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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy says he’ll have time for N.J. despite upcoming NGA and DGA roles

By Joey Fox, December 13 2021 3:24 pm

Though it was recently confirmed that Gov. Phil Murphy will be holding the dual roles of National Governors Association (NGA) chair and Democratic Governors Association (DGA) vice-chair in 2022, Murphy said today that he doesn’t plan on letting his focus wander from New Jersey.

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“My nose is pressed against the New Jersey glass,” Murphy said. “As much as I feel strongly that we’ve got something to add – whether it’s in the National Governors Association or the Democratic Governors Association – we’ll do it in a way that works for New Jersey.”

In early 2022, Murphy will assume the vice-chairmanship of the DGA, which he previously chaired in 2020. He’ll begin leading the NGA, a bipartisan body in which Murphy is currently the vice-chair under Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, in July 2022.

Then, in early 2023, Murphy will take the role of DGA chair for a second time, meaning that he’ll spend the first half of 2023 leading both organizations simultaneously.

But Murphy insisted that he’ll still be an active governor and leader, assisted by remote technologies that have become more prevalent in the Covid era.

“In the context of this awful pandemic, we’ve all learned to do things on the phone, virtually, Zooms,” he said. “The first time [I served as chair], I committed that I wasn’t going to leave and turn my back on New Jersey, and that’s not going to happen this time.”

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