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Gov. Phil Murphy delivers his 2019 State of the State Address in Trenton on January 15, 2019. (Photo: Tim Larsen for the Governor's Office).

Murphy will deliver in-person State of the State next week

State of the State was virtual in both 2021 and 2022 due to Covid

By Joey Fox, January 04 2023 11:54 am

Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that he’ll deliver the 2023 State of the State Address in the Assembly Chamber at 2 p.m. next Tuesday, January 10.

It will be Murphy’s first in-person State of the State since 2020; the last two addresses were both virtual due to Covid concerns. The address will also be livestreamed on the governor’s YouTube channel.

“We are building a New Jersey that is leading the way for our nation,” Murphy said in a brief statement. “We have come so far in making New Jersey the State of Opportunity we know it can be, but we still have more to do.”

The governor is likely to focus on a number of policy victories his administration has notched in the past year, including expanded gun control laws and a major property tax relief program, as well as possible future priorities like abortion access and carjackings. Also likely to make an appearance is Murphy’s current antagonist: the U.S. Supreme Court, which released a number of conservative landmark opinions in 2022 and may issue yet more in 2023.

While the address will be the first in-person State of the State in three years, Murphy did convene the full legislature in March of last year for his annual budget address.

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