Democrat Phil Murphy was inaugurated as New Jersey’s 56th governor and former Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver was sworn in as lieutenant governor. The inauguration took place Tuesday at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton.
Before inauguration, Murphy attended a prayer service at Shiloh Baptist Church. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, New Jersey’s first Black female congressional member, was reportedly at the service and said Murphy’s administration will be more inclusive.
During his nearly 30-minute inauguration address, Murphy highlighted that New Jersey was turning a “new page” on government, a “stronger and fairer” New Jersey, his diverse cabinet and resistance against President Donald Trump.
“We must also immediately resist Washington’s all-out assault on New Jersey,” Murphy said. “This is not as much a battle between Democrats and Republicans, but a battle between right and wrong—between standing up for the people of New Jersey or standing for failed Washington politics.”
Murphy also touched on his plans to create better jobs for higher wages, increased funding for public schools, free community college, raising the minimum wage and comprehensive criminal justice reform, including his pledge to legalize marijuana in the Garden State.
“We will be bold, but we will be responsible and realistic,” he said. “And in doing so we will send a loud and clear message that our days of muddling through from crisis to crisis are over—that we will charge forward with bold ideas and with a recognition that, while we can’t change everything overnight, we also can’t create a stronger tomorrow unless we start making smart investments today.”
Murphy signed his first executive order Tuesday supporting equal pay for women by prohibiting managers in state government from asking job applicants about their previous salary.
Later in the evening he celebrated his inauguration at a ball held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford with his wife, First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy.