Elections

Murphy celebrates Democratic gubernatorial primary victory in Essex County

a32ee4c91e56f6bfd8e4_MurphyPrimaryVictory1200x800-1.jpg
Supporters at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark on primary night congratulate Phil Murphy, who won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Credits: Mark J. Bonamo
04ddb43aedb3eeca5945_MurphyPrimaryVictory1200x800-2.jpg
Phil Murphy, who won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, accepts congratulations from supporters at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark on primary night Credits: Mark J. Bonamo
a32ee4c91e56f6bfd8e4_MurphyPrimaryVictory1200x800-1.jpg

NEWARK, NJ - Phil Murphy claimed the 2017 Democratic nomination for governor in Newark on primary night, promising to both boost New Jersey and challenge President Donald Trump.

"I reject completely the us versus them leadership that defines Chris Christie and Donald Trump," said Murphy to a surging crowd of more than 1,200 people at the Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark on Tuesday night. "The lesson I've learned is this: it's not what you take, it's what you give back."

Murphy won convincingly over his Democratic primary rivals. With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Murphy, a retired Goldman Sachs executive and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, won over 48 percent of the vote. Jim Johnson, an attorney from Montclair and an under secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton administration, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) both hovered at around 21 percent. Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) received around five percent of the vote.

Sign Up for E-News

In the November general election, Murphy will face Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who defeated Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli in the Republican primary.  

Murphy launched his campaign early, in May 2016, campaigning in the state's largest city well before potential rivals, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop or state Senate President Steve Sweeney, had an opportunity to jump into the race. 

Fulop and Sweeney unexpectedly withdrew their names from gubernatorial contention by October, which cleared a path for Murphy among party insiders, who closed ranks around the candidate last fall on the steps in front of the Essex County Historic Courthouse in Newark.

Many of Murphy's prominent early supporters in Newark, including former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, former Councilman Calvin West and Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, were visible in the crowd Tuesday night.

"Some factions from Newark felt that Murphy was the best candidate at a time when Newark was evenly divided between Murphy, Sweeney and Fulop," said James, wearing a straw hat with an Essex County Democratic Line A handbill wedged into the brim. "We were outgunned and outnumbered, but we galvanized support along the way." 

Sen. Richard Codey, a former governor and senate president and a member of Team Murphy's kitchen cabinet who was in the front row as Murphy gave his victory speech, said Newark played a big role in Murphy's victory. 

Codey then grabbed Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who initially supported Fulop for governor, warmly by the shoulder and said that Baraka's quick shift to Murphy also made a difference.

"Getting Baraka on board was huge," said Codey. "When Fulop got out, he was in. It was instantaneous."

While the treasure trove of Democratic votes in cities such as Newark play a key role in party primaries, many voters in big cities often feel abandoned as candidates reorient their policy platforms away from urban issues such as the high rate of home foreclosure and criminal justice reform. Instead, core suburban concerns such as fixing public train transit problems, fully funding suburban schools and reducing property taxes tend to come to the fore. 

Murphy has stated that he will not shift too far from urban concerns in the months to come, noting that he points out issues such as the white/non-white gap in prisoners incarcerated in the criminal justice system when he campaigns in suburban communities. 

Baraka pointed out that any divide between urban and suburban issues might be exaggerated. 

"Foreclosure is also a suburban issue," Baraka said. "All of these type of issues affect all working families in New Jersey. And all of them don't just live in the cities." 

Murphy ran off a litany of progressive policies during his speech that he said he would support if he makes it to the Statehouse, including raising the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour, the restoration of the millionaires' tax, the legalization of marijuana beyond medical use, and improved infrastructure. 

He also pushed back against claims that his Wall Street past puts him out of touch with middle-class New Jerseyans, saying that he will "close loopholes that only benefit Wall Street money managers" if elected governor of the Garden State. 

The eyes of national political observers are locked in on New Jersey and Virginia, whose closely-watched gubernatorial contests are seen as referendums on Trump.

The Robert Treat Hotel is no stranger to presidential politics. President John F. Kennedy stayed in the hotel during his 1960 campaign, with his face etched in bronze by the hotel's front door in memory of his visit.

The ghost of Trump haunted Murphy's speech, with Murphy framing his New Jersey gubernatorial campaign within a panorama of resisting the president and his policies. 

Murphy, who grew up outside Boston, hearkened back to Kennedy's call to make a difference as he stood in the vortex of state and national politics on the hotel stage. 

