New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy on what’s ahead for the state

Incoming New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy joined the PIX11 Morning News to talk about what he has planned for the state and answered some questions from the viewers.

In light of the recent New York subway terror attack, critics bring up that the suspected bomber is an immigrant.

Murphy hopes to make New Jersey a sanctuary state and have it serve as a “welcoming community” where people feel more comfortable with their community, which will make it safer. However, he does not want to confuse public safety to immigration rights — if someone commits a crime, he believes they should be prosecuted to the fullest.

In regards to the tax plan, Murphy still hasn’t given up in battling it.

The tax plan does not just affect property tax, “it blows a hole for student loans and health care cut corporate taxes,” he said, “If it does pass, we’re going to use all available means to push back on it.”

Being that New Jersey has the highest property tax, the middle class has been paying a heavy price. Murphy plans to provide relieve and reinvest in the middle class, and hopefully fully fund public education.

Not only that, he hopes to increase the minimum wage and legalize marijuana, explaining how it will leave a “positive economic impact,” as it will shrink the wide gap between white and non-white people incarcerated.

Phil Murphy's responses to viewer questions:

  1. Will the 2nd Amendment be restored in the Garden State?
  • According to Murphy, the 2nd Amendment is alive and well in N.J. In fact, they have the opposite problem. There have been a series of gun safety laws vetoed by Gov. Christie.
  • New Jersey has gun safety laws, but they can be stronger. Murphy said he is committed to signing gun safety laws while respecting the amendment.
  • Murphy also hopes to work with other states to work on gun safety laws, bringing to light that about 70 to 80 percent of gun crimes in the state are committed with guns purchased from outside of the state.
  1. Affordable housing is critical in N.J. What is your plan, and how many new homes can we expect over your term as Governor?
  • While Murphy did not exact number of new homes to be build, affordable housing in NJ is “front and center” on his agenda.
  • Affordable housing has been pushed aside by the current administration and N.J. is in desperate need for affordable housing.
  • Lack of affordable housing is one of the main contributors as to why the state is segregated.
  • We need to proactively “take it out of the courts” to make sure it’s affordable.
  1. Any plans for improved infrastructure in and out of Manhattan?
  • Need to get the tunnel built that was canceled 7 years ago
  • Create a new bus terminal
  • Overall the goal is to make it easier for the state to get into and out of New York.
  • It can’t be done quickly, but step-by-step, it’s possible.