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Gov. Phil Murphy campaigns on the streets of Bayonne on Nov. 2, 2018. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Murphy intends to boost Dems in campaign’s closing weeks

Governor: No plans to stump outside New Jersey

By Nikita Biryukov, October 09 2020 1:37 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy still intends to stump for Democrats amid a pandemic that has reshaped the year’s campaigns, though he suggested he’ll keep those efforts confined to the Garden state.

“We’ll be active,” the governor said. “We’re doing a lot of Zoom stuff, whether it’s raising money for folks or actually just getting people fired up, and my guess is if we can do it socially distant and do it properly, we’ll try to do some things in person as well.”

Murphy has already boosted House challenger Amy Kennedy’s campaign on a handful of occasions, both digitally and in-person.

In 2018 and 2019, Murphy kept a strenuous stump schedule in the final weeks of the campaign. Both he and First Lady Tammy Murphy crisscrossed the state in the runup to those races, making dozens of campaign stops in the two weeks before election day.

With COVID-19 still front of mind and warnings of a renewed surge in cases on the horizon, it’s likely this year’s schedule will be laxer. For one, Murphy, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association, isn’t planning to leave the state to boost Democrats.

“No campaigning out of the state, at least at this point,” he said. “Again, we’re not traveling much. I’ve left the state, other than for a couple of doctor’s visits into New York City, I’ve left the state hardly at all. I went to the White House at the end of April. I don’t think that will change.”

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