EDISON — Former Vice President Joe Biden enthusiastically urged voters here to elect gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and to get behind Middlesex County’s entire Democratic ticket, from state Legislative candidates to re-electing Edison Mayor Tom Lankey to a second, four-year term.

Rallying a crowd of Democratic Party faithful and hard-working unionized employees at the Raritan Center Sheraton yesterday, Biden said Murphy is the Garden State’s best hope to reverse the chilling effect that Chris Christie’s repressive policies have had on New Jersey.

Biden said electing or re-electing more Democrats to state, county and municipal offices will give Murphy the crucial support he will need as governor to make greater, more efficient changes that will benefit people and families.

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“It was invigorating to hear Vice President Biden’s encouraging message for New Jersey’s future,” Mayor Lankey said. “It reaffirms the positive, progressive message that my campaign – and our county’s entire Democratic team – have been working non-stop for weeks to deliver to our voters.”

“We are on the right path to Election Day success,” said Lankey, who is running with Edison Township Council incumbents Robert Diehl and Alvaro Gomez, and newcomer Samip “Sam” Joshi.

Biden, at one point, was sharply critical of Christie’s shortsighted decisions to ignore New Jersey’s aging infrastructure, including canceling the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) project that would have built two new commuter rail tunnels into midtown Manhattan.

“Infrastructure improvements are essential to people’s safety and to our state’s economic well-being,” said Lankey, who has made such improvements a centerpiece of his Administration. Since Lankey took office in 2014, Edison has resurfaced more than 225 neighborhood streets, improved its municipal parks and upgraded its long-ignored sanitary sewer system.

Biden expressed strong support for Middlesex County’s “Column B” Democratic Team that includes County Surrogate Kevin Hoagland, county Freeholders Charles Tomaro, Leslie Koppel and Shanti Narra.

This is the third time Biden has come to New Jersey to support Murphy and down-ticket Democrats. He was a guest speaker in May at a Lyndhurst rally and at a private fundraising party in Edgewater.

The Middlesex County Democratic Organization hosted the former Vice President’s appearance in Edison before Biden headed to Rutgers University to speak about sexual violence on college campuses.