Christie leaving governor's office as Murphy takes over

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(AP) - New Jersey is saying farewell to Republican Gov. Chris Christie and hello to Democrat Phil Murphy.

The wealthy former Obama administration diplomat and businessman is to take the oath of office Tuesday at a ceremony in Trenton.

Christie will then return to life as a private citizen after two terms as governor and nearly a decade as U.S. attorney in the state.

It's hard to imagine New Jersey getting a higher contrast in its 56th governor.

Christie is a friend and one-time adviser to Republican President Donald Trump and has conservative views on taxes, opposes marijuana legalization and fights bitterly with labor unions.

Murphy opposes Trump on health care, immigration and taxes. He promises to raise taxes on millionaires and legalize recreational marijuana and allies himself with unions.

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