Assault claim probe finds fault, holds back harsh critique
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's transition team was quick to hire an employee accused of sexual assault despite the claim against him, a report commissioned by the governor found Wednesday.
The Latest: Gov: Probe of assault claim shows ‘hard truths’
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on an investigative probe into New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's handling of sexual assault allegations in his administration (all times local):
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says a probe he ordered into how his administration dealt with sexual assault allegations revealed "hard truths" and that he agrees with the "corrective actions" it recommends.
The first-term Democrat responded to former Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero's report on Wednesday.
Murphy enacts new rules for sexual misconduct investigations
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced changes in how the state handles sexual misconduct allegations following his administration's problematic response to a state worker's sexual assault complaint against a campaign official.
NJ first lady starts effort to lower maternal mortality rate
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's first lady says she's launching an initiative to combat the state's poor maternal mortality rate.
Speaking Wednesday at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, Tammy Murphy said she and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's Cabinet are launching a public awareness campaign to help drive down the number of women who die during or soon after pregnancy.
She says the campaign will also focus on reducing the higher rate of black women dying compared with white mothers.
New details in New Jersey government sex assault case emerge
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The chief of Gov. Phil Murphy's transition said Tuesday he learned about a state worker's allegations she was sexually assaulted by a campaign official before the official was hired to work in the administration.
State employee sues New Jersey, man she accuses of assault
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey employee who says Gov. Phil Murphy's staff botched the response to her allegations that a campaign staffer sexually assaulted her sued the alleged attacker and the state on Monday.
Katie Brennan, the state housing finance agency's chief of staff, filed the suit in Mercer County Superior Court.
Transit, gambling among New Jersey’s top 2018 stories
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Delays and cancellations were two words that tried the patience of commuters in New Jersey as the state's mass transit systems wrestled with a series of challenges in 2018.
Gamblers could risk their fortunes legally betting on sports after the state won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May.
The state's political landscape turned bluer as Democrat Phil Murphy became governor and Democrats won all but one of the state's House seats during the midterm elections.
Murphy benefits report calls for savings, but no cuts
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's public worker benefits programs should leverage their size to drive down costs, Gov. Phil Murphy's administration said in a report Friday, stopping short of calling for cuts to worker benefits sought by lawmakers and the governor's predecessor, Chris Christie.
The Democratic administration's task force unveiled the 12-page interim report Friday, promising to continue to examine its "larger charge" of pursuing long-term reforms.
Rhode Island governor becomes chair of Democratic group
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Weeks after an election that boosted its membership, the Democratic Governors Association selected Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as its new chairwoman on Saturday.
She was elected by her peers during the group's annual meeting in New Orleans, taking over for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was elected vice-chair, putting him in line to lead the group in 2020, the next presidential election year.
Vote on marijuana could reach committee soon, leaders say
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in the Democrat-led Legislature is coming later this month, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney said.
The committee votes would inch forward the marijuana legislation that Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy promised during his campaign. But Sweeney and Coughlin did not commit to a final vote, leaving the timeline for one unclear.
Murphy’s tax return shows income climbed 48 percent in 2017
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday gave a glimpse of his 2017 tax returns, showing that his income climbed by about 48 percent to $6.8 million in 2017.
Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive who invested $22.5 million in his campaign for governor last year, released two pages from his 1040 form as well as a summary of income and taxes paid going back to 2010.
Christie ribs Murphy on taxes, getting people to leave beach
GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Chris Christie, New Jersey's former governor known for blunt talk like telling people during a hurricane to "get the hell off the beach," opened up for the first time about his successor Phil Murphy on Thursday, ribbing him about politely asking people to exit the shore during a storm and criticizing his budget for raising taxes.
NJ Governor Murphy leaving on trip to Germany, Israel
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Phil Murphy is about to leave on his first overseas trip as governor of New Jersey.
The freshman Democratic governor and first lady Tammy Murphy are leaving Monday for an "economic mission" in Germany and Israel.
Murphy served as U.S. ambassador to Germany under Barack Obama before being elected governor in November.
New York-area airport workers approved for wage hikes
After years of discussions, studies and protests, the authority that runs New York-area airports voted Thursday to authorize hourly wage increases to thousands of privately employed workers at those facilities that will pay them $19 by 2023.
No instant end to New Jersey’s takeover of Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Democrat Phil Murphy campaigned for governor of New Jersey in part on a promise to end the state takeover of Atlantic City, the cash-strapped seaside gambling resort whose assets and major decision-making power were seized by his Republican predecessor, Chris Christie.
But after nearly nine months in office, Murphy is leaving the takeover in place, possibly for as long as the next three years — the entire term Christie intended.
Correction: Election 2018-Vote-By-Mail story
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — In a story Sept. 12 about a new vote-by-mail law in New Jersey, The Associated Press misquoted Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon. She said that voters should not be concerned whether votes would be counted, not that they should be concerned about their votes counting.
