NJ Politics Digest: Clinton Raises Money for Murphy

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Hillary Clinton came to New Jersey on Sunday to boost Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee for governor, at a fundraiser in Harrison.

Unlike other big name Democrats that have recently joined Murphy on the campaign trail, including former President Barack Obama, Clinton’s event was closed to the media. Tickets for the fundraiser were $1,000, but guests were encouraged to give $4,300 to get a photo with the 2016 presidential nominee, according to the Associated Press. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally with Murphy on Tuesday.

Gov. Chris Christie has been a political boogeyman in the battleground 14th legislative district. Sen. Linda Greenstein and Republican challenger Ileana Schirmer are each trying to tie the deeply unpopular governor to the other.

And the leaders of a bipartisan task force focused on heroin and opiate addiction, including New Jersey Reps. Donald Norcross (D-1) and Tom MacArthur (R-3), called on President Trump to declare a national emergency to address the opioid epidemic. A commission led by Christie recommended the emergency declaration in August, but the president hasn’t acted on it despite saying he supports the idea.

Quote of the Day: “I’m being a pain in the ass about it … I’ve told the House leadership: Don’t think you can send me just anything and count on my vote for it.” — Rep. Tom MacArthur on the GOP tax reform plan.

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NJ Politics Digest: Clinton Raises Money for Murphy