Insider NJ’s Key Must-Read Pieces of the Past Week

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From the Statehouse to the streets of Newark, from Morris County to Burlington County, from LD25 to LD8, here are Insider NJ’s key must-read pieces from the past week:

The 2019 Insider NJ OUT 100: The LGBT Power List

Welcome to Insider NJ’s 2nd Annual OUT 100 Power List, a tribute to influential LGBTs in New Jersey politics…

InsiderNJ’s Who’s Up and Who’s Down with Nov. 5th in Sight

It was intensifying…

2019 Elections: Is there a Future Governor in the House, and Other Trail Tales (Part 1)

The state legislature used to be a reliable place to find a future governor, congressperson or senator, but times have changed, leaving insiders to mostly skeptically dismiss this off-year election roster as the next 20-30-year nesting phase of a non-upwardly mobile breed, consigned by money to permanent moulting…

2019 Elections: When in Doubt, Enlist a Veteran, and Other Trail Tales (Pt. 2)

In a question mark election year, when Jeff Van Drew confronted the reality of running mate Nelson Albano’s 2013 toxicity, he stretched out succession intrigue for a couple of weeks, letting the local and regional blogs run rampant with speculation…

In Adubato Interview, Governor Murphy Doubles-Down On ‘One Issue Voter’ Comment: One Gets What One Pays For

On Friday morning, Governor Phil Murphy called in with Steve Adubato on 970 AM “The Answer” to talk shop. In a short, rapid-fire-but to-the-point session, Adubato asked some topical questions constituents have been looking for some guidance on…

The Sacred and the Profane: Lone Hamilton Mayoral Collision Plays out in Church

The word “psychotic” was already thrown around. Someone’s military service record ended up under a hard and unforgiving glare. Headlines of malfeasance have sprung, only to retract in court. An embittered GOP Primary opponent haunts the race. And worse…

Post-Debate with Hamilton Mayor Yaede: Martin would be Gilmore Pt. 2

Emphasizing her Hamilton roots tonight in her debate with her rival, Mayor Kelly Yaede said Council President Jeff Martin would be the second coming of former Mayor Glen Gilmore…

Waking up to Giangiulio Signs, Peters and Earlen Denounce ‘Fraud’ MAGA Candidate

Burlington County awoke this morning to the bold red and white color coding of Assembly candidate Tom Giangiulio, the former mayor of Waterford, whose longstanding ties to Republican turned Democrat state Senator Dawn Addiego (R-8) make his self-professed Trump or Die campaign more maggot than MAGA, at least by the reckoning of the LD8 GOP…

Armstead, Scutari Feud spills into Clark at Union Dems Breakfast

They’re at it in Union County again, a brutal local battle between County Democratic Party Chairman Nick Scutari and Linden Mayor Derek Armstead spilling out of Linden and into Gran Centurions in Clark…

Burlington County Collision: Dems Threaten GOP Power at the Sheriff’s Office

The retirement this year from law enforcement of Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield prompted the mobilization of three men from within the department to take her place…

The New Party Chairs in Bergen and Ocean: How are they Doing?

At the risk of finding two new key county chairs impaled on the stress of their new jobs, much like the guide at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark, InsiderNJ gingerly gutchecked Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Paul Juliano and Ocean County Republican Committee Chairman Frank Holman…

Murphy Rallies Democrats in Non-competitive Hudson

With red, white and blue balloons floating above every table, and “Vote Column A” posters hanging everywhere, the annual fall meeting of the Hudson County Democratic Organization looked and felt like a high school reunion…

A Morris County Case of ‘Murphy-itis’ in the Grand Cafe

The Grand Cafe is perhaps the most elegant place in town, and for about an hour on this sparkling autumn day, it was the de-facto headquarters of the New Jersey Republican Party…

Bloody GOP Primary Devolves into Morris County Mayhem

Politics in this country is a “blood sport,” an observation that suggests, similar to actual warfare, anything goes. And in Morris County, Republicans seem to be proving it…

Court Hearing Cancellation won’t Stem the Tide of Ill Will

A court hearing was cancelled, but the saga of a Morris County freeholder primary that just won’t end continues…

Coughlin ‘Plants the Flag’ in BurlCo with Battleground Dems from around NJ

Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald co-hosted a Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee (DACC) event at the Westampton Deerwood Country Club…

Bucco: ‘I Respect the Senate President’

It’s not all that easy to get to Trenton from Morris County, but Anthony M. Bucco knows the way…

For Whom the Bell Tolls and Losing an Election

Election Day is fast approaching – November 5th for those not glued to New Jersey political websites – and that means we will have many election day winners and losers…

Pino Endorses Russo in Somerset County Sheriff Race

“I am a Republican, through and through, but this year I am supporting Democrat Darrin Russo for Somerset County Sheriff…”

Gaburo Barks Back at Pino

“When you lay down with dogs, you get fleas,” the chairman told InsiderNJ…

Provenzano Eviscerates Pino

As sheriff of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office for the last 18 years, I would like to clarify certain statements presented by retired Captain Tim Pino in his recent article on your website endorsing Darren Russo for Sheriff…

Colligan Excoriates Freeholders over Mercer Prison Merger

“Last night’s Freeholder Board meeting is everything that is wrong with government today…”

In Newark, Protesters Defy Coughlin on Drivers’ Licenses for Undocumented Workers

Demanding drivers’ licenses for undocumented workers, protesters blocked Route 21 in Newark resulting in the arrests of 18 people…

Dog Day Afternoon: GOP Hounds Natale on Pooch Problem

If this election season feels like it’s gone to the dogs in Somerset County, the same can be said of Burlington, where Republicans are targeting attorney Mark Natale, for allegedly leaving his pooch literally out in the cold…

The Race for Credulity-Stretching Starts in LD25

A political ad is not the place for reasonable discourse. Still, even with that understanding, some of the ads appearing in the LD25 race stretch the bounds of credibility…

Battleground LD1 Dems Go After Murphy

Senator Bob Andrzejczak, Assemblyman Bruce Land, and Assemblyman Matt Milam called attention to what they described as the widespread illegal abuse of workers in the construction industry…

Doherty Says Trump’s Choice of Testa can Help Propel LD1 Republican to Victory

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), the state’s movement conservative leader in Trenton, told InsiderNJ that Trump 2020 chose well when it made South Jersey’s Michael Testa co-chair (along with veteran Senator Joe Pennacchio) of the president’s New Jersey reelection campaign…

NJ Legislative Elections 2019: Three Factors Presage a Democratic Gain

In the forthcoming Tuesday, November 5, 2019 New Jersey Legislative elections, all 80 seats in the Assembly are up for election but only one Senate seat, to wit, in the 1st District (Cumberland, Cape May, and Atlantic)…

Booker’s Money Woes Continue

Cory Booker’s presidential campaign is again having trouble with money…

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