Newark — Phil Murphy, Democratic candidate for governor, last night received the formal endorsements from both the Essex and Middlesex county Democratic committees. The endorsements mean that Murphy will carry the Democratic line in both counties on the June 6 Primary Election ballot.
The county endorsements come on the heels of strong and growing grassroots support for Murphy in both counties among local leaders, party activists, and residents.
“Essex County’s Democrats are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our next governor, Phil Murphy,” said Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, Jr. “Phil’s decision to put his headquarters in downtown Newark proves his dedication to our county and residents. He has brought forward a positive vision for our future that will lift families up in every corner of Essex County and throughout the state. It is past time we had a governor who not only listened to the people, but acted in their best interests. The Essex County Democratic Committee is excited by his campaign and committed to its success.”
“Phil Murphy will be a breath of fresh air, with innovative ideas and an understanding that government must work for all the people,” said Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, vice-chairwoman of the Essex County Democratic Committee. “I am proud he chose our state’s largest city as his headquarters, and recognizes the immense promise our cities hold for moving our state forward. His commitment to investing in our children is especially welcome. And his plans to make our cities places of economic growth and innovation are exciting. Essex County will be able to do great things with Phil as our governor.”
In Middlesex County, roughly 300 rank-and-file county Democrats supported Murphy by a near-unanimous vote at the county’s gubernatorial forum. Chairman Kevin McCabe called Murphy “the partner we need to turn our state around and make it work for every resident.”
“Phil has galvanized this race with a true progressive agenda that is real, viable, and will return our state to its former position as a national leader that other states looked up to,” said McCabe. “We need his focus on leadership that honestly deals with the issues and challenges we face and an economy that restores the middle class. Middlesex County’s Democrats are proud to stand with Phil.”
The two counties account for 462,466 registered Democrats, according to the latest information from the New Jersey Division of Elections. They are ranked first and third, respectively, among all counties in the number of Democrats.
“This campaign is a movement to make our state once again work for all nine million of us, not just a selected few, and the support of Democrats from Essex and Middlesex counties is vital in this effort,” said Murphy. “I am grateful and humbled by the support we have received.”