A corrected version of the story is below:
New vote-by-mail law raises concerns over confusion
Murphy rejects bill requiring law to end NJ-Pa. tax pact
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy rejected legislation on Monday that would have made it more difficult for him to end a tax reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania.
The Democratic governor's rejection is the latest in a two-state tax drama that goes back to GOP Gov. Chris Christie's threat to end the deal as part of budget negotiations with lawmakers.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie promised when he took office in 2010 to have New Jersey state agencies provide the public with monthly performance reports.
But the administration wasn't always able to meet that target.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has a new $37.4 billion budget that ratchets up taxes on the very wealthy and some businesses, expands some tax breaks and increases spending on schools and mass transit.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, in his first year as governor after a career on Wall Street and a job as President Barack Obama's ambassador to Germany, signed the agreement just before midnight on Sunday.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Recreational marijuana would be legalized and the medical cannabis program would be expanded under new legislation unveiled Friday in New Jersey.
The state is moving toward legalizing the drug under Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who while on the campaign trail promised to authorize recreational cannabis, but the Legislature has not moved on the issue beyond hearings and introducing legislation.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans to re-nominate Anne Patterson, a Republican appointee of former Gov. Chris Christie, to another term on the state Supreme Court, signaling his intention of maintaining New Jersey's traditional partisan balance of judges on the state's highest court.
The decision announced Thursday will give Patterson tenure on the court — and contains a dose of irony.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an agreement putting his financial assets into a blind trust that his brother-in-law will oversee, honoring a campaign pledge roughly four months after taking office.
The State Ethics Commission approved the agreement in April, roughly a month before the Democratic governor and his trustee, Stephen Snyder, signed it. Snyder is the brother of first lady Tammy Murphy.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Whatever the odds were, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bet on legalized sports wagering paid off.
The Supreme Court's decision to allow sports betting in New Jersey and other states gives the former Republican governor a long-sought victory and a chance to redefine his legacy.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gun control advocates are hailing New Jersey's release of near-real-time firearms trafficking data as a trailblazing use of federal information, but Second Amendment advocates and skeptical Republicans question whether the report amounts to a way around a federal limitation on the release of some data.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It's nearing budget crunch time for New Jersey's freshman Democratic governor.
Gov. Phil Murphy heads into the final weeks of budget negotiations over his $37.4 billion spending proposal having delivered on campaign pledges, from boosting Planned Parenthood funding to enacting paid-sick-leave requirements. But for all the executive orders and bill signings, the biggest, hardest-to-pass issues lie ahead, and some promises have gone unfulfilled so far.
Former GOP Lt. Gov. Guadagno returning to practicing law
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's former lieutenant governor has a new job.
Republican Kim Guadagno, who lost the gubernatorial race to Democrat Phil Murphy last November, announced Thursday that she's joining the Jersey City-based law firm of Connell Foley. She'll be handling various tasks for the firm but won't be lobbying politicians in Trenton.
The 59-year-old Monmouth Beach resident says she's setting out on a "return to her passion" by taking the job.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A labor union representing about 35,000 New Jersey state workers has reached a contract with the state including a pair of 2 percent raises, but the Murphy administration isn't discussing any of the terms of the deal or what the agreement would cost the state.
The only information about the April 4 deal so far has come from the Communication Workers of America in New Jersey, which last week posted some details online of its tentative 2015-2019 agreement.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday he wasn't suggesting Senate President Steve Sweeney was a racist for holding up confirmation votes on two Cabinet nominees who are black.
Phil Murphy, N.J. governor, approves ‘motor-voter’ registration law over GOP objections
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Tuesday making New Jersey the latest state with automatic voter registration at motor-vehicle agencies, after former Republican Gov. Chris Christie rejected earlier versions.
"We stand in stark contrast to President Trump and others whose only interest lays in restricting voting rights and suppressing voters' voices," Mr. Murphy said before signing the bill in Trenton. "Registering to vote should be simple and seamless."
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Have a nice day? They did Saturday in New Jersey, where the governor declared it "Bon Jovi Day" in honor of the state's newest Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.
Gov. Phil Murphy made the declaration hours before the platinum-selling New Jersey band was to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland.
Murphy promises gun control, but for now reviews policies
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is vowing to sign gun control bills as part of campaign promise and in response to the fatal Florida school shooting, but for now he's pledging a policy review and interstate cooperation over firearms.
Murphy says women will be majority in Cabinet for first time
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says for the first time in state history the governor's Cabinet will consist mostly of women.
Murphy delivered the news Tuesday as he unveiled his picks to lead higher education, motor vehicle and civil service agencies.
He says New Jersey is among the most diverse states in the country and it's important state government reflect that.
Lawmakers propose decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers urged caution on marijuana legalization on Thursday and instead introduced legislation to eliminate penalties for possessing small amounts of the drug.
Democratic state Sens. Ronald Rice and Joseph Cryan and Republican Sen. Robert Singer unveiled the legislation at a statehouse news conference.
