NJ Politics Digest: No White Christmas for Murphy and Family

Gov. Phil Murphy with his wife Tammy during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Gov. Phil Murphy with his wife Tammy. Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Gov. Phil Murphy and his family have a memorable holiday planned, but chances are it won’t be a traditional white Christmas.

The Murphys leave next week for a 12-day trip to the African country of Tanzania, according to a report at NJ.com. Tanzania is home to a portion of the Serengeti National Park, which abounds with wildlife and natural beauty.

Murphy returns on Jan. 2, according to the report. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will be acting governor while Murphy is away.

The governor won’t leave for his holiday until the state Legislature completes its final voting session of the year. The legislature will consider measures to raise the state minimum wage and to legalize and tax the use of recreational marijuana, although it’s unclear if either can win approval before the end of the year. Murphy has certain disagreements with members of his own party about both bills.

On Wednesday, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said that it was unlikely the marijuana measure would be voted on in 2019.

Quote of the Day: “It’s the most undemocratic solution possible. It’s bizarre. You have supporters of the bill being incredibly disingenuous about giving voters greater choice when they had no choice at all in the language of the bill,” — Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, on a proposal by the state’s Democratic leaders to change how legislative districts are drawn.

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NJ Politics Digest: No White Christmas for Murphy and Family