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Murphy will sign executive order on equal pay for women

Murphy will sign executive order on equal pay for women

Phil Murphy became New Jersey's 56th governor on Tuesday, ushering in a new progressive era after eight years of Republican rule under Chris Christie.

"New Jersey was once renowned for big ideas and can be again", Mr. Murphy said in his inaugural address.

The Democratic governor said he was "proud" to have signed a letter with former Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the state's two USA senators petitioning against the drilling proposal.

The Murphy administration is wasting no time.

Here's a look at Gov. Phil Murphy's first day on the job. "City Council will be a ready, willing, able partner to do what's right". He gave the pen from his first executive to a resident named Dina Hansen, who worked for 16 years in the private sector before finding out that she was being vastly underpaid in comparison to her male colleagues.

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

"We will resist the risky and wrong attempt to allow drilling for oil off our precious shore", Murphy said, vowing to "not back down in our fight to protect the Jersey Shore from President Trump and the special industry special interests". He hugged Christie and later praised his work addressing the opioid crisis and his role as a father.

She noted that Murphy's plan to raise an estimated $1.3 billion in incremental revenue from higher taxes on wealthy people and legalizing marijuana would likely be "insufficient" to meet rising pension costs.

In New Jersey, women working full-time earn, on average 82 cents for every dollar earned by a man in a full-time position.

The former Wall Street executive and political newcomer replaces Republican Chris Christie.

Murphy is a former Goldman Sachs executive who served as the USA ambassador to Germany in the Obama administration.

He takes over from a larger-than-life governor who oversaw the state as its economy rebounded but who also saw his popularity plunge after a failed presidential run and the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal.

"As our infrastructure goes, so goes the state", he said, adding New Jersey is the fourth smallest state geographically, and the densest state in the country. "It was a true privilege".

Murphy will make his first budget address to the state legislature in the coming weeks. He has said he would bring in new leadership at New Jersey Transit, the state's beleaguered commuter rail and bus agency, and has said the state faces a "fiscal crisis".

He was attending a prayer service at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton and his inaugural ball will take place Tuesday night under a tent at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

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