NJ Politics Digest: Lawmakers to Review Sexual Misconduct Policies

The Assembly chamber in the New Jersey statehouse. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Top Democratic lawmakers plan to review the state legislature’s sexual misconduct policies amid a wave of sexual harassment scandals sweeping the nation.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin told the Associated Press that they want to update the nearly decade-old policy by requiring training. A 50-state review by the AP found that roughly a third of legislative chambers don’t require lawmakers to receive training about what constitutes sexual harassment and how to report it.

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that would award up to $5 billion in tax credits to Amazon if the web giant brings its second headquarters to New Jersey. The city of Newark is willing to kick in an additional $2 billion tax break if Amazon comes to town.

And Governor-elect Phil Murphy revealed his communications team Thursday. He’s making a “major personnel announcement” today at the Barack Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park.

Quote of the Day: “Anyone have a large can of WD-40?” – Bloomberg’s Stacie Sherman writing about the Portal Bridge getting stuck open.

Christie Signs Bill That Could Give $5 Billion in Tax Breaks to Amazon
Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday signed a bill that could give Amazon $5 billion in state tax credits if the corporation picks New Jersey as the sight of their second national headquarters.
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Christie Packs State Boards With Last-Minute Appointments
With less than a week left in his term as governor, Republican Chris Christie announced a slew of over 80 appointments on Wednesday, ushering in changes for state psychiatric hospital boards and other local boards before he leaves office on Tuesday.
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Ex-de Blasio Aide to Lead Murphy’s Communications Team
On Thursday, Governor-elect Phil Murphy rolled out his communications team that will be led by Mahen Gunaratna, an ex-top aide to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Christian Hetrick, Observer Read more

New Jersey Lawmakers Say They’ll Review Misconduct Policies
New Jersey’s Democrat-led Legislature says it’s planning to review its nearly decade-old sexual misconduct policy, which now makes lawmakers aware of it but does not offer any training.
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Christie’s Parting Gift: Billions to Get Amazon
It was Chris Christie’s last major act as governor of New Jersey and, for a change, nearly everyone supported it: billions of dollars in tax breaks for Amazon if the tech and retail giant chooses to locate its second headquarters in Newark.
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Treasury Paid BOA $34M to Shift Lottery to State Employee Pension Fund
Gov. Chris Christie’s administration paid Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch division nearly $34 million in consulting fees for work the firm did last year on the complicated transaction that turned the state Lottery into an asset of the troubled public-employee pension system.
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Incoming First Lady Tammy Murphy Talks Family and Politics
On Tuesday, with the inauguration of Governor-elect Phil Murphy, New Jersey will welcome a new first family and a new first lady with a background in both finance and philanthropy who could be a force in the state. First-Lady-to-be Tammy Murphy joins Senior Correspondent David Cruz.
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Phil and Tammy Murphy Among 16 Speakers to Appear at the Women’s March on N.J.
New Jersey’s incoming governor and first lady will be among the speakers cheering on thousands of marchers expected to attend next week’s Women’s March on New Jersey in Morristown, organizers said. The Jan. 20 march will be one of the first large events for Gov.-elect Phil Murphy after the Democrat takes office Tuesday.
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Governor’s Mansion in Middletown? Phil Murphy to Pick Where He’ll Live
It’s Middletown vs. Princeton in the Phil Murphy sweepstakes. The Democrat and resident of Middletown for 19 years is about to take office as New Jersey’s 56th governor, but hasn’t announced publicly if he and his wife Tammy and their four children will relocate their residence to the “official” Governor’s residence – the Drumthwacket Mansion in Princeton.
Asbury Park Press Read more

In Christie’s Last Days, Hoboken Waterfront Tussle Drags On
One of the last official acts of New Jersey’s outgoing governor, Chris Christie, may be to have his cash-strapped statewide transit agency pay about $12 million to buy a maintenance facility for boats that it does not have.
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Chris Christie’s dubious claim he saved $120 billion in the N.J. pension system
It’s a rite of passage for politicians leaving office to talk about bright spots and accomplishments, even if they have to fudge a few details that get in the way of an upbeat story. But what happens when the problems are too big — say, when a governor inherits a massive financial wreck and hands off a massive financial wreck?
Washington Post Read more

AG Porrino returning to Lowenstein Sandler, firm says
As the gubernatorial administration shifts from Gov. Chris Christie to incoming Gov. Phil Murphy, the state attorney general, Christopher Porrino, has found a new job.
ROI-NJ Read more

I Blew the Whistle on Russian Meddling. Now I’m Running for Congress.
I’m now running for Congress, and the Russia investigation is rarely the first thing people here in New Jersey talk to me about. But the hopes they do raise—for good jobs, affordable health care, fair taxes, a clean environment—are all at risk if a hostile foreign power can manipulate our democratic process and even hijack our election outcomes.
Politico Magazine Read more

NJ Politics Digest: Lawmakers to Review Sexual Misconduct Policies