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you will do impartial justice according to the constitution and laws so help you god? >> i do. >> since the president was sworn into office, there was a desire to see him removed. >> the impeachment of president trump. watch unfiltered coverage of the senate trial on c-span 2 live with same day reairs. follow the process on demand at and listen on the go using the free c-span radio app. now new jersey governor phil murphy delivering his second state of the state address in trenton. >> lieutenant governor oliver. senate president sweeney.
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assembly speaker coughlin. majority leaders weinberg and greenwald. minority leaders kane and bramnick. members of the 219th legislature including that rocking escort group that came in with me, chief justice, associate justices of the supreme court, judge grant, members of the cabinet, former governors, charlie and sam thanks for bringing mom. first lady tammy murphy. distinguished faith leaders, veterans, members of organized labor, honored guests, and my fellow new jerseyans. five weeks ago today our state was shattered by the gunfire of anti-semitism and hate. in jersey city, a heralded police detective joseph seals and three innocent people were
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murdered in what we now know was an act of domestic terror, fueled by a vicious and unjustifiable hate. this was an act of hate against the jewish community and law enforcement, but it impacted everyone. hundreds of school children and their educators were held in lockdown, including in a catholic school across the street. worried parents feared the worst. african-american residents hid in their homes. without the tremendous response of everyone in law enforcement, i shutter to think how much worse that day could have been for jersey city and for our state. if ever there was a time for us to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, it was that day. we have several honored guests with us today. and through them we have the opportunity to give our thanks to our entire law enforcement
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community for their heroism, selflessness, sacrifice, and service on one of our most trying days. i would like to ask laura seals the widow of detective joe seals, jersey city police chief mike kelly, deputy chef nick scurbo and detective bob dunn to please stand. [ applause ] december 10 also highlighted how
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close knit our tremendous communities of faith are. all of us, regardless of where we worship or by what name we call our creator were affected that day. one of my heroes senator robert f. kennedy quoted the greek playwrite on the evening of the assassination of dr. martin luther king jr. and those words still give us comfort and i quote. and even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until in our own despair against our will comes wisdom through the awful grace of god. over the past weeks we have been brought together as one new jersey family. first in shock, then in mourning, and now in our commitment to stamping out anti-semitism. i want to be clear we are committed to ensuring that our communities of faith have the
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resources they need to be safe. i will proudly sign legislation to provide additional security aid for our houses of worship and to expand the definition of and penalties for domestic terrorism. and i thank both sides of the aisle for the support and in particular i thank my friend assemblyman gary sharaf for championing this cause. thank you. the scarf anti-semitism on our state is still fresh. the grief of four families is also still fresh. let us commit to using this new year to heal the rifts in our society. this is new jersey. when someone tries to pull us apart, they only ever succeed in
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bringing us closer together. and i know we will heal. we gather today at the dawn of a new year and a new decade. the days and months before us are filled with potential and bursting with opportunity. and yet even as the new year unfolds, our mission does not change. that together we must build an economy and state that works for every new jersey family. our values have not shifted. we are on the side of the middle class and all those working some day to get there. we have taken on the tough fights that matter. we are working to change the culture here in trenton and we are putting the kneads of our families ahead of the well connected and entrenched special
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interests. and our work will not slow down. so joining together we must continue to make smart investments for our collective future. restore fiscal responsibility and change trenton's culture. looking out this is a room that's packed with people who are proud to call themselves new jerseyans. we find commonality in among so much our history, like the state where the first game of college football was played. and to that end i see one favorite son who has come back to intensify the jersey pride we feel along the banks of the river. let's welcome home the returning head football coach of the rutgers university scarlet
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knights! [ applause ] and for the gentleman to his immediate right i would also like to thank rutgers president bob barchy for his years of outstanding service to our state's flagship institution of higher education. thank you, bob. thank you. and i am watching closely as rutgers undertakes finding its next great president because in so many respects as rutgers goes so goes new jersey. the dawn of a new decade is a time of optimism but we also find it a time of growing anxiety. however, more than ever we must stay true to our promises and hold firm to our commitments. we have already done so. over the past year by working together we have made new jersey a better, more hopeful place to call home. and we will continue to do so. and because of this, i am proud to report that the state of our
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state is stronger and fairer than ever before. now, some might say two years into this journey we are half way through. i'm leaning toward saying we are a quarter of the way through. but that's another speech for another day. but already, in just two years, new jerseyans are seeing results because we are doing what we were all sent here to do. we are investing in them. every family worries about how they will make ends meet or how they can cover an unexpected expense. that's why we're raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. it's why we created an expanded tax break for working families.
