Get to Know Phil Murphy

Growing up Phil Murphy learned it wasn’t what you took - it was what you gave back. Now, Phil’s running for governor so every child has the same chances he had. Phil will be a governor who has our back.

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.

Nationally, Phil proudly served on the board of the NAACP, the world’s oldest civil rights organization. Since announcing his run for governor, Phil has been endorsed by more than one-hundred African American faith leaders from across the state.

In New Jersey, 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. Watch the video to learn more.

Phil also helped start The New Start Career Network, which provides free, personalized assistance to New Jersey residents, age 45 and over, who have been unemployed for six months or more.

In less than a year, more than 1,000 long-term unemployed have signed up — leading then President Obama’s Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to call the New Start Career Network a “fantastic” model. Watch the video and learn how the program helped Cliff from Middlesex County get a job he loves.

As the world faced the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression Phil answered President Barack Obama’s call to service and became the U.S. Ambassador to Germany — Europe’s largest economy — 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.

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 and answers only to you.