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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

With Democrats poised to retake Senate, Murphy predicts movement on state aid, Gateway

By Nikita Biryukov, January 06 2021 2:27 pm

Update: Sen.-elect Jon Ossoff won his race against Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) by a wide enough margin to avoid a recount.

Gov. Phil Murphy sees Democratic policy victories on the horizon as the party appears poised to retake control of the Senate and take full control in Washington along with it.

“The probability for things like state and local aid have gone up dramatically. That’s a big deal for New Jersey, as it is for every American state,” Murphy said at Wednesday’s virus briefing. “I think the likelihood that shovels go into the ground sooner on things like the Gateway Project have gone up.”

Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) in a runoff by 1.2 points, a margin of about 55,000 votes.

Jon Ossoff, the other Democratic candidate in the Peach State, leads Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) by a narrower 17,567 votes. It’s not clear whether he’ll secure the half-point margin needed to avoid a recount, but the remaining uncounted votes heavily favor Democrats.

Should he win, each major party will control half the votes in the Senate, meaning Vice President-elect Kamala Harris gives Democrats a majority.

Murphy spent little time celebrating the politics of the matter Wednesday, instead he named a number of policies he now expects will pass the likely Democratic Congress.

“I think this is a longer road, but the state and local tax deduction limit, which has been crippling to a lot of states, including ours, I think that’s now back on the table,” he said. “And I think it would be a mistake for us not to acknowledge that those are actual probabilities that have moved in a direction which are favorable for New Jersey and our residents.”

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