State of New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy

Press Releases

Jul
16

New Opportunity Zone Program Focus of Investors Symposium With Governor Phil Murphy and U.S. Senator Cory Booker

Other

Over 200 investors, economic developers and business and community leaders joined Governor Phil Murphy and U.S. Senator Cory Booker today for an Investors Symposium on the new federal Economic Opportunity Zone Program.

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Jul
16

Murphy Administration Seeking Up to Six New Dispensaries to Expand Access to Medicinal Marijuana

Health

The Murphy Administration today announced it is seeking up to six new applicants to operate medicinal marijuana dispensaries — two each in the northern, central and southern regions of New Jersey. 

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Jul
13

Murphy Administration Moves Forward to Fully and Fairly Fund New Jersey’s Public Schools

Education

Taking significant steps to begin the process of fully and fairly funding New Jersey school districts, the Murphy Administration today released new school funding distribution totals based on increased appropriations and modernizations made to the school funding formula.

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Jul
12

Treasurer Muoio Unveils Health Benefit Measures Designed to Keep Premiums in Check, Yield Significant Annual Cost Savings

Health

State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio today laid out a framework for several initial state health benefit cost-saving measures underway by the Murphy Administration that are projected to yield significant annual savings for taxpayers, while upholding the state’s commitment to public employees.

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Jul
12

Next Edition of “Ask Governor Murphy” Airs Monday, July 16 on WBGO, WHYY and WNYC

Other

The next "Ask Governor Murphy” program, the statewide, live call-in show produced by public radio stations WBGO in Newark, WHYY in Philadelphia, and WNYC in New York, is scheduled to air on Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.

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Jul
11

From the New Jersey Department of Health: 
NJ Agencies Awarded $4.7 Million to Improve Black Infant, Maternal Mortality

Health

Healthy Women, Healthy Families’ Initiative Targets Health Disparities

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Jul
10

Murphy Administration Takes First Steps Toward Transition Away From PARCC

Education

The Murphy Administration today announced the first steps in transitioning away from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and toward a new generation of statewide testing by issuing a report, detailing proposals for draft regulations and other upcoming changes in the 2018-19 school year. 

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Jul
6

Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Mass Shooting at the Capital Gazette

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy has ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The flags will be lowered in memory of the five victims of the recent mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. 

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Jul
5

Governor Murphy Announces Teva Pharmaceuticals to Locate US Headquarters in New Jersey

Jobs and the Economy

Governor Phil Murphy announced today that Teva Pharmaceuticals USA will locate its U.S. headquarters in Parsippany-Troy Hills, supporting more than 1,000 high-wage jobs in New Jersey, including the transfer and creation of more than 800 positions. Teva, a leading pharmaceutical company headquartered globally in Israel, had also considered several other locations to house its U.S. headquarters and commercial operations.

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Jul
3

Governor Phil Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today signed the following bills into law:

S-396/A-3840 (Pennacchio, Corrado/Armato, Mazzeo, Freiman) - Forbids members of the State Investment Council from voting on transactions concerning investment with which a member has certain financial or familial conflicts and requires removal for violations thereof

 

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Jul
3

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Transfer PFRS Management

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Senate Bill No. 5 after the Legislature concurred with recommendations made by the Governor to the bill.

 

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Jul
3

Governor Murphy Signs the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Senate Bill No. 122, the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act, after the Legislature concurred with recommendations that he made to the bill.

 

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Jul
3

Governor Murphy Signs Bills Expanding Rights and Protections for New Jersey’s LGBTQ Community

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today signed three bills that will provide critical protections to New Jersey’s LGBTQ community. Senate Bill No. 478 will allow for the issuance of amended birth certificates for people who have undergone a change in gender, Senate Bill No. 493 will allow gender identity to be reflected on death certificates, and Senate Bill No. 705 will establish a Transgender Equality Task force.

 

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Jul
2

Medicinal Marijuana Program Grows by 10,000 Patients Since Start of Murphy Administration

Health

25,000 Patients Now Participating

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Jul
1

Governor Murphy Signs Fiscal Year 2019 Budget into Law

Budget and Spending

Governor Phil Murphy today conditionally vetoed the following bills and signed them into law after the Legislature concurred with the Governor’s recommendations:...

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Jun
30

Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Coughlin Reach Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Agreement

Budget and Spending

Agreement Provides Sustainable Funding Sources through Millionaires Tax and Corporate Business Tax Surcharge

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Jun
29

New Funding for Portal North Bridge and Project Sponsor for Hudson Tunnel Project are Major Steps Forward for Vital Projects

Statements

Statement from Governor Phil Murphy

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Jun
28

Governor Phil Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today signed the following bill into law: S1968/A3619 (Pou/Wimberly, Mukherji, Sumter) 

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Jun
27

Governor Phil Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today signed the following bill into law: S2747/A4201 (Gopal, Sarlo/Pintor Marin)

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Jun
27

N.J. Officials Respond to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Labor Unions, Explain How State Will Protect Workers Going Forward

Other

Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Labor Commissioner Rob Asaro-Angelo responded today to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says public sector workers need not pay their “fair share” of dues to the unions that represent public sector employees.

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Jun
27

Governor Murphy: Continued Funding of Newark's Vital Community Investments at Risk Without Sustainable Revenue Sources

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today underscored the significance of having a budget built on sustainable, reliable, and recurring revenues rather than the Legislature’s budget plan, which is based on short-term gimmicks, phantom savings and is nearly $1 billion short of achieving the administration’s target ending fund balance.

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Jun
26

AG Grewal Sues Federal Government over Border Tactics; Complaint Cites Refusal of Asylum Seekers, Separation of Families

Law & Justice

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal joined a lawsuit today challenging the federal government’s border enforcement policies, including its refusal to accept immigrants seeking asylum and its “cruel and unlawful” practice of forcibly separating families.  

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Jun
26

Governor Murphy: NJ TRANSIT’s Failures Stem from Years of Bad Budgeting

Budget and Spending

Governor Phil Murphy today cautioned that the Legislature’s recently passed budget may impact the long-term viability of key infrastructure investments intended to turnaround NJ TRANSIT.

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Jun
25

Governor Murphy: Analysis by Treasury Shows the Legislature’s Budget Is Nearly $1 Billion Short

Budget and Spending

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that after a thorough review of the Legislature’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget, the Treasury Department found the plan to be nearly $1 billion short.

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Jun
22

Governor Phil Murphy Signs Child Marriage Ban into Law

Law & Justice

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Senate Bill No. 427, which prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from marrying or entering into a civil union. New Jersey is now the second state in the nation to ban child marriage under all circumstances. 

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Jun
22

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver Honored by National Governing Institute

Other

New Jersey’s first African American Lieutenant Governor selected for annual program highlighting extraordinary elected women

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Jun
21

Attorney General Grewal Announces Plans to Challenge Federal Family Separation Policy, Failure to Reunite Families

Law & Justice

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that the State of New Jersey will file a lawsuit in the coming days to challenge the federal government’s family separation policy.  

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Jun
21

Governor Murphy Announces Plans to Return the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Back to the Department of Human Services

Other

Governor Phil Murphy will today deliver to the Legislature his reorganization plan to transfer the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) from the Department of Health (DOH) to the Department of Human Services (DHS).

