Murphy, in his joint address to both Houses of the
Murphy also called for a package of ethics reforms to reduce the influence of special interests in state politics and reforms to attack the “pernicious sexism and abuse that still creeps across these hallways, at conferences, and in meeting rooms” in
“I am calling for us all to work together to tear down the existing system and replace it with one that treats everyone with equal dignity and respect,” Murphy said. “I am calling on my partners in government to join me in this mission.”
Workplace culture and sexual harassment have been hot topics in
“We all must be disgusted by the stories which women... tell of their mistreatment by men who felt empowered, if not protected, by Trenton’s culture,” Murphy said. “For too many years, too many people in power have turned their eyes away from behavior they knew was not only happening, but was pervasive in Trenton.”
Last month, State Sen.
This comes after the Newark Star-Ledger detailed claims by at least 20 female staffers that they were sexually harassed, assaulted, or groped as recently as last year while working in state government or political campaigns. Some incidents happened at two popular political gatherings, hosted by New Jersey’s
In 2018, a special legislative committee held hearings after a top staffer to Gov.
Murphy also called for stronger financial disclosure laws and reforms to the state’s “pay-to-play” regulations, saying lawmakers "must do more to gain the trust of our residents and decrease their rightful cynicism.”
His speech was the same day the
Murphy also recommitted to passing a millionaire’s tax, an initiative that has proved elusive for the progressive Democrat.
“I am not giving up the fight for a millionaire’s tax,” Murphy said, to a rousing applause. “A millionaire’s tax can ease the property tax burden on millions of middle-class families and seniors, and do more to help fund our public schools...millionaires and corporate CEOs made out just fine in the last recession – and, I assure you, they will again when the next one hits.”
“The millionaires tax is just another income tax,” said
Murphy also touted numerous accomplishments from his first two years in office. Murphy signed a law gradually phasing in a
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