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why we're attacking the sources of high property taxes and why we're providing more property tax relief than ever before. too many families wrestle with how they balance work and family, particularly at a moment of need. so we expanded paid family leave and guaranteed the right to earn sick leave. some families, our military families, are also anxious about their futures and whether they may be soon deployed. we owe it to them and to the veterans who preceded them to create a state where their place is secured and where they feel supported. our families lose sleep over the cost of health insurance coverage, how to pay their
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medical expenses or about the financial turmoil and unexpected accident or illness will cause. in stark contrast to president trump we're protecting the affordable care act which has benefited millions of our residents. i remain incredibly proud of the work we have done to protect the tenants of the aca and to establish the state based health exchange which will go online later this year. but the simple fact is that despite this progress, the cost of health care is still too high. our residents, our families, and our businesses all struggle with the high cost of coverage, the cost of medications, high deduct ibls, out of pocket expenses,
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and more. with implemented smart policies like the historic reforms speaker coughlin and senator joe vitale sponsored to protect consumers from surprise out of network bills. amen. but we can do more. so i am establishing an office of health care accountability and transparency in the governor's office to work across state agencies and lead critical efforts to reduce consumer health care costs, make insurance more affordable, and improve price transparency. and to ensure that we have the facts i'm directing the department of banking and insurance to work with this new office to track the actual cost residents pay for the health care services that they receive. then armed with this data we will make smart decisions to
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limit cost increases and set new standards for quality and transparency. we have some of the nation's, frankly the world's leading hospitals and health care facilities. we are home to groundbreaking research and treatments. we need to ensure that these are accessible to everyone. we will also seek to better integrate behavioral and physical health care. especially for our young people. it will allow us to better identify and treat core youth health care issues like anxiety, depression, and suicide. this will also be a powerful tool to further combat our opioid epidemic as well as the broader fight against addiction and mental health illnesses that when left untreated lead to tragedy. the preliminary numbers suggest
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new jersey saw a 3% decrease in the number of individuals lost to opioids last year after three years of double digit increases. this is not a number to celebrate. 3,021 lives lost is still 3,021 precious lives too many. it should give us a measure of confidence that our targeted, evidence based, data driven whole of government approach is the right one. we will continue the strong partnerships, the first lady has created across the state. government officials and legislators, health care practitioners, faith leaders, and community activist. to combat our black infant and mortality crisis. amen. she will not stop, we will not stop until new jersey is the safest state in the entire
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nation to give birth. so, to be clear, we can't do all of what i just said alone. we need our hospitals and providers, insurers and consumers to join us in these efforts. i'm proud we are fighting the trump administration's efforts to block women from receiving vital information, critical for them to make important decisions. together, with protected funding for planned parenthood and women's health care. we ended the prior administration's eight-year long effort to starve these critical facilities, but this must go beyond just providing funding to make up for the loss of title ten money. it's about protecting a woman's fundamental and constitutional
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right to full, reproductive freedom. so let's commit to codifying a woman's full reproductive rights in state law. at a time when these rights are under attack nationwide, let's make it clear where new jersey stands. our families worry about their children's futures and whether they can afford one. together we've expanded pre-k and made a stem education more widely available. we've become the first state in the history of our nation to make arts education available to every single child in our public
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schools. and it gets better. today our public schools are ranked as the very best in the entire united states of america. [ applause ] let us thank our public school educators and educational support professionals who do this outstanding work every single day. but we're not done. in this 401st year since the first enslaved africans arrived
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on the shores of this continent, we're committed to furthering the work of the amistad commission and the njea amistad stakeholder group to ensure that the african-american story is made real, not just for all of our students but for our educators as well through the new amistad journey program. like wise, with the rise of anti-semitism, we renew our commitment to the mission of the new jersey commission on holocaust education as well. we're putting a college education back within reach.
