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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.)

With snowstorm coming, Murphy skips DGA meeting

New Jersey governor will become new chairman of Democratic Governors Association

By David Wildstein, November 30 2019 10:07 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy will remain in New Jersey to direct the state’s response to an upcoming snowstorm, his office said on Saturday evening.

Murphy had been expected to fly to San Francisco on Sunday to attend a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association, where he is set to assume the chairmanship.

The governor has scheduled a weather briefing tomorrow morning in Woodbridge.

As DGA chairman, Murphy will help defend incumbent Governors Roy Cooper of North Carolina, John Carney of Delaware, and Jay Inslee of Washington, while looking to hold the Montana governorship being vacated by the term-limited Steve Bullock.

Additionally, Murphy will head Demcoratic efforts to oust Republican governors seeking re-election in Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota and West Virginia.  The GOP governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, has not yet said if he will seek re-election.

In Utah, where the Republican governor is retiring, the leading candidate is Jon Huntsman, a former governor and ambassador who unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

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