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Governor James E. Mc Greevey Vision for New Jersey

Economy

Governor McGreevey Signs Executive Order Supporting Project Labor Agreements

                   First Town Meeting.January 22.02

FIRST-EVER WEBCAST AND REAL-TIME CHAT TO BE FEATURED AT McGREEVEY INAUGURAL

Economy   Education   Security

Economy

My vision for the future success of New Jersey is for the state to operate as efficiently as a successful business would function. In this time of fiscal challenges, my administration is establishing clear priorities for our government, while making decisions about what our government should and should not be doing.

I pledge to do my part to create a fiscally responsible government that lives within its means, while, at the same time, strengthening our economy. Government and its programs must never lie stagnant or become an end in themselves. We must constantly revisit and review the work that government is doing in order to ensure that we are making the best possible use of our resources. The people of New Jersey deserve a state government that operates ethically and efficiently.

Education

Education will be the cornerstone of my administration. Through our schools, we must build the base of civic leadership and participation that enables our diverse, multi-cultural society to flourish. We must do a better job of educating our children to prepare them for both life and life-long learning.

Out of today's youth will emerge the state's future workers, leaders, parents and teachers. We must not let them down. We must make our schools work more efficiently by creating opportunities for our children and instilling accountability in our classrooms. I will also pursue initiatives to ensure that every student has access to training in the technologies and job skills necessary to lead successful lives. Together, we will give our children the tools to learn, to grow and to succeed in the 21st century.
 

Security

New Jersey's most important resource is its people. The strength of New Jersey's future depends upon the implementation of a comprehensive plan that puts our families and their security first. As such, we will develop a long-term, strategic course of action to ensure the safety of our people, a strong and robust economy and better law enforcement partnerships at the local, state and federal level. Together, we will improve the coordination of all police and health agencies to protect New Jersey's citizens in any situation.

Education will be the cornerstone of my administration. Through our schools, we must build the base of civic leadership and participation that enables our diverse, multi-cultural society to flourish. We must do a better job of educating our children to prepare them for both life and life-long learning.

Out of today's youth will emerge the state's future workers, leaders, parents and teachers. We must not let them down. We must make our schools work more efficiently by creating opportunities for our children and instilling accountability in our classrooms. I will also pursue initiatives to ensure that every student has access to training in the technologies and job skills necessary to lead successful lives. Together, we will give our children the tools to learn, to grow and to succeed in the 21st century.


FIRST-EVER WEBCAST AND REAL-TIME CHAT TO BE FEATURED AT McGREEVEY INAUGURAL

TRENTON - Events surrounding Governor-elect James E. McGreevey's Inauguration on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, will feature a first-ever live webcast of his swearing-in and will include a web chat between New Jersey's 51st Governor and fourth grade students in classrooms in two separate parts of the state.

Speaking at a news conference to announce the Inaugural events, Dina Matos McGreevey, chair of Inaugural 2002, noted that throughout his campaign, the Governor-elect made it clear that public education would be a top priority in his administration. "It is the Governor-elect's intention to take this opportunity to celebrate New Jersey's history with the children, to salute our citizens and to reflect upon the diversity of the Garden State," said Matos McGreevey, as she unveiled the Inauguration's overall theme of "Celebrating New Jersey."

The Inaugural's educational component will be kicked off with the posting of a daily New Jersey history lesson as part of its new website. The website (www.nj.gov/inaugural), slated to be launched on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, will provide teachers with potential lesson plans for the days leading up to the swearing-in ceremony and to give students ways to learn more about our state and its rich history.

A variety of educational games and activities focused on New Jersey state history will also be available on the site to enable students to interact on their own or with their parents. Grade schools throughout the state have been invited to participate and teachers are being encouraged to include the live webcast in their lessons.

"This unique opportunity to involve all New Jersey students in the Inauguration is just the beginning of a partnership the Governor-elect hopes to develop with the schools and the families of our state. The historic occasion provides a rare chance for all our children to learn about and to participate in state government," said Matos McGreevey.

Governor-elect McGreevey pointed out that the students and the citizens joining in the Inaugural embody the future of New Jersey. "As we make the transition from one administration to another, this Inaugural provides us with an opportunity to reflect the spirit of our state - a spirit that will enable us to work to build a better New Jersey over the coming years," said McGreevey.

Joining the McGreevey's were Inaugural Director Dina Long and third grade students from the Menlo Park Terrace School including the class taught by Sharon McGreevey, the Governor-elect's sister.

In addition, the 5-day Inaugural celebration will include a Children's Inaugural & Family Day, two Citizen Salute Events, an Interfaith Prayer Service, the swearing-in ceremony, a parade and rally featuring hundreds of talented New Jersey residents from each of the state's 21 counties, and a formal Inaugural celebration.

INAUGURAL 2002 EVENTS

Saturday, Jan. 12
Children's Inaugural & Family Day
1-3 p.m. - College of New Jersey Student Center, Ewing

Inaugural events will begin with a Children's Inaugural & Family Day hosted by Governor-elect and Mrs. McGreevey. The highlight of the event will be a mock administering of the oath office by a student representing the state's Supreme Court Justice. Children will also represent the state's 120 legislators. The event will celebrate New Jersey's children of all ages with games, activities and performances by child entertainers from around the state.

Monday, Jan. 14
Citizens' Salute
6-9:30 p.m. - Rowan University Student Center, Glassboro
7:30-10:30 - New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark

Two separate Citizens' Salutes, designed to pay tribute to New Jerseyans from across the state, are planned for Monday evening. Both events will feature musical talent and food from regions throughout the state and a brief address by the Governor-elect.

Tuesday, Jan. 15
Interfaith Prayer Service
8:30 a.m. - Princeton University Chapel, Princeton

Inaugural Day, Tuesday, Jan. 15th, commences with an interfaith prayer service. The service brings together spiritual leaders of all faiths from across the state and a combined choir of denominations.

Swearing-In Ceremony
11 a.m. - War Memorial Building, Trenton

The ceremony will feature a musical program with choirs from throughout the state and a massing of the Port Authority Bag Pipers, in tribute to those lost on 9/11. The Inauguration will be broadcast live on the internet at www.nj.gov/inaugural. Immediately after the swearing-in service, former New Jersey governors will join McGreevey in the live web chat with fourth grade students from two schools in two different parts of the state.

Parade & Rally
2 p.m. - War Memorial Building to the Statehouse

New Jersey citizens are invited to join the McGreeveys at a parade immediately following the Inauguration. The new Governor and First Lady will lead a line of marchers from the War Memorial to the Statehouse. The parade with groups, bands and performing acts of all ages will represent the best the state has to offer will culminate at a first-ever rally on the Statehouse steps.

Inaugural Celebration
7 p.m. - Raritan Center, Edison

The day will end with an Inaugural celebration at the Raritan Center in Edison.