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.
Happy New Year and best wishes for a prosperous 2019. Before we jump back into the frying pan, we wanted to recap a few news items you may have missed in the midst of your holiday revelry. NJ TRANSIT was in the news, as was offshore wind. The New Jersey State Senate announced several leadership changes, and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Chief of Staff announced his departure. Stay tuned for TrueNorth’s coverage of Murphy’s State of the State address next week…in the meantime, enjoy this EOY closeout edition of TrueNorth!
Phil Murphy’s team starts to take shape in New Jersey with the announcement of key staff. Murphy’s transition team is announced and it includes our own Joe Fiordaliso. A key member of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation announces his retirement. Several key policy issues emerge as likely 2018 priorities. You don’t want to miss this edition of TrueNorth which has more meet on the bone than your Thanksgiving turkey!
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.