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we've opened the doors to a tuition free community college education to thousands of eligible students. and we have also put in place safeguards to combat college debt. for those who want the opportunity, we've reinvested in work force development and apprenticeships like never before. we are building a new jersey where everyone belongs and everyone matters. we are seeing the reinvig ration of our cities from newark to camden, trenton to patterson, elizabeth to atlantic city. in fact, atlantic city just saw its bond rating improve for the second time in as many months. proof that our collaborative and cooperative approach to turning atlantic city around is the
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right path to take. we owe a tremendous gratitude to lieutenant governor sheila oliver and her team at the department of community affairs for this progress. expecting chants of, sheila! sheila! [ laughter ] our people want new jersey to stand at the forefront of the national fight for justice. so we've worked together to allow the expungements of records of residents whose futures have been held back because of past convictions. once again, we've given residents on parole or probation their right to vote.
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and we are giving our proud immigrant community the ability to earn a driver's license. we received the far reaching and transformative recommendations of the criminal sentencing and disposition led by former chief justice and the former president of noble and i also want to thank senator sandra cunningham and nelie po for serving on the
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commission. let's all of us recommit to enacting its recommendations which include the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. let's lead the way for creating safe communities and neighborhoods for a criminal justice system that lives up to that all important word justice and let's do this not just because it's the right thing to do, which it is, but because our state will only be stronger and better when everyone is a full participant in our economy, our democracy, and our society. i have also spoken often about wealth disparity as a persistent issue that separates and
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segregates our communities. it harms predominantly black and latino families and prevents our state from fulfilling its potential. these disparities have deep roots and complex causes. overcoming them will require us to leave behind old ways of thinking so we can ensure that -- bless you -- no residents get left behind. we don't miss a thing up here. so on that basis i am creating a new task force, government officials, academic resources, faith and community leaders with the specific charge to address wealth disparity from all angles and all causes. their work will better inform our work in closing these gaps and ensure that the communities which have historically been left behind can help us lead.
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where residents have felt marginalized and left out we've worked to renew their faith that they have a place in our family. and specifically for our lgbtq plus community we're making sure they will never fear for who they love, how they identify, or who they are. amen. despite the inaction in washington, new jersey is now leading the nation in sensible gun safety measures and our communities are stronger and the gun lobby is weaker.
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and we did that together. like wise, we know climate change is real. instead of denying reality we're acting on it. to win the next generation we're working to be the first state in america to incorporate climate change education across our k through 12 state education standards. and we're going to make the fight against climate change a corner stone of the innovation economy. two years ago when our administration took office new jersey's clean energy future was stalled. today we are on the way to an ambitious goal of 7500 mega-watts of offshore wind energy by 2035. now, that's a big deal. that is enough energy to meet half of new jersey's entire electric needs, will remove
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fossil fuel pollution from our air and create tens of thousands of good paying, union jobs. and in two weeks i will unveil new jersey's new energy master plan, our comprehensive road map for arriving at our goal of a 100% clean energy economy by the year 2050. we're working to protect every school and home in new jersey from the dangers of lead. i applaud especially -- amen. i applaud especially the mayor, essex county executive, and freeholder president and many
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legislators by the way. for their partnership to fast track the elimination of lead service lines in the city of newark. but we all know this is a state wide problem. it extends far beyond just lead and all water lines as well. lead paint is a much bigger problem. amen. and it's not just an urban challenge. it extends to our suburban and rural communities as well. when i proposed my plan for taking on our lead crisis in all the ways that manifest itself, i did not shy from acknowledging that it will require significant investment. this is an acknowledgment shared in this chamber as well. we will need funds to replace old lead lines and remediate lead paint in homes. we will need to mobilize a veritable army of union workers, plumbers, and pipe fitters, remediation experts, carpenters
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and laborers among so many other trades people. let's work together now to come to an agreement on what this investment needs to be so we can put it before the voters this november and invest in our communities that much faster. over the past two years, since the beginning of our administration and of our work together, our economy has responded by adding and supporting more than 72,000 new private sector jobs. in 2019 we set and reset record lows for unemployment since the state began keeping records in 1976. wages are increasing. more people are entering our work force. this is all good news. but none of this progress happens by accident. economic progress does not happen on its own.
