Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I meet a lot more parents who want to protect their kids from guns than parents who want to protect their kids from books.” – CD7 Rep. Malinowski
See the daily COVID-19 numbers on the NJDOH’s dashboard.
Governor Murphy deployed NJ National Guard members to Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Choose New Jersey expanded its European presence by opening an office in Ireland.
Burlington County will use ARP funds to extend COVID-19 services and support essential workers.
The Passaic County Water Commission honored its retired executive director.
Somerset County is holding a surplus auction.
Warren County proclaimed October ‘Disability Employment Awareness Month’.
Rep. Norcross memorialized the late former Governor Florio in a floor speech.
Rep. Pascrell pushed for urgent action to protect American jobs and supply chains.
Rep. Sherrill discussed the PACT Act implementation with veterans advocate Rosie Torres.
A WalletHub survey ranks New Jersey the nation’s 10th safest state during COVID-19.
ICYMI: Murphy’s favorability rebounded; former Gov. Florio passed away; schools have never been more controversial; Rutgers poll finds NJ residents split on sex ed in lower grades; min wage will increase January 1st
Bergen County Democratic Chairman Juliano is alert to the volatility of the election cycle, hosting dinners and cocktail parties
In CD3, Rep. Kim was endorsed by Foreign Policy For America.
In CD4, Wawa is alleging that Democratic candidate Matthew Jenkins ripped off their goose logo, according to Politico NJ.
In CD5, GOP candidate Frank Pallotta says the race is within single digits with Rep. Gottheimer, while slamming Democrats as ‘coming after our kids’.
In CD7, the sex education battle is erupting in the congressional race, according to Gothamist.
In CD8, Democratic candidate Rob Menendez Jr. was endorsed by Brady PAC.
In CD11, Rep. Sherrill was endorsed by SMART-TD.
ICYMI: In CD2, CWA entered fray; in CD3, Healey slammed Kim on crime; Gottheimer looking to shore up Sussex; Steinhardt kicked off LD23 campaign; Morris Women’s Republican Club waded into sex ed standards controversy; Guy kicked off candidacy for Hudson Exec; Christie blistered Sherrill; Malinowski chided Kean; McCabe aided Tedesco; Healey returned to roots in ad; Gottheimer doubled down on abortion support
Governor Murphy announced three nominations to the State Board of Education.
Acting AG Platkin was approved by the Senate, according to NJ.com.
Senator Renee Burgess was sworn-in to office to represent LD28, succeeding retired Senator Rice.
Assemblywoman Eulner and Piperno will introduce legislation to curb pop-up parties.
Jersey 1st announced a new executive director.
The NJLCV applauded Governor Murphy’s Pinelands Commission nominees.
Former Senator Lesniak reflects on the late former Governor Florio.
Author Peter Zablocki chronicles presidential visits in New Jersey in a forthcoming new book.
Download and read ‘Let’s Get To Work!‘: Insider NJ’s 2022 Labor publication; Insider NJ’s special edition examination of the county political party organizations; 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 West Orange, Assemblyman McKeon and Speaker Coughlin highlighted funding for the new PAL Athletic Center.
In New Brunswick, Our Revolution Middlesex endorsed independent mayoral candidate Charlie Kratovil.
In Trenton, the LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed at-large council candidate Jennifer Williams.
In Dunellen, the town is seeking to continue the downtown revitalization with a short-term tax program.
In Bound Brook, David Morris was tapped to be the new mayor, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Buena, the lawsuit against the Landisville Fire Company will be dropped, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Holmdel, a new committeeman was appointed, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Millburn, a candidates forum was held, according to TAPinto.
In Parsippany, sex, diversity, and ‘divisive books’ fueled a BOE candidate forum, according to the Daily Record.
In Paterson, the council approved an ordinance banning the use of ATVs on city streets, according to TAPinto. Councilman Mendez lost a ‘selective prosecution’ ruling in the election case, according to Paterson Press.
In Ridgewood, the council consulted a representative for residential energy aggregation, according to TAPinto.
In Saddle River, the town rejected a townhouse project on the former Rosie O’Donnell property, according to the Bergen Record.
