NJ Politics Digest: The Secret’s Out, the Governor’s Vacationing in Italy

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for William Hill Race & Sports Bar

Gov. Phil Murphy wasn’t telling anyone when he and his family departed New Jersey for a vacation to parts unknown.

But when a security team sweeps your plane several times and you board the plane from the tarmac, it sort of calls attention to your presence.

And so it turns out that now we know Murphy and his family are vacationing in Italy, presumably at the family’s mansion in the Italian town of Parrano, according to NJ.com. Murphy bought the 23-room house and outbuildings in 2004 for more than $7 million, the website reports. A witness who was on the plane with the governor alerted the media to his presence.

Murphy is expected to be out of the state until August 8. Until that time, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver is serving as acting governor.

Quote of the Day: “Utilize the media to help promote people who do work in the office, give them opportunities to try and be out front where they might not otherwise be.” — Former State Attorney General Chris Porrino, on advice given to him by former Gov. Chris Christie

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