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Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy. (Photo: Murphy for Governor.)

Governor, First Lady to appear at Democratic events this weekend

Murphy will campaign for Rupande Mehta in the 25th district on Sunday

By David Wildstein, October 31 2020 9:57 am

Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy will appear at several events this weekend to help Democratic candidates in advance of Tuesday’s general election, including appearances in the 2020 battleground counties of Atlantic and Morris.

Murphy will speak at a virtual breakfast for Passaic County Democrats at 11:30 AM today.  The Democratic county chairman is John Currie, a strong ally of the governor who also serves as the New Jersey Democratic State Chairman.

Tomorrow morning, Murphy will attend a GOTV Canvass Launch to boost the chances of Democrat Rupande Mehta in the 25th district State Senate election in the 25th district.  Mehta is challenging interim incumbent Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton).

He will also join civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson on Sunday on a virtual meeting to start the New Jersey for Joe Biden battleground states phone bank, followed by a virtual GOTV event for Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

Sherill is seeking re-election to a second term as the congresswoman from the 11th district.

On Sunday night, Murphy will attend a virtual GOTV event for Democrats in Atlantic County.

A big plurality in Atlantic is critical to Democrat Amy Kennedy’s bid to oust party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in the 2nd district.

Democrats also have a strong chance to oust GOP Surrogate James Curcio, who faces a tough race against Democrat Steve Dicht, and to pick up a freeholder seat.

Tammy Murphy is speaking at a Morris County Democratic Virtual GOTV rally on Saturday morning.  In addition to Sherrill, Democrats are seeking to re-elect their other congressman, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), in the 7th in a competitive race against Republican Tom Kean, Jr., the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate.

On Sunday morning, the First Lady will attend a virtual event for the Democratic candidates for West Caldwell Council, Jessica Almeida and Christy Lazarow.

West Caldwell has been a GOP stronghold for decades, but Democrats have mounted an aggressive campaign in a town that Sherrill and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo carried two years ago.

The longtime Republican mayor, Joseph Tempesta, is under fire for his ties to Matt O’Donnell, an attorney who has been the state Attorney General’s cooperating witness in a small-fish sting operation involving the use of straw donors to obtain public contracts.

Tempesta had been a beneficiary of O’Donnell’s fake contributors.

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