Governor-Elect Murphy Honors Veterans in Wildwood

A salute of cannons then went off outside of the ceremony at the War Memorial in Trenton and Murphy went down a line of officials shaking hands.

With Phil Murphy officially taking his seat as New Jersey's 56th governor on Tuesday, January 16th, the governor-elect set out this weekend to celebrate in communities throughout the state including here in South Jersey.

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.

Murphy, 60, a Democrat who was sworn in Tuesday on the same family Bible used by President John F. Kennedy, will sign an executive order that promotes equal pay for women, the Associated Press reported.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame is holding a clearance sale of Christie figurines before the governor leaves office Tuesday and is listing the mementos for just $13 each.

The state should work to provide tools for small businesses, Murphy said, instead of delivering massive tax breaks "to a handful of select and connected big corporations that frankly don't need them in the first place".

Murphy's inaugural address was unabashedly liberal, calling for the wealthy to pay higher taxes, more funding for Planned Parenthood and a $15 minimum wage.

Murphy set an inclusive tone for his administration - pointing to his diverse senior staff standing on stage behind him, among them the nation's first Sikh attorney general, Gurbir Grewal - and said the public had "rejected the politics of division".

Murphy, who like Kennedy grew up in MA, also served several years under the Obama administration as ambassador to Germany. He hugged Christie and later praised his work addressing the opioid crisis and his role as a father.

Murphy had been counting on raising taxes on millionaires for a projected $600 million in annual revenue, but Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester) appeared to scuttle that plan after Trump signed a federal tax overhaul that is expected to hurt filers in high-tax states like New Jersey and NY.

During last year's campaign, Murphy said he would "fully fund" schools and public workers' pensions and spend more on public transportation, but it's unclear how he'll accomplish all of that. His vision for a "stronger and fairer" state includes reform of the criminal justice system and legalization of marijuana, he said.

Murphy is set to take the oath of office along with his running, Shelia Oliver, tomorrow at the War Memorial in Trenton.

"Thank you to all the people of New Jersey for the honor of being your Governor for the last eight years", Christie wrote on Twitter after the inauguration.

  • Anthony Vega