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Phil Murphy in East Brunswick: "New Jersey Should Be Trusted, Respected, Responsible, and Smart"

Phil Murphy on the creation of the Bank of New Jersey. Credits: www.murphy4nj.com
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Ambassador Murphy arrives in East Brunswick. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Superintendent Valeski, Assemblywoman Pinkin, Freeholder Karabinchak, and some Monore members of Indivisible, the anti-Trump national online group. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Jaya and Madhavi Prakash came from North Brunswick to ask about Murphy's views on property taxes. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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The Carpenters Union, which supports Murphy, was represented by guests from North Brunswick. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Mayor Brad Cohen said he was proud to celebrate East Brunswick and welcome Murphy. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Phil Murphy expresses his support for union labor. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Murphy expresses his support for the TPAF Pension Fund when asked by Nicole, an East Brunswick pre-school teacher. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Murphy addresses concerns regarding pay equity and transportation issues. when asked by Margaret Scott of East Brunswick. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Phil of Boston likes Brendan of East Brunswick. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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David Portnoy of East Brunswick High School has concerns about college costs and loan repayment. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Jeff Winston asked, "What will New Jersey look like in 8 years?" Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Considering the words of the candidate... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Deb Cornevaca and family greeted the Ambassador. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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There's that Sterley Stanley family again. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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East Brunswick's young voters got a minute with the Ambassador. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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East Brunswick's political factotum Alan Brodman and the Policy Director of the East Brunswick Young Democrats Sam Berzok gave Murphy the old EBHS IPLE attention. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick's Jeff Winston wanted to know what Democratic front-running gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy thought New Jersey would look like in 8 years if Murphy were elected.  EB's Margaret Scott was interested in Murphy's ideas about improving transportation to New York City.  EBHS student David Portnoy wanted to know how college could be more affordable.  Last night at the Estate on the Lake, Ambassador Phil Murphy came to answer those questions and others at his 38th and final town hall meeting before the state primary elections on June 6.

Over 200 people came to the event which was hosted by the East Brunswick Democratic Organization and streamed live on Facebook to hear businessman/ambassador/optomist Murphy tell the people who he is, what he has done, what he thinks, and why they should vote for him in June.

East Brunswick's Mayor Brad Cohen welcomed the candidate to "The Center of New Jersey," noting that a "big, dark cloud has hung over New Jersey for the past 8 years," in a reference to current Governor Chris Christie.  Cohen introduced Murphy to the enthusiastic crowd who greeted Murphy with loud applause and good humor.

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After thanking his hosts, various dignitaries, and his family, Murphy, who is endorsed in all 21counties by the Democratic Party,  told the tale of why he was running in what he considers "the most consequential election in the history of New Jersey." Citing statistics, Murphy said that there are only 16 Democratic governors in America, with only 2 races in contention this year.  "I am #1 up to bat against the Trump presidency, " he said.  "What do we need to do?  We need to start winning elections again."

After giving a synopsis of his career in college, business, philanthropy, and politics, Murphy spoke about the need to "grow the economy" and to make it "fair again."  He quoted  Democratic icon Daniel Patrick Moynihan who said, "We are all entitled to our own opinions.  We are not entitled to our own facts," in a reference to both Governor Christie's and President Trump's recent policies.

Murphy moved on to address the need to build both a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) economy based on innovation and an infrastructure economy that takes advantage ouf New Jersey's location.  We should be "environmental stewards who create jobs."

"We need to make it fair again" to live and work in New Jersey, said Murphy, who asserted his belief in equal pay for equal work.  "A white woman makes 80 cents on the dollar as compared to a man; African-American women make 60 cents; and Latina women make 50 cents."

"Let's get back to being the state we used to be, " said Murphy, as he reminisced about the prior regard in which New Jersey was held both nationally and internationally. "I've heard what they say behind our backs," said the candidate.  "We were civil.  We didn't tell people to 'shut up and sit down.'"   He also noted his support for funding Planned Parenthood; sensible gun laws; comprehensive criminal justice reform; and dealing with climate change.

Murphy's "Bold Idea" was the creation of a Public Bank in New Jersey.

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