One hundred days since taking office, Gov. Phil Murphy called his investment in NJ Transit and pledge to raise the minimum wage as keys to a “stronger and fairer” New Jersey.
Speaking at Rutgers New Brunswick on Wednesday, Murphy recapped his signing an equal pay for equal work law and Automatic Voter Registration.
After the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Murphy entered New Jersey into the States for Gun Safety to combat gun violence in the absence of federal action. Murphy said he would name the states where guns used to commit crimes in New Jersey originated.
On the economy, Murphy has begun steps to develop an offshore wind marketplace. He noted wind company Orsted has pledged to locate in Atlantic City.
“For too long, Trenton failed to act decisively in the efforts to combat global climate change,” Murphy said. “We were being sold a false premise that you can have responsible environmental and energy policies or jobs, but not both.”
On social issues, Murphy recapped his restoring funding to Planned Parenthood, his support for legalized medical marijuana and for Dreamers.
Murphy called education central to providing a fairer New Jersey provided it is properly funded. To accomplish this, Murphy has proposed a millionaire’s tax and increasing the sales tax to 7 percent.
“In the overall arc of our administration, 100 days is just a starting point,” Murphy said. “But we have been aggressive in restoring New Jersey’s stature and in turning around our direction.”