"The very essence of America is now under assault. We have a president who thinks that tweeting is leadership. Make no mistake - what Donald Trump does in Washington matters right here," exhorted Murphy as he excoriated what he called President Trump's 'warped vision of America.' "We are better than Donald Trump and we are better than Chris Christie." 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Bloomfield

Half Days at Bloomfield Public Schools June 18 and 19

June 18, 2018

The Superintendent and BOE President have decided to ensure pupil and staff safety in the predicted heat, all Bloomfield Schools will operate on a 1/2 day schedule, Mon., 6/18/18 as well as again on Tues., 6/19/18.

Visit the school district  website http://www.bloomfield.k12.nj.us  for details. Stay cool!

Morris Canal Greenway New App and Way Finder Signs Dedication Ceremony This Thursday

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- On Thursday at 6PM the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee unveils their 30 way finder signs and related mobile app. All are invited to attend the celebration which will be located at the Wrights Field Parking Lot, 186 Baldwin Place, Bloomfield, NJ.   

Thise interested in ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, June 19, 6:30 PM

70 South Gallery, Morristown

70 SOUTH GALLERY TO HOST THE WORK OF ACCLAIMED ...

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_ab09fd2d7f7110fecd4d_mountainside_bariatrics

Tue, June 19, 7:00 PM

Clifton Public Library, Clifton

Bariatric Seminar-Weight Loss That Works

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_272e62eb904d75a9b5c1_mountainside_bariatrics

Tue, June 19, 7:00 PM

Clifton Public Library, Clifton

Bariatric Seminar-Weight Loss That Works

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_d7070322e7be4f998db8_mountainside_logo_lockup

Wed, June 20, 7:00 PM

Hospital Conference Room 2 (Ground Floor), Glen Ridge

Becoming a Parent

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_8c947cb5aa54e723a2cd_mountainside_bariatrics

Wed, June 20, 7:00 PM

Mountainside Medical Center, Glen Ridge

Bariatric Seminar-Weight Loss That Works

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_b4f18dfd4f07fd561026_letslisten7-ellington-mplspecs-revised

Fri, June 22, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library Auditorium, Montclair

Let's Listen to Jazz

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_984ecc3b936a1ba5ae0c_kingsland_manor_nutley_nj

Sat, June 23, 10:00 AM

Kingsland Manor, Nutley

Floral Design Class at Kingsland Manor Nutley

Education Home & Garden

Bloomfield Police Department Blotter June 4 to June 10, 2018

June 13, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The following police blotter has been issued by Lt. Anthony Sisco of the Bloomfield Police Department.

Shoplifting:

6/6/18- Officers were dispatched to 351 Broad Street (Quick Check) on a report of a Shoplifting. An employee observed an unknown African American male wearing a beige shirt and carrying a black bag. The suspect placed dessert items into that black ...

McGovern's summer renovation closing party celebrates change

June 17, 2018

It always takes a few seconds for your eyes to adjust when you walk into McGovern's Tavern in Newark, a downtown fixture since 1936.

But this Friday afternoon, there were two immediate sights that demonstrated something was different.

First, most of the photos, portraits, and articles that cover the bar's walls were removed, the relics of decades of history gone.

Second, you ...

Montclair Township Animal Shelter Reopens

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After a fire swept through the dog run of the Montclair Township Animal Shelter nearly two years ago, Montclair officials commemorated a reopening of the facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

On Wednesday, the Township of Montclair, Friends of the Township of Montclair Animal Shelter and employees, welcomed the public to the ribbon cutting ceremony. The re-opening ...

N.Y. Firefighter Found Asleep in Garage of Lake Como Home Accused of Pooping on Backyard Chair

June 19, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — An 18th Avenue resident woke up early on Sunday, June 10 to quite a mess, and it wasn’t the empty bottles, cans and other debris that litter the front lawns of Lake Como homes on a typical weekend during the summer.

The homeowner not only found an unknown man sleeping inside his garage at about 6 a.m., but someone had vomited on his outdoor patio and defecated on a ...

New Jersey Teacher Gets Life-Saving Liver Transplant

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Maggie Heteji Grabko, a mom of two who worked this year at Westfield’s Lincoln School as a special education preschool teacher, underwent a successful liver transplant on June 13, according to an update on the family’s GoFundMe page by her husband, Shawn Grabko.

The couple lives in North Plainfield with their two children, 12-year-old Ella and ...

