Volume 9/Issue 2

  • Governor Murphy Names Kathleen Frangione Interim Chief of Staff
  • Governor Murphy Delivers 2019 State of the State Address

Governor Murphy Names Kathleen Frangione Interim Chief of Staff

Governor Murphy’s Chief Policy Advisor Kathleen Frangione was appointed interim Chief of Staff yesterday. The Chief of Staff oversees all the workings of the Governor’s Office and the Executive Branch.

Earlier this year Ms. Frangione took on the responsibility of Acting Commissioner of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for an interim period. Before working in the Murphy Administration, Kathleen served as a Senior Policy Advisor on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee under then-Senator John Kerry.

Governor Murphy Delivers 2019 State of the State Address

Governor Murphy delivered his first State of the State Address yesterday, focusing a large portion of his speech on his efforts to overhaul the State’s tax incentives programs following concerns raised in last week’s audit by the State Comptroller of the Economic Development Authority’s corporate tax incentives program.

The Governor vowed to create a new tax incentive program with monetary caps, clear eligibility criteria and oversight, but flexibility, combined with targeting investments in high-wage, high-growth sectors of the New Jersey economy.

The Governor focused on his Administration’s successes in creating a fairer and stronger New Jersey. These first-year accomplishments included:

  • Increasing pre-k funding by over $55 million
  • Expanding school aid funding by $351 million
  • Enabling 13,000 students to qualify for free community college.
  • Signing into law the nation’s strongest equal pay law.
  • Signing into law one of the most expansive paid sick leave programs in the nation
  • Expanding New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program and more than doubling the number of patients that are served.

Acknowledging the problems NJ TRANSIT has faced over the years, the Governor noted the 100 percent completion of the Federal Railroad Administration’s 2018 year-end milestone for Positive Train Control and the more than doubled state operating assistance for the agency.

He lauded his Administrations efforts on clean energy, especially his Executive Order establishing the nation’s most ambitious offshore wind goal of 3,500 MW by 2030 and overseeing the nation’s largest offshore wind solicitation.

Going forward, the Governor has prioritized the passage of the $15 minimum wage bill and legislation legalizing adult use marijuana for 2019. He vowed to continue to the Administration’s infrastructure improvements, including the effort to fix NJ TRANSIT, with a focus on improving customer communications, service, and reliability, and rebuilding New Jersey’s water infrastructure network to ensure the delivery of clean water.

On the economic front, the Governor stated this his government will increase their efforts to encourage companies to invest in New Jersey’s communities and Opportunity Zones and will work to leverage the State’s new Evergreen Innovation Fund to grow the next generation of innovative companies.