State of the State speech serves to set up governor’s reelection campaign

Gov. Phil Murphy's 2021 address was all about 2020, the year that changed everything

During his final State of the State address in his first term, Gov. Phil Murphy ran through a highlight reel of his administration’s accomplishments.

Murphy touted success in achieving his progressive agenda, including raising the minimum wage, passing earned sick leave, resurrecting the millionaires tax, ushering through a massive tax incentive program, making key investments in clean energy and taking control of the state’s health care exchange program.

The speech, delivered against the backdrop of Murphy’s reelection bid in 2021, gave few specifics or policy plans for the year to come. Senior Correspondent David Cruz delves into Murphy’s speech.