It is my happy privilege to be able to stand here and tell you that if you elect me you will have elected a governor who has made no promises of preferment to any man or group.
I would rather be respected than elected.
I want to say here and now, that I demand unshakable integrity of every State employee.
Economics, politics, and personalities are often inseparable.
Conscious of our many problems, I seek today to lay a foundation to our public policy. My fundamental purpose is to devote my term of office to raising the standard of public service in New Jersey.
I have no desire to go in for tyranny or to play the part of King Charles. I hate tyranny in any field of human activity.
It is necessary to take an active part in politics to observe how often the welfare of the party organization is put before the issues, even before the welfare of the commonwealth.
My goal was to make New Jersey's state government a model for all other states to emulate, hopefully thereby to stem, or at least slow down, the flow of power to the federal government.
In physics, to be in two places at the same time would be a miracle in politics it seems not merely normal, but natural.
In view of our public pledges, we public officials can never again go before the public merely promising election reform. The time for promises is past.
Our democracy poses problems and these problems must and shall be solved by courageous leadership.
Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments. They will arise and prosper, nevertheless, if true believers of democracy - citizens devoted to the democratic ideals - do not constantly oppose them.
I know that we can now turn to our national and our state problems not as Republicans and Democrats, but as Americans, united to serve our country.
Our society cannot progress while our constitution stands still.
A new constitution should be more amendable. A needlessly confusing system of courts should be altered to produce an arrangement that would be simple, responsible, and less awkward.
I want to make this perfectly clear you can be sure that I will never be a yes-man except to my own conscience.
I am confident that this legislature will rise above partisan bickering, especially after the public promises its members made last fall, and that it will demonstrate a high capacity for civil service.
Any man who takes a job with the idea that it is simply a springboard for something else is a chump. His attention will be more on the other things than on the job at hand and so he will fail.