Phil Murphy set to take office as N.J.'s 56th governor Tuesday
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy is scheduled to be inaugurated as the 56th governor of New Jersey on Tuesday in the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton.
The ceremony to install Murphy and Lt. Gov.-elect Sheila Oliver begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by a celebration at MetLife Stadium that night. Tickets and details for the inaugural ball and other events leading up to the ceremony can be found at njinaugural2018.com.
Among the major promises Murphy made during his campaign were increasing the minimum wage statewide to $15 an hour, raising taxes on high-income earners and legalizing recreational marijuana.
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Murphy planned five days of inauguration events that began Friday with a prayer service and a kickoff celebration at the Newark Museum.
Here's a look at the schedule:
Saturday – Murphy, Oliver and soon-to-be First Lady Tammy Murphy, the inaugural committee chair, will take a tour of the state using public transit, from Hoboken to Galloway.
Sunday – The Murphy-Oliver team will have a wreath-laying ceremony at the Wildwoods Veterans Memorial at 9 a.m., followed by an inaugural event for kids at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden at 11 a.m.
Hip-hop artists Busta Rhymes and PnB Rock will headline Murphy's free inaugural concert set for 5 p.m. at Middlesex County College.
Monday – On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Murphy-Oliver team will participate in service activities taking place in each county across the state. Among the four events scheduled for Bergen County is a "meal and conversation" with seniors in Ridgewood at 4 p.m.
Tuesday – A prayer service will kick the day's events off at 9:30 a.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton. Murphy and Oliver will be sworn into office during ceremonies that begin at11 a.m. at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial. The day will end with the inaugural ball honoring the new governor and lieutenant governor at MetLife Stadium. The website states details about the program will be posted closer the date for those who purchase tickets.