NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Vetoes ‘Dark Money’ Donor Disclosure Bill

Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed a bill that would have forced groups to reveal the names of "dark money" donors.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy delivering the 2019 New Jersey State of the State address in the Assembly Chambers at the New Jersey State House in Trenton.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A bill that would have forced groups to reveal the names of “dark money” donors has been vetoed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

As Politico reports, Murphy’s conditional veto of the measure calls for stricter disclosure requirements for companies that receive tax incentives. That’s widely viewed as a shot at George Norcross, a powerful Democratic power broker and ally of Murphy foe Senate President Steve Sweeney.

Murphy also deleted a provision in the bill which banned elected officials from running so-called independent expenditure groups. That measure would have applied to his own former campaign manager, Brendan Gill, who runs the group New Directions New Jersey, which supports Murphy’s agenda but refuses to disclose its donors.

Murphy claims to support forcing dark money groups to reveal their donors but has also appeared in the New Directions  New Jersey’s advertisements and will not say who is helping pay for them.

Quote of the Day: “No one wants to be here,” — An anonymous statehouse insider, bemoaning the atmosphere in Trenton as Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney are engaged in a Democratic party civil war.

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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Vetoes ‘Dark Money’ Donor Disclosure Bill