TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey will say farewell to blunt-talking Republican Gov. Chris Christie as a wealthy former Obama administration diplomat and businessman is sworn in as governor.
Democrat Phil Murphy, 60, is set to take the oath of office Tuesday at a ceremony in Trenton, as Christie returns to life as a private citizen after two terms as governor and nearly a decade as the state’s U.S. attorney.
Murphy said the inauguration represents more than a transfer of power, casting the event in the same language he used throughout the campaign to succeed Christie.
“It is going to be a celebration of all that’s right about our state and of our uniting to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey,” he said.
Christie said farewell in his final state of the state address last week, using the speech to cite accomplishments during his two terms and to issue a warning that some could come undone.
“I leave you today grateful, happy and a better man than I was when I walked in here for the first time eight years ago,” he said.
It’s hard to imagine New Jersey getting a higher contrast between Christie and Murphy.