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Opinion: Keeping the Legislature Happy, Informed Is Real ‘No-Brainer’
Carl Golden | September 16, 2019 | Opinion
Gov. Murphy’s approach to the licensing issue has touched a raw nerve with Assembly speaker
Opinion: In Battle with Norcross, Murphy Seizes Moral High Ground
Carl Golden | June 28, 2019 | Opinion
Rookie governor has positioned himself in faceoff with powerbroker as the champion of a fair and open government, guided by integrity
Opinion: Murphy’s Budget — Caught Between Sweeney and Hard Place
Carl Golden | June 14, 2019 | Opinion
No matter what governor does — from signing budget to vetoing it wholesale — Senate President Sweeney is the real winner
Opinion: Gov and Team Dig in on Millionaire’s Tax, Ignore ‘Political Reality’
Carl Golden | May 28, 2019 | Opinion
Decision to air ad campaign by Murphy allies in attempt to pressure Legislature only ratchets up the tension
Opinion: After Norcross Attack on Murphy, Get Ready for War
Carl Golden | May 10, 2019 | Opinion
‘The ill will and struggle for power will most certainly impact already testy budget deliberations’
Opinion: Outlook is Bleak for Republican Party in NJ
Carl Golden | April 10, 2019 | Opinion
The trend in voter registration suggests the GOP will stay mired in perpetual minority party status
Opinion: Seasoned, Smarter Murphy Retakes Top Slot Among NJ Pols
Carl Golden | March 7, 2019 | Opinion
It took little more than an hour, but when the governor was done delivering his fiscal 2020 spending plan, he was back in charge of the state’s policy agenda
Opinion: Governor May Have Learned Hard Lesson from Last Budget Standoff
Carl Golden | February 21, 2019 | Opinion
But Murphy’s recent move to monetize state assets, while it may ease pressure on the state’s finances, doesn’t address systemic fiscal problems
Opinion: Has the Governor Learned there’s Victory in Compromise?
Carl Golden | January 23, 2019 | Opinion
Murphy made concessions in order to forge a deal with Democratic legislative leaders on $15 minimum wage. The budget presents his next big test
Opinion: Will Murphy and Legislative Leaders Find Ways to Agree in 2019?
Carl Golden | January 3, 2019 | Opinion
The holidays brought a lull in the pointed rhetoric between the governor and Democratic leadership. But the terrain ahead could be treacherous
Opinion: Murphy-Sweeney Tensions Put Damper on Dems’ Progressive Agenda
Carl Golden | November 30, 2018 | Opinion
Victory was sweet for Democrats when Phil Murphy easily won election a year ago. But rancor between the governor and Senate President Steve Sweeney threatens to splinter the party
Opinion: Hugin Loss Was Especially Demoralizing for NJ Republicans
Carl Golden | November 8, 2018 | Opinion
It’s nearly 50 years since Garden State voters chose a GOP candidate to represent them in the U.S. Senate. It’s becoming a distant prospect
Opinion: Let’s Be Real, Scandal Investigation Will Freeze Trenton
Carl Golden | October 24, 2018 | Opinion
Select committee examination of Murphy administration’s hiring practices will overshadow all else
Opinion: Legalizing Marijuana — Not So Easy, After All, Governor?
Carl Golden | September 27, 2018 | Opinion
The rest of Murphy’s legislative agenda will suffer if this campaign promise is not delivered soon, but that prospect looks to be at least a year away
Opinion: New Jersey’s Short-Term Fiscal Fixes Mean Long-Term Disaster
Carl Golden | September 6, 2018 | Opinion
The ‘Sweeney commission’ has shown that one-shots and other revenue gimmicks can only lead to trouble, but will the pols and the public unions give them up?
Opinion: Governor Doesn’t Even Get Half a Loaf as Sweeney Takes the Cake
Carl Golden | July 3, 2018 | Opinion
Legislative power has been reasserted after budget struggle. It’s difficult to see how Gov. Murphy can maneuver around emboldened Senate President
Opinion: Front-Row Seats for the Trenton Power Struggle
Carl Golden | June 22, 2018 | Opinion
It’s not about any of the issues that Murphy and Sweeney have made their own, it’s about who calls the shots, the governor or the Legislature — and the conflict is only going to get uglier
Opinion: Note to Governor: Take the Hint, and the Revised Revenue Estimates
Carl Golden | June 4, 2018 | Opinion
Sweeney and Coughlin & Co. have put Murphy in a bind: Go with their revised numbers or risk further alienating Democratic lawmakers
Opinion: Not Too Soon to Call the Murphy Agenda a Failure
Carl Golden | May 15, 2018 | Opinion
A new budget must be ratified in six weeks, and there’s already talk of government shutdown — with the governor’s own party controlling the Legislature
Opinion: Why Is This (Expletive Deleted) Funny?
Carl Golden | May 3, 2018 | Opinion
Michelle Wolf’s f-bomb-studded comic routine at the White House Correspondents Association dinner shows just how much profanity has replaced political satire
Opinion: Sweeney’s Jersey City Gambit for Education Aid
Carl Golden | April 26, 2018 | Opinion
The Senate president’s strategy to redistribute aid from overfunded districts is far more palatable than Murphy’s plan to raise taxes
Opinion: Despite Potential Savings, New Jersey Has No Urge to Merge
Carl Golden | April 13, 2018 | Opinion
Consolidation has been a tough sell in the Garden State, as Sen. Sweeney has found. Residents want their ‘own’ police, fire departments, and elected officials
Opinion: Sweeney On Murphy’s Gun Legislation — What’s the Hurry?
Carl Golden | April 2, 2018 | Opinion
The Senate president may want time for negotiation and compromise, but he runs the risk of being seen as blocking progress on the emotionally charged issue of gun control
Opinion: After the Budget, Who Blinks First — Murphy or Sweeney?
Carl Golden | March 14, 2018 | Opinion
Governor might be asking Legislature to enact too many tax increases. Meanwhile, where’s his path to compromise with Senate President?
Opinion: The NRA — Vulnerable After Parkland Killings?
Carl Golden | February 27, 2018 | Opinion
Several large corporations have severed business ties with the National Rifle Association, while Gov. Murphy and counterparts in other states have created a coalition to share gun-crime data
Opinion: Sweeney Reminds New Governor, NJEA Who's Really in Charge
Carl Golden | February 13, 2018 | Opinion
The president of the senate emerges unscathed from a blitz of negative ads ordered up by the teachers union, makes it clear that he's as much a policymaker as Murphy
Opinion: Bad Blood — Sweeney Takes a Stake to Murphy's Agenda
Carl Golden | January 23, 2018 | Opinion
What was behind Senate President's Fox News bombshell that he plans to block the millionaires tax and possibly dig into the state's entire property-tax structure?
Opinion: Recalling Gov. Brendan Byrne’s Finest Hour
Carl Golden | January 8, 2018 | Opinion
His unprecedented decision to protect the integrity of the election that put his successor in office is what has stayed with me for more than 35 years
Opinion: Does GOP Tax Reform Spell Trouble for Murphy’s Millionaires Tax?
Carl Golden | December 18, 2017 | Opinion
Is true-believer Steve Sweeney starting to waffle? Will new administration stumble over key promise, or hit the ground running?
Opinion: Can Sen. Tom Kean Jr. Regroup Battered Republicans?
Carl Golden | November 28, 2017 | Opinion
Ironically, given the Republican rout, Minority Leader Kean Jr. could help his party deliver a viable alternative to the governor-elect’s left-of-center predilections
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