TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, will deliver his second State of the State speech Tuesday before a joint session of the Democrat-led Legislature, sketching his agenda for the year.
Murphy, a former Wall Street executive, took office in 2018, succeeding Republican Chris Christie.
Along with the Democrat-led Legislature, Murphy has signed a number of bills fulfilling campaign promises, including a phased-in $15 minimum wage and tax increases to pay for transit and education.
But despite Democratic control of state government, Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney have clashed prominently, leading to the delay in enacting at least one of the first-term governor's policy proposals: a tax hike on incomes over $1 million.
Murphy has given no indication that he'll walk away from his push for the tax hike.
Republicans balked at the proposal, arguing it would lead to residents fleeing the state. Sweeney is also opposed.
Legislative leaders and Murphy do agree, however, on legalizing recreational marijuana, which will be on the ballot in November for voters to decide.
If voters approve the question, Murphy and lawmakers would still have to come together on legislation to regulate the new industry.