NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Tries to Keep Transition Work Secret

Phil Murphy. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Governor-elect Phil Murphy doesn’t want his transition team talking to the press.

Murphy has asked members of the transition to sign a legally binding non-disclosure agreement that prohibits volunteers from speaking to members of the media about the transition. Ironically, the two-page document was leaked to Politico, and reporters were able to snatch hard copies of the agreement before a transition committee met Tuesday in Trenton.

Dan Bryan, a Murphy transition spokesman, said the non-disclosure agreement is “standard operating procedure for transitions as it allows for free and open exchange of ideas in working committee meetings.” He said reports from the committees will be released to the public.

Murphy, meanwhile, said a Republican tax overhaul in Congress isn’t changing his mind about raising taxes on millionaires in New Jersey. He said the wealthy “are gonna do just fine” under the GOP tax plan.

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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Tries to Keep Transition Work Secret