State Lawmakers Calling on Feds to Lift Strict Limits on Fluke Fishing for This Season

June 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — While New Jersey anglers began the fluke season last month with strict federal catch limits still in place, state legislators are pushing to have those regulations lifted until there is better data available on the popular fish’s offshore stock.

The State Assembly is asking the federal government to suspend a 40 percent quota reduction that enters its second year ...

Manutti Marina in Belmar: Top Choice for Boating, Fishing and All-Around Family Fun

BELMAR, NJ — It’s no secret that Belmar Manutti Marina ranks among the best boating destinations along the Atlantic coast.

Tucked along the eastern shoreline of the idyllic Shark River — just a five-minute trip by boat to the ocean — the state-of-the-art marina is a top choice among boaters looking to stay for the season, enjoy a vacation or spend the weekend.

In ...

America's Celebrated Evolving Journey

June 17, 2018

This Fourth of July, the United States of America will celebrate its 242nd birthday since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Our Nation was conceived in liberty at its core. Together we the people, with ancestors from every part of the world, continue the struggle to live by its founding noble principles.  Namely that, “We hold these truths to be ...

The Power of Positive Engagement

To the Editor:

I wanted to share this letter from Laurie Beacham, Media Director for NJ 11th for Change, about the notable increase in voter turnout and citizens deciding to run in the recent primary election:

"The 11th Congressional District has a lot to be proud of. In the June 5th primaries, voter turnout climbed from almost 33,000 in 2014 to over 86,000. Democratic ...

Bloomfield Bengals Sports Update May 21, 2018

Volleyball advanced to the County final with wins over Science Park and Montclair. Unfortunately, Livingston got the better of the Bengals in the County Championship Match.   

At the County Track and Field Championship Meet the Girls Team had a fine showing placing 5th overall. Leading the way was Kaela Edwards-2nd in high hurdles and Aicha Naouai- 2nd in javelin. The best ...

Bloomfield Bengals Athletic Update May 14 2018

 At the SEC Championship Meet La’Shan White equaled his school record in winning the 400-meter hurdles. He also won the 110- meter High Hurdles and anchored the winning 4x400 relay team. Aicha Naouai won the Javelin with a throw of 126’6.5(#9 NJ) and the Discus with a mark of 95’5”. Warlys Lizardo won the Boys Discus at 120’.

Kristina Collins reached ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 18, 2018

DOWN THE SHORE - If you see all those mega-mansions on the beach, and admit to being just a wee bit jealous, here's something to quietly smile about: All of those glorious homes will likely be underwater.  NJ Spotlight reports rising sea levels make the New Jersey coast particularly vulnerable, with the Garden State ranking second to Florida with the biggest chronic risk ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly (Naval Institute Press, 2015)

Victoria Kelly's first published volume of poetry, When the Men Go Off to War, is a wonder in that poems can be written so beautifully about the subject of war. Each poem is a jewel, polished and colorful, glittering with elegant imagery, and rich in emotional wallop. The book, divided into three sections, ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

Rutgers Equine Science Center Annual Summer Showcase Scheduled for July 11

June 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University is hosting its annual "Summer Showcase" from 10 am to noon  on Wednesday, July 11 at the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory on College Farm Road on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick. The Summer Showcase, similar to an open house, is a FREE event that is open to the public and perfect for any and ...

Horse Care Workshops at Lord Stirling Start June 23

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on practice.

Horse Care Workshop 101 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ beginning Saturday June ...

Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill Proclaims June LGBT Pride Month

NEWARK, NJ – Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill announced that the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution at their last meeting, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, proclaiming June as LGBT Pride Month in Essex County.

“I am proud to stand with our LGBT brothers and sisters in recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month, and look forward to continue working ...

New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency

New Jersey Blood Services/New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency. The organization is asking people across New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area.

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right ...

Obituaries

Jul 4, 1933 - May 18, 2018
Maria A. Probst (nee: Geiger), 84 of Bloomfield passed away on May 18. Her final days were spent ...
Read more
Jul 21, 1966 - Apr 6, 2018
Sheila Rossi (nee Borges) 51, of Nutley, NJ died peacefully on April 6, 2018. Visitation will be ...
Read more

Thirty Days after the Draft

It’s been just about thirty days since the 2018 NFL Draft and the New York Jets have been working hard to build the team fans have been waiting for. Let’s recap the first round draft pick before discussing OTA’s and other Jets info.

Some New York Jets fans were certain earlier in the 2017 season that with the way the win-losses were going, Sam Darnold would be the New York ...