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Murphy ‘thrilled’ by Addiego party switch

Democratic governor wants new Senator to back him on minimum wage, weed

By David Wildstein, January 28 2019 8:39 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy says he’s “thrilled to see Senator (Dawn) Addiego join the ranks of the Democratic party.”

Murphy dropped a not-too-subtle hint that he’d like to see the new Democratic senator vote to increase the minimum wage and support the legalization of marijuana.

Addiego had previously abstained on those issues in the State Senate.

“In the days and months ahead, we’ll be continuing the fights to put all New Jersey residents on a path to a livable wage, attack the inequities in our social justice system by legalizing adult-use marijuana, and finally revamp New Jersey’s incentives programs to hold recipients accountable and ensure our residents see the benefits they deserve,” Murphy said.  “I welcome Senator Addiego to that fight, and I look forward to working with the entire Legislature to make New Jersey a stronger and fairer place in 2019.”

Addiego, a Republican legislator since 2008 who announced today that she was switching parties, will start out as one of the most conservative members of the 26-member Democratic majority in the New Jersey State Senate.

By virtue of the switch, this marks the first pick-up of a legislative seat since Murphy took office as governor in January 2018.  Democrats flipped four Republican congressional seats last year.

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