New Jersey 2020 Highlights

"2020 challenged us like never before – but as one New Jersey family, we rose to meet the fight against #COVID19 while building a stronger, fairer state for all." - Gov. Phil Murphy

Some highlights:
⚖️Reinstated the millionaires tax – ensuring tax fairness
✂️Announced a middle-class tax rebate
🛍️ Directed hundreds of millions of dollars to support small businesses
🌎Signed nation’s strongest environmental justice law
🍃Unveiled plans to develop #NJWindPort
🚙Established goals and incentives for increased use of plug-in electric vehicles and infrastructure
🔆Released our Energy Master Plan
🍃Announced the largest industrial offshore wind investment in the United States to date
🌊Made New Jersey the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change education across K-12 learning standards with
Tammy Murphy
⚖️Appointed Fabiana Pierre-Louis, who became the first Black woman to be seated on the New Jersey Supreme Court
⚖️Announced sweeping changes to limit the use of force by New Jersey law enforcement officers, with a first-of-its-kind framework
⚖️Streamlined our parole system
⚖️Reformed requirements for civil asset forfeiture
⚖️Funded violence reduction initiatives
⚖️Reformed our juvenile justice system
⚖️Signed sentencing reform legislation
🚓Signed legislation requiring all uniformed New Jersey patrol officers to wear body cameras
🚫Criminalized false, race-based 9-1-1 calls
🗓️ Designated Juneteenth as a state holiday
🏛️Eliminated the title “Freeholder” from public office
🚫Became the first state in the nation to impose a permanent ban on flavored vape products
💊Limited out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses for families
👣Worked to combat our maternal and infant health crisis with First Lady Tammy Murphy
🩹Enacted a series of bills to protect the ACA
🏥Launched our state-based health insurance marketplace –
Get Covered NJ
🩺Announced $1.67 million in County Innovation Awards to combat the opioid epidemic
💕Replaced Title X funding to ensure access to women’s health care and family planning resources
🏳️‍🌈Banned the homophobic gay and trans panic defense
💻Implemented online voter registration
🏥Announced grant funding to establish nine hospital-based gun violence intervention programs
📋Expanded access to professional and occupational licenses – regardless of immigration status
’s first-ever, long-term, ten-year strategic plan
🚏Announced $190 million to renovate and restore Newark Penn Station
🏗️Broke ground on the new Raritan River Bridge – with a $1B economic impact
🚉Grew the ranks of NJ TRANSIT locomotive engineers
Federal Railroad Administration
certification for NJ TRANSIT’s positive train control system
🌉Secured federal funding for the Portal North Bridge replacement
🛣️Invested hundreds of millions of dollars in critical Port Newark infrastructure projects
🖍️Continued expanding access to high-quality pre-K
💻Announced our Computer Science for All grant
👩‍🏫Signed legislation providing relief for our educators from Chapter 78
💰Increased the Earned Income Tax Credit for the third straight year
🪖Signed legislation excluding combat pay from gross income taxation
💲Set monthly records for sports betting
👨‍🏭 Invested in workforce development
🚫Cracked down on employee misclassification and exploitation
⚡Announced first tenants of The Hub @ New Brunswick – bolstering our innovation economy
💼Unveiled Jobs NJ
Together, we’re making the state we’re so proud to call home stronger, fairer, and more resilient.
In 2021, let’s keep New Jersey moving in the right direction: forward.