First lady Jill Biden comes to New Jersey to campaign for Gov. Phil Murphy
With just 18 days left until the New Jersey gubernatorial election, First lady Jill Biden came to the Garden State to campaign for Gov. Phil Murphy’s reelection.
“I came here to ask the people of New Jersey to reelect Phil Murphy as your next governor,” Biden said.
The first lady was the first arrival of high-powered Democrats to stump for Murphy.
“We can’t get complacent. We have to get to work. So I’m asking you to vote for Phil Murphy and Democrats up and down the ballot,” Biden said.
Former President Barack Obama will be headlining an early voting rally for Murphy in Newark next Saturday. It is the first day of early in-person voting.
Murphy took aim at his Republican opponent Jack Ciattarelli and urged Democrats – who have a million more registered voters in the state than Republicans – to get out and vote.
“Our team is bigger than their team. It’s quite simple. Our team shows up, we win. Our team doesn’t show up, this thing’s a coin toss. We need our team to show up, folks,” Murphy said.
The eight days of early voting, plus Election Day, are the first for the state coming into effect just months after Murphy signed a law.
“When other states have done it, every single other state’s participation has gone up. And that’s what I care about. I don’t care who you vote for, as long as you vote for me,” Murphy said.
The first lady and her husband President Joe Biden need Murphy to remain in office as a partner to enact the Biden administration’s agenda.
“Joe and I know Phil. We know he’s going to fight for you and your family every single day,” the first lady said.
The Republican National Committee released a statement saying that the first lady was grandstanding with the governor, adding "the last thing the Garden State needs" is another term of Phil Murphy.