Murphy’s Week 4 Grade

Today is Phil Murphy’s 27th day in office and the end of his fourth week.  He continues to work his base, like an executive order supporting net neutrality -- which gave him a chance to take a shot at Donald Trump -- and seeking an examination of racial and ethnic disparities in sentencing.  He congratulated the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles -- clearly a tough move for a lifelong New

Jim Crow could be issue for Lanigan

Will the recent book-banning controversy in New Jersey prisons cause Phil Murphy to change his mind and shop for a new Commissioner of Corrections? That depends on a few things:  did Murphy and his transition team know about the ban on a book called The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness before he announced his intention to keep Gary Lanigan in his cabinet post?  Did Lanigan

Murphy to keep Fisher, Lanigan in cabinet posts

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy is keeping New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher and Corrections Commissioner Gary Lanigan, according to a statement he released today. Fisher, 70, served in the State Assembly from 2002 until 2009, when the State Board of Agriculture recommended his appointment to Gov. Jon Corzine.  Gov. Chris Christie anticipated replacing him after his election, but agreed to retain him in deference to the Senate President, Steve Sweeney.