Democrat Phil Murphy takes oath as New Jersey governor

Gov.-elect Murphy takes NJ Transit tour with stops around the state

Once in office, Murphy says he will focus on NJ Transit reforms.

Phil Murphy addresses the crowd at the War Memorial in Trenton.

New Jersey's next governor tweeted out morning wishes to the state.

Murphy, who mentioned John Fitzgerald Kennedy in his speech and was sworn in using the Fitzgerald family Bible, vowed to resist Washington's "all-out assault" on New Jersey.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame is holding a clearance sale of Christie figurines before the governor leaves office Tuesday and is listing the mementos for just $13 each. 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.

Murphy acknowledged, hard work lies ahead, and, as I've also made clear, the Assembly is ready to do hard things, stand up for middle-class families and boost our economy.

Murphy's wife, Tammy, and their four children joined him on stage as he was sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at the grand War Memorial in Trenton.

"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. He hugged Christie and later praised his work addressing the opioid crisis and his role as a father.

Oliver will head the state's Department of Community Affairs and will serve as acting governor whenever Murphy is out of state. "However, instead of writing yet more pages about age-old problems that never go away, let's write about the solutions", Murphy said.

Murphy had been counting on raising taxes on millionaires for a projected $600 million in annual revenue, but Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester) appeared to scuttle that plan after Trump signed a federal tax overhaul that is expected to hurt filers in high-tax states like New Jersey and NY. Murphy's running mate, former Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, was sworn in as lieutenant governor.

While a number of Democrat-controlled states have adopted an official policy of non-cooperation with federal immigration authorities, Murphy is seeking to outdo his progressive counterparts by devoting an entire agency to help immigrants navigate the federal immigration bureaucracy.

In a 22-minute inaugural address that brimmed with optimism, Murphy echoed his campaign slogan and consistently vowed "a fairer, stronger New Jersey".

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