NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Hopes For Strength in Numbers When Opposing Trump Policies

Gov. Phil Murphy. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A report on NJ.com has looked at how Murphy is teaming up with like-minded Democratic governors from other states to push for a progressive agenda on everything from gun control to climate change to environmental issues.

“Our collective impact is that much bigger,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said in the story.

Murphy was in Washington over the weekend for a meeting of the National Governors Association. While in D.C., Murphy was focused on finding allies on the gun issue and pushing for funding for the Gateway Tunnel Project, according to a piece from the Record.

Gov. Chris Christie is no longer in office, but New Jersey residents can thank his policies for a relatively small increase in their property taxes last year, according to a report on NJ101.5.

The radio station reports that data released by Gov. Phil Murphy’s office indicates the state’s average property tax bill rose less than two percent last year. During his tenure, Christie was able to institute several measures aimed at slowing the increase of the state’s well-known property tax burden, including a two percent property tax cap passed in 2010.

And money must be on the mind of Sen. Bob Menendez these days.

Politico reports the state’s senior U.S. senator spent nearly $5 million in his successful fight against federal corruption charges, according to tax filings for 2017. That total is expected to climb to cover costs incurred earlier this year, as Menendez’s team prepared for a retrial only to learn federal prosecutors would drop the case against him.

Quote of the Day: “They already put the screws to New Jersey. We have nothing to lose.” — Senate President Steve Sweeney, on a plan to let residents make charitable deductions in lieu of property taxes as a way to secure a federal income tax deduction.

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