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Jun
20

Governor Murphy: Sustainable, Recurring Revenues Required to Fully Fund Our Public Schools

Education

Governor Phil Murphy today cautioned there would be no agreement on fully funding our public schools or modernizing New Jersey’s School Funding Formula until the State has sustainable recurring revenues to support schools on the path to full funding.

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Jun
19

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Prevent State Resources from Being Used to Separate Families of Immigrants

Executive Orders

Today, Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order to prohibit any state resources from being used to assist the Trump administration’s policy of separating the families of immigrants.

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Jun
19

Governor Murphy: Without Sustainable Revenues, NJ TRANSIT Turnaround at Risk

Budget and Spending

Governor Phil Murphy today warned that unless New Jersey enacts a budget based on sustainable revenues, the plan to overhaul NJ TRANSIT could be in jeopardy, as the state would be without the steady source of funding needed to ensure safe and reliable train and bus service over the long term.  

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Jun
18

NJBPU Convenes Inaugural 2019 Energy Master Plan Committee

Other

100% Clean Energy by 2050: Building a Clean Energy Economy

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Jun
18

Governor Phil Murphy Designates Bog Turtle as State Reptile

Other

Today, Governor Murphy, joined by students at Riverside Elementary School, Senator Kip Bateman, and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, signed legislation S1925 (Bateman/Zwicker, Murphy, Freiman) into law to designate the Bog Turtle as New Jersey’s State Reptile.

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Jun
18

Statement from Governor Phil Murphy on Trump Administration's Forced Separation of Migrant Children from their Families at the U.S. Border

Statements

"For centuries, America has been a refuge for those seeking freedom and yearning for a better life. President Trump has turned this promise on its head."

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Jun
18

Governor Murphy Vows Veto of Legislature’s Proposed Budget

Budget and Spending

Governor Phil Murphy today pledged to veto the budget proposal being pushed by the Legislature, citing the plan’s reliance on temporary one-shot and “two-shot” sources of revenue, unverifiable savings, and a projected yawning year-end budget deficit.

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Jun
15

Statement from Governor Murphy on Budget Negotiations

Budget and Spending

“For the past eight years, Governor Christie cut irresponsible budget deals that weakened New Jersey’s economy and hurt our middle class, resulting in 11 credit downgrades. These budgets shortchanged permanent priorities like NJ TRANSIT and our public schools by resorting to short-term gimmicks.

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Jun
15

Governor Murphy Lauds New Jersey Funding Agreement for the Gateway Program

Economy & Jobs

Governor Phil Murphy today hailed a financing agreement reached between NJ TRANSIT and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to provide up to $600 million in funding for the Gateway Program, a critical regional and nationally significant infrastructure project that includes both the Portal Bridge and Hudson Tunnel projects.

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Jun
15

Governor Phil Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

Bill Action

Yesterday, Govenor Murphy signed the following bill into law:

A-3122wGR/S-871 (Burzichelli, Murphy, Mazzeo/Sweeney) - Allows certain joint insurance funds to make certain investments and to form certain investment programs; authorizes school districts and local units of government to deposit public funds into multiple federally-insured accounts.

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Jun
14

Coalition of Coastal Governors Demands Congress Reject Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters Act Legislation

Other

A coalition of governors from New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia, today sent a letter to Congress opposing the “Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters” Act, specifically calling on congressional leaders to reject the legislation, which imposes an undue burden on states aiming to preserve the economies and environments that depend on their shorelines.

 

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Jun
13

Governor Murphy Toughens New Jersey’s Gun Laws by Signing Safety Measures to Protect Children and Families

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today signed a package of common-sense gun safety bills that make New Jersey among the states with the strongest and most formidable gun laws in the nation. More than 2,000 shootings occur annually in New Jersey, with around 500 firearm-related deaths each year. 

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Jun
13

Statement from Governor Phil Murphy on United Bid 2026 Award

Statements

Today, Governor Phil Murphy released the following statement regarding the United Bid 2026 Award: "I’m thrilled that the United Bid, a joint effort by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, has been selected to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup and look forward to the next step in the process in which specific venues from these countries will be selected to host tournament games.

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Jun
12

Governor Murphy Praises Cease and Desist Letter to Ghost Gun Manufacturers

Law & Justice

Governor Phil Murphy today applauded the cease and desist actions undertaken by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to thwart ghost gun manufacturers from shipping their products into New Jersey. Ghost guns, which are illegal in New Jersey, are untraceable because they are unserialized firearms.

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Jun
12

AG Grewal Sends “Cease and Desist” Letters Warning “Ghost Gun” Makers to Stop Advertising, Selling in New Jersey

Law & Justice

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today sent “cease and desist” letters to “ghost gun” manufacturers throughout the United States, ordering them to stop advertising and selling partially-built firearms – including assault weapons – in New Jersey.

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Jun
12

Governor Murphy Announces EDA Action to Spur Innovation in New Jersey’s Communities

Economy & Jobs

Governor Phil Murphy today praised the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) for its creation of an Innovation Challenge that gives eligible communities the opportunity to receive funds for plans that strengthen their local innovation ecosystems.

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Jun
11

Governor Murphy Signs Sports Betting Legislation

Bill Action

Today, Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111, allowing sports betting at New Jersey casinos and racetracks for certain professional and collegiate sports or athletic events.

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Jun
11

FEMA Approves Governor Murphy’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration Following March Nor’Easter

Other

Governor Phil Murphy’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the March 6 to March 7, 2018 winter storm was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Declaration helps alleviate the financial burden created by the storm by making millions in local disaster response expenditures in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties eligible for federal reimbursement.

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Jun
9

Governor Murphy Joins Governors Nationwide in Bipartisan Call for Passage of the STATES Act

Health

Governor Phil Murphy and 11 governors of both parties across the nation penned a joint letter to federal leadership, firmly expressing their support for the passage of the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES)” Act, a bill introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO). Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is a co-sponsor of the bill.

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Jun
8

Governor Murphy Names Christopher J. Rein as State’s New Chief Technology Officer

Economy & Jobs

Rein will oversee the NJ Office of Information Technology (NJOIT) and its more than 600 employees. He will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic policies, information security standards and requirements for all State departments and agencies.

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Jun
8

Expanding Opportunity through Apprenticeship: Innovation Strategies in the Northeast

Economy & Jobs

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

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Jun
8

Governor Murphy Advances Plans for New Jersey Apprenticeship Network to Spur Economic Development and Educational Attainment for New Jerseyans

Economy & Jobs

Advancing further steps to spur growth and prepare New Jersey’s workforce for the 21st century economy, Governor Phil Murphy today announced his vision for the New Jersey Apprenticeship Network (NJAN), a proposal included in his Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

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Jun
7

Six Murphy Administration Cabinet Members Confirmed

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today applauded the confirmation of six key cabinet members to his management team. “I couldn’t be more pleased to have these six stellar individuals leading key departments across state government,” said Governor Murphy.

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Jun
4

Governor Murphy Conditionally Vetoes Assembly Bill No. 3122

Bill Action

Today, Governor Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed Assembly Bill No. 3122:

A3122 (Burzichelli, Murphy, Mazzeo/Sweeney) - Allows certain joint insurance funds to make certain investments and to form certain investment programs; authorizes school districts and local units of government to deposit public funds into multiple federally-insured accounts

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Jun
1

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Protect Consumers From Out-of-Network Health Services

Health

Protecting consumers against surprise bills for out-of-network health services, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Assembly Bill No. 2039, which makes changes to several elements of New Jersey’s health care delivery system. These improvements include transparency and enhanced consumer protections, the creation of an arbitration system and cost containments for out-of-network services. 

