Democrat Phil Murphy To Take Oath As New Jersey Governor

Democrat Phil Murphy To Take Oath As New Jersey Governor

Events are planned on Sunday and Monday before they are sworn into office at the War Memorial in Trenton on Tuesday.

"It is leadership that has made our country a place where immigrants still come in hope of a better future-and that includes from Haiti and the continent of Africa", Murphy said.

Murphy says asking about salary histories perpetuates the wage gap between men and women by allowing employers to offer lower salaries to women. He received a standing ovation when he talked about policies that will support women, including the funding Planned Parenthood and an executive order he will sign this afternoon as one of his first official acts that will promote equal pay for women.

The former Wall Street executive and political newcomer replaces Republican Chris Christie.

"There is no ambiguity in their mandate: They voted to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every New Jersey family", Murphy said. 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".

Murphy also thanked former Christie for his service and praised his work on the opioid crisis, the AP reported.

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New Jersey has a new governor. After a successful stint fundraising for Democrats, former President Barack Obama named Murphy ambassador to Germany, where he served from 2009 to 2013.

Phil Murphy is moving quickly to promote the issues that propelled him to the governor's office in New Jersey.

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.

New Jersey has added drunk droning to the statute books, outlawing the flying of unmanned aircraft after one too many drinks. Robert Menendez; and Christie's lieutenant governor, Republican Kim Guadagno, whom Murphy defeated in November.

"Rushing the bill during the last few days of the Christie Administration, instead of waiting until Governor-elect Phil Murphy takes office, reinforces that gun ban politicians have been frustrated by their defeats over the past eight years and are chomping at the bit to unleash a fresh torrent of attacks on gun owners and sportsmen", the group said in a statement.

Oliver will also serve as commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), putting her in charge of services for local governments, housing code enforcement, fire safety and a mortgage finance agency, among other areas.

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