Booker sets record for most statewide votes in N.J. history

By David WildsteinNovember 11 2020

New Jersey Globe

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. 

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker has already set a record for the greatest number of votes ever received by a statewide candidate in New Jersey.

Booker has already passed the 2.2 million mark, with another 500,000 votes still uncounted across the state.

The record was held by Democrat Bob Menendez, who received 1,987,680 votes in his 2012 re-election campaign.

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Nearly all NJ election results are set but the counting continues

COLLEEN O'DEA, SENIOR WRITER | NOVEMBER 11, 2020

NJ Spotlight News

Oct. 29, 2020: Elcy Londono prepares mail-in ballots for counting in Linden, Union County.

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Most New Jersey counties have finished or are close to finishing their counts of mail-in ballots, but the work of finalizing this election is still nowhere near completed.

Election workers now are turning their attention to the paper provisional ballots cast at open polling locations on Election Day. How many of these ballots there are is still unknown, although the state Division of Elections hopes to get an idea as early as Wednesday.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, some 4.37 million mail-in ballots had been received by counties, according to the division. That’s about 72% of the 6.05 million ballots automatically sent to all active, registered voters in the state after Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law to conduct this year’s general election primarily using mail-in ballots because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

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Democrats will soon announce redistricting picks, but all else is uncertain

11/11/2020

Politico

The maps that the bipartisan commission produce play a major role in determining which party controls the Legislature as well as their margins. 

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There’s a lot of uncertainty around how New Jersey will redraw its state legislative district boundaries, but this much is clear: Democrats will make their appointments to the bipartisan commission within the next five days.

“We still plan to have an appointment before then,” said Democratic State Chair John Currie, an ally of Gov. Phil Murphy who makes the picks. Republicans made their picks to the redistricting commission in April.

Pretty much everything else about the process — including whether it’s delayed by a year and current state legislative districts kept in place for two more years — is up in the air.

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N.J. clarifies capacity limits for barber shops, nail salons, spas in new order detailing bar curfews

Posted Nov 10, 2020

New Jersey hair and nail salons, barbershops, massage and tattoo parlors and other personal care services were allowed to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic in June, but the governor’s office clarified the capacity limits for those businesses in the newest round of restrictions ordered Tuesday.

The personal care services can’t exceed 25% capacity, which is the same limit put on other businesses. The clarification was included in Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order that imposes new restrictions on indoor dining at bars and restaurants and bans interstate youth and high school sports.

According to the executive order, Murphy’s office had “recently received questions on this subject” related to capacity at personal care businesses. The 25% capacity limit excludes employees, according to the order.

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Man featured at Giuliani press conference is a convicted sex offender

11/09/2020

Politico

Trenton political insiders watched with bemusement as Brooks took the podium. 

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The first person Rudy Giuliani, the attorney for President Donald Trump, called up as a witness to baseless allegations of vote counting shenanigans in Philadelphia during a press conference last week is a sex offender who for years has been a perennial candidate in New Jersey.

“It’s such a shame. This is a democracy,” Daryl Brooks, who said he was a GOP poll watcher, said at the press conference, held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Northeast Philadelphia. “They did not allow us to see anything. Was it corrupt or not? But give us an opportunity as poll watchers to view all the documents — all of the ballots.”

Trenton political insiders watched with bemusement as Brooks took the podium.

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N.J. sending 2.4M masks to schools as coronavirus cases surge, Murphy says

Posted Nov 09, 2020

More than two million masks will be distributed to schools statewide to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.

The 2.4 million masks, provided by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, will be made available to students, teachers and other staff members at more than 800 schools, both public and private. That also includes charter schools, renaissance school projects and approved private schools for students with disabilities, Murphy said.

The distribution of the masks will be prioritized to schools in low-income areas and those that serve high-needs populations, the governor added. Masks will be provided by the New Jersey State Police through Nov. 20.

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NJ says it’s ready to distribute possible COVID-19 vaccine

LILO H. STAINTON, HEALTH CARE WRITER | NOVEMBER 10, 2020

NJ Spotlight News

Pfizer said its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19.

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With coronavirus diagnoses continuing to climb, New Jersey officials welcomed news Monday that a COVID-19 vaccine now in clinical trials appears to be highly effective. While many challenges remain, they suggested if all goes as planned a vaccine could be approved within weeks and available for widespread distribution in April 2021.

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced early Monday that the vaccine it has developed appears to be 90% effective in protecting adults against the virus — a better outcome than many expected and nearly double the protection offered by some influenza inoculations, experts noted.

“The good news is that a vaccine is on the horizon,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at a previously scheduled media briefing hours later. He warned that New Jersey’s second wave of coronavirus continues to grow, with more than 9,000 new cases diagnosed since Thursday, an average of nearly 2,400 daily.

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Murphy announces new restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey as Covid cases surge

11/09/2020 

Politico

People wait for their breakfast inside of a local diner on Sept. 4 in Hoboken, N.J

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New Jersey will require restaurants to stop indoor dining by 10 p.m. and will prohibit all indoor, interstate organized sports up to the high school level in an effort to slow the resurgence of Covid-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.

The new rules take effect Thursday morning, the governor said during his regular coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

“The last thing I want to do is shut our economy back down. Thankfully, we’re not at that point,” Murphy said. “These are the measures we are taking now, and they do not preclude us from taking further action in other areas or placing other restricting on these in the near future.

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What President-elect Biden can Learn from New Jersey

By Matthew Hale | November 8, 2020

Insider NJ

In 1789, General George Washington was nervous about what he ought to do first as a new President.  Looking for help, he sent a rider to Somerset to ask Frederick Frelinghuysen, “What would New Jersey do?”  Frelinghuysen’s advice proved so sage that all Presidents have followed this tradition and reached out to New Jersey for help in kicking off their presidency.   Rumor has it that after defeating him in the nod for the Presidency at 1960 Democratic Convention, John Kennedy asked the question of former New Jersey governor Robert Meyner.  Meyner said “Space, John, let’s go to space.”[i]

Since President-elect Joe Biden only has 47 years of federal experience to draw on, it seems likely that he is going to also follow this tradition. However, because the next couple of months are likely to be a wild ride of lawsuits and recounts, I thought I would save Joe the phone call and try to answer the question for him.  Hopefully, he can learn from recent experiences in New Jersey and like General Washington have a successful presidency.

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Northeast transit leaders look to Biden presidency for much needed relief

11/09/2020 

Politico

In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017 file photo, a New Jersey Transit train traverses the tracks in New York's Penn Station. 

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Facing an unprecedented fiscal and health crisis, Northeast transit leaders have been among those hoping for a Joe Biden victory after years of short shrift at the hands of the Trump administration and months of uncertainty about the future of mass transit.

Biden, whose victory over Trump was called Saturday, is widely seen as a boon for mass transit in the Northeast. Nicknamed “Amtrak Joe” for his frequent trips on the Northeast corridor, the president-elect is an avid supporter of expanding rail and made it a focal point of his presidential platform.

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