PORTLAND, MAINE – Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican who will serve as the vice chairman of the National Governors Association while New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is chairman, told the New Jersey Globe today that he’s looking forward to being Murphy’s partner for the next year.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m excited about this opportunity, is because I really like Governor Murphy personally,” Cox said. “I’ve gotten to know him and his wife, and we’re excited to team up in a bipartisan manner.”
Murphy will serve a one-year term as chairman of the NGA, the main organization representing the interest of the United States’ 55 state and territorial governors. At next summer’s meeting, Murphy will hand over the top job to Cox, continuing a long tradition of alternating the chair position between the two parties every year.
“This is an incredible organization, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to serve with my fellow governors,” Cox said. “That’s where the best and most important work in policy in our country is being done: at the state. So to have an opportunity to rub shoulders in this capacity is an awesome responsibility and opportunity.”
The term of the current chairman, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, will end tomorrow. Once he and Cox officially take the roles of chair and vice-chair, Murphy will become the first New Jerseyan in history to lead the nation’s governors; six months later, he’ll become the first governor ever to serve as chair of the NGA and their party’s campaign organization simultaneously.