Christie becomes first NJ governor in decades to avoid breaking leg

Christie becomes first NJ governor in decades to avoid breaking leg

Gov. Phil Murphy, a multimillionaire former Goldman Sachs executive, said Wednesday that he will accept the full $175,000 salary that comes with the governor's job. Democrats also control both houses of the Legislature.

New Jersey's current minimum wage is $8.60 in January.

The former Wall Street executive and political newcomer becomes the state's 56th governor, succeeding Republican Chris Christie, after he is sworn in at the War Memorial in Trenton Tuesday.

Christie is the first elected New Jersey governor in almost 25 years to serve without suffering a broken leg.

On top of these specific initiatives, Gov. Murphy has said that he will support: legislation strengthening penalties for wage discrimination; efforts to make striking workers eligible for unemployment benefits after 30 days; and increased access to professional licenses for undocumented immigrants.

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Murphy is a former Goldman Sachs executive who served as the USA ambassador to Germany in the Obama administration.

Murphy will attend an inaugural ball under a tent at MetLife Stadium. "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. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has promised to introduce such a bill within the next three months.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) was also optimistic, saying he is looking forward to working with Murphy and former Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, a Democrat who was sworn in as the state's first-ever African-American lieutenant governor yesterday. His election places the governor's office in Democratic hands for the first time since 2009. "But now with a Governor like Phil Murphy we are going to fly".

"He spoke against the politics of division, and then he went on a whole litany using Donald Trump as a whipping boy", Pennacchio said.