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Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in 2017. Photo courtesy of Murphy for Governor.

Unclear if Biden, Harris will visit New Jersey before general election

By Nikita Biryukov, June 28 2021 4:28 pm

It’s not clear whether President Joe Biden or First Lady Kamala Harris will visit New Jersey before the general election, but they’d get a warm reception from Gov. Phil Murphy.

“I can’t speak for the president or vice president, but this is a state they both know well, and I would welcome them both with open arms, either or both,” Murphy said at Monday’s virus briefing.

Both Biden and Harris have ties to the Garden State.

Biden, a longtime Delaware Senator, is well known in the state. The proximity, along with visits to New Jersey, at one point earned him the moniker of “New Jersey’s Third Senator.”

Harris represented California in the U.S. Senate, but Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff lived in Old Bridge and Matawan for 12 years.

New Jersey, Emhoff tweeted in November 2019, “is still very much in my veins.”

Murphy and Biden have a relationship independent of the New Jersey connection. Murphy served as finance chair for the Democratic National Committee from 2006 to 2009, when Biden ran for the vice presidency on President Barack Obama’s ticket.

He was a U.S. ambassador to Germany during the Obama administration, and Biden stumped for Murphy during his 2017 gubernatorial campaign.

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