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Arlene Quiñones Perez is a supporter of Gov. Phil Murphy now, but that wasn’t always the case — like the time the Hunterdon County Democratic Chairman sent Murphy on a wild goose chase.
Back in 2015, Quiñones Perez was backing the front-runner, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Her law firm, DeCotiis Fitzpatrick Cole and Giblin, was heavily invested in Fulop’s statewide campaign.
At the time, Fulop was battling Senate President Steve Sweeney for the governorship. Murphy was still not viewed as a major gubernatorial contender.
Quiñones Perez had invited Murphy to speak at a Hunterdon Democratic event.
Several sources told the New Jersey Globe that Murphy’s invite apparently upset Fulop, who expressed that to his friends at the DeCotiis firm. They passed the objection on to Quiñones Perez.
Murphy was in the car on his way to Hunterdon when Quiñones Perez called him and revoked his invitation.
The future governor turned around and headed home. He tore up a $10,000 check he’d written to the Hunterdon Democratic Party.
POLITICO first reported that Quiñones Perez pulled Murphy’s invite. She denied it to a Politico reporter.
The Globe has confirmed the story from sources connected to both Murphy and Fulop.