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Governor, First Lady launch 21-county campaign tour

Murphy’s will campaign for Menendez, Democratic House and local candidates

By David Wildstein, October 26 2018 4:10 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy will visit all 21 New Jersey counties before election day to help Democrats up and down the ballot in advance of the November 6 mid-term elections.

“This election is the most important in memory and we absolutely cannot afford to sit on the sidelines, which is why I’m excited that Tammy and I will be working hard every day to help re-elect Senator Menendez and Democrats all across our state,” Murphy said. “We need to take back the House of Representatives and stop the dangerous Trump agenda, and that work starts right here in New Jersey.”

The governor will begin his statewide tour at an event in Hunterdon County tonight for Tom Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State who is challenging Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in New Jersey’s 7th district.

After that, Murphy will be in the Ironbound section of Newark for a reception to boost the re-election of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.  He will join Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Senate President Pro-Tempore Teresa Ruiz, and Newark City Councilmen Anibal Ramos, Luis Quintana and Augusto Amador.

“The New Jersey Democratic State Committee is working closely with campaigns around the state to help ensure Democratic victories on November 6th, and having the Governor and First Lady hitting the campaign trail will be a significant boost to those efforts,” said Liz Gilbert, the state party executive director.

Murphy’s statewide tour contrasts of every county in the state contrasts with his predecessor, who was often criticized by Republicans for maintaining a hectic campaign schedule for candidates across the country but not for local candidates in New Jersey.

On Saturday morning, Murphy will be at the IBEW Hall in Paramus as the Bergen County Central Labor Council launches their GOTV operation.

The governor will be at the Union County Democrats Victory Breakfast in Scotch Plains on Sunday morning, followed by a lunch fundraiser for the Morris County Democratic Committee in Parsippany.

Murphy’s Sunday schedule also includes two stops in Hudson County: a Jersey City early voting party hosted by Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise and Jersey City Councilman James Solomon; and an Asian American and Pacific Islanders event for Menendez in Jersey City with Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro.

The First Lady appeared at a rally yesterday urging women to vote against the re-election of Rep. Tom MacArthur in New Jersey’s 3rd district.

“Ever since our devastating loss in the last presidential election, Democrats have been hungry to fight back against President Trump and turn the tide in Washington,” said Tammy Murphy.  “This is our opportunity to build a Blue Wave and I’m excited we’re doing everything we can to make it happen.”

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