Phil Murphy on Principles & Values
Others focus on next election; we focus on next generation
Putting self-interest before the common good, the next-day headline before the long-term work--those were deliberate choices. The easy way out would have been for us to continue pursuing shortcuts that could paper over our problems and make
us feel good in the short-term. But, I refuse to let our problems become bigger. Where others have focused only on the next election, we're focused on the next generation.
Source: 2020 New Jersey State of the State address
, Jan 14, 2020
Quality of life more important than tax breaks
The bottom line is that being competitive isn't a race to give out the biggest tax breaks. It's about leading the way on education, infrastructure, and diversity and inclusion. Companies want to stay and grow and locate in a state that allows them to
flourish and for their workers to prosper in all parts of their lives. That is a vision of true success that can be shared by every family. That is how you build a stronger and fairer New Jersey.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to New Jersey legislature
, Jan 15, 2019
Reject Pres. Trump's dark belief of an America in decline
We will resist every attempt to define who is, and who is not, a real American, to delegitimize our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, or to divide us based on how we worship.
And we must reject President Trump's dark belief of an America in decline and in carnage.
Let there be no doubt: ours is an imperfect, but great, nation.
Our exceptionalism derives from our values, articulated as forcefully in our Constitution as in the words written by Emma Lazarus at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
The current and unrelenting assault on our values will not stand, and we will combat it with every available means. We did not ask for this fight, but it is one that we must--and we will -- take on.
Source: 2018 New Jersey Inauguration/State of the State speech
, Jan 16, 2018
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