In a virtual State of State speech, Murphy tries to calm New York on COVID, vows to act on taxes and guns
After he'll be elected into a second term, New Jersey's governor used to offer more time to our residents and actions before turning around.
The Democratic has outlined other goals to keep the Garden State more progressive, but has promised to make it more affordable.
Murphy said in the former category that he will sign a new bill to protect abortion rights and strengthen a push for further gun reform that has so far stalled. In the latter, he stood by his commitment to not raising taxes and said that hell work to reduce property taxes while developing new measures to reduce health care and prescription medication costs.
Murphy said in a recording that was taped on Sunday and broadcast on Tuesday afternoon. Because this is who we are as New Jerseyans, he said.
As COVID-19 continues to hold the state, Murphy recorded the speech in an empty theater at the Trenton War Memorial.
Shortly before giving the address, the governor announced that some of his remaining power would be renewed to combat the omicron variation spreading through the globe, including in maintaining the statewide school mask mandate.
He said he will not face further limitations in the emergency, even though he said New Jersey must remain on a war base against a virus that has now taken on a form that is overwhelming our collective psyche as it tests our state.
In the speech, Murphy didn't include any significant new ideas or at least some more detailed ones. But his promises on taxes and affordability are part of the remarks a number of New Jersey Democratic leaders have made in the wake of the mixed-results election in November.
Murphy said in his statement that his mission is to make the next major leap forward to transform the positive changes we have made in our laws into tangible progress for our working families and seniors. We must continue to demonstrate that the promise of a stronger and better New Jersey is real and open to every resident, every family, and every community.
Il appoints New Jerseyans to eliminate factional disagreements.
From today forward, for us all, the politicking ends and the governing begins, Murphy said. Thats true patriotism.
Lets stop shouting down each other and get back to talking with each other. [...] And lets prove that our best days arent in our rear-view mirror.
Murphy's assessment of the state has been dismissed by senior Republican lawmakers. Newly minted state Assembly Minority Leader John DiMaio, R-Warren, described it as a "fairy tale."
DiMaio said, He really painted a rosy picture, and he would paint Picassos.
This entire speech was slanted to convey his message the way he wants people to hear it, he said.
Former Assemblyman, Republican who lost to Murphy in November, criticized the speech.
According to Ciattarelli, the Governor of Murphy's State of the State Address raises the question: In what state is this guy living in?
We may all be together in this, but it isnt here with us.
Here's a closer look at Murphy's remarks.
Murphy said New Jerseyans are "all unhappy with this pandemic" after more than 22 months in a crisis that has killed more than 29,000 people and boosted lives.
The governor said there are far, far more of you who have done the hard work and demonstrated our state's overwhelming selflessness and community spirit.
Still, the omicron surge has been reported in the United States and hospitalizations that have gone to those levels never known since the initial wave in spring 2020. Murphy said the variant is doing its best to stop us in our tracks and push us back, with upwards of four times as many New Jerseyans having the virus today the number who did a year ago.
Murphy's public-health emergency announced on Tuesday comes a day after the Legislature refused to grant his request to renew his remaining pandemic powers for 90 days.
Murphy warns that there will be no new statewide requirement, mandates, passports, lockdowns, or gathering limits. Local governments are permitted to implement their own restrictions.
This step will not change in your day-to-day lives, the governor said. But it is vital to ensuring our continued and coordinated response so we can move forward and put COVID behind us..
While Murphy noted during his speech that 90% of New Jersey residents have received at least one vaccination dose, he urged more people to get booster doses because its "proven to reduce the impact of illness to keep you out of the hospital."
If we hold together to shine bright just a little longer, we will disperse the dark cloud of COVID, he said. We may not have fully conquered the virus, but we will never let the virus conquer us. We must get to the point where we stay in front of it and dont fall back again. And we will.
Some of the things Murphy has been criticized for over the last two years for the pandemic, including sending COVID-19 patients back to albeit in isolated portions of the homes and the massive logjam in the states Department of Labor that left many people waiting weeks or even months to.
When he was given a wide-ranging interview ahead of his speech, Murphy slammed his views about his future as a progressive democratic candidate. And he mirrored the message in his response, which seemed to undermine his progressive credentials.
