New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy delivered his rookie State of the State in Trenton while third term New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his ninth in Albany. We break down both and highlight key takeaways. Following his address in Trenton, Murphy announced a new Acting Chief of Staff. It’s all in this State of the State edition of TrueNorth.
In one of the most anticipated midterm elections in decades and a race that was widely interpreted as a referendum on President Donald Trump’s tumultuous first two years in office, Democrats won control of the House of Representatives. Republicans retained control of the United States Senate and expanded their majority. Democrats also made gains at the State level, capturing seven governorships. A number of key races in New Jersey and New York gave Democrats the gains they needed to regain control of the House for the first time since 2011. The New Jersey-New York region grew decidedly bluer and a number of key races contributed to Democratic takeover of the House.
It’s been a few months since the last edition of TrueNorth visited your inbox and we’re pleased to be back. With six weeks before the midterm elections, a full plate for the New Jersey Legislature this Fall, and important policy and political happenings throughout the region, this “back to school” edition of TrueNorth is a must-read.
Phil Murphy won his gubernatorial contest by a significant margin. Democratic majorities in New Jersey’s Legislature grew. Bill de Blasio overwhelmingly won a second term. Political power shifted substantially in New York City suburbs. Election night was a clear victory for Democrats in the region. Murphy’s robust win combined with Ralph Northam’s larger-than-expected win in the Virginia gubernatorial have national Democrats and many political pundits claiming a rejection of President Trump’s first year in office.
This issue of TrueNorth digs into the recently-announced leadership changes at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. We also update you on anything you may have missed regarding last week’s announcement of Lieutenant Governor candidates in New Jersey’s race for governor.
This issue of TrueNorth covers the introduction of legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use. We also spotlight a number of recent transit developments in the region that could reshape train travel for generations to come. We also give you a few nuggets from the gubernatorial campaign trail in the lead-up to the June 6 primary.