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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is making a pitch to investors to take advantage of the state’s Opportunity Zones, neighborhoods designated by a federal program designed to drive long-term capital investments into low-income communities.  

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a new mental health parity law, creating stronger regulations on health insurers to cover behavioral treatments at the same level as physical care.

Inequity in coverage between physical and mental health care is already banned by federal law, but Governor Phil Murphy says there was little enforcement in New Jersey.  

“Unless we take the steps to close the gaps in access, individuals with mental health issues will continue to fall thought those gaps,” he said.

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New Jersey is receiving $55 million in new funding and additional financial relief from the federal government for homeowners still rebuilding after 2012's Superstorm Sandy. 

Governor Phil Murphy says the federal government has approved the state’s request to remove the cap on access to Sandy-related funds.  

“The $150,000 cap on grants that had been in place for the last six and a half years, which is a financial barrier that had stopped too many folks from being able to return home is now eliminated.”

'Ask Governor Murphy' Returns Tonight

Mar 13, 2019

Tune in tonight at 7 p.m., on WBGO 88.3FM and here at WBGO.org.

WBGO, in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY, presents the latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy, a live call-in broadcast with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. 

Submit your questions in advance here.

The show will feature the Governor as well as topical guests from our partners. WNYC's Nancy Solomon will host.

Gov. Phil Murphy is again calling for New Jersey to raise its income tax rate on millionaires, a proposal that was shot down last year by legislative Democrats as the state hurtled toward a government shutdown.

In his second proposed budget, which he announced Tuesday, Murphy suggested expanding the state’s highest income tax bracket of 10.75 percent to include anyone making more than $1 million per year.

Murphy predicts it would mean additional $447 million if the state expanded its highest income tax brackets.

State snow storm response, Amazon, immigration policy are some of the topics addressed on this edition of  Ask Governor Murphy.

Nancy Solomon is the host of Ask Governor Murphy,  a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is calling on the legislature to introduce more measures that would tighten New Jersey’s already strict gun laws.  He calls the package of bills ‘Gun Safety Package 2.0.’

“These latest bills will focus on gun trafficking, tightening the regulation of ammunition, speeding the accessibility of smart gun technology, and expanding community-based violence intervention,” Murphy said.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says an investigation is underway into sexual assault allegations against a former administration official.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Katie Brennan, now the chief of staff with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, says she was assaulted by Albert Alvarez, in April 2017. Alvarez, served as Murphy’s campaign director of Latin and Muslim outreach and most recently worked for the state’s School Development Authority. He recently left that job but denies Brennan’s allegations.

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Governor Murphy says New Jersey should consider high wage innovation sectors that will bring the most jobs and investment into the state.  

“Clean energy, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage, advanced transportation and logistics, information and high tech, film and digital media, and finance and insurance.”

Murphy hopes to create 300,000 new jobs by the year 2025.

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New Jersey Transit needs around 290 train engineers on a daily basis to run the operation. Department of Transportation commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti says the state-run agency is short on engineers.

“This is an organization ran on human capitol. I can have all of the brand-new cars I want, but if I don’t have engineers, it does not matter.  The record is very clear.  There was very little done to recruit engineers and train them in a timely fashion.  We are trying to make up for that today.”

Teva Pharmaceuticals, an Israeli company that makes specialty and generic drugs,  has decided to expand its existing operations in Parsippany, New Jersey, and have its U-S headquarters there.

Governor Phil Murphy says he’s thrilled Teva is relocating its North American headquarters to New Jersey from North Wales, Pennsylvania.

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Shaquille O’Neal already has a high-rise apartment building working in downtown Newark.  The 7-foot 1 retired basketball star calls it ‘Shaq Tower.’

“In 1992, me and my mother were visiting some relatives and my mother said to me, ‘I remember when this city used to be beautiful.  Somebody needs to come by and invest in this city and make it beautiful again.’ She gave me an elbow to the chest like I’m that somebody.”

O’Neal announced he’ll financially back another apartment project at 777 McCarter Highway near 2 Gateway Center.

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Chris Christie repeatedly blasted the New Jersey Education Association during his eight years as governor. The leader of the state’s largest teachers’ union and the new governor are indicating their relationship will be much different.  

Christie was a constant critic of the NJEA, calling it a political thuggery operation that rules by fear and intimidation. He claimed the union’s leaders put their own interests ahead of their members.