It’s not really news when politicians endorse candidates of their own political party 27 days before a general election, unless it’s the President and Vice President of the United States.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris formally announced their support of Gov. Phil Murphy’s bid to win re-election to a second term, with the vice president releasing a video praising Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver.
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“Governor Murphy is getting folks vaccinated to beat the pandemic,” Biden said in a statement released on Wednesday. “He’s delivering economic relief to working families and supports my plans to build back better by investing in our infrastructure and in our people – with child care, elder care, paid leave, and more,”
Biden also pointed to his recent visit to Somerset County to survey storm damage and praised the governor’s leadership.
“I stood with him in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida as he’s taking on the climate crisis,” he said. “From lowering the cost of health care to improving access to education, Phil delivers for the people. He shares my optimism for the future. And he knows how to get the job done because he’s been doing it. We need to re-elect Phil Murphy as Governor.”
Harris will join Murphy in Montclair and Newark on Friday to promote child care and vaccinations.
In her video, Harris praises Murphy for the diversity of his administration.
“He is the partner President Biden and I need in Trenton,” the vice president said.
In her debate on Tuesday night, Oliver said that she would like Biden to campaign for her in New Jersey before Election Day.
“I would love that,” said former State Sen. Diane Allen, the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor about Biden stumping in New Jersey for her opponent.
With a lead that ranged from 9 to 13 points, Murphy may not want to tempt the Curse of the American President.
Since 1989, new presidents have seen governors of their parties lose in New Jersey.
After Bill Clinton took office in 1993, Gov. Jim Florio was ousted. The same thing happened in 2009, when Barack Obama assumed the presidency and Gov. Jon Corzine lost re-election.