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May
31

Governor Murphy Joins Governors Nationwide to Protect Women’s Healthcare Against Trump Administration’s Title X Restrictions

Health

Governor Phil Murphy and 13 governors across the nation today penned a joint letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, firmly expressing their support for Title X. Title X is the only federal grant program ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and preventive health services for individuals.

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May
31

Governor Murphy to Renominate Justice Anne M. Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court

Appointments

Governor Phil Murphy today announced his intention to renominate Associate Justice Anne M. Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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May
31

Governor Murphy Nominates Amy M. Rosen to Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Board of Commissioners

Appointments

"Amy Rosen brings nearly two decades of transportation experience and a reputation as an effective, entrepreneurial leader of urban transit systems to the Port Authority Board of Commissioners," said Governor Phil Murphy.

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May
31

Governor Murphy Establishes State Health Benefits Quality and Value Task Force

Health

The rising cost of health benefits continues to be one of the largest cost drivers for the state of New Jersey and local governments. With stakeholders collectively acknowledging that change is necessary, Governor Phil Murphy today announced he will begin tackling the issue with the formation of the State Health Benefits Quality and Value Task Force.

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May
30

Governor Murphy Conditionally Vetoes Senate Bill No. 122

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed Senate Bill No. 122, the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act, which provides corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for expenses incurred as part of the production of certain films and digital media content.

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May
30

Governor Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy announced that he has signed the following bills into law: ...

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May
29

Governor Murphy Announces Initiatives to Spur Development of New Jersey’s Innovation Economy

Economy & Jobs

To re-ignite the promise of New Jersey’s innovation economy, Governor Phil Murphy today announced two initiatives – the STEM Loan Forgiveness Program and the NJ Career Accelerator Internship Program – to encourage individuals in STEM fields to make a long-term commitment to building and maintaining a career in New Jersey. The initiatives were part of the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget message.

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May
25

Governor Murphy Spotlights Critical Transportation Infrastructure Investments Ahead of Busy Summer Shore Season

Transportation

Marking the official opening of the summer Shore season, Governor Phil Murphy today praised the completion of the Route 37 Mathis Bridge rehabilitation project as one of many vital infrastructure investments made to roads and bridges in the region.

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May
23

ICYMI: AG Grewal to IRS: Stop “Playing Politics” With SALT Tax Guidance - or Face a Legal Challenge

Statements

Attorney General Asks IRS to Withdraw Proposal that Would Upend New Jersey’s Charitable Deduction Tax Credit Law

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May
23

Praise for Governor Murphy’s Actions to Advance New Jersey’s Clean Energy Economy

Other

Environmentalists, businesses and elected officials from across the state expressed their praise for Governor Murphy’s actions to establish New Jersey’s leadership in the clean energy economy.

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May
23

Governor Murphy Signs Measures to Advance New Jersey’s Clean Energy Economy

Executive Orders

Bolstering his commitment to New Jersey’s energy future, Governor Phil Murphy today signed several legislative initiatives to establish New Jersey’s leadership in the clean energy economy. Governor Murphy also signed an executive order directing the development of an updated Energy Master Plan (EMP) for the state to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

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May
22

Governor Phil Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Trooper Brian McNally

Executive Orders

“We are incredibly saddened by the passing of State Trooper Brian McNally,” said Governor Murphy. “Brian was a loving son and brother who not only served our state, but also our country as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. Our state will feel his loss deeply. We offer our condolences to the McNally family during this difficult time.”

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May
21

Governor Murphy Marks Completion of Turnpike Interchange 14A Improvements

Transportation

$172 Million Project to Ease Traffic Congestion for Commuters

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May
18

Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Route 80 Bus Accident

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy has ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on Monday, May 21, 2018. The flags will be lowered in memory of the two victims who have passed away due to Thursday's Route 80 school bus accident. 

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May
17

Governor Murphy and Governor Cuomo Announce Completion of New Goethals Bridge

Economy & Jobs

Westbound Span Complete, Marking First New Port Authority Bridge To Open Since 1931
$1.5 Billion Twin Span, Cable-Stayed Crossing Will Provide An Easier, Safer Ride And Less Congestion For The 32 Million Travelers Who Use It Each Year.

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May
17

La Vice-Gobernadora Sheila Oliver y el Gobernador Ricardo Rosselló Nevares Anuncian Publicación del Informe de la Comisión de Ayuda Para Puerto Rico

Reports

La vice-gobernadora Sheila Oliver anunció hoy que ya se publicó el informe de la Comisión de Nueva Jersey de Ayuda para Puerto Rico y que el mismo está disponible para el público. Dicho informe contiene recomendaciones para el esfuerzo continuo de Nueva Jersey de ayudar a los más de 30,000 puertorriqueños desplazados que permanecen en el estado después del paso del huracán María.

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May
17

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver and Governor Ricardo Rosselló Announce Release of Puerto Rico Relief Commission Report

Reports

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver today announced that the New Jersey Commission on Puerto Rico Relief’s report has been released and is now available to the public, outlining recommendations for New Jersey’s ongoing effort to assist the over 30,000 displaced Puerto Ricans who remain in the state following Hurricane Maria.

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May
17

Governor Phil Murphy Instructs Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council to Develop Innovation Economy Strategic Plan

Economy & Jobs

Governor Phil Murphy today announced he is directing the Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council to create a Strategic Plan for reclaiming New Jersey’s innovation economy.

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May
16

Governor Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that he has signed the following bill into law: A-1114/S-1918 (Downey, Houghtaling, Mukherji/Ruiz, Gopal).

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May
15

Readout of Thunderstorm Briefing

Statements

Governor Murphy has been briefed by senior officials on today’s thunderstorms affecting New Jersey and is closely monitoring the situation in consultation with his cabinet and senior staff.

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May
15

Statement from Governor Phil Murphy on Proposed Federal Farm Bill

Statements

Today, Governor Phil Murphy released the following statement regarding the proposed Federal Farm Bill.

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May
15

Address at the Center for American Progress 2018 Ideas Conference

Speech

Thank you,Winnie Stachleberg, for that introduction.

Thank you, as well, Neera Tanden, for your leadership in bringing together this conference today. Talk about a day laden with star-power – and then here’s me. I’m honored to be here.

Here’s what separates me from some on this program … I’m not running for president.

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May
15

Governor Murphy Announces State to Assume Greater Control of ACA Marketplace in NJ

Health

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the state will take over the plan management functions of the Affordable Care Act marketplace for the upcoming 2019 enrollment period, assuming greater control over the health exchange in New Jersey.

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May
14

ICYMI: April Revenue Collections Flat, but Year-to-Date Revenues Remain on Target

Other

The Department of the Treasury on Monday reported that April revenue collections for the major taxes were essentially flat compared to last April, up by only 0.3 percent.  Year-to-date, total revenues are tracking close to the FY 2018 aggregate target, increasing $1.338 billion, or 5.9 percent.

