Trenton – The gubernatorial transition team assembled by Governor Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver today released its final reports, a reflection of the substantive debate and discussion within each committee during the transition process. The reports are committee-specific and provide a strong policy framework for the Murphy-Oliver administration.
“I am proud to say that our transition was the most inclusive and diverse transition advisory process in the history of New Jersey,” Governor Murphy said. “We had over 80 co-chairs and over 500 transition team members who all brought incredible experience and knowledge to each policy issue that was covered. The breadth of the recommendations provides a strong foundation as we begin to build a New Jersey that works for everyone.”
The fourteen committee reports were delivered to Governor Murphy and his senior leadership team before Governor Murphy’s inauguration. The final reports were prepared by the transition policy staff: Director of Transition Policy Committees Jose Fernandez, Senior Advisor for Strategy and Policy Carl Van Horn, and Deputy Policy Directors Curtis Fisher and Allison Kopicki. The final products reflect the broad consensus within each committee but the reports may contain language or content that does not reflect the concurrence of all co-chairs or committee members, nor the organizations they represent.
The reports detail suggestions for implementing smarter, more strategic investments in areas like transportation, healthcare, housing, clean energy and other key sectors to help grow New Jersey’s economy. The reports also recommend policies for empowering and educating more New Jerseyans, ways to better serve veterans, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations, and strategies for improving the interactions between government and residents. Additionally, the reports recommend improvements to infrastructure, education, and agriculture that will preserve and advance existing assets while growing jobs and economic opportunities across the entire state.
“Short-sighted decisions based on what could happen in the next election have left many New Jersey agencies without strategies that ensure the state’s competitiveness and viability in the 21st Century, but the era of ad-hoc policy making is over in New Jersey,” Governor Murphy said. “We have thoroughly reviewed the Transition reports and have already started acting on some of the recommendations. We are excited to continue making progress and move toward a stronger and fairer New Jersey.”
Reports were released by the following Transition committees:
The reports are available at http://nj.gov/governor/news/reports/approved/reports_archive.shtml