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Here’s what you missed if you took the weekend off

By NJ Globe Staff, May 03 2021 12:01 am

The Democratic candidates for Loretta Weinberg’s State Senate seat duked it out in a contentious New Jersey Globe Debate on Sunday evening, with Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gordon Johnson showing there is some difference between the two.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s Sunday tease: “Tomorrow at 1:00 PM, with our COVID metrics decisively trending in the right direction, I will make a major announcement on easing restrictions and ramping up our vaccinations.”

On the New Jersey Globe Power Hour, Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) spoke about witnessing an attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, and about being in the House chambers for President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress last week.

Montclair State University political science professor Brigid Callahan Harrison talked about views on the Democratic primary for State Senate in the 37th district and Gov. Chris Christie’s possible bid for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination.

The New Jersey Globe Power Hour:

 

Here are 4 stories you need to know about if you unplugged for the weekend:

* Gov. Phil Murphy will nominate Col. Lisa Hou as the first woman  to serve as New Jersey Adjutant General and Commissioner of Military and Veterans Affairs

* Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Rizzo got a photo op with former President Donald Trump at Mir-a-Lago last week, but it’s not clear if that means anything.

* Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni has resigned – and his wife, Superior Court Judge and former Christie ad Deborah Gramiccioni, is stepping down too.  They are going to start a law firm together.

* Paterson Councilman Alex Mendez, indicted on voter fraud charges from his May 2020 campaign, could face yet another election after officials acknowledged that at least 19 voters in the November 2020 do-over didn’t live in the correct ward.  That race was decided by just 9 votes.

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