Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce on Monday that he will lift the state’s mask-wearing requirement before Memorial Day weekend.
Jack Ciattarelli and Hirsh Singh will face-off in two Republican gubernatorial debates sponsored by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
The first debate will be broadcast on New Jersey 101.5 FM on Tuesday, May 25 and streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The second debate is on Wednesday, May 26 and will air on NJ PBS.
Ciattarelli must debate as a condition of receiving matching funds under New Jersey’s gubernatorial public financing program. Singh finds his way to the debate stage as a self-funder; he put about $500,000 of his own money into the campaign. Two other GOP candidates, former Franklin Mayor Brian D. Levine and Phil Rizzo, a Hudson County pastor, did not qualify.
New Jersey Globe editor David Wildstein will host a post-debate analysis on the New Jersey Globe website – and streamed on Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter – on Wednesday evening. He’ll be joined by Matt Rooney, the editor of SaveJersey, a Republican news site. After that, Wildstein will speak with Saily Avelenda, the executive director of the Democratic State Committee.
Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) discussed his vote to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77 WABC with host David Wildstein. Kim also discussed his views on incidents of racism and hate aimed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Former Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt spoke with Wildstein about reports that Rep. Tom Malinowski profited off stock deals that bet against companies involved in developing virus tests, treatments and vaccines. Steinhardt also talked about the upcoming GOP gubernatorial primary and key legislative races.
Here are five stories you need to know about if you unplugged for the weekend:
* Angelica Allen-McMillan’s confirmation as state Commissioner of Education faces a new hurdle: she moved from Montclair to Cedar Grove two months ago, but State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa), who now has senatorial courtesy over the nomination, was never told about the change of residency.
* Stock trades by Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) are likely to impact his re-election bid in New Jersey’s 7th district – a race he won by just 1% of the vote against Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. in 2020.
* Two people are dead and twelve are injured – some life-threatening – after a mass shooting at a house party in Fairfield Township in Cumberland County on Saturday evening.
* Senate President Steve Sweeney says there is no deal for the Senate to confirm Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Patrick Callahan as superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
* A Superior Court Judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the right of Morris County Republicans to put local candidates on the organization line.
And if you want to learn a little New Jersey political history, here’s the story of a 1971 race to spend 61 days in the New Jersey State Senate. One of the candidates was a barber who was the last elected Essex County Coroner.