Gov. Phil Murphy endorsed Marty Small for Atlantic City mayor Wednesday.
“Mayor Small has a progressive vision for Atlantic City. He has demonstrated real leadership during a very difficult and challenging times, and he’s working very hard to make Atlantic City a better place to live, work and visit,” Murphy said.
Small, who took the mayor’s post after former Mayor Frank Gilliam resigned after admitting to embezzling more than $87,000 from a youth basketball league he started, faces Pamela Thomas-Fields in his bid for a full term.
Thomas-Fields has the backing of the Atlantic City Democratic Committee.
“I am extremely grateful to receive Governor Murphy’s Endorsement,” Small said. “It is important to recognize that our efforts, commitment and hard work to create a partnership between the City of Atlantic City and the state of New Jersey is ongoing and must continue in order for Atlantic City to receive the essential resources that it needs to not only survive, but to thrive.”
Murphy declined to say whether he had confidence in Small’s ability to lead the beleaguered city after he took Gilliam’s post in October.