About 60 people from more than two dozen organizations stood in the cold outside the State House yesterday for what was billed as the People’s State of the State address.
On the day before Gov. Phil Murphy was set to deliver his first State of the State, the gathering outlined an agenda that included a $15 minimum wage and fighting racism. Environmental groups said they wished the governor would do more in that realm. The ACLU spoke on behalf of legalizing marijuana. Also mentioned as a priority were driver’s licenses for New Jersey’s estimated 400,000 unauthorized immigrants.
Rev. Charles Boyer of Bethel AME Church in Woodbury seemed to have Democratic leaders in mind. “While political infighting and chess playing seem amusing to those in power, actual people and families are suffering every day from inaction,” he said.
Murphy is considered New Jersey’s most progressive governor. Yesterday’s event sent a signal that the progressive coalition is not happy about the state of the state.
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