Residents Question Murphy on Live TV: Main Issues Are Taxes, Immigration

When New Jersey residents had their first opportunity to question Gov. Phil Murphy on live television, they wasted no time airing complaints about the state’s high taxes. They also challenged the new governor on immigration, an issue on which he’s staked out a far more welcoming approach than has President Donald Trump.

Murphy, a Democrat, was sworn into office about a month ago, and his first several weeks as governor have been dominated by a series of executive-order signings and other events that have reinforced major campaign promises.

But last night, Murphy fielded questions directly from Garden State residents during an appearance on News 12 New Jersey, a cable television station, for what was billed as the “Ask Gov. Murphy” show. Murphy’s predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, participated in a similar event each month on NJ 101.5 FM radio.

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