A possible Democratic candidate for governor in New Jersey called for implementing several progressive policies aimed at helping the middle class.
Philip Murphy has founded the New Start New Jersey think tank and unveiled about a half-dozen proposals during Wednesday’s event at Rutgers University. They include a tax credit for children and dependents as well as increasing the minimum wage for tipped workers in New Jersey.
Murphy says too many middle class families in the state “fall behind.”
The left-leaning, Washington-based Center for American Progress helped formulate the ideas.
Murphy has deflected questions about whether he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2017.
He served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013. He also worked for former Gov. Jon Corzine’s Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs for two decades.