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social progress does not happen on its own. they only happen when we work together and when we put the people we serve ahead of everything else. we didn't achieve this, by the way, despite our progressive, economic policies. we achieved this because of those policies. and yet, we're not done. we're not spiking any footballs. many of our residents are anxious about their place in an increasingly unsettled global economic and political climate. a stronger state is more a more resilient state, more fiscally responsible, and better prepared for any weakening in the economy and, by the way, more capable of protecting families by giving them the tools and opportunities they need not just to get by but
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to get stronger. changing the culture also means we stop making the hole deeper. we can't lose sight of what makes us stronger and fairer. smart policy making and staying true to growing and strengthening our middle class. these are the key lessons that we learned the hard way in the great recession. we've built a surplus this state hasn't seen in years. we're watching literally every penny. last year i took the steps necessary to ensure we made the first honest to goodness deposit into our rainy day fund in more than a decade. and we're working -- i fanlly got the attention of the cpas with that one. we're working in partnership with our public work force to find hundreds of millions of dollars in health care savings and efficiency without scapegoating them. to them i say thank you for your partnership.
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there are still more opportunities for partnership especially with our educators and esps who have experienced unfair and unsustainable consumer health care costs increases under chapter 78. i look forward to working with labor leaders and legislators in this new session to provide them relief. just as we did in collaboration with state workers, we will reduce health care costs without sacrificing health care quality. while at the same time generating additional savings for our taxpayers. let's not forget the overwhelming number of our educators and esps are themselves new jersey property
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taxpayers. this is the kind of win-win-win approach we need as we continue taking on the root causes of our high property taxes and seek to bring stability and relief to our middle class and our seniors. we've restored more than $500 million in formula based aid to our public schools and every new dollar in state aid is a dollar that isn't shouldered by property taxpayers. working with the lieutenant governor and the senate president we've renewed a commitment to shared services. for the past two years at our request marisnick lass plat and jordan glat each a democrat and republican have served as our administration's shared services czars and they've worked hard to bring communities to the table together. and today we have more shared service agreements under consideration than ever before. 980 at last count and still more
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coming in. and at the same time to help these communities we've enhanced both capacity and capabilities at the department of community affairs to provide greater in house assistance and we've unveiled innovative new programs to spur more towns and school districts to look at new ways to work together. i think we can all agree our collective tax, task, rather, is to fix the gimmicks in trenton and not raise property taxes that hit the middle class the hardest. now some in trenton claim the best way to make our state stronger is to undo common sense middle class building accomplishments that we all have made together. they want us to make the same false and failed choices made a decade ago. trenton tried their way.
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and history is clear. that way failed. new jersey hobbled its way through economic recovery because their choices failed to create jobs and failed to raise incomes. they failed to keep new jersey from falling behind. together we must choose differently. i'll fight every day for the middle class values that built new jersey in the first place. it's why i am not giving up the fight for a millionaires' tax so we can ease the property tax burden. so -- and the millionaire's tax will allow us to ease the property tax burden literally on
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millions of middle class families and seniors and it will do more to help fund our public schools. overwhelming majorities of residents of all political stripes support this. we should, too. the millionaires and corporate ceos made out just fine in the last recession and i assure you they will again when the next one hits. thanks to the federal tax system, the richest 400 americans now pay a lower tax rate than the nation's middle class. that is the first time that has ever happened. the answer to ensuring we come out of any recession stronger than when we went in is not to tell the middle class and the most vulnerable perhaps another day but not now. that choice was made in the last recession. and the middle class paid the price. we lagged in no small part because we were stuck in an old fashioned belief that when a job is lost at a recession, all a worker has to do is wait things out and get it back once the
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economy recovers. the great recession proved the fallacy and fool hardiness of that old way of thinking. many of the jobs lost never returned and more workers were left skills necessary for the new jobs that beckoned. we will not repeat that mistake. we will make new jersey a national leader in welcoming and maintaining the jobs of tomorrow. we have been ranked literally the smartest state in the nation. that's good news. yet, i have met many ceos and corporate board chairs whose first question about new jersey is whether we have the homegrown workforce they need. and then on the flip side, i've talked with new jersey college graduates afraid they can't find the employment they want with the skills that they have. for us to succeed, we need to close this gap. i directed our jobs and economic opportunity council to generate a plan to do just that.
