Governor Phil Murphy

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Feb
14

This Week In New Jersey: February 14, 2020

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Feb
13

Governor Murphy Announces Workplace Reform Initiative for State Government

Ethics and Accountability To Ensure Equity for Employees, Government Training and Reporting Processes to be Thoroughly Evaluated and Reimagined Read More
Feb
11

Governor Murphy Announces New Initiatives to Support Youth Mental Health

Transportation The Department of Human Services will work in partnership with the National Council of Behavioral Health to conduct statewide Mental Health First Aid trainings for school personnel from K-12 and higher education institutions Read More
Feb
11

ICYMI: NJ TRANSIT Applauds USDOT Improved Rating For New Portal Bridge

Transportation The 109-year-old swing span over the Hackensack River, and its history of mechanical breakdowns, has long been a chokepoint for rail customers travelling the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between New Jersey and New York City. Read More
Feb
10

Statement from Governor Murphy on USDOT Improved Rating for Portal North Bridge Project

Statements “From day one, my administration has worked closely with our congressional delegation and Secretary Chao’s team to enhance this critical project that cannot wait another day... Read More
Feb
10

Governor Murphy Affirms Electric Vehicle Rebate Eligibility Effective as of January 17, 2020

Environment The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has engaged the Center for Sustainable Energy to assist in developing and administering New Jersey’s EV incentive program, including the full application details. Read More
Feb
8

Statement from Governor Murphy on Four Passengers from Cruise Ship Docked in Bayonne

Statements "After the evaluation at the hospital, the Center for Disease Control permitted the four individuals who arrived Friday via a cruise ship to be discharged. ..." Read More
Feb
7

This Week In New Jersey: February 7, 2020

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Feb
7

Statement by Governor Murphy on Cruise Ship Docked in Bayonne

Statements “Personnel from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded a cruise ship docked in Bayonne this morning and screened 27 passengers who recently traveled from mainland China. ..." Read More
Feb
6

Governor Murphy Announces P-TECH Grant for Trenton Central High School, Opening Pathways for Students to STEM Careers

Education P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is a model co-developed by IBM through which public high schools, community colleges, and businesses work collaboratively to create a program where high school students graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in a STEM field. Read More
Feb
4

Joint Statement by Governor Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Facebook's Removal of Anti-Semitic, Racist Group Page

Statements "..The Murphy Administration will continue to call out hate whenever and wherever we see it, we will persist in demanding meaningful reforms to address the proliferation of hate online, and we will continue working to make New Jersey a safe and inclusive place for all of our residents.” Read More
Feb
4

ICYMI: Murphy Administration Announces Shared Services Agreements Milestone

Other From the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs:
1,000 Shared Services Agreements Reached Since Shared Services Czars Were Appointed Read More
Feb
4

Governor Murphy Announces Over $1.6 Million in County Innovation Grants to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Health Preliminary overdose death data for January 2020 show that suspected drug-related deaths have decreased 2.8 percent from December 2019, an overall downward trend since November 2019, resulting in 280 lives lost just last month. Read More
Feb
3

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Establishing Coronavirus Task Force

Health Governor Murphy also noted that Newark Liberty International Airport will serve as one of eleven major airports in the United States authorized to receive flights from China that require enhanced entry screening for coronavirus. Read More
Feb
3

El Gobernador Murphy Autoriza el Segundo Despliegue de Patrulleros a Puerto Rico

Other "Hace un poco más de una semana, un grupo de patrulleros de la Policía Estatal de Nueva Jersey fueron desplegados para ayudar con los esfuerzos de respuesta de emergencia en Puerto Rico después de los recientes terremotos destructivos,” dijo el Gobernador Murphy. Read More
Feb
3

Governor Murphy Authorizes Second Deployment of Troopers to Puerto Rico

Health Just over a week ago, a group of New Jersey State Police troopers was deployed to assist with emergency response efforts in Puerto Rico following the recent destructive earthquakes,” said Governor Murphy. Read More
Feb
3

Governor Murphy Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Health Care Affordability in New Jersey

