PATERSON, NJ- With the clock ticking down on Election Day 2018 campaign workers across Paterson got a boost on Tuesday with a visit from New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Murphy.
Murphy wasn’t just in Paterson for the photo op, she told TAPinto Paterson, instead she was on the campaign trail to secure every vote possible in the critical mid-term election that has been described as a referendum on the performance and popularity of President Donald Trump.
Her visit to Paterson, Murphy said between greeting voters outside a polling location in the city’s 3rd Ward, represented the 5th county she had visited on Election Day as part of a 21-county tour with 70 stops she and Governor Phil Murphy embarked on in the closing days of the campaign.
Sharing her belief that “our Democracy is in peril,” Murphy clarified that while she can’t tell people how to vote she can encourage them to participate.
According to a well-placed party operative, more than 200 individuals were expected to flow in and out of the Masonic Temple on Broadway, joining the same number being dispatched from other locations to canvass city neighborhoods in support of the Row B Democratic team.
While in political terms Paterson is a bastion of blue, maximizing voter turnout would be key in efforts to propel Senator Bob Menendez to re-election victory in his battle with drug company executive Bob Hugin, party leaders said.
As the drizzle picked up and Murphy headed back to her vehicle to make at least two more stops she offered some final words of encouragement to any reluctant voters saying “Please vote, we need your participation for democracy to work.”
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