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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden campaigns for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in Edison on October 15, 2021. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Jill Biden stops in Edison to stump for Murphy

By Joey Fox, October 15 2021 4:58 pm

First Lady Jill Biden came to Edison today to hold a rally with Gov. Phil Murphy, Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Oliver, and a number of other New Jersey Democrats in advance of the beginning of the state’s early voting period next weekend.

“New Jersey needs to move forward, not backwards,” Biden said to a crowd of Murphy’s supporters. “We need to look to the future, not the past. Let’s not wonder what we could have done; let’s be proud of what we did right now. It takes all of us coming together, doing our part, today and tomorrow and every day until Phil wins on November 2nd. We can do this, New Jersey – let’s re-elect Phil Murphy!”

Biden, a native daughter of New Jersey who was born in Hammonton and grew up partially in Mahwah, said that Murphy’s re-election was critical not just for New Jersey, but also for President Joe Biden and national Democrats.

“Joe and I know Phil,” she said. “We know that he’s going to fight for you and your family every single day. Joe is honored to serve as your president, and he’s so grateful for the trust that you have given him. He’s working hard for you, but that’s why he needs a partner like Phil working beside him to build on the progress that we’ve already made.”

In his own speech, Murphy repeated his campaign theme that the state needs to move forward, not backward – and that he’s the only one who can accomplish that.

“We’ve come a long way, but our work is not done,” Murphy said. “We have to keep moving forward. We cannot go backward. The last thing we need is an extreme leader in New Jersey right now.”

Preceding Murphy and Biden were a series of other Middlesex County and state Democrats, among them First Lady Tammy Murphy, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, State Democratic Party Chairman LeRoy Jones, Middlesex Democratic Party Chairman Kevin McCabe, and Sam Joshi, the Democratic nominee for mayor of Edison.

“This nation is watching,” Jones said in the most energetic speech of the afternoon. “It is watching to see what New Jersey does. Are we going to let New Jersey down? Are we going to let America down? … It is about our tomorrow, and you are our tomorrow – let’s make it happen.”

Former President Barack Obama will be in New Jersey on October 21 for an Early Voting Rally in Newark.

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