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i thank higher education secretary dr. zakia smith-ellis, education commissioner dr. lamont repolet, labor commission rob asero angelo, and eda ceo tim sullivan and members of my policy staff among so many others. today, i am proud to present this plan, which we are calling simply "jobs n.j." tomorrow i will visit the east brunswick campus of middlesex county vocational and technical schools to further highlight this new effort. [ applause ] jobs -- "jobs n.j." is how we ensure our state prospers in good times and how it overcomes tough times. it is a way to ease the anxiety so many feel as they wonder how the future will work for them and not against them. "jobs n.j." has a clear mission, to better align our education system to meet the future needs of both employers and workers
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and do better at matching our workers with potential employers. "jobs n.j." will clear a path to ongoing job training so residents can continue to learn and compete as the needs of employers evolve with new technologies and new economic realities. it will also close long-standing structural and racial equity gaps that have kept some of our residents from job training and skills development, whether they come from historically underserved communities or they're a new immigrant on they're a formerly incarcerated individual re-entering the workforce. it will also help the differently abled to be full and equal participants in our economic future. and importantly, "jobs n.j." will dovetail with our nonstop efforts to make our state the home for the leaders in the innovation economy. [ applause ]
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last month with great pride, i announced four new appointments to the economic development authority board, and they're with us today. jenny bower, ayesha glover, rosemary hicks, and marsea marley. congratulations, ladies. [ applause ] they -- they mirror our state in its diversity and breadth of experiences and they recognize that economic development isn't one-size-fits-all but that the unique needs of each business and each community must be given full consideration. we now know that some companies received tax credits they did not deserve and took credit for jobs they did not create. they didn't just hurt their own reputations, by the way, they hurt the reputations of the many more good corporate actors who have done exactly what they said they would do.
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i've now spent well over a year working alongside the senate president and speaker and many of you, actually, to create a new system of incentives, one complete with greater transparency and safeguards and common sense caps. once again, i firmly believe a targeted and responsible incentive system is important to our economic future, period. we all share this view. and we should have gotten this done. unfortunately, the legislative session ended yesterday without a final agreement on tax incentives, but today starts a new legislative session and i am just as determined to finish the job as i was yesterday and as i was on october 1st, 2018, when i first put forward the case of a new way of doing things. let's get -- [ applause ] let's get this done now. there are thousands of jobs,
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overwhelmingly uniyuunion jobs, waiting for us to do so. let's send a clear and unmistakable message to our people that we can successfully tackle the big issues and can put the interest f o of our taxpayers ahead of the is special interests and i look forward to our continued partnership to fix n.j. transit. as you heard me say many times -- [ applause ] we will fix n.j. transit if it kills me, and it might. at the end of the day, we still must answer to the commuter whose train was canceled or whose bus is overcapacity. and i won't be happy until we bat a thousand. let's be clear, the series of reforms we are undertaking to change n.j. transit's fundamental operations and the hundreds of millions of dollars in state budget investments we have restored improving things. data clearly shows that
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cancelations are down and on-time performance is up. [ applause ] this past year we saw the first three classes of perspective new rail engineers complete their classroom work and one week from today i'll celebrate another. a significant step in restoring the depleted ranks of licensed professionals we need to keep the lines running. n.j. transit is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in new rolling stock, rail cars, locomotive engines, and buses, to update its fleet for increased commuter comfort and greater reliability. these steps, as we all know, are long, long, overdue. the prior administration left n.j. transit to wither on the vine. they allowed the ranks of rail engineers to be depleted. i want to thank, in particular, the union women and men who have hung in there, despite some extraordinarily difficult working conditions.
