From the Statehouse to Jersey City, from CD2 to LD25, from Passaic County to Morris County, here are the Insider NJ key must-read pieces of the past week.
New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie and Vice Chair Peg Schaffer each received a new term to lead the party when members of the Democratic State Committee this morning gave them the thumbs up.
If you’re going to play the long game in politics, doing things now that set you up for the future, the idea is not to come up short.
Politics is nasty and vindictive. But that’s not a crime – it’s just the way things are. Strip away the legal prose and citations and that just about sums up the argument of the Bridget Kelly legal team before the U.S. Supreme Court, which is set to hear the latest chapter in the classic New Jersey scandal lovingly known as Bridgegate this coming Tuesday.
With a million more registered Democrats than Republicans living in the Garden State—some thriving, others not—it seems like any GOP aspirant looking to warm the seat presently manned by Governor Phil Murphy is in for an uphill battle.
It seems inevitable that it would come to this for that last politically surviving third of an aristocratic triumvirate reduced now to a single-standing totem otherwise known as Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., in the era of President Donald J. Trump
The CD7 race this year features a potential showdown between incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7) and Republican challenger Tom Kean, Jr., the long-serving state senate minority leader.
In any fight, the victor will exploit a mistake by his rival to get the crucial upper-hand, and in the ongoing Paterson scrap between Mayor Andre Sayegh and Ward One Councilman Mike Jackson, a citywide seesaw of competing visions built on equal parts ego, pride, toreador testosterone, vanity, and political chicanery, all enhanced by a general societal mood of inanity, but bitterly serious finally, each focused competitor undertook his competing agenda while awaiting the other’s misstep.
Proposed amendments to the vaccine bill have two Trenton lawmakers in rundown. First, we have printed Assemblyman Jamel Holley’s (D-20) objection to the amendments, followed by a rejoinder by the proponent of the amendments, state Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13).
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s attempt to take over the school board may prove a political disaster, even if it isn’t much of a surprise. The election defeat and most recent indictments of Sudhan Thomas leaves Fulop without an important ally on the school board. But alienating the teachers’ union which has finally taken a firm grip may be another political misstep, and perhaps a politically fatal mistake by Fulop.
“You can add Phil Murphy to the list of reasons why I left the Democrat Party,” said Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew. “I didn’t vote for him in 2017 and certainly wasn’t going to in 2021.”
New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie tonight released the following response to Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s (R-2) attack on Governor Phil Murphy.
Brigantine’s Amy Kennedy formally launched her campaign Monday to be the Democratic candidate to challenge Congressman Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd, after his party switch and ‘no’ vote on impeachment of President Donald Trump.
On the same week that Brigantine’s Amy Kennedy entered the Democratic Primary for Congress, 2nd Legislative District State Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato issued a wagons-circling statement in support of Montclair University Political Science Professor Brigid Harrison.
“After consultation with family, friends and community leaders as well as the encouragement and support from our State and County Chairman John Currie, I have decided to seek re-election for a 4th term on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.”
At-large Paterson Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms – in anticipation of the possibility of a vacancy – this week sent a letter to the Passaic County Democratic Committee in pursuit of a Passaic County Freeholder nomination.
Paterson Planning Board Member Wayne Witherspoon wants to screen with the Democratic County Committee for a Passaic County Freeholder seat this year.
Rumors of the political demise of Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill proved greatly exaggerated, as his colleagues tonight returned Gill to a third term upon the board throne.
With a Christmas tree still on display in the lobby of its Pavonia Avenue building in Jersey City, Hudson County Freeholders retained more than a little of their holiday cheer at their Jan. 7 reorganization meeting.
There were some puzzled looks – and even mild displays of irritation – in Middlesex tonight, even as people rose out of their chairs to give Governor Phil Murphy a standing ovation.
The agenda was as clear as could be. Item one under resolutions at Monday’s council reorganization meeting was reappointing Matthew O’Donnell as town attorney.
