On Tuesday, January 10th, 2023, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy delivered the State of the Union Address at the Assembly Chambers in Trenton, NJ. This was the second time in three years, due to the pandemic, that Governor Murphy delivered the annual State of the State in person at the Statehouse in Trenton.
Present for the assembly were the Prime Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, along with His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA, in addition to the Consul General, and various members of the Ukrainian Defense Forces.
Governor Murphy began his speech by commenting on the current situation in Ukraine.
“The last time we were together here was just days after Russia’s malicious invasion of Ukraine.
For more than ten-plus months, the bravery and strength of the people of Ukraine in fighting back against Russia’s barbaric aggression has been nothing short of inspiring.
I am incredibly honored that we are once again joined by His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America, which, by the way, is headquartered in Somerset.
With us, as well, are Ukrainian Consul General Oleksii Golubov and four members of the Ukrainian Defense Forces who were wounded in battle and have been receiving treatment in the United States.
To all of you gentlemen, I restate that New Jersey proudly stands with the freedom-loving people of Ukraine in this moment of crisis and will do so for however long it takes.
May God be with the free People of Ukraine.
And in honor and memory of the Ukrainians lost over the past year – both the brave soldiers and the innocent civilians – I ask that we observe a moment of silence.
Thank you. Slava Ukraini!”
As the applause died down, Governor Murphy continued his speech, highlighting efforts to protect residents, grow the economy of New Jersey, secure the middle class and improve affordability.
He detailed a proposal to modernize the state's liquor license laws, shape economic incentives to address a new workforce reality, implement a first-in-the-nation naloxone initiative, extend the ANCHOR deadline (which provides rebates on property taxes in NJ) and preserve boardwalks up and down the Jersey Shore.
The governor mentioned the World Cup coming to North America in 2026 with games scheduled to be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
During his speech the Governor Murphy lauded New Jersey as a national leader in efforts to strengthen the economy, reduce gun-related violence, tackle youth mental health issues, and protect the environment.