NJ Politics Digest: Murphy to Hold Inaugural Ball at MetLife Stadium

Phil Murphy.

Governor-elect Phil Murphy will hold his inaugural ball at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford after he is sworn in as the 56th governor of New Jersey.

Murphy and his wife, Tammy, who chairs the inaugural committee, released a five-day schedule leading up to his swearing in ceremony on Jan. 16 at the Trenton War Memorial. The inaugural ball at MetLife Stadium will be inside “an engineered-for-winter tent on the field.”

Murphy continued to fill out his cabinet Thursday, announcing he will nominate Catherine McCabe, a top official in the Environmental Protection Agency, to be the next commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection. Later, Murphy’s spokesman criticized Gov. Chris Christie for making an accounting change to the state’s pension system just before leaving office.

Quote of the Day: “If you really want to work across the aisle, pick up the phone or catch a fellow member in the hallway and propose a compromise. Heck, it’s almost 2018; you can even do it by email. But, don’t write and mail a self-serving letter.” – Sen. Colin Bell responding to a letter from Assemblyman Chris Brown.

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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy to Hold Inaugural Ball at MetLife Stadium