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Gov. Phil Murphy at his first State of the State address on January 15, 2019

COVID-19 forces Murphy to deliver State of the State online

By David Wildstein, January 05 2021 1:27 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy will stream his annual State of the State address online and through social media on January 12, becoming the first governor to not deliver the address before a joint session of the state legislature.

“Although wounded deeply, we enter 2021 tougher than ever, wiser than before, and ready to move forward together,” Murphy said. “Despite the ongoing pandemic, our mission has not changed. This year’s State of the State address will focus on the public health challenges ahead while charting a path forward to build a stronger, fairer, and more resilient economy that works for every New Jersey family.”

Murphy’s announcement does not say if Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin will take their traditional places behind the governor during the State of the State.

He will pre-record the address.

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