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Sununu to deliver State of the State address on Thursday morning

By: - February 16, 2022 3:09 pm
Gov. Chris Sununu

Gov. Chris Sununu is scheduled to speak on Thursday at 10 a.m. (Courtesy)

Gov. Chris Sununu will announce a new housing fund, tout Republican-backed tax cuts, and highlight the state’s response to COVID-19 and mental health during his State of the State address Thursday. 

He’ll also rebuke undefined “radical elements,” according to a preview released by his office Wednesday. The speech is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast live on WMUR.

Sununu highlighted many of the same priorities during his inaugural address in 2021 and State of the State in 2020. Other repeats will include a voluntary family medical leave program, which he said remains in development, and the high scores various groups have given the state for public safety, population growth, and low poverty rates. 

What’s new is the direct message for the “radical elements.” His office did not return a message asking who Sununu is referring to.

“The citizens of our state did not hire you to just be political ideologues, they hired us to do a job,” Sununu will say, according to an excerpt of the speech. “If you are here to relish the attention over a fight that gets us nowhere, I have no patience for you. I have never and will never let our state be hijacked by these radical elements.”

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Annmarie Timmins
Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.