Barack Obama to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy

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Former President Barack Obama will be campaigning in the Garden State for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy.

Campaign spokesman Dan Bryan tells News 12 New Jersey that the details haven't been finalized but that Obama will be at an event for Murphy in New Jersey.

Obama previously appointed Murphy ambassador to Germany. Murphy also served as finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee and as a Goldman Sachs executive.

Murphy’s opponent, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, criticized Obama's entrance into the campaign. Spokesman Ricky Diaz says "it makes sense" Obama would campaign for the former Goldman Sachs executive. He says that's because reports show Obama is taking Wall Street cash for speeches.

Polls show Murphy is favored to win the election to succeed the term-limited Chris Christie.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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