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[ applause ] soon -- amen. soon, n. j. transit will announce a tien-year strategic plan and beyond that a five-year capital plan to guide the agency through this new decade. these aren't just, by the way, new plans. it's actually the first time that these have ever been done. if a transit -- if a transit system doesn't know where it's going, it's never going to get there. that's what our strategic and capital plans will change. in a few weeks i'll be back to present my fiscal 2021 budget, and i'll certainly have more to say about n.j. transit then, but let's be honest, it will take more than just dollars and cents to raise n.j. transit to where we know it can be and where our commuters need it to be. it will also take a clear mission and a clear vision. for the first time, n.j. transit
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will now have both. and by the way, all of us will have a new set of standards by which we can track its progress. all of what we've accomplished is changing the trajectory of our state, but i was also elected to move the needle here to trenton. and to change a culture that many new jerseyans feel is out of step with their lives and behind the times in which we live. that's why all we have done to restore fiscal responsibility has mattered so much. increasing our surplus. putting away funds for a rainy day. honestly making our pension payments. this is changing the culture, but we can and must do more to gain the trust of our residents and to decrease their rightful cynicism. in the coming weeks i will propose a series of ethics reforms. among other things, to strengthen financial disclosures, tighten pay-to-play
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requirements, expand transparency, and increase awareness generally to the goings on here in trenton. it's been more -- [ applause ] it's been more than a decade since the executive and legislative branches undertook comprehensive ethics reform. it's time now for us to look at anew. with a whole-of-government approach that ensures we all live under the same laws and we play by the same rules. and nothing, i repeat, nothing, more exemplifies that need to change the long-standing culture than the pernicious sexism and abuse that still creeps across these hallways at conferences and in meeting rooms. [ applause ]
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we all must be disgusted by the stories which women, by the way, across the entire spectrum of race, age, and experience, tell of their mistreatment by men who felt empowered, if not protected, by trenton's culture. for too many years, too many people in power have turned their eyes away from behavior they knew was not only happening but was pervasive in trenton. we know that trenton is often resistant to change. and this is a most egregious failure. so today, i'm calling for all of us to work together to tear down the existing system and replace it with one that treats everyone with equal dignity and respect. i'm calling on my partners in government -- [ applause ] amen.
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amen. i'm -- [ applause ] i'm calling on my partners in government to join me in this mission. and i'm calling on those who have stood idly by and allowed this behavior to flourish to start speaking up and speaking out whenever they witness injustice. to my fellow men, we can and must do better. not just by changing -- [ applause ] not just by changing our own behavior but by making the conscious choice to not ignore the behavior of others. [ applause ] and to the women listening, we will listen and we will act.
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our administration has enacted several groundbreaking reforms to make our system survivor-focused instead of geared to the protection of abusers. under attorney general grabir graywall, law enforcement now has clear new directives for investigating crimes of sexual assault, ensuring greater empathy for and support of, survivors. we up -- [ applause ] we updated the state's discrimination and sexual harassment policies so they lean more directly in support of state employees who have experienced sexual harassment or discrimination. i signed this -- [ applause ] i signed the sexual assault victims bill of rights, and just yesterday i signed both a series of bills to protect survivors and encourage people to speak up and legislation to create a new
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commission on campus sexual assault. [ applause ] this is progress, but it is not nearly enough. we can all point to the number of women serving in the legislature, in the cabinet, or in other important positions in our government and claim that misogyny no longer exists. we can believe all we want that this is a problem somewhere else in government and we'd be fooling ourselves to think that. misogyny is alive and well, but together -- but together, we can change that. we can do this. we must do this. and we must do this together. [ applause ] am amen.
