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Monday, December 4, 2017

Why are the media hassling Murphy over the transition team's non-disclosure agreement?


Gov.-elect Murphy takes (or not) questions
at a press conference. (Photo: AP)

 

Why are the media -- PoliticoNJ in particular -- hassling Gov.-elect Phil Murphy over his transition team's signing of a non-disclosure agreement.

Murphy team has said that it allows the volunteers who are serving to have frank and honest discussion about topics of concern to the soon-to-be Murphy administration, development of policy positions and programmatic recommendations, and the vetting of prospective high level state employee appointments.

So, what's the big deal?

I served on the leadership team that recruited the members of Mayor Mapp's transition team in 2013 and compiled the reports and recommendations that became the Transition Committee's final report.

Each participant (there were over 100) on the transition committees signed a non-disclosure agreement -- for just the reasons noted above.

The teams were able to accomplish their assignments in a timely fashion -- developing a list of questions to explore, interviewing current city staff, exploring new policy and program directions and compiling (after several drafts) their final reports.
The compiled report became public when Mayor Mapp was sworn to office in January 2014 2018, and resided on the city's website until it got lost in the shuffle of domain names from "plainfield.com" to "plainfieldnj.gov".  For your convenience, I have uploaded a copy to Scribd here.
Here are some of the stories critical of Murphy's non-disclosure decision --




  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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