Christie served as the US attorney in New Jersey before he ran for governor. But Christie exits with the lowest approval ratings of any governor in state history. He took a moment to recognize the diversity of his cabinet, including Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh-American attorney general in the nation; Marlene Caride, the first Latina to lead the Department of Banking and Insurance; and Jemal Beale, the first African-American to lead the state's National Guard.
Phil Murphy plans to establish the Garden State as a bastion of far-left policies, including a first-of-its-kind government agency devoted exclusively to protecting the rights of legal and illegal immigrants alike. I extend my warmest congratulations to our state's new leadership, Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. The White House said that Trump and Murphy agreed to work together and to seek improvements to the country's infrastructure.
Among the dignitaries sitting on stage behind him were his wife, Tammy, and their four children, Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam; Christie and his wife, Mary Pat; Senate President Steve Sweeney; Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin; U.S. Sen.
Murphy also thanked former Christie for his service and praised his work on the opioid crisis, the AP reported. The state needs to fund its public schools and deliver on the promise of property tax relief, he said.
"To my partners in the Legislature: I ask you to send me the bills, among others, to reaffirm our support for women's health and Planned Parenthood; to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour; to promote equal pay for women; to give every worker the peace of mind of earned sick leave; to tear down barriers to voting; and, to strengthen our gun laws", Murphy said. The last Democratic governor, Jon Corzine, who Christie ousted in 2009, was also an executive at Goldman Sachs.
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The former Wall Street executive and US ambassador to Germany will become the state's 56th governor after he is sworn in at the War Memorial in Trenton.
New Jersey needs to create better jobs, provide higher wages attract innovative companies and become a state where millennials want to live and where seniors want to retire, he said.
Murphy, who like Kennedy grew up in MA, also served several years under the Obama administration as ambassador to Germany.
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.
Murphy will attend an inaugural ball under a tent at MetLife Stadium. "It was a true privilege".
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