Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Christie becomes first NJ governor in decades to avoid breaking leg

Christie becomes first NJ governor in decades to avoid breaking leg

When all eyes were on the Murphy family on Tuesday night, the Democrat's eldest son Josh flashed the OK hand signal below his waist as his father finished taking the oath.

"I can't make ends meet so I work two jobs, seven days", Carmen Molina, a 25-year-old factory worker who drives an hour to work each day and also works as a clerk in a retail store, said.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who was at Murphy's swearing-in yesterday, said it was exciting to see a new governor as progressive as Murphy.

"Minimum wage in this state is not remotely where it needs to be".

Columbus noted that Christie's predecessor, John Corzine, broke his leg and other bones in a vehicle accident in 2007.

"I believe I'll be accepting a salary", said Murphy. But Corzine took only a $1 salary.

Murphy did not answer questions regarding the specifics of the order.

"I'll take the salary for the job", he said, according to an audio recording of the event.

Murphy's inaugural address was unabashedly liberal, calling for the wealthy to pay higher taxes, more funding for Planned Parenthood and a $15 minimum wage. According to the non-profit New Jersey Working Families, 1.2 million New Jersey workers can not earn or use paid sick days.

"It is leadership that has driven America through the generations to be the envy of the world, to have saved it from fascism and other existential threats, and to have made us a force for good around the world, and a beacon for peace and prosperity", Murphy said. "I urge you to join us on the road forward, whether you are a Democrat, or a Republican, or an independent", he went on to say. "But it will just give us a sense of comfort to pay our bills".

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