Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “…if we look at the several statewide polls conducted in the last week, the big picture points to a sizable margin for Murphy that – despite narrowing throughout the campaign – will be difficult for Ciattarelli to overcome in the final days, especially in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans two-to-one in registration.” – Eagleton Polling Director Ashley Koning
TOP STORY: It’s Election Day in the State of New Jersey
The statewide cumulative COVID-19 count stands at 1,042,969 cases and 25,164 confirmed fatalities (and 156,769 probable cases and 2,816 probable fatalities) as of Monday (an increase of 686 confirmed cases, 203 probable cases, and 6 lab-confirmed fatalities from the previous day). The viral transmission rate is .96. There are 6,065,819 people fully vaccinated.
Today is Election Day! The final Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows Governor Murphy with an 8-point lead over Jack Ciattarelli, the latest of several polls over the last week that show Murphy with a lead: a Friday FDU poll showing Murphy with a lead of 9-points, Stockton’s poll showing Murphy with a 9-point lead, and the final Monmouth poll, which showed Murphy with an 11-point lead among registered voters.
The US Attorney’s Office reached an agreement with the Port Authority over a lack of access for the disabled at the rail station at Newark Liberty Airport.
New Jersey’s gubernatorial race can’t escape national politics, according to Politico NJ.
Local ballot questions are pitting neighbor against neighbor across the state, according to NJ Monitor.
The GOP is seizing on local hot button BOE issues to juice turnout, according to the Bergen Record.
The state is inspecting Cumberland County Jail following a federal lawsuit report, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
Passaic County is using $4.5M in grant money to improve parks, according to NorthJersey.com.
Kean University was selected for a grant to promote innovation and strengthen regional economies.
Genova Burns added five new associates to their core practice areas.
ICYMI: Ciattarelli voted early, expressing confidence, hosted a packed town hall and touted his ground game; Murphy encountered a crowd of protesters; Ciattarelli: ‘this is a dead heat‘; Sellinger nominated as US Attorney; Murphy provided update on Nor’easter; Murphy declared a state of emergency for Nor’easter; Biden landed in New Jersey saying he’s ‘tired of the trickle down‘; Obama campaigned for Murphy, saying ‘we can’t afford to be tired‘ amid tightening contest, as Ciattarelli revels in underdog role; 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)
Governor Murphy attended an Election-Eve GOTV rally in Union City with Senator Stack, a subdued event (by Union City standards) with Stack observing that Murphy ‘doesn’t get the credit he deserves’. Ciattarelli held a rally in Raritan last night, asking the crowd ‘are you ready to beat Phil Murphy?’ and saying ‘we’ll be delivering a win for New Jersey’ today.
Passaic County election nuggets, and the Board of Education elephant in the room.
In LD16, the Democratic candidates and union allies hit the streets yesterday ahead of Election Day, navigating hardship, anger, negativity, and history.
In LD34, GOP Senate candidate Scott Pollack released a statement in solidarity with the Haitian community against deportation.
Zero hour mailers and the overall silliness of the campaign season.
ICYMI: Guv spending hit a record; Somerset heads into the election; in battleground LD8, Kim stumped for Addiego; Murphy brings in Sanders; Ciattarelli touts energy up and down state; Dems hold strong edge in returned ballots; Mazzeo leading by 7-points over Polistina; in suddenly-erupting Sussex, Paul and Fantasia going toe-to-toe; Murad faces stern first-time test in Somerset; Murphy, family cast their ballots; early voting returns; Kelly, Hogan debated; Ciattarelli campaigned in Lakewood; Oliver lost endorsement of NJ 11th For Change; Ciattarelli derided national Dem appearances for Murphy; Murphy leads Ciattarelli among older voters; in LD1, Testa leads by 14-points
156 BOE seats across the state have no candidates, according to the Bergen Record.
In Cape May, Councilman Bezaire resigned, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
In Carteret, construction will begin on the new ferry terminal, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Chatham, the township recognized Diwali for the first time, according to NJ Hills.
In Clinton, Councilwoman Karsh resigned, according to NJ Hills.
In Creskill, parents rallied for their children to be back in school after Ida flooding damage, according to the Bergen Record.
In Haddon Township, the library will temporarily close due to repairs.
In Hanover, the town expressed interest in partnering with the Highlands Council on environmental and development work, according to NJ Hills.
In Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla announced funding for improvements on Sinatra Drive.
In Howell, a warehouse proposal won’t move forward if residents win a lawsuit, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Long Hill, a drone ban is being considered for parks, according to NJ Hills.
In Medford, Jack Ciattarelli received a warm welcome in the bellwether town, according to SaveJersey.
In Middle, the township is beginning pump station improvements.
