Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy will attend a state dinner honoring French President Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.
With Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver in New Orleans for the annual meeting of the National Lieutenant Governors Association, Senate President Nicholas Scutari will spend a few hours as New Jersey’s acting governor.
Because of COVID, this will be President Joe Biden’s first state dinner since taking office 22 months ago. The White House has said that Macron’s visit will emphasize the strong relationship the United States has with France.
Murphy was a guest at a White House dinner with Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in July 2021. During President Barack Obama’s administration, Murphy served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
Scutari served as acting governor for part of one day in June while Murphy and Oliver were out of state at the same time.
As Senate President, Scutari is second in the line of gubernatorial succession. He is followed by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Attorney General Matt Platkin, Commissioner of Transportation Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Senate President Pro-Tempore Sandra Cunningham, and Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore Benjie Wimberly.