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May
14

Governor Murphy Signs Resolution Marking Israel’s 70th Anniversary

Statements

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, Governor Phil Murphy today signed a resolution recognizing the historic significance of the occasion, as well as the social, cultural and economic ties between New Jersey and Israel.

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May
14

Statement from Governor Phil Murphy on U.S. Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Ban on Sports Betting

Statements

Today, Governor Phil Murphy released the following statement following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Murphy v. NCAA: “I am thrilled to see the Supreme Court finally side with New Jersey and strike down the arbitrary ban on sports betting imposed by Congress decades ago.

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May
11

EDA Board Action Advances Murphy Administration’s Vision for State’s Innovation Economy

Economy & Jobs

The Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) today approved two actions to help nurture the growth of the State’s innovation economy. Echoing the priorities set by Governor Murphy, the Board authorized an agreement with the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) to advance development of “The Hub” in downtown New Brunswick, and a venture fund investment that will support growth-stage, software and technology-enabled companies in New Jersey.

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May
10

Governor Murphy Nominates Tracy Thompson as Insurance Fraud Prosecutor of the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

Appointments

Governor Phil Murphy today nominated Tracy Thompson to become insurance fraud prosecutor of the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, a position which is subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate.

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May
10

Governor Murphy Nominates Patrick Callahan as Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police

Appointments

Governor Phil Murphy today announced his nomination of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan to serve as the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

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May
10

Governor Murphy Conditionally Vetoes Senate Bill No. 5

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today conditionally vetoed Senate Bill No. 5, which transfers management of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) from the Division of Pensions and Benefits in the Department of the Treasury to the Board of Trustees of the PFRS.

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May
9

New Jersey Hosts Inaugural Meeting of "States for Gun Safety" Coalition

Law & Justice

New Jersey today hosted a first of its kind meeting bringing together key officials from New Jersey and nearby member states of the “States for Gun Safety” coalition

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May
9

Governor Murphy Signs Financial Aid Equity Legislation

Bill Action

New Jersey Becomes Ninth State to Support Tuition and Financial Aid Equity for DREAMers

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May
8

Governor Murphy Announces Release of GUNStat Report

Statements

Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick Callahan announced today that the first GUNStat Report, which provides the public with monthly and quarterly reports of gun-crime statistics, has been released and is now available to the public on the Office of the Attorney General and New Jersey State Police websites.

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May
7

Murphy Administration Announces Vo-Tech Partnership Grants

Statements

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) today announced that nearly $3 million in New Jersey’s County Vocational School District Partnership grants will be distributed among seven school districts.

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May
7

GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY APPOINTS BILL CASTNER AS SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE GOVERNOR ON FIREARMS

Appointments

Governor Phil Murphy today announced the appointment of Bill Castner as Senior Advisor to the Governor on Firearms for the state of New Jersey. 

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May
4

Governor Murphy Names Bipartisan Shared Services Czars

Appointments

Advancing his commitment to make local governments work smarter and more efficiently, Governor Phil Murphy today named Nicolas W. Platt, former Mayor of Harding Township, and Jordan Glatt, former Mayor of Summit, as co-shared services czars for the State of New Jersey. 

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May
4

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Preserve Property Tax Deductibility for New Jersey Taxpayers

Property Taxes

Protecting New Jersey taxpayers from an increase in the federal income tax as a result of the Trump Administration’s cap on the state and local tax deduction (SALT), Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation allowing municipalities to establish charitable funds where taxpayers can donate in return for a property tax credit. 

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May
3

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Establishing Task Force on Employee Misclassification

Executive Orders

“The exploitation of workers is not only unethical – it is illegal,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “In New Jersey, we promote fairness, fight against discrimination, and work to end unfair labor practices. I am proud to take this step forward to end a practice that creates an unfair advantage over companies that play by the rules and hurts our working families.”

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May
3

Murphy Administration Releases Total State Cost of Contract Settlement with the Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO

Other

Today, the Murphy Administration released the total projected state cost of its recent contract settlement with the Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO:

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May
2

New Jersey Solar Industry Exceeds 90,000 Projects Completed

Other

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) announced today that New Jersey's solar industry has hit a substantial milestone by surpassing 90,000 solar projects completed across the Garden State, totaling more than 2.4 GW of installed solar energy.

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May
2

Governor Murphy Names Marcus Hicks as Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Correction

Appointments

Governor Phil Murphy today named Marcus O. Hicks as Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Hicks replaces Gary M. Lanigan upon his retirement, who has led the department since March 2010.

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May
2

Governor Murphy Signs Expansive Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Other

The Department of Health (DOH) today announced that it will award $4.3 million in grant funding as part of intensified efforts to decrease disparities in birth outcomes and reduce black infant mortality.

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May
1

Governor Murphy Backs Newly Approved CWA Contract

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today praised the ratification of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO, contract that begins July 1, 2015 and expires June 30, 2019. The contract covers approximately 35,000 workers employed by the Executive Branch under the Administrative/Clerical, Professional, and Supervisory bargaining units. The State costs have been accounted for in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

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May
1

Murphy Administration Announces NJ Medicinal Marijuana Program Now Serving 20,000 Patients

Health

The Department of Health (DOH) today announced that it will award $4.3 million in grant funding as part of intensified efforts to decrease disparities in birth outcomes and reduce black infant mortality.

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Apr
30

DOH Announces $4.3 million to Reduce Disparities in Birth Outcomes and Black Infant Mortality

Health

The Department of Health (DOH) today announced that it will award $4.3 million in grant funding as part of intensified efforts to decrease disparities in birth outcomes and reduce black infant mortality.

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Apr
25

GOVERNORS MURPHY, CUOMO, MALLOY, RAIMONDO, BAKER, CARNEY AND ROSSELLÓ ANNOUNCE NATION’S FIRST REGIONAL GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH CONSORTIUM

Law & Justice

Key Initiative of New Jersey's Historic Anti-Gun Violence Multi-State Agreement Between New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, and Puerto Rico

Partnership Will Collect and Analyze Data Across Multiple Disciplines on Public Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence to Better Inform Policymakers Nationwide

Fills Void Left by Federal Government's 1996 Ban on Federally-Funded Gun Violence Research

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Apr
25

Building a Stronger and Fairer New Jersey: An Address by Governor Murphy Marking 100 Days in Office

Speech

Good morning, and thank you all for being here.

Today, I’m wearing my track shoes for a very specific reason.

Last fall, we had a healthy debate about how to move New Jersey forward. And the election sent a clear message – be bold, not timid.

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Apr
24

Governor Murphy Signs Historic, Sweeping Equal Pay Legislation

Other

Fulfilling his commitment to fight gender inequity and support equal pay for women in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law the most sweeping equal pay legislation in America. 

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Apr
23

Governor Murphy Directs New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Assemblyman Jerry Green

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy has ordered that New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session scheduled for May 7, 2018. The flags will be lowered in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green. 

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Apr
23

New Jersey Commission on Puerto Rico Relief Pens Letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Extend Existing Moratorium for Foreclosures on FHA-Backed Mortgages

Other

The New Jersey Commission on Puerto Rico Relief today penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to extend the current existing moratorium on Federal Housing Administration-backed mortgages.

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Apr
23

Governor Murphy Budget Provides Relief for NJ TRANSIT Bus Customers

Transportation

Governor Phil Murphy today highlighted some of the benefits that additional state investment in NJ TRANSIT will provide for hundreds of thousands of bus riders statewide.  The commitment includes additional bus operators and improvements in on-time performance.

