Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday unveiled his latest effort combatting President Donald Trump's administration: two moves he said will help protect "open" internet access for New Jerseyans in the wake of the federal government's controversial decision to repeal net-neutrality rules.

Murphy signed an executive order making New Jersey the third state that requires internet service providers "adhere to the principles of net neutrality" if they want a contract to do business with the state.

The Democratic governor also said New Jersey is joining 21 other states and Washington, D.C., in a lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's decision late last year to roll back the rules.

"Our intent is clear: New Jerseyans deserve free, open, and equal access to the internet," Murphy said during a news conference in Newark. "The internet is no longer a curious plaything available only to a select few. It is now a vital part of everyday life."