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East Brunswick: Democratic Candidate Phil Murphy to Speak on May 18


EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gubernatorial politics is coming to town, spearheaded by Democratic front-runner Ambassador Phil Murphy who will speak at The Estate on the Lake on Wednesday night, May 18 from 7:00 to 8:30.  This forum is open to anyone wishing to attend.

A guest of the East Brunswick Democratic Organization, Murphy will address attendees before the state primary elections on June 6.

Murphy appeared last night on a televised debate that feature most of the Republican and Democratic candidates who are running to replace Chris Christie as Governor of New Jersey in November.  Murphy debated other Democratic candidates former Treasury Official Jim Johnson, State Senator Raymond Lesniak,  and Assemblyman John Wisniewski.

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According to, Murphy said he thought working with Republicans was important, especially after Christie.

“We’ve had seven-and-a-half years of a governor who’s been an ‘us versus them’ governor. A zero sum governor,” Murphy said, calling the environment “toxic.”

From Murphy's website:

Meet Phil Murphy

Phil Murphy has done a lot. Achieved a lot. Helped a lot of people. But one thing he’s not is a political insider.

That’s why he’ll be a governor who has our back.

As Phil says, he “grew up in a family that was middle class on a good day.” They lived paycheck to paycheck. His mom was a secretary, his dad never graduated high school and took any job he thought could help him support his family — even working as a paid pallbearer.

Phil put himself through Harvard on loans and part-time jobs. After earning a graduate degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he started his career at the bottom, working his way up to help lead a major international business by learning how economies grow and create jobs.

He’s helped lead local charities to support troubled teens and domestic abuse survivors, and these groups have changed thousands of lives for the better. Nationally, Phil proudly served on the board of the NAACP, the world’s oldest civil rights organization.

In 2009, Phil answered President Barack Obama’s call to service and became the U.S. Ambassador to Germany after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.


Phil has also fought for opportunity, fairness, and justice through his involvement in the Democratic Party. He served as Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, helping to elect Barack Obama. He worked with Howard Dean on the fifty-state strategy that rebuilt the Democratic Party from the grassroots up.

Today Phil and Tammy live in Monmouth County. They are the parents of Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.

Phil’s experience, his values, his understanding that insider politics has failed us and his commitment to building a better New Jersey for everyone have led to a campaign for governor that starts with you.


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