ELIZABETH, NJ – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy was greeted with a thunderous welcome May 28 when he entered a rally at the Snyder Academy on Broad Street.

Taking the podium. Murphy called the election “the most consequential gubernatorial election in this state in 70 years. This is due to poor leadership. We need a leader to get us out of the mess left by Chris Christie.”

Murphy reiterated his support for improved commuter rail transportation, a $15 minimum wage, earned sick leave for everyone, a caregiver tax credit, and equal pay for equal work. He also pledged criminal justice reform, more affordable college education, Planned Parenthood funding, elimination of lead in the water, and clean energy throughout the state. He told the largely Spanish-speaking audience that he would back a statewide ID program regardless of status that would allow the holder to get a driver’s license.

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Switching from state to national politics, Murphy said, “We have a president who is hostile to immigration communities. I will be a governor with a steel backbone who will say, ‘Mr. President, you will not do this in the state of New Jersey.’ The stakes have never been higher.

“I hope President Trump comes into a room like this, so I can say, ‘This, Mr. President, is the United States of America.”

Murphy was introduced by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano who said, “We only have to look at what is going on in Washington, D.C., to know that we have to get out the vote.”

Calling this “the most important election,” she appealed to everyone in the room to call at least 10 people to remind them to vote. “No should of, no could of, we have to say we did. Phil Murphy is the democratic candidate for governor.”