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Gov. Phil Murphy in Montclair on May 5, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Murphy to host DGA policy conference in Jersey City this week

N.J. gov will take over Democratic organization later this year

By Joey Fox, September 13 2022 4:03 pm

This Thursday and Friday, Jersey City is set to host the fall policy conference of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), a national organization dedicated to electing Democratic governors that’s currently vice-chaired by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

In attendance at the conference, which is also sponsored by the Center for Innovative Policy, will be Murphy, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (the DGA’s current chairman), New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Maine Gov. Janet Mills, and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democratic nominee in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial election.

The conference announcement notes that the DGA is “awaiting additional confirmations,” but if that ends up being the entire roster, it will represent around one-fifth of the nation’s 26 Democratic governors and governor-equivalents. And some of those who are attending may not be there the entire time; Shapiro is set to appear at a $5,000-a-person campaign fundraiser hosted by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop on Friday afternoon.

Murphy is set to take over for Cooper as DGA chair later this year, reprising a role he previously held in 2020. As chairman for the 2023 cycle, he’ll oversee gubernatorial campaigns in three conservative Southern states: Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. 

Murphy is simultaneously serving as the chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA), a nonpartisan organization dedicated to representing all governors regardless of party. He’s the first governor to chair both the NGA and their party’s campaign organization simultaneously, as well as the first New Jerseyan to lead the NGA.

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