Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It will be a sad and dangerous day in New Jersey indeed when partisan players in state government can outlaw the opposition’s political leaders.” – GOP county chairs criticizing legislation prohibiting constitutional officers from holding political party leadership positions
A Rutgers-Eagleton poll finds a majority of New Jerseyans disagree with the Supreme Court’s concealed carry ruling.
The NJDOL reported that the state’s unemployment rate was 3.5% in April.
The NJDOL launched a new online application for teenagers who need working papers.
The MVC announced that motor vehicle owners can now designate a transfer on death beneficiary.
the NY/NJ FIFA World Cup 2026 Host City launched its official brand and logo.
State tourism is rebounding after pandemic peaks, according to NJ Spotlight.
The state’s officer shortage has renewed the debate on fitness standards for female recruits, according to NJ Monitor.
A consent decree will bring changes to Cumberland County Jail, according to Burlington County Times.
Former NJCU officials misallocated $14M in COVID money, according to the Bergen Record.
Senator Booker introduced the ‘EVs For All act’.
Rep. Sherrill questioned witnesses during the Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the US and Chinese Communist Party.
The EPA awarded funding to NJ and NY metropolitan areas to tackle climate pollution.
ICYMI: Murphy to nominate Noriega to Supreme Court; FDU poll: residents overwhelmingly support climate change education; congestion pricing rallying point for NJ officials; FDU poll: Murphy 44% approval rating; Sherrill rallied with Moms Demand Action
In LD27, Make The Road NJ endorsed Democratic Assembly primary candidate Collazos-Gill.
Working Families NJ endorsed candidates in several Senate and Assembly primaries.
Michael Suleiman launched South Jersey Forward, a non-partisan think-tank advocating for policy proposals for the region.
Several GOP county chairs slammed Senator Gopal’s proposed legislation to prohibit constitutional officers from serving as county party organization leaders.
Hudson County Democratic Party faithful turned out to support Craig Guy’s bid for executive, according to TAPinto.
ICYMI: Insider NJ’s Fight of the Week; in LD24, Fantasia addressed attacks; primary candidates have hefty reserves; Selen/DeGroot debate cancelled; source posits Sherrill’s attributes; ATU endorsed Fulop; Sayegh visits Somerset; potential guv candidates jockeyed in Bergen; Menendez, Sherrill headlined M4NJ event; Sette boosting off-the-line candidates; Yardley facing challengers
During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing of Somerset County Democratic Chair Schaffer’s NJ Sports and Expo nomination, friendly sparks flew between Senators Smith and Bramnick.
Governor Murphy will tap Arlene Quinones Perez as a nominee for a seat on the NJ Racing Commission.
State tax revenues are plummeting below the Governor’s projections, according to NJ.com.
Over 400 mayors signed a letter urging the Legislature to fully fund the Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief.
Senator Holzapfel urged the Legislature to pass legislation criminalizing gang shoplifting.
Senator Bucco chided Democrats over the Assembly Science Innovation and Technology Committee hearing on marine mammal deaths, calling it ‘one-sided’ and ‘unbalanced’.
The NJ Wind Works Coalition applauded the Assembly Science Innovation and Technology Committee hearing on marine mammal deaths.
The NJ EMS Task Force held their annual team meeting.
In Hoboken, Rafi Cordova launched his candidacy for Ward 1 council.
In Flemington, the council voted to adopt an amended budget, according to TAPinto.
In Highland Park, a major downtown redevelopment plan was approved, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Lakewood, the town is still one of the fastest growing, according to the Asbury Park Press. A court says the town deserves more aid, but the state wants a financial review, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In Millburn, the budget was adopted, according to TAPinto.
In Montville, schools are mulling a construction referendum, according to NJ Hills.
In North Wildwood, the town received approval for quick fixes to beaches before the summer, according to NJ.com.
In Paramus, a apartment complex at Bergen Town Center was approved, according to the Bergen Record.
In Phillipsburg, the council passed first reading for police department staffing, according to TAPinto.
In Robbinsville, the town will cover the costs of school resource officers, according to TAPinto.
In Sparta, the planning board voted to seek a new attorney and planner, according to TAPinto.
