Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Let’s wait and see where this ends up.” – Governor Murphy on the ‘Elections Transparency Act’
A Stockton University poll finds that two-thirds of New Jersey adults believe parents should be more involved in deciding local decisions on school curriculum.
The NJDOL reported that the state’s unemployment rate was 3.5% in February.
PATH debuted a new 9-car service on the Newark-WTC line.
NJ FamilyCare is resuming eligibility reviews.
Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise nationally and in the state, according to NJ.com.
US Attorney Sellinger is holding town halls to hear residents’ concerns, according to NJ Spotlight.
Orlando Cruz was sworn-in as Passaic County Commissioner, according to TAPinto.
Rep. Sherrill said that TikTok’s answers were ‘insufficient and troubling‘ following the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
Rep. Pascrell introduced the ‘Honoring Our Fallen Heroes Act’.
ICYMI: Health unions warning about nursing shortage; Murphy announced school funding legislation; Murphy ordered flags to half-staff in honor of Rice, who passed away; Marte sworn-in as Bergen commissioner; Murphy defended CBT decision; Agr. Sec. Fisher retiring; Murphy announced SVB support package; school aid numbers show increases, cuts; Murphy at epicenter of nat. politics; Kean joining ‘Problem Solvers Caucus’
In LD11, GOP Senate candidate Dnistrian and Assemblywomen Eulner and Piperno called for full school funding and criticized Senator Gopal’s funding plan.
The Middlesex County Young Democrats elected a new executive board.
Ocean County Democrats announced their legislative candidates in LD9, LD10, LD12, and LD30.
Emerge NJ is working to pack the NJ pipeline with women office holders, according to NJ Monitor.
ICYMI: In CD7, Dems circulating as potential challengers to Kean; in LD24, the main focus now turns to GOP primary; in LD26, Peluso poised to enter Assembly primary; in LD28, Hall announced Assembly run; Signorello discusses primary challenge to Menendez; in CD9, Pascrell punched back at retirement rumors; in LD3, Dems poised to select Burzichelli, who’s seeking comeback; in LD4,Moriarty will seek the Senate seat; in LD8, Cooper will run for Senate; Middlesex GOP endorsed candidates; Mercer GOP endorsed candidates; AC Dems endorsed candidates; Kean addressed Morris GOP; in LD11, GOP unveiled slate; candidates made the rounds at Gannon event; in LD3, Burzichelli will take on Durr; in LD4, Madden won’t seek re-elec; primary battle btwn Benson, Hughes resolved itself, with some significant ramifications; Middlesex Dems oxygenated; Benson blowout as Hughes withdraws; in LD24, gas tax grabs attention
In Atlantic City, Mayor Small signed a memorandum of understanding with DEEM Enterprises for Bader Field.
In Dover, Ward 1 Alderman Wittner will run for mayor.
In Eatontown, Regan and Escalante announced their re-election campaigns.
In Ridgefield, Rep. Pascrell announced $98k for the fire department.
In Bound Brook, another major project is proposed for Main Street, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Clark, the council approved new floodplain management regulations, according to TAPinto.
In Madison, the schools budget trims taxes but the $79M referendum could add more, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Millburn, residents discussed the Par 3 proposal, according to TAPinto.
In Toms River, critics smacked the downtown plans as ‘too big’, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Upper, school taxes are increasing and programs are cut in the proposed budget, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In West Orange, the council voted down a cannabis amendment, according to TAPinto.
ICYMI: In Roselle, Holley, running for mayor, announced running mates, Dems backed Shaw; in AC, Morshed charged; in Maplewood, trouble abounds; in Parsippany, Dems announced council candidates; in Berkeley, Central Regional implemented anti-bullying measures; in South Orange, Collum announced re-election; in Dover, the mayoral race crowded, Dodd announced candidacy; in East Hanover, GOP council faced public for first time since party switch
AROUND THE WEB:
Gordon Johnson and Shavonda Sumter
- Last month, the legislature paused on passing the Elections Transparency Act, which would have drastically reformed the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), the state agency that oversees campaign finance and spending in New Jersey. Now that state legislators and the governor are reworking the bill, it is past time for them to consider other changes to ELEC that will promote a safer and more inclusive workplace environment for those who work to elect them.
Katie Moen, Union County HAWK
- A series of new statewide environmental regulations aimed at standardizing floodwater management programs could result in new insurance obligations for local residents. In a draft rule proposal filed on December 5 of last year, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) posed a revision to the state’s Stormwater Management (SWM) and the Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHACA) that would impose new regulations on development projects and certain land usages in flood-prone areas.
Star-Ledger Editorial Board
- The Department of Environmental Protection had planned to share its blueprint to revitalize Liberty State Park at an open house this evening, which by all accounts would be glorious: It includes new ballfields and other active recreational facilities, a community center, and cultural activities inside a redesigned Central Terminal – basically the amenities that the public told the DEP that it wants to see.
Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger
- On Tuesday I got a fund-raising email from the Donald Trump presidential campaign. It read, “Barricades are being set up around Manhattan Criminal Court – as our nation awaits an announcement on whether President Donald J. Trump will be INDICTED despite having committed NO CRIME.”
Katie Sobko, Trenton Bureau
- For the first time since he took office, Gov. Phil Murphy and his team are setting up shop in the Statehouse. After it closed in the waning days of former Gov. Chris Christie’s term, renovation, restoration and construction work is wrapping up and new tenants are moving into the offices at 125 W. State St. in Trenton.
Colleen Wilson, NorthJersey.com
- Thanks to a mild winter with little snowfall, state agencies and local governments barely tapped into their salt supplies or their snow removal budgets over the past several months. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority budgeted $37 million for snow removal in 2023, and so far the agency has only spent $1.4 million, just under 4% of what was budgeted, according to spokesman Tom Feeney.
Matt Rooney, Save Jersey
- State House tours for constituents aren’t very unusual, but Assemblyman Robert Auth (R-39) hosted a unique gaggle of guests on Monday: North Korean defectors who call his Northern Bergen County legislative district home. Populous and diverse Bergen County is home to the Garden State’s largest population of Korean Americans
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