Nat’l Governors Association held in Atlantic City, with special appearance by Dr. Jill Biden

Gov. Phil Murphy currently leads the association, which met at the Hard Rock Hotel. Thursday featured an appearance by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

Matt Trapani

Jul 14, 2023, 12:43 AM

Updated 334 days ago

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Nearly half of the nation’s governors are in Atlantic City this week for the bipartisan National Governor’s Association conference.
Gov. Phil Murphy currently leads the association, which met at the Hard Rock Hotel. Thursday featured an appearance by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
“I feel like this is home,” Biden said, who was born in Hammonton.
Her speech on Thursday was about job training opportunities.
“It’s bigger than a Blue issue or a Red issue,” she said.
She highlighted the Biden administration's plan to offer apprentices and job training to help workers find jobs without needing a bachelor’s degree.
“This is Bidenomics. You know, how we grow our economy. You’ve heard [President Joe Biden] say this a million times from the bottom up and the middle out,” she said.
Among the governors who attended the conference were Govs. Ned Lamont, of Connecticut, Josh Shapiro, of Pennsylvania and Kathy Hochul, of New York.
“I thought she was absolutely right about where our priorities are and what the Biden administration is doing to help all our states,” Hochul said.
The New York governor was not backing away from her priority of congestion pricing for Manhattan.
“We know that the vast majority of New Jersey residents who work in New York City they come on public transit, they come on the trains,” she said.
She said that higher tolls on drivers heading from New Jersey into New York will benefit New Jersey rail commuters.
“And this is going to give us the money, the resources, to make sure they have reliable, on-time service so they can get to their jobs,” Hochul said.
Murphy said that while he has a good relationship with Hochul, this is one topic they do not agree upon. He said that he did not discuss the topic with her at the conference since New Jersey is likely to take legal action against New York.
New Jersey officials prepare to fight New York’s congestion pricing plan
“We're not going to stand for either the environmental impact - which is negative on New Jersey communities- particularly as you get closer to the George Washington Bridge - and secondly the enormity of the financial burden it will put on commuters,” he said.
Murphy says New York State can expect some action by New Jersey on congestion pricing - likely a lawsuit - in the next 10 days.
Republican Utah Gov. Spencer Cox takes over as the National Governor's Association chair at the end of this conference this Friday.


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