Listen to a tenth episode of the CIG Insider NJ podcast with host Paul Crupi and LD11 Senator Vin Gopal.
Aura Dunn is about to become a “former assemblywoman.” Wait a minute, you may say, wasn’t Dunn just sworn-in to replace Anthony M. Bucco in Morris County’s 25th District?
Super Bowl weekend and the Morris County freeholders – is there anything more exciting than that Probably not.
Dozens of women interviewed for the article “painted a portrait of a casually misogynistic system of politics and government where it is nearly impossible for women to remain in the business without having to navigate everything from sexist insults to assaults on their bodies.”
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce today announced additional steps that it will take to ensure that all guests on its upcoming Walk to Washington will feel safe, comfortable and respected.
“I will no longer participate in the train ride to Washington or the nighttime ‘parties’ at either event until more progress has been achieved to bring an end to the toxic environment at these gatherings.”
The following is the full letter from Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver to Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37).
I will never forget the holiday season of 2019, because I was able to give the historic gift of greater access to a driver’s license to the thousands of undocumented immigrants, domestic violence survivors, homeless, and LGBTQIA people who have been asking New Jersey to align its laws with the reality of its residents.
It’s now becoming common for local politicians to join with clergy to proclaim solidarity and to condemn hate.
The race was slowly burning a fuse throughout the late 1990’s as to who would succeed Governor Whitman. The Governor broke her pact of office and left early to serve as the Secretary of The Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.
Let’s dive right in to this week’s two-part political potpourri!
Efforts to ramp up Vote by Mail (VBM) seem, on the surface, to be a win for democracy. More people voting–what’s not to like? Except it’s not that simple.
Sixty years ago, on January 2, 1960, US Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) announced that he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Watch the following video of JFK making this announcement, and you get a sense of his capacity for positive Inspiration and hope.
For George Norcross, the year 2019, politically speaking was a very bad one. His reputation as a New Jersey exemplar of soft corruption worsened, and his image of political invincibility on his home turf in South Jersey was significantly damaged.
For most of the career of Sen. Cory Booker, he’s been at the center of establishment politics, but now, thanks to the DNC’s high bar for participation in the Jan. 14 debate, he finds himself on the outside looking in.
Steve Adubato sits down with Christine Todd Whitman, Former Governor of New Jersey (R)-NJ, to talk about President Trump’s leadership, the public employee pension crisis and the state of the Republican Party in New Jersey
- Amy Kennedy
- Andre Sayegh
- Annette Quijano
- Anthony Vainieri
- Aura Dunn
- Brendan Gill
- Bridget Kelly
- Brigid Harrison
- Camden County
- Camden County Democrats
- Capital Impact Group
- Christie Todd Whitman
- CIG Insider NJ Podcast
- Cory Booker
- Declan O'Scanlon
- Donald Trump
- East Hanover
- Essex County
- Essex County Democrats
- George Bush
- George Norcross
- Hudson County
- Hudson County Democrats
- Jack Collins
- Jamel Holley
- Jeff Van Drew
- Jersey City
- John Armato
- John Currie
- Joseph Pannullo
- League of Municipalities
- Leonard Lance
- Leroy Jones
- Lilissa Mimms
- Loretta Weinberg
- Matt O'Donnell
- Middlesex County
- Middlesex County Democrats
- Mike Jackson
- Morris County
- Morris County GOP
- NJ Chamber of Commerce
- NJ Democrats
- Passaic County
- Passaic County Democrats
- Paul Crupi
- Peg Schaffer
- Phil Murphy
- Rodney Frelinghuysen
- Sheila Oliver
- Steve Adubato
- Steve Fulop
- Steve Sweeney
- Sue Altman
- TJ Best
- Tom Kean
- Tom Malinowski
- Vin Gopal
- Vince Mazzeo
- Wayne Witherspoon
Click here for the full Insider Index