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Apr
20

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order To Address Environmental Justice Issues in New Jersey’s Urban Communities

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), with support from other state agencies, to develop guidance on how all state departments can incorporate environmental justice considerations into their actions.

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Apr
20

Governor Phil Murphy Signs Legislation into Law to Protect Property Taxpayers

Bill Action

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that he has signed the following bill into law:

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Apr
20

Governor Phil Murphy Appoints Hester Agudosi as Chief Diversity Officer of New Jersey

Appointments

Governor Phil Murphy today announced the appointment of Hester H. Agudosi, Esq. as Chief Diversity Officer of the state of New Jersey

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Apr
20

Governor Murphy Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Protect New Jersey’s Coast from Perils of Offshore Drilling

Environment

Taking swift action to ensure the environmental health and safety of the state’s coast and shoreline, Governor Phil Murphy today signed bipartisan legislation that bans offshore oil and gas exploration and its production in New Jersey’s ocean waters.

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Apr
19

Governor Murphy Announces Paul Aronsohn to Lead the Office of the Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

Appointments

Gov. Phil Murphy today announced the appointment of Paul Aronsohn to head up the newly created Office of the Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families, serving as the administration’s lead advocate and ally for New Jersey residents in need of critical services ranging from early childhood through adulthood.

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Apr
19

Statement from Lieutenant Governor Oliver on the Passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green

Statements

“From the very first day I walked into the Assembly in 2004, Jerry Green was there to offer words of encouragement and wisdom honed from his years of service to his district and county, and our entire state. His quiet demeanor and understated humor hid a giant of the Legislature who was unafraid to go to the mat for his constituents and the values of equality, fairness, and opportunity he held deep within himself.  

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Apr
19

Statement from Governor Murphy on the Passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green

Statements

"Tammy and I are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green, whose advocacy and love for Union County and his home of Plainfield was unquestioned.

 

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Apr
18

Governor Murphy Directs New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy has ordered that New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The flags will be lowered in memory of former First Lady, Barbara Bush. 

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Apr
18

Governor Murphy Underscores Commitment to Bolster Higher Education Assistance

Other

Emphasizing his commitment to making higher education more affordable for New Jersey students, Governor Phil Murphy further outlined his goals during a roundtable discussion at New Jersey City University in Jersey City. 

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Apr
18

NJ Division of Taxation Extends Filing Deadline until Midnight Tonight to Mirror IRS Decision

Other

Following the Internal Revenue Service’s lead, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury’s Division of Taxation announced Wednesday that it is providing taxpayers with an additional day to file and pay their taxes.

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Apr
17

Statement from Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Statements

"Barbara Bush was a devoted mother and grandmother, a loving wife, and distinguished First Lady. America's matriarch, she set an example for the nation with her warmth and love of family, while championing the cause of literacy for Americans of all ages.

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Apr
17

Governor Murphy Signs Landmark Legislation Expanding Voter Registration and Protecting Voting Rights

Law & Justice

Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law one of the most expansive Automatic Voter Registration policies in the nation, strengthening and enhancing voting rights for eligible New Jersey residents.

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Apr
16

Statement by Governor Murphy on Gun Safety Legislation Passed by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

Statements

I applaud the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee for taking action to pass common sense gun legislation, a critical step to keeping New Jersey’s children and families safer.

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Apr
16

Governor Phil Murphy Announces Nominations and Appointments

Other

Governor Phil Murphy filed the following nominations and appointments

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Apr
16

Governor Murphy Takes Steps to Reduce Outsourcing of Atlantic City Operations

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today announced measures his administration is taking to reduce the outsourcing of certain Atlantic City operations. The next steps are part of a review and recommendation process undertaken in February. 

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Apr
14

Governor Murphy Declares April 14th as Bon Jovi Day

Other

Today, in honor of Bon Jovi's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Governor Murphy has declared April 14th as Bon Jovi Day: 

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Apr
12

ICYMI: Muoio Becomes Second Woman In New Jersey History to be Confirmed as State Treasurer

Appointments

Governor Murphy’s nomination for State Treasurer – Elizabeth Maher Muoio – became just the second woman in New Jersey history to be confirmed to the cabinet post after receiving official confirmation from the State Senate on Thursday.

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Apr
12

Governor Murphy and Lt. Governor Oliver to Revive Main Street New Jersey and Neighborhood Preservation Program

Other

Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver today announced plans to restore funding for two of the Department of Community Affairs’(DCA) innovative neighborhood improvement programs – Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) and the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) – to strengthen the economic vigor of New Jersey’s downtown areas and to encourage private investment in some of the state’s hard-pressed communities.

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Apr
11

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation into Law to Strengthen Student Safety

Law & Justice

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that he has signed the following bill into law:

S-414/A-3381 (Pennacchio, Bucco, Ruiz /Downey, Webber, Lampitt, Lagana) - Requires school districts, charter schools, nonpublic schools, and contracted service providers to review employment history of prospective employees who will have regular contact with students to ascertain allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct

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Apr
9

Governor Murphy Lauds Federal Approval of 169 Opportunity Zones in New Jersey

Economy & Jobs

Governor Phil Murphy announced today that the United States Department of Treasury has approved his 169 recommended designations for Opportunity Zones throughout the Garden State. The Opportunity Zone Program is designed to drive long-term capital investments into low-income rural and urban communities.

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Apr
9

Governor Murphy Designates April as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that he has signed the following resolution:

AJR-93/SJR-218(Greenwald, Mukherji, Murphy, Coughlin/Sweeney, Diegnan, Kean) - Designates April of each year as “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.” 

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Apr
9

Governor Phil Murphy Discusses the Benefits of Early Childhood Education During Pre-K Visit in Jamesburg

Education

Governor Murphy today touted the benefits of investments in early education as he toured preschool classrooms at JFK Elementary School in Jamesburg.

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Apr
6

Governor Murphy Recommends Jerry Zaro as New Gateway Development Corporation Trustee

Transportation

Governor Phil Murphy announced today that he is recommending to the Board of the New Jersey Transit Corporation the appointment of Jerry Zaro to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Gateway Program Development Corporation (GDC), filling the seat of Trustee Richard H. Bagger, who has recently resigned his position on the Board.

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Apr
6

Governor, Attorney General Announce Actions to Keep Public Informed About Gun Crimes, Sources of Weapons

Other

Pointing to more than 500 gun deaths in New Jersey since 2016, Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced actions designed to increase public awareness about the effects of gun violence by providing regular reports to the public on gun crimes and the source states from which these crime guns are flowing.

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Apr
5

Governor Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

Appointments

Governor Murphy announced that he has returned the following legislation to the Legislature with recommended changes:

A3382/S1971 (Freiman, Mazzeo, Downey/Sarlo) - Permits taxpayers to make dedicated prepayment toward anticipated property taxes

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Apr
5

Governor Murphy Nominates Senator Bob Gordon as BPU Commissioner

Appointments

Governor Phil Murphy today nominated Senator Bob Gordon to become a commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, a position that will require confirmation by the state Senate.

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Apr
5

Governor Murphy Details Plans for Tuition-Free Community College in New Jersey

Education

Recognizing that building a world-class education system is a critical investment in New Jersey’s future, Governor Phil Murphy today further outlined his plan for tuition-free community college during a roundtable discussion at Mercer County Community College.

