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, obtained 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 function 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 in opposition to it.

NJ GOV. MURPHY’S MULTIPLE CONTROVERSIES THREATEN CHANCES TO BE FIRST DEM REELECTED IN OVER 40 YEARS

A vocal critic of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Murphy announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016, formally getting 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 in opposition to 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 operating in opposition to 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 referred to as for legal justice reform, arguing that minorities are at a systemic disadvantage beneath the present legal justice system.

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

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

But the governor faces a number of challenges in his bid for reelection, most notably on the subject of his heavy-handed method to coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

One controversial coverage was his choice to order nursing houses to readmit residents recovering from COVID-19, drawing comparisons to former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and criticism that the order induced 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 in opposition to COVID-19 if he have been to be reelected.

Murphy has additionally faced criticism for failing to deal with the state’s nation-high property taxes, a difficulty 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 by way of 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 exhibits 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 carried out between Oct. 15-18. Other polling exhibits Murphy with a good bigger benefit, together with a brand new Monmouth ballot that confirmed him having fun with an 11-point lead over Ciattarelli.