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Murphy stumps for Atlantic Dems with about 50 hours left in race

By Nikita Biryukov, November 01 2020 7:01 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy headlined a virtual rally boosting countywide candidates in Atlantic County and House challenger Amy Kennedy Sunday evening.

Though he gave praise to each of Atlantic’s five Democratic countywide candidates, he made special mention of Kennedy’s race.

“As they say in boxing, it is the featured fight on the card on Tuesday among the House races, and I’ll tell you, we are all-in for Amy,” Murphy said. “We have been from moment one, and I know all of you are with us in that regard.”

Kennedy is running against Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), who was elected as a Democrat in 2018 but defected to the Republican Party in December.

Democratic Freeholder At-Large Caren Fitzpatrick and Challenger Celeste Fernandez are running against Republican At-Large Freeholder John Risley and Somers Point Councilman James Toto. Former Atlantic City School Board President Thelma Witherspoon, a Democrat, and Egg Harbor Township Committeeman Andrew Parker are vying for Freeholder Ashley Bennet’s District 3 seat.

Bennet chose not to seek re-election after dropping her congressional campaign in March.

Democratic Sheriff Eric Scheffler faces a challenge from former sheriff’s officer Joe “Tokyo” O’Donoghue, and Republican Surrogate James Curcio, the county’s last GOP constitutional officer, is fielding a challenge from Stephen Dicht.

More than anything, Murphy wanted Democrats to stay on their toes and avoid falling into complacency.

“We got smoked, especially at the top of the ballot,” he said of 2016’s elections. “We cannot let that happen.”

The governor also issued a somewhat muted warning about post-election unrest, suggesting Trump supporters who participated in truck parades in New Jersey wouldn’t take a bad result lying down.

“These folks, if they don’t win, they will not go lightly,” he said.

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