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Apr
4

Governor Murphy Announces That Ørsted Will Establish Atlantic City Office and Begin Local Hiring

Environment

Governor Phil Murphy today announced at the Offshore Wind Partnering Forum that Ørsted, a global leader in offshore wind, will open an office in Atlantic City next month. Today’s announcement demonstrates the company’s commitment to the state of New Jersey and in helping to support the Murphy Administration’s clean energy goals.

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Apr
3

Governor Murphy Directs New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassination

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy has ordered that New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The flags will be lowered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.

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Apr
3

Governor Murphy Reaffirms Support for Federal Fuel Emissions Standards, Will Sign Multi-State Agreement on Clean Vehicles

Statements

In response to the Trump Administration’s decision to initiate a rulemaking process to weaken federal vehicle fuel emissions standards, Governor Phil Murphy today reaffirmed New Jersey’s strong support for the current standards.

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Apr
3

Governor Murphy Advances $100 Million Commitment to Tackle New Jersey’s Opioid Crisis

Health

Strategy Provides Multi-Pronged, Coordinated Approach

Governor Phil Murphy today outlined his public health plan to commit $100 million from his Fiscal Year 2019 budget to address the burgeoning opioid epidemic in New Jersey through a strategic, coordinated multi-agency effort.  Overdose deaths have surged in New Jersey as more than 2,200 Garden State residents died between 2016 and 2017.

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Apr
2

Governor Murphy Swears-In Three Members of Cabinet Leadership Team

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today administered the oath of office to three members of his cabinet – Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale as Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Dr. Shereef Elnahal as Commissioner of the Department of Health; and Carole Johnson as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. 

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Mar
29

Governor Murphy Signs Resolution into Law

Other

Governor Phil Murphy announced that he has signed the following resolution:

AJR-105/SJR-218(Downey, Murphy, Chiaravalloti/Gopal, Madden) - Designates March of each year as "Professional Social Work Month".

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Mar
29

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing Youth Volunteers to Help Sandy Recovery Efforts

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today reinstated an executive order implementing Sandy Recovery efforts where youth volunteers can help rebuild homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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Mar
29

NJ State Investment Council Announces Sale of Holdings in Manufacturers of Automatic & Semi-Automatic Arms for Civilian Use

Other

Division of Investment Exercises its Fiduciary Responsibilities to Act in the Best Interest of Plan Participants, Based on the Merits of the Investment

The Department of the Treasury on Friday formally announced that the New Jersey Division of Investment has sold its holding of all investments in manufacturers of automatic and semi-automatic weapons for civilian use.

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Mar
29

Governor Phil Murphy Announces the Creation of the New Jersey Apprenticeship Network

Economy & Jobs

Governor Phil Murphy today announced plans to create the New Jersey Apprenticeship Network, a new path for state residents to enter high-skilled careers through paid apprenticeships that may include college credit.

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Mar
28

Governor Murphy's Detailed Budget Book For Fiscal Year 2019 Now Available Online

Budget and Spending

Acting Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced Wednesday that Gov. Murphy’s Detailed Budget book for FY 2019 is now available online through the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Management and Budget website.

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Mar
27

New Jersey to Join Multi-State Lawsuit Challenging Citizenship Question on 2020 U.S. Census

Law & Justice

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that New Jersey will join a multi-state coalition in suing the federal government to block the inclusion of a proposed citizenship question in the 2020 decennial Census. 

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Mar
27

Attorney General Grewal Announces New Leadership at the Division of Consumer Affairs

Appointments

New Focus on Filling the Void Left By Federal Pullback of Consumer Protection Regulation

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that Governor Murphy will nominate Paul R. Rodriguez to serve as the Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, the lead state agency charged with protecting consumers’ rights, regulating the securities industry, and overseeing 47 professional boards.

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Mar
27

Statement by Governor Phil Murphy on the Trump Administration’s Changes to the U.S. Census

Statements

“By injecting a citizenship question into the Census, the Trump administration is seeking to sow fear among immigrant communities and inject uncertainty into what should be a non-partisan process. 

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Mar
27

Murphy Administration Expands Patient Access to Medical Marijuana, Lowers Fees For Patients and Caregivers

Health

Reforms Include Approving New Medical Conditions for Treatment and Allowing Current Dispensaries to Open Satellite Locations

Governor Phil Murphy today announced major reforms to New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program. Reforms include the addition of medical conditions, lowered patient and caregiver fees, allowing dispensaries to add satellite locations, and proposed legislative changes that would increase the monthly product limit for patients, and allow an unlimited supply for those receiving hospice care.

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Mar
26

Statement by Governor Phil Murphy on Passage of Gun Safety Bills Through General Assembly

Law & Justice

The energy of the tens of thousands of New Jerseyans this past weekend demanding action on gun safety continues today...

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Mar
26

NJ Board of Public Utilities Takes Action to Ensure Utilities Pass Federal Tax Savings on to Customers

Other

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today approved sixteen Orders that will help New Jersey utilities provide savings for customers in accordance with the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Mar
26

Governor Murphy Lifts State of Emergency

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the State of Emergency declared on March 20, 2018 has been lifted. 

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Mar
24

Statement by Governor Phil Murphy on March for Our Lives and Pending Gun Safety Measures in the New Jersey Legislature

Statements

Across our state and our nation, young people made it clear they will no longer accept excuses when it comes to passing commonsense laws that will keep our schools, and, indeed, entire communities, safe from gun violence.

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Mar
23

Murphy Budget Focuses on Modernizing NJ Medicaid

Other

New benefits for autism spectrum disorders, diabetes, Hepatitis C, and family planning services; Implements waiver to expand opioid use disorder treatment

The proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget unveiled by Governor Murphy last week includes several actions to update and modernize New Jersey’s Medicaid Program.

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Mar
23

Governor Murphy Signs Resolution into Law

Other

Governor Phil Murphy announced that he has signed the following joint resolution:

AJR-55/SJR-39 (Benson, Murphy/Weinberg) - Designates March of each year as "Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month"

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Mar
22

Port Authority Board Approves Proposed Minimum Wage Increase for Thousands of Airport Workers

Economy & Jobs

Proposal Would Raise Minimum Wage for All Workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty to $19/hour by 2023; $2 Increase for Workers at Newark This Year  

60-Day Public Comment Period to Begin in Early April and Conclude in Early June Ahead of Final Vote

Raising Wages Improves Security by Reducing Turnover and Allowing for Better Training – Complements Initiatives to Transform and Modernize Airports

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Mar
22

Governor Murphy Submits Recommended Opportunity Zones to U.S. Treasury

Economy & Jobs

Investments have the potential to create long-lasting economic change in the State

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the Department of Community Affairs has submitted recommendations for Opportunity Zones to the United States Department of the Treasury.

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Mar
21

Governor Murphy Declares State Offices Open Tomorrow

Weather

The Governor has declared that all States Offices will be open tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, 2018. All employees should arrive at their regularly scheduled reporting time.

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Mar
21

New Jersey State Police Lifts Commercial Vehicle Travel Ban

Weather

From the New Jersey State Police:  Colonel Patrick J. Callahan has announced the commercial vehicle travel ban will be lifted effective tonight at midnight, 12:00 a.m., Thursday, March 22.

