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

By NJ Globe Staff, May 17 2021 12:15 am

The place to be tonight is at O’Bramnick’s, the Westfield home of Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, where former Gov. Richard Codey will join him for a discussion with New Jersey Comedians and the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on stand-up comics in New Jersey.

New Jerseyans who want to vote in the June 8 primary election must complete their voter registration by Tuesday, May 18.

The Bergen Record’s Mike Kelly helicoptered in to a legislative race in his own district this weekend with his opinion on Oath Keeper leader Edward Durfee’s campaign for State Assembly.   Kelly broke a ten year streak by his newspaper of ignoring Assembly campaigns in the 37th district — the last time the Bergen Record covered the race was in 2011.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari talked about the legalization of marijuana and about judicial confirmations and extending the retirement ages for judges on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77 WABC with host David Wildstein on Saturday.   Wildstein also spoke with Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian D. Levine and told the story of one of the most colorful men to ever serve in the New Jersey Legislature, Anthony Imperiale.

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Here are 6 stories you need to know about if you unplugged for the weekend:

* Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari wouldn’t say if Supreme Court Justice-designate Rachel Wainer Apter will get a Senate confirmation hearing before Jaynee LaVecchia retires on August 31.

* Senator Scutari isn’t ruling out a bid for the 2025 Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

* The president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union supports Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to keep New Jerseyans wearing masks.

* Republican Bob Healey, a millionaire yacht builder who was once the lead singer in a punk rock band is considering a challenge to Rep. Andy Kim in New Jersey’s 3rd district next year.  Healey can self-fund the race; the Viking Yacht Company is one of the largest employers in Ocean County.

* Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin released a joint statement late Friday saying executive orders declaring public health emergencies might sunset as early as next month.

* Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Raj Mukherji took the lead on a six-bill package to address beatings and sexual assaults at the Edna Mahan Correction Facility.

And if you want to learn about some local political history in Wood-Ridge that led to Paul Sarlo’s ascent to becoming one of the state’s most powerful legislators, take a look at the obituary of Paul Calocino.

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