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State Sen. Jim Beach at a committee meeting held in the Cellar of the Amalthea Winery in Atco. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe).

Beach approves of Murphy, not ready to back re-election bid

Camden Democrat predicts Murphy will turn into a ‘great governor’

By Nikita Biryukov, July 09 2018 3:21 pm

ATCO – State Sen. Jim Beach (D-Voorhees) thinks Gov. Phil Murphy’s doing a good job, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to back the freshman governor should he choose to run for a second term in 2021.

“I think he’s working very hard. he’s doing everything that he promised he will do, and I certainly wish him the very best,” Beach said. “I think that as more experience comes, he’ll be considered one of the great governors that we’ve had.”

Murphy recently managed to avert a government shutdown over a budget feud between him and Democratic leaders in the legislature.

Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin were able to come to a last-minute deal on the eve of a shutdown that incorporated taxes sought by either of the two camps.

Beach, the Camden County Democratic Chairman, largely sided with Sweeney in that fight, voting in favor of the first budget the legislature passed, which Murphy conditionally vetoed after a deal was reached.

That tiff seems to not have left a sour taste in Beach’s mouth, but he still stopped short of backing Murphy for a re-election run in 2021.

“My goodness, it’s four years from now. You can’t ask me a question like that. What if I want to run for governor?” Beach said, adding that he didn’t.

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