Murphy delivers pointed speech at swearing in; says he’ll ‘resist…Trump,’ mentions…

first_imgPhil Murphy was sworn in as New Jersey governor today, saying his administration will “resist every move from President Trump and a misguided Congressional leadership that would worsen income inequality; or divide families or deny access to college for our Dreamers; or defund essential infrastructure; or gut health care for our children, seniors, and the working poor; or provide a tax windfall to giant corporations and billionaires at the expense of our working and middle-class families.”He said, “The work of our administration will be about you, your families, and your communities. We will never lose sight that we are one state and one family, with different beliefs but common dreams, and that we do not succeed unless we all succeed.”He said the state has turned to a new page, and writing a new chapter of history, but that some of the old problems will remain. To find solutions, he said will require leadership and vision, as well as thinking big and refusing to wait for someone else to pick up the challenge.He said he will seek long term solutions that are for the common good.“The public is tired of pessimistic and short-sighted thinking. They have rejected the politics of division, of ‘us’ versus ‘them’, and asked us to focus on ‘we’ — all nine million who call this great state home,” he said. “We have visited every New Jersey county and met tens of thousands of people longing for leadership that will restore their confidence in the future of our state and their hold on the American Dream.”He said the mandate will be to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every family. This will be rooted in “an economy that creates better jobs and provides higher wages … that creates places where industries can grow and communities can rise, where innovative companies are born and where millennials want to live and where seniors want to retire … and, which remembers that we all have value and we all can contribute, including, and especially, the differently abled.”This also includes funding for public schools and property tax relieve, as well as affordable four year college education, and access to community colleges.“A stronger and fairer New Jersey creates tools for small businesses … and women, veteran, and minority-owned businesses … to thrive instead of delivering massive tax breaks to a handful of select and connected big corporations that don’t need them in the first place,” he said. “A stronger and fairer New Jersey ensures the wealthiest among us pay their fair share in taxes so working and middle-class families can keep more of their hard earned money.”This will embrace comprehensive criminal justice reform and legalized marijuana, creation of affordable lead-free housing, and renewable sources of energy.New Jersey will once against become a model for protecting the environment and growing economy fueled by innovation and ideas.“We will be bold, but we will be responsible and realistic. And in doing so we will send a loud and clear message that our days of muddling through from crisis to crisis are over – that we will charge forward with bold ideas and with a recognition that, while we can’t change everything overnight, we also can’t create a stronger tomorrow unless we start making smart investments today,” he said. “We will resist the dangerous and wrong attempt to allow drilling for oil off our precious shore. We will not allow this threat to our environment and our economy to stand. Our administration, along with the bipartisan support of our federal delegation, will not back down in our fight to protect the Jersey Shore from President Trump and the energy industry special interests.”last_img read more