Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: So, yes, this is a reluctant endorsement, an acknowledgement that Murphy is the best candidate on the ballot, nothing more. He has little agenda for a second term, beyond keeping up what he considers to be the good work.” – The Star-Ledger endorsing Governor Murphy for re-election, by default and with ‘grave reservations’


TOP STORY: Hahn Says Joshi Should be Disqualified from Office of Edison Mayor


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


The statewide cumulative COVID-19 count stands at 1,031,246 cases and 24,995 confirmed fatalities (and 154,617 probable cases and 2,810 probable fatalities) as of Thursday (an increase of 1,511 confirmed cases, 327 probable cases, and 9 lab-confirmed fatalities from the previous day). The viral transmission rate is .87. There are 5,996,423 people fully vaccinated.


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A new Emerson/PIX11 poll shows Governor Murphy with a 6-point lead over GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli, with 7% of voters still undecided.


A FDU poll finds a majority of voters want the state to continue making full pension payments.


Governor Murphy signed an executive order instituting vaccination or testing requirements for state contracted employees.


Burlington County is ready for the start of early voting.


Camden County opened 3 more vaccination clinics in Camden city.


A Middlesex County man was sentenced to prison for attempting to set fire to a police vehicle during a riot in Trenton.


Senator Booker introduced the ‘PRECIP Act’.


Garden State Equality is partnering with Hubbell Law Group and McCarter and English to provide free name change assistance to trans New Jerseyans.


NJ TRANSIT has set a sharp sight on what is ahead; to make public transportation safer, more reliable and more customer-focused than ever (Sponsored Content from NJ TRANSIT)


ICYMI: After final gubernatorial debate, which featured rowdy audience Murphy says he ‘wasn’t flustered at all‘; Guv race spending nearly $28M; Kean warns ‘democracy is in trouble‘ without local news; Stockton poll shows Murphy w/ 9-point lead; Murphy, Ciattarelli clashed in fiery debate (watch here); Murphy rolled out ‘Return and Earn’ program; Payne says bills are unique chance to bridge divide; Pascrell confident of passage of bills; Gottheimer central figure in ongoing debate


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


Spending has topped $6M in battleground LD2 and LD8.


Jack Ciattarelli campaigned in Lakewood yesterday, showing solidarity with the Orthodox Jewish community there.


ELEC825 endorsed Governor Murphy for re-election.


The Star-Ledger endorsed Governor Murphy.


Morris County Democratic commissioner candidate AJ Oliver lost the endorsement of NJ 11th For Change, accusing him of being a ‘vocal, anti-choice activist’.


The Atlantic County Clerk candidates debated, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


Bergen Clerk Hogan released digital ads slamming GOP candidate Bridget Kelly over Bridgegate.


George Norcross’ Super PAC is spending big on LD8 Senator Addiego, while the NJEA is aiding Mazzeo in LD2, according to Politico NJ.


ICYMI: Ciattarelli derided Murphy campaign appearances with national Dems; NJRTL released endorsements; Probation Association endorsed Murphy; NJOA endorsed Ciattarelli; music video focal point in Sussex commissioners race; NASW released endorsements; Obama will campaign with Murphy; Environment NJ released endorsements; Murphy leads Ciattarelli among older voters; in LD1, Testa leading by 14-points; $14.5M has already been spent in legislative elections; Somerset’s Kirsch wants to offer an alternative all-Dem control; Murphys, Klobuchar campaigned in Fair Lawn; Passaic GOP took aim at ‘cancel culture’; NJYD endorsed candidates; Probation Association released endorsements; Biden, Harris endorsed Murphy; Oliver, Allen debated; Ciattarelli looking to appeal to voters outside GOP circle


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing



Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing

Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing


In Edison, GOP mayoral candidate Keith Hahn says Democratic candidate Sam Joshi should be disqualified from running after video emerged that appears to implicate a Joshi ally with stealing signs.


In Jersey City, Councilman Solomon was endorsed by 14 progressive downtown committee members.


In Trenton, NJSPBA President Colligan implored the council to allow a vote on funding for emergency radio communications equipment. Council President McBride chided Mayor Gusciora to ‘stop running to the media’ with radio-room problems, according to the Trentonian.


In Byram, the Highlands Council awarded $150k to the town for lake management and protection.


In Andover, residents heard awaited testimony on the Stickles Pond Road site, according to NJ Herald.


In Bayonne, Joe DeMarco resigned as special redevelopment counsel, according to Hudson County View.


In Chatham Township, the municipal building field is eyed as a potential spot for a new skatepark, according to NJ Hills.


In Garfield, the BOE hired a board member who had resigned, according to the Bergen Record.


In Jackson, transportation and taxes drive the 11-candidate BOE race, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Little Silver, a mom is challenging the incumbent for a seat on the Red Bank Regional BOE, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In Maplewood, several SOMA BOE candidates criticized the decision to pause suspensions, according to TAPinto.


In Monroe, a council candidate was charged with swiping signs, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Oakland, a BOE candidate reported a fake campaign flyer to the police, according to the Bergen Record.


In Pitman, the Fazio and Sons battle between the boro and residents continues, according to the Courier Post.


