Here is the text of Hogan's first Executive Order as Governor:
The strong position on ethics parallels similar efforts underway across the Potomac, where the state of Virginia has recently found one governor headed to federal prison, and other officials still under investigation for breaches of ethics and acceptance of gifts or offers of employment. It also addresses equal rights "regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation," in a state where equality has been a major topic of discussion and legislation in recent years.
Hogan's order included language that would require discipline or termination from government employment, by any administration official who violates its provisions.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie traveled to Annapolis to speak before Hogan's inaugural address, which was also preceded by a 19-cannon salute. The new governor stressed themes of bipartisanship (quoting President John F. Kennedy on the subject) and jobs, declaring the state officially "open for business."
A steady snowfall set up one of Hogan's biggest applause lines, when he noted wryly, "They said it was going to be a cold day in hell before we elected a Republican governor..."