Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We make the law, and our own government fails to follow it. What kind of example is that? It’s ridiculous.” – Senator O’Scanlon on state departments failing to complete mandated public reporting
TOP STORY: Jersey Boys: Chris Christie Versus Hirsh Singh
In the wave of legislative retirements, there’s a small but key group: Democrats who abstained on the abortion rights vote, according to Politico NJ.
The state is being sued in an attempt to overturn the wind energy tax credit law, according to NJ.com.
The war of words continues over the NJBPU’s electrification plans, according to NJ Biz.
The NJ Legislative Disabilities Caucus discussed early intervention and youth services with advocates.
ICYMI: Murphy took action on legislation; Bucco has sights set on majority
In Brigantine, short-term rentals were discussed with stakeholders, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Clinton Township, the affordable housing ordinance was updated for a Route 31 project, according to NJ Hills.
In Edison, the $10M price tag for the recreation center was approved, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Fair Lawn, groundwater treatment work will begin, according to the Bergen Record.
In Hoboken, a former BOE trustee is running again on a slate, according to Hudson County View.
In Oakland, the Ramapo Indian Hills BOE will revisit defeated mental health programs, according to the Bergen Record.
In Palisades Park, a judge overturned the police chief’s appointment, according to the Bergen Record.
In Paterson, Mayor Sayegh is expanding his base outside of Passaic County, according to Paterson Press.
In Sayreville, the man charged with killing Councilwoman Dwumfour is being extradited to the state, according to NJ.com.
In Seaside Heights, the council voted to raise the short-tern rental age to 21, according to NJ.com.
In South Brunswick, sewer and water service fees were increased, according to TAPinto.
In Sparta, there are 4 BOE candidates running so far, according to TAPinto.
In Toms River, the GOP chief was appointed municipal judge, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Upper, the township will try again on zip codes, with an assist from Rep. Van Drew, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Wildwood, the town wants to close beaches early to curtail rowdy teens, according to NJ.com.
ICYMI: In Edison, Bimal Joshi defeated Sam Joshi for Dems chair; in Mount Holley, former Mayor Stafford passed away; in Parsippany, Barberio prevailed in GOP chair race; in Paterson, Mendez secured Council Presidency
AROUND THE WEB:
Gov. Murphy wants to make sure New Jersey’s latest soccer moment lasts a while | Politi
Steve Politi, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- Gov. Phil Murphy was standing in the Hudson County municipality affectionately known as “Soccer Town, U.S.A.,” footsteps from a new schoolyard soccer pitch he helped dedicate with a collection of soccer players and soccer executives from European soccer powerhouses, talking about his favorite topic these days.
A surprising lawbreaker in mandated public reporting? New Jersey’s government
Dana DiFilippo, NJ Monitor
- Three and a half years ago, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law requiring police departments to publicly report on property they seize from the public during criminal investigations. Disclosing the details of civil asset forfeitures — which are worth millions that police keep — would boost confidence in the justice system, Murphy said in January 2020 when announcing the new law.
Congestion pricing is coming. Stop the fearmongering | Editorial
John Heinis, Hudson County View
- New Jersey has sued the federal government for allowing New York City’s congestion pricing plan to advance, shrieking that it will result in a pollution spike, a specious claim that will likely be consigned to history as pointless political chest-puffing.
The pushback against charges of racism in the State Police | Moran
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger
- State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan was on highway patrol as a young man when, by all accounts, the New Jersey State Police was a rogue agency that targeted Black drivers, especially on the Turnpike, where 75 percent of those arrested in 1999 were Black.
Newark mayor: Poll on residents’ feelings about safety ignores the facts | Opinion
Ras J. Baraka
- In the last few years, Newark has been lauded for finding solutions to problems that plagued American cities. Through our violence prevention initiatives, we had fewer homicides in 2022 than we did in 1961 and reduced the number of non-fatal shootings by 36% in the last year alone.
N.J. attorney general says man jailed for 2003 murder is innocent
Sophie Nieto-Munoz, NJ Monitor
- A Jersey City man who maintained his innocence after spending nearly 20 years in prison for an elderly neighbor’s murder was exonerated Thursday, and now walks free after the state reviewed his case. Attorney General Matt Platkin said officers with the Jersey City Police Department and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office used tactics that “would never be tolerated today” to get Dion Miller to falsely confess to the 2003 slaying.
Jump at the pump in NJ is short lived, oil analyst says
Dan Alexander, NJ1015
- New Jersey drivers got sticker shock at the pump when prices jumped an average of 23 cents a gallon in just two days. Prices had slowly been going up a few cents only to drop back down before the increase late in the week. With the absence of the usual suspects that can drive up prices like a hurricane or unrest in an oil-producing area what’s the cause of price spikes this time?
Robby Starbuck warns Singh that he “comes off poorly” announcing ’24 presidential bid
Matt Rooney, Save Jersey
- Is the sixth time the charm? South Jersey’s Hirsh Singh has mounted no less than five runs for high office in the past seven years: New Jersey governor in 2017, both U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey in 2018, U.S. Senate again in 2020, and a second run for governor in 2021. Singh failed to secure the GOP nomination in each of those races, but on Thursday, the perennial candidate announced a run for… president.
Spadea Camp challenges Politico story’s premise that it’s not helping NJGOP candidates
Matt Rooney, Save Jersey
- It seems there’s no escaping Election 2025 even though we have two full cycles standing between us and the next Garden State gubernatorial contest. This past spring’s vicious primary contests deepened divisions between two emerging rival factions within the state party. The latest: Politico-New Jersey‘s Matt Friedman (famously not a Bill Spadea fan) lobbed a missile at the NJ 101.5 radio host and his affiliated political entities this week, Save Jerseyans.
False bomb threat delays LGBTQ+ Pride event/Drag Queen Story Hour at Jersey City park
John Heinis, Hudson County View
- A false bomb threat delayed an LGBTQ+ Pride/Drag Queen Story Hour at Canco Park in Jersey City this morning, with electeds denouncing the tactic.
Op-Ed: What state and local governments should do about generative AI
Marc Pfeiffer, NJ Spotlight
- Society is often slow to appreciate that technological innovations have both positive and negative outcomes. Splitting the atom led to weapons that can destroy the planet, but also provided a source of carbon-free energy and health care advances. Social media apps have connected people and created thousands of jobs. But their features have also led to many individual, group and societal harms.
Newark’s teaching force doesn’t always match its diverse student body — especially among Latinos
Catherine Carrera, Chalkbeat Newark, Jessie Gomez, Chalkbeat Newark
- When Melissa De Almeida’s parents immigrated to Newark in the 1990s from Brazil, navigating the public school system for their two daughters was among their steepest battles. De Almeida’s older sister struggled to learn English in a system where few teachers spoke her native Portuguese. By the time Melissa enrolled a few years later, she encountered teachers who were able to communicate with her family, but it was uneven.
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