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Gov. Phil Murphy takes the oath of office for his second term as governor on January 18,, 2022. (Photo: NJ Globe via YouTube).

Statements on Gov. Murphy’s inauguration

By David Wildstein, January 18 2022 12:49 pm

SENATE PRESIDENT NICHOLAS SCUTARI

“I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Governor Murphy on the start of his second term of office. As the first Democratic Governor to win reelection in more than four decades, this historic achievement comes at a time of serious challenge. We have enormous responsibilities and great opportunities that are best met by working together. With Democrats continuing to provide the leadership of both houses of the Legislature and the executive branch, we have a renewed commitment to address the needs and priorities of all the people of New Jersey.”

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER CRAIG COUGHLIN

“The first Democrat to be re-elected Governor in 44 years, I congratulate Phil Murphy on his inauguration today as well as Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver.  With their vision to keep building toward a stronger, fairer New Jersey alongside a history-making Legislature, I look forward to advancing a Democratic agenda together that makes life better for all who call our great state home.”

REPUBLICAN STATE CHAIRMAN BOB HUGIN

“With Inauguration Day upon us, I offer my sincere congratulations to Governor Murphy.  The people of New Jersey deserve answers and common sense solutions to the systemic problems that have long plagued our state. It is my genuine hope that Governor Murphy will work with Democrats and Republicans in the legislature on addressing the concerns that voters unequivocally raised in the last election: making New Jersey more affordable, empowering parents to make decisions on behalf of their children, keeping our communities safe, prioritizing the education of our children over politically-motivated mandates, and ending the lockdowns that have caused irreversible economic and mental harm. ”

NORTH CAROLINA GOV. ROY COOPER

Congratulations to Gov. Phil Murphy on his historic inauguration today. Gov. Murphy has delivered solutions for a stronger and fairer New Jersey — and he’s not finished yet. He protected affordable health care, boosted the minimum wage, and enacted sweeping climate reforms. And most recently, he signed a bill into law enshrining women’s reproductive freedom.  With his swearing-in today, Gov. Murphy becomes the first Democratic governor to win reelection in New Jersey in over 40 years. His proven track record resonated with New Jersey voters, who turned out to choose four more years of progress. Gov. Murphy is ready to keep moving New Jersey forward, and we look forward to seeing what he accomplishes in this next term.”

MIDDLESEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN KEVIN MCCABE

“We, in Middlesex County, are proud to congratulate Governor Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver on this momentous day.  Governor Murphy is the right leader we need in this next phase of economic recovery, and we are excited to work with him in his historic second term as Governor to move New Jersey forward.”

DEMOCRATIC STATE CHAIRMAN LEROY JONES, JR.

“It gives me tremendous pride to congratulate my friends Governor Murphy and Lt. Governor Oliver on being inaugurated today and officially beginning their second term leading New Jersey forward. While our state faces many challenges, I know that we have the right leadership in office to help us rise to this occasion by delivering a state government that truly works for all residents. Governor Murphy and Lt. Governor Oliver ran on a platform of making New Jersey stronger and fairer, and now they have a tremendous opportunity to deliver on that promise and truly make our state a place where everyone has a chance to thrive. On behalf of Democrats from throughout our state I wish them the best as we continue this journey together, and as we work collectively to move our state forward.”

SENATE MINORITY LEADER STEVEN OROHO

“Now that the housekeeping is complete, we shouldn’t waste any time getting back to work in Trenton on efforts to make New Jersey more affordable. After the November election, the governor and legislative leaders of both parties said addressing affordability would be a priority. After all that talk, it’s time to show people some real action. Senate Republicans are ready to work.”

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