In Tinton Falls, backyard chickens are now allowed, according to the Asbury Park Press.


In South Plainfield, voters will decide on increasing first responders benefits, according to MyCentralJersey.


In Stafford, leaders are considering stricter short-term rental rules, according to TAPinto.


In West Milford, the town is considering filters to combat chemicals in the water, according to NorthJersey.com.


ICYMI: In Atlantic City, Small predicts a loss for Guardian; in Morris Township, GOP looking to retake control; 32BJ announced endorsements; in Parsippany, Musella held a fundraiser; in Buena Vista, Ellen Testa running for council; in Paterson, Mimms considering mayoral candidacy, Mendez running for mayor, Davila says she’ll remain neutral; in Newark, Amador won’t seek re-election, confirming recent speculation; in Bayonne, Davis and Dems preparing to get into trenches for election; in Jersey City, LSP advocates rallied against privatization efforts; in Newark, city unveiled a statue of history-making former Mayor Kenneth Gibson; in Newark, no clear alternative to Baraka


Insider NJ's Morning Intelligence Briefing




This split district sees competitive legislative races 

Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight


  • Central Jersey is one of the few true battlegrounds in this year’s elections, as Democrats try to take full control of what is now a split 16th Legislative District solidly Republican just six years ago.


Malinowski formally referred to House Ethics Committee in 5-1 vote 

Matt Rooney, Save Jersey


  • In a move that casts further doubt upon the two-term Democrat’s political future, the Office of Congressional Ethics declared on Thursday that there is “substantial reason to believe” Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) violated federal law when he failed to disclose millions of dollars in stock trades during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Creating native grasslands and wildflower fields for Moorestown’s butterflies, birds, bees — and people 

Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Inquirer


  • Twenty years later, the grassroots nonprofit Save the Environment of Moorestown (STEM) is leading an effort to transform the Burlington County site, now called Swede Run Fields, into a destination for butterflies, birds, bees, other pollinators — and people. All of which are species under significant stress and in need of safe and nurturing places.


2021 is more than a governor’s race. These are the key contests to watch in New Jersey 

Dustin Racioppi, Trenton Bureau


  • The governor’s race at the top of the ballot next month will be the most closely watched in New Jersey, but contests up and down the state have their own intrigue. There’s a threat to the Hogan dynasty in Bergen County from Bridget Kelly, whose name is synonymous in Jersey lore with the Bridgegate traffic scandal.


How NJ offices — and work patterns — are being transformed 

Leah Mishkin, NJ Spotlight


  • Because of COVID-19, for many of us the office is still our kitchen table. Even for those who have gone back to the office, it may not be five days a week. So what is happening with New Jersey’s commercial real estate market? Like the workplace itself, it’s undergoing a transformation.


South Jersey economy on the upswing but faces challenges, analysts say 

Christopher Doyle, Press of Atlantic City


  • The economy of the Jersey Shore is on the road to recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down its staple hotels, restaurants and casinos, but there are still concerns and obstacles to overcome, industry leaders said Thursday.


Changes Coming for Landlines in New Jersey 908 and 856 Area Codes 

TAPinto Somerville Staff


  • Beginning Oct. 24, New Jersey landlines within the 856 and 908 area codes must dial 10 or 11 digits for all their calls. After Oct. 24, local landline calls dialed with only seven digits may not go through, and the caller will receive a recording saying their call cannot be completed as dialed.


A look at all seven Jersey City at-large city council candidates 

Joshua Rosario, The Jersey Journal


  • Here’s a glimpse at all seven Jersey City City Council at-large candidates running in the Nov. 2, 2021 election. You can find preview of the race here.


Do the public servants serve us – or do we serve them? | Mulshine 

Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger


  • Could you please just give me someone to yell at in person?


Meet the combat veteran who wants to be the GOP leader in NJ 

Bill Spadea, NJ1015


  • It’s always a pleasure to highlight strong people who are not afraid to fight. One of those new voices of common sense and critical thinking is Assemblyman Brian Bergen. He’s a West Point graduate and combat veteran who served our nation faithfully for eight years as an officer Apache pilot in the U.S. Army. HERE’s his bio from the NJ Assembly site.


Paterson buying 269 bodycams to equip all police officers 

Paterson Times Staff


  • Mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration is purchasing 269 more bodycams – adding to the existing 150 already deployed – to equip all police officers. Public safety director Jerry Speziale said the bodycams are being purchased to meet the state mandate for all police officers to wear bodycams.


Why some North Hunterdon parents want certain LGBTQ books removed from the school library 

Cheryl Makin, MyCentralJersey.com


  • The culture wars have come to Hunterdon County. A group of parents came to the Sept. 28 meeting of the North Hunterdon Regional High School District Board of Education demanding that certain books with LGBTQ themes be removed from the shelves of the district library.


Former Franklin judge reprimanded for ‘poor choice of words’ deemed sexually suggestive 

Mike Deak, MyCentralJersey.com


  • The state Supreme Court has formally reprimanded a former Franklin Township Municipal Court judge for making inappropriate comments to a female defendant during a 2017 court session. The court handed down on Tuesday the public reprimand of Hector I. Rodriguez which had been recommended in May by the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct.

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