Peter Murphy was re-elected to another term as Passaic County Republican chairman without opposition on Tuesday, with Joanie Walsh winning re-election as vice chair.
On Murphy’s watch, Republicans won a county commissioner seat in 2021 for the first time in twelve years and came close to winning a second commissioner seat and the surrogate’s office.
Murphy regained the post in 2018 after a 17-year absence when John Traier declined to seek re-election and has not faced any opponents.
He still remained a major force in Passaic County politics while out of the chairmanship, building a political machine as the Totowa Republican Municipal Chairman. He has a staunch ally in State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa), who has a seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and senatorial courtesy over all Passaic County gubernatorial nominations.
His late father, Anthony “Red” Murphy led the Passaic County Republicans from 1983 until his death in 1991. Peter Murphy, then 32-years-old, replaced his father and led GOP majorities in county government until Democrats took control 22 years ago.
“I am honored to have earned the support of the Passaic County Republican Committee members and be re-elected tonight,” said Murphy. “ From Woodland Park to West Milford and Pompton Lakes to Prospect Park, our mission to run and support strong Republican candidates at all levels is flourishing.”
Republicans think they can oust Sheriff Richard Berdnik and pick up one more county commissioner seat in the mid-term elections.
“The unanimous support for Peter, myself, and his leadership team tonight is such a humbling show of support from our party leaders,” said Walsh. “I look forward to working with all of our party members up and down Passaic County over the next three years to bring more success to our Republican Party.”
The third generation of the Murphy family is already in play. His 31-year-old son, Brendan, served as a Totowa councilman and is a commissioner of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.