Murphy cabinet has first woman majority

Gov. Phil Murphy today named three women to cabinet posts, giving him the first cabinet in state history with more women than men. Former Obama White House aide Zakiya Smith Ellis will be the Secretary of Higher Education, civil rights leader Sue Fulton will head the Motor Vehicle Commission, and Deirdre Webster Cobb, a state […]

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Gusciora says Trenton didn’t apply for transportation aid

Trenton won’t get a state funds to address local transportation issues because they never asked for the money, according to Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a candidate for Mayor of Trenton. Gusciora said that Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration told him this morning that transportation grant decisions were forthcoming, with monies going to everywhere but Trenton – because […]

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Murphy sets Wednesday bill signing to restore Planned Parenthood funding

Gov. Phil Murphy will sign legislation that will restore funding to Planned Parenthood on Wednesday — the first bill he’ll sign as the Governor of New Jersey.  Murphy made that announcement on a Tele-Town Hall on Monday morning.  Murphy said he’ll make another announcement about women’s health at the bill signing.  Murphy said marks the […]

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GOP calls for investigation of payments to Gill

Republican State Chairman Douglas Steinhardt says the state should investigate whether side-payments made to top campaign staffers for Gov. Phil Murphy violated New Jersey campaign finance laws. Brendan Gill, who was Murphy’s campaign manager, received an additional $61,400 from the Democratic Governors Association during the 2017 general election, according to year-end reports filed with the […]

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New Jersey’s Team of Rivals

Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to appoint Jim Johnson to lead the administration’s efforts to get Atlantic City back on its feet, marks a rarely-used “Team of Rivals” tactic of picking former opponents for key positions.  Johnson, a former U.S Undersecretary of the Treasury, finished second in the 2017 Democratic gubernatorial primary. The last governor to […]

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Steinhardt: Murphy just a “hollow politician”

Republican leaders slapped Gov. Phil Murphy today for the firing of Gerry Scharfenberger, a Monmouth County Freeholder who was terminated on Monday after refusing to attend a Murphy press conference. But Democrats sources have a different take.  They say Scharfenberger had agreed to speak at the press conference, but backed out under pressure from the […]

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Murphy’s pick gets EDA job

The New Jersey Economic Development Commission today approved Gov. Phil Murphy’s choice of Tim Sullivan as Executive Director. Labor leader Bill Mullen had initially opposed that Sullivan, who he said opposed prevailing wage expansion while serving as Gov. Dan Malloy’s deputy commissioner of Economic and Community Development.  Mullen said that Sullivan conspired with the Connecticut […]

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Murphy fires Scharfenberger

Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger lost his job today as Director of the state Business Action Center, three days after the Republican refused to attend Gov. Phil Murphy’s press conference supporting a federal property tax deduction. Murphy was in Marlboro last Friday to push for a plan that would allow New Jersey residents to pay property […]

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Golden slaps Murphy on tax deduction plan

One potential candidate for the 2021 Republican gubernatorial nomination lashed out at Gov. Phil Murphy today for promoting a plan to help New Jerseyans protect their federal property tax deduction. Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden also told Murphy to “stop campaigning against President Trump and get to work governing New Jersey.” Murphy was in Marlboro […]

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Steinhardt slams Murphy on sticker shock comment

During the 1993 gubernatorial campaign, Democrats skewered then-candidate Christine Todd Whitman for an unfortunate gaffe, when she said something like “as funny as it seems, $500 is a lot of money to some people.”  That clearly wasn’t Whitman’s intent, but the line stuck – largely because Gov. Jim Florio’s political team made sure of it. […]

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Senate, Assembly Democrats Meet for Strategy Session

When Craig Coughlin began his campaign for Assembly Speaker last year, he promised colleagues he would improve internal communications within his caucus and develop a stronger relationship with the Senate Democratic leadership.  Senate and Assembly Democrats are meeting in New Brunswick this morning to make good on that promise and to discuss how to move forward […]

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