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GOP mayor in Bergen endorses Murphy for Governor

Ridgewood’s Susan Knudsen praises Murphy’s response to pandemic

By David Wildstein, August 06 2021 4:59 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has picked up the backing of Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen, giving him his second Republican mayoral endorsement in is bid for re-election.

“Phil Murphy has demonstrated steadfast leadership, compassion, and tireless effort working on behalf of all New Jerseyans,” Knudsen said. “I find Governor Murphy to be sincere in his desire to do what’s best to move the Garden State forward.”

Knudsen, a registered, has twice won non-partisan municipal elections in Ridgewood.

“Governor Murphy has put the people of New Jersey first. He continues to ensure that Ridgewood and other communities have the resources available to protect residents and save lives,” Knudsen said.  “He’s made himself available to local elected officials and his staff has been quick, responsive, and professional.”

Once a Republican stronghold, Ridgewood has trended Democratic in recent years.  Joe Biden won 66% there in 2020, and Murphy took 61% of the vote in the Bergen County suburb when he ran for governor four years ago.

Knudsen told the New Jersey Globe that she appreciated Murphy’s “thoughtful approach to the unpredictable and unprecedented challenges of the global pandemic.”

“Governor Murphy has been thorough and transparent in his response to rapidly changing and extremely difficult circumstances,” she said.

Knudsen’s endorsement is only for Murphy in the governor’s race.  She said she’s not taking sides in any other campaigns for the legislature or county office.

Another Republican, Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz, endorsed Murphy in July.  Like Knudsen, Vaz credited the Democratic governor’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic for his decision to cross party lines and make an endorsement.

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