New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is looking for reelection subsequent week, making an attempt to turn out to be the primary Democrat to be reelected governor within the Garden State since 1977.

Murphy, who graduated with a degree in economics from Harvard University in 1979 and labored for Goldman Sachs for 23 years, received his begin in politics when he served as the National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee between 2006 and 2009, serving on the time beneath DNC Chair Howard Dean. 

After former President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, Murphy was appointed as U.S. ambassador to Germany and served within the position till 2013.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
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Speculation began shortly after his time as ambassador to Germany that Murphy might launch a bid to turn out to be New Jersey’s governor in 2013, however he in the end determined towards it.


A vocal critic of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Murphy announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016, formally coming into the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election. 

Earning the endorsements of both of New Jersey’s Democratic U.S. Senators, Bob Menendez and Corey Booker, Murphy easily won the Democratic primary with 48.1% of the vote. Facing off towards Republican nominee Kim Guadagno, Murphy won the general election by a margin of 55.7% to 42.2%.

Murphy has pushed a number of progressive coverage proposals in his time as governor, together with the legalization of recreational marijuana, a $15 per hour minimum wage and guaranteed paid sick leave for workers.

Now working towards Republican candidate Jack Ciattarelli in subsequent Tuesday’s election, Murphy’s marketing campaign has targeted on his response to COVID-19 and creating extra jobs for the state. He has additionally known as for prison justice reform, arguing that minorities are at a systemic disadvantage beneath the present prison justice system.

Phil Murphy, New Jersey's governor. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s governor. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg through Getty Images)

But the governor faces a number of challenges in his bid for reelection, most notably when it comes to his heavy-handed strategy to coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

One controversial coverage was his choice to order nursing properties to readmit residents recovering from COVID-19, drawing comparisons to former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and criticism that the order precipitated pointless deaths.

Republicans within the state slammed the governor following the discharge of footage from a marketing campaign official saying he would require residents to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 if he had been to be reelected.

Murphy has additionally faced criticism for failing to tackle the state’s nation-high property taxes, a problem he famously dismissed in 2019, reasoning if “you’re a one-issue voter and tax rate is your issue, we’re probably not your state.” 

FILE - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (Anne-Marie Caruso/The Record via AP, Pool)

FILE – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (Anne-Marie Caruso/The Record through AP, Pool)

But these feedback got here at a time of a mass exodus of residents from the state, with one evaluation exhibiting New Jersey had the highest rate of outbound migration in 2019.

Despite the challenges, present polling reveals Murphy with a cushty lead over his Republican challenger. According to the newest polls collected by RealClearPolitics, Murphy’s smallest benefit is six factors in an Emerson ballot performed between Oct. 15-18. Other polling reveals Murphy with an excellent bigger benefit, together with a brand new Monmouth ballot that confirmed him having fun with an 11-point lead over Ciattarelli.