Though he frequently uses his predecessor as a political punching bag, Gov. Phil Murphy had nothing negative to say about former Gov Chris Christie opening a public policy center focused on civility in politics.
“I wish him nothing but the very best,” Murphy said at an unrelated press conference Monday. “I hope I’m one of his speakers at some point.”
On Thursday, NJ Advanced Media reported Christie will soon lead a Seton Hall University public policy institute focused on civility in politics. The institute will deal mainly with national issues.
Some of New Jersey’s top Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and former Assemblyman John Wisniewski, have eyes Christie’s new institute with skepticism.
Christie, now out of office for more than a year an a half, can partially credit the arc of his political career to verbal jousts he entered into with politicians, reporters and New Jersey residents.
On one occasion, He asked reporters to “take the bat out on [Weinberg] for once.”