Health Governor Murphy also announced Shabnam Salih as the first Director of the newly created Office of Health Care Affordability and Transparency within the Governor’s Office. Read More
Jan
31

This Week In New Jersey: January 31, 2020

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Jan
31

ICYMI: NJ Labor Department Announces NJ PLACE 2.0 Degree Apprenticeship Program

Jobs and the Economy In 2004, NJ PLACE was developed to remove barriers between the academic content of vocational education and other forms of postsecondary education. In January 2010, the state Legislature formally established NJ PLACE as a function of NJDOL. NJ PLACE 2.0 is part of Governor Murphy’s JOBS NJ initiative, a talent-focused economic development strategy that will help re-establish New Jersey’s leadership in the innovation economy. Read More
Jan
30

Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former State Police Superintendent Colonel Justin J. Dintino

Executive Orders Governor Phil Murphy today ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities from Friday, January 31, through Sunday, February 2, in recognition of the passing of former State Police Superintendent Colonel Justin J. Dintino. Read More
Jan
29

州长 Murphy 概述——新泽西州关于新型冠状病毒的相关防备活动

Health “身为州长,我承担着保证居民健康与安全的重任,”州长 Murphy 说,“新泽西州是国际交通枢纽,是全球诸多商业、研究和教育机构的所在地,同时毗邻大量国际机场和其他入境口岸。我们与联邦合作伙伴、国家机关和当地健康官员通力合作,确保完备有效的防备方案准备到位,力求保护所有新泽西州居民。” Read More
Jan
29

El gobernador Murphy describe las actividades de preparación de Nueva Jersey relacionadas con el nuevo coronavirus

Health La Administración de Murphy está adoptando un enfoque integral para responder al 2019-nCoV al asegurar la preparación de la salud pública y del sistema de atención médica. En este momento, no hay casos confirmados de 2019-nCoV o informes bajo investigación en Nueva Jersey. Read More
Jan
29

Governor Murphy Outlines New Jersey Preparedness Activities Related to Novel Coronavirus

Health The Murphy Administration is taking a comprehensive approach to respond to 2019-nCoV by ensuring public health and health care system preparedness. At this time, New Jersey has no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV or reports under investigation. Read More
Jan
29

Governor Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, and Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords Announce Winners of Grants for Nine Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs Across New Jersey

Law & Justice New Jersey is at the Forefront of Using Federal VOCA Funding to Assist Gun Violence Victims and Reduce Violence Read More
Jan
27

Murphy Administration Announces $3 Million in FY 2020 Grants for Transit Village, Safe Streets to Transit and Bikeways Program

Transportation “These grants support biking, walking, and mass transit programs designed to help drive better health and environmental outcomes that make New Jersey a more livable state.” Read More
Jan
27

Governor Murphy Unveils Energy Master Plan and Signs Executive Order Directing Sweeping Regulatory Reform to Reduce Emissions and Adapt to Climate Change

Executive Orders Governor Phil Murphy today ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on Friday, January 24, 2020, in recognition of the passing of former Assembly Minority Leader and Senator C. Robert Sarcone. Read More
Jan
24

This Week In New Jersey: January 24, 2020

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Jan
23

Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Assembly Minority Leader and Senator C. Robert Sarcone

Statements Governor Phil Murphy today ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on Friday, January 24, 2020, in recognition of the passing of former Assembly Minority Leader and Senator C. Robert Sarcone. Read More
Jan
23

Governor Murphy Nominates Kevin D. Walsh as New Jersey State Comptroller

Appointments Governor Phil Murphy today announced the nomination of Kevin D. Walsh, Esq. to serve as the fourth New Jersey State Comptroller. Walsh’s nomination is subject to advice and consent by the Senate and is for a six-year term. He will begin serving as Acting Comptroller on Monday, January 27. Read More
Jan
23

First Lady Tammy Murphy Announces Partnership to Develop Statewide Strategic Plan to Reduce New Jersey’s Mortality Rate by Fifty Percent and Eliminate Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes

