Chris J. Murphy



Chris J. Murphy leads the economic incentive advisory practice at Murphy Partners LLP, a boutique law firm with offices in Newark, New Jersey and New York City. A partner in the firm, Chris has significant experience helping clients identify, negotiate, and secure real estate and economic development incentives, such as tax credits, tax abatements and exemptions, cash grants, low-interest loans, and other forms of non-dilutive financing. Prior to founding Murphy Partners LLP, Chris was a member of the Lt. Governor’s New Jersey Business Action Center, where he advised businesses and developers through the State’s vast array of economic incentive and financing programs offered through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and other state agencies, including the Grow NJ Assistance Program (Grow NJ) and the Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program. Prior to his role with the Lt. Governor, Chris worked for the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. As manager of statewide strategic initiatives, Chris served as the Department’s direct liaison to external economic development partners and played a key role in the implementation and administration of the State’s workforce development grant and incentive programs used to retain and attract businesses to the State. For over a decade, Chris has served as a trusted advisor to elected officials, policymakers, and others in the political arena. His deep understanding of New Jersey’s political landscape and government institutions, together with longstanding relationships on both sides of the political aisle, have made him a valuable advisor to many. Chris is the co-author of the soon-to-be-published Financial Incentives Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey (4th Edition), published by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, a division of the New Jersey State Bar Association. His insight on the topic of real estate incentives has been featured in multiple publications, including NJBIZ, Real Estate NJ, and The Wall Street Journal. Chris received his law degree from the Rutgers Law School, and a master’s degree from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Kean University. An avid competitor, Chris competed professionally in both ice hockey and boxing prior to starting his career as an attorney.