In Perth Amboy, an affordable housing proposal is going before the Planning Board, according to MyCentralJersey.
In Roseland, the superintendent will retire in January, according to NJ Hills.
In Sayreville, a battle has emerged in the BOE race, according to TAPinto.
In Scotch Plains, a parks renovation project was announced, according to MyCentralJersey.
In West Deptford, Senate President Sweeney and Assemblymen Taliaferro and Burzichelli toured the upgraded Riverview Beach Park.
In Westfield, the county approved participation in the county’s deer cull, according to TAPinto.
ICYMI: In Camden, Rosiji says Murphy ‘really let the city of Camden down‘; in Newark, Baraka 2025 buzz increases; in Secucaus, Gonelli quietly nullified opposition; in Edison, Rajendra Joshi charged in sign-pilfering case; in Randolph, Columbus Day chaos boomeranging on BOE race; in Atlantic City, Small predicts loss for Guardian; in Morris, GOP looking to retake control; in Parsippany, Musella held fundraiser; in Buena Vista, Ellen Testa running for council; in Paterson, Mimms considering mayoral candidacy, Mendez running, Davila will remain neutral; in Newark, Amador won’t seek re-election, confirming speculation
AROUND THE WEB:
David Cruz, NJ Spotlight
- A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows that 50% of registered voters say they will vote or already have voted to reelect Gov. Phil Murphy, while 42% say they have voted or will vote for the Republican contender, Jack Ciattarelli.
Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight
- Tuesday is Election Day in New Jersey, with the governor, the entire Legislature and two statewide questions on the ballot, as well as numerous county, local and school board seats. The polls, open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., may be quieter than in a typical year, given that more than 702,000 have voted early, using either a mail-in ballot or in person.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger
- A wise man once said all’s fair in love and war. Another wise man once said that war is politics by other means. That’s a thought to keep in mind as the election results roll in.
Marin Resnick, New Jersey Hills
- The North Hunterdon-Voorhees Board of Education continued hearing public comments on parental demands to remove LGBTQ-themed library books at its Tuesday, Oct. 26 meeting.
John Heinis, Hudson County View
- The developers of the Western Edge project are suing Hoboken and Union City for allegedly allowing the neighboring city to interfere “at the expense of benefits to Hoboken and its citizens.”
Karin Price Mueller, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- Gov. Phil Murphy doesn’t have a timetable for when unemployed workers can get help with their claims in person, but “sooner is better than later,” he said at his Monday briefing.
Daniel J. Munoz, NJBIZ.com
- With New Jersey having pre-ordered 205,000 pediatric doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and a sprawling county and local health care infrastructure in place, Gov. Phil Murphy vowed the state would be able to rapidly activate its system for vaccinating children ages 5 to 11.
Mark Bonamo, TAPinto Newark
- An array of clergy members from all across Newark and Essex County converged on Weequahic Park for a rally whose name shows its joint spiritual and political goal – get souls to the polls for Tuesday’s gubernatorial election in New Jersey.
Bill Spadea, NJ1015
- It’s my favorite day of the year. And in Jersey, there’s a big election every year! With the governor’s office up in odd years (only Virginia joins us on the odd year contest), it provides for a local focus followed by a national contest the following year. This year, the entire Legislature is up along with the governor.
Michael Aron, NJ Spotlight
- With Election Day almost upon us, what do the major-party gubernatorial candidates — Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli — need to do to secure victory? The recent Fairleigh Dickinson University poll that puts the race in a single-digit spread, showed Ciattarelli’s attacks on Murphy’s police reforms have been effective and have helped to cut Murphy’s lead. But Ciattarelli continues to be held back by low name recognition.
Charles Stile, NorthJersey.com
- In this time of deep political division, New Jersey voters in Tuesday’s election are confronted with two candidates who offer starkly different visions for the next four years. From the left, incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy, the former Goldman Sachs executive, is promising a continuation of his left-of-center agenda — without offering too many details on how he would achieve many of his stated goals.
Andrew Seidman and Julia Terruso, Philadelphia Inquirer
- A year after the contentious 2020 presidential campaign, things are a bit quieter ahead of Tuesday’s state and local elections. But all elections matter, of course, and the offices on the ballot this week will affect millions of people across the state. In New Jersey there is a governor’s race — one of two in the nation.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
- To get banking services for her cannabis delivery business, Precious Osage-Erese, chief operating officer of Roll Up Life in East Orange, said she has to drive two hours to the only financial institution that will help her.
Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor
- In a four-page letter sent to Democratic U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, 15 former and current migrant detainees held in the Bergen County Jail pleaded with the senators to support the detainees’ pleas for release.
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