Health On Maternal Health Awareness Day, First Lady Tammy Murphy today announced the partnership between the Murphy Administration, the Nicholson Foundation, and the Community Health Acceleration Partnership to develop a comprehensive, statewide maternal and infant health strategic plan. The strategic plan, which will build on the Administration’s progress over the past two years, will aim to reduce New Jersey’s maternal mortality rate by fifty percent and eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes. Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

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Jan
21

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Expand Access to and Strengthen Democracy

Bill Action The bills will provide protections and security for online voter registration while expanding access to the ballot for New Jerseyans. Today's signings add to the list of reforms expanding democracy enacted during the Murphy administration, including automatic voter registration and the restoration of the right to vote for residents on probation or parole. Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Make New Jersey First State in the Nation to Impose Permanent Ban on Flavored Vape Products

Bill Action The bill extends the program’s tenure by an additional five years so that it will remain in place until July 1, 2028 and adds $25 million to the annual cap on qualified film production expenses, bringing it to $100 million per year. The current digital tax credit’s cap of $10 million per year will remain unchanged. Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy Signs Expansion of Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program

Bill Action The bill extends the program’s tenure by an additional five years so that it will remain in place until July 1, 2028 and adds $25 million to the annual cap on qualified film production expenses, bringing it to $100 million per year. The current digital tax credit’s cap of $10 million per year will remain unchanged. Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy Signs Prescription Drug Bill to Limit Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Expenses for New Jersey Families

Bill Action The bill, which requires health insurers to provide plans that limit patient cost-sharing concerning prescription drug coverage, will improve affordability and access for those who require necessary medication. Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy Signs Tuition Equality Legislation for Children of H-1B Visa Holders

Bill Action S2555 exempts dependent students whose parents or guardians hold H-1B visas from paying out-of-state tuition provided they meet certain criteria, including having graduated from a New Jersey high school and having attended a New Jersey high school for at least three years. Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy Celebrates Milestone for Latest Class of NJ TRANSIT Locomotive Engineers

Transportation Governor Also Announces FY2021 Budget Proposal Will Not Include Fare Hikes for Commuters Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy Signs Bill Designating Route 19 as “William J. Pascrell Jr. Highway”

Bill Action S4264 designates the entire length of State Highway Route 19 as the “William J. Pascrell Jr. Highway” to honor the public service career of Congressman Pascrell. The bill provides that State or other public funds are not to be used for producing, purchasing, or erecting signs bearing the designation for the “William J. Pascrell Jr. Highway.” Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Improve Hospital Transparency and Expand Reporting Requirements

Bill Action Today's signings build upon Governor Murphy's signing of A5917 last week, which increased the Department of Health's oversight of hospital finances. Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Ban "Gay and Trans Panic" Legal Defense

Bill Action Governor Phil Murphy signed A1796 into law, which prohibits the use of “gay or trans panic” defenses for charges of criminal homicide. The signing of this bill builds on the Governor’s commitment to expand rights and protections for New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community. Read More
Jan
21

El Gobernador Murphy Desplegará Patrulleros a Puerto Rico Después de Terremotos Devastadores

Other Debido a la reciente devastación en Puerto Rico por los fuertes terremotos que azotaron la isla, el gobernador Phil Murphy autorizó el despliegue de un contingente de patrulleros del Estado de Nueva Jersey a Puerto Rico para ayudar con los esfuerzos de recuperación. Read More
Jan
21

Governor Murphy to Deploy Troopers to Puerto Rico after Devastating Earthquakes

Other Due to the recent devastation to Puerto Rico as a result of severe earthquakes that struck the island, Governor Phil Murphy authorized a contingent of New Jersey State Troopers to be deployed to Puerto Rico to assist with recovery efforts. Read More
Jan
20

Governor Murphy Signs Legislative Package to Support Law Enforcement

Bill Action Governor Phil Murphy today signed a legislative package into law to create and establish protections for law enforcement. The series of bills provide resources and safeguards for New Jersey’s police officers. Read More
Jan
20

Governor Murphy Signs Sweeping Legislative Package to Combat Worker Misclassification and Exploitation

