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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 plans five campaign stops ahead of primary day

Governor to boost Cryan, Joshi

By Nikita Biryukov, June 04 2021 6:35 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy intends to make five campaign stops this weekend, boosting candidates in a handful of competitive races.

He’ll start the weekend with a canvass launch in the 20th district, where he’ll appear with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen), State Sen. Joe Cryan (D-Union), Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth) and Rev. Reginald Atkins, who is running for Assemblyman Jamel Holley’s (D-Roselle) seat in the lower chamber.

Holley is challenging Cryan for the district’s Senate seat. Christian Veliz and Diane Murray-Clements are running for Assembly on Holley’s slate.

His next stop will take him to Newark, where he’ll attend a rally with Mayor Ras Baraka, State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), Rev. Ronald Slaughter and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.

Murphy’s last stop of the day will take him to Union City, where he’ll launch canvassers with Mayor and State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City).

The governor has just one campaign stop planned Sunday, when he and lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will attend a service at the Metro Community Church in Englewood. It’s not clear whether Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (R-Englewood) or Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) will be there.

Both are running to succeed Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck). Murphy is backing Johnson in that race.

His final campaign stop before primary day is in Edison. The governor will join State Sen. Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield) and Assemblymen Rob Karabinchak (D-Edison) and Sterley Stanley (D-East Brunswick) to boost Edison Councilman Sam Joshi and his slate of council candidates Monday evening.

Joshi has county support in his bid for Edison’s mayorship against municipal Democratic chairman Mahesh Bhagia, who is running a slate of candidates for state and county posts as well.

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