Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What happens is you’re a Republican, and they think you’re a Trumper. As long as that’s our brand in New Jersey, unaffiliateds — and certainly Democrats — are not going to trust Republicans. Unaffiliated voters have to trust us first, and if Trump is our brand, it’s going to be very difficult to win swing districts. It’s as simple as that.” – Senator Bramnick
TOP STORY: Who is Up and Who is Down? 2022 Edition
In Lawrence Township, Joe Forte launched his candidacy for council next year.
In Bloomfield, the mayor and council ran unopposed, according to TAPinto.
In Caldwell, official issued a transition memorandum, according to TAPinto.
In Flemington, Mayor Driver won’t concede the election until all ballots are counted despite trailing Republican Karrow, according to TAPinto.
In Franklin Lakes, a couple won seats on the BOE and council, according to the Bergen Record.
In Hillsborough, Deputy Mayor Erickson resigned, according to TAPinto.
In North Caldwell, the Democratic candidate is leading in the mayoral race, according to NJ Hills.
In Princeton, the BOE incumbents widened their lead, according to Planet Princeton.
In Randolph, Hathaway won a council seat, according to NJ Hills.
In Ridgewood, Mayor Knudsen was defeated, according to the Bergen Record.
In Robbinsville, the mayor reported that some ballots have gone missing, according to the Trentonian.
In South Amboy, a bid was opened for a new ferry terminal, according to TAPinto.
In Trenton, indications show that Mayor Gusciora will be re-elected, according to the Trentonian.
In Ventnor, neighbors are concerned about paving a road close to homes, according to Downbeach.
In Westfield, the council decided on a plan for $9M turf fields, according to TAPinto.
In Morris Township, Democrats secured full control; in Paterson, Sayegh in gear for Dems; in West Orange, McCartney won mayoralty; in Sayreville, GOP took control; in West Orange, mayoral race hitting fevered pitch; Rahway could well determine the fate of Malinowski
AROUND THE WEB:
To stop Republican blackmail, raise the debt ceiling now. | Moran
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger
- Republicans didn’t win big Tuesday, but they almost surely won enough to take control of the House. That gives Democrats only a few months to lock away all the sharp objects so that Republican tantrums can’t draw blood when they take power in January.
In Ocean County, it looks like it’s time for The Donald to wave goodbye | Mulshine
Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger
- I spent election night covering the Republican victory party in Ocean County. Several speakers said that Ocean County, where I live, is the No. 1 Republican county in the state. That’s undeniable.
Fired state worker who was denied religious exemption for COVID vaccine sues N.J.
Susan K. Livio, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- A man who worked with disabled men for 15 years at a state facility in South Jersey is suing the Murphy Administration for abruptly deciding it would no longer honor the worker’s request to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds, a not-for-profit law firm representing him said on Wednesday.
Malinowski says fellow N.J. Dems doomed his race against Kean from the start. He may be right.
Riley Yates, Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski might have survived the red wave that never really broke in the 2022 midterms. But not in the more Republican-friendly district that was reconfigured before he ran for re-election.
Veterans group blasts Murphy over scathing COVID inspection report at veterans home
Scott Fallon, NorthJersey.com
- The Veterans of Foreign Wars blasted Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday following the release of a scathing inspection report this week that found allegations of abuse and lack of infection control to contain COVID-19 at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park, where more than 100 residents died from the virus.
Downbeach gets new representation on Board of County Commissioners
Nanette LoBiondo Galloway, Down Beach
- There’s a new commissioner in town. Following redistricting last summer, the Downbeach towns of Ventnor, Margate and Longport voted for the first time for representation on the Atlantic County Board of County Commissioners in the newly configured District 1.
Atlantic City pledges $430K to secure home for World War II memorial honoring medic Bernie Friedenberg
Amy S. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer
- Even after three years, 100 sidewalk fund-raisers in front of liquor stores, and a pledge of $300,000 from the city, the Friends of Bernie Friedenberg were still $133,000 short. Their goal was to fully fund their long-sought World War II memorial, a sculpture in honor of Staff Sgt. Bernard Friedenberg, an Army medic and Atlantic City native who earned two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.
‘Now we have to deliver,’ Kim says, as he returns to Congress
Raven Santana, NJ Spotlight
- Incumbent Andy Kim showed off his political aptitude Tuesday night, handily winning his race against Republican challenger Bob Healey in the 3rd Congressional District, though Healey had more money backing his candidacy and as pundits projected the election would tighten.
NJ election results: How redistricting delivered for Democrats
Briana Vannozzi, NJ Spotlight
- When it came to the issues driving voters in this midterm election cycle, pollsters largely got it right. High inflation and the economy dominated people’s concerns, but social issues like abortion still played a significant role. Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, joins us to break down more of what went into the outcomes of the races in New Jersey. Redistricting was significant in New Jersey’s election results, Murray said.
Victory for Kean comes after grueling rematch
Brenda Flanagan, NJ Spotlight
- Tom Kean Jr. strode through election night HQ in Basking Ridge and caught the crowd by surprise, claiming a de facto victory in the redrawn 7th Congressional District, after a grueling rematch with Democrat Tom Malinowski, the incumbent. Kean told supporters, “We are on a really great trajectory and I believe, I’m confident, we’re going to win this thing tonight because of your help, your vote! I would like to thank Tom Malinowski for his years of public service and a spirited campaign.”
NJ residents used grassroots campaign to thwart warehouse developer. They fear his return.
Alfred Lubrano, The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Last November, a central New Jersey developer announced a plan to build three warehouses on nearly 2 million square feet of farmland in Pilesgrove Township, Salem County. Reacting as if they were being invaded, residents of this township of 4,000 executed a grassroots counterattack. Within a week, they’d organized a leadership team, created a GoFundMe page and a Facebook page, hired a lawyer, and distributed 1,600 fliers urging people to attend a planning board meeting at which the developer would request a zoning variance for the desired land along rural Auburn Road.
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