Insider NJ Key Must-Read Pieces: Week of the Norcross Testimony And League

Vice Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer and Wyatt Earp.

From the committee rooms of the Statehouse to the convention hall in Morris County, from Atlantic City to Jersey City, here are the Insider NJ key must-read pieces from the past week.

Insider NJ’s 2019 Insider 100: Power Publication

Even in the worst circumstances in our impaired system of government, campaigns and elections condition power, and so you will find in the pages that follow a significant demonstration of augmented or diminished influence based on what happened on November 5th…

Insider NJ’s Who’s Up and Who’s Down: Week of the League

See where the players stand in Jersey politics over the past week.

The Party’s Over: Democratic Forces Brace for the Worst

Like so many things in New Jersey, it started on the streets of Paterson, in 2014, where those forces affiliated with Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones could be glimpsed behind the candidacy of Jose “Joey” Torres, who would enjoy, on the heels of his victory, a little endzone comeback dance before landing in the can on public corruption charges…

Welcome to the Democratic Chair’s Fracas in Atlantic City

It was going to be hard to deny the divide, as Democratic State Party Vice Chair Peg Schaffer crossed paths with a nemesis, Ocean County Democratic Committee Chairman Wyatt Earp, on the sidewalk outside Senator Vin Gopal’s (D-11) party…

Atlantic City Altman Express: Currie v. Jones and the Currents of Party Power

The candidates for Democratic State Party chair kept criss-crossing as they made the rounds of parties on the boardwalk in the casinos and in the bars and backrooms, the implications of Monday’s senate hearing providing the latest backdrop to the unfolding statewide drama…

As Expected, Jones Turns to Ocean Dems Delegate as His Running Mate

Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones is running for the state party chairmanship with Marta Harrison, the former mayor of Lakewood…

In Altman Aftermath, Currie Decries the ‘Enablers of Chris Christie’

In a Tuesday email blast, Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie and Vice Chair Peg Schaffer bewailed the state trooper-ejection of Sue Altman from a senate hearing room…

Insider NJ’s Livestream: Brigid Harrison In Conversation With George Norcross (Video)

Insider NJ’s livestream of MSU’s Brigid Harrison’s in-depth conversation with George Norcross on Tuesday…

Anti-Christie Enablers Versus the Purveyors of Democratic Party Unity

Even for those accustomed to the tradition of New Jersey politics as blood sport, the level of bitterness, acrimony and personal animosity surrounding the selection of a Democratic State Committee chairman is astounding…

Legislative Redistricting and Swimming with the Sharks

2020 is a Presidential election year – does anyone really care? Let’s just put our 14 Electoral College votes in the Democratic column and move on…

This week’s NJ Lame Duck Potpourri

It was a frenetic week in New Jersey politics with lot of dramatic items gobbling up most of our attention…

New Jersey’s 2019 Powerlessness List

You may have noticed that this week InsiderNJ again posted their own 2019 Power List ––answering the question on everybody’s mind…

Essex Freeholder Johnson Expected not to Run for Reelection

Veteran Essex County Freeholder Rufus Johnson of Newark (above left) is expected to not pursue reelection in 2020, a source told InsiderNJ…

A Gathering of Jersey City Mayors

Seven of the eight surviving mayors of Jersey City appeared in the same room at the same time and the universe did not explode…

Dunn Wins Assembly Seat in LD25

Tonight, Republican Aura Dunn prevailed on the first ballot at a special convention to fill the LD25 vacancy in the Assembly…

The Eventual Winner in Morris for the LD25 Seat

Hard to say how many votes there were Tuesday night at the InsidernJ.com party at the Tropicana, but those circulating among the crowd included Sarah Neibart, who is one of six candidates seeking convention support to replace Anthony M. Bucco in the Assembly…

The Return of Rodney Frelinghuysen

Rodney Frelinghuysen has surfaced…

Phil Murphy is No Jon Corzine

In the New Jersey general gubernatorial election of 2017, I strongly supported the Republican candidate, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno against the eventual winner, Democrat former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy…