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Mar
21

Statement by Governor Phil Murphy on Omnibus Spending Bill

Statements

"I am pleased to see that the federal omnibus spending bill contains hundreds of millions of dollars in funding that can be used for the Portal Bridge and the Gateway tunnel. ..."

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Mar
20

New Jersey State Police Issues Commercial Travel Ban

Weather

From the New Jersey State Police: Colonel Patrick J. Callahan has announced a commercial vehicle travel ban due to the anticipated severity of the impending nor’easter.

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Mar
20

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency

Weather

Governor Phil Murphy today declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday ahead of tomorrow's anticipated nor’easter, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate response and recovery efforts. Executive Order No. 17 declares the state emergency across all 21 counties in the state, and allows for the extension of resources into other parts of the state as the storm continues to impact New Jersey.

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Mar
20

Governor Murphy Announces Selection of Judicial Advisory Panel

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today announced his selection of seven individuals to serve on the Judicial Advisory Panel which advises the Governor on judicial nominations.

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Mar
20

New Jersey Reacts to Governor Phil Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Other

Editorial boards and columnists from across New Jersey applauded Governor Phil Murphy’s bold budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The Governor’s proposed budget puts New Jersey on the path to a stronger and fairer future through investments in education, mass transit, and working families.

 

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Mar
20

Governor Murphy Outlines How $242 Million in New Funding for NJ TRANSIT Will Help Reinvent Agency

Statements

No Fare Hike for NJ TRANSIT Commuters in Fiscal Year 2019

Additional State Investment Nearly Triple Last Year’s Funding Level

Funding Will Benefit Bus and Rail Maintenance and Operations, Allow for Hiring of

New Bus Drivers and Train Conductors

 

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Mar
19

Governor Murphy Announces New Vision for New Jersey's Economic Future

Jobs and the Economy

City-Owned Site to be Positioned as a New Center for Innovation and Research

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Mar
16

Statement by Governor Phil Murphy on Today’s Commuter Delays on the Portal Bridge, Importance of Fully Funding the Gateway Program

Statements

This morning, thousands of New Jersey commuters were late for work and needlessly stuck on trains due to early morning malfunctions involving the opening of the century-old Portal Bridge.

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Mar
15

Murphy Administration’s Proposed Budget Sets Course for Fully Funding State School-Aid Formula

Education

Spending plan bolsters funding for Preschool

Governor Phil Murphy’s first proposed budget increases state “formula” aid that goes directly to school districts by $283.6 million, the initial step toward fulfilling the state’s school-funding obligation.

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Mar
13

New Jersey Reacts to Governor Phil Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Budget and Spending

Elected officials and advocates from across New Jersey lauded Governor Phil Murphy’s fiscal year 2019 budget, delivered today. The Governor’s proposed budget puts New Jersey on the path to a stronger and fairer future through investments in education, transit, infrastructure, environmental initiatives, and working families. The budget also prioritizes fairness for all by significantly increasing public employee pension contributions, raising the property tax deduction cap under the state's income tax, eliminating corporate tax loopholes, and creating a millionaire’s tax to ensure everyone pays their fair share.

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Mar
13

Governor Murphy Introduces First Budget, Moving New Jersey Towards a Stronger and Fairer Future

Budget and Spending

Governor Phil Murphy today presented his budget for fiscal year 2019 – a plan to promote critical priorities including education, mass transit, and tax fairness to make New Jersey stronger and fairer.

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Mar
13

Governor Murphy's FY 2019 Budget Address

Speech Read More
Mar
13

Governor Murphy Lifts State of Emergency

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the State of Emergency declared on March 6, 2018 has been lifted. New Jersey residents can resume normal activity but are still directed to use caution when navigating roads, especially due to ongoing inclement weather and continued snow melting.

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Mar
10

Governor Murphy Calls JCP&L’S Storm Excuses “Embarrassing and Unacceptable”, Prepares to Exercise Executive Authority Under Declared State of Emergency

Other

Today, Governor Murphy slammed JCP&L for its slow response to Wednesday’s storm. Over 50,000 JCP&L customers continue to be without power.

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Mar
9

Governor Phil Murphy Sends Letter to U.S. Department of Interior Opposing Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

Other

DEP Analysis Calls For State and Region To Be Excluded From Proposal Due to Numerous Technical Flaws

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Mar
9

Readout of Call Between Governor Phil Murphy and FirstEnergy President and CEO Chuck Jones

Other

Earlier today, Governor Murphy spoke over the phone with Chuck Jones, President and CEO of FirstEnergy Corp., the parent company of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), about power restoration efforts following the recent snow storms in New Jersey.

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Mar
9

Governor Phil Murphy Deploys Mobile Hospital to Devastated U.S. Virgin Islands

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today announced the deployment of a mobile hospital to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to support a hospital that was severely damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Mar
8

Statement from Governor Phil Murphy on the Passing of Robert C. Sweeney

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Mar
8

Governor Phil Murphy Directs BPU Investigation Into Storm Response

Weather

Calls utilities’ response to winter storms unacceptable

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Mar
7

Governor Murphy Declares Two-Hour Delayed Opening for State Offices

Weather

 

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Mar
6

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency at 8 p.m. on Tuesday ahead of tomorrow's anticipated nor’easter.

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Mar
2

New Jersey Prepares in Advance of Nor'easter

Weather

From the New Jersey Emergency Management Section:

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Mar
1

Governor Murphy Walk to Washington Dinner Remarks

Speech

Address at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce 81st Annual Congressional Dinner.

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Feb
27

Governor Murphy Directs New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former New Jersey State Senate President Carmen A. Orechio

Executive Orders

Trenton - Governor Phil Murphy has ordered that New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on Friday, March 2, 2018. The flags will be lowered in memory of former three-time Mayor of Nutley and New Jersey State Senate President Carmen A. Orechio.

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Feb
27

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Creating the Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today signed an executive order establishing the Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council. Under the executive order, the Council will be directed to provide the Governor with economic advice and recommendations for stimulating job growth and workforce development in New Jersey.

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Feb
26

Governor Murphy Announces Massachusetts, Delaware and Puerto Rico Join "States for Gun Safety" Coalition to Combat the Gun Violence Epidemic

Other

Multi-State Coalition Now Represents Over 35 Million Americans

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Feb
26

ICYMI: Governor Murphy Notifies RGGI Governors of New Jersey's Commitment to Rejoining Climate-Change Compact

Environment

Following up on his pledge to advance New Jersey as a national leader in addressing global warming, Governor Phil Murphy has formally notified governors of states that belong to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative of his administration’s commitment to rejoining the regional climate-change compact.

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Feb
22

Governors Murphy, Cuomo, Malloy, and Raimondo Announce “States for Gun Safety” Coalition to Combat the Gun Violence Epidemic

Statements

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo today announced the formation of the States for Gun Safety coalition, a new multi-state partnership to combat gun violence, and invited other states from across the nation to join the new effort.

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Feb
21

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation into Law

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that he has signed the following bills into law:

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Feb
21

Governor Murphy Announces $161 million in Municipal Aid Grants

Other

2018 grants will more than double last year’s total

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Feb
21

Governor Murphy Signs Bill Restoring $7.45 Million in Women’s Health Care Funding

Health

Governor Phil Murphy today signed a bill restoring $7.45 million in funding to Planned Parenthood and other women’s health facilities, the first legislation he has signed since taking office as New Jersey Governor. 