Murphy fought for a higher of millionaires taxes, increased the minimum wage to $15 an hour, increased school funding, and implemented tax cuts for lower- and middle-class residents.
Moreover, he reiterated his desire to sign a newly passed bill into law, a move that grew out of concern that the conservative-leaning Supreme Court might overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision later this year.
These decisions must be stricted between a woman and her doctor, period," Murphy said, adding that he intends to sign the law this week.
Besides, he has called for lawmakers to adopt a third set of "common-sense and comprehensive" firearm laws after the last four years. That includes proposals to close more restrictions on firearm sales, require additional safety training for gun owners, and giving police officers more options to go afterfenders.
The package died in the previous legislative session when the outgoing state Senate President, D-Gloucester, said he wouldnt post the most of the bills because they dont do anything about the crime on the streets.
Murphy said the state would not continue to operate another year without the new provisions. Its unclear where the new Senate President, D-Union, stands.
After the speech, Assembly Speaker, D-Middlesex who previously pledged support for the gun bills issued a more general statement. Murphy's vision to build on the progress weve made in New Jersey this past four years
Reengagement ourselves to resurrect working middle-class families, making New Jersey more affordable, and ensuring access to opportunities, we are ready to advance a strategy that focuses on the daily challenges that we are faced," said Coughlin.
Murphy said he will send lawmakers a strategy to make prescription medications cheaper, as well as "life-saving" medication and tablets, people take daily.
He said the goal is making prices in the supply chain more transparent so we can see what drives drug prices higher and we can lower them.
Lewer costs will save families hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year,, Murphy said without revealing more details.
De facto, he said, his administration will continue to take on increasing costs to make health care more affordable and accessible this year, despite failing to provide specific advice.
In his first term, the governor was repeatedly hammered especially by Republicans for numerous tax hikes. But Murphy vowed he would not raise any more in his second term.
That hasnt changed.
Murphy said in his speech that his organization will not increase taxes if the state budget I propose in a few weeks is up.
Murphy outlined himself as tackling New Jersey's most pressing issue, the nation's highest property taxes.
The average property tax bill in New Jersey in the first three years of Murphy's first term has been high, yet the governor has discussed how yearly increases are among the lowest levels on record for any governor.
According to Murphy, the administration has done so in part by awarding billions in state aid to schools, reducing the need for school boards to levy more taxes. School taxes are the largest portion of property taxes bills.
School funding is property tax relief, the governor said.
Murphy said he is making New Jersey "the place where businesses want to locate and where their families want to live." Republicans disagree.
They emphasized that the state's number one priority is establishing it as one of the most pronounced in the country.
When you were down due to the epidemic, it's very easy to choose one rosy quarter, and you have this quick stat up, according to DiMaio, the new Assembly Republican leader.
Nancy Munoz, an Assemblywoman from the United Union, also said the state must see property taxes actually drop, not only slow, because inflation continues to rise. She called on government leaders to give money directly back to taxpayers.
Murphy's decision to reinstall the COVID-19 health emergency has been criticised by Republicans, which claim he pushed the Legislature to stand out.
Munoz said: People are understanding how to deal with this. As such, they also said to us loud and clear: We want you to be our voices in the Legislature.
Senate Republicans issued a statement before the speech stating that they will focus on affordability and making the Garden State a place where young adults, families, and seniors can afford to live.
Governor Murphy is set to hold his feet to the fire as he answers New Jersey's cost-of-living concerns, according to GOP lawmakers.
The president of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (GOA) has called for the state to establish a proactive and comprehensive plan to help New Jersey businesses and the economy, rather than the reactive approach and the continuation of policies that harm our business community.
This is a unique opportunity for our state to provide tax relief across the board so residents can have more money in their pockets, so startups can start here and so corporations can grow here, Siekerka said.
Murphy, a former vice president of New Jersey Policy Perspective's senior vice president, said Murphy should provide a better description of the state of the state and the need to take action more seriously.
Shure explains that the last four years have proved that the government is not required to sacrifice low- and moderate-income families at the expense of economic growth.
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