Bill Action Acting on his commitment to support and uplift New Jersey workers, Governor Phil Murphy today signed a legislative package combatting worker misclassification and exploitation. The bills will crack down on employee misclassification in businesses by allowing stop-work orders against employers violating state wage, benefit, and tax law; providing assessment of penalties for violations in connection with misclassification of employees; and requiring employers to post a notice for their employees regarding employee misclassification, among others. Read More
Jan
20

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Governor Murphy Signs Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation

Law & Justice On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Governor Phil Murphy today signed landmark legislation to reform New Jersey’s juvenile justice system. This legislation marks a major accomplishment in the Governor’s efforts to ensure a more humane, just, and equitable criminal justice system. Read More
Jan
20

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Governor Murphy Signs Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Law & Justice On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Governor Phil Murphy today signed three pieces of legislation to reform New Jersey’s criminal justice system. The bills will streamline New Jersey’s parole system, reform requirements for civil asset forfeiture, and fund violence reduction initiatives. Read More
Jan
17

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Establishing Statewide Goals and Incentives for Increased Use of Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure

Bill Action The legislation directs the Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Public Utilities to establish goals for the electrification of medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will move toward zero emission bus purchases by 2032. The legislation supports Governor Murphy’s goal of putting New Jersey on a path to a 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Read More
Jan
10

This Week In New Jersey: January 17, 2020

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Jan
16

Governor Murphy Signs Legislative Package Protecting the Affordable Care Act in New Jersey

Bill Action “At a time when the Affordable Care Act is under siege by the Trump Administration and being challenged in the courts, New Jersey has a responsibility to protect and provide access to high-quality, affordable health care for all of our residents,” said Governor Murphy. Read More
Jan
15

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Bolster Security Funding for At Risk Non-Profit Organizations

Bill Action Governor Also Signs Legislation to Classify Certain Hate Crimes as Domestic Terrorism Read More
Jan
15

Governor Murphy Announces “Jobs NJ: Developing Talent to Grow Business in the Garden State”

Jobs and the Economy New Plan Outlines Initiatives to Ensure All Career-Seeking New Jerseyans Have the Education and Training Necessary to Access High-Quality Employment and Ensure Businesses and Employers Can Quickly and Efficiently Fill Their Talent Needs Read More
Jan
14

In 2020 State of the State Address, Governor Murphy Recommits to a Stronger and Fairer New Jersey that Works for Every Family

Speech Governor Prioritizes Making Smart Investments in the Middle Class, Restoring Fiscal Responsibility, and Changing the Culture of Trenton Read More
Jan
14

Governor Murphy Delivers State of the State Address

Speech "Building a New Jersey that Works for Every Family" Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Read More
Jan
13

Governor Murphy Vetoes Bill to Exempt Certain School Districts from 2% Property Tax Cap

Bill Action "Before middle-class property taxpayers have to again take it on the chin, we should be asking our wealthiest residents to pay their fair share through a millionaire’s tax,” said Governor Murphy Read More
Jan
13

Governor Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

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Jan
13

Governor Murphy Signs Legislative Package to Fight New Jersey’s Maternal and Infant Health Crisis

Bill Action “In New Jersey, we are committed to improving the health and safety of every mother and child,” said Governor Murphy. Read More
Jan
13

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Mandating Comprehensive Disclosure and Transparency Requirements for Civil Asset Forfeiture

Bill Action "New Jersey law enforcement agencies currently have no permanent statutory requirement to disclose civil asset forfeitures,” said Governor Murphy. Read More
Jan
11

First Lady Tammy Murphy Hosts Family Festival in Jersey City to Fight New Jersey’s Maternal and Infant Health Crisis

Other On Saturday, January 11, First Lady Tammy Murphy hosted 2,100 mothers, fathers, grandparents, and others involved in taking care of a child at her sixth Family Festival in Jersey City. Read More
Jan
10

This Week In New Jersey: January 10, 2020

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Jan
9

Two Murphy Administration Cabinet Members Confirmed

Appointments Governor Phil Murphy today applauded the confirmation of two key cabinet members to his Administration. The Senate confirmed Marcus O. Hicks, Esq. as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections and Judith M. Persichilli as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health. Read More
Jan
9

