EAST ORANGE, NJ - Springtime marks the beginning of a new season…a season characterized by growth and budding opportunities. But this year in New Jersey, spring also marks an important political season. 

With the departure of our current mayor, East Orange will elect a new chief administrator to lead the city over the next four years. And in addition to our local election, this spring begins the statewide process where East Orange will participate with the rest of New Jersey to select a new governor.

This week, Phil Murphy, a businessman and democratic gubernatorial hopeful visited East Orange Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts in a ‘town hall’ meeting to explain why he should be the next governor of our great state. 

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The response to Murphy by this mostly partisan crowd was overwhelmingly positive and upbeat. Murphy was joined by a host of local politicians including Ted Green the presumptive front-running for mayor of East Orange.

About the Candidate 

Philip D. "Phil" Murphy (born August 16, 1957), is an American financier, diplomat, and politician who is a Democratic Party candidate in the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race. While planning to run for governor, Murphy launched New Way for New Jersey, a progressive organization intended to increase his political visibility in the state.

Murphy was the United States Ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013. There he faced resistance to his appointment from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and later dealt with fallout from the United States diplomatic cables leak matter. He served as finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee in the mid-late 2000s under Howard Dean. Prior to that Murphy had a 23-year career at Goldman Sachs, during which he held several high-level positions and accumulated considerable wealth, before retiring from there in 2006. He is additionally involved in many civic organizations and philanthropic pursuits. wikipedia