NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Filling Out His Cabinet

Phil Murphy. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Governor-elect Phil Murphy is starting to fill out his cabinet with a little more than a month to go before taking office.

Murphy announced Tuesday that he will nominate Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal as the state’s next attorney general. If confirmed, Grewal would make history as the first Sikh attorney general in the United States.

Murphy is scheduled to make another “major personnel announcement” at noon today, according to his office. Politico reports that Murphy is going to nominate Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio (D-Mercer) to be state treasurer.

Most New Jerseyans are enthusiastic about Murphy becoming governor, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Tuesday. There is also large support for many of his policy proposals, including providing a minimum number of paid sick days (80 percent), restoring state funding for Planned Parenthood (75 percent) and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour (68 percent).

Quote of the Day: “Have you seen the movie Casablanca? ‘My Lord, there’s gambling going on in the back.’ This is New Jersey. We come into this with our eyes open.” – Governor-elect Phil Murphy on whether he’s upset about the Senate confirming a massive list of nominations before he takes office.

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WHITEN: Fix New Jersey’s broken tax code
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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Filling Out His Cabinet