November 1, 2019 | Number of The Day
Hours reporters were given to review Gov. Phil Murphy and Tammy Murphy’s joint 2018 tax returns

New Jersey reporters who’ve kept their speed-reading skills up to snuff probably didn’t have much trouble blasting through the Murphys’ joint federal and state tax returns in the allotted four hours, but for the rest of us … The Murphys made about $2.2 million in 2018, their lowest reported total gross income in at least nine years. They paid more than $200,000 in property taxes last year on their home in Middletown and continued to lose money on Sky Blue FC, the women’s professional soccer team the governor co-owns. The couple donated $90,000 in furniture to Drumthwacket, the official governor’s mansion in Princeton that’s being renovated.

There’s an irony here that should not pass without comment. Former Gov. Chris Christie would email reporters his full, unredacted tax information. Speaking to the Murphys’ decision to restrict access to four hours, Alyana Alfaro Post, a spokesperson for the governor, said, “Gov. Murphy and the first lady believe it is important for the press to have access to their full tax returns and backup documentation in the interest of transparency and openness.”