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Murphy to Make Third Tax-the-Rich Pitch to ‘No’ Chorus in N.J.

  • Further apart than ever from fellow Democrats in legislature
  • More than $2 billion in borrowing planned by end of the year
Phil Murphy at the New Jersey State Assembly chamber in Trenton, New Jersey.
Phil Murphy at the New Jersey State Assembly chamber in Trenton, New Jersey.Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

Heading into his third year as New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy is set to appeal again for a tax boost on millionaires and retail sales to help fund his progressive wish list for 2020.

Murphy, 62, will outline his priorities in his annual State of the State speech on Tuesday, at a time when his relationship with legislative leaders is tenser than ever. Since he succeeded Republican Chris Christie, giving New Jersey one party in control of both the governor’s office and the legislature, Democrats have splintered over how to fund education, transit and other priorities in one of the most taxed states in the nation.