Legislation increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage has just passed both chambers of the Legislature. A transportation infrastructure project with longterm economic impacts for the region has received a big boost. Facebook has become the global leader in renewable energy purchases. And NorthStar has dipped its running shoe into charitable giving waters. We hope this pre-Super Bowl edition of TrueNorth helps you endure this week’s arctic weather.
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.
Tuesday’s Primary Election in New Jersey determined the Democratic and Republican nominees for one US Senate seat and all twelve House seats. The results set up a general election that could help determine control of the House of Representatives in November.
In this issue of TrueNorth we explore the funding complexities surrounding Gateway, a program of rail infrastructure improvements that includes a vitally needed new tube under the Hudson. We also peer inside the Beltway to see how one of our own, Congressman Tom MacArthur, is positioning himself on issues like ACA reform. We take a closer look at the fight for primacy at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as Jersey pols push back on aggressive maneuvering by New York Governor Cuomo. And we thank everyone who attended the inaugural event at our new offices.