NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios welcomed New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Feb. 14, as the Governor hosted mayors from throughout the County for a roundtable discussion on critical issues facing the County’s towns and residents.

“I am very excited that you have come here to discuss priorities and how we can build new partnerships with the State while strengthening those that already exist,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Thank you Governor for giving all of us the opportunity to have a direct dialogue with you on issues facing our residents.”

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Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios (left) and Gov. Phil Murphy (right). Credit: Middlesex County

Gov. Murphy summarized his Administration’s priorities, such as Infrastructure and transportation funding, education funding and municipal aid, and told those assembled he intended to work with county and local officials to meet his goals.

Murphy then turned the floor over to the mayors, who discussed dozens of topics ranging from land redevelopment and property taxes to affordable housing and traffic.

“This type of face-to-face, direct outreach is so vitally important as we all move forward in serving the people of our towns, the people of Middlesex County and the people of the great State of New Jersey," Rios said.