Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You have to be fearless, because he will come back — and right at you. And that means you need to think about who’s got the skill to do that, and who’s got the guts to do that, because it’s not going to end nicely.” – Former Governor Christie on former President Trump and the 2024 GOP prez primary
TOP STORY: A Labor of Love: The 2023 Election Cycle
A Monmouth University poll finds that while most Democrats have a favorable opinion of President Biden, 1 in 4 want him to step aside in the 2024 presidential election.
Governor Murphy announced that the first batch of ANCHOR rebates will be sent today to 800,000 residents.
First Lady Tammy Murphy announced the recipients of the Green Jobs Council NJ BRIDGE Initiative grant award.
School officials suggest lifting the cap on property tax hikes to boost school funding, according to NJ Monitor.
Rep. Norcross applauded the DOD for adopting his measure to expand affordable childcare for military families.
A WalletHub study finds New Jersey is the nation’s 7th least stressed state.
Here’s who filed petitions to run in the legislative primaries for Senate and Assembly.
In LD3, incumbent Senator Durr faces a primary challenge from ex-runningmate Assemblywoman Sawyer, according to NJ.com.
In LD26, Senator Pennacchio decried primary challenger Mastrangelo’s event headlined by two former football players who have past arrests for abusing women; Pennacchio called it a ‘shameful event‘, while Mastrangelo accused Pennacchio of attempting to pivot away from his ‘record of failure‘ in the Senate.
In LD27, Alixon Collazos confirmed her candidacy for Assembly, saying she’s ‘honored’ to run, according to BaristaNet. Collazos supplants incumbent Assemblyman Giblin on the ballot following Giblin’s retirement announcement amid a shakeup by the Essex County Democrats. Collazos is running with incumbent Senator Codey and Assemblyman McKeon, as they face a primary challenge in the redrawn district by Senator Gill and her slate.
Bodycam video shows the details of the Sussex GOP Chairman’s DQI arrest, according to NJ Herald.
Wantage BOE member Nick D’Agostino filed petitions to run in the GOP primary for Sussex County commissioner.
Voters of Tomorrow NJ endorsed Dan Benson for Mercer County executive.
ICYMI: In LD25, Dunn faces no primary; Ocean Dems announced candidates; 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
Police and firefighters could retire with full pensions after 20 years under a new ‘burnout’ bill, according to NJ.com.
The state may ban truck driving in left lanes on highways, according to NJ.com.
The NJ Institute for Social Justice released a brief on the racial wealth gap and other financial disparities.
ICYMI: Corrado appointed DeDio COS; Murphy promoted Brophy; Murphy took action on bills; lobbying efforts spent over $285M since 2000; PPAG top lobbying firm in 2022; Murphy made appointments to NJEDA board
In Dover, Ed Correa won support from the local Democrats to run for mayor, defeating Sandra Wittner and incumbent Mayor Blackmun.
In Madison, Democrats endorsed Bob Conley for mayor and Landrigan and Forte for council.
In Asbury Park, a developer pitched a housing complex, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Bernards, Democrats endorsed McCarthy and Wong for committee seats, according to NJ Hills.
In Bernardsville, a primary contest looms, according to NJ Hills.
In Califon, the budget was introduced, according to NJ Hills.
In Chatham Township, the GOP incumbents filed to run again for committee, according to NJ Hills.
In Clinton, taxpayers are getting a break in the budget, according to NJ Hills.
In Denville, tree removal is raising concerns as fees are hiked, according to NJ Hills.
In Edison, Comcast will challenge Optimum for customers in the town, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Flemington, the budget aims to reduce borough debt, according to TAPinto.
In Glassboro, a moderate-income apartment building was approved, according to the Daily Journal.
In Hanover, former Committeeman Brueno is running in the GOP primary, according to NJ Hills.
In Hoboken, officials say there no immediate plans to merge with the Jersey City Fire Department, according to Hudson County View.
In Lake Como, the town is looking to increase housing rental fees, according to TAPinto.
In Metuchen, the town earned the 2023 ‘Great American Main Street Award’, according to ROI-NJ.
In Morris Plains, Democrats filed petitions for council, according to NJ Hills.
In Roseland, the budget will increase 1.47%, according to TAPinto.