Governor favors letting judges set affordable housing rules
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy is laying the foundation for a new approach to affordable housing after two decades without administrative clarity on New Jersey's requirements and following a former governor who wanted to "bury" the state panel overseeing the issue.
Wrangling over affordable housing has gripped New Jersey for decades, going back to a 1975 court decision that towns couldn't use zoning to keep out low-income residents.
Veteran environmentalist given No. 2 spot at New Jersey DEP
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A longtime leader of New Jersey's environmental community has been given the No. 2 job with the state's Department of Environmental Protection, heartening conservationists who cite her years of experience on coastal, pollution and clean energy issues.
Debbie Mans, head of the NY/NJ Baykeeper group, will serve as the DEP's deputy commissioner.
Murphy: New Jersey to challenge Trump immigration order
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey will join a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's decision to end a program that protected those who immigrated to the U.S. as children.
Murphy, a Democrat, said Wednesday New Jersey would join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in the suit at a news conference.
He announced the decision alongside New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Parthiv Patel, who took an oath to become an attorney in New Jersey.
Wealthy new governor says he’ll accept $175K salary
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's wealthy new governor says he'll be accepting the job's $175,000-a-year salary.
Democrat Phil Murphy is a multimillionaire former Wall Street executive who earned his fortune working at Goldman Sachs.
Murphy replaced Republican Chris Christie after he served two terms.
Wall Street executive replaces Christie, targets Trump
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former Wall Street executive Phil Murphy succeeded Chris Christie as governor on Tuesday, swearing his oath on the Bible President John F. Kennedy used in 1961 while promising to transform the state into a liberal beacon that fights back against President Donald Trump.
The Latest: Murphy signs order aimed at equal pay for women
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the swearing-in of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (all times local):
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order aimed at promoting gender pay equality.
The Democrat signed the order in Trenton on Tuesday just hours after his inauguration at an event packed by labor and Planned Parenthood supporters.
The Latest: Democrat Phil Murphy becomes New Jersey governor
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Democrat Phil Murphy as New Jersey governor. (all times local):
New Jersey has a new governor.
Democrat Phil Murphy was sworn in Tuesday as the state's 56th governor by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at Patriots Theater inside the War Memorial in Trenton.
Christie leaving governor’s office as Democrat takes over
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will say farewell to blunt-talking Republican Gov. Chris Christie as a wealthy former Obama administration diplomat and businessman is sworn in as governor.
Democrat Phil Murphy, 60, is set to take the oath of office Tuesday at a ceremony in Trenton, as Christie returns to life as a private citizen after two terms as governor and nearly a decade as the state's U.S. attorney.
As the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Phil Murphy pledged to “fully fund” New Jersey’s schools, vowing to end years of failure by the state to abide by its own funding law.
To keep that promise, all he’ll have to do is find a spare billion or two after he becomes Gov. Murphy on Tuesday.
Trump congratulates new leaders of Virginia, New Jersey
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has called the new governor of Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam, to congratulate him.
Northam was sworn in Saturday during ceremonies at the state Capitol in Richmond.
The White House says Trump called Northam on Sunday from his Florida estate and says the president and the governor agreed to work together closely on many issues, including support of the military.
Murphy rips NJ Transit for land purchase vote on MLK Day
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy on Friday urged New Jersey Transit to postpone a hotly contested vote on whether to buy land on Hoboken's waterfront, and criticized the rescheduling of the vote for the Martin Luther King Day holiday on Monday.
Monday is Republican Gov. Chris Christie's last full day in office. In July, Christie signed a measure that included $12 million for purchase of the land.
Murphy taps Asbury Park official as education commissioner
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Incoming governor Phil Murphy has named his pick to be New Jersey's next education commissioner.
Murphy, a Democrat, said Friday at Barack Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park that Lamont Repollet would lead his administration's education department.
Repollet currently serves as Asbury Park superintendent and was previously the principal at Carteret High School. He's a former public middle school teacher.
Bill to legalize marijuana in NJ introduced in new session
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey governor-elect Phil Murphy doesn't succeed Chris Christie until next week, but already his fellow Democrats have introduced legislation to achieve one of his campaign promises, legalizing marijuana.
Democratic state Sen. Nicholas Scutari introduced the measure allowing the recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older on Tuesday, the same day the new session of the Democrat-led Legislature convened.
Murphy nominates Muslim-American for health commissioner
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has nominated a physician who President Barack Obama appointed to the Veterans Affairs Department to be New Jersey's next health commissioner.
If approved by the state Senate, Dr. Shereef Elnahal would serve as the state's first Muslim-American cabinet member. The 32-year-old grew up in Linwood and Galloway Township.
Report: Asbury Park Council open to marijuana sales
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayor and a majority of council members in the New Jersey city that's featured in Bruce Springsteen songs are open to allowing the sale of marijuana if the state legalizes it.
Asbury Park Mayor John Moor tells the Asbury Park Press he has no problem with medical or recreational marijuana if it's legally dispensed and taxed.