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 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.