Gov. Murphy offers his first State of the State address in New Jersey

David Madden
January 15, 2019 - 5:08 pm
Gov. Phil Murphy delivers his first State of the State address in Trenton, New Jersey, on Jan. 15, 2019.

Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor's Office via Flickr

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy offered his first State of the State message to a joint legislative session in Trenton. It was a mix of changes made, changes still needed and one potentially huge roadblock.

The governor opened his 55 minute address with a scathing review of the state’s Economic Development Authority’s Tax Incentive Program. An audit showed little return for the billions spent particularly over the eight years of his predecessor, and that those breaks will require paying out a billion dollars this year.

“I am calling for a new program that is capped in the amount of money that it gives out, has clear eligibility criteria and oversight, has flexibility and works to achieve our broader goals by investing in the high wage, high growth sectors upon which we must rebuild our economy,” Murphy said.

Gov. Phil Murphy delivers his first State of the State address in Trenton, New Jersey, on Jan. 15, 2019.
NJ Governor's Office via Flickr

He listed accomplishments in year one, from stronger gun laws to lower health insurance to improvements in medical marijuana and education funding.

But looking ahead, Murphy added, “Let’s start 2019 by finishing what we began in 2018. Putting the minimum wage on a clear and responsible path to $15 an hour and by legalizing adult-use marijuana.”

He says talks with fellow Democrats in charge in the legislature have gotten both sides close on both issues. But that’s been said before.

And he promises improvements on New Jersey Transit in his budget address expected in early March.

Listen to the full address here: