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Murphy demurs on Andrzejczak’s Trump stance

Senator won’t rule out backing president for re-election next year

By Nikita Biryukov, October 29 2019 12:12 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy declined to comment on State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak declining to rule out voting for President Donald Trump’s re-election next year, though he suggested the senator’s stance won’t stop the governor from backing him.

“Listen, all I can say about this — Bob Is a decorated veteran who paid an enormous price for protecting the freedoms of our country,” Murphy said. “An extraordinary, heroic figure in our state, and I wish him nothing but the very best.”

On Monday, Andrzejczak declined to rule out voting for Trump, saying he would back whichever nominee he believed was best for the seat.

He did rule out voting for Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the contest’s two leading progressive candidates.

Andrzecjzak is facing a competitive challenge from Cumberland County Republican in his bid to secure the remainder of Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s unexpired term in the State Senate.

Last week, Testa was announced as an honorary state chair of Trump’s New Jersey re-election campaign.

According to a Stockton University poll released last week, Trump is more popular than Murphy in the first legislative district. The president earned an approval rating of 38%-50%, while Murphy scored a less favorable 31%-40%.

Testa has regularly launched attacks at Murphy in his bid to oust Andrzejczak, and the senator has sought to distance himself from Murphy in the campaign.

A spokesman for the governor on Tuesday said it had yet to be determined whether Murphy would campaign for Democrats in the first ahead of election day.

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