NJ’s Tammy Murphy turns on her governor husband over a power plant

By Ry Rivard | 02/21/2024 06:27 AM EST

The first lady said she hadn’t spoken with her husband about the Newark project.

Sapphire Tate arranges signs before a protest.

Eight-year-old Sapphire Tate arranges signs before a protest against a proposed backup power plant for a sewage treatment facility in Newark, New Jersey, in 2022. Tammy Murphy is against a second backup power plant, citing childhood asthma rates in Newark. Wayne Parry/AP

NEWARK, New Jersey — One of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s most controversial projects — a gas-fired power plant inside the state’s largest city — has a new critic: his wife.

Tammy Murphy, who is running to replace Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, came out against a new plant planned for Newark to provide backup power to a state-run sewer agency that serves much of North Jersey.

She said Newark already has three gas-fired power plants, plus an incinerator and lots of diesel truck traffic, so the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission should not build a new plant there.


“I oppose the PVSC plant,” she said at a Tuesday morning press conference where she joined others against the project.