"A stronger and fairer New Jersey embraces criminal justice reform comprehensively, and that includes a process to legalize marijuana", said shortly after taking the oath of office.
"N$3 obody in any other state wants Amazon's HQ2 more than New Jersey and the City of Newark, and there is nowhere better for this tremendously innovative job creator to grow and thrive", Christie said in a statement when he signed the bill into law.
Murphy built his campaign around undoing the Trump administration's efforts on health care, immigration and taxes.
New Jersey has a new governor.
Democrat Phil Murphy was sworn in Tuesday as the state's 56th governor by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at Patriots Theater inside the War Memorial in Trenton.
Christie's lieutenant governor was not as lucky.
Murphy, who like Kennedy grew up in MA, also served several years under the Obama administration as ambassador to Germany.
Each of the three elected governors before Christie broke one of their legs during their term, former Obama administration official Eric Columbus noted on Twitter.
He takes over from a larger-than-life governor who oversaw the state as its economy rebounded but who also saw his popularity plunge after a failed presidential run and the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal.
A bistate commission formed to combat corruption at the ports of NY and New Jersey is going to court to fight former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's attempt to disband it.
Trump called Murphy and new Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Sunday to congratulate them.