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Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in 2017. Photo courtesy of Murphy for Governor.

Biden still hasn’t spoken to Murphy

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee absence continues

By Nikita Biryukov, May 11 2020 3:23 pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden has still not spoken with the governor of the state that has seen more cases of COVID-19 than all but one other state in the nation.

“I still have not spoken with the vice president,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday, referring to the Democratic party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

Over the weekend, Murphy spoke with Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about a bill that would provide $500 billion in direct aid to state and local governments who have seen their budgets upended by the COVID-19 crisis.

He also spoke with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin over the weekend about a possible meeting between the two in Jerusalem following the conclusion of the pandemic.

“I also this morning — unrelated to all the above — had the incredible honor, took a phone call from the president of the state of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, and the president restated the strong relationship between the state of Israel and New Jersey, that they’re there for us in our hour of need, and we both agreed when the dust settles in this awful crisis, that a meeting in Jerusalem was something that we each wanted.”

Murphy served as ambassador to Germany in President Barack Obama’s administration.

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