Phil Murphy sworn in as NJ governor, vows to legalize marijuana

17 January, 2018, 03:03 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Gov.-elect Murphy takes NJ Transit tour with stops around the state

Murphy, 60, said he plans to put together a team that is as "diverse as the community we serve", describing New Jersey as "the most diverse state in the United States" and saying he has found many qualified and dedicated people who want to serve and help "get this state back on its feet".

Democrat Phil Murphy on Tuesday will sign an executive order that promotes equal pay for women. He pledged to legalize marijuana as part of a broader reform of the criminal justice system, called for free community college, and asked the Democratic-controlled Legislature to immediately send him bills that would fund Planned Parenthood, almost double the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and "strengthen our gun laws". Christie served as the US attorney in New Jersey before he ran for governor.

Murphy's wife, Tammy, and their four children joined him on stage as he was sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

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Murphy - a former, longtime Goldman Sachs financier and U.S. Ambassador to Germany - will officially be sworn in on Tuesday after defeating Republican and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in November.

Murphy pledged to have a state budget "that is balanced fiscally and morally".

He hugged Christie and later praised his work addressing the opioid crisis and his role as a father. "There is no ambiguity in their mandate: They voted to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every New Jersey family".

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New Jersey Second Amendment Society - Our mission is to promote the free exercise of Second Amendment rights within the community and Legislature of New Jersey, to educate the community regarding the enjoyable, safe, and responsible use of firearms, and to engender a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the members and their families. After a successful stint fundraising for Democrats, former President Barack Obama named Murphy ambassador to Germany, where he served from 2009 to 2013.

New Jersey Transit's decision to hold a board meeting on Martin Luther King Day has generated some controversy.

The switch from Christie means that New Jersey will go from a governor who is a friend of President Donald Trump to one that opposes him on many fronts. Monday is Republican Gov. Chris Christie's last full day in office.

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He takes over from a larger-than-life governor who oversaw the state as its economy rebounded but who also saw his popularity plunge after a failed presidential run and the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal.

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