Phil Murphy sworn in as NJ governor, vows to legalize marijuana

Meg Fellenbaum Pardoned

New Jersey's Governor-elect Phil Murphy said Sunday he is working toward a "stronger and fairer economy and society" in "the most diverse state in the United States". "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 together".

Former Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony where Democrat Phil Murphy is being sworn in as governor to replace Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Murphy, 60, of Middletown, Monmouth County, did not shy away from the progressive platform he campaigned on.

Murphy will take over a state with some of the worst finances in the nation.

He also pledged to fight President Trump's "unrelenting assault on our values", saying his administration would protect unauthorized immigrants brought to the country by their parents and fight efforts to "gut health care" and enable drilling on the Shore.

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

Canada police search for attacker who cut 11-year-old girl's hijab
Spokesman Ryan Bird says the school immediately contacted police and the girl's parents when the student arrived at school. When Khawlah was asked what she would say to the man if she had a chance, she said, "I think what you're doing is wrong".

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.

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. The two men shook hands on stage. Guadagno was the Republican nominee in last year's election.

Lawmakers, including Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), have said a recent federal tax overhaul will force them to re-evaluate plans to implement a millionaires tax.

On Tuesday, the governor signaled he would still like to raise taxes on the rich. His vision for a "stronger and fairer" state includes reform of the criminal justice system and legalization of marijuana, he said.

New Jersey's outgoing Gov. Chris Christie gave his approval Monday to a ban on bump stocks in the state that critics say is redundant.

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