If you took some time off between Christmas and New Year’s — maybe a quick trip to Tanzania or just stayed home and watched The Lion King — here’s what you missed:
MURPHY GROUP WON’T RELEASE DONORS
New Directions New Jersey, a non-profit group that has spent in the seven-figures supporting Gov. Phil Murphy’s political agenda, has decided not to disclose its donors. The group had promised to release their contributors by the end of the year, but have now decided that the “toxic political environment” caused them to change their mind.
SWEENEY DUMPS STACK, GILL; SINGLETON, GOPAL GET CHAIRMANSHIPS
Senate President Steve Sweeney threw Brian Stack and Nia Gill off the Senate Judiciary Committee and took away Stack’s seat on the Budget and Appropriations Committee as part of a year-end shuffle. Troy Singleton and Joe Lagana got their seats.
Singleton will replace Jeff Van Drew as chairman of the Community and Urban Affairs Committee, and Vin Gopal will succeed Singleton as chairman of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
JONES CHALLENGING CURRIE FOR DEMOCRATIC STATE CHAIRMAN
LeRoy Jones leads incumbent John Currie in the race for New Jersey Democratic State Chairman – a contest that took shape on December 19 when Jones, the Essex County Democratic Chairman, said he would run if enough Democratic leaders supported his candidacy.
Endorsements followed quickly for both candidates:
Dec. 20: Gov. Phil Murphy
Dec. 20: Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo
Dec. 20: Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe
Dec. 20: Seven South Jersey Democratic County Chairmen
Dec. 20; Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise
Dec. 21: Union County Democratic Chairman Nicholas Scutari
Dec. 21: Warren and Sussex County Democratic Chairs
Dec. 21: Newark Mayor Ras Baraka
Dec. 21: Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh
Dec. 21: Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes
Dec. 21: Grassroots Activists
Dec. 21: Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson
Dec. 21: Hunterdon County Democratic Chair Arlene Quinones Perez
Dec. 22: State Senator Joseph Cryan
Dec. 22: New Jersey Democratic State Vice Chair Lizette Delgado-Polanco
Dec. 31: Monmouth County Democratic Chairman David Brown
The NEW JERSEY GLOBE 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW
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STAR-LEDGER WANTS $15/HR MINIMUM WAGE FOR EVERYONE BUT THEM
The Star-Ledger editorial board slammed New Jersey officials for not passing a $15-per-hour minimum wage without carveouts, but nine days later they ran an ad seeking drivers to deliver their newspaper for much less than that. Star Ledger drivers – they call then “delivery service providers” – make as little as $10-per-hour, use their own car, pay for their own gasoline, and get no paid vacation days
BURLINGTON DEMOCRATS TAKE CONTROL; YOUNGKIN SWORN IN, THEN RESIGNS
With a 4-1 majority, Democrats took control of the Burlington County Board of Freeholders for the first time since 1975.
George Youngkin was sworn in early this morning and then resigned, effective January 2. Gina LaPlaca, a former top aide to Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts, and Delran councilman Daniel O’Connell have emerged as the candidates to replace Youngkin.
Former Assembly Majority Leader Albert Burstein (D-Tenafly), an intellectual giant during his five terms as an assemblyman from Bergen County from 1972 to 1982, died on December 27. He was 96.
Burstein came close to being Assembly Speaker, and maybe even a congressman.
Bill Gallo, a veteran reporter who covered Salem and Gloucester counties for the South Jersey Times – formerly the Today’s Sunbeam and the Gloucester County Times – died during a medical procedure on Christmas Day. He was 59.
Former Hudson County Republican Chairman Lee Lichtenberger, who served from 1984 to 1988, died at ag e66 on Friday evening.
Justin Richards, a former top aide to Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, is the new political director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). That could be helpful to Kean, if he runs for Congress next year against Tom Malinowski.
Herb Jackson is leaving The (Bergen) Record — he took their buyout offer — and will become a transportation reporter for Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call.