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The 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

N.J. Democrats announce local convention speakers, but leave off Sweeney and Coughlin

Murphy will host outdoor, in-person reception in Asbury Park to watch Biden accept nomination

By David Wildstein, August 16 2020 10:57 am

Gov. Phil Murphy will host an outdoor, in-person reception for Democratic National Convention delegates and special guests on Thursday night to watch Joe Biden accept the presidential nomination.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is also scheduled to address the convention on Thursday.

The event, at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, is dependent on the weather.  Murphy’s standing executive order would prohibit a large indoor gathering.

Another outdoor in-person event for delegates will be held at the Liberty House in Jersey City on Tuesday evening, weather permitting.  Addressing the Democrats remotely are former President Bill Clinton, Dr. Jill Biden, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York).

The rest of New Jersey’s convention week will be held virtually.

The entire New Jersey congressional is set to address delegates, but Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin are not included in the program for any of the four days of this week’s Democratic convention.

Update: A Democratic State Committee representative told the New Jersey Globe that the speaking schedule for convention week is still not finalized, paving the way for an offer for Sweeney, Coughlin and others to address the delegates.

A delegate breakfast on Monday morning will feature addresses by Murphy, Booker, Democratic State Chairman John Currie, and Reps. Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Donald Payne (D-Newark) and Albio Sires (D-West New York).

On Tuesday, a delegate breakfast will allow delegates to hear from First Lady Tammy Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), Democratic State Vice Chair Peg Schaffer, and congressional candidates Amy Kennedy and Stephanie Schmid.

Phil and Tammy Murphy will speak at a Female Democratic Governor’s Panel on Tuesday that includes former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and women governors of Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Rhode Island.

Wednesday morning’ delegate breakfast includes remarks from Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), and Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes).  Shannon Cuttle, a Maplewood-South Orange school board member and a Biden delegate, will also speak.

Booker will lead a “Flip the Senate” rally on Wednesday evening that includes former astronaut Mark Kelly, a West Orange native who has maintained a steady lead in independent polls in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona.

Also speaking are Democratic candidates challenging Republican U.S. Senators in South Carolina, Maine, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia and Kentucky, where Amy McGrath is taking on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Murphy will again address delegates at their Thursday delegation breakfast, along with U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, and Reps. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) and Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson).

The Democratic National Convention will feature a keynote address comprised of 17 rising political stars — but none of them are from New Jersey, which is replete with up-and-comers.

This story was updated at 11:56 AM.

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