelopment plan, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Willingboro, the water treatment plant is being upgraded, according to Burlington County Times.
In Wood-Ridge, a sidewalk repair program was outlined, according to TAPinto.
ICYMI: In Newark, Baraka appointed Rose comms director; in Morris, Parkot seeking BOE seat; in Jersey City, state BOE voted to return full local control of schools; in Paterson, NJ Jackals secured home at Hinchliffe; in Irvington, Brown appointed to fill Burgess council vacancy; in Evesham, PILOT could be lightning rod issue; in Edison, Bhagia secured Dems chairmanship; in Somerville, Sullivan ready to pound doors for Malinowski
Insider NJ reporter John Van Vliet writes ‘Murphy and Public Sector Unions: Imperfect Together?‘
Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly writes ‘Waking the Sleeping Giant‘
Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘Go Get ’em, Dawn‘
Insider NJ columnist Alan Joel Steinberg writes ‘In a post – Trump era, a Governor Jon Bramnick could Dislodge the NJGOP from the Cult of Maga‘
Insider NJ columnist Tom Barrett writes ‘(Monoclonal) Cocktails, Anyone?‘
Insider NJ columnist and ELEC Executive Director Jeffrey Brindle writes ‘NJ Pay-to-Play Laws – There Should be Only One‘
AROUND THE WEB:
- Let’s be honest, the Turnpike is not the problem. Bumper-to-bumper traffic at the mouth of the Holland Tunnel is a pain for drivers and it is dangerous for the communities that have to suffer from the fumes, but widening the turnpike is not a solution.
Marsha A. Stoltz, NorthJersey.com
- Bergen County’s three municipalities with nonpartisan elections all reported contested races after Monday’s filing deadline. Ridgewood, Mahwah and Teaneck have a later filing deadline than partisan races, and this year all are reporting candidates exceed the seats to be filled.
Raven Santana, NJ Spotlight
- They were hailed as heroes during the pandemic and helped bring the state through the public health crisis. Now a new survey shows many nurses in New Jersey have considered leaving the job and say a statewide staffing shortage is hurting patient care. The revelations aren’t new but clarify a crisis that has been brewing since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wayne Parry, Associated Press
- Irate that a session to discuss a proposed smoking ban during a major casino industry conference was snuffed out, casino workers and patrons opposed to smoking in the gambling halls held a noisy protest outside the meeting Thursday.
Press of Atlantic City
- The convictions and guilty pleas have resumed in the conspiracy by public employees and corrupt doctors and benefits administrators to steal millions from the lavish health benefits New Jersey officials give to their union allies.
Amy S. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer
- Left out of the initial wave of recreational cannabis, this casino town by the ocean has established a “Green Zone,” to attract cannabis business to its under-performing business district. It passed a planning board, the state’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and, Wednesday night, the full City Council.
Brenda Flanagan, NJ Spotlight
- A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows most New Jersey residents support sex education in schools — at least for middle and high school students. The poll comes as more than 600 public school districts started rolling out lesson plans based on the state’s controversial new sex education standards. Parents who didn’t want their children to take the classes could opt out by sending a letter explaining their moral or religious objections. But so far, relatively few families seemed to be going that route.
Charles Stile, NorthJersey.com
- Nancy Pelosi isn’t on any New Jersey ballots but the Speaker of the House, the veteran California Democrat, seems to be popping up everywhere across the Garden State — in ads launched by Republican congressional candidates. Attempting to scare suburban voters with the image of the liberal Pelosi has been a tried and true tactic for several cycles.
Star-Ledger Editorial Board
- Adnan Syed, whose case was chronicled by the hit podcast “Serial,” walked out of prison on Monday after more than 20 years behind bars – living proof of how incredibly difficult it is to get a person who was wrongfully convicted set free.
Dino Flammia, NJ1015
- A New Jersey downtown area could be named as one of the best in the country. The Metuchen Downtown Alliance has been selected as one of Main Street America’s eight semifinalists for the 2023 Great American Main Street Award.
Bill Spadea, NJ1015
- My friend Robert Arace (pronounced Ah-Race) is running for Mayor in Manchester. It’s a town of about 43,000 people and they have a huge opportunity coming up on election day to elect a man who not only loves New Jersey but has the skills, passion, and momentum to take this already great town to the next level.
- You’ve heard us say this before: The reason we do this ROI Influencer list is to show those searching for midlevel managers, C-suite leaders and board members that there literally are hundreds of talented people of color ready to fill those roles. No more excuses.
Lindy Washburn, NorthJersey.com
- A surge of viral infections is sending children to hospital emergency rooms in New Jersey, with the sickest being admitted for severe respiratory distress. State health officials have alerted care providers to watch for a rare but serious neurologic condition that can develop afterward and weaken the arms and legs.