Murphy Called NJ Transit System 'National Disgrace'

Frederick Owens
January 17, 2018

Murphy's commitment to consolidating bipartisan support may be due in part by his intention to push back against policies implemented by President Trump that he believes negatively impact New Jersey. The public is exhausted of pessimistic and short-sighted thinking.

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver was sworn in as New Jersey's second lieutenant governor, as well - and received a standing ovation when she noted that she is New Jersey's "first woman of color serving in a statewide office".

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".

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". And while he said the wealthiest should "pay their fair share", he didn't specifically call on lawmakers to pass him a bill raising taxes on millionaires, a key funding mechanism for his promised policies.

Murphy also said the state must accept the reality of climate change, invest aggressively in renewable energy, and uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.

"We are incredibly humbled by the responsibility".

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Murphy will attend an inaugural ball under a tent at MetLife Stadium. 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".

"And I intend to do so", Murphy said.

"We will resist every move from President Trump and a misguided Republican Congress", Murphy said in his roughly-half-hour-long inaugural address before being interrupted by applause.

The Democrat joined with local veterans and members of the community for the ceremony to honor all of New Jersey's heroes and to let them know that they have not been forgotten. We will not allow this threat to our environment and our economy to stand.

"We will resist any attempt to define who is and who isn't a real American", he said, before later praising the diversity of his Cabinet officials, including the state's first Sikh-American attorney general.

"We must reject President Trump's dark belief of an America in decline and in carnage", he said. "We did not ask for this fight, but it is one that we must-and we will-take on", Murphy said.

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