LONG BRANCH – Gov. Phil Murphy will embark on a trade mission to Germany and Israel in coming month in a bid to attract new businesses to New Jersey.
Murphy said after a bill signing in Long Branch that his post-budget agenda will include a concentration on the stronger part of his stronger and fairer economy platform.
The governor is no stranger to either country. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany under President Obama and has an apartment in Berlin. Murphy has been to Israel five times over the last four year, most recently after he won the June 2017 Democratic gubernatorial primary. He said in March that he was planning a trip to Israel sometime in 2018.
Most New Jersey governors have traveled internationally with the hope of attracting jobs to the state, sometimes with mixed results. Gov. Chris Christie’s side trip to Jordan after a visit to Israel in 2012 attracted attention after the disclosure that King Abdullah picked up a $30,000 hotel tab. And a later trip to London was a disaster after Christie made controversial comments about child vaccinations.
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will be acting governor in his absence.