Since Election Day was ten days long, it’s ok if you checked out early on Wednesday. Here’s what you missed:
* Assembly Republicans are planning to challenge a new rule that would ban lawmakers from entering the statehouse if they can’t provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at their next session on December 2. In a virtual meeting on Wednesday, GOP legislators agreed that if some of their colleagues are blocked from entering the statehouse, none of them would participate in next week’s voting session, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.
* Kevin Whitmer isn’t leaving the Star-Ledger and NJ.com on his own volition; he was forced out after he didn’t meet some of the revenue goals set for him by his bosses at Advance Publications. There’s also more to the story he told: his situation was worsened by deals he made with a major New Jersey hospital and with a cannabis industry association.
* House Democrats from New Jersey will be concerned by this: Republican Jack Ciattarelli beat Gov. Phil Murphy in all five of the state’s competitive congressional districts.
* Michael Gallo, who was elected to the East Rutherford Borough Council during the presidency of Harry Truman in 1951, died on November 22. He was 98 and he had a fascinating story.
* Republicans flipped control of the Chatham Township Committee after a Democratic incumbent who lost by 25 votes dropped her bid for a recount on Wednesday.
* Gov. Phil Murphy named Brian Lipman as New Jersey’s new Ratepayer Advocate. Lipman’s job is sort of a public ombudsman when the Board of Public Utilities considers rate increases.
* New Jerseyan Mike Hennessy, Sr., the former publisher of Campaigns & Elections Magazine, died on November 21. He was 61 and suffered a fatal heart attack just days before he was to close on the sale of his medical publishing company.
* Union City Mayor/State Sen. Brian Stack, who will become the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, and expungement advocate Nikki Tierney joined host David Wildstein on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77 WABC on Saturday.
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