NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Still Won’t Disclose Donors

Gov. Phil Murphy
Gov. Phil Murphy Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

He still won’t say who’s donating the money to the group behind the ads, but Gov. Phil Murphy is benefiting from more than $503,000 worth of promotion for his progressive agenda, according to a report by the New Jersey Globe.

New Direction NJ spent a total of $503,750 on lobbying in 2018, including $411,966 on ads airing on cable TV in which the governor prominently appears, according to the report.

Murphy’s former campaign manager, Brendan Gill, helps run the group, which had promised to disclose who had donated money to it, but then reneged on the pledge. Murphy says he supports transparency in government—but also won’t disclose who is funding the ads he stars in.

A bill intended to force dark money groups such as New Directions had seemed likely to pass in the state legislature, and Murphy voiced his support. But once it appeared likely to pass, it was amended and then stalled.

Quote of the Day: “A major reason for public support of the current proposal is the expectation it will boost tax revenues,” — Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray, on a new polls that shows 62 percent of state residents support legalizing recreational marijuana use.

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