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Working Families backs Murphy’s re-election

By Nikita Biryukov, July 16 2021 1:15 pm

New Jersey Working Families endorsed Gov. Phil Murphy’s re-election bid Friday.

“Our state has made huge strides in wages, repairing the harms of our criminal justice system, and making the rich pay their fair share thanks to the support of Governor Murphy,” said Sue Altman, the progressive group’s director. “That’s why the New Jersey Working Families Party is proud to support his re-election bid.”

Working families has been one of the governor’s foremost progressive backers. It endorsed his first bid for governor in March 2017 and has had his ear throughout his term in office.

The endorsement is unsurprising given the only other real option was Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli.

Still, the relationship between the two hasn’t been without its troubles. As the frosty relationship Murphy shared with the legislature during his first two years in office thawed, the governor repeatedly broke with progressives on a handful of issues, including organizational lines.

Working Families is among the groups that have pushed for the end of party lines, which afford party-backed candidates a preferential spot on the ballot.

But that disagreement hasn’t done much to soften the group’s support for Murphy.

“Allies like Murphy are crucial in helping us address climate change, weed out the greed and corruption that hurts taxpayers every day, and make the Garden State a fair and just place for working families,” Altman said.

That’s a win for the governor, who was pleased at winning the group’s support.

“By working hand in hand with New Jersey Working Families, we’re moving the Garden State forward and living up to our core progressive values of fairness and justice for all,” Murphy said. “I’m honored to have NJWF’s support, and look forward to furthering our partnership to build a New Jersey that works for every family and every community.”

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