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

Murphy surgery successful, Oliver says

By David Wildstein, March 04 2020 2:32 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy underwent surgery this morning to remove a likely cancerous tumor from his kidney, Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver has announced.

“Earlier today, Governor Murphy underwent a successful surgery to remove a tumor on his kidney,” Oliver said in a short statement. “He is currently resting at a hospital in New York City.”

Murphy announced in February 27 that doctors had found a tumor on his left kidney and would undergo a partial nephrectomy to remove it.

“The prognosis is very good and I’m profoundly grateful to my doctors for detecting the tumor early,” Murphy said at the time.

According to Mahen Gunaratna, Murphy’s communications director,  a 3-centimeter wide tumor during a regular checkup.

Murphy is expected to spend a few days in the hospital before a short recuperation at his home in Middletown.  He’ expected to return to work after a brief absence

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