"Governor Murphy in the city of Newark with working families, with 32BJ, in this church talking about economic equality means that New Jersey is in a new state, in a new period".
"[He has] a deep, deep mix between New Jersey experience and relevant experience outside of New Jersey, and the cocktail we think we need right now given the challenges in the world we face", said Murphy. It promoted equal pay for women in the State of New Jersey.
Murphy's inaugural address was unabashedly liberal, calling for the wealthy to pay higher taxes, more funding for Planned Parenthood and a $15 minimum wage.
"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.
Republicans, meanwhile, said they would be willing to work with Murphy on shared policy goals, but some were also critical of parts of the speech that they viewed as overly political.
Former Obama administration Justice Department official Eric Columbus dug up the nugget on Twitter on Tuesday after Christie was replaced by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.
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However, he said that once he looks at the information it's "just his way of wanting to communicate on the subject". A USA withdrawal, he said , would likely have disastrous consequences.
Lt. Gov. Oliver becomes the state's first Black lieutenant governor. Democrats also control both houses of the Legislature.
"I accept the tremendous responsibility of this office with my parents clearly in mind and knowing they and my big brother are looking down today satisfied that the lessons taught around the kitchen table - the lessons of fairness, of justice, and of having the backs of others - still burn deeply within me", he said, at one point getting clearly emotional.
Murphy did not answer questions regarding the specifics of the order.
Murphy's wife and four children joined him as he took the oath on the same Bible that John F. Kennedy used when he was sworn in as president. His election places the governor's office in Democratic hands for the first time since 2009.
Murphy's running mate, former Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, was sworn in as lieutenant governor.