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Murphy Sworn In as New Jersey Governor

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Surrounded by his family, New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, right, takes the oath of office during a ceremony in Trenton, N.J., on Jan. 16. 

Surrounded by his family, New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, right, takes the oath of office during a ceremony in Trenton, N.J., on Jan. 16. 

Photographer: Seth Wenig/AP Photo

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Philip Dunton Murphy was sworn in as New Jersey’s 56th governor, vowing to support Democratic policies blocked for the past eight years by his Republican predecessor, measures that would put the state in the vanguard of resistance in a Trump-dominated era.

As one of only eight U.S. states with Democrats controlling the executive branch as well as the legislative, Murphy will have a greater ability than most governors to enact his agenda and push back against Republican President Donald Trump, much as California is defining itself as an oasis of obstinacy.