Off to a good start: Insiders are optimistic about Murphy

Dale Florio, a longtime Trenton insider, was one of those who came away from the inauguration impressed with Gov. Phil Murphy.

This wasn’t Dale Florio’s first rodeo.

He has heard inaugural speeches for decades — and from people of both parties.

More than that, the well-known lobbyist and public policy consultant who runs Princeton Public Affairs Group knows how Trenton runs.

So, when Florio comes away from an inaugural gubernatorial address impressed and optimistic, you need to take note.

Such was the case after Gov. Phil Murphy’s address at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial on Tuesday.

Florio thinks Murphy, as a political outsider, can impact real change.

“I think (being an outsider) gives him a honeymoon period, which can be very helpful,” Florio said. “He’s not constrained by conventional wisdom. He’s going to have a lot of people in his ear, but he’s not constrained.

“Not being an elected official, having other experiences internationally and not New Jersey, should help. He has a good group of staff people around him who can help him navigate the politics.”

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