New Jersey Governor Murphy Announces Alliance with Irish Company Applegreen

Bridget Mulroy

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On Tuesday, New Jersey’s Governor Murphy visited the country of Ireland to meet with the Irish company Applegreen. Applegreen is a Dublin-based company that manages the motorway toll plazas throughout most of the United States and Europe.

Applegreen announced they’ll be setting up a new headquarters in the New Jersey township of Glen Rock. The company also invested $126M expected to bring 800 jobs to New Jersey.

The company is the largest highway plaza operator in the United States. They have over two hundred and fifty locations across eighteen states in the United States, including New Jersey.

According to New Jersey Business Magazine, “Applegreen was taken private in March 2021 by a partnership comprised of its founders, Bob Etchingham [CEO of Applegreen] [and] Joe Barrett, and Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, a leading investor in U.S. infrastructure assets.”

The New Jersey Governor chimed proudly on his heritage on Tuesday, “As a proud Irish-American, I am thrilled to be in Dublin and joined by Applegreen, Ireland’s foremost service plaza operator, to announce the relocation of its U.S. Travel Plaza Headquarters to New Jersey,” said Murphy. “Applegreen is a world-class travel infrastructure partner who will generate significant economic growth for the state and bring innovation and expertise to the redevelopment of New Jersey’s 21 on-highway services plazas. We welcome the hundreds of new jobs that Applegreen will bring to New Jersey and look forward to building a strong partnership that drives our state’s innovation economy forward.”

The Governor continued, “I cannot wait to see Applegreen settle into its new American home in New Jersey,” Murphy said. “The lease has already been signed and we’re ready to roll out the welcome mat.” So it’s official!

The New Jersey Globe reported Governor Murphy to have attended a roundtable meeting alongside ten other Irish companies interested in establishing themselves in the United States. Regarding the strengthened bond between Applegreen and the State of New Jersey, the Governor continued to comment, “It’s not just any company,” he paused, “It’s Irish, and it’s completely consistent with the things that we care about.”

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