In Toms River, the schools are facing a $26M budget hole, according to the Asbury Park Press.
ICYMI: In Paterson, Eastside Don Bosco went head-to-head at historic and reborn Hinchliffe; in Roxbury, book legal battle is lightening rod for candidates; in Fair Lawn, residents banded together to snuff out Nabisco implosion; in WNY, Sires thanked Stack as driving force behind his victory; Sires clinched victory as Cirillo concedes, both hit the streets in the final hours of the race; in North Bergen, Sacco romped to victory; in JC, constructions workers rallied
AROUND THE WEB:
Victoria Caruso, TAPinto East Brunswick
- Effective June 1, New Jersey drivers will no longer be subject to violation if certain parts of permanent or temporary license plates are obscured by a plate frame. Under a new law, sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr (D-18th L.D) and signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on May 8, frames may cover a small portion of the top or bottom of the words ‘New Jersey’ and ‘Garden State’ so long as the license plate’s letters and numbers are clearly visible.
Dino Flammia, NJ1015
- Some New Jersey lawmakers were set on banning the sale of non-flushable disposable wipes entirely. But it looks like they’ve settled on a milder proposal to try to limit the problems caused by the sewer-clogging products. A proposed law advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee on Monday would just require that non-flushable wipes be properly marked “do not flush.”
TAPinto Phillipsburg Staff
- When resident David Morrisette walked up to the podium with a bag during the open time at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, no one knew what to expect. People often have notes, but not props. I was hoping for peaches, another well-distributed item, at Phillipsburg council meetings.
Matt Rooney, Save Jersey
- Helen Gym is a distantly far-Left nut job, Save Jerseyans, but despite Philadelphia’s equally far-Left orientation, this purported “rising star” in national Democrat politics finished a distant third in Tuesday’s Democrat mayoral primary contest. The winner (and presumptive next mayor) is hardly a conservative but perhaps wasn’t worst case scenario. We’ll see.
Melanie Burney, Philadelphia Inquirer
- Former Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nucera Jr., citing concerns about his own safety, asked a judge Wednesday to let him remotely attend his resentencing in New Jersey from a federal prison in Kentucky.
Dan Radel, Asbury Park Press
- Netflix has been granted more time than originally allowed to complete its due diligence to purchase Fort Monmouth’s nearly 300-acre Mega Parcel and turn it into a film and TV production studio. The reason for the extension is the sheer magnitude of the property and the many challenges dealing with several defunct former Army buildings and old infrastructure.
LA Parker, The Trentonian
- Many meetings begin with conversations about unfinished business — topics that need further discussion with someone or a situation that has not yet reached a satisfactory conclusion. Old business dealt with honestly and efficiently becomes just that, old business as new agendas take precedence.
Matt Friedman and Daniel Han, Politico
- Legislation that appears aimed at limiting Republican Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden’s political power is on the fast track in the Legislature, winning approval in a Senate and Assembly committee just days after it was introduced.
Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press
- A smile beamed from Adrian DeLeon’s face as he walked through the center field gate at Hinchliffe Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in his dark blue and orange Eastside High School baseball uniform.
Catherine Carrera, Chalkbeat Newark
- Newark Superintendent Roger León backpedaled on a promise and rejected the teachers union request to extend the upcoming Memorial Day break by using two extra in-session days that were built into the 2022-2023 academic calendar.
Ted Goldberg, NJ Spotlight
- State leaders have more than just money problems on their hands. The current judicial vacancy crisis is putting residents’ lives and legal issues in limbo. Lawmakers and executive branch members are each pointing the finger over who is to blame for the slow confirmation process.
David Cruz, NJ Spotlight
- A controversial bill that was slated for signature is now stalled, after Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday conditionally vetoed legislation that would no longer require elected officials to include their addresses on financial disclosure statements. His veto was due to a technicality; the governor said in his veto statement that he supports the bill.
Ricardo Kaulessar, NorthJersey.com
- North Jerseyans are used to seeing boats ply the Hudson River as the weather heats up. But the region’s latest nautical visitor will come with a unique message. The historic Golden Rule sailboat and its crew will be traveling on North Jersey waterways this weekend to call for nuclear disarmament and to highlight environmental injustice in this part of the state.
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