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Requiring the Removal of Obstructive Vegetation Near Railroad Crossings

Bill Action “Vegetation can pose a serious hazard to passenger and commercial train traffic, as well as those crossing railroad tracks,” said Governor Murphy. “This legislation will improve safety on our railroads and hold railroad operators responsible for removal of obstructive vegetation at our many railroad crossings.” Read More
Jan
9

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Enhance Student-Athlete Safety

Bill Action “School sports are a longstanding part of the fabric of our state,” said Governor Murphy. “By enacting these measures today, we are making sure that student-athletes have the resources and protections to enjoy school sports programs safely.” Read More
Jan
9

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Allowing Municipalities to Enter Properties to Perform Lead Service Line Replacements

Bill Action “This law equips cities and towns with a crucial tool in combatting the nationwide issue of lead in water.” Read More
Jan
9

Governor Murphy Signs “Paul’s Law” to Aid Students with Seizure Disorders

Bill Action Governor Phil Murphy today signed S4141, also known as “Paul’s Law”, which will authorize parents or guardians to request the use of an individualized health care plan for students with epilepsy or seizure disorders. The law is named after Paul St. Pierre, a 13-year-old boy from Maple Shade who has epilepsy and advocated for the legislation. Read More
Jan
9

Governor Murphy Signs Dignity for Incarcerated Primary Caretaker Parents Act

Law & Justice Governor Phil Murphy today signed A3979, also known as the Dignity for Incarcerated Primary Caretaker Parents Act. This Act will make it easier for incarcerated parents to keep in touch with their family members and specifically improve prison conditions for incarcerated pregnant women. Read More
Jan
9

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Prohibiting Possession, Sale, Trade, and Distribution of Shark Fins

Law & Justice Governor Phil Murphy today signed S2905, which will prohibit the sale, trade, distribution, or offering for sale of shark fins, as well as the possession of any shark fin that is separated from a shark that is caught and released. The law will prevent the highly cruel practice of separating shark fins from sharks and releasing them back into the water. Read More
Jan
9

Governor Murphy Takes Action on Legislation

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Jan
8

Governor Murphy Announces Preliminary 2019 Year-End Opioid Statistics and Highlights Administration-Wide Efforts to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in New Jersey

Statements Governor Phil Murphy today announced preliminary 2019 year-end opioid statistics for New Jersey and reaffirmed his commitment to ending the opioid epidemic through a comprehensive, multi-pronged collaboration across several state departments and agencies. Read More
Jan
6

Governor Murphy Announces First Round of Applications for Library Construction Bond Act

Statements Governor Phil Murphy today announced the launch of the first round of grant solicitations for the Library Construction Bond Act. The Act, which authorized $125 million in state bonds, was passed by New Jersey voters in November 2017 to support public libraries providing modern and technologically efficient library facilities. Read More
Jan
3

Joint Statement from Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal Regarding Anti-Semitic Content on Facebook Group “Rise Up Ocean County”

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Jan
3

This Week In New Jersey: January 3, 2020

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Jan
3

Statement by Governor Murphy on Oppressive Policies Toward Muslims in China, Myanmar, and India

Statements The new year is supposed to be a time full of promise and hope, but for millions of Muslims in China, Myanmar, and India living under authoritarian policies, promise and hope are in short supply. Read More
Jan
3

Governor Murphy Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Sergeant 1st Class Michael Goble

Executive Orders . “Our thoughts are with Sergeant 1st Class Goble's family and friends. May we all honor his service by endeavoring through our lives to represent the values for which he gave his life.” Read More
Jan
2

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Appropriating $9.5 Million for Family Planning Services

Bill Action Legislation Replaces Federal Funding for Family Planning Providers Impacted by Title X Gag Rule Read More
Jan
1

Governor Murphy Marks Statewide Minimum Wage Increase to $11/Hour

Economy & Jobs Rise in Minimum Wage to $11/Hour Directly Benefits Nearly 200,000 New Jerseyans Read More