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Phil Murphy, left, Jon Bon Jovi, and Tammy Murphy in 2017. (Photo: John Bartlett via Facebook).

Murphys join forces with Bon Jovi for Ukraine aid

Coalition will raise money, provide matching funds for food security in Ukraine

By Joey Fox, April 05 2022 10:25 am

Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that he and First Lady Tammy Murphy will team up with singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, to launch a fundraising effort for Ukrainians displaced by the ongoing war with Russia. 

​​“From the first days of this awful war, we knew we couldn’t sit on the sidelines,” the Murphys said in a statement. “Thanks to the incredible generosity and momentum of our good friends Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi, we together are now enabling others a path to help relieve the suffering on the ground.”

The initiative has an aim of raising a total of $2 million dollars towards the food-security nonprofit World Central Kitchen (WCK): $1 million from donors matched dollar-for-dollar by a coalition of eight sponsors, including an initial $500,000 “motivational pledge” provided by the Bon Jovis. Born and raised in Perth Amboy, Jon Bon Jovi is a longtime supporter and ally of the Murphys.

The funds will be initially collected by the newly created “Together for Ukraine” non-profit hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey before being directed to WCK, which is led by chef José Andrés.

Since before Russia fully launched its invasion of Ukraine, the governor has been a strong critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his country’s territorial aggression. Once the invasion began, Murphy and the New Jersey legislature took a number of steps to hit back, most prominently enacting a ban on state interaction with Russia or Russian-backed companies.

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