Murphy delivers report card, wish list in New Jersey State of the State address

Governor Phil Murphy delivers his second State of the State address in Trenton on January 14, 2020.
Photo credit Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor's Office
By KYW Newsradio 1060
TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual State of the State message to a joint legislative session in Trenton and hit on familiar themes while proposing new initiatives on a few fronts. 

After highlighting accomplishments in the first half of his term, Murphy says he’s setting up a plan to ensure people have employment training and options before the next recession hits called "Jobs NJ." 

He says it has a clear mission "to better align our education system to meet the future needs of both employers and workers and do better in matching our workers with potential employers."

The governor is also establishing a new office to deal with controlling health care costs in the state and a task force to address wealth disparity. Speaking of wealth, Murphy called, again, for expansion of a millionaire’s tax and changes in the tax incentive program.

Murphy also asked for reforms on several fronts, including ethical behavior within state government.

"And nothing more exemplifies that need to change the long-standing culture than the pernicious sexism and abuse that still creeps across these hallways at conferences and in meeting rooms,” he added.

Recent reports of women being mistreated by men in government have prompted calls for action, and the governor insists men have to behave better while listening and acting on concerns.