Gov. Phil Murphy said today that he spoke with incoming New York Gov. Kathy Hochul briefly right around the time of Andrew Cuomo’s resignation two weeks ago and is looking forward to an in-person meeting.
“Our chiefs [of staff] have been in touch at the working level, and we are trying to, as soon as we can, find an opportunity to sit face to face,” Murphy said of Hochul.
Murphy said he and Cuomo were on the same Hurricane Henri Zoom briefing on Saturday, along with President Joe Biden and several other governors.
Cuomo announced his impending resignation on August 10, a week after a report from New York Attorney General Letitia James found Cuomo responsible for nearly a dozen instances of sexual harassment.
That day, Murphy and three of his colleagues — Govs. Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Dan McKee of Rhode Island – issued a statement calling on Cuomo to resign.
He did not indicate that he’d had any other conversations with Cuomo since then.
Hochul is set to become New York’s first-ever female governor when she takes office tomorrow.