Gov. Phil Murphy has endorsed Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty for re-election.
“As Mayor, Tim Dougherty has earned a reputation for principled, forward-looking leadership and always puts the residents of Morristown first,” Murphy said. “In response to the many challenges of the pandemic, Mayor Dougherty is supporting hard-hit small businesses, delivering real results, and moving Morristown forward.
With filing deadlines past, Murphy has been taking sides in Democratic primaries at the state and local level by backing some candidates who are running with him on the organization line. Earlier this month, he endorsed Sam Joshi for mayor of Edison in the Democratic primary on the same day Middlesex County Democrats announced their support of Joshi.
Murphy, the titular head of the New Jersey Demcoratic Party, has endorsed Gordon Johnson for State Senate in the hotly-contested 37th district primary, State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union), and helped broker a deal that captured the Democratic Senate nomination in the 16th district for Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick).
Dougherty faces Esperanza Porras-Field, a Morristown realtor, in the June 8 primary election.
Murphy is also backing Dougherty’s running mates for town council.
“Mayor Dougherty, along with Councilwoman Toshiba Foster, Councilman David Silva, and Nathan Umbriac, is the right choice to build on Morristown’s progress, and I’m proud to endorse his candidacy for re-election,” said Murphy.