SOMADEMS will host Democratic gubernatorial candidates Phil Murphy and Bill Brennan at the group’s third Meet the Governor Candidates Forum on Tuesday, April 25 at The Woodland (60 Woodland Ave.) in Maplewood from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“We are pleased to welcome New Jersey’s Democratic candidates to the Maplewood and South Orange communities,” said SOMADEMS’ President and Co-Founder Michael L. Minor. “It’s important for residents to hear for themselves what each candidate has to offer so they can make a decision about the future of our state.”

Murphy, who lives in Monmouth County, is a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and Goldman Sachs executive. He also served on the board of the NAACP and was finance chair of the Democratic National Committee. Murphy says he will use his economic know-how to provide New Jerseyans with good jobs, secure, affordable health care, and equal pay.

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Brennan, of Wayne, is a retired Teaneck firefighter who later went to Seton Hall Law School. He filed a case last September against Gov. Chris Christie for misconduct in office related to the bridge closure scandal. Brennan’s vision for New Jersey includes good paying jobs, a vibrant economy, state of the art infrastructure and a government with integrity.

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This is the third Meet the Candidate Forum sponsored by SOMADEMS. The first forum drew more than 250 people to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on March 2 for Assemblyman John Wisniewski and former U.S. Treasury official Jim Johnson. A second forum on March 30 featured Tenafly Councilman Mark Zinna and business owner Lisa McCormick. 

SOMADEMS is a 1,300-member grassroots political group that was started to support Democratic candidates and progressive issues important to residents of South Orange and Maplewood on the local, state and federal level.