Norcross Takes a Shot at His Critics

As part of a very abbreviated cross-examination period, state Senator Joe Lagana (D-38) wanted to know if South Jersey Power Broker George Norcross III had been personally involved in the drafting of a tax incentive program that benefited his business interests…

Gopal Applauds Grewal Investigation into Altman Ouster

Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) of Monmouth County said the state troopers’ removal from a select committee hearing room of Working Families Executive Director Sue Altman in Trenton earlier this week properly warrants an investigation…

Weinberg Says Codey Comments Reflect A ‘Small And Limited Prism’

“I am sorry Governor Codey chooses to view this important investigation through such a small and limited prism…

State Police Remove Sue Altman from Hearing Room

State Troopers moments ago removed Working Families Alliance State Director Sue Altman from a hearing in which South Jersey Power Broker George Norcross was scheduled to testify…

Smith Displays Toughness against Audience – not Norcross

George Norcross on Monday called himself a “cheerleader” for Camden. That was one of those silly comments you hear all too often in politics, but this time, it made sense – at least to the Senate Committee hearing Norcross’ testimony…

‘Take Down King George’: Bedlam Ensues at Norcross Hearing

When Select Committee Chairman Bob Smith (D-17) summoned South Jersey Power Broker George Norcross III to testify on the state tax incentive programs, activists vociferously protested (photo above taken by InsiderNJ columnist Fred Snowflack)…

Keady to Bob Smith and Other Senators: ‘You Should be Ashamed’

“You should be ashamed. You should be ashamed as Democrats,” Keady told the group of elected officials moments after Norcross headed for the exit…

Elizabeth Warren Condemns Forcible Removal of Sue Altman

Elizabeth Warren, 2020 candidate for the Democatic nomination for president, had something to say about the state police’s removal of Working Families Alliance Executive Director Sue Altman…

NJ Working Families’ Norcross Prebuttal Press Conference

It’s a madhouse in the New Jersey state house today with dozens of committee hearing on tap and hundreds of activists and advocates on hand pressing their case in the halls of powers…

George Norcross’ Corporate Welfare Dog-n-Pony Show

Into the room he strode to a cascading chorus of revelers chanting “FBI” but George Norcross didn’t appear too ruffled. He sat there with an awkward smile on his face while scanning the room for a friendly face…

Legalized Cannabis in the Lame Duck? Niet.

Today at noon, a phalanx 0f cannabis advocates led by the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association joined Senator Nick Scutari and Assemblyman Jamel Holley to announce a new cannabis legalization initiative they’ve dubbed “#94NoMore.”

Puff Puff Pass (the Buck)

NJ Legislators are too wishy washy to actually do the work themselves and so marijuana legalization in NJ is headed to the ballot in 2020…

Casha to Run for Congress Against Mikie Sherrill

Larry Casha, an attorney from Kinnelon, said Thursday night he plans to run for Congress next year against Democrat Mikie Sherrill…

Mastrangelo Takes a Loss in Court – for Now

Lawyer Karl Fenske summed up his courtroom argument Friday by paraphrasing Gertrude Stein’s famous put down of Oakland…

The Status Quo Remains and so does Cabana

Many people in New Jersey have multiple public jobs. Still, the arrangement often raises eyebrows…

MCRC: DeFilippis Steps Aside for Health Reasons

As of November 8, 2019, Ron DeFilippis has temporarily stepped aside to focus on his health and well being…

The Son of Former Senator Bernard Kenny has Died

Bernard Kenny, beloved son of former Senator Bernard Kenny of Hoboken, died yesterday in his sleep at the age of 36…

Remembering Kennedy: JFK’s 1962 Speech In Newark

President John F. Kennedy delivered a Columbus Day speech in Newark at City Hall on October 12, 1962…

Happy Thanksgiving, from Paterson, America

Passaic County Freeholder Freeholder Assad Akhter this year organized a Thanksgiving Turkey drive for the communty with Calvary Baptist Church, the Islamic Center of Passaic County and Sheefa Pharmacy…

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