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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and their spouses, First Lady Tammy Murphy and First Gentleman Bill Hochul, meet for lunch in Manhattan on Saturday, September 11, 2021. (Photo: Office of the Governor of New Jersey.)

What did Murphy and Hochul talk about on Saturday? The governor isn’t telling

By Joey Fox, September 15 2021 2:27 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy met for lunch with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday at Edward’s Restaurant in lower Manhattan – but most of what the pair of governors discussed will evidently remain a mystery.

Asked at his twice-a-week Covid briefing whether they talked about congestion pricing, among the most pressing and controversial issues facing both New York and New Jersey simultaneously, Murphy gave only vague details about their conversation.

“We discussed a number of topics at lunch, and it was a very good lunch,” Murphy said. “I would just leave it as a general matter, a lot of topics that came up included … things that pertain to our bi-state relationship. As you can imagine, federal funding for infrastructure and Gateway/Port Authority matters were generally on the list.”

If Murphy is re-elected this year, and Hochul next year, the pair could end up working together for the next four years. Congestion pricing is among the issues liable to prove contentious, with New York politicians typically voicing support for, and New Jersey politicians signalling opposition to, the plan that would institute an additional tax on drivers in lower Manhattan in order to fund New York City’s public transit system.

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