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Feb
20

Governor Murphy Announces State Efforts to Increase School Safety in New Jersey

Statements

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that his administration is making a coordinated effort with state law enforcement agencies and the New Jersey Legislature to improve school safety in the state in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

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Feb
20

Governor Murphy Appoints Cabinet Members to Lead the Department of Higher Education, Motor Vehicle Commission, and Civil Service Commission

Appointments

Governor Murphy’s Cabinet Appointees are Majority-Female, a first in New Jersey History 

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Feb
15

Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Parkland School Shooting

Executive Orders

Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Parkland School Shooting.

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Feb
15

Governor Murphy Announces Plan to Jump Start NJ TRANSIT Turnaround

Transportation

Initial commuter relief plan addresses rail car shortages, increases replacement parts availability and accelerates hiring

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Feb
13

Tim Sullivan Named Chief Executive Officer of EDA

Appointments

The Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) today voted to approve Tim Sullivan as the Authority’s next Chief Executive Officer. 

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Feb
13

Governor Murphy, Majority Leader Greenwald Discuss Gun Violence Prevention Strategies

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today joined Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and representatives from gun safety organizations to discuss gun violence in New Jersey and reforms needed to ensure the safety of all New Jerseyans.

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Feb
12

El Gobernador Murphy Firma Una Orden Ejecutiva Creando Una Comisión Para Ayudar a Puerto Rico

Executive Orders

El Gobernador Phil Murphy firmó hoy una orden ejecutiva estableciendo una comisión para ayudar a Puerto Rico. La comisión, compuesta por 18 miembros, colaborará con agencias federales y estatales para acelerar el proceso que beneficiará a puertorriqueños desplazados en el estado de New Jersey, también examinará otras maneras en que el estado podría ayudar a la isla.

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Feb
12

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Creating Commission on Puerto Rico Relief

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order establishing the Commission on Puerto Rico Relief, an 18-member commission that will collaborate with state and federal agencies to expedite processes benefiting displaced Puerto Ricans in New Jersey, as well as examine ways the state can aid the island.

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Feb
11

Governor Murphy Convenes the Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission

Law & Justice

Announces Two Appointments to the Commission

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Feb
9

Governor Murphy Mobilizes Mayors to Implement Policies Providing Tax Relief in Their Municipalities

Property Taxes

Renews Pledge to Preserve Tax Deductions for New Jersey

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Feb
7

State of New Jersey Announces A 2 Hour Delayed Opening For State Offices On Wednesday, February 7

Weather

Delayed Opening Will Allow For Clearing Of Roadways And Less Hazardous Travel Conditions During Morning Commute

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Feb
5

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Requiring All ISPs that Contract With New Jersey to Adhere to Net Neutrality Principles

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order mandating that all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that do business with the State of New Jersey follow the principles of net neutrality, a critical step in securing a free and open Internet for state residents.

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Feb
2

ICYMI: New Jersey Attorney General Signs onto Multi-State Letter Opposing Federal Expansion of Offshore Drilling

Environment

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal has joined a multi-state coalition opposing the federal government’s expansion of offshore drilling, signing on to a letter that highlights the ways oil and gas exploration off the New Jersey coast would have “devastating” economic and environmental effects.

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Feb
1

Governor Murphy Declares Support for Fracking Ban in the Delaware River Basin

Other

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that he will join the Governors of Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware in support of a ban on hydraulic fracturing –a process commonly called “fracking”—in the Delaware River Basin.

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Jan
31

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Promote Offshore Wind Energy

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order directing the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to fully implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA) and begin the process of moving the state toward a goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy generation by the year 2030.

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Jan
30

Governor Murphy Announces That New Jersey Will Withdraw From West Virginia v. EPA Lawsuit

Other

Attorney General Grewal Files Paperwork to Withdraw NJ From Case

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Jan
30

Governor Murphy Nominates Kevin S. Corbett to Lead NJ Transit as New Executive Director

Appointments

Governor Phil Murphy today announced the nomination of Kevin S. Corbett to serve as the Executive Director of NJ Transit, the beleaguered transportation agency relied upon by hundreds of thousands of New Jersey commuters. Governor Murphy is calling on NJ Transit’s board to take up the matter at its next meeting.

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Jan
29

Statement from Governor Phil Murphy on Congressman Frelinghuysen

Statements

“I want to thank Congressman Frelinghuysen for his more than 23 years of service to the people of New Jersey’s 11th Congressional district. Public service runs deep in the Frelinghuysen family ...

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Jan
29

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Directing New Jersey to Reenter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order mandating that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Public Utilities begin the process of reentering the state into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

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Jan
26

Governor Murphy, Attorney General Grewal Announce Intention to Tighten Restrictions on Handgun-Carry Permits

Other

Will reverse previous administration policy that loosened restrictions

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Jan
26

Governor Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Oliver Announce the Release of Final Transition Committee Reports

Reports

The gubernatorial transition team assembled by Governor Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver today released its final reports, a reflection of ...

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Jan
24

Governor Murphy Selects Tim Sullivan to be Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Appointments

He is calling on the EDA Board to take up the matter at its next meeting.

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Jan
24

Governor Murphy, Attorney General Grewal Announce New Jersey Will Join Federal Lawsuit Protecting the Rights of Dreamers

Other

Swear in first Dreamer to be admitted to New Jersey State Bar Association

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Jan
23

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Mandating Review of New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Policy

Executive Orders

Aims to Expand Access for New Jerseyans

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Jan
22

Attorney General Grewal to Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Labor Union Rights

Other

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal will join New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and sign on to an amicus brief in the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case, furthering the commitment of Governor Phil Murphy’s administration to building strong labor and supporting working people.

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Jan
22

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Mandating Audit of NJ Transit

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today signed an executive order mandating a full-scale audit of the beleaguered mass transit agency, ...

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Jan
21

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Coordinate State ACA Enrollment Efforts

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order that will direct all state agencies that interact with the public to provide information regarding enrollment in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

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Jan
20

Readout of Bipartisan Call with Governor Murphy and Members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation

Other

Governor Murphy today convened a bipartisan call with members of the New Jersey congressional delegation on the impacts of the federal government shutdown.

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Jan
20

Statement from Governor Murphy on the Federal Government Shutdown

Statements

"Washington Republicans are playing political games with the health and well-being of New Jersey residents ...

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Jan
19

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Directing Performance Audit of EDA

Executive Orders

Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order today directing the State Comptroller’s Office to complete a performance audit of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s tax incentive programs.

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Jan
18

Statement from Governor Murphy on Newark’s Selection as a Finalist for Amazon’s HQ2

Statements

"Amazon’s announcement that Newark is among the finalists for ‘HQ2’ proves New Jersey’s amazing strengths and potential to once again be a global driver of technology and innovation ...

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Jan
16

Governor Murphy signs Executive Order on ethics and convenes first cabinet meeting

Executive Orders

On the first full day after his Inauguration, Governor Phil Murphy today signed an executive order outlining the ethics and standards of the administration.

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Jan
16

Governor Murphy signs Executive Order Promoting Equal Pay, Gender Equity

Executive Orders

In First Executive Order, Governor Fulfills Key Campaign Pledge

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