In Teaneck, a Democratic committee resolution has sparked a nationwide Hindu protest, according to the Bergen Record.
In Toms River, the town engineer discussed the home inspection law, according to the Asbury Park Press.
ICYMI: In Newark, Baraka criticized health premium increases, Baraka appointed Rose comms director; in Morris, Parkot seeking BOE seat; in Jersey City, state BOE voted to return full local control of schools
Insider NJ columnist Carl Golden writes ‘Jim Florio – Dignity in Triumph, and in Defeat‘
Insider NJ columnist and ELEC Executive Director Jeffrey Brindle writes ‘From Personal Experience Running for Office is Hard Work‘
Insider NJ reporter Fred Snowflack writes ‘James J. Florio: Courage in Politics doesn’t Always Win‘
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 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?‘
AROUND THE WEB:
South Jersey Times Editorial Board
- Much will be said and written over the next few days about all of the good things done by former U.S. Rep. and Gov. James J. Florio. “Jim” Florio died Sunday at age 85. From a uniquely South Jersey perspective, however, consider something that Florio, as a young politician, DIDN’T do. More on that later.
Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight
- All 14 former New Jersey corrections officers charged in the assaults on inmates at the state women’s prison in January 2021 have now been indicted. It’s the latest step in the investigation into an incident that led to a shake-up at multiple levels of leadership at New Jersey’s only prison for women and a vow to close the century-old facility.
Sophie Nieto-Munoz, NJ Monitor
- State lawmakers are proposing the state create a Vision Zero task force, with an ambitious goal to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2035. The task force, which would comprise 21 people appointed by the governor and legislative leadership, would study and analyze all aspects of traffic safety, with a focus on access, equity, and mobility for everyone using the roads.
Brent Johnson, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday said state officials recently held a meeting to prepare in case a group of migrants or asylum seekers are sent to New Jersey like the ones who were transported to other states by the governors of Florida and Texas.
David M. Zimmer, NorthJersey.com
- Throughout North Jersey, police departments are bolstering their forces with tactical units staffed by a specific type of volunteer peacekeeper: clergy members. Since 2017, local government officials in municipalities including Dover, Montclair and Jersey City have all codified volunteer chaplain programs. This spring, Garfield officials added a position for a Fire Department chaplain.
- It’s no secret that our political system is being tested by extreme polarization, threats to the rule of law, and challenges to democratic norms. But Connecticut offers what may be a secret weapon against this threat: fusion voting. Fusion voting is a practice that allows candidates to appear on the ballot as the nominee of more than one party. This has undeniably strengthened my home state’s democracy. It can do the same in New Jersey.
John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight
- Tom Kean Jr. is centering his campaign for Congress on the claim that he will make life more affordable in New Jersey, and while he won’t say how he’d do it, he points to his rival in the 7th district, Rep. Tom Malinowski, as the villain in this story.
Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger
- The Donald should have gone with The Chris instead of The Roger. That became even more evident with the latest revelations on the rantings of Roger Stone. He’s the highly amusing political consultant who gave some highly questionable advice to Donald Trump about the 2020 presidential election.
Linda Lindner, ROI-NJ
- Retired New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia had an interesting take on the journey to becoming a leader. “When one sits down at the decision-maker’s desk, there are only a few strides to walk from the front of the desk to behind the desk and being the leader of an organization,” she said.
Jeff Gammage, Philadelphia Inquirer
- What wells inside him as he watches riot police move against protesters in Iran, said Ali Houshmand, is anger. Outrage and disgust toward the regime that controls his homeland, where security forces are violently putting down demonstrations that have erupted after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
Jeff Edelstein, The Trentonian
- I am a Trenton Water Works customer, and some years ago, five, six, seven, who knows, there was a Trenton Water Works crisis of some sort or another — hard to keep track, honestly — and I happened to be outside when the water meter reader stopped by. He was a younger fella, wearing some sort of Trenton Water Works shirt or vest or something, and he was pleasant in a “mind if I come in your backyard and read your meter” sort of way. In short: He seemed amenable to conversation, so I lobbed a volley.