Christie leaving governor's office as Democrat takes over

Christie leaving governor's office as Democrat takes over

Phil Murphy was sworn in Tuesday as New Jersey's 56th governor, and he pledged to move the state past legacy issues inherited by his administration, push back against the policies of the Trump administration and promote economic diversity and equity. Christie's successor, Democrat Phil Murphy, is to be sworn in on Tuesday.

Murphy opposes Trump on health care, immigration and taxes.

"We must reject President Trump's dark belief of an America in decline and in carnage", he said.

"Maybe a bobblehead of Christie on a bridge or at the beach would have gone over better, but we decided not to take the risk after our experience with this one", Sklar said, referencing two of the governor's most notable scandals during his two terms.

Former Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver has been sworn in as lieutenant governor of the state.

During Murphy's speech at the War Memorial in Trenton, a block from the statehouse, he praised Christie for his work combating opioid addiction and for setting an example of how to parent in the public eye.

Murphy's resolved to tackling decades-old problems and tackling new challenges, despite the state's lackluster financial state and the nationwide fatigue for politics.


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law on Monday making it illegal to fly an unmanned drone aircraft after too many drinks, a spokesman said on the Republican's last day in office.

Murphy asked the Legislature to send him bills that raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, promote equal pay for women and paid sick leave for workers, make voting more accessible and strengthen gun laws. His vision for a "stronger and fairer" state includes reform of the criminal justice system and legalization of marijuana, he said.

"We can once again be the state that leads the nation in progressive policies and puts common sense and our residents first in line", Murphy said. Guadagno was the Republican nominee in last year's election.

Murphy has never held political office and earned his fortune, which he used to help win the Democratic nomination past year, as an executive at Goldman Sachs.

So far 40 states have enacted some kind of laws addressing drones, and threes have adopted resolutions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A former ally pleaded guilty and two former aides were convicted in the political revenge plot, which targeted a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse Christie's second gubernatorial bid.

That figure could shrink in the coming months since New Jersey's governor is among the most powerful in the country, with the authority to appoint judges, prosecutors and hundreds of other officials, and is often in the spotlight. "It was a true privilege".

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