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Tammy Murphy, left, with Gina LaPlaca. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Crossing picket line won’t hurt LaPlaca, Tammy Murphy says

Assembly candidate says employer forced her to scab

By Nikita Biryukov, November 02 2019 10:47 pm

First Lady Tammy Murphy doesn’t think Gina LaPlaca’s crossing the picket line in 2016.

“I think she’s an incredible candidate, and I think that she has put in the hard work. I think that people see her for what she is, and she’s somebody that is an advocate for the community,” Murphy said. “No, I think she stands tall the way she is, and I’m not worried about that.”

LaPlaca, now a Democratic candidate for Assembly in the eighth legislative district, acted as a substitute worker when 36,000 Verizon workers went on strike for 44 days. She was a government affairs executive at the time.

The candidate has said her employer forced her to scab, but the Communications Workers of America refused to endorse LaPlaca because of the incident, and the state AFL-CIO pulled its endorsement over the same.

Murphy headlined a canvass launch for LaPlaca, her running mate Mark Natale and other Burlington County candidates Saturday.

LaPlaca and Natale are running against Assemblyman Ryan Peters and former Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield.

“Everybody, make one more call,” Murphy said. “Knock on one more door, and make sure you’re doing literally everything and running through the tape because you don’t want to look back ‘if I only had done this.’ Just tough it out for the next couple of days.”

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