Murphy hires new chef (with tax dollars) even as N.J. economy sputters

PRINCETON, N.J. – That’s according to a jaw-dropping Friday report from N.J. Advance Media’s Matt Arco:

“The longtime chef at New Jersey governor’s mansion in Princeton has been replaced by a Red Bank restaurant owner who is taking over a new position with a salary that is about $40,000 more than the former cook’s wages, NJ Advance Media has learned.”

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“That’s hard to swallow, spending that kind of money on a cook. It’s a $40,000 raise over the cook he replaced, and it’s completely unnecessary,” Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) said, reacting to the news. “Murphy already saddled taxpayers with almost $900,000 in repairs to Drumthwacket. New Jersey families deserve better treatment from Trenton.”

The Garden State’s financial woes are well-documented. News of Murphy’s “let them eat cake” decision comes one day after a new analysis detailing how New Jersey’s economic growth is the nation’s 3rd least robust.