New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO News

Last night's Ask Governor Murphy call-in show on WBGO covered a range of topics including lead in the drinking water, vaping, the Meadowlands power plant and NJ Transit.

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle filled in for regular host Nancy Solomon of WNYC.

Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC  in New York and WHYY in Philadelphia.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

WBGO, in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY, presents tonight at 8 o'clock the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy, a live call-in broadcast with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy.

Filling in tonight for host (WNYC's) Nancy Solomon is WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Governor Murphy and Doyle will discuss such issues as vaping, lead in drinking water, NJ Transit and much more on the one-hour monthly show.  Submit your questions in advance at AskGovMurphy.org.

On the latest edition of the show, Gov. Murphy speaks with WNYC’s Nancy Solomon about the tap water situation in Newark. The Governor emphasizes that it’s not just a local problem but a national crisis, with so many towns and cities using old lead pipes.

The Governor also addresses storm preparedness for Dorian, his endoresement of US Senator Cory Booker of NJ for president, and the American Dream Meadowlands shopping center.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO News

On the most recent edition of Ask Governor Murphy on WBGO, Goveror Murphy spoke with host Nancy Solomon about what's being done about the high levels of lead in Newark's drinking water.  Governor Murphy made it clear that it's not just a local problem, but a national crisis with so many towns and cities using old lead pipes.

Click above to hear Governor Murphy from the August 14 edition of Ask Governor Murphy.

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New Jersey officials say its unclear why samples of drinking water in Newark exceeded the US Environmental Protection Agency's standards for allowable levels of lead, even as those homes used EPA certified water filters.  

Of the three recent samples of water taken from Newark homes, only one came back with levels of lead reduced to the EPA's standard.  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe says she's meeting with federal officials to discuss what steps should be taken beyond handing out bottles of water to residents.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO News

What do you think about the Newark water crisis? As chair-elect of the Democratic Governor's Association, what can Governor Murphy do to stop the mass shootings across the country? Do you think the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford going to be a positive move?  These are some of the topics that we'll address tomorrow night (Wednesday August 14) during the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy airs on WBGO at 8pm.

Host Nancy Solomon and Governor Murphy will be in the WBGO studios taking your phone calls and social media questions.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

WBGO, in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY hosts "Ask Governor Murphy," a live call-in broadcast with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Do you have a question? Ask it here!

The show will feature the Governor as well as topical guests from our partners. WNYC's Nancy Solomon will host. Tune in at 7 p.m., July 17 to WBGO, 88.3FM or here at WBGO.org.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill that could help revitalize blighted areas in towns and cities.  

The New Jersey Land Bank Law allows municipalities to use public or nonprofit entities as an agent to acquire abandoned properties and revitalize them to benefit neighborhoods. Governor Murphy says it gives cities like Newark, Paterson, and Elizabeth another tool to reshape communities.

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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.  

Ask Governor Murphy
Ask Governor Murphy

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy, aired on WBGO May 1 and prompted calls and social media questions about the environment, transportation, the state's tax incentive program and many other topics.

Governor Phil Murphy joined host Nancy Solomon for the one-hour monthly program.  Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

Click above to hear the entire program. 

Ask Governor Murphy
Ask Governor Murphy

How is Governor Phil Murphy doing when it comes to environmental matters in New Jersey?  We want to hear from you tonight when the next edition of Ask Governor Murphy airs on WBGO at 7pm.

Host Nancy Solomon and Governor Murphy will be in the WBGO studios taking your phone calls and social media questions.   

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO News

New Jersey Govenor Phil Murphy and host Nancy Solomon took calls and social media questions on a number of topics during the most recent edition of Ask Governor Murphy, a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

Ask Governor Murphy airs monthly.

Click above to hear the entire show.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO News

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is tonight (April 10) at 8pm on WBGO.  Governor Murphy and host Nancy Solomon will be taking your phone calls and social media questions about such topics as marijuana, wind power, Superstorm Sandy relief and NJ Transit.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO WHYY WNYC

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy focused on several issues, including the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey, why some school districts are seeing drastic cuts in funding through the proposed state budget and what is being done to improve NJ Transit.

Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.  The show is hosted by Nancy Solomon.

Click above to hear the entire show.

New Jersey Flight: Is It Getting Worse?