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two years ago, we began a journey to renew our new jersey values. we began a journey to restore investment in our people, restore our sense of fiscal responsibility, and change trepttrep trenton's culture. we're taking on challenges which developed and deepened across a generation. as past leaders neglected the problems facing ordinary new jerseyans while taking care of the special interests and the well connected. if not, frankly, just taking care of themselves. putting self-interest before the common good. the next-day headline before the long-term work. those were deliberate choices and because of that, the challenges left to us won't be solved overnight. in fact, many can't. and we owe it to the people of new jersey to be honest about that. the easy way out would have been for us to continue pursuing
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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. [ applause ] i am proud that we have made headway in attacking our challenges fairly and honestly. today, and together, not only are we making different choices, we're making better choices. and at no point have we sat back and claimed mission accomplished. i am not going to lose sight of who it is we have to look out for. in our effort to make new jersey stronger, we will not and never leave out our middle class or those striving, as i was growing up, to join its ranks. our job is to lift new jersey up
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and to make it stronger and fairer and more resilient to the unknowns of tomorrow. so our residents can feel more secure not just in their futures but also in their children's. we're now two years into this journey together, and look how far we've come. and, yet, we have so much more to do and so much more to fix. and as we continue to do so, we will continue to be who we said we would be. and we will keep making new jersey stronger and fairer for everyone who calls our state home. thank you. may god bless us and the people we represent and continue to bless the great state of new jersey and the united states of america. >> thank you so much.
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house speaker nancy pelosi today briefed reporters in the u.s. capitol. she talked about the president's impeachment trial and responded to a question about the possibility of president trump being acquitted. >> but i also am very proud of our managers. we believe that they have been magnificent custodians of the constituti constitution. their content, their presentation, their historic perspective and their tone. they have made us all proud, and i've told our colleagues they give us a magnificent example to follow. and they do so in the face of the president's team is there to dismantle the constitution of the united states. and some of them are even lawyers. imagine that you would say ever of any president, no matter who he or she is or whatever party,
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if the president thinks that his or her presidency, in this case, his presidency, is good for the country, then any action is justified, including -- including encouraging a foreign government to have an impact on our elections, which is exactly what our founders were opposed to and they feared. >> when this is over in washington, do you think that president trump will be chasent and understand he has a congress watching him or will he be emboldened because the senate will have acquitted him? >> well, he will not be acqu acquitt acquitted. you cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial. you don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation and that. i would hope that the senators, if it comes to a tie, or if there's a question of hearing testimony or receiving documents, would leave it up to the chief justice of the supreme
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court. republican-appointed, and a republican-majority court, i would think that they would have confidence in the chief justice of the united states. that's really his title. and that's interesting to me that they're afraid of breaking a tie with a chief justice of the united states. does the president know right from wrong? i don't think so. clerk will call the roll. >> mr. cohen. >> aye. >> mr. gomert. >> my vote is no. >> mr. chairman, 23 ayes and 17 nos. >> the article is agreed to. >> article 1 is adopted. >> afforded more rights to jesus than the democrats have afforded this president. >> the president's crimes are impeachab impeachable. >> because you just don't like the guy. you didn't like him since november of 2016. >> make it very clear that this president will be held accountable. that no one is above the law. >> and the question is now whether senator mcconnell will
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allow a fair trial in the senate. >> madam president, the house's hour is over. the senate's time is at end. >> each of us will face a choice about whether to begin this trial in a search of the truth or in the service of the president's desire to cover up. >> do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of donald john trump, president of the united states, now pending. >> you will do impartial justice according to the constitution and laws, so help you god. >> i do. >> since the president was sworn into office, there was a desire to see him removed. >> the impeachment of president trump. watch unfiltered coverage of the senate trial on c-span2, live, with same-day re-airs. follow the process on demand at
4:11 pm and listen on the go using the free c-span radio app. our c-span campaign 2020 bus is traveling across iowa. ahead of the caucuses next week. asking voters what issues should presidential candidates address. >> the main issue that i'd like to hear them discuss is how are you going to come back from where we're at? the current president has definitely led us down a track where there's been a lot of damage and there needs to be a lot of repair. what are you going to do to repair it so that you can then work on your vision? >> particularly, i'd like for them to talk about a bit more about, like, antitrust legislation and corporate control. another thing is also freedom of speech, particularly protection against -- protection for whistle-blowers and just the patriot act and that kind of stuff, yeah. >> i think the biggest thing that i'm looking for is just


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