Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In a replay of the 2020 election, some voters clearly feel they have to back a candidate they don’t really like. That suggests there may be an opening for a third party in 2024, but when you drill down further, there doesn’t seem to be enough defectors to make that a viable option.” – Monmouth University Polling Director Patrick Murray
TOP STORY: Post GOP Primary Aikens and Pains
The Morning Intelligence Briefing will be off on Monday and will return on Tuesday, July 25th.
A Monmouth University poll finds a difficult path for a third party 2024 presidential candidate.
The NJDOL reports that the state’s unemployment rate was 3.7% in June.
NJDOH Commissioner Persichilli is retiring, according to NJ.com.
Ocean County is spending $5.9M to buy Cedar Creek Campground, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Senator Booker introduced the ‘Insuring Fairness for Family Farmers Act’.
Rep. Pascrell voted against reauthorizing the FAA.
Rep. Sherrill’s ‘BLIPS Act’ was included in the FAA reauthorization bill.
Governor Murphy took action on legislation.
Groups are asking Governor Murphy to veto the expansion of involuntary commitment, according to NJ Monitor.
Advocates urged Governor Murphy to sign the gestation crate ban bill.
ACLU-NJ Executive Director Sinha was honored by the South Asian Bar Association of North America.
The Highlands Council announced funding for watershed-based planning projects.
CAIR-NJ applauded the appointment of Dr. Jabeen Ahmed as the NJ State Board of Pharmacists Vice President.
Advocates urged the Opioid Settlement Advisory Council to invest in a public health approach to drug use.
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In Newark, a FDU poll finds residents feel less safe as the consent decree comes to an end.
In Millville, a state grand jury declined to indict an officer in a shooting-death.
In Hoboken, Ward 1 council candidate Rafi Cordova raised $15k at a kick-off fundraiser.
In Hamilton (Mercer), the town announced a health and wellness center for town employees.
In Atlantic City, the main casino union is finally being led by a woman, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Clifton, a budget was agreed upon but not everyone is happy, according to NorthJersey.com.
In Essex Fells, upcoming roadwork was approved, according to NJ Hills.
In Franklin (Sussex), the new contract for the police chief needed a rare tiebreaking vote, according to NJ Herald.
In Hawthorne, $1M was approved to upgrade the communications system, according to TAPinto.
In Newark, the city launched a new literacy campaign, according to NJ Spotlight.
In New Brunswick, the city is moving to codify its response to poor air quality, according to TAPinto.
In Parsippany, neighbors are on edge over a Puddingstone Ridge project, according to the Daily Record.
In Somerville, the GOP announced the Gallagher Team of candidates, according to TAPinto.
In Sparta, the BOE revised a proposal on ‘sexualized’ content ahead of a vote, according to NJ Herald.
In Verona, the town is screening candidates for the deputy town manager position, according to TAPinto.
AROUND THE WEB:
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger
- In a fresh poll from Monmouth University, a grouchy American public gives President Biden failing grades on managing the economy, even on job creation. Only 1 in 3 believe that our recovery from the pandemic has been stronger than in most other nations.
Savannah Kuchar, USA TODAY
- Chris Christie doesn’t expect to lead any polls going into New Hampshire. But the former New Jersey governor said he’s confident he’ll still leave the first presidential primary victorious. “And everyone will be completely shocked,” Christie said. A date for the New Hampshire primary has not been set, though it is expected to be January of next year.
Mike Kelly, NorthJersey.com
- Paulsboro, a southern New Jersey town of about 6,100 residents that occupies 2 square miles along the Delaware River, can tell us many truths about our vulnerable world. Eleven years ago, on the last Friday in November, a train rolled over the Jefferson Street railroad bridge that spans Mantua Creek in Paulsboro.
Kristie Cattafi, NorthJersey.com
- Edgewater developer Fred Daibes — who has been linked to an ongoing federal probe of Sen. Bob Menendez — has had his sentencing postponed for the fourth time since he pleaded guilty to banking crimes in April 2022. The continuing delays have legal experts wondering why the sentencing has been pushed back yet again, and whether it could be related to the Menendez investigation.
Elizabeth A Meyers, TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville
- The lack of an adopted 2023 Mercer County budget is having a direct impact on the ability of Hamilton and Robbinsville Townships to send out third quarter tax bills. Normally, third quarter tax bills need to be paid in both municipalities by August 1.
Nanette LoBiondo Galloway, Down Beach
- The Stockton University Board of Trustees approved the 2023-24 operating budget and welcomed President Joe Bertolino at a meeting July 19 held at Stockton Atlantic City’s John F. Scarpa Academic Center. “It is very important to build strong relationships with members of this community and, most importantly, to listen to the many voices this university serves. I’m encouraged by what I’ve heard, and I look forward to continuing these conversations,” said Bertolino, who became the university’s sixth president on July 1.
Tom Bergeron, roi-nj.com
- Onyx Equities Managing Partner John Saraceno said he knew that any deal to bring New Jersey Transit’s headquarters to Two Gateway in Newark would come under scrutiny. “I’m not naïve and I’m not stupid,” he said. “New Jersey Transit is the hottest political cake in the state of New Jersey, and it has been for the last 50 years. To think something of this magnitude wasn’t going to get some scrutiny would have been naïve.”
Matt Rooney, Save Jersey
- Donald Trump leads Ron DeSantis by 14-points in the new UNH poll dropped Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, closer than some of the other recent surveys but a commanding lead nonetheless for the de facto incumbent. The ex-president’s supporters are also more firmed up behind their man than the florida governor’s backers (76% vs. 14% “fully decided”). There’s also really bad news in there for a Jersey guy who really, REALLY wants to do well in New Hampshire… Fatty McThunderbiscuits.
Jeff Edelstein, The Trentonian
- I am having the time of my life watching Chris Christie climb the Republican presidential ladder. Now listen: I know, I know. New Jersey hates him, but New Jersey hates all their outgoing governors. Outside of the state, I don’t think people have a sense memory of him. So I don’t even care about that.
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