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‘Coach’ Justice calls for West Virginia to win in second State of the State address


Charleston Gazette-Mail

As he did in his first State of the State, Gov. Jim Justice again used a whiteboard during his second State of the State address in the House of Delegates Chamber at the state Capitol on Wednesday evening.
(Gazette-Mail photo by Craig Hudson)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With members of his Greenbrier East High School girls basketball team leading a cheer on the House of Delegates floor, Gov. Jim Justice in his second State of the State address Wednesday declared, “We’re on our way, let’s go get it done.”

Using whiteboards to show the six years of budget deficits projected when he took office in 2017, and the current six-year plan showing state budgets in the black, Justice said before the joint assembly of the House and Senate, “You can’t fathom how dire it was, and you can’t imagine how promising it looks.”

Like last year’s address, Justice’s 49-minute speech Wednesday evening was unscripted, jumping from issue to issue.

If there was any semblance of a theme, it might be that Justice is honored to be called governor but prefers being called coach.

“I coach for the players; I don’t coach for myself,” he said. “The people of West Virginia are the players.”

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