In Somerville, former Mayor Gallagher is seeking a comeback, according to TAPinto.
In Ventnor, a report shows how to reduce flooding along the Dorset Ave bridge, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Watchung, four filed to run for council, according to NJ Hills.
AROUND THE WEB:
Charles Stile, NorthJersey.com
- Donald J. Trump has reaped cash from hotels, glitzy and forgotten Atlantic City casinos, golf courses, steaks — and now his “persecution.” When others face the ignominy of arrest and indictment with measures of fear and grief, Trump sees an opportunity to make money.
Pamela Sroka-Holzmann, For lehighvalleylive.com
- A Phillipsburg student was attacked while walking home from school and nine juveniles have been charged in the assault, authorities said. The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office said the incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. March 17 along Hudson Street in Phillipsburg. The incident involved both students walking home from Phillipsburg High School and Phillipsburg Middle School, authorities said.
John Heinis, Hudson County View
- Former Union City Police Chief Nichelle Luster, who retired on August 1st of last year, started a new $118,817, job at the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office this month.
Taylor Jung, NJ Spotlight
- Paterson police shot and killed Najee Seabrooks on March 3. Two weeks later, Attorney General Matt Platkin released the 911 calls and the body-camera recordings of the hours police spent with Seabrooks while he was in a mental health crisis. Platkin’s office included a news release containing a timeline of events that stated Seabrooks “lunged” at officers with a knife in his hands, and that two officers “discharged their weapons, striking Mr. Seabrooks.”
Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press
- Assume, for a moment, you want to get high. And you want to do it on the cheap. For around $300, you can drive to Massachusetts, pick up an ounce (about $200), and drive back. For $450, you can even hop on a flight to Denver, buy an ounce (about $40) and fly back.
Jersey Journal Editorial
- Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who wants to be governor someday, has an opportunity to start acting the role by calling a news conference and declaring he’ll do everything in his power to keep the grubby hands of private interests off Liberty State Park.
Jeanne Wall, TAPinto Holmdel & Colts Neck
- Headlines across the state are showing public school funding to be in a crisis. Many blame an obscure piece of legislation, Senate Bill S2. Ironically, this piece of legislation that was supposed to fix inequity has instead created a financial fiasco for many districts during the budget season. Along this fault line is the legislative criticism that brought it to New Jersey in the fist place. The partisanship is falling mostly along political lines.
Bill Spadea, NJ1015
- As we make our way around the state promoting common sense ideas and solutions for what needs fixing across New Jersey, we’re getting one question more than any other: “How can I get involved and help?” To that end, we’re holding the second annual A Seat At The Table conference in order to give all of those who want a voice, to have a chance to be heard. A huge lineup of national speakers will join us at the Palace in Somerset, New Jersey on Thursday, April 27. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with registration, breakfast and networking.
Erin Vogt, NJ1015
- A school district, already wrestling with polarized public reaction to LGBTQ issues for months, is dealing with a transphobic Twitter account, allegedly run by an elected member of the school board. On Monday, the board received evidence that the now-deactivated account was run by Rebecca Petersen, as submitted by the Flemington QTs — a trans community and social justice group.
Matt Rooney, Save Jersey
- t’s 100% understandable that the Republican primaries in LD3 and LD4 are going to occupy most of the attention between now and… whenever the carnage ceases, Save Jerseyans. Primaries are dramatic; observers are always enraptured by a Cain and Abel story perhaps because it’s a dynamic that’s central to the taboo darker side of human nature, and it’s been that way since the very beginning of our existence on this planet.
Press of Atlantic City
- Lock them up! Lock them up! Only in their homes and for their own good. That’s more or less the misguided cry that resurfaces when town officials have a problem with juveniles, and have forgotten that curfews don’t work and illegally restrict constitutional rights.
Mike Deak, MyCentralJersey.com
- Can a suburban school district take on billion-dollar social media giants? The Watchung Hills Regional School District thinks so. Like the neighboring School District of the Chathams, Watchung Hills has gone to federal court, filing a lawsuit against Meta Platforms and its Facebook and Instagram sites, Snapchat, TikTok, Alphabet and its YouTube site claiming that students “are being victimized and exploited” by the social media companies “who are ruthlessly extracting ever dollar possible with callous disregard for the harm to mental health.”
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