New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued one executive order from April 10-16. As of April 16, Murphy has issued 14 executive orders in 2023 — four fewer than he did at this point a year ago. The order is:
- EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 327, where the governor ordered the prioritization of work experience and skills training over four-year degrees for certain jobs within state government.
Governors use executive orders to manage executive branch operations. During the week of April 10-16, the nation’s governors issued 23 executive orders. Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey (D), South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R), and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued the most with three each. Governors in 35 states issued the fewest orders with zero. Democratic governors issued 12 of the 23 orders, while Republican governors issued 11.
Murphy has served as governor since Jan. 16, 2018. He issued 37 executive orders in 2022 and 66 in 2021. Nationally, governors issued at least 1,558 executive orders in 2022. Governors have issued 447 executive orders in 2023. Republican governors issued 283, while Democratic governors issued 164. New Jersey is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.