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Phil Murphy

By NJ Globe Staff, August 04 2019 8:15 pm

Philip Dunton Murphy (born August 16, 1957) is the 56th Governor of New Jersey.

He was elected in 2017, defeating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno by a 56%-42% margin.

Murphy grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and said during his campaign that he was “middle class on a good day.”  He is a 1979 graduate of Harvard University, where he received an A.B. in Economics, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was in investment banker at Goldman Sachs from 1982 until 2006.

From 2006 to 2009, Murphy was the Finance Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Gov. Richard J. Codey appointed him to serve as chairman of the New Jersey Benefits Task Force in 2005.

President Barack Obama nominated Murphy to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Germany in 2009.  He held that post until 2013.

Murphy won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in 2017 with 48% of the vote, defeating former Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jim Johnson (22%), Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski (22%), State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (5%), Bill Brennan (2%) and Englewood Cliffs Councilman Mark Zinna (1%).

Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.
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