Volume 9/Issue 16

  • Governor Murphy Travels to India on Trade Mission - Brings Jobs Back with Him
  • New Murphy Poll Shows Approval Ratings Steady Since Beginning of the Year
  • Sweeney Shoring Up Support for Senate Leader Position
  • New Jersey Says Goodbye to Longtime State Senator
  • Community Solar Pilot Program Receives Enthusiastic Response

Governor Murphy Travels to India on Trade Mission – Brings Jobs Back with Him

Governor Murphy, members of his administration, and others including representatives from the New Jersey Legislature and Choose New Jersey traveled to India earlier this month as part of a trade mission aimed at building stronger economic ties between India and the Garden State. During the trip, Governor Murphy announced that three India-based companies will expand their existing operations in New Jersey and add approximately 1,250 new jobs. 

New Murphy Poll Shows Approval Ratings Steady Since Beginning of the Year

A new Monmouth University poll finds Governor Murphy’s approval ratings largely unchanged since the beginning of the year with 41% approving of the job the Governor is doing and 38% saying they disapprove. This month’s poll, which included 713 New Jersey adults, also found that one out of every five residents has no opinion of the Governor’s job so far, similar to responses for previous Democratic administrations including Governors McGreevey and Corzine.

“Murphy’s approval rating has been stuck at a nearly even split this year.” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement. “But the bigger issue seems to be that he is simply flying under the radar for most New Jerseyans.”

Sweeney Shoring Up Support for Senate Leader Position

Senate President Steve Sweeney is reportedly reaching out to his colleagues to secure support for a sixth term as leader of the New Jersey State Senate. According to POLITICO, there seems little doubt that Sweeney will be able to acquire enough support to remain in his position as Senate President, which he first assumed in 2010. The Senate reorganizes every two years following election day in November, whether or not the majority of its members are not up for election this year. Currently, Democrats hold a 26-13 majority over Republicans in the 40-seat chamber.

New Jersey Says Goodbye to Longtime State Senator

Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R-Morris) died of a heart attack last week. Senator Bucco, who represented the 25th Legislative District, also served as the Senate Republican Conference Leader. “A dedicated public servant and successful businessman, Senator Bucco brought a perspective and commitment to his work that elevated our public discourse,” said Governor Phil Murphy in a statement. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. also released a statement saying, “[Sen. Bucco] was a leading voice in Morris County politics for more than 40 years and in Trenton for more than two decades. He was a gentleman who earned trust on both sides of the aisle by being a man of his word.” The senator’s son, Assemblyman Tony Bucco, Jr. announced he will seek his late father’s senate seat.

Community Solar Pilot Program Receives Enthusiastic Response

The NJ Board of Public Utilities received 252 applications for the first year of its Community Solar Pilot program, totaling 650 megawatts of electricity. The program will provide all residents with an opportunity to participate in solar and has a specific focus on providing access to low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers. Community solar was a key campaign issue for Governor Murphy and the industry's strong response is a big win for the Administration.