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Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in 2017. Photo courtesy of Murphy for Governor.

Murphy named Democratic National Convention co-chair

By David Wildstein, July 29 2020 8:39 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy will serve as permanent co-chair of the Democratic National Convention.

Murphy will serve with: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) and Tom Carper (D-Illinois); Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D-Georgia); Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-California); and Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, not the better known Democratic State Committeeman from Essex County of the same name.

That probably means an appearance by the New Jersey Governor at some point during a convention that will be broadcast remotely.

Murphy said today that he will not be traveling to Milwaukee for the convention.

The permanent convention chair will be Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi), with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer serving as honorary chairs.

“We are looking forward to a historic convention anchored in Milwaukee, and through the leadership of the permanent officers who will help oversee this convention Democrats will come together to continue the work to elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “We have an exciting lineup of programming over the course of four nights as we seek a better future for all Americans, and unite around our shared values and Joe Biden’s vision for a better, safer future for the country.”

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) is slated to host a fundraiser for the Biden Victory Fund on August 6.

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