Feb 22, 2019
New Jersey
Scott Pringle for WBGO News

Are people leaving New Jersey in droves? One study suggests so, citing that twice as many people left the state in 2018 than came here. We’ve heard it over and over - high property taxes, lots of traffic and an expensive state.

Governor Phil Murphy admits it’s not easy here in New Jersey.

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy aired Monday night February 4th on WBGO.   Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

The montly show is hosted by Nancy Solomon.  The next show airs on March 13th.

Click above to hear the February show.

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.

Ang Santos / WBGO

Governor Phil Murphy says there were about 1,800 plows and salt spreaders ready to clear the roads, but the snowstorm hit much harder than anyone predicted.

“Unfortunately, the worst of the storm coincided with the early dismissals from schools and workplaces. Meaning that when we needed our road crews and all of that equipment out there the most, they were competing with folks, understandably by the way, trying to get back home at the same time as well,” Murphy said.

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Veterans Day 2018 marked the centennial anniversary of the end of WWI. 

“It was 100 years ago today on the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month that guns fell silent and the first world war came to an end,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy addressing dozens of veterans.  “Of course, no one knew then when the bells tolled that it would be the first world war.  It was known only as the great war.  Some called it the war to end all wars.  How we wish they were right.”

Gloria Coino says members of her family served in every American war.  

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill he says is the country's strongest ban on so-called ghost guns.  

The law prohibits selling, manufacturing or owning firearms without a serial number.  New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says that includes guns made with a 3D printer, 

Ang Santos / WBGO

Many New Jersey voters encountered long lines and malfunctioning machines at the polls yesterday.  

A lot of voters who mailed in ballots in 2016 had to use provisional ballots at the polls this time. That’s because a new law signed by the governor this year that automatically lists them as mail-in voters.  It caused problems at the polls, but Murphy says it expanded voter participation.

“While it may have brought some confusion, four hundred thousand people, over four hundred thousand people voted by mail, a third of them we believe are new voters.”

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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.

94 Percent
Ryan Haygood of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

A noon-time rally is planned for this Saturday at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Newark with hopes of getting Governor Phil Murphy to focus more on the racial disparities in wealth, in access to the ballot box and in criminal justice.

Now that the Governor has been in office for nearly 10 months, the head of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Ryan Haygood wants to see action. Haygood others are organizing the “Rally for the 94 Percent.  Haygood came into the WBGO studios to chat with News Director Doug Doyle.

Ang Santos / WBGO

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.

Ang Santos / WBGO

The third edition of Ask Governor Murphy aired Monday night on WBGO in Newark, WHYY in Philadelphia and WNYC in New York City.

Ask Governor Murphy is hosted by Nancy Solomon is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.  Murphy discussed the latest developments with NJ Transit, college affordability, and other topics on the minds of Garden State residents.

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy will air on Monday, November 19 at 7PM. Add to your calendar now:

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO News

The second edition of Ask Governor Murphy aired Monday night on WBGO in Newark, WHYY in Philadelphia and WNYC in New York City.

Ask Governor Murphy hosted by Nancy Solomon is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

An announcement from WBGO, WNYC and WHYY concerning the Ask Governor Murphy program:

Tonight’s edition of Ask  Governor Murphy, a statewide, bimonthly program designed to give New Jersey residents an opportunity to talk to Governor Phil Murphy about their concerns, has been cancelled.

Governor Murphy’s office made this decision after WBGO, WHYY and WNYC — the public radio stations that serve New Jersey and are co-producers of the program — declined a request to remove a reporter from a panel that would be asking the governor questions during one segment.

Ang Santos / WBGO

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.

WBGO News

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy makes his Ask Governor Murphy debut.

The one-hour call-in show is produced by WBGO News, in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC. 

The governor and host Nancy Solomon  of WNYC, discuss everything from medical marijuana, to taxes climate change, and gun violence in schools.

Governor Murphy is also joined by special guest Matt Arco, Statehouse reporter for NJ Advance Media. 

Do you have a question for New Jersey's Governor?

WBGO News, in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC, will present Ask Governor Murphy, a one-hour call-in show with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

Our first show airs Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. The show will be broadcast on WBGO and hosted by WNYC’s Nancy Solomon.

Submit your question in advance at AskGovMurphy.org, or tweet us with the hashtag #askgovmurphy.

The call-in number for Ask Governor Murphy is 844-677-9283.