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Governor Phil Murphy

Statement from Governor Murphy on the Anniversary of the January 6 Violent Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol


"Two years ago, the very heart of our democracy was viciously attacked. The images of the January 6th insurrection are seared into our minds– the chaos fed by lies, the vandalism of our Capitol, the violence of the armed mob, and the bravery of the Capitol Police. They are what drive our work to protect and preserve America’s fragile and precious democratic experiment.

"To the Officers who served that day, including New Jersey native Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who lost his life defending his country, we remember and honor you.

"As helpless as we may have felt watching the events of January 6th unfold, in the two years since, we have taken decisive legislative action to strengthen our democracy. In New Jersey, voting rights and access to the ballot are sacrosanct. In New Jersey, laws are crafted to honor the Constitution and protect the rights of our residents to live not just in freedom but in safety. And in New Jersey we are the first state to ensure that our kids, and the generations to come, possess the skills needed to discern fact from fiction and reject disinformation.

"The road toward healing the division in our nation is a long one, but we have begun the journey. And, as stewards of the greatest democracy in the world, there is no challenge we won’t overcome to protect it and pass it on to the next generation of Americans."