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Assembly Speaker-elect Craig Coughlin (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Speaker-elect Craig Coughlin (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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New Assembly speaker: No word on pot, but yes on gun control

Assembly Democrats made official Monday what had been apparent since early summer: Craig Coughlin of Woodbridge will become speaker in January.

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The flag at half-staff over the Statehouse in Trenton
The flag at half-staff over the Statehouse in Trenton (Governor's Office)
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Lame start for lame-duck legislative session in Trenton

Post-election legislative sessions start more slowly when a new governor is elected. But so far, there's not even a schedule.

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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ GOP leader: Ditch tax hike & we’ll meet halfway on minimum wage

A GOP leader says Republicans could back a minimum wage hike — if it's scaled back, paired with a middle-class tax cut and Democrats abandoning tax hikes.

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Governor and Governor Elect
Governor Chris Christie meets with Governor Elect Phil Murphy in the Governor's office (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Murphy and Christie meet; Oliver to be DCA commisssioner

New Jersey’s current and future governors met for the first time since the election Thursday in Trenton, as the transition took its next steps.

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Democratic Candidate For Governor In New Jersey Phil Murphy Holds Election Night Gathering In Asbury Park
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Hospital exec who worked for Corzine to head Murphy transition

Jose Lozano, who was director of operations in Gov. Jon Corzine's office, was tabbed as director of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy's transition committee.

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Balloons fall on supporters of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at Asbury Park Convention Hall. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Balloons fall on supporters of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at Asbury Park Convention Hall. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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For Phil Murphy, does a landslide come with a mandate?

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy got the biggest share of the vote for a first-time candidate for governor since 1973. But voter turnout was meager at under 40%.

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Phil Murphy
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Phil Murphy elected governor of New Jersey

Results based on exit polls give the state a Democratic chief executive promising to enact a progressive agenda.

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Christie: Handing off a $600M budget surplus to next governor

The state budget doesn't have a deficit, like it did for New Jersey's last transfer of power, during the Great Recession. But not everything's well.

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Let convicts vote? Report offers ways to improve NJ prison system

The Fund for New Jersey's criminal justice report recommends ending mandatory minimum sentences and helping some undocumented immigrants avoid deportation.

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Voting Booths
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‘Looking at a record low turnout’ for Tuesday’s gubernatorial election

Voter turnout rates have dropped in five straight gubernatorial election, to less than 40 percent four years ago. A new low is anticipated on Tuesday.

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